14 August 2020

As we mark the bicentennial of the European discovery of the area we now know as Singleton, it must be noted that after finally crossing the ranges, the first place Howe’s exploration party reached was Bulga.

And so it’s especially significant that 200 years after that historic event, the people of Bulga and Milbrodale are working together to imagine the future of this important part of our local government area with the quarterly meeting of the Mount Thorley Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) Community Committee last week.

The committee was formed to help oversee the use of funds from the Mount Thorley Warkworth VPA for the benefit of Bulga. Milbrodale and surrounds, taking cues from the Bulga Masterplan as well as ideas from the community.

As the chair of the committee, it was pleasing to formally celebrate the completion of the playground and fitness equipment at the Bulga Recreation Ground, comprising a shade sail, outdoor gym equipment and seating, along with a modular play unit featuring something for everyone including slides, wiggly bridge, rope net and climbing challenges, and even a toddler zone with sensory music chimes, noughts and crosses and a shopfront.

The $158,530 project was part funded by $80,000 from the Mount Thorley Warkworth VPA and $78,530 from the Bulga VPA and unfortunately, a grand opening event was cancelled in March this year because of COVID-19 restrictions.

But this is a significant project because it marks a step forward in the next chapter of Bulga and Milbrodale, which is set to continue with a vision for natural recreation areas to attract even more tourists.

The draft Bulga Stock Reserve Masterplan was on the Committee’s agenda for discussion last week, ahead of its presentation to Council’s ordinary meeting on Monday with a recommendation that it be publicly exhibited.

The draft Masterplan outlines plenty of love and care for the Crown land site, including natural walking trails and rehabilitation of the wetlands area that has the potential to build on the visitor experience in Bulga and Milbrodale as beacons for history, nature and the recreation.

It also presents a potential list of projects for VPA funds, which will be the subject of further discussion by the Mount Thorley Warkworth VPA Community Committee. We also want to hear what you think will benefit Bulga, Milbrodale and the community. It’s easy to put your idea forward: simply visit Council’s website at www.singleton.nsw.gov.au, click on the Live tab and look for VPA Community Committees under the Community category to complete the Project Nomination Form.

 Cr Sue Moore
Mayor of Singleton