6 September 2021

Yass community to benefit from $3.5m new road funds

| Sally Hopman
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Water flowing over road

This section of unsealed Yass River Road, near Gundaroo, is regularly subjected to flooding. Photo: Sally Hopman.

Yass Valley businesses, workers and drivers will benefit from the allocation of $3.5 million for improvements to the region’s roads.

The funding has been made available through a variety of federal and state government programs including the Black Spot program for 2021-22.

Yass Valley Council’s Director of Infrastructure and Assets, James Dugdell, said $1 million would go towards gravel resheeting on the valley’s unsealed road network, with $750,000 for shoulder widening and vegetation clearing at Mulligans Flat Road, safety improvements – including barrier installation and audio marker placement – on the Murrumbateman Road and chevron-assisted markers on trouble spot curves and bends on the Nanima Road along with new speed advisory signs.

“Yass Valley Council is responsible for the management of approximately 1250 km of roads, of which 590km is unsealed, which places a large burden on council’s annual budget,” he said.

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“This is a huge win for Yass Valley residents as these grants will enable us to accelerate the maintenance and upgrading of the road network.

“What’s more, we are using local businesses and workforces to deliver projects under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program to ensure stimulus funds flow into the local economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The road funding was received under the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program and the NSW Government’s Safer Roads program and Black Spot program for 2021-2022.

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Yass Valley Council facilities continue to be affected by the COVID-19 lockdown with the Yass Valley Information Centre, Council Administration Building and Yass Library all closed until further notice.

However, council staff are still available to answer queries on 02 6226 1477 or via email at [email protected]

Although Yass Library is closed, staff are still working behind the scenes to provide services to adults and children during the lockdown.

More information about services is available on 02 6226 1305 and on the library’s Facebook page.

People with books and other material on loan are asked to keep them until the lockdown lifts with all current loans extended.

Yass residents are also advised that the rubbish tip remains open for locals who don’t have a waste collection service and for other essential drop-offs only.

District sporting fields, parks and public toilets will remain open during lockdown but social distancing is required at all locations and masks must be worn.

Council’s works program will continue as long as it doesn’t affect COVID-19 safety. This includes the September 6 scheduled start for work on the Learn To Ride complex in the Miles Franklin Park. This is due for completion by the end of October.

For more information about Yass Valley Council services during lockdown, telephone 02 6226 1477.

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