SINGLETON ARTS + CULTURAL CENTRE
After more than a year in construction, the State’s newest gallery, the Singleton Arts and Cultural Centre was unveiled on 6 March 2022.
Riverside Park offers a special experience with activities for the entire family in the heart of Singleton’s revitalised Town Centre. Parents are able to sit back and relax at the park kiosk, while the state of the art playground, including skywalk, climbing towers, three slides, splash pad and rock climbing wall, is a highlight for kids. Riverside Park was opened to the public in December 2018.
Singleton Council acquired the former Sutton Ford site in 2013. This project supports the transformation of John Street into a premier lifestyle precinct for Singleton, and also strengthen the town’s historic relationship with the river.
The project was funded from Section 94 contributions towards public open space and voluntary planning agreements (VPA’s).
SINGLETON REGIONAL LIVESTOCK MARKETS
The upgrade to the Singleton Regional Livestock Markets was funded by a 2014 $6 million grant under the State Government’s Resources for Regions program and an additional $1.73 million from Singleton Council.
This project was a significant investment in the economic diversity of our local government area and a demonstration to the wider agricultural industry that Singleton intends to continue its long tradition of supporting primary producers.
The project included:
- Construction a new 5100m2 roof
- Fire Services (Hydrant Main)
- Almost one kilometre of raised aerial walkways
- Electrical services (installation of lighting)
- Recycled water tanks
- Access road (Eastern side for fire-fighting access)
- Swinging gates
- North Yard fences and walkways
- External lighting
- Hydraulic services
- Water troughs
The project was completed in February 2018 and completed by Wiley and Co.
Crucial road upgrades in the heart of wine country opened in 2017, thanks to a $16.7 million boost from the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program.
This project was a joint enterprise between Singleton and Cessnock Councils. The project elements within the Singleton LGA included:
- Upgrade of 10.6km of Hermitage Road (widening and resurfacing)
- Improved safety of intersections
- Construction of an on-road cycleway connecting the Hunter Expressway and New England Highway with Broke Road
- Installation of tourist facilities including signage and rest areas
- Lighting for safety and way-finding
The $7 million Town Centre - Stage 2 Upgrade continued Singleton’s transformation as a destination for retail, dining, recreation and leisure.
The works revitalised John Street from the Ryan Avenue intersection north to Campbell Street, and from Campbell Street to the New England Highway to enhance the gateways to the Town Centre from the highway as well as improve traffic flows and pedestrian connectivity.
Works were completed in September 2021.
- The project has attracted about $500,000 in direct local expenditure
- Upgraded kerb and gutter, footpaths, street trees and street furniture will increase the level of liveability and amenity in the area
- The Stage 2 upgrade linked in with Stage 1 to enhance the Town Centre, making it more attractive for businesses and community connectiveness
- The Elizabeth Street and John Street intersection was upgraded to increase safety
- Pedestrian crossings on John Street are being placed in safer locations
In October 2013, the NSW Government awarded a $9 million grant to Singleton Council for the revitalisation of the Singleton Town Centre under the Resources for Regions program. Council had already committed $2 million to the project to commence planning and design.
Stage One of the project extends down John St from Hunter St to Gowrie St and combines civil, electrical, architectural, landscaping and mechanical elements. Work, which was completed in 2015, included:
- Extending footpath areas and introducing new pavement and the introduction of raised pedestrian crossings.
- New garden beds and rain gardens will be established with more than 70 new trees and 2000 plants, using state of the art watering systems that use stormwater.
- Modern street furniture, including more than 60 new benches, drinking fountains, and bike racks.
- The street lights were upgraded by removing the existing street lights and replacing them with modern LED type lights as well as adding dedicated lighting to the footpaths in awning areas.
- The speed limit for a section of John St was reduced to 40km/h and dedicated parking including spaces for people with disabilities provided.
- Wayfinding signage, including maps of the town centre, were introduced to assist motorists and pedestrians with getting to their desired location.