Unique Deed cements partnership between Singleton Council and mining companies

Unique Deed cements partnership between Singleton Council and mining companies

In what is thought to be a unique approach, the management of millions of dollars for the social and economic benefit of the future of Singleton has been formalised with the signing of the Community Economic Development Fund Deed.

Signatories – Singleton Council, Glencore and The Bloomfield Group will oversee the use of the proceeds from the Community Economic Development Fund, which was developed last year with a portion of the proceeds from Voluntary Planning Agreements (VPAs).

The objectives of the Fund are to help proactively manage the impacts of mining through projects, activities, and events to increase:

  • economic growth and productivity;
  • foster innovation, support and grow jobs;
  • increase business profitability;
  • improve living standards;
  • reduce social issues and
  • promote health and wellbeing for the communities of the Singleton LGA.

Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore said it was a unique collaboration between Council and mining companies to sure up the future of Singleton by setting aside some of the proceeds from mining projects now.

“Best of all, the Deed commits the signatories to working together to oversee how these funds will be best used to benefit the community,” she said.

“It’s an extra layer of transparency and a demonstration to the community that the best interests of the people of Singleton – both now and those who will come after us – are truly at the heart of the Community Economic Development Fund.

“The objectives of the fund are very clearly set out to support the socio-economic future of Singleton where businesses, community groups and individuals can thrive in an environment that supports their prosperity and wellbeing.”

In line with the structure of the Deed, Singleton Councils first ordinary meeting of the year earlier this week will decide Council’s three representatives on the Joint Management Boar. This occurred alongside senior staff of Glencore and The Bloomfield Group, who were able to consider and provide recommendations to Council on proposals for consideration for funding under the Fund.

It is envisaged the Joint Management Board will meet for the first-time next month, and at least once a year thereafter.

Glencore Coal Assets Australia Chief Operating Officer, Ian Cribb, said they are thrilled to collaborate and work with Singleton Council to ensure economic development in the Singleton region.

“With such a strong connection to the Singleton LGA, we are pleased to be a major contributor to the Singleton Community Economic Development Fund,” he said.

“We look forward to working with Council and other fund partners to deliver community outcomes.”

The Bloomfield Group Chief Development Officer, Geoff Moore said the local company looked forward to continuing to work with Council and the community and welcomed the opportunity to review projects that will directly benefit local people.

“Through this unified approach, funding can be applied across a wide range of projects that are consistent with the funding criteria to provide a benefit to the local community and support the social and economic future of Singleton,” Geoff said.

Sue Moore said she looked forward to seeing outcomes from the Community Economic Development Fund deliver tangible benefits for the community.

“With ongoing discussions about the future of mining, the emergence of new industries and high community expectations for career and lifestyle opportunities, the Community Economic Development Fund allows Council and mining companies to work proactively to provide the resources to support Singleton’s prosperity for the long-term,” she concluded.

IMAGE | Glencore General Manager, Ashley McLeod, Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore and Group Cargo and Logistics Manager with The Bloomfield Group, Barry Smith (left-right).

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Founded on agriculture, driven by coal and sustained by the Hunter River, Singleton holds an important place in NSW. From its unique beginnings as a significant Aboriginal then European settlement, Singleton has developed into the economic beating heart of the state and a centre of industry, heritage and community.

Flanked by farm land, wineries and framed by the Wollemi and Yengo National parks, the Singleton local government area embodies a warm welcome that is only found in regional Australia.

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