Council News 26 September 2013

Media Release - Council News
Release: Thursday 26 September 2013

Several Councillors are extremely disappointed to learn that the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) do not plan to realign the major curve leading in to Oberon on the O’Connell Road as part of the project which has recently commenced.

The RMS have contracted Oberon Council to complete the project on their behalf, however Council has not received an opportunity to have any input into the scope of works which will be undertaken as part of this project prior to its commencement.

Council has been advised that the RMS have agreed to some minor realignment of curves, but this will be predominately within the existing road reserve.


Lake Oberon will officially open to the public for kayaking, canoeing and the use of electric motor boats from 1 October 2013.  A community opening will be held at the Reef Road Reserve on Saturday 5 October 2013, commencing at 11.00am and all members of the community are invited to attend.

The project is a joint initiative of Maritime Services, StateWater, Fisheries and Oberon Council.  The Lake Oberon Access Committee have worked extremely hard to get this project off the ground.

I would like to thank all the volunteers who have contributed to getting the Lake ready for use. Members of the Oberon Fishing Club including the Whittaker Family, Don, Helen, Andrew, Tony and Christie and Peter Brennan volunteered to construct the fencing and gates for the access to the Dam.  Saul’s Grading Services have provided equipment to construct the entrance and Oberon Quarries kindly donated material towards the project.  Councillor Kerry Gibbons has donated his time as a grader operator and also coordinated the many volunteers who have assisted with this project.  Council has also donated the use of trucks and a roller to complete the works.

There are strict conditions in place for people accessing the Lake.  All users of craft and vessels will be required to wear an approved floatation device or lifejacket.  The dedicated “alpine waters” of Lake Oberon are very cold, due to our high altitude, and swimming will not be allowed.

Craft and vessels will also be restricted to a top speed of 4 knots, about the speed of a brisk walk and only electric motors will be permitted. There will also be an exclusion zone in place around the dam wall.

I believe the opening of the Lake for fishing from water craft will be a great boost to tourism and the local economy, plus it’s a beautiful lake with pristine waters.  I invite members of the community to come down to the Reef Reserve on Saturday 5 October with a boat, canoe or kayak.

Council plans to renovate the existing toilet block at the Oberon Netball Courts. This facility also services the Oberon Sports Complex, comprising the Leagues Grounds and the Hockey Field.

The existing facility is out dated and in need of a face lift.  The renovation will include the installation of a disabled access toilet and a meeting room/viewing area for users of the Netball Courts.

The project is partially funded by the State Government’s Community Building Partnership Fund and by Council and I believe it will be a great improvement for the users of the Sports Precinct.

I had a great time last week visiting a number of our local Schools for their end of term assemblies including Black Springs and St Joseph’s School.  

I was given an opportunity to address the St Joseph’s School Assembly and during my visit I was impressed by the feeling of enthusiasm from both the teachers and the students.  The Schools seems to have been reinvigorated under the leadership of the Acting Principal, Anthony Roohan.

Last Wednesday afternoon I spent the best two hours I have had in a long time at the Oberon Public School Sesquicentenary Performance “The Road to Oberon”.  The performance involved the whole school and illustrated life in Oberon over the past 150 years.