Invitation to Prime Minister to experience highway heavy traffic and congestion in singleton

Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore has invited re-elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison to experience the congestion on the New England Highway first-hand in a call for cross-government support for the Singleton bypass.

Labor incumbent Joel Fitzgibbon pledged $250 million to the State Government’s $92 million to deliver the much-needed project in its Federal campaign for the seat of Hunter, and both Nationals candidate Josh Angus and One Nation candidate Stuart Bonds made public commitments in support of delivering the project.

Cr Moore said she had written to Mr Morrison in the wake of the weekend’s Federal election to ensure the issue was on the Federal agenda.

She also invited him to come to Singleton to talk to residents about the Government’s plans for regional Australia, particularly in regard to infrastructure.

“I have included a copy of the Singleton Federal Advocacy Agenda to highlight those issues our community has identified as being most pertinent,” she said.

“The Singleton bypass is obviously at the top of the list.

“The NSW Government has commenced planning for a preferred route and committed $92 million under Rebuilding NSW. However, bipartisan and cross-government support is required to make this project a reality, particularly to meet our vision for completion before 2024.

“The people of Singleton are looking for Federal leadership to address the major issues the highway presents to our community now, and to benefit Singleton into the future particularly with the emphasis on the role of the coal industry in climate action.

“I would look forward to hosting Mr Morrison on a visit to Singleton so he can experience the heavy vehicle traffic and congestion that our residents, workers and visitors must contend with on a daily basis.”

Other issues on the Singleton Federal Advocacy Agenda include:

  • commitment to the agriculture industry and improved drought support
  • ongoing leadership to address the impacts of the flying-fox colony in Singleton
  • environmental issues associated with power stations and mines
  • leadership and resources to help respond to recycling issues
  • changes to government cost-shifting models
  • commitment to support mining-affected regions