Council News - Thursday 14 May 2015

I would like to pass on my thanks to Deputy Mayor Kerry Gibbons for filling in for me over past couple weeks while I underwent surgery for a hip replacement. Kerry has attended to all the Mayoral duties during this time and it is quite reassuring to know that I have a Deputy Mayor that is capable and willing to step in and continue on with the good work of the Council.

I will definitely be back in the office from Monday next week and I am looking forward to stepping back into my Mayoral duties.

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I am sure Black Springs residents will be pleased to see the reconstruction of a short 100m section of Abercrombie Rd at Black Springs commence this week.  This section was not done when the previous reconstruction was undertaken in the village area. Council’s new Works and Engineering Director, Chris Schumacher has managed to include this is the schedule of works following on from completion of the Campbells River Road reconstruction to maximise the benefit of having plant in the area.

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Two landmark trees in Oberon have been removed during the past couple of weeks due to declining health. Although it is a difficult decision to remove trees of this age it should improve safety aspects in both areas.  Now that the tree has been removed on the corner of Apex Park at some time in the future Council will be able to rearrange the intersection at the corner of Rupert Street and Carrington Avenue to make this intersection safer.

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The new Water Filling Station on North Street has been installed and we are in the final stages of having a Smart Card system installed. Residents will be able to make use of this Filling Station at their convenience to fill their water containers. This will be of great benefit for people out of town who need stock water or water for domestic purposes.

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The NSW Government has advised that the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) as been appointed to the Expert Advisory Panel to assess Local Government Fit for the Future proposals. They will consider proposals submitted by Local Governments independently and ensure a consistent, fair and impartial assessment.

All Councils are required to provide IPART with their proposals by 30 June 2015. The proposals will demonstrate how Councils meet the Fit for the Future criteria of scale and capacity, sustainability, effective infrastructure and service management, and efficiency.

Mayor John McMahon