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Singleton Mayoral Scholarship Program
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Winners of the 2017 Singleton Council Mayoral Scholarship Program were announced by Singleton's Mayor Sue Moore at a special presentation on Tuesday 30 May at the Singleton Youth Venue.

Established in 2009, the Singleton Mayoral Scholarship celebrates community contribution and academic achievements of people in the Singleton community. To date, the Singleton Mayoral Scholarship Program has awarded more than $140,000 in scholarships to deserving local recipients.

This prestigious scholarship attracts the highest calibre of applicants and is a fantastic way to celebrate their achievements and help them financially on their way to furthering educational opportunities as well as benefits to help further themselves and their respective career paths. 

The four winners in the Major Category received a $2000 scholarship with two Minor Category winners receiving a $500 scholarships each.

The recipients of the scholarship in 2017:

  • Daven Patton – Apprenticeship
  • Simone Burrows – University
  • Ella Palmer – High School
  • Jami Street – Vocational
  • Hannah Smoothy – Community Service
  • Emma Parrey – Community Service

    Singleton Council would like to thank all applicants who put forward a submission and wish you all well in your future endeavours.


    Singleton Council would like to recognise each year the Singleton Mayoral Scholarship Program is made possible by corporate sponsors.

    Hunter Resource Recovery
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    Hunter Resource Recovery is an initiative of Cessnock, Lake Macquarie and Maitland City Councils and Singleton Council representing an estimate of 370,000 residents with 135,000 homes serviced each fortnight.
    This unique alliance was formed to maximise the four Councils expenditure in developing an integrated kerbside recycling service. As a joint venture Company, HRR is able to combine the resources of the four Councils and provide a more cost effective service, particularly in rural and regional areas and also to provide “best practice” recycling technologies.

    HRR now handles the management, co-ordination and implementation of recycling, waste minimisation and associated education strategies, representing an estimated 370,000 residents or a service area of 132,000 homes. The Board of Directors comprises of representatives from each city council.

    The service represents one of the largest recycling contracts in Australia, with the service area covering three times the metropolitan area of Sydney.

    Our company strongly believes that corporate Australia needs to support the youth of our community by providing the building blocks for a positive future whereby these scholarships will assist those most deserving to help make a more positive impact upon their community.  Those who are studying now may become the next corporate CEO and we hope that the cycle of giving and support would continue.

    Coal & Allied
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    With an 150 year history in the Hunter Valley, Coal & Allied is one of the region's major coal producers. It strives to achieve a vision of being a safe and highly successful business, valued by its customers, employees, shareholders and the community. Coal & Allied is owned by the Rio Tinto Group and Mitsubishi Development and its operations are managed by Rio Tinto Coal Australia.

    "Coal & Allied is passionate about supporting further education and we are proud sponsors of the Singleton Mayoral Scholarship Program.

    The awards provide an important platform to support the academic aspirations of the people of Singleton and are a great opportunity to celebrate the contribution of our community.

    Congratulations to all finalists and winners involved.  We look forward to following your success in the years to come," Colin Mackey General Manager, Mount Thorley Warkworth says. 

    Ashton Coal

    Ashton Coal Mine is owned and managed by Yancoal Australia Ltd (Yancoal).  Yancoal produces approximately 16 million tonnes of saleable thermal and metallurgical coal per annum for export into international markets.  Operating seven sites across the regions of New South Wales and Queensland with interests in two ports, Yancoal currently employs approximately 2,000 people, sourcing the majority of its people from the local communities in which it operates.

    The Ashton Coal mine, located in the Upper Hunter Valley region of NSW, is an underground coal mine that produces more than 1.5Mtpa of high quality semi-soft coking coal sold to a number of Asian based steel mills. 

    Yancoal plays an important role within the communities it operates via employment and investment into local education, training, health and sporting initiatives.  Through the Mayoral Scholarship Program we are pleased to have the opportunity to provide much needed funds, which continue to make a real and positive difference in the lives of others.

    " We at Ashton Coal are pleased to be involved in this program  and have the opportunity to contribute to our young people's futures.  In addition to the candidates Ashton Coal would like to recognised the families, friends and staff from the High Schools TAFE and University who play a key role in supporting the students to make a positive impact on the community.  While there is only one winner in our category, all of the finalists should be very proud of their achievements. We wish you well with your studies," Greg Pawley  “Ashton is proud to support such an important scholarship program, recognising the valuable contribution of individuals making a positive difference within the Singleton community,” Greg Pawley Operations Manager, Ashton Coal says.

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    Since opening its doors in 1878, Blackwoods has expanded its range of products and services, and improved the ability to supply all customers in Australia and abroad, not only with the right products for the job but also with solutions to save customers’ time and money, most of all, maintaining a safe work environment. Our diverse portfolio of business solutions, including on-site services, site-safety evaluations and planning, Blackwoods takes pride in safety in the work place, both as a service to you, and our own work environments.

    ' Blackwoods is a business that has supported Australian Industry for 138 years.  This record would not have been achieved if it did not recognise the importance of communities across the Nation.  Blackwoods is proud of the local network it has developed over that period and I believe can rightly say that it has grown as Australia has grown.  In no small way our relationship and support of the Mayoral Scholarship Program is a representation of the need to support great initiatives  in the local community.  Watching and assisting people grow and develop is as important if not as important today so that we can continue to grow and prosper," David Biddles Area Sales Manager - Strategic, Blackwoods says.

    Singleton Council
    PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
    Ph: 02 6578 7290