3 November 2020
Given everything that’s happened in the past 12 months, it’s hard to believe that it was only this time last year that we experienced catastrophic fire conditions for the first time in NSW – and we all know what happened next.
Singleton has been identified as an area that is battling the triple whammy of drought, bushfire and COVID-19, and Council takes our role extremely seriously not only to support our community in challenging times, but to provide tangible assistance to businesses and organisations to keep on keeping on.
We have not forgotten that there are people in our community still dealing with the impacts of last summer’s devastating bushfires, and it’s heartening to know the Australian Government hasn’t either with the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund – Phase 2.
Council submitted Singleton’s funding application last week, following consultation with people in the most affected areas of Putty and Broke, as well as community groups, local emergency services and the Local Emergency Management Committee to put together a fantastic and most importantly practical suite of community wellbeing programs and community preparedness.
We have applied for $250,000 to put these programs into motion, and I look forward to the outcome of those applications in the coming weeks. Our staff, as always, are doing a great job in accessing every dollar available to our community.
This past year has also highlighted the important work of community organisations across our local government area in supporting the social fabric of our community, and we’re putting the spotlight on sports groups in the next few weeks with free one-hour strategic planning workshops to help clubs prepare development strategies and achieve their goals.
Two sessions will be held at Council’s Administration Building on Thursday 26 November at 7pm and Tuesday 1 December at 5pm to suit as many sporting groups as possible, as well as navigate COVID-19 requirements. You only need to come to one session. The workshop is free, but we ask that you reserve your seat because of limited numbers in keeping with social distancing.
Participating clubs have a little bit of homework to do before the sessions by undertaking a Club Health Check Exercise.
It’d be great to see as many interested sporting organisations get involved. For more information, give our Customer Service team a call on 02 6578 7290 or check our website and Facebook page.
Cr Sue Moore
Mayor of Singleton