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Singleton Town Centre Revitalisation
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In October 2013, the NSW Government awarded a $9 million grant to Singleton Council for the revitalisation of the Singleton Town Centre under the Resources for Regions program. Council had already committed $2 million to the project to commence planning and design.

The funding received under Resources for Regions was for a very specific purpose, as outlined in Council's funding application, and cannot be used for any other purpose.

Stage one of the project extends down John St from Hunter St to Gowrie St and combines civil, electrical, architectural, landscaping and mechanical elements.

Work includes:
 
  • Extending footpath areas and introducing new pavement and the introduction of raised pedestrian crossings.
  • New garden beds and rain gardens will be established with more than 70 new trees and 2000 plants, using state of the art watering systems that use stormwater.
  • Modern street furniture, including more than 60 new benches, drinking fountains, and bike racks will also be installed.
  • The street lights will be upgraded by removing the existing street lights and replacing them with modern LED type lights as well as adding dedicated lighting to the footpaths in awning areas.
  • The speed limit for a section of John St will be reduced to 40km/h and dedicated parking including spaces for people with disabilities will be provided.
  • Selected sections of the John St road pavement will be improved following detailed geotechnical investigations undertaken earlier this year.
  • Wayfinding signage, including maps of the town centre, will be introduced to assist motorists and pedestrians with getting to their desired location.

The overall economic cost benefit assessment of the project has been estimated at $23.98 million by Macro Plan Dimasi in an independent report commissioned in 2013.

Status as at 7 October 2015
The Singleton Town Centre Revitalisation was official opened by Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen on 7 October 2015 with Singleton Mayor John Martin and Singleton Council's General Manager Lindy Hyam.

The project was completed two months ahead of schedule and under budget. The remaining funds will be used to revitalise the precinct around Pritchard Park and designs are currently being sought.


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Singleton Mayor John Martin, former Upper Hunter Mp George Souris, Singleton Council General Manager Lindy Hyam and Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen cut the ribbon at the official opening.

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The new Pitt St intersection

Timeline 2015
7 October - The project was officially opened by Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen

2 October - Rectification works were undertaken to the asphalt pavement on John St between Pitt and William streets

1 August - John St was reopened to all through traffic

18 June - Work commenced in Stage 6 - Hunter St intersection

10 June - Work commenced in Stage 3, between Castlereagh and Pitt streets

9 June - Stage 2, between York and Castlereagh streets, was reopened 

1 June - Council approved changes to the parking designs

25 May - Due to decreased demand, the site office will only open for drop-in enquiries on Wednesdays between 11am and 1pm and other times by appointment only.

30 April - Work commenced in Stage 5, between William and Hunter streets

28 April - Pedestrian access was opened to Stage 4, between Pitt and William streets

7 April - Work commenced in Stage 2, between York and Castlereagh streets

2 April - Stage 1, between Gowrie and York streets, was reopened

1 April - March bonus draw in Shop and Win promotion - $100 voucher at Robert's Meats went to Simon White and Xsqueeze Me Juice Bar won the free advertisement in the Argus

24 March - John St Golden Egg Hunt began

9 March - Shared bus and taxi zone on John St, south of Hunter St intersection temporarily relocated to north of the Hunter St intersection on the river side

3 March - Follow-up meeting with retailers and businesses at RSC - Presentation

2 March - February bonus draw in Shop and Win promotion - $100 voucher at Singleton Florist winner Abby McRae, winning business Ultimate Underwear

28 February - Saturday works begin

26 February - Extraordinary meeting of Local Traffic Committee to consider new pedestrian crossings and parking arrangements in Stage 4

23 February - Stage 1 western side pedestrian access changes begin

17 February - Public meeting held with retailers at RSC

30 January - Shop and Win promotion opens

30 January - Official sod-turning event at 10am at the corner of John and York streets

27 January - Temporary road closure of John St, between Pitt and William streets commenced

19 January - Temporary road closure of John St, between Gowrie St and York streets commenced

8 January - Access to the site was granted to the contractors by Singleton Council

Timeline 2014
5 December - Start up meeting held between Council and the contractor Diona

24 November - John St businesses notified of construction schedule

17 November - Council awards the construction contract to Diona Pty Ltd

Oct/Nov - Tender evaluation period

20 October - Selective tenders close

9 September - Invitations for selective re-tender issued

4 August - Council awards the tender for supply and delivery of custom seating

4 August - Council declines to accept any tenders received due to an inadequate pool of competitive tenders. The Council resolves to proceed to a selective re-tender.

July-August - Evaluation of tenders received for construction and associated works

15 July - Tenders for construction and associated works close

7 July - Council awards the tender for supply and delivery of street lights

17 June - Tender for the supply and delivery of custom seating for the town centre was first advertised

17 June - Tender for the supply and delivery of street lights for the town centre was first advertised

10 June - Tender for the construction and associated works was first advertised

2 June - Council adopts the Singleton Town Centre Access, Traffic and Parking Study and Plan

26 March - Community Q&A session held at Singleton Civic Centre on Draft Singleton Town Centre Access, Traffic and Parking Study and Plan

3 March - Council endorses the scope of works for the detailed design

20 February - The detailed designs were presented at the Singleton Business Leaders Lunch at the Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre

13 February - Shopfront session on detailed design open to community in John Street

Timeline 2013
21 October - Council awards the tender for the detailed design documentation to Spackman Mossop Michaels

9 October - The NSW Government announces a $9 million grant for the project under the Resources for Regions program.

September - Macro Plan Dimasi deliver their economic cost benefit assessment of the project

15 July - The Singleton Town Centre Master Plan is adopted by Council

April-May - The draft Singleton Town Centre Master Plan is placed on public exhibition for six weeks.

18 March - Council endorses the draft Singleton Town Centre Master Plan for public exhibition


Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290