Council News Thursday 07 March 2013

Media Release - Council News
Release: Thursday 7 March 2013

The General Manager and I attended an informal meeting with the Mayors and General Managers of Bathurst and Lithgow Councils this week.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss each Council's position regarding the current local government review which is looking at options for new governance models including boundary changes.  

This followed a presentation by the Chair of the Independent Panel, Profession Graham Sansom, at the CENTROC Meeting held in Wellington the previous week.  Oberon Council's position is that we favour the formalisation of strategic relationships, including being a member of CENTROC which has 17 member Councils in the Central West area.  We oppose forced amalgamations of Councils and believe that local representation is important.  We will continue our discussions with Bathurst and Lithgow Councils in the coming months.

The Local Policing Community Consultative Committee meeting was held in Bathurst on Monday and it is pleasing to hear Superintendent Robinson advise that additional staffing will be provided to the area, including Oberon where appointments will be made soon.  Crime statistics for the last 3 years shows a decrease in the Region and also in Oberon, with similar results for the last 3 months.

Council will be hosting an event to celebrate Seniors Week at the Oberon RSL Club on Friday 22 March 2013, commencing at 12 noon.  A Barber Shop Quartet and a Professional Storyteller will provide entertainment on the day and lunch will be served by Hospitality students from Oberon High School and St Joseph's Catholic School.  Entry is free and all Seniors from the Oberon Shire are welcome to come along and enjoy the day.
The Community Technology Centre will run a series of workshops tailored for Seniors on Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th March.  The workshops include Getting into Family History, What is an iPad, Buying a Computer, Using Facebook and Using Skype.

For further information or to make a booking please contact Council's Community Development Officer, Kathy Beesley on 6329 8100 or call into the Visitor Information Centre.

Council works staff are currently reconstructing a section of Abercrombie Road, north of Sloggetts Road. The old bitumen surface has been removed and the addition of gravel pavement is under way. Works are currently on hold for a time pending the electricity stays being moved. The Contractor has met Council personnel on site and the earthwork required for contractor's equipment will be done this week. The poles for the new cable stays will be installed by mid March and the grid shut down to connect to the new poles is scheduled for 25 March.  Affected residents will receive notification of any service disruption in the area.  

Councillor John McMahon