Council News, Thursday 14 August 2014

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Council News - Thursday 14 August 2014


I am very pleased that Oberon scooped the pool at the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon Tourism Awards of Excellence 2014 Gala Dinner held at Scenic World in Katoomba last Friday evening.

The gala dinner was attended by staff from the Oberon Visitor Information Centre, General Manager Alan Cairney, Executive Coordinator, Sharon Swannell and myself.

The Oberon Visitor Information Centre and Oberon Council were finalists for the award categories of Visitor Information and Services and Local Government Award for Tourism and won Gold awards in their respective categories. To top off a great night Bob and Sally Parrington from the Jenolan Caravan Park also won Gold in the Tourist and Caravan Park category.

Tourism in Oberon has been steadily growing over the last 10 years and Oberon Council continues to recognise the importance of developing this industry.  Overall it was a great night for Oberon and reflects the importance of the tourism industry for our economy. I would like to pass on my congratulations to our staff from the Visitor Information Centre Debra Marks, Lynne Causer, Sharyn Gibbs, Sarah-Jane Holland, General Manager Alan Cairney and Executive Coordinator Sharon Swannell, these award recognise their hard work and dedication.
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Councillors and Management Staff had a busy week last week attending Local Government Finance Training and a Rating Structure Workshop.  The purpose of the training and workshop was to assist our understanding of the Council’s financial position and the complexity of Local Government Accounting.

This week Council held a Works Committee Meeting.  There were a number of items on the Agenda including the upcoming construction program.  Work to upgrade the next section of Abercrombie Road is expected to commence in late September.  This will involve rehabilitation of the existing pavement and construction of shoulders for approximately 1.2km south of Murray’s Lane.

The Oberon West project will also recommence in late September on the next 1.0km of O’Connell Road. Drainage and shoulder work was carried out on this section prior to the winter period and work will now continue to rehabilitate this section of road bringing the total area completed to 2.6km.
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A reminder that Oberon Council will be carrying out a bulk kerbside collection for residents who currently receive a weekly kerbside collection service on Monday 25 August 2014.  Items are to be of a weight that can be lifted by two people.  

Full details of what can be left for collection can be found in the article in this paper or on Council’s website www.oberon.nsw.gov.au.  For further information please contact Council’s Engineering Department on 6329 8131 or 6329 8104.
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Mayor John McMahon

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