Council News - Thurs 16 October 2014

Article for Council Page – Oberon Review 

Council News – Thursday 16 October 2014

Next week, General Manager Alan Cairney and I will attend the Local Government NSW Conference which will be held in Coffs Harbour.  Local Government NSW is the peak industry association that represents the interests of all Council’s in NSW.  The main purpose of the Annual Conference is for all Local Government’s to come together and consider items of mutual interest.

The conference has a very busy program lined up and we will be considering 242 motions from constituent Councils plus other business from Local Government NSW.

One of the hot topics listed for discussion is the freezing of indexation of Federal Assistance Grants (FAG’s) over the next three years.  This has an enormous impact on Local Council’s as it erodes the Council’s income over the next three years.  We feel very strongly that FAG’s needs to maintain relativity with the cost of living.  A number of motions have also been put forward in relation to cost shifting from State Government onto Local Government.  

I was very critical of the number of delegates from across city Council’s last year who failed to attend the final day of the conference, thus leaving the meeting short of a quorum and I hope to see a lot more involvement from across all the Council’s attending this year’s conference. 

We are expecting a big fishing season this year.  The Oberon Branch of the Central Acclimatisation Society has recently released 16,000 Rainbow Trout into local creeks and rivers around Lake Oberon.  A further release of 12,000 Brown Trout expected later this month which will further boost the numbers.

The new workshop at the Oberon Men’s Shed will be officially opened this Friday by Member for Bathurst, Paul Toole MP.  The Oberon Men’s Shed has gone ahead in leaps and bounds since first forming.  Anyone interested is encouraged to drop in on a Tuesday for a cuppa and a chat.  The group is always keen to meet new people and are very welcoming. Congratulations to all members for the development of the new workshop and best wishes for the Official Opening on Friday.

I was very impressed by the “Oberon Out Of Uniform” 2015 calendar.  It was difficult to recognise some of the people starring in the calendar without their normal “uniforms” on.  All profits from the sale of the calendars will go towards the Australian Cancer Research Foundation and it is really great to see local people getting together to support this worthwhile cause. I would like to congratulate all those involved for their enthusiastic support of the project.  Please get your copy as soon as possible as they are likely to sell out very quickly.  The calendars are available for sale in the Oberon Council Office and other businesses around Oberon.

A reminder that the Oberon Waste Depot will be open this Saturday 18 October from 8am to 11am for residents to drop off their old and unwanted household chemicals.  Household chemicals can be dumped free of charge during this time.  Other rubbish will be accepted for standard tipping charges during these extended hours.

Mayor John McMahon