18 March 2021

I may be biased, but there are plenty of pristine spots in our local government area – and the river off Dalwood Road, Dalwood might just be one of the best. However, concerns about anti-social behaviour have prompted a recommendation by the Singleton Local Traffic Committee to temporarily close the last 150m of the road to stop direct vehicle access to the river, in an effort to address the issue.

The proposal includes the erection of barriers and fencing on the low-maintained road to prevent vehicular access to the Hunter River and reports of speeding traffic. However, in a positive flip side, pedestrian access would be maintained and – we hope – encourage more families to take advantage of this spot to enjoy a walk on the river without the safety concerns that come with vehicles.

The idea is now open for community feedback, and I invite you to tell us what you think by making a submission by 9 April 2021. You can write to the General Manager via PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330 or email council@singleton.nsw.gov.au

On a similar theme of protecting our environment and amenity, our first-ever Tyre Drop Off Day will be held on Saturday 20 March 2021 at the Singleton Waste Management Facility.

If you’re a resident of the Singleton LGA, that means you can drop off up to four motorbike, car, 4WD or light truck tyres per household for free. Best of all, you’ll also be helping the environment with 82 per cent of each tyre recycled in a range of ways including road production, playground and sporting surfaces, civil infrastructure, and engineering projects.

Tyres proved to be one of the common wastes collected in our Clean Up Australia Day events across the Singleton LGA last weekend, along with cigarette butts and take away food packaging. Initiatives such as the Tyre Drop Off Day, and our second Mattress Muster to be held in May, stem from Council’s commitment to sustainability and to help people be more conscious of how we dispose of waste. There are also plenty of ideas for how we can all minimise our impact on the environment on the Sustainability Hub on Council’s website.

January 2022 might be a long way off, but we’re already thinking about next Australia Day – and we’d love for you to be involved. The Singleton Australia Day Committee has two vacancies for one community-based cultural organisation representative and one community representative who would join with us to help deliver activities and events to recognise Australia Day, as well as invite nominations and selection of annual recipients of the “Citizen of the Year” and “Young Achiever of the Year” Awards.

If you’d be a great addition to the Committee, please submit your Expression of Interest by Friday 26 March. For more information, including the Selection Criteria, head to Council’s website or give Council a call on 02 6578 7290.

Cr Sue Moore
Mayor of Singleton