Council News, Thursday 10 July 2014

Article for Council Page – Oberon Review 

Council News - Thursday 10 July 2014

General Manager Alan Cairney, Works and Engineering Director, Aruna Wickramasinghe and Deputy Mayor Kerry Gibbons met with the Tijmen Klootwijk, Haulage and Sales Manager with the Forestry Corporation last week to resolve some of the outstanding road safety issues to enable the trial of 23 metre B-Doubles with a maximum gross weight of 57 tonne to commence.

Once the road safety issues have been resolved the trial will take place over the next four months on Faugha Ballaugha Road, and if successful the 23 metre B-Doubles will be used on other nominated roads.  Forestry Corporation will monitor the trucks during the trial period. 

The tender to construct the roof enclosure over the Oberon Pool Complex has been advertised this week.  The closing date to submit tenders is 4pm Monday 10 August 2014 and it is anticipated that tenders will be considered at the August Council Meeting.  It is expected that the covering over the pool will extend the season by up to two months for Oberon residents and pool users.

Council staff have been busy with winter time maintenance on our local rural roads including 3.5km of roadside drainage along the Isabella Road.  This work includes cleaning out culverts and replacing damaged pipes and head walls.  Extra gravel will be placed over some culverts to reduce the risk of damage to pipes during routine maintenance grading of the Isabella Road.  This work is being used as a trial for future maintenance works.

Work is also underway on Mayfield Road clearing timber from the roadside and carrying out drainage work.  Grading is being done on Carlwood Road and when weather permits grading and drainage work will commence on the Black Range and Glen Chee Road (better known as the Six Foot Track).

The Regional Waste 2 Art Exhibition and Awards was held in Dubbo late in June and eleven section winners from our local competition were entered.  The standard was very high and seventeen Councils from across the Central West entered the competition with 150 finalists on display.

Gerard O’Brien took first place in the building/large sculpture category for his “Chook Shed”.  Reace Vavasour also took a first place in the High School Functional category for “Ferrit Wheel”.  Highly Commended Certificates were also awarded to Conner Vavasour, for his entry “Turntable” and the Library Craft Kids for their entry “Shorty the Sheep’s Mob”.  Well done to all the Oberon entrants and I would like to pass on congratulations to the place winners.


Mayor John McMahon