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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The Singleton of tomorrow revealed

The Singleton of tomorrow will be a thriving centre of innovation and sustainability with strong family values, according to locals participating in Singleton Council’s Shadowgram laneway activation.

More than 200 people have taken part in the cutting-edge social brainstorming activity to date, despite major storms and flooding affecting session times over the past fortnight.

Shadowgram is the latest activity in council’s Living Laneways program.

Funded by a NSW Government Streets as Shared Spaces grant, Shadowgram sees people paste a cut out of their silhouette on a wall alongside a thought bubble about where they see Singleton of tomorrow.

The result is a large, public artwork encapsulating the community’s vision for the future.

Singleton Heights resident Kevin Lomax said Shadowgram was a thought-provoking conversation starter.

“The sense of community here in Singleton is really strong, and we haven’t had to look far to see that in action over the past two weeks with the floods,” he stated.

“There are always people willing to step up and support each other.

“We see that in here spades and I hope that is something we see into the future.

“Being a good neighbour and having pride in our community are two of the most important things for me.

“I’m looking forward to bringing the kids down to Bourkes Arcade during the school holidays to have a go as well.”

Council’s director organisation and community capacity Vicki Brereton said not only was Shadowgram a creative way to have fun, the ideas generated through the activity would contribute to the review of the Singleton Community Strategic Plan (CSP) to set the direction for the town over the next decade. 

“It’s been great to see adults having fun participating,” she admitted.

“And, in doing so, they are also providing valuable contributions to a vision board that will contribute to Singleton’s continued growth and success.

“These aspirations will inform actions in Council’s CSP, which is assurance for our community that we are working to create the Singleton they want.

“There is also so much more to come in the Living Laneways program — Burns Lane will be closed to traffic from 12 April, unlocking the public space through temporary street installations, artwork, live music and projections and culminating in our first in-person community event since COVID, our third annual Firelight festival.

“I encourage everyone to get involved in Shadowgram and the other activities scheduled across Living Laneways, so that we can tap into your vision for the Singleton of the future.”

For further information, including session times, visit https://www.singleton.nsw.gov.au/livinglaneways

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