Wollondilly Council calls for safer route to Yerranderie

Wollondilly Council is trying to ensure the only road in and out of its most isolated village remains passable.

Yerranderie is an authentic, unchanged silver mining village tucked away in Wollondilly’s north-west.

The only public road into the iconic village is the Oberon Colong Stock Route.

The route is only accessible via 4WD, however even experienced drivers with the most heavy duty 4WD have had trouble navigating it recently.

Councillor Matt Gould said his council hoped to work alongside neighbouring councils to ensure the route did not become "impassable".

"Wollondilly Council and Oberon Council maintain their sections of the route, however Upper Lachlan Shire Council are not maintaining their small section of the road," he said.

"I have a lifted, 4WD and when I was out their a few days ago it was very bumpy. The car shuddered so much that plastic containers I had strapped to my roof racks snapped and cracked."

Public access to the village from Wollondilly Shire was cut off when construction of Warragamba Dam created Lake Burragorang in the 1950s.

Cr Gould said it was essential to keep the route open to ensure the town was not cut-off entirely.

"We know that Upper Lachlan Shire Council have no residents that use the road, so it isn't a top priority for them but it is important for us to look after that road," he said.

"It is the only access we have to Yerranderie and it is becoming problematic for the people who live there.

"We have been working with the Yerranderie Committee for years - which includes police, national park representatives and residents - to work on getting better access to the area but it is an ongoing problem."

The Yerranderie village. Picture: Bruce Elder

The Yerranderie village. Picture: Bruce Elder

Cr Gould hoped his council could work with Upper Lachlan Shire Council to have their 11km section of the 76km track looked after. 

"There are options there like creating a partnership with Upper Lachlan Shire, using funding from potential grants or stretching out our funding to cover part of the track," he said.

"The most extreme option is to have the council borders adjusted so that section falls within Wollondilly Council boundaries.

"Hopefully we can come up with a solution that works for both councils."

Wollondilly council also hopes to see Yerranderie put on the tourism map one day.

Cr Matt Gould told the Advertiser last year that the village had "great tourism potential".

However, Cr Gould said road access to the site remained a huge issue.

"The town would make a great tourism destination so it would be beneficial to have the road fixed," he said.

"It's not too bad yet, but give it a few more months and it might be."

Wollondilly Council staff have recommended the council writes to Upper Lachlan Shire Council to request the establishment and implementation of a planned maintenance regime for the Oberon Colong Stock Route.

Councillors will vote on the best option for making the route more publicly accessible at the next council meeting.