Deputy Premier makes Singleton’s Resources for Regions wish come true
Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore is looking forward to delivering more for Singleton and the community following an announcement by NSW Deputy Premier the Hon John Barilaro that the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program is guaranteed to return millions of dollars in mining royalties to the LGA.
Mr Barilaro was in Singleton today to deliver news the reformed program would ensure a fixed amount of funding each year for mining regions, with allocations based on the level of impact – and Singleton is at the top of the list.
Cr Moore said the LGA was the top contributor of mining royalties to the NSW Treasury, with an average $340 million in mining royalties sent to Macquarie Street every year.
“Reforms to the Resources for Regions funding program have been at the top of our advocacy agenda for some time, and I have been working to take advantage of any opportunity to meet with the Deputy Premier to raise this issue,” she said.
“We were fortunate to have Mr Barilaro visit us in Singleton on numerous occasions last year, including to tell us personally that a review was underway.
“I am particularly pleased to welcome him back again today with this news our requests have been met, and the people of Singleton will benefit from a fixed allocation of funding every year in recognition of the contribution our area makes to the economic prosperity of NSW.
“This is fantastic news for everyone in our local government area and a great response from Mr Barilaro and the Coalition Government that they are listening to regional areas.”
Council’s call for changes to the Resources for Regions program were supported by a strategic review late last year and reinforced by Mr Barilaro today, including:
- the funding be linked to the level of mining impact with a set allocation based on the level of impact
- removal of BCR requirements
- removal of co-contribution requirements
- simplified application process
- eligibility for non-infrastructure based projects
General Manager Jason Linnane said he was especially happy to see that funding could be used for community programs and projects, and not just infrastructure.
“I’m excited for what this is going to do for our community with a guaranteed funding boost every year for a range of programs that can build on our focus to deliver economic and social outcomes,” he said.
“It also means that we can work with our community to implement a range of projects which will promote even greater relationships between the State Government, Council and community organisations to help us respond to the economic and social impacts of mining.
“Council staff are already working through potential projects, with a view to having our applications and works ready to go as soon as possible.”