Resources for Regions

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The NSW Government introduced the Resources for Regions Program in 2012 to support the ongoing prosperity of mining communities in regional NSW by providing vital infrastructure, economic opportunities, and positive social outcomes. 

Following advocacy by Singleton Council, the NSW Government undertook a review of the Resources for Regions program. As a result, a number of recommendations were made, including a guaranteed amount for mining-affected regions calculated on the level of impact, as well as broadening the scope of the program to include community programs in addition to infrastructure projects.

Those recommendations were incorporated into Round Seven of the Resources for Regions program, which was announced in Singleton by the Deputy Premier John Barilaro on Wednesday 24 June 2020. A minimum of $1 million is available in each eligible Local Government Area (LGA). Additional funding will be weighted to the most mining-affected communities using the mining employment location quotient in the relevant LGA.

The Resources for Regions Program is administered by the Department of Regional NSW.

ROUND EIGHT

$75 million is available to mining-affected LGA's in NSW through Round Eight of the Resources for Regions program. Applications for have now closed and a funding allocation announcement is expected to be announced by the NSW Government in September 2021. 

Council has applied for the following on behalf of our community:

Application

Value

Mining Roads Upgrade Program

$1,995,000

Cook Park Covered Spectator Areas

$700,000

Broke Shared Path - Milbrodale Road Extension

$440,210

Singleton Rugby League - Clubhouse Development - new amenities and function area

$1,345,000

Singleton Rugby Club Grandstand Fit Out - Stage 3

$500,000

Singleton PCYC - Improvement Project

$250,000

Lake St Clair Recreation Park Improvement Program

$350,000

Singleton Destination Enhancement Project - Wayfinding Implementation - Stage 1

$400,000

Singleton Community Sustainability Program

$225,000

Public Amenity Streetscapes Improvement Program

$250,000

Grow Singleton - Developing Economic Diversification and Industry Resilience and Growth

250,000

Creative Industry Development

150,000

Singleton Connected - Joint Community Action Activation Program & Worker - Singleton Neighbourhood Centre

$150,000

Switching Up Business Growth in Singleton

$250,000

Building Mental Health Resilience and Wellbeing

$150,000

Public Arts Precincts Program

$250,000

Defence Families Employment Pathways

$150,000

Singleton Employer Connect Program

$200,000


ROUND SEVEN

Under Round Seven of the Resources for Regions program in 2020, $4,571,283 in funding was announced for the Singleton local government area.

ProjectFunding allocationDescription
Singleton Rugby Club – Stage 2
$500,000
This funding is for the completion of the upper level seating section of the new grandstand. Over the past 50 years, Singleton Rugby Club has turned a sheep paddock into a national level sporting facility that is available for the community to for rugby and other sports, as well as to hold events such as Christmas parties, birthdays, charity fundraisers and family events. The new grandstand will increase capacity for visitors and spectators as well as open up the opportunity to hold national, State and regional championships and specialised training camps for all football codes. The project will enhance and promote the sport of rugby union and provide a fully accessible facility for many other sporting codes within the community.
Building Better Businesses – Business Advisory Hub Pilot Program
$250,000

Building Better Businesses is a pilot 12-month skills development program providing a business advisory hub and training/coaching programs for Singleton businesses. It aims to assist local businesses to develop initiatives that build resilience, capacity and growth, improving productivity, servicing new markets, diversifying offerings/customers, marketing and start-up support. The program will provide a navigation service to help access business support services locally and regionally as well as practical, actionable skills training, coaching and mentoring focusing on local challenges and opportunities, to build economic prosperity.

Broke Shared Footpath Project
$560,000

The Broke Village Project - Shared Footpath is a plan to implement a new shared path through Broke village for pedestrians and cyclists. The path will start at Blaxland Street, run southwards on Broke Road, through McNamara Park and along Milbrodale Road to link to the major vineyards on the road. A pedestrian refuge is also included for construction between McNamara Park and the village store.


Community Hub Business Case
$50,000

The development of a Community Hub business case including a feasibility study on the redevelopment of Singleton Heights Sports Centre to accommodate a single entry point for community services such as information and referral, direct access to outreach services, resources and facilities that support the population of Singleton Heights including children, family, young people, and elders.

