7 October 2020
After the year we’ve all had, it’s wonderful to see a relaxation of some COVID-19 restrictions, particularly around sport and interregional travel that means we can welcome the Cycling NSW Masters Road Championships to our part of the world this weekend (9-11 October).
Our relationship with Cycling NSW began last year, helping to enhance Singleton as an adventure and recreation destination and highlighting all the reasons anyone would want to visit – not least amazing natural attractions and world-class food and wine – to an even wider market. And despite the threats that hung over this year’s events, it’s fantastic to see our association with Cycling NSW continue with about 250 riders expected to head our way over the course of the weekend.
Even better, they’ll be getting out of town with the rides taking place around Glendon Hall and Broke as we showcase the length and breadth of our local government area to a whole new audience – and enticing them not only to come back, but to bring their friends and family.
As well as tourism, Council is actively looking at how we can diversify and build on all industries across our LGA – including the future of energy. Last week I was invited to address a public hearing in relation to the Parliamentary Committee on Environment and Planning enquiry into the sustainability of energy supply and resources in NSW.
Council’s submission to the enquiry reaffirmed Singleton’s importance as one of the most important mining centres in NSW and the significance of the coal mining industry to our local economy. That’s why we have taken a proactive socio-economic position that also includes the potential for renewable energy production facilities in appropriate locations.
What we need, and why we are appealing for NSW Government assistance, is to identify industry diversification opportunities, avoid land use conflicts, investigate emerging opportunities and develop strategic long-term post mining land use outcomes to help ensure Singleton continues to be an important economic centre for NSW.
With the potential for more events like Cycling NSW’s Masters Road Championships, and as more people discover that our region has so much more to offer beyond mining, there’s plenty of energy for a bright future for Singleton – regardless of the source.
Cr Sue Moore
Mayor of Singleton