Mount Thorley Warkworth VPA Community Committee

The Mount Thorley Warkworth Voluntary Planning Agreement (MTW VPA) Community Committee was established to assist Council in engaging with the community to implement the MTW VPA and raise opportunities for sustainable community projects.

The committee is chaired by the Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore and comprises of Council and Yancoal representatives as well as community members from the Bulga and surrounds area.

About the MTW VPA Funding Program

Singleton Council will receive a total of $6.6 million as a part of the Mount Thorley Warkworth Voluntary Planning Agreement across a 15-year period.

Funding is available for one off projects and ongoing projects across those years.

(Pending fund allocation for that year and contribution amount that year). 

   Contribution Timing   

   Contribution Date   

   Funding Program   

Year 1



Year 2



Year 3



Year 4



Year 5



Year 6



Year 7



Year 8



Year 9



Year 10



Year 11



Year 12



Year 13



Year 14



Year 15






Dates for 2024

The opportunity to apply for funding is available twice annually and will be promoted on the Singleton Council website and social media, outlining the availability of application forms and guidelines, and the closing dates.

Fund availability is determined by current fund allocation for that year and contribution amount of the years to date. The amount you can apply for will be limited by the funds available during that year, additionally if your application is for ongoing funds.  

2024 Rounds

  • Funding Program Opens: 15 March 2024
  • Funding Program Closes: 15 April 2024
  • Successful Project Notified: June 2024
  • Funding Agreements Due: July – August 2024
  • Funding Program Opens: 16 September 2024
  • Funding Program Closes: 14 October 2024
  • Successful Project Notified: December 2024
  • Funding Agreements Due:  January – February 2025



Funding Parameters

Principles for the prioritisation of projects

The principles for the prioritisation of projects have been established to ensure robust processes and consistency with the allocations of funds from the MTW VPA.

All principles are addressed throughout the application process and further explained in the funding guidelines.

Eligible Projects

Eligible Projects under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.



The provision of (or the recoupment of the cost of providing) public amenities or public services:


Public amenities new or upgraded


Sports field

Recreation Centre

Picnic facilities

Public services

upgrade or programs within


Youth venues

Information Centre

Emergency relief

The provision of (or the recoupment of the cost of providing) affordable housing:

Affordable housing


Program enhancement

Upgrade to facilities or services

The provision of (or the recoupment of the cost of providing) transport or other infrastructure relating to land:


Transport new or upgraded


Bus driver

Infrastructure relating to land



Sealing roads

Road works


Kerbing and channeling

Drainage pits and pipes

Protective fencing

The funding of recurrent expenditure relating to the provision of public amenities or public services, affordable housing or transport or other infrastructure:


Recurrent expenditure

Ongoing maintenance of community sites

Free programs or services offered to community members

Sporting fees waivered for multiple seasons

Salary for an expert to offer free services/programs

The monitoring of the planning impacts of development:

Planning impacts

Evidence, studies, reports that support your proposed projects (feasibility studies, project manager)

The conservation or enhancement of the natural environment:


Natural environment

Maintenance or restoration of reserves

Restoration plans

Ecological studies

Aboriginal Heritage reports




Eligible Applicants and Projects

Who is eligible to apply for funding?

Funding could be provided to:

  • Individuals (or individuals in conjunction with an organisation as a joint application)
  • Organisations that have an ABN, or an auspicing body with an ABN

Projects must:

  • Be based in Bulga or Milbrodale or be delivering the project in Bulga or Milbrodale
  • Meet the public purpose under the EPA ACT
  • Address the MTW VPA Committee Principles

Who is not eligible to apply for funding?

Funding will not be provided to:

  • Project/s outside of the Bulga and Milbrodale 
  • Applications that do not meet the public purpose under the EPA ACT
  • Applications that do not address the MTW VPA Committee Principles 


How to Apply

Submissions will be open twice a year (March and September). Applicants will have one month to submit their applications.

Applications submitted outside of these periods will be filed and considered in the next application round.

