Upper Hunter Seeks Election ROI

Mayor pledges to work with re-elected Upper Hunter MP to deliver on services.

Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore said the people of Singleton would be looking for a return on their investment of confidence in re-electing the Coalition Government at the weekend’s State election.

Pictured ~ Maison Dieu farmland near Singleton, NSW. Image credit: Jeremy Buckingham

Cr Moore has congratulated Michael Johnsen on his return as the Member for Upper Hunter. But she is hoping for a short celebration so that work can continue on the issues important to Singleton.

Council has worked productively with Michael over the past four years and we are confident that this will continue throughout his next term as our representative in Macquarie Street,” she said.

But the people of Singleton sent a clear message when they went to the polls on Saturday, and that is that we have high expectations for the infrastructure and services vital to the liveability and vibrancy of our area.

There’s a long way to go to fulfil the needs of our community.”

Cr Moore said Council would be looking to formally meet with Mr Johnsen as soon as possible.

We will be discussing our Advocacy Agenda which outlines the issues our community have raised as being essential for the future of singleton, and we will also send a copy on to the Premier and members of the new Cabinet when it is announced,” she said.

The issues outlined in the agenda are:

• New England Highway Bypass and ancillary works
• Upgrades to Singleton Police Station and appropriate staffing
• Increased passenger train services to and from Singleton
• Improved Resources for Regions funding program
• Commitment to resourcing post-mining land use, economic development and community planning
• Leadership and resources to help respond to recycling issues
• Expansion of health services in Singleton
• Environmental issues associated with power stations and mines
• Ongoing commitment and expansion to TAFE services in Singleton
• Ongoing leadership to address impact of flying-fox colony on community
• Upper Hunter water security planning, works and protection of water utility status
• Return 100% income from waste levy to councils to fund minimisation and programs
• Legislated framework for Voluntary Planning Agreements
• Review of the Standard Instrument Local Environmental Plan for Rural Landholders
• Address overcrowding at Singleton High School
• Changes to cost shifting model imposed by State Government
• Revision of Roads and Maritime contract to improve maintenance of the New England Highway
• Simplification of State-delivered grant programs
• Commitment to the agriculture industry and improved drought support
• Ongoing funding of Hunter Joint Organisation of Councils

Cr Moore said she knew from experience the feeling of pride from being entrusted to represent the people of Singleton.

It is a great honour to be elected, but as Michael also well knows, our community has very high expectations from its political representatives,” she said.

I’m looking forward to getting back to business straight away to continue to advocate on the long list of issues our community has identified for Singleton, and I assure Michael he will have Council’s full support to be able to deliver the outcomes we need.”