Singleton Council headed to Bulga for its annual rural hall meeting on Monday night and as officials arrived they were greeted to sign bearing locals who believe they have been sold out to mining interests.
Bulga Milbrodale Progress Association president John Krey addressed the meeting saying the majority of the community does not trust Council and does not believe that you act in the interests of residents.
“Your close association with the mining industry clouds your views and the decisions you take,” he said. “You have a duty of care in ensuring a healthy environment and thus protecting the health of residents and in particular children. You are failing in this.” He concluded his address saying, “I cannot suggest ways to improve Council’s credibility as I think the actions you have taken and their effect on our residents will have far reaching consequences for some time to come.”
At the meeting Councillors adopted the introduction of low-level water restrictions across the Singleton local government area.The restrictions have been adopted on a voluntary basis in line with industry-accepted practices to conserve water in times of drought, and prolong the availability of water until water supply conditions change. Mayor, Sue Moore, said drought conditions were affecting Singleton’s main source of water, Glennies Creek Dam, and WaterNSW had indicated that a reduction in high security allocation may occur in early 2019 if current climatic conditions continue or worsen. “We all know people on the land are doing it tough in these dry conditions, and adopting voluntary low level water restrictions is a way we can all be conscious of how precious this resource is,” she said