Council donations

Council has agreed to provide donations to Bellmount Forest Rural Fire Service, Yass High School, the Yass Photography Club and Can Assist.

The RFS received $220 to go toward a bonfire and fireworks display. The high school received $400 for their breakfast club program. The photography club were given $135 toward hiring the Memorial Hall for an exhibition at Classic Yass. Can Assist was given $185 to cover hiring the hall too.

The initial recommendation was for council to only fund Can Assist as the RFS and high school would generally be funded by the state government. And, the photography club's donation was in relation to Classic Yass, something council had already subsidised.

However, Cr Cecil Burgess believed the funds were for community events and something council should support. All but one councillor was in favour of making the donations.

Community bus service

Young Community Transport is piloting a bus service connecting Young, Boorowa, Yass, Canberra and places in between.

Community Transport Connect will provide a service three times a week, initially for 12 months.

The service will target people who are transport disadvantaged, including those who are unable to drive due to advanced age, distance, health reasons or socioeconomic disadvantage.

Retirees on a limited income and young people attending education facilities will also be able to use the service.

The bus service will visit the three major hospitals in Canberra and will also connect with the Canberra City Jolimont interchange. There will be a five hour window of time in Canberra before the return trip.

Yass Valley residents who wish to access this service must register with Young Community Transport by calling 6382 1518. Subsequent reservations can be made via the Yass Valley Home Living Support Service on 6226 4555.

 Access awards

Council is inviting the community to nominate businesses or community groups for an Access Award, which acknowledges entities that improve residents' access to services and facilities.

Examples of activities that might be deserving of an access award include: improved access to buildings including ramps, lighting, automatic doors and signate; home delivery and pick up; improved access to information; inclusive participation in an event or activity; employment of a person with special needs.

Nominees must be a business, community group or organisation located within the Yass Valley LGA.

Nomination forms are available from the www.yassvalley.nsw.gov.au or from the council offices at 209 Comur Street, Yass.

Nominations close 5pm, Friday November 23.

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