Multi-million dollar saleyards upgrade boosts Singleton’s economic rejuvenation
The Federal Government’s announcement of $2.7 million to upgrade the Hunter Regional Livestock Exchange is a shot in the arm for Singleton’s economic rejuvenation, Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore says.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce visited the facility on Gresford Road, Clydesdale this morning to share the news, which will contribute to a $3.4 million redevelopment in a partnership between the Government, Singleton Council and lessees RLX Group - Regional Livestock Exchange.
The project will include a new kiosk building incorporating a commercial kitchen, public seating area and modern office spaces for RLX staff and sales agents, as well as new livestock weighing and processing facilities, new access walkways and unloading ramp.
Works also include upgrades for traffic movement, parking and amenity areas to improve vehicle access and safety.
Cr Moore said the funding was a big tick for the Singleton Infrastructure Agenda 2021/2022, which outlines key projects for the Singleton local government area and the funds required.
“Council has taken a proactive approach through advocacy and our own initiatives, such as the Singleton Legacy Fund, to support and enhance the rejuvenation of our economy to ensure our community thrives well into the future,” she said.
“The announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister demonstrates the continued importance of agriculture to our region, our economy and in the social fabric of Singleton.
“This project is an important inclusion on our Infrastructure Agenda which will, amongst other things, allow us to grow the capacity of the saleyards, improve the returns to local sellers and improve animal welfare noting that the facility generates more than $40 million in stock sales annually.
“The development application for the new administration and kiosk building is already approved, and we’re looking forward to working with Regional Livestock Exchange to deliver this project as soon as possible.”