Singleton Council has signed a Voluntary Planning Agreement with Liddell Coal Operations that will contribute $580,000 toward community projects.
Singleton Council General Manager Lindy Hyam and Liddell Coal Operations General Manager Steve Hubert signed the agreement in Singleton last week.
The signing follows the approval of the Liddell Coal Operations Extension Project on 1 December 2014 and will provide developer contributions for the Singleton local government area in accordance with the agreement.
Singleton Netball Association is set to receive $80,000 towards the construction of a new clubhouse in Rose Point Park while $200,000 has already been spent on relocating and upgrading the existing Hebden Hall.
Singleton Council will receive $300,000 over five years to cover the interest for a loan taken out for the purpose of installing a caretaker facility and boom gates at Lake St Clair.
Singleton Council General Manager Lindy Hyam says Council adopted a Master Plan for Lake St Clair in December that details a staged improvement program for the facility.
“While the full improvement program would cost $3.8 million over seven years and will be heavily reliant on grant funding, we are taking immediate steps to improve security and access to the park,” she said.
“Last year the Council approved a $230,000 loan to install a more permanent caretaker’s cottage and the boom gates.”
“The funding we will receive under the Voluntary Planning Agreement with Liddell Coal Operations will cover the interest payments we will accrue on that loan and keep the burden off ratepayers.” ‚Ä®
Image | Singleton Council General Manager Lindy Hyam and Liddell Coal Operations General Manager Steve Hubert sign the voluntary planning agreement
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.