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a. the owner is going to do the work, orb. there are multiple builders completing the work, andc. the value is over $10,000.
an Owner Builder Permit is required.
If the work is over $20,000 then an Owner Builder Course Certificate is required to accompany the application form and fees. An application for can be obtained from the Department of Fair Trading on the link provided.
A statutory declaration is required for the same if the value of work is under $10,000.
For information on applying for Owner Builder permits contact Department of Fair Trading on the following link. Department of Fair Trading
See Legislation requirement at Department of Planning. Department of Planning
The Long Service Corporation administers a portable long service benefits scheme for building and construction industry workers in NSW. The scheme was created in 1975 under NSW legislation.
All development over the value of $25,000 triggers the requirement to pay Long Service Levy to the Long Service Corporation. Long Service Corporation
The goods are broken down into various components including plastics, glass, metals, wiring, circuit boards and then sent to various recovery facilities for recycling.
Some of these components can be recycled into new products whilst others such as metals can be recycled and reused over and over again. Maiwel Recycling webpage
The metals, glass and plastics used in making electronic goods are mined from the earth's naturally produced resources. These resources are limited in the amount that can be extracted. The extraction of these natural resources also disturbs plants and animals residing in these areas.
Recycling the metals, glass and plastics in electronic goods also reduces the amount of water and energy that are used in the manufacturing process compared to using virgin produced metals, glass and plastics.
To REDUCE pollution
Monitors and screens contain toxic chemicals including barium, phosphor, lead and hexavalent chromium and other electronic goods also contain various chemicals that are harmful to the environment. These materials pose no threat while they are contained within equipment, but if they are disposed of in landfill, they could eventually leach into nearby waterways and the environment.
To REDUCE clutter around your home
Some people keep electronic goods in the hope one day they will get them repaired or they are unsure where they should be correctly disposed of. If you take advantage of the e-waste drop off service, all of your unwanted electrical waste will be recycled instead of being disposed of in our landfill.
The package is largely based on the findings and recommendations identified by the Independent Local Government Review Panel (ILGRP), which over the past three years has carried out extensive research and consultation on the priorities and required reforms identified by the sector.
Based on the work carried out by NSW TCorp, ILGRP and subsequent review by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), the Office of Local Government (OLG) set certain criteria and benchmarks as a basis for assessing each council’s ability to becoming “Fit for the Future.
The Fit for the Future reforms required all councils to assess their current position against the Independent Local Government Review Panel’s (ILGRP) preferred options and submit a proposal by 30 June 2015.
As Singleton Council has been identified as “No Change” under the ILGRP preferred options, Council is required to lodge a CIP which addresses how Council will meet seven key performance measures which have been established for councils to demonstrate how they are achieving the key criteria or working towards achieving them into the future. A council does not need to meet all performance measures now to be determined FFF but they must develop a CIP to show how they will work towards meeting them.
Singleton Council currently meets two of the benchmarks and is close to meeting several others. However, based on Council's long term forecasting without additional rate income, Council will not be able to meet the operating performance ratio within the five-year timeframe specified by the government. If Council cannot meet the benchmark, it will be determine "not fit" and will be subject to further considerations by the NSW Government.
The proposed weekly increase to residential rates is consistent with the weekly movements recently approved by IPART for other nearby councils for the 2015/16 financial year.
However, as part of the government's Fit for the Future reform package, Council must be able to meet or work towards meeting all seven benchmarks within a five-year period. Based on Council's Long Term Financial Plan, without a substantial increase in rates, this Council will not be able to meet the benchmark operating performance ratio within the time period without impacting on service levels and staffing.
If Council cannot demonstrates that it meets this benchmark, it will be deemed "not fit" and could be subject to further considerations by the NSW Government.
The variation would only apply to the general rate component and would not impact on other charges such as waste, water and sewerage.
This increase will not apply to services such as stormwater, water supply, sewer supply, waste or government levies.
You can calculate the impact of the special rate variation on your property by using our online rates calculator. Rates calculator
The additional revenue raised by the proposed special rate variation will not be spent on major projects or wish lists. There will ne no new major asset purchases or developments. The funds will be allocated towards asset renewal works ensuring our infrastructure backlog is adequately funded and the annual required maintenance is reduced.
Council is required to report each year what the income from a special rate variation is spent on.
We have borrowed more than $6 million to tackle our infrastructure backlog including replacing Bourkes Crossing and extensive works to our road and culvert network.
In 2014/15, we introduced a one-off special rate variation of 5% to be spent on maintaining and sealing our road network.
These funds have all been secured for a specific purpose and can only be spent on the purposes for which we applied for the funds.
