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Oberon Council Boundaries Commission Review Process

The Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole MP announced in late December 2015 a proposal to merge Oberon Council with Bathurst Regional Council. This proposal has been referred to the Boundaries Commission for examination and public consultation before reporting back to the Minister.

Oberon Council is resolute in its position that Oberon should remain a stand alone Local Government Authority and this will be reiterated during the Boundaries Commission process.

The following information outlines the process that is being undertaken.

Renata Brooks has been appointed as the delegate to carry out the Public Inquiry for the Bathurst-Oberon merger proposal. Renata Brooks will meet with Council during late January.

The Public Inquiry is part of the examination and reporting process conducted by Renata Brooks and provides an opportunity for members of the public to express their opinions on the proposal to the Delegate. The Oberon Public Inquiry meeting has been scheduled by the Boundaries Commission. This meeting will be held at the Oberon Showground Hall on Thursday 4 February 2016 from 1pm to 4pm. Click here for a copy of the Public Notice.

Members of the public who would like to attend are required to register using the on-line registration form (https://www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au/proposals/bathurst-regional-and-oberon-councils/) or by phoning 1300 813 020, or they may be turned away. Members of the public who would like to speak at the inquiry are requested to indicate at the time of registering their attendance.

Members of the public may only speak once at the inquiry and the order of speaking will be determined by Renata Brooks. Registrations to speak will close at 12noon on Friday 29 January.

Written submissions in response to the amalgamation proposal are invited from Councils and community members until Sunday 28 February. The proposal can be found at (https://www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au/#merger-proposals) or click here to download a copy.

Following the close of submissions Renata Brooks will then provide a report to the Boundaries Commissioner for comment and the final report will then be sent to the Minister for Local Government for a decision.

The final announcement, which will be announced by proclamation of the Governor is expected on 30 June 2016.

Click here to download a copy of the State Government Local Government Reform Merger Impacts and Analysis document and the independent study commissioned by Oberon Council by the University of Technology Sydney Centre for Local Government.

Further information regarding the Boundaries Commission process can be found at https://www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au/#merger-proposals.

I encourage all members of the Oberon community to review the proposal and put forward your comments in a written submission. Please contact Oberon Council or Mayor Kathy Sajowitz on 6329 8100 if you would like to discuss any aspect of what has been proposed and the review process.

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