Draft designs for stage 2 of town centre upgrades


The modernisation of John Street is spreading, with designs for the Town Centre - Stage 2 Upgrade unveiled in keeping with its transformation as a destination for retail, dining, recreation and leisure.

The $7million project encompasses John Street from the Ryan Avenue intersection north to Campbell Street to the New England Highway, to enhance the gateways to the Town Centre from the highway as well as improve traffic flow and pedestrian connectivity.

Key inclusions are:

  • Tree plantings on John Street and Campbell Street
  • New street lighting
  • Undergrounding of power
  • Baileys Union Park improvements
  • Improved pedestrian connectivity at the John and Campbell streets intersection
  • Potential for heritage treatment in Pearces Park

Kerb lines and speed limits would remain unchanged.

Mark Ihlein, Council’s Director Planning and Infrastructure Services said the design aimed to reinforce key landscape, urban design and visual values of Singleton, as well as provide a cohesive connection through the entire promenade.

People can view the draft design on Council’s website or Administration Centre until 11 December 2019, or discuss the draft plan with Council staff at an information drop in session at Riverside Park on Wednesday 27 November from 8am to 12pm.

“The Stage 2 upgrade sees the extension of the street beautification that has already occurred further along John Street and Ryan Avenue, and will also include improvements to the Campbell Street intersection as well as traffic and parking management, landscaping, street lighting, underground power, footpath improvements and upgrades to Baileys Union Park,” Mr Ihlein said.

“The intention is to improve traffic flow, promote road and pedestrian safety and bring people to this end of town, providing easy access to facilities such as Riverside Park.

“But of course we’re very keen to hear feedback from the community about what they think.

“Everyone can look at the plans on our website and Council’s Administration Centre and make a submission, or come along and talk to us at a drop-in session at Riverside Park on Wednesday 27 November from 8am to 12pm.”

Mr Ihlein said improvements to address the safety of school buses at the intersection of John and Elizabeth streets, while part of the brief for the Stage 2 Upgrade, was the subject of separate consultation.

“Discussions have already occurred with a number of stakeholders, including businesses, local bus companies and schools about a potential one-way traffic option for Hunter Street, and Council is working through 124 responses to a survey of residents and parents,” he said.

“We are also very mindful of the historical significance of this part of the town centre as an archaeological site and the heritage values of the site will help to inform design outcomes.”

The Singleton Town Centre Upgrade – Stage 2 project is funded in partnership between Singleton Council and the RestartNSW Resources for Regions program.

Submissions about the Town Centre Upgrade – Stage 2 landscape design may be made in writing and addressed to the General Manager, Singleton Council via post to PO BOX 314 Singleton NSW 2330 or via email to council@singleton.nsw.gov.au by 11 December 2019.