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Posted on: 16 October, 2018

Flood of support for drought-affected farmers as Singleton acts to bring the community together

Low-level water restrictions will come into effect across the Singleton local government area after Councillors adopted voluntary Level 1 conditions at their annual Rural Hall meeting in Bulga last night.


The restrictions have been adopted on a voluntary basis in line with industry-accepted practices to conserve water in times of drought, and prolong the availability of water until water supply conditions change.


Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore, said drought conditions were affecting Singleton’s main source of water, Glennies Creek Dam, and WaterNSW had indicated that a reduction in high security allocation may occur in early 2019 if current climatic conditions continue or worsen.


“We all know people on the land are doing it tough in these dry conditions, and adopting voluntary low level water restrictions across our local government area is a way we can all be conscious of how precious this resource is,” she said.


“At this stage there is no immediate threat to our water supply and no penalties to apply as a result of the low-level restrictions, but this voluntary measure is a great starting point to raise awareness of how we use water and will mean our community is more prepared if we need to bring in tougher restrictions.”


What low-level restrictions mean for residential properties:

  • Watering of lawns by watering systems, microsprays, drip systems, soaker hoses, non fixed sprinklers and hand-held hoses only may occur between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. during summer
  • Watering of residential gardens by watering systems, microsprays, drip systems, soaker hoses, non fixed sprinklers and hand-held hoses only may occur between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. during summer
  • Topping up or filling of garden water features is pemitted
  • Irrigation of new turf is permitted for one week after laying, after which level 1 restriction on watering lawns applies
  • Washing down of walls or paved surfaces is not permitted
  • Washing cars at home is permitted with bucket and rinse with a trigger hose on the lawn at any time


A full list of the low-level restrictions for residential and non-residential properties is available on Council’s website.


Cr Moore said Council was also exploring ways to support farmers who may have run out of water for domestic purposes as a result of the drought.


Council resolved last night to support referrals to existing government programs including those provided by Hunter Water in partnership with Newcastle City Council and Lake Macquarie Council to provide tankered water to residents and farmers.


“This information will be added to the abundance of support already available through Council’s hugely successful Drought Assistance Hub, where people can come into Council to find the help available to them,” she said.


“The community is also getting behind our drought-affected farmers with plenty of businesses sponsoring a bale at the Pass the Hat event on the Civic Green Saturday 27 October 2018.


“Council has joined forces with Hunter Valley Operations to host a great night of entertainment with live music from VanderAa, and best of all, it’s free.


“Families can come along and set up a rug on the lawn, grab some dinner from one of the food trucks and enjoy cheese, wine and beer from the best Hunter Valley producers all while showing their support for our local farmers.”


Businesses supporting Pass the Hat are:

  • Hunter Valley Elite Window Tinting
  • Hunter Valley Glass and Windowscreens
  • Singleton Heights Pet Hospital
  • Singleton Mazda
  • Coates Hire
  • St John First Aid


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