Council News - Thursday 12 March 2015

Council News - Thursday 12 March 2015

General Manager, Alan Cairney, and I attended a Regional Workshop arranged by the Office of Local Government to advise about the Rural Council Proposal as part of the NSW Government “Fit for the Future” reform program.
 
The session was attended by smaller rural based Council’s similar to Oberon and a few also have large areas of non-rateable land managed by the State Government including State Forests.
 
We were advised that when a review of the rating structure occurs that the issue with non-rateable land will be considered.
 
At this time Oberon Council will be considering our options to become “Fit for the Future” and will arrange some Community Briefing Sessions during April.
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Transport NSW has asked the Community Transport Providers across NSW to come together as they will not be issuing as many contracts from July. To ensure Oberon residents are able to access this vital service we have agreed to amalgamate with Lithgow Community Transport.
 
The new service will continue to provide the highest level of transport services to ensure our clients are able to live independently for as long as possible. This includes things such as transport to medical appointments, shopping trips and social outings.
 
Anyone wishing to use the service will still contact Oberon Council staff to organise your bookings. The Oberon drivers and clients will not notice any change in the service. Lithgow Community Transport will be responsible for the Financial and Reporting responsibilities of the partnership.
 
This opportunity to form a partnership will allow both organisations to best use their resources to offer a broader and more diverse range of activities for our communities.
 
A morning tea will be held this Friday 13 March at the Hampton Halfway House to mark the merger between the Oberon and Lithgow Community Transport Services.
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Last Sunday, the Friends of the Oberon Library held an event to mark International Women’s Day at the Robert Hooper Community Centre. The afternoon was very well attended and guests enjoyed a beautiful afternoon tea and memorabilia displays. There were three guest speakers from Oberon Writers Group as well as guests memories and recollections. Friends of the Oberon Library launched the Poppy Project which was extremely well received. The Poppy Project is now on display in the Library. The afternoon raised almost $200 which will be sent to UNIFEM in the name of the women of Oberon. I would like to pass on my thanks to Deputy Mayor Kerry Gibbons for attending on my behalf and closing the event.

Mayor John McMahon