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Councillor Rowena Abbey re-elected as Yass Valley Mayor

Councillor Rowena Abbey has been re-elected as Yass Valley Mayor and Councillor Nathan Furry has been re-elected as Deputy Mayor at this afternoon’s Ordinary Council Meeting.

23 September 2020

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Funding applications open for grassroots sport

Local sports clubs and associations are set to receive a funding boost to assist with ongoing
participation in sport and active recreation in the Goulburn electorate, with applications now open
for the Local Sport Grant Program.

18 September 2020

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Council revotes funds for works to continue this financial year

At the conclusion of each financial year, some planned works are delayed or unable to be completed. There are many reasons for this with most beyond the control of Council. It is, therefore, necessary for Council to revote funds in order for the works to be carried out during the next financial year to deliver assets to the community.

16 September 2020

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What do you want your civic precinct to look like?

Council has commenced the process of identifying key infrastructure priorities to service the Yass Valley’s rapidly growing population. Of these projects, Council has identified the Yass Pool redevelopment, Civic Precinct and Murrumbateman Community Hall as the main priorities for the preparation of ‘shovel ready’ plans.

8 September 2020

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More drivers to charge regional tourism

Electric vehicle drivers will now be able to stop off in Yass to plug-in and recharge thanks to a new fast charger rolled out to kick-start the Hume Highway charging network and encourage regional travel.

7 September 2020

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Council meeting briefs – Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Items in brief from the Ordinary Meeting of Yass Valley Council on Wednesday, 26 August 2020.

31 August 2020

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Flooding causes more than $427,000 in damage to roads, infrastructure and assets

More than $427,000 in damage occurred to roads, parks and infrastructure following flooding across the weekend of 7-9 August, resulting in the declaration of a natural disaster zone for the Yass Valley.

26 August 2020

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Transport for NSW: Motorists to slow down in Yass Valley

The drive through Yass will be safer from next month with changes to speed limits in Yass Valley local government area.

Transport for NSW Director South West Lindsay Tanner said Transport for NSW carried out a review of speed zones on Gums Lane and Laidlaw Street at Yass to improve safety.

13 August 2020

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Six local heritage projects receive $19,000 in funding

Six local heritage projects have received $19,000 in funding under Council’s 2020/21 round of Local Heritage Grant Program.

13 August 2020

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Discharge of partially treated effluent

Icon Water advises that due to the heavy rain over the past three days infiltrating the sewerage system, the Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre treatment plant is expected to discharge a small amount of partially treated effluent into the Molonglo River. This is expected to occur within the next hour as the rain continues.

9 August 2020

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Adopted people in Goulburn electorate to benefit from new birth certificate reforms

Adopted people in the Goulburn electorate area will be able to have both their birth and adopted families included on a birth certificate for the first time in the State’s history following new reforms introduced to Parliament.

7 August 2020

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Yass and Boorowa to benefit from Government Radio network upgrade

The critical communications network at Mt Mundoonen, near Yass, and Boorowa will soon be boosted, with the NSW Telco Authority beginning capacity enhancement works at the Government Radio Network (GRN) site.

30 July 2020

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Council welcomes more than $6.3 million in funding to boost local economy and improve local roads

Yass Valley Council has accepted more than $6.3 million in funding provided by the NSW and Australian Governments to improve local roads, accelerate community projects and support local jobs.

28 July 2020

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Council meeting briefs – Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Items in brief from the Ordinary Meeting of Yass Valley Council on Wednesday, 22 July 2020.

23 July 2020

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NSW Government gives green light to release land for 5,000 new homes

A major new residential area on the NSW/ACT border will soon be a reality, with the NSW Government giving the go-ahead for the $1.89 billion Parkwood Urban Release.

21 July 2020

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Outcomes of Yass Valley Youth Survey

Yass Valley Council is preparing an application for NSW Government’s Youth Opportunities funds to employ a Youth Development Officer to help develop strategies to build a community of safe, healthy and connected young people.

17 July 2020

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Council hosts a Zoom planning forum on Murrumbateman subdivision

Yass Valley Council held an online planning forum on Monday, July 6 2020 to discuss a Development Application for a 108 lot rural residential subdivision on Isabel Drive, Murrumbateman.

