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Broke hero Mick McCardle named Singleton’s outstanding citizen

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A man highly-regarded for his leadership and ongoing advocacy as president of the Broke Residents Community Association (BRCA) is Singleton’s Citizen of the Year.

Mick McCardle walked away with the top gong on Thursday 26 January, following his commitment to the recovery and resilience of the beautiful Upper Hunter village.

He also works tirelessly to support its residents in times of celebration and crisis.

After founding the BRCA in 2019, Mr McCardle has liaised with Singleton Council to make significant improvements to Broke, including the development of the footpath and cycleway project, and changes to speed limits to enhance road safety.

He enthusiastically coordinates a range of community events, such as the monthly Broke markets, Winterfest and Christmas with the Neighbours, too.

As an Army veteran, he also partners with the Broke Rural Fire Service to organise the Broke Anzac Day Memorial Service and Remembrance Day.

His integrity of character and admirable sense of responsibility and community-mindedness is further demonstrated by his contributions in the Broke 2022 flood recovery – including fundraising appeals, supporting the establishment of the Broke Community-led Resilience Team (CRT) as deputy and campaigning for the new Emergency Warning System, which have all been instrumental in elevating the village’s emergency readiness.

Meanwhile, Young Achiever of the Year went to the impressive Lachlan Fleming.

He’s a passionate and determined volunteer who actively supports Singleton Legacy Group – the welfare charity that supports Australian Defence Force dependents left behind – within the Singleton LGA.

He sets himself a fundraising goal each year, consulting with the organisation for ways in which his concerted efforts will have the greatest outcome.

The youngster plans and structures his spare time after school and work commitments as a Learn to Swim instructor and lifeguard at the Singleton Gym + Swim to raise funds for Legacy, collecting donations and selling merchandise both at school and within the community.

An accomplished sportsman, excelling in swimming and football, he’s also an active member of Singleton Parkrun and the Singleton Triathlon Club.

The announcement of the duo’s success was live-streamed as part of the official ceremony at the Singleton Civic Centre on Thursday morning, where 16 new Australians were welcomed in the Citizenship Ceremony and Dr Emma Beckett delivered the official Australia Day guest address.

“Australia Day is one of our most important community occasions when we come together to celebrate what we all have in common as Australians, and to recognise those people who make our community special,” mayor Sue Moore said.

“There could be no better civic duty as mayor than to present the Singleton Citizen of the Year and Young Achiever of the Year.

“We’re very fortunate to have so many residents who selflessly contribute their time and energy to making our community better for everyone – and any one of our nominees are worthy of this honour.

“I also extend my warmest wishes to our newest Singleton citizens.

“It’s a very special day for them and their families.

“And, it’s always such a pleasure to share in their joy.”

She also paid tribute to the four outstanding nominees for the Citizen of the Year.

“It’s an absolutely honour to recognise the outstanding Australians among us that go above and beyond to make our community great,” Cr Moore said.

“I sincerely congratulate Mick McCardle.

“He’s an incredible individual dedicated to the service and betterment of the Broke village and it’s my great privilege to acknowledge his ongoing commitment and hard work.

“I would also like to extend my warmest congratulations and thanks to our other nominees – Jessica Stewart, Trevor Stewart and Alan Lynch – for everything you do for our community.

“Today sends a great message to everyone who is lucky enough to call our area home that great trees do grow from roots here in Singleton, and through these awards we are able to shine a light on our high achievers to inspire others to reach high.”

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