Council News, Thursday 06 June 2013

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Release: Thursday 6 June 2013

A group of local residents met at the Oberon RSL Club on Monday evening to discuss the communities concerns regarding the possibility of Oberon Council merging with Bathurst as outlined in the Independent Local Government Review Report.

The latest progress report handed down by the panel has suggested that Oberon Local Government Area (LGA) be merged with Bathurst Regional Council to “create a stronger Regional Centre”.

Council’s position regarding this suggestion is to reaffirm our opposition to forced amalgamations and to suggest boundary adjustments to include in the Oberon LGA parts of Bathurst Regional Council and Lithgow City Council, which can be better serviced by Oberon Council and therefore provide further economies of scale to improve the sustainability of all 3 LGA’s.

The meeting expressed a strong desire for Oberon to remain an independent Local Government Area and supported the Council’s position.  The meeting nominated a community committee, led by Brian Dellow to assist with lobbying against the proposals outlined in the report.   

Tickets are now on sale for the Official Sesquicentenary Dinner which will be held at the Oberon RSL Auditorium on Saturday 6 July. All Oberon residents are invited to come along to the dinner with special guest of honour, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO Governor of New South Wales.

The celebration will include a three course meal and great entertainment from the Bay Rum Band. Tickets can be purchased for $50 per person from Oberon Council. I hope you can join us to help celebrate this special milestone in Oberon’s history. For further information please contact Council on 6329 8100.

Last Thursday I was invited to officially open the Central West Technology Forum which was held in Oberon.  The event was sponsored by Westrac, Caterpillar, Sitech and Oberon Council and those in attendance were able to operate the machinery which was showcased at the event. The field day was attended by approximately 150 people over the 2 days, including Council operators and local contractors.


Nominations are now open for the 2013 NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards in the following categories:

The Crown Lands Crown Reserve Trust Community Managers Award
The Crown Lands Crown Reserve Corporate Managers Award
The Prime Super Community of the Year Award Population of 15,000 Award
The Prime Super Community of the Year Award Population Under 15,000 Award
The Fantastic Furniture Youth Leadership Award (New category this year)
The Fantastic Furniture Indigenous Achievement Award (New category this year)
The Peabody Environmental and Landcare Award
The Essential Energy Regional Service Award
The University of Newcastle Business Achievement Award (New category this year)
The Specialty Press Events and Tourism Award

I am sure that we have many worthy contenders in the Oberon area.  If you would like more information on how to nominate an individual, business or community project; or be nominated yourself;  pick up an enquiry form from your local Commonwealth Bank branch or from Oberon Council.

Entrants will have the chance to win an advertising package from Prime 7 or share in $40,000 from the Commonwealth Bank.

Nominations close on 2 August 2013.

A reminder that Council will be holding Community Information Sessions to review the Draft Community Strategic Plan, Draft Delivery Program, Operational Plan and Resourcing Strategy, which are now on public exhibition. The period of public exhibition is from Monday 27 May 2013 to Monday 24 June 2013 with written submissions closing on 24 June 2013.

The Community Information Sessions will be held at the Black Springs Community Hall on Thursday 6 June, Burraga Sport and Recreation Club on Wednesday 12 June; St Thomas Anglican Church Hall, O'Connell on Thursday 13 June; and Robert Hooper Community Centre, Oberon on Wednesday 19 June.  Each session will commence at 5.30pm.

A Special Meeting is expected to be held on Thursday 27 June 2013 to consider submissions received and to finalise the Community Strategic Plan, Delivery Program and Operational Plans.

Councillor John McMahon