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A feather in Singleton Council’s cap

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Singleton Council proved it was “punching above its weight” when its peers deemed it worthy of a major accolade at the weekend.

The Hunter organisation secured the prestigious AR Bluett Award, which recognises excellence and progress, at the LGNSW Annual Conference in Sydney.

According to general manager Jason Linnane, it’s due recognition for the industry-leading projects, services and hard work by the staff and elected officials at Singleton Council.

“This award is the pinnacle of local government achievement,” he said.

“So, it’s an absolute honour to win.

“To take out number one in the rural/regional category is simply incredible.

“It’s absolute proof that we deliver fantastic outcomes for the people who call Singleton home.”

Singleton’s award submission outlined several aspects, including programs and projects that enhance the town’s liveability and how the organisation is moving to meet the future head on.

“In a community and an economy renowned for coal mining, we’ve recognised the need to act now rather than wait for decisions beyond our control that have the greatest potential to change residents’ lives,” Mr Linnane said.

“Our written submission, and subsequent presentation to the AR Bluett Board of Trustees, told the story of how council, our staff and our community are working together to shift the paradigm from the here and now to the future.

“And, best of all, our approach relies on partnerships with residents and other tiers of government, working together to identify what we can do now to futureproof our local government area for the generations who will come after us.

“This is front and centre in everything we do, influencing decision making, delivery of our operations, and how we invest in infrastructure, events and delivering innovative programs that foster positive outcomes for our community.

“We’re not just conveying exceptional facilities, programs and services now.

“We are also building a legacy that will continue to drive Singleton forward.

“We’re incredibly fortunate to have a wonderful-elected council, supported by a fantastic team of professionals dedicated to creating community.

“I’m extremely proud of their hard work that is seeing Singleton recognised at the highest level.”

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