8 July 2020

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WENDY TUCKERMAN: Scholarship in Event Management

Future industry leaders living in the Goulburn electorate can apply for one of 12 event management scholarships thanks to the NSW Government’s partnership with Meetings and Events Australia (MEA).

7 July 2020

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Council transfers community services to Valmar

Yass Valley Council has officially transferred community services to Valmar, including all staff, volunteers, vehicles, activities and schedules.

7 July 2020

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WENDY TUCKERMAN: More places for children in preschools

More families will have access to preschool thanks to a new round of funding creating additional places in preschools for children on waitlists.

3 July 2020

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Council meeting briefs – Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Items in brief from the Ordinary Meeting of Yass Valley Council on Wednesday, 25 June 2020.

25 June 2020

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Scarred Tree Installation Project at Oak Hill Aboriginal Reserve

The Scarred Tree installation project at Oak Hill Aboriginal Reserve – on the corner of Orion Street and Cooks Hill Road, Yass – has been completed.

24 June 2020

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WENDY TUCKERMAN: Grassroots sport to benefit from recovery package

Grassroots sporting organisations across the Goulburn electorate are set to benefit from a $27.3 million Community Sport Recovery Package announced by the NSW Government.

18 June 2020

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WENDY TUCKERMAN: Health services update

Health service upgrades across the electorate are progressing; including the $8 million Yass Hospital.

18 June 2020

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WENDY TUCKERMAN: Crown Reserves Improvement Fund

Crown land managers and community groups that use Crown land across the electorate of Goulburn are invited to apply for a share of $14 million in grants to upgrade and maintain community facilities and reserves across NSW.

12 June 2020

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WENDY TUCKERMAN: Yass Mens Shed to build Bushtucker Garden

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman has announced $4,500 in grant assistance to for the Yass Valley Men’s Shed to build a bush tucker garden.

12 June 2020

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Adult and junior community sport to recommence 1 July 2020

Adult community sport can recommence at the same time as junior sport from the start of next month, as the NSW Government lifts more COVID-19 restrictions.

11 June 2020

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WENDY TUCKERMAN: Binalong Community Hall walls to be painted

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman has announced $19,800 in grant assistance for the Binalong Mechanics Institute – the Binalong Community Hall.

10 June 2020

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Applications are now open for Local Heritage Grants

Applications for Yass Valley Council’s 2020/2021 Local Heritage Grants Program are now open with $19,000 in funding available for heritage conservation projects.

9 June 2020

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WENDY TUCKERMAN: Funding for grassroots sports organisations

Sports organisations in the Goulburn electorate have shared in $4.6 million of grants to purchase equipment, improve facilities and increase participation opportunities.

9 June 2020

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Yass Water Treatment Plant upgrade project

Yass Valley Council has endorsed as its preferred option the design and construction of a new water treatment plant - with an estimated project cost of $31.9 million - at the May Ordinary Council meeting.

4 June 2020

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$140 million program opens for bushfire impacted forestry, horticulture and agriculture industries

Bushfire-impacted dairy farmers, fruit growers and forestry businesses are set to benefit from recovery funding to help them get back on their feet and back to work, thanks to the NSW Government’s $140 million Bushfire Industry Recovery Package.

1 June 2020

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Targeting fatigue related crashes on local roads

The Yass Valley is unfortunately becoming the Local Government Area with the highest fatigue related crash rate in the South West region.

28 May 2020

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Council meeting briefs – Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Items in brief from the Ordinary Meeting of Yass Valley Council on Wednesday, 27 May 2020.

28 May 2020

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$3.6 million funding boost to build new bridge on Shingle Hill Way

Yass Valley Council has received $3.6 million in funding from the NSW Government to undertake the realignment and replacement of a low level crossing with a concrete bridge structure on Shingle Hill Way.

27 May 2020

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WENDY TUCKERMAN: Surge in use of parks and paths shows value of NSW Government investment

Communities across the region are making good use of new public recreation facilities to get their daily exercise during COVID-19 restrictions.

