MAYOR AGREES ANNOUNCEMENT OF FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SINGLETON BYPASS EXPECTED IN TOMORROW'S BUDGET IS FANTASTIC NEWS, BUT PROJECT MUST MEET NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY
“This is fantastic news and I’m very excited to see the official announcement when the Federal Budget is handed down tomorrow," Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore said.
“It has long been recognised that a partnership between the Federal and State governments was required to deliver the Singleton bypass, and the $560m to be allocated in the Federal Budget is a significant step forward to realising this vital piece of infrastructure.
“Our focus now will be on working with the NSW Government to commit to bridging the funding gap of about $45 million.
“But most importantly, we will be stepping up our efforts to ensure the project is built in keeping with the needs of our community and the people who regularly drive through our local government area. We need to make sure the bypass is built right now, not as a stop-gap measure that will require further attention 20 years’ down the track.
“Our community deserves a full interchange at Putty Road and John Street to make it easy for everyone to visit our Town Centre and get on their way again, and it needs to be dual lane for the entire length.
“The people of Singleton are already facing a range of economic, social and environmental challenges compounded by industry change, and we need all levels of government to build infrastructure that will help us to overcome, and most importantly thrive, into the future.
“I am pursuing meetings with the relevant State ministers as a matter of urgency to discuss these issues, and in light of the impending Budget announcement will be very keen to see a resolution and construction sooner rather than later.”