We have undertaken extensive work to develop new asset management plans for all our asset classes, we’ve reduced expenditure every year and absorbed costs that have increased by more than CPI including contracts, materials and increases to staff award.
In addition we have brought in $31.92 million in Resources for Regions funding, $5.71 million in Hunter Infrastructure Investment funding and new loan borrowings totaling $6.2 million to address our infrastructure backlog, supported by a special rate variation introduced last year to tackle the identified infrastructure backlog for roads and culverts.
These funds have been secured for specific purposes and we can only use them for the projects we have specified in our applications in accordance with the eligibility criteria.
We have been doing more with less every year and if we had not taken the actions we have to date, we would be considerably worse off.
Despite the significant improvements in many areas of Council’s operations, without a substantial increase in general rate income, this Council will not be able to meet the benchmark operating performance ratio within five years without impacting on existing service levels across the whole organisation, reducing services and staffing.
These funds can only be used for the specific purpose for which they were applied for.
In 2015/16, mining rate assessments will contribute 34.53 per cent of Council's general rate income.
Without being able to raise adequate general fund income, Council will need to change, reduce or no longer deliver certain services.
The results of the consultation will inform a report to Council at its December ordinary meeting.
Council has a good track record of achievement against targeted special rate variation projects. These have been reported on separately in our annual reports. These are available online or from our Customer Service Centre. Download our annual reports
The rehabilitation services will be heavily used by industries in the region.
The additional water space will allow learn to swim programs to cater for a further 500 students per week, on top of the 800 students per week currently attending lessons.
The provision of a high quality fitness, health and leisure facility in Singleton will deliver broad benefits to the region and make Singleton a more attractive place to live. It has been projected that once the upgrade is finished, the membership base will grow by about 35 per cent.
Council will be providing a temporary gym facility during the demolition and construction of the new larger gym. The temporary facility will be fully climate controlled, accessible andretain the same equipment as what is currently available in the gym space. Group fitness classes for members will be catered for during this construction period. The current group fitnessclasses will be split between the gym floor, creche room and the sports court at the end of the Tenpin Bowling Alley. Please see the YMCA website for more information about the new timetable.
Regular project updates will be posted to noticeboards within the existing facility and the temporary gym as well as emailed to members. The project webpage on Council’s website will be regularly updated and any unforeseen impacts on members will be communicated by email or SMS.
Singleton Council will not make any payments or refund any fees to members who choose not to use the Gym & Swim during the construction period. We accept there will be an attrition rate of members during construction but Council expects that once complete, people will return to the facility and numbers will increase.
The new car park and the existing car park will each have an entry and an exit.
Once stage one is completed, due in December, the temporary gym will be removed and all the car parking reinstated. There is not expected to be any impact on parking during stage two.
Heating the outdoor pool for an extended summer swim season would require a very high initial and ongoing cost and effort compared with a relatively small benefit. The brand new hydrotherapy/program pool will lead to reduced congestion, eg. learn to swim classes could be held in the new pool and lap swimmers can utilise the 25m indoor pool which could have the temperature lowered to better cater for lap swimmers. The focus of the design is to maximise the benefit to the wider community and Gym & Swim users.
Council staff and a probity officer from NSW Public Works evaluated the submissions received according to set criteria.
Hines Constructions Pty Ltd was the recommended tenderer and Council awarded the construction contract at an extraordinary meeting on 1 June 2015.
Hines Constructions is based in Bathurst and has completed many similar projects including the Tamworth Indoor Sports Complex $10.2 million, the Narrabri Aquatic Centre $5.3 million, the Goulburn Multi-use Complex $7.4 million and the Lithgow Aquatic Centre Redevelopment Stage 1 $2 million.
Once completed, the new facility is expected to attract an increase in membership of up to 35% and enhance the facility's desirability for regional, state and national competitions and events, all of which will be of benefit to the YMCA.
The detailed design was undertaken by Facility Design Group in consultation with Council and the YMCA. Several concepts were developed and worked through based on the outcomes identified in the master plan. The aim was to provide the maximum benefit to the community as well as maximise the functionality of the centre.
Council endorsed the 75% designs at its meeting on 13 October 2014 and the designs were then put on display for community feedback. This feedback was taken into consideration when finalising the designs.
The funding cannot be spent on any other purpose.
The project elements within the Cessnock LGA are as follows: •Upgrade of 1.4km of Hermitage Road (full reconstruction) •Upgrade of 1.1km of Broke Road (full reconstruction) •Upgrade of intersection of Broke/Hermitage Road (including cycleway component); •Address safety of intersection; •Construction of an on-road cycleway linking the Cessnock/Singleton sections ; •Installation of tourist facilities including signage and rest areas; •Lighting for safety and way-finding.
