Help guide the future of Howe Park & Bulga Reserve


Community input is being invited to help shape the future of two significant open spaces, Singleton’s Howe Park and the Bulga Stock Reserve.

Singleton Council has engaged open space, recreation and environmental planners Gondwana Consulting to assist in the preparation of draft plan of managements for each site, as required under recent changes to Crown land legislation.

Howe Park has a long history as a venue for cricket since the early 1900s and is home to both the Singleton Golf Club and the Howe Park Tennis Club, while the Bulga Stock Reserve, located north-east of Putty Road, was used as a travelling stock reserve.

It is strategically located in the Bulga village and was set aside for public recreation in 1993.

Mark Ihlein, Council’s Director Planning and Infrastructure Services, said community input was vital to capture what residents envisioned for the sites.

Drop-in information and discussion sessions will be held at Howe Park next week, while a meeting will be held with Focus groups for Bulga Stock Reserve.

People can also complete an online feedback form on Council’s website or make a written submission.

Sporting groups, park users, neighbours, the local community and any other interested people or groups are being invited to contribute their opinions, issues or suggestions to help Council draft the plans of management.

“Howe Park was initially reserved as a public park in 1887, and today’s park is used by both the Singleton District Cricket Association and Singleton Strikers Football Club, and a valuable open space for casual activities such as walking, informal games, dog-walking, and relaxing,” Mr Ihlein said.

“The potential for the Bulga Stock Reserve as a community space was recognised in the Bulga Landscape Master Plan recently prepared for Council, which proposed a number of low-key developments on the reserve for the enjoyment of visitors and residents.

“Both are great recreation assets for our community, and input is central to the preparation of the plans of management to ensure they consider and respond to community values, thoughts and ideas.

“There is a range of ways people can contribute to the preparation plans to make sure as many people as possible have the opportunity to tell us what they think.

“People can head to Council’s website to fill in an online feedback form, come and chat to us at a drop-in information and discussion session at Howe Park, make a comment on social media or put your ideas in writing.

“All the feedback we receive will be used in the preparation of the draft plan of management, which will then be exhibited for further public comment.”

Feedback is open until Friday 20 December. Drop-in information and discussion sessions will be held at Howe Park on Wednesday 4 December from 4pm to 7pm and Saturday 7 December from 10am to 2pm.