Council News 18 July 2013

Media Release - Council News
Release: Thursday 18 July 2013

Each year Council develops a maintenance grading program for its unsealed road network.  A condition assessment is carried out by Council staff and work is then prioritised. Council also assesses complaints from members of the public and includes this information when setting the program for maintenance grading and gravel resheeting.

At Tuesday evening’s Ordinary Council Meeting, Council received a report listing the roads which will be graded during 2013/14. This work will be carried out when the roads are at the optimum moisture conditions to minimise the cost associated with the works. A major emphasis will be placed on maintenance of the drainage systems associated with these roads, and this work will greatly improve the quality and life of the road network.

A comprehensive list of the roads which will be targeted during the year can be found in the Council’s Business Papers, which are available on the website www.oberon.nsw.gov.au or from the Council Administration Office.
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During the week Council staff and members of the community met with representatives from Roads and Maritime Services, State Water and Fisheries to discuss plans for canoeing and kayaking to take place at Lake Oberon.

Items discussed included installation of appropriate signage and upgrading the parking and access to the Dam from the Reef Reserve.  

The group is planning an Official Opening on 1 October 2013 and it is hoped that the Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay and Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson may be able to attend the opening.

Having these sports available at Lake Oberon will be great for the Oberon community and for the tourism industry in the local area.
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Council has received funding from Transport NSW which will assist members of the community who are transport disadvantaged.  This includes people who do not have a vehicle, do not have anyone available to drive them, are unable to drive the required distance or groups which are too large to get somewhere safely.

Council is currently seeking feedback from the community for suggested trips which can be arranged.  This may include trips such as bus trips to Bathurst, visits to sporting events out of the Oberon area plus any other suggestions by the community.

Council will arrange the bus once notified by a group, however, each group will be obliged to arrange the activity, purchase tickets if necessary and take responsibility of those attending. It is anticipated that the maximum fee for the bus will be $10.00 per person return to Sydney, Penrith and Canberra.

If your group or committee would be interested in using this transport service or if you have any trip suggestions that you would like to discuss, please contact Oberon Council’s Community Services Coordinator, Kathy Beesley on 6329 8156 or Community Services Assistant, Hanna Bates, on 6329 8162.
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I am available for interviews and meetings with members of the community each Monday afternoon from 2pm to 4.30pm.  Please contact Council’s Executive Coordinator Sharon Swannell on 6329 8151 to make an appointment.

Councillor John McMahon
Mayor

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