Council News, Thursday 17 April 2014

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Council News - Thursday 17 April 2014

On Monday I attended the official launch of the NSW Department of Primary Industries Hunting in State Forests Community Awareness Program. Dr Andrew Moriarty, Acting Director of the Game Licensing Unit took the opportunity to provide an overview of the facts about hunting on public land in NSW. The launch was also attended by Local Member for Bathurst, Paul Toole MP who added his support for the re-launched program as well as representatives of the Game Licencing Unit, Forestry Corporation and NSW Police, local residents and Council representatives.

The Game Licencing Unit in conjunction with NSW Police and Forestry Corporation are taking a proactive approach towards preventing illegal hunting and they outlined the steps people can take if they become aware of illegal hunting activity.  Licenced hunting using firearms is only permitted during daylight hours and hunters are required to wear an item of high visibility orange clothing when hunting in a NSW State Forest. Residents are encouraged to report any incidents immediately to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Once forests are open for shooting it is very difficult to keep illegal hunters at bay and this is certainly a concern for residents whose land joins the State Forests.  Dr Moriarty undertook to hold further discussions with some residents who raised concerns at the community awareness launch.

I was pleased to attend the Oberon Little Athletics Club end of year presentation evening on Sunday.  The event was very well attended and I would particularly like to acknowledge Paul Toole and his family who were present at the function.

Little Athletics has had great success in Oberon over the past two years.  Little Athletics was re-established in Oberon last year with 50 registered children, this year it has grown to 70 registered participants and is a credit to Chair Raeliene Eiler and her committee.

The presentation was followed by a BBQ and a disco which was enjoyed by the kids who attended.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and happy Easter.  Many people will be travelling over this period and I would like to encourage you to take care on the roads and enjoy this time with family and friends.

Mayor John McMahon