20 May 2020

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WENDY TUCKERMAN: Keeping Creative Kids Connected

Kids in the Goulburn electorate will be able to redeem the NSW Government’s $100 Creative Kids vouchers and stay connected to creative learning activities during social distancing restrictions thanks to an expansion of the program’s eligible activities and $1 million in funding to help program providers make the digital transition.

18 May 2020

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WENDY TUCKERMAN: 2020 Community Building Partnerships Program now open

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman has announced applications are now open for the 2020 Community Building Partnership Program, unlocking $27.9 million for community infrastructure projects across NSW.

4 May 2020

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Council meeting briefs – Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Briefs from the Ordinary Meeting of Yass Valley Council on Wednesday, 22 April 2020.

28 April 2020

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TRANSPORT NSW - medical review for drivers over 75 deferred due to COVID-19

To ease the burden on the health system and protect vulnerable people, Transport for NSW has deferred the need for drivers over the age of 75 to undertake a medical review to confirm they are fit to drive.

30 March 2020

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Discussions commence for Transfer of Council's Community Services

Yass Valley Council has commenced discussions with Valmar Support Services for the transfer of Council’s community services.

30 March 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Yass Valley Council is constantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation and taking our advice and instructions from the Australian Government Department of Health.

16 March 2020

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Council to commence weed spraying trial

Yass Valley Council will conduct a targeted weed spraying trial on a small number of sealed roads within the Local Government Area between the end of April and late May.

6 March 2020

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Three new bridges to be opened across the Yass Valley

Three new bridges will be officially opened by Member for Goulburn, Wendy Tuckerman and Yass Valley Mayor, Rowena Abbey on Wednesday, March 11 2020, as part of Council’s $5.6 million major timber bridge replacement program.

5 March 2020

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Council Meeting Brief - February 2020

Catch up on key decisions and topics from the February 2020 Ordinary Council Meeting.

28 February 2020

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MICHAEL MCCORMACK: Barton Highway review on display

Communities in the Southern Tablelands and those living in Canberra’s north are encouraged to have their say on the Barton Highway upgrade with the Review of Environmental Factors now released for public consultation.

24 February 2020

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Water restrictions lifted after welcome rain across the Yass Valley

Water restrictions will be lifted in the Yass township after drenching rain over the past few days has filled the Yass Dam to overflowing.

11 February 2020

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Tell us how you would like to use your Memorial Hall

Calling all users of Yass Soldiers’ Memorial Hall – from local schools and clubs to non-for-profit organisations, government stakeholders and small business owners! We want to hear from you all about your shared vision for possible future use of this important community facility.

10 February 2020

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Five new bridges to be opened across the Yass Valley in February

Five new bridges will be officially opened by Member for Goulburn, Wendy Tuckerman and Yass Valley Mayor, Rowena Abbey on Wednesday, February 19 2020 as part of Council’s $11.6 million major timber bridge replacement program.

6 February 2020

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2020 Australia Day awards recipients announced

The 2020 Yass Valley Australia Day Award recipients have been announced today at a community breakfast in Coronation Park, Yass.

26 January 2020

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Level two water restrictions to be enforced across the Yass Valley

Level two water restrictions will begin in the Yass Valley at midnight on Sunday, 19 January 2020.

14 January 2020

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Mayoral Message

The Yass Valley community support and care for our neighbouring communities during this current bushfire crisis has been nothing short of remarkable. We would like to thank everyone for their generosity and kindness, and in the coming weeks, we will all be looking at ways to continue to assist our fellow Australians on the long road to recovery.

6 January 2020

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Update on the transfer of Community Services

Three specialist service providers, all with an established local presence, will be referred by Council to the State and Federal Governments as suitable organisations to undertake the transfer of community services in the Yass Valley.

20 December 2019

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Construction of the Aboriginal Scarred Trees Display commences

Construction of the long awaited Scarred Tree installation has commenced at Oak Hill Reserve in Yass.

10 December 2019

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Managing Yass Valley’s water supply during the drought

Water sustainability, security and supply issues present ongoing challenges to Councils as the nation continues to be gripped by drought.

10 December 2019

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Council Statement - Transferring of Council Community Services

Council are currently in negotiations with several alternate service providers who are interested in taking on the Council community services provided that they are endorsed by fund providers.

