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Town Centre Revitalisation
Singleton Town Centre Revitalisation
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.
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.
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.
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.
The new Pitt St intersection
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
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
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 -
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
the scope of works for the detailed design
20 February - The
were presented at the Singleton Business Leaders Lunch at the Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre
13 February - Shopfront session on
open to community in John Street
21 October - Council
the tender for the detailed design documentation to Spackman Mossop Michaels
9 October - The NSW Government
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
April-May - The draft Singleton Town Centre Master Plan is placed on public exhibition for six weeks.
18 March - Council
the draft Singleton Town Centre Master Plan for public exhibition
Singleton celebrates official opening of Town Centre Revitalisation
Singleton Town Centre Revitalisation souvenir booklet
Last chance to Shop and Win in Singleton
John St Singleton due to reopen to all traffic this weekend
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