February Message from Our Mayor


Our new Mayor, Allan McGrath sent out the following message last week:

“The past month as your Mayor has flown by and, if it’s anything to go by, the next year will be a busy but rewarding time filled with important events and meetings with the community, fellow Councillors, neighbouring Councils and Members of Parliament.

“My first official duty in January was to hand out the Australia Day Awards, and how wonderful it was to meet so many of you. It was a privilege to recognise the individuals who go above and beyond to make Yass Valley a better place to live and welcome the new citizens who have worked so hard to get here. We are fortunate to call Yass Valley home.

“Also recognised at the celebrations in Coronation Park were outgoing Councillors Allison Harker, Geoff Frost, Michael McManus, Nathan Furry and Rowena Abbey. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their service, in particular, Michael, who received an Outstanding Service Award for giving 26 years to Council and Rowena, who was recognised as an Emeritus Mayor. The Emeritus title is rarely awarded and acknowledges our longest-standing Mayors.

“At the moment, I am preparing for our second meeting as a new Council. My vision is to create a cleaner, greener and more prosperous Yass Valley with well-maintained roads, better services, more employment opportunities and a greater diversity of dwelling types and sizes to meet the growing needs of the community. Our next meeting is at 4:00 pm on Thursday, 24 February and you can watch all our meetings live via this link.

“Speaking of meeting the needs of our growing community, please take a moment to review the plans for the Crago Mill Precinct. This is a once-in-a-lifetime project that will transform the entry to Yass and Comur Street and residents should seize the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposal. The plans are available to view on Council’s website and at Yass Library.

“If you would like to discuss any other plans or ways Council can help, please feel welcome to say hello at Yass Show on Saturday, 19th March. You will find me checking out all the local produce and agriculture on display. You’ll also often find me walking the main street of Yass, so please also feel free to say hello then.

“In the meantime, if you’d like to get in touch, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email (AMcGrath@yass.nsw.gov.au) or phone (0427 830 910).”

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