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Posted on: 4 May, 2018

Singleton takes the field for improved community facilities with 17 applications to Stronger Country

From getting fit with improved sports facilities to a training kitchen for Singleton’s future chefs, Singleton’s applications to the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund have the potential to change the future for people across the local government area.

But there won’t be any losing sight of the past, with restoration of the Singleton Historical Museum in Burdekin Park also on the project list.

Singleton Council has submitted applications for 17 projects with a combined value of approximately $4.6 million from the $200 million fund, overseen by Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro.

Applications closed today.

Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore said Council worked in partnership with sporting clubs and community groups to prepare and lodge the applications.

The list of projects includes upgrades to sporting venues including expansions of the Rugby League Club and Singleton Rugby Club, a new basketball court at Victoria Park and upgrades for Singleton Gym and Swim, as well as a waste water upgrade for Lake St Clair, restoration of the Singleton Historical Museum and upgrades for Mt Olive Hall and the Scout Hall.

“The PCYC is also represented with an extension of the boxing room and entry upgrade, and Singleton Civic Centre could receive a facelift and new audio equipment,” Cr Moore said.

“I’m excited by the possibility of seeing the realisation of all these projects that will make a real difference to people in Singleton on a range of fronts, whether it’s more opportunities for improving our health and fitness through to better community facilities to bring people together.

“I’m particularly interested in the training kitchen, tentatively proposed for Riverside Park, which would bring amazing opportunities for school students to get hands-on experience in a career in hospitality.

“All 17 projects are more than worthy of funding and meet the objectives of the program to improve the lives of people in regional communities and enhance the attractiveness of rural and regional NSW.

“I can’t wait for a favourable announcement by Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnson and the Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro so we can get moving on turning this list of projects into a list of new facilities for the people of Singleton.”

General Manager Jason Linnane said Singleton was perfectly placed to benefit from initiatives targeting regional areas, such as the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

“The projects we have submitted are varied in scope, size and community benefits and will provide excellent outcomes for the Singleton LGA,” he said.

“We thank the State Government for this fantastic opportunity to apply for grant funding for projects that will deliver real benefits to the people of Singleton, and Council is hopeful that all of our sporting and community groups will gain from this program.”

Stronger Country Communities Fund - project applications
Sporting Projects:
Changing room upgrade - Alroy Oval
Howe Park irrigation, fencing and seating upgrade
Singleton PCYC - boxing room extension
Rugby League Club extension - Pirtek Oval
Cook Park irrigation and seating upgrade
Singleton Gym and Swim shade and racing equipment
Allan Bull Reserve irrigation and seating upgrade
Singleton Rugby Club expansion
Victoria Park basketball court (new full court)

Community Projects:
Lake St Clair waste water upgrade
Singleton Historical Museum restoration - Burdekin Park
Civic Centre audio upgrade
Civic Precinct upgrade
Training kitchen (potentially Riverside Park)
PCYC entry upgrade
Mt Olive Hall upgrade
Scout Hall toilet upgrade - disability access

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