2021 Sustainable Communities Tidy Towns Winners
Singleton is a long-time competitor in the Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns Awards program, being a recipient of the 2016 Overall NSW State Award, Highly Commended award in the 2006 National competition and Spirit of Australia award in the 2006 National competition.
The town takes environmental sustainability seriously, which is demonstrated through high-calibre initiatives including the Singleton Waste Facility that recovers resources from 15 streams, diverting almost 2,000 tonnes of waste from landfill – an increase of more than 400 tonnes – in 2020/21.
Litter prevention, sustainability and recycling also dominate, with several initiatives featuring heavily in the community’s approach to waste minimisation.
Singleton residents’ care also extends to the surrounding natural environment through several projects that increase environmental awareness in the local community. The work carried out in Col Fisher Park, for example, was of a great importance. The area is an important riparian bushland area because of the rare and threatened River Red Gum trees, the rich biodiversity and connectivity with Nowlan Park, Robinson Reserve and a network of vegetated gullies.
Singleton has a particularly wide network of community organisations that communicate well, proving that they can work collaboratively for another’s cause.
The local Wonnarua people are the traditional owners of the Singleton area and are recognised, respected and celebrated through many cultural events. In 1999, The Wonnarua Nation Aboriginal Corporation was established to represent the Wonnarua people.
Through the Singleton Clontarf Academy, the Clontarf Foundation – although not well known – makes a big difference to the future of many young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men by assisting them to complete school, develop strong community connections and pride, and prepare for employment.