The transformation of the Singleton Regional Livestock Market will continue after Singleton Council received $305,955 under the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund to upgrade the kiosk building.
The dollar-for-dollar funding will see the $611,000 project go ahead to provide disabled facilities and access, up-to-date food preparation and dining facilities, and improved structural capacity including new walls, roof and flooring.
Council has budgeted the remaining funds in its 2018/2019 Building Capital Works Program.
Senator for New South Wales John Williams and Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh announced Singleton had been successful in its application earlier this week, saying the project was a significant investment in building a stronger economy and driving jobs for the long-term, with flow-on effects to the local community.
The kiosk upgrade follows the official opening of the $7.73million upgrade in February this year, funded by $6million from the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program and $1.73million from Council, with works including a roof over the Northern Yards selling area, almost one kilometre of raised aerial walkways and installation of rainwater harvest tanks.
Director Corporate and Community Anthony Egan said the kiosk was an important next step in making the Singleton Regional Livestock Market an industry-recognised state-of-the-art facility.
“The detailed design and construction of the kiosk was proposed as part of the original saleyard upgrade works, given the poor condition of the building and its lack of conformance to building standards and requirements and it has always been Council’s to intent for it to be upgraded,” he said.
“The upgrade unveiled earlier this year was a significant improvement in the facilities for the hundreds of cattle that pass through the yards each week, and the agents and buyers who come from across NSW and interstate to attend the weekly sale.
“An improved kiosk will provide a much-needed benefit to all users through improved access, amenity and service provision for refreshments and networking away from the noise and activity of the sale floor.
“Construction of the project is scheduled to commence late January 2019 and is anticipated to take 12 weeks to complete.”
The funding announcement also comes as Council moves ahead to assure the ongoing viability of the Singleton Regional Livestock Market following a Council resolution in March to invite a selective tender process for the lease and operation of the site.
Council is currently finalising tender and lease documents to enable the Selective Tender to be advertised in August, with a decision on the outcome to be made by Council later this year.
“Singleton Regional Livestock Market is an important economic and historic facility for our community and Council is committed to ensuring the facility provides the best value not only for sales agents and buyers, but the people of Singleton as a community asset,” Mr Egan said.
“The operation of the kiosk will be advantageous in any lease arrangement and this investment in asset renewal will assist in securing the best outcome for the community as well as an eventual lessee in providing the best possible services.”