One of the main access roads to the site was closed due to recent weather damage as thousands of people were to converge on the village of Mullambaitman this weekend for the annual field day. I was.
After visiting the site earlier this week, Yass Valley Council staff said the condition of the damaged culvert on Murrumbateman Road at Dam Break Creek had deteriorated, making the road unsafe.
More rain is expected tomorrow, Friday 14th October, so the council had planned to close the road today (13th October) from 4pm.
It said leaving the roads open poses a safety risk to drivers, especially visitors to areas coming on field days who were unaware of current road conditions.
A council spokesperson said all traffic heading into the village from the east is recommended to use the Federal Highway or the Hume Highway to access Mullanbateman via the Barton Highway. The move will take time, but a spokeswoman said it would be by far the safest option for everyone.
Signs will be installed at both ends of Mullambaitman Road to warn motorists of the closure.
A spokeswoman said: “We understand that this road closure is incredibly frustrating and inconvenient, but the safety of our commuters is our number one priority.
Yas Valley Council has hired a contractor to rehabilitate the culvert, and work is expected to begin on Monday, October 24, weather permitting.
Murrumbateman Field Days are held at the Village Recreation Ground just off Barton Highway in the heart of the village.
As the major annual agricultural event in Yas Valley, Field Day is also a major fundraiser for the local community. With the previous two events canceled due to the pandemic, the 2022 event was coveted by the community and community-supported services such as local fire departments, Lions clubs, schools and charities.
In addition to showcasing the latest rural technology, agricultural machinery and livestock, it is also a great opportunity for local producers to showcase their products alongside other producers in the state and ACT.
It also provides smallholder farmers established in the Yas Valley and its adjoining areas with a wealth of information on how to make the most of their land.
This year’s highlights include an informational booth about the $20 million Mullanbateman Elementary School, due to open early next year, and a visit to the International Cricket Council’s men’s T20 World Cup regional roadshow, including a virtual reality experience of hitting six at the SCG. included.
Mullumbateman Field Days runs this Saturday from 8am to 5pm and Sunday from 8am to 4pm. Cash tickets will not be sold at the gate. Tickets can be booked online through their website website.