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Council News - Thursday 13 March 2014
On Monday, General Manager Alan Cairney and I attended the NSW Community Cabinet Meeting held in Lithgow. Prior to the meeting we had the opportunity to meet with the Minister for Local Government, Don Page MP and the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, the Hon Brad Hazzard MP.
The Mayor’s of Bathurst, Lithgow and Blayney were also in attendance and we discussed the proposed Joint Organisations outlined in the Local Government Independent Review Panel’s final report.
We were able to pass on comments from the discussion held at the last Centroc Board Meeting where the member Council’s all favoured the Hunter Region model and were not in favour of the proposal outlined in the review panel’s report. I was very pleased at the positive response from the Minister in relation to this matter.
We also had an opportunity to speak with the Minister for Roads, the Hon Duncan Gay MLC in relation to B-Double access over the Blue Mountains. The Minister has agreed to meet a delegation from Oberon to progress this matter.
We are currently conducting community consultation regarding the proposal to Fluoridate the Oberon Town Water Supply. A Fluoridation Information Session was held during the week and the purpose of this was to get the information to all residents in relation to fluoridation.
Two Community Forums will be held over the next two weeks. The first will be held on Thursday 20 March, commencing at 6pm at the Oberon Showground Hall. On Wednesday 26 March a second forum will be held at the Oberon RSL Club. I urge all residents to come along to and have your say.
Last Thursday I attended a Climate Change, Risk and Resilience Seminar held in Blayney. Councillor Gibbons, General Manager, Alan Cairney and Works Manager, Ian Tucker also attended the workshop.
One of the areas which relates to this area is the possibility of an increase in the intensity and frequency of bushfires due to a changing climate. Thinking back to the bushfires in the Blue Mountains last October and the severity of this event it is certainly something that requires better planning in the future. In many cases there are tree preservation orders in place which prevent landholders from clearing their land and this is something I believe will need better planning in the future if we are to prevent these type of disasters from occurring.
Last Friday I attended a breakfast held to celebrate International Women’s Day. Although the attendance was a little disappointing, those who were there were very impressed with the address given by guest speaker Jenny Precians. Jenny is the co-owner of the Oberon Pharmacy and the Oberon Wellness Centre and is married with a young baby as well. Her address was very entertaining and illustrated the challenges of juggling the different roles of business owner, wife and mother.