RESIDENTS have a chance to meet the local government election candidates face-to-face on August 14.
Singleton Chamber of Commerce and Industry will invite each of the candidates to attend two receptions they have organised.
The public are invited to attend either event or both.
The first will be the monthly chamber meeting to be held at the Civic Centre at 12.30pm.
This is the usual monthly meeting but instead of the guest speaker, the candidates will have opportunity to address the audience with time also allocated for questions and answers.
The cost for this event is $22.50 for chamber members and $27.50 for non chamber members and includes lunch.
The second event is at the Civic Centre at 5:30pm the same day. Light refreshments will be served and there will be no cost.
Again, candidates will have the opportunity to address the audience with time allocated for questions and answers.
Chamber president Tony Charlesworth said this was a great opportunity for all candidates to step forward and show the voters and ratepayers in the town what it really means to be a councillor.
“I encourage all candidates to step away from the stories and articles that are staining the name of Singleton and show what they stand for,” Mr Charlesworth said.
“How will they improve our town and get us back on track as the centre of mining in New South Wales?
“ How can we demand our fair share of royalties back from the government and what will you as a councillor support as areas to best invest this money?
“Tell us the areas that in your opinion need immediate focus, what community involvement do you think our town now requires to live up to our name of ‘The Heart of The Hunter’.
“As an individual have you identified where we are missing out on opportunities and what can a newly elected council and mayor do to ensure we are all striving towards a common goal of a successful town that is again regarded as a great place to live and do business.
“These meetings will give you the chance to stand up for what you believe in and ensure the voters have the chance to make an informed decision on the direction our town will head in for the next four years.
“The business community of Singleton will be in attendance and are looking for champions to put us back where we all know we belong,” Mr Charlesworth said.
Anyone wanting to attend is asked to RSVP to chamber via the website at info@singletonchamber or by telephoning 0400 460 412.