Voting opens for six My Community Projects in the Yass Valley

Would you like to see a new Binalong playground? An upgrade to Murrumbateman Tennis Club's lighting? Or perhaps a sculpture in Alf Fletcher Park outlining Yass Valley's history?

These are just a few of the projects Yass Valley residents are encouraged to vote for before August 15.

Local artist Roger Buckman is keen for the Time Line Stones to be part of the My Community state government grant. Photo, supplied

Local artist Roger Buckman is keen for the Time Line Stones to be part of the My Community state government grant. Photo, supplied

My Community Project is a chance for locals to put forward an idea for state government funding of benefit to their community.

Everyone over the age of 16 is encouraged to choose the top three to five projects they'd like to see go ahead in their area. Between $20,000 and $200,000 is available for each project.

There are six proposed projects in the Yass Valley and two have been supported by the council. They include the walking and cycling path in Binalong and 'Time Line Stones' in Alf Fletcher Park.

The Binalong Progress Association has requested $43,062 to connect the walking and cycle path on Queen Street to Fitzroy Street, the main street in Binalong.

"By doing this we are improving safety and access for all community members and making it easier for school children to access the walking/cycle path to the local public school," the association said.

Local artist Roger Buckman, who created the popular feature of sheep statues outside Tootsie Cafe in Yass, is behind the Time Line Stones.

They are planned as a series of marble-like headstones made from concrete, illustrating the region's history.

Viewers would discover a timeline covering Aboriginal settlement to present-day by walking along the sculpture, around 50 metres long and estimated to cost $99,220.

While the council and community members have supported Mr Buckman's Time Line Stones, some questioned the choice of the headstone design, concerned the sculpture may appear like a graveyard to passersby.

Nevertheless, Mr Buckman is excited about the project and hopes locals will also be.

"The project will only go ahead if sufficient votes are submitted," Mr Buckman said.

Other projects include:

  • Binalong P&C Playgroup outdoor playground - an outdoor playground area for Binalong P&C Playgroup children and families to use at Binalong Public School.
  • Binalong Tennis Court resurfacing - to provide a new surface for the community to provide a fun environment.
  • Murrumbateman Tennis Club lighting upgrade - the club is seeking to purchase and install new lighting for the three courts at Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds.
  • Gundaroo Park Playground shade and Sustainable Power Project - a shaded area for the playground that incorporates solar panels and battery storage to enhance year-round usage for community groups.

Voting for My Community Project is open from now until August 15.

"This is an innovative and exciting program that is putting decision making back in the hands of community members to weigh in on their top picks for projects in the region," member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said.

"It's very east to vote, all you need is your Medicare card and a free MyServiceNSW account.

"You can also pop down to the local Service NSW centre at Goulburn, Yass or Moss Vale where friendly staff can help residents cast their vote."

For any community projects that missed this initiative, the NSW government has just added $100 million for infrastructure projects that benefit the community and local youth under the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Upgrades to amenities in Binalong, Gundaroo and Sutton were funded under this program.

Applications for round three funding opened on July 1 and close on September 27. For more information, visit www.nsw.gov.au/SCCF.