Council News 19 June 2014

Article for Council Page – Oberon Review
Council News - Thursday 19 June 2014

The Hon John Cobb MP made a visit to Oberon last week and met with myself and General Manager Alan Cairney to discuss the 2014/2015 Federal Budget and the impact this will have on Local Government.

As most of us would now be aware, Australia is heading for a record debt level and the main focus of this budget is to get this debt and deficit under control.  There was also some good news which affects our community including the biggest ever investment into roads and infrastructure, with an increase of $200million towards the Black Spot program and a $350million increase to the Roads to Recovery program.

We then attended the Fire and Rescue Headquarters in Oberon where John Cobb made a presentation to local firefighter Peter Ryan for 50 years of continuous service. Peter was only 16 years of age when he signed up to become a volunteer firefighter, following in his fathers footsteps in order to be of service to the local community.

There will be an official dinner this Saturday 21 June 2014 at the Oberon RSL Club to acknowledge Peter’s outstanding service to the community.

A reminder to dog owners to please take all reasonable precautions to keep animals safely enclosed on your property. This follows a recent dog attack in Oberon and an incident out at Porters Retreat in which a number of sheep were killed and several sheep left severely mauled.

Animal Control Officers are currently investigating the incidents.

As the owner of a dog, you could face a very large fine if your animal is involved in a dog attack and could also be declared a menacing or dangerous dog. If a dog is involved in an attack and is declared as menacing or dangerous, the dog must then be housed in accordance with strict requirements or otherwise, surrendered.

It is really important to keep your animals safe, secure and in your control at all times. For any questions in relation to Companion Animals please contact Council’s Planning and Development Department for assistance.

We are almost to the end of our Community Information Sessions to review the Draft Oberon Community Strategic Plan 2014

Overall the attendance to the sessions has been rather disappointing; however some very good feedback has been received from the community regardless.

A reminder that the last Community Information Session will be held at the Robert Hooper Community Centre, Fleming Street Oberon tonight at 6.00pm. I encourage everyone to come along and hear about the budget process and provide feedback to Council.

Mayor John McMahon