Singleton’s outstanding citizens to be recognised via livestream this Australia Day

30/10/2020

The search is on for Singleton’s most outstanding residents with nominations now open for the 2021 Citizen of the Year and Young Achiever of the Year to be announced via livestream on 26 January 2021.

While COVID-19 restrictions have put a question mark over what Singleton’s Australia Day festivities will look like next year, Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore said it was more important than ever to recognise those unsung heroes who make a difference in our community.

Nominations are open until Friday 27 November 2020.

“There is no question this has been a particularly challenging year for everyone, and yet there are people in our community who freely give their own time and energy to keep on helping others,” she said.

“And it’s not just this year: there are people among us who just want to make life a little easier for someone else, regardless of their own personal circumstances, and who don’t go looking for awards or accolades.

“The reward they value most is the satisfaction of doing a good turn for someone else.

“Most of us know someone in our local government area like this, who makes a quiet contribution that makes a big impact.

“This is our opportunity to let those people know we see what they do for all of us, that we appreciate it, and to say thank you. Don’t assume someone else will do it – head to Council’s website and put their name forward.”

A formal Australia Day ceremony will be held on 26 January 2021 to announce the Singleton Citizen and Young Achiever of the Year, which will be livestreamed to the community because of current COVID-19 requirements that limit the number of attendees.

Singleton Australia Day Committee chairperson, Cr Danny Thompson said the committee was working through options and ideas to bring people together for a wider community celebration in place of the usual family-friendly events that have been affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

“The global pandemic doesn’t change that Australia Day is a great occasion for us to learn more about each other, reflect on what we love about Australia and celebrate what makes this the best country in the world,” he said.

“Equally importantly, it’s the day we celebrate our outstanding citizens and welcome our new Australian citizens. We are making sure that still happens and involves as many people as possible through a livestream.

“The Committee is also looking at what our wider community celebrations will look like next year, with a host of ideas and suggestions that we’re currently working through. I hope everyone will keep an eye on Council’s website and Facebook page to keep up to date.”

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