Singleton shovels at the ready to deliver $4,571,283 in projects under Resources for Regions program

26/11/2020

Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore said she was ecstatic with today’s announcement by the NSW Government that a total of $4,571,283 is coming to the community from the revamped Resources for Region program.

Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen  MP delivered the news this morning, paving the way for a host of community projects and programs including $500,000 for a new grandstand for Singleton Rugby Club, $560,000 to deliver the Broke Village Shared Footpath, $299,000 for the Wonnarua Healing Centre and $600,000 for ugrades to Hamiltons Crossing Road Causeway.

“Many of these projects are driven by community organisations that would otherwise take years of fundraising before they could happen, and now we’re going to see work underway sooner rather than later,” Cr Moore said.

“Council has worked long and hard on advocating for reforms to the Resources for Regions program and it’s wonderful to see that the people of Singleton are finally reaping the rewards.

“I pay tribute to the Deputy Premier John Barilaro and the Member for Upper Hunter Michael MP for listening to our community, to committing to a review of the program and now for delivering on their promises.”

Cr Moore said reforms to the Resources for Regions program were a high priority on Singleton Council’s Advocacy Agenda to secure a better return on the mining royalties that Singleton delivered to the State Government each year.

She said it was particularly important that the reforms included provision of funding for community programs as well as infrastructure.

“Under the first round of this new wave of the Resources for Regions funding, the people of Singleton are going to see plenty of building projects spring up across the LGA, but also benefit from a host of programs targeting employment growth, mental health services, arts and culture, and small business development,” she said.

“That goes a long way to supporting the wellbeing needs of the people of Singleton, creating a community that is proud of where they live and optimistic about the future.

“It’s amazing to me that we’ll now see these 15 projects come to fruition, and it’s all thanks to the NSW Government delivering on its commitments under the Resources for Regions program.

“I warmly invite the Deputy Premier John Barilaro to come back to Singleton when these projects are complete, so he can see personally the benefits he has delivered to our community.”


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