13 November 2019

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Council recommends approval of Parkwood - Ginninderry land rezoning

The large and complex Parkwood land rezoning has been considered and recommended for approval at the October Council meeting.

24 October 2019

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Nominations now open for 2020 Yass Valley Australia Day Awards

Nominations for the 2020 Yass Valley Australia Day Awards are now open, with the community called upon to nominate outstanding individuals or groups who make a significant contribution and difference to our community.

24 October 2019

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Council appoints new General Manager

At the Ordinary Council meeting held on 23 October 2019, Yass Valley Council appointed Chris Berry to the position of General Manager on a 5 year contract.

24 October 2019

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New playground installation for Coronation Park, Yass

From Monday, 21 October 2019, Coronation Park will be closed to the public in order for Council to remove the current slide and playground equipment, and allow Contractors to install the new playground equipment.

9 October 2019

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NSW Government fund local councils under Regional Capacity Building Program

The Canberra Region Joint Organisation (CRJO) has been awarded funding of $840,000 from the EPA under the Council Regional Capacity Building Program.

27 September 2019

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Sutton Community celebrates official opening of new amenities building

The Sutton Amenities building was officially opened on Saturday, 7 September by Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman and Deputy Mayor, Nathan Furry.

9 September 2019

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Probity Review – Liberty Theatre

At the August Council meeting, Council considered an Independent Probity Report into the recent offer by the land owner to sell the Liberty Theatre to Council.

2 September 2019

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Workshop provides knowledge on Export capabilities within Yass Valley

Businesses across Yass Valley were given the opportunity to expand their knowledge on exporting processes at an introduction to exporting workshop in Yass on Tuesday.

28 August 2019

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Council Statement - Water Rebate, Yass Water Supply Network

At the July 2019 Council Meeting, Council considered its response to community requests in regard to a water rebate following the water quality issue that was experienced by residents earlier this year.

21 August 2019

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Grant a game-changer for Walker Park Sporting Complex

The Yass Valley community will benefit from an upgrade to Walker Park sporting complex, thanks to new funding from a Sport Australia Move It AUS Community Sport Infrastructure Grant.

14 August 2019

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Walmsleys Crossing Bridge Officially open

Yass Valley’s third bridge in a major 11 timber bridge replacement program was officially opened by Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman and Yass Valley Mayor, Rowena Abbey.

9 August 2019

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Leake Street Bridge in Bowning Officially Open

Yass Valley’s second bridge in a major 11 bridge replacement program was officially opened by Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman and Yass Valley Mayor, Rowena Abbey.

7 August 2019

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Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019/2020 Heritage grants

Yass Valley Council will provide $19,000 in financial assistance to six community groups, property owners and property managers under this year’s Heritage Grants Program.

5 August 2019

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Mulligans Flat Road officially open

Member for Goulburn, Wendy Tuckerman toured the recently completed sealing and bridge construction on Mulligans Flat Road, with Yass Valley Mayor Rowena Abbey.

2 August 2019

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Derringullen Creek Bridge first to open in $5.6 million timber bridge replacement program.

The first new bridge in a $5.6 million timber bridge replacement program for the Yass Valley was officially opened today by Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman and Yass Valley Mayor, Rowena Abbey.

30 July 2019

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Yass Valley residents encouraged to Recycle Right

The new regional recycling campaign Recycle Right launched by the Canberra Region Joint Organisation and its member councils, is encouraging residents to Recycle Right by updating their recycling habits.

11 July 2019

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Record $36.5M State funding to benefit Yass Valley Library Service

The Yass Valley Library Service is set to benefit from a record boost in funding, with the State Government delivering $36.5 million in funding to NSW public libraries in 2019/20.

2 July 2019

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Council to appoint independent probity advisor to assist with the unsolicited proposal to acquire local theatre

On 6 August 2018, the owners of the Liberty Theatre in Comur Street, Yass wrote to Yass Valley Council with an unsolicited proposal for Council to purchase the property for a price of $500,000 (Unsolicited Proposal).

23 May 2019

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Water safe to consume, despite discolouration

Yass Valley Council would like to reiterate that the water supply is safe to consume, despite ongoing discolouration, caused by the oxidization of naturally occurring elements in the Yass water catchment.

9 January 2019

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