Singleton mayor Sue Moore is keen to touch base with the newly-appointed Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter as soon as possible.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian this week named Liberal Upper House MP Taylor Martin to the role, which has been vacant for more than two years.
While the Hunter Business Chamber and Housing Industry Association both welcomed the reappointment of the position, last held by Catherine Cusack who was sacked after she crossed the floor and voted against a government land management bill, Cr Moore went one step further.
“I will write to Mr Martin to congratulate him on his appointment,” she said.
“But, most importantly, I’ll invite him to Singleton to meet with us about those issues that are of high priority to the people of our LGA (local government area).
“Those topics are outlined in our Advocacy Agenda.
“It includes a better design outcome for the Singleton Byypass of the New England Highway; increased passenger train services to and from Singleton; upgrades to Singleton Police Station; ongoing commitment to Resources for Regions funding for mining communities; and expansion of health facilities for Singleton.”
A copy of the Singleton Advocacy Agenda will also be provided to Mr Martin, according to Cr Moore.
“In his maiden speech to Parliament, he included the Hunter in his vision for a region where individuals, families and communities could continue the tradition of leaving behind more than we found when we came,” she said.
“In this regard, I feel Mr Martin and I share a common goal.
“I look forward to working together with him, and the NSW Government, to continue to build a vibrant and prosperous Singleton for the generations who will come after us.”
Mr Martin admitted on Tuesday 16 February he was grateful for the opportunity to be a voice for the Hunter.