With Easter in the rear-view mirror and as we hit the half-way mark of school holidays the past month does seem like a blur however it is important that I do reflect on several key announcements that have been made this past month.

Local energy giant, AGL has announced that they will partner with Sydney-based SunDrive to begin the feasibility work on an advance manufacturing facility on the site of the former Liddell PowerStation once passing through all regulatory and planning processes. At the announcement it was stated that as many as 500 workers would be required and will provide a fantastic opportunity for our local community. This announcement is welcomed by Business Singleton and we see this as positive step into the renewable energy industry for Singleton and the wider Hunter region.

Business Singleton has also welcomed the launch of another two new programs that will support the community to meet the challenges and opportunities of an evolving Singleton by connecting locals with jobs and skills training; employers with a resilient workforce; and businesses with innovation and investment tools and networks to help them grow.  Funded by the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program, Council has teamed up with Business Singleton, regional partners, local schools and industry stakeholders to deliver the Singleton Skills and Employment and Singleton Innovation and Investment programs. For more information about the Singleton Skills and Employment Program, visit www.singleton.nsw.gov.au/skills

Lastly, the sad news that after eight years as the general manager of Council, Jason Linnane has announced his resignation. The 30-year local government veteran has led the organisation and the community through a significant period of change and challenges, not least the COVID pandemic, natural disasters, and the start of serious conversations—and action—about the region’s economic evolution. The working relationship and partnership that has been established between Council and Chamber during Jason's time has just gone strength to strength and is indeed one of the many lasting legacies. Thank you, Jason, for your genuine and personal approach to all our dealing and I wish you all the very best success in your new role at Maitland City Council as Director City Services.

As usual, our Newsletter contains information we hope will be useful to members. The Business Singleton team continues to work on projects including, Business Awards, Women in Business Series, Business Development Workshop and our Spend in Singleton Gift Card Program. Enjoy the last week of school holidays and I look forward to seeing you at one of our next events.

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