Community input vital as Singleton Council moves to make applications to revised Resources for Regions program

14 July 2020

Community groups across Singleton are being called on for their suggestions for projects to be presented for funding under the latest round of the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro announced in Singleton last month that changes to round seven of the program now meant up to 30 per cent of the total available funding for eligible local government areas could be spent on community programs to support mining-affected communities, in addition to infrastructure projects.

Singleton is eligible to apply for a total of $4.5 million, with applications to close at 12pm on 2 September 2020.

Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore said Council was working quickly to reach out to as many community groups across the local government area as possible for their ideas and suggestions to make use of the funding.

“This is a fantastic opportunity that allows us all to work together to deliver outcomes that will benefit our entire community, which may otherwise never have been possible,” Cr Moore said.

“We know there’s a host of community organisations out there dreaming of a new piece of infrastructure or delivering a program that would help them to make a real difference to our community. This is the opportunity we’ve been advocating for.

“I hope every community organisation, from sports to community services and everything in between, will put forward an idea that will deliver on Council’s strategic focus areas to support our community, whether through improved facilities or enhanced wellbeing outcomes.”

Council will accept community submissions until close of business on 28 July 2020. Submissions must include the idea and cost estimates, as well as address how the project aligns with Council’s strategic objectives and how it would benefit the community.

Not all suggestions will proceed to applications under the program.

“We want to make this process as simple as possible for our community, and Council staff are available to answer questions or provide more information,” Cr Moore said.

“There are stringent guidelines for eligibility and assessment for applications to the Resources for Regions program, including that projects must align with the objectives of the program and demonstrate local need, affordability and deliverability.

“I hope it’s a tough decision for Council to prioritise the suggestions that come forward, and that we present the highest-quality applications possible not only to put us in the best possible position to get those projects funded and off the ground, but to demonstrate to Mr Barilaro that the changes to the program were worthwhile.”

Successful applications will be announced in November 2020. For more information, contact Council’s Customer Service team on T 02 6578 7290 or visit W singleton.nsw.gov.au


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