Singleton joins forces with Muswellbrook to call for government action now to support the community and the economy

24/06/22

Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore is standing strong with the Mayor of neighbouring shire Muswellbrook, Cr Steve Reynolds, to call for government support now for the economic evolution of the Upper Hunter as BHP prepares to move out.

The June 2022 NSW Budget failed to deliver an injection of funds or clarity around the administration of the $25 million Royalties for Rejuvenation fund, at the same time as BHP announced its Mt Arthur mine in Muswellbrook would close in 2030.

The importance of the Royalties for Rejuvenation Fund is a key item in Singleton’s Advocacy Agenda, along with the establishment of a statutory body.

Cr Moore said if the fund was truly designed to assist mining communities to develop and evolve their industry base in the long-term then this was when it should be put to use.

She has met with Cr Reynolds and will join forces to demand action by the Federal and State governments not just to support the people of the Upper Hunter, but the Hunter Region as a whole.

“Singleton and Muswellbrook councils are being proactive to put measures in place to help our community and economy thrive into the future. But BHP’s announcement reinforces there are decisions outside our control that have significant impacts.

“We need action from all levels of government to support the regions that have supported the prosperity of NSW and our nation through royalties, jobs and exports.

“We’re not looking for promises next year at the next State Government election. We need action on the ground now so that the people of the Upper Hunter can be optimistic about their future, the future of our local community, and the future of our local economy.

“We need a commitment to real and tangible leadership, a workable legislative framework, resourcing that reflects the size of the job ahead, transparent governance and accountability to this region.

“Increases in allocations through the Royalties for Rejuvenation Fund and a properly constructed and resourced statutory body would be a good place to start.”

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