Singleton has celebrated Australia Day with an official ceremony including the Australia Day address by decorated army colonel Iain Cruickshank, a citizenship ceremony to welcome 36 new Australians and the announcement of Singleton’s leading citizens.
2017 Wambo Coal Singleton Hall of fame inductee Peggy Moore was named 2019 Citizen of the Year, for her tireless efforts towards improving women’s sport in Singleton and her work at the Singleton Historical Society and Museum, while the Young Achiever of the Year Award was presented to Byron Fletcher for his dedication to arts and culture, representing Singleton in several Broadway Musicals including Mary Poppins, Nice Work If you Can Get It and My Fair Lady.
Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore said it was a wonderful occasion to celebrate why Singleton was a wonderful place to live as well as being Australian.
“Australia is the best country in the world because of our people, and Peggy and Byron are amazing examples of people in our community who go above and beyond to make life better for others,” she said.
“We are fortunate to have had a list of very distinguished nominees for our Australia Day Awards, and I congratulate each and every one of you on all that you have achieved.
“Today has also been a great day to reflect on how fortunate we are to be Australians, and to welcome 36 new Australians to our community as part of the Citizenship Ceremony.
“But what really makes Australia Day special in Singleton is the sense of community that we see at free family activities. It was fantastic to see so many people enjoying themselves at Twilight last night and today at the ceremony, and that is what it is all about — celebrating life and each other on our national day.”
Photo Caption: Singleton’s Young Achiever of the Year Byron Fletcher, Mayor Cr Sue Moore and Citizen of the Year Peggy Moore.
Media release and photo courtesy of Singleton Council.