Council News – Thursday 29 January 2015


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Council News – Thursday 29 January 2015

Last Monday, Oberon joined other communities across Australia to celebrate Australia Day and what it means to be an Australian and living in this great country. We have a way of life unequalled in the world. No invading force has ever set foot on our continent and we have peace and stability, we are indeed the lucky country.

This year our Australia Day Ambassador was Actor and Director Ben Steel. Ben is well known for his role in Home and Away where he played the role of Jude Lawson for over 160 episodes. His Australia Day address was very interesting and spoke with great passion about his memories of living overseas for periods of time and what he missed about Australia during this time.

Member for Calare, John Cobb MP and our State Member, Minister for Local Government Paul Toole MP also attended the celebrations and this was appreciated by both Councillors and members of the community in attendance.

Celebrations commenced with a morning tea of scones and cocky’s joy, a typical Australian smoko.

I would like to pass on my congratulations to this year’s award recipients; Citizen of the Year Max Sward; Young Citizen of the Year, Adrian Williams; Sportsperson of the Year, Cheyne Barker; Young Sportsperson of the Year, Kylie Lynch; Sports Team of the Year the Oberon High School and St Josephs Combined Small Schools Rugby League Team and the Oberon Phoenix Netball Team; Community Event of the Year, the Friends of the Oberon Library, Waste to Art Competition and Exhibition 2014 and the Local Legend, Peter Ryan.

Each of the award recipients has provided outstanding service to our community and it was a pleasure to recognise their contributions. I would like to extend my congratulations to them all.


Council are currently seeking community feedback regarding their application to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for a Special Rate Variation. The proposed rate variation is 7.5% which includes the rate pegging limit over the next 5 years.

Community Briefing Sessions have been held in Oberon and Black Springs this week and the next session will be held in Burraga tonight. Further Sessions will be held next week and I strongly urge all ratepayers to come along to review the proposal and have your say.

Thurs 29 Jan


Burraga Sport and Recreation Club, Lloyd Street, Burraga

Tue 3 Feb


Robert Hooper Community Centre, Fleming Street, Oberon

Wed 4 Feb


O’Connell Public School Hall, Black Mills Lane, O’Connell


Last Friday I attended Afternoon Tea at the Oberon Library to present the prizes for the Summer Reading Competition. There was quite a good roll up of children and their parents in attendance. This year’s competition was very successful with almost 60 participants. There were a number of great prizes donated by local businesses and community groups and the overall winner, Hannah Gorman was presented with an iPod Shuffle. A full list of prize winners will be included in next week’s edition of the Oberon Review.

Mayor John McMahon