Following geotechnical investigation works, Singleton Council has resolved to allocate an additional $1.1 million to the project for laying a new asphalt layer the full length of the road within the Singleton LGA.
The Resources for Regions program returns mining royalties to communities that have been impacted by mining.
Reasonable contingencies have been allowed for in line with industry standards for a project of this scale and type.
Council will call for tenders for construction in April and anticipates awarding the construction contract in June/July.
The two-way cycleway will be two metres wide and will be separated from the roadway by a one-metre division. The cycleway will have a cross over at the southern end of Hermitage Rd at the boundary of the Cessnock and Singleton LGAs to join the cycleway being constructed by Cessnock.
Where new rest areas are being established, the road is being widened to allow for vehicles to pass stationery vehicles waiting to turn.
The rest area will feature separate entry and exit driveways. Vehicles approaching the rest area from the south will be able to overtake vehicles waiting to enter the rest area.
The rest area will have informational signage and a solar-powered light to enable all hours access.
Due to the decision to proceed with a cycleway on the western side of the road only, the number of properties that will be impacted by the project has decreased significantly.
The exact number and area of the impacted properties will not be known until the 100 per cent design is completed, however, at the 75 per cent design stage it looks like about 29 properties will be affected. Council has engaged a land valuer and land acquisition discussions will commence once the 100 per cent design is in hand.
If your property is located on the eastern side of Hermitage Rd, it is highly unlikely you will be impacted by land acquisitions associated with this project.
It is anticipated that no business will need to close during construction. We will look to structure work that maintains access to all driveways (with minimal delays during selected activities).
We anticipate the road will remain open throughout the construction period, using contraflow to divert traffic around work sites. We will have a better understanding of how construction will be undertaken once we have engaged a contractor.
We will liaise directly with affected properties during construction to ensure access is maintained and will be sensitive to peak periods when vehicles movements will increase.
If there is no notice on your bin, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 02 6578 7290 within 24 hours of the missed service and collection will be arranged.
Then contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 02 6578 7290 to arrange for a replacement bin for your property.
Please note: If more than two bins are stolen from a property, you may be required to pay for replacement.
Please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 02 6578 7290 to provide details of the damage and arrange for prompt repair or replacement of the bin.
Damaged bins are repaired or replaced free of charge.
If there is no notice on your bin, please contact the Recycling Hotline on 1800 838 884 and collection will be arranged.
Please note: GPS tracking systems in the collection trucks record all premises where the bin was not presented for collection at the time of service. Please ensure your bin has been placed out as requested.
Then contact the Recycling Hotline on 1800 838 884 to arrange for a replacement bin for your property.
Please contact the Recycling Hotline on 1800 838 884 to provide details of the damage and arrange for prompt repair or replacement of the bin.
Simply find your street name and suburb, to determine your collection day and category. This category relates to your collection calendar. Kerbside Collection Days
The aims of these changes include, to:
Create a fairer and more equitable system for OSSM owners.• Create less paperwork for OSSM owners.• Increase Council inspections.• Improve Council follow-up on systems that are operating poorly.• Provide better of information/education resources to OSSM owners.• Provide incentives for systems operating well and penalties for systems operating poorly.One of the first steps to enable this to happen is to change the way Approvals to Operate are managed which includes reviewing the fee structure.
Inspections will be programmed by Council. You will receive notice (usually two weeks) prior to the inspection occurring. You do not need to be present but you may be present if preferred. If you wish to be present or have other requirements ie dogs or locked access gate, you will need to contact Council, after you receive notification, to arrange a suitable date and time.
Payment by quarterly instalmentsThe payment dates and amounts for each instalment are shown on your rate notice. Council will send you an instalment notice for the second, third and fourth instalments, 30 days before the payment is required.
The payment dates for each instalment are:1st Instalment - 31 August 2nd Instalment - 30 November 3rd Instalment: - 28 February 4th Instalment: - 31 May
Please note that under this option, ratepayers can still pay more than one instalment. Paying my rates
It does not mean that each separate rate assessment will increase by that percentage, but it does mean that the total rate revenue from all assessments cannot exceed this figure. The rate pegging limit only applies to rates and not to charges.
Councils can request the State Government consider granting a special variation above the determined percentage. An extensive community consultation process must occur before this can occur. Fees and Charges Schedule
Glass bottles & jars - all food and drink bottles and jars are recyclable. Remove lids and caps and place them in the yellow lid bin separately. As long as bottles and jars are empty, no rinsing is required.
