IN glorious winter sunshine former Wambo Hall of Fame inductees or their families joined dignitaries for the official launch of the Wambo walk.
The walk, which now includes special pavers naming all Wambo Hall of Fame inductees, leads from the Singleton Public Library to the Civic Centre and ends near Singleton’s newest resident ‘The Pioneer’.
Federal member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon joked with those in attendance saying he had never been to Hollywood but that the Wambo walk may be as close as he gets to that famed boulevard.
“The people recognised in this walk are more important to their community than those found in tinsel town,” he added.
Since the inception of the Wambo Hall of Fame in 2009 there have been 23 inductees across six categories covering arts, science and education, business and industry (agriculture and mining), public service, sport, community service and meritorious families.
The year’s nominations which opened on August 6 and close on September 5 will include a new category wine and tourism.
Mr Fitzgibbon said the Wambo Hall of Fame represented three parts of thecommunity working together to achieve something special.
Mayor, John Martin, general-manager Lindy Hyam, Joel Fitzgibbon, Peabody Energy’s Suzanne Cryle.
Singleton Town Band conductor, Peter Knight.
Representing Singleton Lions Club Mick and Rhonda McCrone.
“You have business in this case Peabody Energy who have sponsored the award since its inception, local government through the initiative of Singleton Council to establish the award and people who become the inductees,” he said.
“It just goes to show what can be achieved when everyone works together.”
Speaking on behalf of the inductees 2012 inductee for Community Pride Ray Robinson said the golden thread linking all those who have joined the Wambo Hall of Fame was their volunteer work and their desire to help others.
“Each and everyone of the inductees worked for the betterment of our community,” he said.
Two of the original Wambo Hall of Fame inductees the Singleton Town Band and the Singleton Lions Club had representatives present at the official launch.
The sponsor of the award Peabody Energy through its local operation Wambo Coal was represented by Suzanne Cryle, communications manager Peabody Energy who said the company was proud to be associated with such a wonderful event.
“We know our employees at Wambo Coal hold this annual event very dear in their hearts because it recognises such outstanding members of the local community,” she said.
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