Gary wants to reign again

MORE TIME: Singleton Citizen of the Year Gary Holland pictured with the iconic ‘Dolly’ and his Citizen of the Year Certificate.

Same but different

TEAM EFFORT: Worn Out Wares Louise Christensen (second from left) with daughters (l-r) Meg, Anna and Lili.

Reason to ride

GREAT NEWS: (Left to right) Lotta Jackson (General Manager of Cessnock City Council), Cr Bob Pynsent (Cessnock City Mayor), Tony Gates (Member of the Branxton Greta Memorial Cycleway organisation), Brian Furner (RSL sub-branch president), Brett Wild (Chairman of the Branxton Greta Memorial Cycleway organisation) and Justin Fitzpatrick-Barr (Director of Works and Infrastructure).

Shade plea from Jerrys

SHADE PLEASE: Cr Val Scott (left) shares concerns about the lack of funds for Jerrys Plains and is pictured with local residents David Carter and (at rear l-r) Karen Hadley, Andrew James, Julie Gray, Susan and Ken McCartney, Brian Atfield, Donna Gittoes and Yvette Hanson.

Rejoice over Resources

At last week’s announcement of changes to Resources for Regions funding are (l-r) Singleton Council general manager Jason Linnane, Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen, NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee, Singleton Mayor Sue Moore and Deputy Premier John Barilaro pictured outside Singleton Council’s administration building.

Mind your mind

If there was one museum in the world that didn’t mind a Covid-19 enforced two-month closure it was Singleton Historic Society and Museum.
A new roof that was four years in dire need of repair is now complete, perfect timing for the reopening of the Burdekin Park venue earlier this month. No one could be happier than Society president, Peggy Moore. You see, every time it rained Mrs Moore would rush to her car, drive to the museum and spread the buckets around to protect the invaluable displays due to the leaking roof.
The $691,000 project was funded by a NSW Government Stronger Country Communities grant of $539,000 and a Council contribution of $152,000.
Local building firm, Perram & Toohey Builders Pty Ltd, were awarded the contract and owners Andrew Knox and Shane Proctor, were equally relieved at the contract timing during the Covid lockdown because of the sudden loss of general work.
“It kept our apprentices in work and it was an interesting job given the need to incorporate the historic components of the building,” Mr Knox said.
Items like retaining an old slate step while constructing a glass sliding entry door and relocating the display items into five storage sheds and acquiring additional storage space for the larger horse buggies with Hayward engineering coming to the rescue.
With eight to 10 people on site at any one time, the 3000 hour job went according to plan and the result literally shines new light on the old space.
The project began in mid-January and was officially completed at the end of May. A key feature was raising the level of the roof in the rear annexe by 600mm, and installing translucent sheeting to create a light, bright exhibition space. And with a new roof above it all, there’ll be no need for buckets the next time it rains.
During the renovation, display discoveries for Mrs Moore and her team of dedicated volunteers were found in the shadows and corners of the building.
“We found items we didn’t even know we had but now we have to find new space to display which has been a huge task in itself,” Mrs Moore said.
A huge task yes, but one that brings renewed excitement to all who step through those brand new front doors.
It has also been an exciting job for Singleton Council project engineer, Sam Walker. It was Mr Walker’s first major project, previous experience has been in the council road sector so he took on this project with great enthusiasm and on the whole, it went to plan.
“There is a lot of work that goes into a project before anything can happen, design, planning for heritage requirements, taking it out to tender but it has been great working with a good, local company and most things went to plan and it is a great result,” Mr Walker said.
Singleton Museum is located in Burdekin Park, entry off Elizabeth and Bourke Street, and is open from 12 to 4pm weekends and Tuesdays from 10am to 1pm.
Covid restrictions are in place consistence with NSW Government guidelines.

New look for historic museum

A new roof that was four years in dire need of repair is now complete at the Singleton Historic Society and Museum.

Laid with love

Janelle King (left) has found much comfort in the memorial paver in honour of her son, Jacob, which is part of Singleton Cancer Appeal’s memorial garden at Singleton Hospital. Janelle is pictured with Appeal president, Kay Sullivan.

No wipes down the pipes

Muswellbrook Council’s Director Community Infrastructure Derek Finnigan said flushable wipes do not degrade after flushing but remain intact long enough to pass through wastewater pipes.

Petition to support the workers

Local Labor members Tim McGeachie and Sarah Johnston,nurse Jo Kelly, Health Services Union official Matt Ramsay, Cr Val Scott, Labour member Brian Leighton, (front) nurses Jaculin Perceval and Janine Moffitt and NSW Shadow Minister for Health Kate Washington.

Cash will help

Mt Arthur Coal General Manager Adam Lancey, Singleton Council Director […]