18 November 2020
There’s been a lot of emphasis on advocacy in this current extended term of Council that has seen a lot of letters to parliamentarians and a lot of trips to NSW Parliament House, all aimed at better outcomes for the people of the Singleton LGA.
In some cases our Advocacy Agenda has recorded significant wins, including changes to the Resources for Regions program that will see areas like ours get a better return on the mining royalties that help fill the coffers in Macquarie Street. In fact, we are currently waiting on the Deputy Premier’s announcement of our successful projects under the new incarnation of the program this month.
As the mayor of Singleton, it’s my job to make sure the needs of our community are at the forefront of all levels of government, and to take every opportunity to advocate for the infrastructure and programs that will benefit the vibrancy and resilience of our people and our economy.
With that in mind, I’m really pleased to have been elected to the executive of the NSW Country Mayors’ Association as a platform to further advocate for our community, and for communities likes ours across NSW.
The NSW Country Mayors Association brings together representatives from almost 70 rural and regional councils to discuss issues specific to areas outside the metropolitan centre, as well as look at the bigger picture of the local government sector in NSW. It also provides enormous value through information and speakers at our regular meetings.
In the unusual and challenging circumstances of 2020, when our regions have endured drought, bushfires and COVID-19, Country Mayors has never been more relevant and I’m looking forward to a productive tenure to keep regional NSW at the forefront of the decisions that are made in the city.
That will start with a fair share of the announcements out of this week’s budget to support regional areas, including ours, as we recover from the economic impacts of natural disasters and the global pandemic.
And my work will continue to get the best outcome for the Singleton bypass of the New England Highway. I have raised a number of issues with the proposed design, including the need for dual lanes and a full interchange at Putty Road to allow motorists the flexibility to get on and off the highway to support businesses in John Street.
This week I took the community’s case directly to the Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole at a meeting that also included the Deputy Mayor Cr Tony Jarrett and the General Manager Jason Linnane.
Singleton has an excellent working relationship with the NSW Government, which I hope will continue with the best option for the bypass to deliver the most benefit for our community.
Cr Sue Moore
Mayor of Singleton