Council News, Thursday 02 May 2013

 

Media Release - Council News
Release: Thursday 2 May 2013

 

Council has received the latest paper from the Local Government Independent Review Panel titled Future Directions for Local Government.

 

One of the recommendations contained within in the document is that Oberon be amalgamated with Bathurst Regional Council.  Oberon Council will vigorously oppose any attempts to see it merge with Bathurst.  The report details the financial sustainability of all NSW Councils and has stated that Oberon is in a sound financial position at this time.  The report has also identified that Bathurst Regional Council is currently in a moderate financial position.  The suggestion that Oberon merge with Bathurst is ludicrous when at this time it appears that their financial position is certainly weaker than that of the Oberon Council.

 

I believe that this recommendation makes a mockery out of the Independent Review of Local Government.  In Oberon's case it is clearly not about financial sustainability, but rather about strengthening the Bathurst Regional centre at the expense of the Oberon community.  This is clearly stated on page 37 of the Future Directions report.

 

Oberon Council firmly believes we have the financial capacity to continue as an independent Local Government area into the future.  In my 24 years experience as an elected representative on the Oberon Council I have always found Oberon to be an independent, financially sound Local Government area and I believe this will continue well into the future. 

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Final plans are now in place for the construction of the 66 bed facility and a ceremony to "Turn the First Sod" will be held at the site of the new home on the corner of Albion Street and Titania Road on Friday 10 May 2013, commencing at 11.00am.  All members of the public are invited to attend.

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Friends of the Oberon Library are again coordinating this years Oberon Waste to Art Competition and Exhibition.  The Awards night for the exhibition will be held on Friday 10 May, commencing from 5.30pm at the Robert Hooper Community Centre.  For further information please contact Kathy Sajowitz on 6336 0742 or Celia Ravesi on 6359 3109.

The Waste to Art entries will be on display in the Robert Hooper Community Centre from Wednesday 8May to Friday 10 May during the hours of 12pm to 4pm and Saturday 11 May from 10am to 2pm.

 

Prizes for the 2013 Essential Energy Photographic Competition will also be awarded during the evening.

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A meeting will be held on Wednesday 8 May 2013, commencing at 2.00pm to form a formal U3A Committee in Oberon.


If you are interested in supporting the U3A concept, please come along to the meeting and show your support.  Once a committee has been established a program will be developed and courses offered will be advertised. 

 

If you would like further information please contact Maree Arrow on 6336 3003 or Dietmar Sajowitz on 6336 0742.

 

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Councillor John McMahon

Mayor

 

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