This isn’t the first time that the Yass community has put together petitions on the Barton Highway.
In 2010, former Yass Valley mayor Nic Carmody organised a petition signed by 20 mayors of shires in the southern region. The petition indicated just how many areas were affected by the poor condition of the highway connecting Canberra to the south.
The local branch of the National Party has also organised petitions in the past.
In 2009 and 2010 branch members collected signatures during the Yass Show and the Murrumbateman Field Days, before presenting the petitions to Burrinjuck MP Katrina Hodgkinson, who distributed them to the relevant ministers and shadow ministers.
The two current petitioners, James Harker-Mortlock, independent candidate for Hume, and Rowena Abbey, Yass Valley mayor, hope that the current mood of frustration will lead to a high volume of signatures this time around.
Where to sign
To sign the petition by James Harker-Mortlock go to:
Yass: Yass Newsagency
Murrumbateman: Caltex service station and general store
Gundaroo: Cork Street Café
Gunning: Hume Café
Bowning: Central Garage
Bookham: Public notice board outside Barney’s Café
Binalong: General store and café
Galong: Galong postal agency
Boorowa: Carmody Newsagency
Mr Harker-Mortlock will collect the petitions next Wednesday, March 6, to present on Thursday.
To sign the petition by Rowena Abbey go to:
Binalong: Post Office, Hotel Binalong, General Store
Bowning: Post Office, Bowning Hotel
Murrumbateman: Country Inn, Caltex service station/general store, Shaw’s Vineyard cellar door.
Gundaroo: Wine Bar, general store
Sutton: general store
Yass: Council offices, library, Visitor Information Centre.
Further locations will be added. Visit www.yasstribune.com.au for updates to this list.