Singleton Community + Economic Development Fund


CEDF BOARD: Cr Sue George, Mayor of Singleton Cr Sue Moore, The Bloomfield Group Chief Development Officer Geoff Moore, Glencore General Manager Ashley McLeod and CEDF chairman Cr Godfrey Adamthwaite


In partnership with Glencore and the Bloomfield Group, Singleton Council established the Community Economic Development Fund in 2019 to ensure the best use of VPA monies for the community now and into the future.

Accordingly, the objectives of the Community Economic Development Fund are to assist in proactively managing the impacts of mining by using policy funds to increase economic growth and productivity and promote health and wellbeing for the communities of the Singleton LGA.  

The broad principles of the Fund are to support the socio-economic future of Singleton by:

  • Creating an environment that fosters and supports business, promotes job creation, supports entrepreneurship and diversifies our industry base.
  • Providing education and training to create the foundations of a prosperous economy and community.
  • Supporting and promoting activities that provide personal fulfilment for residents through arts and culture, encouraging personnel development and by creating beautiful outdoor spaces.
  • Supporting and promoting sporting activities and events that provide physical development and pathways to excellence.
  • Minimising the impacts of social issues such as homelessness and mental health issues.
  • Improving infrastructure to a standard equal to or better than what is available in our cities.
  • Promoting and supporting initiatives that preserves regional biodiversity, minimises waste, supports long-term community sustainability and minimises environmental impacts for future generations.


A total of $526,333 was made available under the first round of the groundbreaking CEDF. Applications for the first round of funding were called in October 2021 and announced in February 2022. The full list of successful projects is:

  • Singleton Netball Association – lighting upgrade to courts 1- 6: $56,331
  • Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association – business case for improved connectivity to the nbn: $50,000
  • Singleton PCYC – BBQ trailer to support PCYC fundraising endeavours: $20,000
  • Rotary Club of Singleton on Hunter – sculpture seating for the Singleton Arts and Cultural Centre: $14,200
  • Youth Off the Streets – support services for youth program: $41,000
  • Hunter Women’s Centre – domestic violence counselling services and prevention: $30,020
  • Singleton Landcare – regeneration of PA Heuston lookout: $12,200
  • Singleton Country Women’s Association – upgrade of kitchen amenities: $87,997
  • On Track Hunter – youth education and employment program: $60,000 ($30,000 per year for two years)
  • Singleton Heights Pre-School – food pantry project: $26,880 ($13,440 per year for two years)
  • Broke Residents Association – Bulga to Broke discovery trail feasibility study: $50,000
  • Singleton Triathlon Club – electronic timing device: $17,705
  • Lifeline Hunter – establishment of crisis support hub for suicide prevention in Singleton: $60,000 ($30,000 per year for two years)

The CEDF was established by Singleton Council in partnership with The Bloomfield Group and Glencore using proceeds from VPAs in a proactive approach to managing the impacts of mining by using the money to increase economic growth and productivity, as well as promote health and wellbeing for the people of the Singleton local government area. The Fund is administered by the CEDF Joint Management Board comprising Council, The Bloomfield Group and Glencore representatives.