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Singleton Council, Committee for the Hunter strengthen partnership

In a further commitment to a regional approach to economic diversification, Singleton Council has joined forces with the Committee for the Hunter (CFTH).

Mayor Sue Moore and general manager Jason Linnane sealed the organisation’s membership with CFTH at a get-together with chair Richard Anicich AM and CEO Alice Thompson this week.

Council formally resolved to link up with the committee at its February ordinary meeting to strengthen its advocacy efforts, particularly in relation to shared objectives with CFTH around enhancing the social, economic, cultural and environmental sustainability of the Hunter and to drive regional economic development and innovation.

Cr Moore said it was important that Singleton’s voice was included in regional advocacy efforts as the driver for economic prosperity for the region.

“Economic diversification is an issue of extreme strategic important to our community, but the reality is, it’s an issue that is so much bigger than Singleton,” she explained.

“Regardless of the global debate around the future of coal, it’s vital that we lay broad foundations to attract new industries and innovation in fields that may not even be imagined yet, and to ensure Singleton and the Hunter continue to be an economic force for NSW.

“That means making sure Singleton and our region are front of mind for all industries and investors looking for the best place to establish and working together with the Committee for the Hunter is an important avenue to achieving that.

“I’m very pleased to cement this partnership.

“I look forward to what we will deliver for the people of Singleton and the wider Hunter.”

Ms Thompson welcomes the council as a member, noting that representation of the Upper Hunter in the committee is critical to the ongoing success of the organisation as a voice for the whole Hunter region.

Mr Anicich AM said the addition of the council would add to the diversity and weight of the CFTH’s voice as it continues to increase the level and authority of its advocacy for the broader Hunter.

“Having the Singleton Council as a member plays an important part in the Committee for the Hunter engaging across all levels of government including councils and private and community sectors,” he added.

“It is also a significant step in our engagement with the Upper Hunter as the whole region looks to a more diverse economy and prosperous future.”

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