Council News, Thursday 08 August 2013

Media Release - Council News

I was pleased to be able to attend assemblies held at each of the local schools over the past couple of weeks to present the Oberon Sesquicentenary Bronze Medallions to students and teachers.  A number of the assemblies coincided with Education Week and all of the visits were very interesting.

I am always impressed by the activities taking place in our local schools and awards days are an opportunity to see the hard work and dedication of students and teachers rewarded.

Congratulations to those students who received awards and I would like to pass on my thanks to all students for their courtesy and enthusiasm during these visits.
A special mention must go to the Burraga School who provided on a BBQ lunch to celebrate Education Week which was appreciated by the students, parents and visitors to the School.

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The General Manager and I will be meeting with the General Manager’s and Mayor’s of Bathurst Regional Council and Lithgow City Council this week to discuss the question of amalgamations and boundary changes.  I will be again reaffirming Council’s position that it is opposed to forced amalgamations.  Further information regarding the outcome of the meeting will be provided in next week’s column.

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Following the recent spate of thefts occurring from rural properties across the region the Chifley Local Area Command Rural Crime Unit will be holding a meeting with the NSW Farmers Association and interested landholders on Monday 12 August 2013, commencing at 7.00pm at the Bathurst RSL Club to discuss these issues.

Police are urging owners of weekender properties that are left vacant during the week to take extra care with security of their farm and equipment.

It’s also important that everyone is aware of their neighbours and to keep an eye out for anything suspicious. If you do see anything out of the ordinary, I encourage you to report it immediately to local Police to help them quell these rising offences.

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Council works staff have carried out maintenance grading on Arkstone Road, Jerong Road, Tuglow Road and Gingkin Valley Road last week.  Gravel resheeting has also been carried out on Connection Road.

Drainage Maintenance works have been undertaken in Jerong Road, and Baldridge Road along with cleaning of gutters within the township and cleaning of gutters, grates and general drainage maintenance on Kanangra Walls Road, Jerong Road, town inlet grates and Baldridge Road, whilst culvert works have been undertaken on Dudley Street.

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Oberon residents will receive their quarterly rates notice this week and residents who are on the town water supply will also receive a water account for the period between April and June 2013.

Since the meter readings were taken Council staff have contacted residents who have had high water consumption during this period to ensure that there are no leaks present within the system.

I would like to encourage all Oberon residents who are on the town water supply to check their water pipes to ensure there are no leaks in their system. A number of consumers have only been made aware that they have a leak in their plumbing system after they have received an excessive water consumption bill. In order to avoid that from occurring, consumers are urged to check their own water meter readings to monitor water usage.

When checking your meter, please note that the black numbers tell you how many kilolitres (1000 litres) you have used and the red numbers tell you how many litres you have used.

In checking to determine whether there may be a leak in your system, please follow these steps:

1.    Take a meter reading (including the small numbers at the end of the meter) after the last person has used any water in the evening
2.    Take a further reading on the following morning before any water is used
3.    If no one has used any water overnight the readings should not have changed. If there is a difference you know there is a leak. You will then need to contact a plumber to locate and repair any leaks

Residents are responsible for all pipes past the water meter.  A water leak can remain undetected for several months and the water cost can be substantial if undetected. An ideal time to check your meter is overnight, on the way to work or when you will be away from the property for several hours.  

ENDS