Singleton bench named after Jack and Edna Mather


Jack and Edna Mather share a toast at the new bench while members of the Singleton Residents Association look on. Below: The dedication plaque on the bench.
Singleton bench named after Jack and Edna Mather
Jack and Edna Mather share a toast at the new bench while members of the Singleton Residents Association look on. Below: The dedication plaque on the bench.

As a sign of appreciation, residents got together last Friday and presented the pair with their own park bench at Bight Reefs Reserve.

Singleton Residents Association president Graeme Dean said the Mathers made Singleton a better place.

“They have done lots for the community,” he said.

“We wanted this bench so they could enjoy it now – not have it installed years after they have gone.”

A new playground was also installed at the park.

“It was identified that down here there was no bench for parents to sit closely and watch their kids play,” he said.

Residents of Singleton for close to 40 years, the Mathers in 1978 established the Singleton Progress Association, today known as the SRA.

Spearheading numerous campaigns throughout the years, the couple have worked tirelessly for the area.

It began with bringing street lighting to Singleton through to a primary school and planting many trees throughout the area.

They have also been instrumental in establishing programs such as Singleton Coastcare, Little Penguins and Roadwise.

One of their greatest endeavours and loves has been establishing and upgrading parks and reserves.

At Bight Reefs Reserve, they provided many hours of labour, organised fundraisers and planted many trees there.

“It is fantastic for us – it’s our little dream place,” Mr Mather said.

“It is a kids’ park that is safe.

“There are lots of good memories for us here.”