Back Leg Creek Road Back in the News

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Back Leg Creek Road has been around a long time. According to records available online in Trove, it first came to notice on the 7th March 1866, when Stephen Woodcock pleaded not guilty at the Yass Quarter Sessions to stealing 17 sheep, the property of James Hardiman at Back Leg Creek.

These days things are less tumultuous on Back Leg Creek Road. Indeed, it’s going to be smooth riding from now on for farmers, residents, and visitors alike: the Yass Valley Council has been awarded a $2.9 million grant under the Fixing Local Roads program to improve the road.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said “Funding the sealing of Back Creek Road gives Council a helping hand to address their maintenance backlog and to maintain a road that will create more efficient journeys for freight operators and primary producers in the Yass Valley region”.

Yass Valley Mayor Rowena Abbey said Back Creek Road provides necessary access between Yass River Road and Sutton Road and an important link to Gundaroo and Canberra for our rural community.

“Our community is already reaping the benefits of this program with $5.5M invested in rehabilitation and resealing of a number of local roads in earlier rounds,” Cr Abbey said.

Further information about the Fixing Local Roads Program can be found at http://nswroads.work/fixinglocalroads

Incidentally, Stephen Woodcock (the alleged sheep thief) presented the court with three character statements, and “The judge stated that in all his experience he never heard certificates of a higher character read, and put it to the jury if they could for one moment say the prisoner was guilty. The jury at once acquitted the prisoner”.

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