Just imagine the scones and other treats that will be baked in the Singleton Country Women’s Association (CWA) new look kitchen.
The organisation hosted a special afternoon tea on Friday to not only celebrate their $87,997 funding but also monies received by 12 other community groups through a new joint mine and council funding program.
Those attending the afternoon tea were the first recipients of a total of $526,333 under the Singleton Community Economic Development Fund (CEDF). The fund is Singleton’s new approach to the use of Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) monies.
The CEDF was established by Singleton Council in partnership with The Bloomfield Group and Glencore using proceeds from VPAs. The Fund is administered by the CEDF Joint Management Board comprising Council, The Bloomfield Group and Glencore representatives.
Singleton CWA president Bronwyn Dunston said the CEDF funding would be used for a modern and extended kitchen, upgraded toilets and storage space.
Apart from new benchtops, the kitchen at their Pitt Street building hasn’t changed since 1945.
“This project will give us more space and modern rooms that are brought up to standard, and hopefully attract more members and other groups who’ll be able to use the commercial kitchen,” said Mrs Dunston.
Applications for the first round of funding were called in October last year and approved this month. The full list of successful projects is:
- Singleton Netball Association – lighting upgrade to courts 1- 6: $56,331
- Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association – business case for improved connectivity to the nbn: $50,000
- Singleton PCYC – BBQ trailer to support PCYC fundraising endeavours: $20,000
- Rotary Club of Singleton on Hunter – sculpture seating for the Singleton Arts and Cultural Centre: $14,200
- Youth Off the Streets – support services for youth program: $41,000
- Hunter Women’s Centre – domestic violence counselling services and prevention: $30,020
- Singleton Landcare – regeneration of PA Heuston lookout: $12,200
- Singleton Country Women’s Association – upgrade of kitchen amenities: $87,997
- On Track Hunter – youth education and employment program: $60,000 ($30,000 per year for two years)
- Singleton Heights Pre-School – food pantry project: $26,880 ($13,440 per year for two years)
- Broke Residents Association – Bulga to Broke discovery trail feasibility study: $50,000
- Singleton Triathlon Club – electronic timing device: $17,705
- Lifeline Hunter – establishment of crisis support hub for suicide prevention in Singleton: $60,000 ($30,000 per year for two years)