Singleton Council takes precautions against Catastrophic fire conditions


With catastrophic fire conditions forecast for the Hunter Region tomorrow, some Council services, including childcare and the Waste Management Facility, will be closed.

In addition, kerbside waste and bulky waste collections will not occur tomorrow until further notice.

Parents of children at Colleen Gale Childrens Services and Singleton OOSH (Outside of School Hours) have been advised the services will not operate tomorrow. Singleton Youth Venue will also be closed.

Council’s Customer Service Centre, Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre and Singleton Library will be open.

Catastrophic is the highest level of bush fire danger, and the NSWRFS warns that if a fire takes hold under such conditions, lives and homes will be at risk.

General Manager Jason Linnane said that as well as supporting combat agencies in the preparation and response to an emergency event, Council was heeding advice from NSW Rural Fire Service to take precautions in readiness for whatever may eventuate.

“That includes reviewing Council’s own operations and assessing the potential risk to our staff and customers,” he said.

“With unprecedented catastrophic conditions declared for the greater Hunter region and much of the State, we are taking very serious precautions around Council’s operations to ensure everyone’s safety in the event of an emergency.

“Council has identified areas that can continue to operate on a skeleton staff to ensure essential services are delivered to high standards, and crews are on standby in the event of an emergency.”

Mr Linnane said services including heavy roadworks, mowing, duty planners and Council inspections had been cancelled tomorrow.

“These are extreme conditions and Council is taking what we consider to be an appropriate response,” he said.

“We take the health and safety of our staff and our community very seriously, and we want to be prepared for anything that may unfold in those conditions.”