Highway verging on beautiful

9 August 2019 

The major gateways into the Singleton township will become even more welcoming in the coming months, with more than 103,000 square metres of roadside to be improved with more frequent mowing and landscaping following an agreement between Singleton Council and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

After years of negotiations, Council will maintain the landscaping in medians and verges along the entire state-owned New England Highway road corridor through Singleton, from just before Newington Lane to Magpie Street.

The contract marks the start of the implementation of Council’s proposed Singleton Thoroughfare Beautification Scheme through Singleton’s main traffic routes, showcasing our local government area to passing motorists.

Damian Morris, Council’s Manager Infrastructure Services said the revised contract with RMS meant that Council could provide a high standard of presentation throughout Singleton’s town centre.

“It’s really important to our community that we focus on major roads and gateway points to present Singleton at its best,” he said.

“This additional maintenance will enhance the landscaping at entry points through the major transport corridor, providing a welcoming entry for locals and visitors alike and consistency in the standard of landscaping and roadside maintenance throughout the town.

“It’s these entry points that provide the first impression of our town, and great looking public spaces enhance the sense of ownership for members of our community and help make Singleton a great place to live.”

Mr Morris said Council had a positive and mutually beneficial relationship with the RMS, also performing routine maintenance and ordered works services on the Golden Highway, Putty Road and New England Highway. 

“These are often the first areas people see when they visit our region, so we’re proud to play a lead role in making sure they not only look good, but are also functional and serviceable for motorists so we leave a lasting positive impression,” he said.

“It’s great that Council can work collaboratively with the State Government to deliver such high quality service for our community.”