Steel & aluminium - aerosol spray cans, all drink/food tins/cans, cat/dog food tins/cans, clean aluminium foil & trays, cooking oil tins, dry empty paint cans, pots and pans. There is no need to remove the paper labels from tins/cans. Place metal lids inside tin/can.
Plastic - all empty rigid plastic household liquid & food containers, biscuit trays, cosmetic jars, CD cases (no discs), deodorant roll-ons, detergent bottles, drinking straws, fruit trays & punnets, garden pots (small), ice cream containers, margarine tubs, medicine & tablet bottles, plastic cutlery, plates & cups, shampoo bottles, take away containers, Tupperware, yoghurt tubs. Remove lids, caps and trigger guns and place these in the yellow bin separately. As long as containers and bottles are empty, no rinsing is required.
Note: Items denoted with (*) are accepted at Singleton Waste Management Facility free of charge for domestic quantities. Obtain advice from site staff regarding the location of the storage facilities or stockpiles prior to dropping off your items.
Clay, soil - used at Singleton Waste Management facility for operational purposes.
DrumMuster drums - transported off site to recycling facilities. The plastic containers are recycled into products such as waste bins, road signs, fence posts, irrigation pipes and bollards. Metal containers are also recycled to make new metal products.
e-Waste (including televisions, computers, microwaves, stereos) - transported off site to a recycling facility in East Maitland. The goods are broken down into various components and then sent to various recovery facilities for recycling.
Household chemicals & paints - transported off site to waste treatment facilities. The most up-to-date processing technologies are used to treat the chemical and physical properties of these wastes so they can either be reused, safely deposited into landfill or discharged to the sewer system.
Garden waste, timber/timber pallets & packaging - processed into a range of mulch products at Singleton Waste Management Facility. This is reused onsite.
LPG gas bottles and fire extinguishers - transported off site to a recycling facility.
Motor oil - transported off site to a recycling facility. The oil is cleaned of contaminants so it can be used again.
Motor oil containers - transported off site to recycling facilities. The containers are recycled into plastic products such bins and garden furniture.
Recyclables (including paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and cans) - transported off site to a Materials Recycling Facility at Gateshead. The recyclables are sorted and graded by product, then baled in preparation for sale to the various reuse markets.
Scrap metal (including steel, aluminium and copper) - collected and transported off site to other facilities for recycling to make metal products.
Timber/timber pallets and packaging - this is available for reuse by the public for a fee.
Vehicle batteries - transported off site to a recycling facility.
Note: Customers requiring timber should contact Singleton Waste Management Facility on 02 6572 3087 to arrange a suitable collection day/time. Customers are required to make their own arrangements for loading and transporting the material. All vehicles will need to weigh in and weigh out over the weighbridge.
Other urgent and routine requests such as pothole repair, dead kangaroo on road, rubbish to be picked up, general maintenance, line marking etc, please call Council on 02 6578 7290. Council will prioritise works based on the type of emergency and work load available at the time. For after hours emergencies, please call 02 6572 1400.
Once construction is complete, there will be additional parking spaces along Ryan Avenue achieved by formalising the kerb and gutter on the eastern side of the road.
Reasonable contingencies have been allowed for in line with industry standards for a project of this scale and type.
It is anticipated that no businesses will need to close during construction. We will look to structure work that maintains access to businesses and car parks during normal hours (with minimal delays during selected activities). Some work may need to be undertaken at night or on weekends.
Council is aware that some parts of the road reserve along Ryan Avenue are currently used by businesses for parking. In order to install a new footpath along Ryan Avenue, it will be necessary to use some of this road reserve. Council has liaised directly with property owners this will affect.
One-way access will be maintained along Ryan Avenue, travelling southbound, for the duration of construction. People wishing to access the driveways to the parks will have to enter Ryan Avenue from Hunter St, Annes Lane or Burns Lane and travel south. People exiting the parks must turn right and travel south down Ryan Ave. You will not be able to access the parks via Gowrie St or Ryan Ave South.
In addition, Council will ensure access to the sports grounds for emergency vehicles in the event of an incident.
The existing public toilets are not included.
We were able to narrow the width of the pavement in John St by reducing the speed limit to 40km/h. We do intend to reduce the speed limit of Ryan Ave.
Council has worked directly with Charter Hall to ensure deliveries to the shopping centre can continue during construction.
