9 September 2020
With the Federal budget due to be handed down on 6 October 2020 and with expectations for a focus on boosting economic activity, Singleton has drawn up a wish list of projects to help build our resilience in the face of seemingly unending challenges, and most importantly, create jobs.
The list is part of an infrastructure campaign driven by the Committee of the Hunter in partnership with the Hunter Joint Organisation of Councils, calling on the Federal Government to dedicate a proportionate share of stimulus funding to a suite of projects in the Hunter.
And the most important part? Every project nominated is shovel ready. So it is that we are well-placed in Singleton to hit the go button on a range of capital improvements, namely:
- Singleton Town Centre Revitalisation project stage 3 – south precincts: $3 million
- Bulga/Milbrodale Water Supply Project: $12.3 million
- Bore for Supplementary Water Supply for Singleton during drought: $2.5 million
- Brunners Bridge replacement (Gresford Road): $6.5 million
- Gibbs Bridge (Putty Valley): $1.4 million
- Putty Valley Road remediation works: $2.3 million
- Carrowbrook Road remediation: $900,000
- Footpaths and cycleways: $975,000
- Broke Footpath and cycleway: $750,000
In its totality, this list has been compiled to represent the greatest value of investment for the Singleton local government area, with the most potential to deliver economic outcomes across a range of facets including retail, hospitality, viticulture, arts and culture, and tourism. They will also help to promote Singleton as an attractive place to live, work, do business and recreate, building on the appeal of our area as having all the charm of a rural lifestyle without sacrificing big city comforts.
But most significantly, each of these projects would also result in substantial job creation and accompanying economic injection in our local economy.
With works currently underway on the Town Centre Upgrade – Stage 2, it’s particularly exciting to consider the delivery of the Town Centre Revitalisation MasterPlan in its entirety, to complete the vision for our town centre as a regional destination for boutique shopping, dining, leisure and recreation for people of all ages.
Stage 3 focuses on the southern end of John Street, incorporating the railway station which would also help to drive visitation to Singleton through ease of access via rail transport, as well as encourage residents to come into the town centre to utilise alternative transport options to better connect with the wider Hunter region and beyond.
It ties in perfectly with the NSW Government’s announcement recently that the trial of additional passenger train services between Singleton and Newcastle and beyond to Sydney will continue into 2021 because of the impacts of COVID-19.
There’s no question that every LGA and every community across NSW and Australia is suffering because of COVID-19. But I respectfully submit that Singleton has already done the hard work to identify the needs of our community now and into the future, laid the plans for delivery, and can now petition the Federal Government to inject the funds necessary to make them happen – despite and because of challenging circumstances.
Cr Sue Moore
Mayor of Singleton