New Yelarbon signs throw down the welcome mat

The hard workers who put up Yelarbon's new signs last week. Pictured from left are Cr Rob Mackenzie, Troy Scott, Mark Hyde and David Cooper.
The hard workers who put up Yelarbon's new signs last week. Pictured from left are Cr Rob Mackenzie, Troy Scott, Mark Hyde and David Cooper.

Yelarbon has thrown down the welcome mat.

Two new signs say a lot about the village east of Goondiwindi according to Goondiwindi Regional Councillor, Rob Mackenzie. The signs have come about due to some harding working residents, the Goondiwindi Regional Council and the Yelarbon Community Consultative Committee.

The GRC established the YCCC, and a similar group in Talwood, about five years ago to help communicate the issues within those communities to council. 

The committee vote on items to be added to a priority list which council put a budget towards (in the case of Yelarbon, $20,000 per year).

 “This priority list also helps the council to apply for funding for other projects such as new playground equipment in Talwood and a skate park in Yelarbon,” he said. 

“The meetings are run and chaired by locals to get positive outcomes, such as town beautification in those communities.”

“Thanks to Mark from the Oasis Hotel in Yelarbon, coldest beer right smack in the middle of our electorate and to David Cooper, walking the talk and helping to get things done in Yelarbon,” Cr Mackenzie said.

“Mark and David attend the meetings and volunteered on the day. David in particular has been instrumental in bringing forward projects and doing a heap of volunteering and leading by example on improving the look of the town,” Cr Mackenzie said. 

“The signs have been widely applauded and go well with the new lagoon signs which point to one of the lovely attractions the town has to offer. With the new silo painting project in full swing (both David and Mark are on that sub-committee and is to be completed around June) the town is in the midst of a “renaissance” albeit while struggling with the crippling drought. 

“My family lived near Yelarbon for over 20 years  and my sister and I attended the school for several years and our parents volunteered in the community. I’m just trying to give a bit back and support our regional towns,” Cr Mackenzie said.