Australia Day Awards

Each year the Australia Day Committee calls for nominations for the Citizen of the Year and Young Achiever of the Year awards, to be announced at the Civic Ceremony on Australia Day.

The objective of the awards is to recognise outstanding personal achievement or outstanding contribution to the community during the previous year. All residents of the Singleton Council local government area are eligible to nominate.

Nominations for the 2021 Citizen of the Year and Young Achiever of the Year are now open, and close on 27 November 2020. Nomination forms may be submitted online by clicking the link below, or contact Council's Customer Service team on 02 6578 7290 to request a paper copy.

DOWNLOAD THE NOMINATION FORM HERE

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD

This Award is presented to the citizen judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to the Singleton Local Government Area including but not limited to the year of nomination,  and must be 26 years or older.

Nominations need to demonstrate some or all of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the betterment of the community
  • Is law abiding 
  • Undertakes activities, which have had a significant impact within the community
  • Provides a positive role model for others
  • Takes the lead and shows vision
  • Undertakes activities that promote the welfare and wellbeing of the community
  •  Contributions made by nominees, have either been done on voluntary basis or exceed the normal requirements of the person’s paid work

YOUNG ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR AWARD

This Award is presented to the young achiever judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to the Singleton Local Government Area including but not limited to 2018 and must be 16 years to 26 years of age on 26 January 2021. 

Nomination for this Award is open to all residents of the Singleton Local Government Area and they must be 16 to 26 years of age to be
considered for the award.

Nominations need to demonstrate some or all of the following criteria:

  • Participates in the community
  • Active in youth issues
  • Is caring, compassionate and sharing
  • Shows vision
  • Takes the lead
  • Positive role model to peers
  • Accepts responsibility for self and others
  • Showed outstanding achievement in eg: academic, sporting, cultural, environment or civic responsibility

2020 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR


Gary Holland

Gary has had a long standing and active involvement within the Anglican Church as a server, Sunday School Superintendent, Leader in the Church of England Boys Society, Council member and Parish Council Warden. He is also a Lay Preacher and currently responsible for the relocation and sale of furniture and fittings of St Luke’s Church in South Singleton, as well as being involved in the property sale to ensure a more sustainable future for this significant site.

A particular achievement in Gary’s life is his contribution to Father Chris Riley’s Op Shop, which began 17 years ago primarily encouraging people not only to browse for items, but to call at the shop for human support and encouragement in difficult circumstances. That led to Gary’s establishment of “Dolly’s Charity Shop”, a not-for-profit charity shop in 2016 to raise funds for young in the LGA, which has raised $60,000 to date for local youth-based organisations.

Gary has also carried out volunteer work through the Australian Businesspeople Volunteers in Papua New Guinea with the Anglicare Stop Aids Centre for the diagnosis and treatment of HIV, education of birth control and a school teaching English.

In addition, Gary developed into the character “the Elf” to work with the program manager to organise the Samaritans Christmas Day Lunch. He has been a member of the Singleton Theatrical Society, the Albion Park Tennis Club, Singleton Apex Club, a trained member of the Red Cross disaster support team and assisted with evacuation and recovery centres operated by Red Cross during times of disaster.


2020 YOUNG ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR


Darcy Gilson

 From his commitment to training at the local pool to performance on the world stage at the INAS Global Games, Singleton teenager Darcy Gilson has become an inspiration to the swimming community.

Darcy is known as “Superfish” and has continued to put Singleton on the map in the national multi-class swimming scene for swimmers with a disability.

He holds State and Australian records in the Athletes with a Disability (AWD) class, and returned from the School Sport Australia (SSA) Championships in Melbourne in 2019 with nine medals (including five gold) from 10 events. He was also named the NSW multi-class captain in the lead up to the week.