Council News 12 June 2014

Article for Council Page – Oberon Review
Council News - Thursday 12 June 2014

Council currently has its Draft Oberon Community Strategic Plan 2014, better know as “The Budget” on public display.  The current draft budget predicts a deficit in 2014 which is very concerning for Councillors and Staff. The major items of planned capital expenditure are for roads, which is where approximately 2/3 of the total budget is expected to be spent.  Councillors have already taken some tough decisions to remove the “nice to have” items from the budget and will be looking to reduce this even further before adopting the final budget.

A series of Community Information Sessions to review the 2014 Draft Oberon Community Strategic Plan are currently being held across the LGA. To date meetings have been held in O’Connell, Oberon and Black Springs and whilst the attendance at these community meetings has been very poor each group has provided valuable feedback which will be considered in the final draft.

Further meetings will be held over the next week and we hope to see more people attend, to hear about the budget process and provide feedback to the Council. The next planned meeting will be held at the Burraga Sports Club on Thursday 12 June at 7.00pm, the Robert Hooper Community Centre Oberon on Monday 16 June at 2.00pm, the Black Springs Community Hall on Wednesday 18 June at 3.30pm and the Robert Hooper Community Centre Oberon on Thursday 19 June at 6.00pm.

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Construction of the Oberon Aged Care facility is proceeding well with the colourbond roof now installed on the northern ground floor / street level wing.  The eastern wing, along Tarana Road, is also starting to take shape with the columns for this two storey section in place. The facility looks like it will be very impressive and a great asset to both the local and wider community.  It will create long term stable employment in Oberon as well as meeting the aged care needs for our elderly residents in the local area.

Last Wednesday General Manager Alan Cairney and I attended the Oberon Business Association Breakfast Meeting. Oberon Business Association and Oberon Plateau Tourism Association will merge late this year and I believe this is a very positive move. Both organisations have similar vision and values and together will work well for the future growth of Oberon.

This Friday 13 June at 6.00pm the Oberon Golf Club will host a Port and Performance Evening to raise funds to fit out their new kitchen.  Entertainment will be provided by local performers Kurt Booth, Ian Gordon and Brian Beesley.  Tickets are $20 per head and bookings are essential for catering purposes. Please call 6336 5159 to book (leave message if unanswered) or put your name on the booking sheet at the Golf Club.

Mayor John McMahon