When reporting a service fault, you will usually be asked to provide a number of details to assist staff in identifying the location and severity of the fault. Details required include:
Location (including closest cross street) Origin - ie metal or concrete cover, footpath or grass nature strip, front yard or meter area If a leak, we need to know roughly how much water is leaking (try to think of how much water, and with what force, comes from a garden hose) If a sewer fault, we need to know if you can see liquid seeping from the drains (ie sewage surcharging)
After assessing these details, Council staff will then prioritise according to:
Whether the problem poses a threat to customer health, the environment and/or property The amount of water being wasted
Repairs are then completed in order of priority.
Design and planning works began in late 2012.
The contractor provided detailed traffic management and traffic control plans designed to limit the impacts of these closures on residents, the community and businesses. Detailed notifications were placed in the Singleton Argus and on Council’s website to advise of road closures and traffic changes.
Work was structured to maintain access during trading hours. A lot of work was undertaken at night and on weekends.
The street reopened to all through traffic and parking on 1 August 2015. In response to feedback, Council amended some spaces in front of the newsagency and post office and incorporated new spaces in some side streets.
A access, traffic and parking study undertaken by Council in 2014 found the town centre had in excess of 30% of car parks that were not being used during the day.
All work directly in front of doorways to premises was undertaken after hours, and this varied depending on the trading hours of any given business.
This work included removing the existing pavers and concrete, levelling the ground and applying road base, pouring new concrete and laying new pavers.
Council decided it was unable to reasonably determine that the tenders received were financially competitive and offered the best value for money. The decision was made to re-tender using a selective tender process working with NSW Procurement. Five companies were offered the opportunity to tender. One declined and four tenders were received.
Diona Pty Ltd was selected as the preferred tenderer.
Council attempted to minimise the adverse impacts of the closures.Council did not make any payments to affected owners or businesses for any losses claimed to have been incurred due to the temporary closures of sections of John Street.
Council did, however, resolve to refund 50 per cent of the CBD caretaking levy for the duration of the works to affected businesses in the project site.
11 Local Government Areas are eligible to apply including Newcastle, Muswellbrook, Cessnock and Maitland. It is a highly competitive process.
Council has to nominate the best possible projects within the guidelines to ensure we get the most amount of funding into Singleton. If Singleton doesn’t get the money, it will be allocated to another LGA.
Since 2013 Singleton Council has submitted 11 Expressions of Interest totalling $60 million for projects including:o Town Centre Revitalisation Stage 1o Singleton Regional Livestock Marketo Ryan Avenueo Townhead Park Multipurpose Centreo Glendonbrook Roado Cycleway Projecto Town Centre Project Stage 2 and 3o Hermitage Roado Cook Parko Townhead Parko Lake St Clair
How are the successful projects decided?1. A Regional Independent Assessment Panel undertakes a review of the EOIs that are submitted and makes recommendations to Infrastructure NSW.2. Infrastructure NSW submits its recommended shortlist to the Government.3. Final shortlisting and funding decisions are made by the Government.
About 100 people took advantage of this opportunity to provide feedback as well as making formal submissions. The results of the consultation were considered in the development of the master plan adopted by Council.
Detailed design of the project was undertaken by landscape architects Spackman Mossop Michaels and was guided by the objectives of the master plan. The design work involved further consultation with Council and the community and included another community shopfront feedback opportunity in February 2014. The scope of works was endorsed by Council in March 2014.
To support diversification into new industries, Council has been working with neighbouring Hunter councils and agencies to develop the Upper Hunter Diversification Plan, the Visitor Economy Destination Management Plan and the Upper Hunter Workforce Plan.
The town centre project will revitalise John St into a retail, visitor and cultural hub for the community to live, work and play.
Typical general solid waste (non-putrescible) includes, but is not limited to, the following:building & demolition waste, household waste that does not contain food waste, glass, plastic, rubber, plasterboard, bricks, concrete, ceramics, metal, paper, cardboard, garden waste, wood waste, virgin excavated natural material, asphalt waste.
Typical general solid waste (putrescible) includes, but is not limited to, the following:household waste containing putrescible organics, food waste, disposable nappies, incontinence pads, sanitary napkins, animal waste, manure.
Note: Items denoted with (*) are accepted at Singleton Waste Depot free of charge for domestic quantities. Obtain advice from site staff regarding the location of the storage facilities or stockpiles prior to dropping off your items.
Clay, soil - used at Singleton Waste Depot for operational purposes.
Vehicle batteries - transported off site to a recycling facility.
The Venue sometimes holds all ages activities. These will be advertised on our webpage or Facebook page.
However, for drop-in and most programs/activities you need only bring yourself.
We do run a small canteen at the Venue, the menu and prices are available on our webpage as well as at the Venue.
Most programs and activities are free however, some do require a fee be charged. Any programs or activities that require a fee will be clearly identified.
Some programs and activities do require a booking and these will be identified.