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Posted on: 15 June, 2018

Stronger Country Communities Fund delivers $1,265,302 for social, cultural and emergency projects

Work is set to begin on the final stages of the Rose Point Park All Abilities Playground and upgrade of the Singleton SES Facility after Singleton Council officially signed the deeds for a total of $1,265,302 under the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

The total amount also includes $125,482 for the historic Singleton Showground Main Building, which will receive a facelift in time for the 150th anniversary of Singleton Show in September 2018.

Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen announced the three successful projects for Singleton earlier this year.

Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore said the funding was a significant investment in the social, cultural and historical fabric of Singleton.

“I could not think of three projects that better represent the things we love most about our community,” she said.

“The Rose Point Park playground additions will create a fun and all-inclusive recreation space for all children - regardless of ability - and further cement Rose Point Park as a recreation destination.

“Council is also excited to work with the SES to make the expansion of the Singleton SES headquarters a reality, contributing a further $50,000 in addition to $$260,000 from the State Government to make sure our volunteers have the facilities they need to best respond in an emergency event.

“And of course the Northern Agricultural Association Singleton will do a fantastic job to oversee the improvements necessary to make sure the historic Main Building at Singleton Showground is enjoyed by generations to come - and all in time for the 150th celebrations of Singleton Show.

“These are projects that go right to the heart of our community and I can’t wait to see the end results.

“It’s wonderful the NSW Government recognises the importance of these kinds of facilities. I’m grateful for the recognition Singleton has received under the Stronger Country Communities Fund and look forward to the outcomes of our latest applications.”

Project overview

Singleton State Emergency Service Facility Upgrade
Funding amount: $260,000
Co-contribution from Council: $50,000

The project will see the demolition of a shed on the existing Singleton Emergency Services site and construction of a new shed, training tower and fit out of the facility in order to meet Singleton’s growing population and community expectations.

Rose Point Park All Abilities Playground - Stages 6-11
Funding amount: $879,820

The funding will be used to complete the final stages of the All Abilities Playground at Rose Point Park, enhancing the existing playground and providing more opportunities to encourage inclusive and accessible play. The implementation of Stages 6 to 11 includes:
Stage 6 - Sensory Trail
Stage 7 - Graduated spinning and rocking equipment
Stage 8 - Climbing Challenge
Stage 9 - Graduated Balancing Challenges
Stage 10 - Installation of new accessible play equipment
Stage 11 - Cycleway and trees

Singleton Showground Facilities Upgrade Project (managed by the Northern Agricultural Association Singleton)
Funding amount: $125,482

The project will see engagement of a builder contractor to complete the replacement of the Bathurst Street wall of the Main Building, beams and damaged walls, as well as the installation of safety handrails in the grandstand. The project is to be complete for the opening of the 2018 Singleton Show, celebrating its 150-year anniversary on 21 September 2018.

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