Council News 27 November 2014

Article for Council Page – Oberon Review
Council News – Thursday 27 November 2014

160 golfers enjoyed the Oberon Local Government Golf Day last Friday, and although it was quite hot and windy, the weather definitely didn’t dampen the spirits of the players. Mayor of Bathurst Gary Rush and Member for Bathurst, Paul Toole both had a great day and were great company on the course. I was impressed by the excellent condition of the greens, they area a terrific credit to the volunteers who must spend countless hours maintaining the fairways and greens at the Club.

General Manager, Alan Cairney and I will be attending the Centroc Board Meeting in Blayney this week. Major discussion will be the formation of a trial Joint Organisation, with Centroc being selected as one of five trial Joint Organisations across the State.  I believe this is a very promising step in the right direction for the new Joint Organisation structure.

Council’s auditor, Graham Bradley from Crowe Horwath Auswild reported that the Council’s finances are in surplus to the Ordinary Council Meeting last Tuesday. Mr Bradley outlined Council’s financial position at the end of June 2014. Oberon Council finished the year in the black and with loans and borrowings of only $75,000 our financial viability is good. Mr Bradley agreed that to apply for a rate increase through IPART over and above the rate pegging limit of 2.5% was necessary as the Council does not have sufficient funds to address their infrastructure backlog in the long term.

Staff from the NSW Department of Fisheries released 20,000 fingerlings into Lake Oberon and the upper reaches of the Fish River last week. We are now in the third year of a major restocking program and anglers are reaping the benefits of the restocked Lake Oberon and Fish River. Oberon Council is doing their bit as well by improving their facilities at the Reef Reserve with a boat ramp currently under construction. Toilet and BBQ facilities will be installed over the summer months. This will be a great enhancement for the facilities at the Reef Reserve.

On 5 November the Oberon Business Association held their last meeting after 20 years.  The next meeting with be with the newly formed Oberon Business and Tourism Association which will commence early in the New Year.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the dedication of the members of both the Oberon Business Association and Oberon Plateau Tourism Association and their hard work as individual organisations for many years. Their members have greatly benefited from their activities and the promotion of Tourism and Businesses in Oberon. I believe the newly formed Oberon Business and Tourism Association will flourish as a joint organisation.

Mayor John McMahon