Hamiltons Crossing Road Causeway $600,000

The Hamiltons Crossing Road Project targets the construction of a new concrete causeway on Glendon Brook. Hamiltons Crossing Road is an important community link between Mirannie and the Glendonbrook area which is currently closed due to the lack of a formal crossing at the creek. This project will also include sealing of unsealed road (approx. 2.4km) which is jointly funded by Singleton Council and a Fixing Local Roads grant.

Howe Park and Alroy Sports Field Flood Light Improvements
$477,283
This funding covers floodlighting for the second field at Alroy Oval to include four lighting towers, and the improvement of existing floodlighting at Howe Park to allow nighttime cricket. 
Howe Park Surface Renovations
$250,000

The renovation of the Howe Park Sportsground will provide an improved playing surface appropriate to the level of competition played at the premier cricket and football facility in the Singleton LGA.

Guide to navigating Mental Health Services Program
$150,000

A 12-month pilot program that brings services together to develop a strong and streamlined referral policy and protocol addressing service gaps and raise awareness of how to access support and current mental health services. Resources and tools developed will be clear, transparent and sustainable to assist navigating the local services system and accessing the right care at the right time.

Singleton Showground New Multi-Purpose Performance Shed
$250,000 

To remove the old dairy shed and replace it with a new multi-purpose performance shed, incorporating repurposed local heritage-listed shed materials into the new building design. This new facility will be the only one of its kind that is fully accessible to the wider community in the Singleton LGA.

Wonnarua Healing Centre
$299,000

This project aims to create a safe and secure meeting place for Wonnarua and other Aboriginal people. It is proposed to open the centre for broader community education as well as Aboriginal service providers. There are also plans to provide future temporary onsite accommodation to support the Healing Centre in the future.

Singleton Golf Club
$285,000

The project includes improving pedestrian access and security along the Boundary Street side of Howe Park reserve through the provision of modern fencing and landscaping. A 100-year-old machinery shed will also be demolished and rebuilt to incorporate a workshop, office, and storage to provide a more solid and secure complex for Singleton Golf Club.

Singleton Worker Support Pathways Program
$300,000

The Singleton Worker Pathways Program is a targeted skills development program providing local worker advisory and referral services, accessible to all Singleton residents including youth, mature and indigenous workers. It will offer individually-tailored support to access the diverse career, training and job opportunities in the Singleton region. Drawing on a strong evidence base and local provider partnership, this is a proactive response to local challenges such as complex job markets, limited local education options, and intensive assistance for vulnerable groups. The program seeks to support economic diversification, long-term resilience and respond to downturns.

Singleton Neighbourhood Centre – Community Liaison Program and Worker
$150,000

A Community Liaison Program and Worker for the Singleton Neighbourhood Centre will contribute to community wellbeing by ensuring the effective and appropriate provision of emergency assistance to those most in need in the community. This role will increase awareness of and engagement with the centre’s support services to residents of the Singleton LGA who are impacted by disadvantage and the unequal economic pressures generated through mining and the related industries. Through this role, the Neighbourhood Centre will increase the resilience and adaptability of the community with the provision of targeted programs and support.

Aingleton Defence Family and Veteran Employment Pathways Program $150,000

This program is a targeted skills development project that seeks to enhance the relationship between the Singleton community and Australian Defence families and veterans, through the connection of employment opportunities and facilitation of short local industry-specific upskilling for Defence families and veterans. It aims to support local industry through connection to skilled employees from Defence families and veterans, as well as attract more Defence families to Singleton to aid retention and support local veterans.

Singleton’s People and Place Identity Program
$300,000

People and Place – Singleton’s Identity Program is a community wellbeing program delivered through seven creative activities that support community involvement, the promotion of local culture and history, and social cohesion. The two-year program, involving local artists and creative industry practitioners, will utilise photography, illustration, mapping, digital arts, painting and heritage archives to create a series of installations and exhibitions. These activities will occur throughout the LGA, encouraging community participation that will enhance the overall liveability of Singleton.