Singleton Overlooked on Drought ~ Mayor

Filed under Letters ~ by Editor on  10 Nov 2019

People in our local government area are suffering in this drought, just as people are suffering across Australia.

Yet Singleton continues to be overlooked while other areas – including our neighbours in Muswellbrook, and rightly so – are recognised and supported through this time of hardship.

Singleton has a successful and proud agricultural industry which continues to play an important role both socially and economically, and we have farmers doing it tough who are equally deserving of government assistance.

The Federal Government initiatives announced yesterday are welcome support for the real people on the land who are feeling the impacts of one of the worst droughts on record, and it would be an easy demonstration of support for Singleton to be eligible for the funding available.

We know there are projects that can be done in Singleton to support drought-affected properties to develop and enhance drinking water assets to build longer-term resilience and redundancy so that when the next dry spell comes, the impacts won’t be so pronounced.

I’m furious the people of the Singleton local government area don’t rate as being as affected as some of our neighbouring areas, and I invite the Prime Minister Scott Morison to come to Singleton to see the impacts of this drought for himself, and to meet with the people his Government has again failed to recognise.

Cr Sue Moore

Mayor of Singleton



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