29 July 2020

With so much uncertainty affecting every aspect of our lives, it’s a bright spot for all of us as we see work getting underway on the construction of the $7 million Singleton Town Centre Upgrade – Stage 2 this week. The project covers John Street from the intersection of Ryan Avenue north to the Campbell Street roundabout, and Campbell Street to the New England Highway, continuing the modernisation of our town centre as a regional destination to meet, eat, do business and relax. 

Funded in partnership between the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program and Council, it’s a major part of more than $45 million in capital expenditure scheduled for 2020/2021.

The project is slated to take up to 12 months (weather permitting) for completion, and Council is doing everything possible to minimise disruptions to businesses and motorists during the construction phase. However, there will be some impacts on traffic. To keep up to date, follow Council on Facebook, contact the dedicated 24 hour enquiry line on 0401 096 484 or email singletontc@robsoncivil.com.au

The endorsement of the Singleton Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) 2041 at last week’s Ordinary Council meeting was another significant step for the future of Singleton. Economic diversity is a key component of the document that sets out a 20-year broad vision for the Singleton LGA in terms of land use, activities, landforms and buildings.

The LSPS goes so far as to illustrate the vision for the LGA, including that by the year 2041, Singleton will be internationally recognised as a mining centre of excellence, and transitioned to a more diversified and innovative economy.

In addition, the Singleton township and surrounding villages are community focused, with sustainable design, liveability and amenity at the forefront of growth objectives. The Singleton town centre, neighbourhood shops, McDougall’s Hill Business Park and Mt Thorley Industrial Area are well-planned, vibrant and dynamic business centres that offer a range of skills and employment opportunities.

But we know our LGA can’t progress in isolation. Most recently we’ve seen the rewards that come from local partnerships with businesses and community organisations, most notably through our Chambers of Commerce and Interagency. We have productive relationships with our neighbouring LGAs, particularly the junction in Branxton where we meet with Cessnock City Council. And we have strong partnerships with a range of government agencies and initiatives, including the NSW Government’s Upper Hunter Economic Diversification Work Group. I am also proud to chair the 2050 Foundation, a sub-committee of the Hunter Joint Organisation.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has had an immediate impact on our daily activities, it has not slowed the advancement of a diverse and progressive future that isn’t happening 20 years from now, but today.

Cr Sue Moore
Mayor of Singleton