Murrumbateman service centre plan splits locals

Sally Hopman 9 August 2021 11
Barton Highway sign

Murrumbateman locals are divided over whether a service centre, proposed as part of the Barton Highway upgrade, will benefit the village. Photo: File.

Residents are divided over whether a large service centre located five minutes from the existing Murrumbateman village service station and grocery should go ahead.

The service centre proposal is part of the Barton Highway duplication, a NSW and Federal Government project, and is proposed for a two hectare site at the intersection of Long Rail Gully Road. The land is currently privately owned and used for grazing.

Community concerns had been raised that such a centre would take business away from the smaller BP service station and Friendly Grocer which fronts the Barton Highway in the centre of the village.

Murrumbateman Progress Association president Greg Weekes said his group neither supported nor opposed the service centre plan.

“We didn’t take an official stand on this because the feedback we’ve received has been mixed. On that basis, we did not make a submission. We have left it to individual members to have their say.”

He said the main thrust for Murrumbateman residents seemed to be they didn’t want business to be taken away from the local BP service station or food outlets – but that they could see the benefits of having a service centre.


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Yass Valley Mayor Rowena Abbey said the council did not make planning decisions based on whether a proposal was commercially viable.

“What we look at, as a council, is whether the zoning is appropriate for that location,” she said.

“During all the consultation process, one of the concerns raised was that a service centre would take business away from the BP station there. But anyone who has been there knows that it can’t be used by big trucks or people with horse floats – it is too hard to get in. What this service centre proposal does is provide an alternative.”

Ms Abbey said she voted for the service centre proposal because she believed, in the long term, it could be a good thing for Murrumbateman.

“But there are still a lot of hoops that need to be gone through before this goes ahead. It could be two to three years away,” she said.

“Like with all rezonings, first it has to be approved and from there you have to look at design concepts, traffic … so many other issues before it can proceed.”

Yass Valley Council’s Director of Planning and Environment, Julie Rogers said there had been extensive public consultation about the service centre proposal.

“Plans were put on public exhibition from 6 May to 7 June this year with the community advised of the proposal via the Yass Valley Council website, Facebook page, newsletters and notification to the Murrumbateman Progress Association, she said.

“Letters were also sent to four adjoining and adjacent landholders notifying them of the consultation.”

Ms Rogers said 34 submissions were received during the consultation period and a planning forum was also held on 14 July.

A spokesperson for the BP service station and Friendly Grocer at Murrumbateman was contacted for comment.


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11 Responses to Murrumbateman service centre plan splits locals
Brett Jones Brett Jones 10:55 am 15 Aug 21

Bypass them, problem solved

Pam Wallace Pam Wallace 8:35 am 14 Aug 21

Its a No brainer - Keep the Local Businesses, that are already there.

David Jenkins David Jenkins 7:48 am 14 Aug 21

Because it’s just sooo far from Yass to Canberra 🙄

Rod Morton Rod Morton 9:35 pm 12 Aug 21

As a long term Murrumbateman resident, about time Yass council has been approving developments. Let's get this area thriving!

John Faulkner John Faulkner 9:04 pm 12 Aug 21

It is progress get used to it

Tramcar Trev Tramcar Trev 6:50 pm 12 Aug 21

I thought Murrumbateman was going to be bypassed.

Mathew Kerry Mathew Kerry 9:53 pm 11 Aug 21

What happened to bypassing Murrumbateman?

Farg Gough Farg Gough 8:20 pm 11 Aug 21

Inevitable

Fortress Epiphany Fortress Epiphany 6:36 pm 11 Aug 21

About time !

Gary Rawlings Gary Rawlings 4:18 pm 11 Aug 21

No the biggest problem is the road safety if a useless piece of infer structure

Renea Hazel Renea Hazel 12:24 pm 11 Aug 21

Why do they need one, there's one not far up the road at Yass? I would be ropeable if I were one of the original residents of Murrumbateman, to be losing the benefits of the rural lifestyle due to them developing the hell out of the place!

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