Singleton Council has further cemented its place as an industry leader in a range of fields with accolades for arts and culture, building certification, youth services and events, announced at the 2023 Local Government Week Awards held in Sydney recently.
Singleton took out top place in Planning for its proactive Building Capacity Program, designed to transition people through the building certification accreditation process and address a shortage of qualified professionals in the field.
In addition, the Singleton Council also received the Leo Kelly OAM Arts and Culture Award – Delivery of an Arts and Cultural Project for the ‘We are Singleton: Portrait of a Town’ exhibition, a two-year social documentary of Singleton showcasing 100 portraits of local people.
Singleton was also a finalist for the Best Local Program for NSW Youth Week, and the RH Dougherty Award for Innovation in Special Events for the Singleton Firelight Festival 2022.
Singleton Council’s General Manager, Jason Linnane said the awards were due recognition for the industry-leading ideas and hard work happening in Council.
“The annual Local Government NSW Awards is the ‘grand final’ for our industry in NSW,” Jason said.
“To win one is terrific, but to win two and be a finalist for another two is simply amazing. As a small, regional Council, it’s proof that we really do punch above our weight.
“Most importantly, the projects highlighted at the presentation are delivering fantastic outcomes for the people in our community.
“The majority of these programs have been supported by NSW Government grant funding, such as the Resource for Regions program, and the reality is that without these opportunities, these projects simply would not happen.
“We are extremely grateful for our ongoing partnerships with other tiers of government. The benefits to our community are far greater than the monetary value.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have a wonderful, elected Council, supported by a fantastic team of professionals dedicated to creating community here in Singleton, and I’m extremely proud of their hard work that is seeing Singleton recognised at the highest level.”
Founded on agriculture, driven by coal and sustained by the Hunter River, Singleton holds an important place in NSW. From its unique beginnings as a significant Aboriginal then European settlement, Singleton has developed into the economic beating heart of the state and a centre of industry, heritage and community.
Flanked by farm land, wineries and framed by the Wollemi and Yengo National parks, the Singleton local government area embodies a warm welcome that is only found in regional Australia.