Council News - 6 November 2014

Article for Council Page – Oberon Review
Council News – Thursday 6 November 2014

The swimming pool will open this Friday 7 November at 2pm with new activities for the 2014/15 season.  Staff at the pool will be conducting the pool play program for children 4yrs and under Saturday mornings commencing at 11.30am. This program will be free to attend during November and is a great way to build up toddler’s confidence in the water.  It will be a great benefit for young children. The pool has a variety of programs to suit all ages and swimming levels so please drop in to see what is on offer this season.

The land and air search for a 21 year old missing bushwalker in the Kanangra Boyd area is continuing. At this stage searchers are baffled, apart from the bushwalkers car there has been no sightings and they have found no other evidence of the young man in the area. Searchers have covered an area from Kanangra Walls to Yerranderie with search crews also coming in from the Yerranderie side.  It is hoped that searchers will find this young man soon.

The Oberon SES volunteers have been heavily involved in this search. The SES members respond to numerous emergencies throughout the year. On Wednesday 12 November I encourage everyone to wear Orange to show your support for the work of the volunteers in the Burraga and Oberon SES Units.  SES members sacrifice their time away from families and friends to help our community through floods, storms, accidents and in times of need and they carry out their duties without any expectation of recognition for their hard work. Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW) is an opportunity for the community to say thank you to these volunteers.

Primary producers have welcomed the joint statement released this week by Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson and Federal Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce that there will be no mandatory electronic ear tags for sheep and goats in Australia.  The cost of implementing such a system would far outweigh any perceived benefits for primary producers.  To scan 40,000 – 50,000 livestock at a weekly sale would be time consuming and unworkable.

The cost of complying with electronic tagging would place an unacceptable financial burden on primary producers for nil benefit especially considering that primary producers are already complying with a national livestock identification tagging system through NLIS which achieves the same outcome.

On Thursday 6 November the Council will hold a Works and Finance Committee Meeting.  The items listed for consideration by the Works Committee include a report about suggested additional Town Improvement Projects for the 2014/15 year. Suggested projects include Footpaths, improvements to car parking in Tally’s Lane and work on Stormwater drainage around the town.  A full list of projects will be discussed at the meeting. The Finance Committee Meeting will review the Quarterly Budget Review Statements for the period 1 July to 30 September 2014.

Mayor John McMahon