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On yer marks: Town set to build $1.25 million Athletics Club

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Athletes in Singleton will have another reason to go for gold from this week, as the township begins constructing its $1.25 million Amenities Building. 

The new building is the latest addition to the Cooks Park site and follows the opening of a long jump pit in 2021 and leads the way for the installation of a new spectator tiered seating and new lighting for the field. 

It is part of a $10 million plan to add inclusive and fully accessible amenities, including a training room, canteen, bathrooms and equipment storage areas for both athletics and cricket clubs. 

Singleton Track and Field, Cooks Park – drone 2023.

Singleton Council acting director infrastructure and planning Damian Morris said the Blaxland Avenue project was just one of many planned for the 2023/24 financial year.  

“We’re working very closely with our sports clubs to deliver the highest standard of sporting facilities for our residents now and into the future, and open up opportunities for new competitions and activities, as well as help attract regional sporting events to the area,” he said. 

“The construction of this new amenities building signifies a new era for Singleton Track and Field and is a major piece of the puzzle in their move to Cook Park from Alroy Oval.” 

Mr Morris said council worked in partnership with Singleton Track and Field on the concept design of the facility, following the completion of their Masterplan, which was funded by a Singleton Council sports grant.  

“This multi-million-dollar facility will go a long way to help develop future athletes not only in Singleton, but the wider Hunter Region and beyond,” he added. 

“Council recognises the value of sport and recreation to supporting the wellbeing of our community in a range or ways and is taking considerable action to provide the highest quality facilities.” 

Construction of the new Athletics Amenities Building began on Tuesday 18 July and is expected to be completed by December 2023, weather permitting. 

Artists impression – Singleton Track and Field

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