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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Get into #spiritofsingleton with fair dinkum festivities on Australia Day

Whether you’re firing up the barbecue, hitting the pool or just taking it easy this Australia Day, the Singleton community is being encouraged to come together through virtual magic to celebrate being an Aussie on 26 January.

While COVID-19 restrictions have vetoed a twilight event and capped invitees to the ceremony, Singleton’s Australia Day Committee is urging everyone across the LGA to get into the #spiritofsingleton by posting photos of their own celebrations on Facebook and Instagram.

They’re also encouraging people to watch the livestream of the official proceedings including the announcement of the Citizen of the Year and the Australia Day Guest Address by Channel 9 news correspondent Charles Croucher simply by tuning into council’s Facebook page.

You can also get into the spirit with a free Australia Day swim at Singleton Gym & Swim, including pool inflatables.

All you need to do is register for your preferred session at 10am-11.30am, noon-1.30pm or 2pm-3.30pm.

Australia Day Committee chairperson Cr Danny Thompson said although some celebrations might look different, it was important to recognise Australia Day as the one time we celebrate the people who make our community.

“Australia Day is important because it’s the day we stop to think how lucky we are a) to be Australian, and b) to live in Singleton,” he explained.

“And, that’s never been truer given the year we’ve been through.

“One of the most important values of the Australian way of life is looking after each other.

“We saw evidence of that in the bushfires, we saw evidence of that in the drought, and now with COVID we’ve seen the evidence of what we’re prepared to do to stop the spread.

“But, while we’re taking every precaution, we also want to encourage our community to continue to come together to celebrate Australia Day.

“Our official ceremony will go ahead, including an Army Guard, Singleton Town Band, an address by our Australia Day Guest Charles Croucher, a Citizenship Ceremony for six new Australians and the announcement of our 2021 Citizen of the Year.

“However, this year, we will be professionally streaming the event via council’s Facebook page – and it’s as easy as tuning in at 9.30am.

“We’d also love to see people sharing their photos of how they’re celebrating on Facebook and Instagram using #spiritofsingleton and have the chance to win one of 25 $50 Spend in Singleton gift cards.

“Whatever you’re doing this Australia Day, we’d love to include your posts in a snapshot of how we celebrated in Singleton in 2021.”

Plan your Australia Day:

  1. Tune in for the professional livestream of the official Australia Day ceremony on Facebook @SingletonCouncil at 9.30am to see the Army Guard, Flag Breaking Ceremony, the Singleton Town Band, Australia Day Guest Charles Croucher, Citizenship Ceremony and the announcement of the Citizen of the Year.
  • Post pictures of your Australia Day celebrations on Facebook and Instagram using #spiritofsingleton and go into the draw to win one of 25 $50 Spend in Singleton gift cards.
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