Application Form

Application forms will be available year-round on our website, however projects will only be assessed twice a year.

Along with your application form is an expenditure table and stakeholder consultation table that need to be completed. Examples have been provided under the tab, Documents for Application. 

Applicants will also need to complete a Project Summary Sheet. This summary sheet will be used to help you address the Sustainability – social principle. Community Support is a requirement for all project submissions. All project proposals will be made available for public feedback via Singleton Council website, consistent with an informal public exhibition period.

To view and download all relevant application forms and documentation, please refer to Documents for Application below on this webpage. 

Application support

If you have any questions during the application process, prior to submitting your project proposal, please contact the VPA Project Officer at Singleton Council on:

T: 02 6578 7290

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Assessment of applications

All applications will be assessed based on the application form (including the project summary sheet, expenditure table and stakeholder consultation table), in line with the eligibility criteria within the EPA ACT and assessment criteria of the MTW VPA committee principles.

Who will assess the applications

The MTW VPA committee will review applications twice a year and assess project proposals based on the principles and eligibility criteria.

All applications will be categorised as:

  • Recommended yes - committee supports the project and will recommend to Council
  • Recommended with changes - committee supports the project if recommended changes are implemented
  • Refused - committee does not support the project. It will be recommended to Council to be refused


Community Feedback

Current projects for community engagement (informal exhibition)

Please review the Project Summary Sheets of the projects submitted for Bulga and Milbrodale during the latest round of the Mount Thorley Warkworth Voluntary Planning Agreement (MTW VPA) Funding Program.

Community Feedback

Once you have viewed the Project Summary Sheets above, please follow the link and complete the feedback survey

The community’s feedback will be taken into consideration in the overall review conducted by the MTW VPA committee when assessing these projects.

Community Feedback closes 22 May 2024.

Additional support

You can contact VPA Staff at Singleton Council and request a hard copy of the Project Summary Sheets or the Community Feedback Survey. 

T02 6578 7290


12-14 Queen Street
Singleton NSW 2330

Agendas and Minutes

  2024 – Mount Thorley Warkworth VPA Committee

  22 February – Agenda

  22 February – Minutes

  23 May – Agenda

  23 May – Minutes

  1 August – Agenda

  1 August – Minutes

  21 November – Agenda

  21 November – Minutes


  2023 – Mount Thorley Warkworth VPA Committee

  9 February – Agenda

  9 February – Minutes

  1 June – Agenda

  1 June – Minutes

  7 September – Agenda

  7 September – Minutes

  9 November – Agenda

  9 November – Minutes


  2022 – Mount Thorley Warkworth VPA Committee

  3 February – Agenda

  3 February – Minutes

  5 May – Agenda

  5 May – Minutes

  4 August – meeting cancelled

  3 November – Agenda

  3 November – Minutes


  2021 – Mount Thorley Warkworth VPA Committee

  25 February – Agenda

  25 February – Minutes

  1 April – Agenda

  1 April – Minutes

  1 July – Agenda

  1 July – Minutes

  19 October – Agenda

  19 October – Minutes


  2020 – Mount Thorley Warkworth VPA Committee

  5 February – Agenda

  5 February – Minutes

  1 July – Agenda

  1 July – Minutes

  6 August – Agenda

  6 August – Minutes

 15 October – Agenda

 15 October – Minutes

  3 December – Agenda

  3 December – Minutes



  2019 – Mount Thorley Warkworth VPA Committee

  11 February – Agenda

  11 February – Minutes

  28 March – Agenda

  28 March – Minutes

  26 August – Agenda

  26 August – Minutes

  9 December – Agenda

  9 December – Minutes


   2018 – Mount Thorley Warkworth VPA Committee 

  18 July – Agenda

  18 July – Minutes

  15 August – Agenda

  15 August – Minutes

  17 September – Agenda

  17 September – Minutes

  15 October – Agenda

  15 October – Minutes

  15 November – Agenda

  15 November – Minutes