Council News - Thursday 06 March 2014

Article for Council Page – Oberon Review
Council News - Thursday 6 March 2014

It is pleasing to see that the Oberon Abattoir is now back in operation. It is particularly pleasing to see an industry resuming in Oberon which has not been operating for some time. I wish the new owners every success in the future.

Last weekend the General Manager and I attended the Official Opening of the Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway (OTHR) Rolling Stock Shed.  Our State Member Paul Toole performed the Official Opening and I also participated in the official proceedings.

The shed was originally two sheds which the volunteers from OTHR have joined to make one large shed.  It will be utilised for storage of equipment including two heritage carriages and two diesel locomotives as well as other rolling stock. It will also be used for maintenance and restoration of the heritage railway equipment.

During the opening Paul Toole acknowledged and congratulated the dedicated track enthusiasts who have volunteered countless hours over the past 8 years.  In addition to the construction of the Rolling Stock Shed they have completed the restoration of 5km of track works and made major improvements at the Railway Station.

Ken Lingabala from the John Holland Rail Group was also in attendance at the opening and addressed the gathering and reiterated the John Holland Group’s offer of assistance wherever needed to ensure the project is seen through to fruition.

Once completed the Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway will be a great benefit to the local tourism industry.

General Manager Alan Cairney and I attended the Centroc Board Meeting held in Bathurst last Thursday.  The meeting was attended by Mayors and General Managers from across the region and discussion took place in relation to the Independent Local Government Review Panel’s proposed Joint Organisations structure.

A number of speakers expressed strong opposition to the Panel’s model which they viewed as a take over of Local Government.

Under the Panel’s proposal, membership to a Joint Organisation is compulsory; however, membership can be made up of special interest delegates and members who are not from Local Government.  The Hunter Model, which is favoured by the Centroc group draws all membership from Local Government and member Council’s can choose to participate in projects which benefit their own Council.

Local Government NSW will be holding a Leaders Forum to discuss the outcomes of the Panels Final Report in Bathurst on 24 March and Councillors and Staff will attend this forum.