Council News - Thursday 18 June 2015

Last Thursday evening the Chifley Zone Rural Fire Service held an Awards Presentations at the Oberon RSL Club. Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons presented 18 long service awards and clasps to Rural Fire Service volunteers from the Oberon area. From the 18 service awards the total years of service was 711 years.

Ken Maloney from the Paling Yards Brigade was presented with a Long Service Medal and Clasp for 71 years of service. This is an outstanding commitment, not only to his local brigade but to his local community for almost three quarters of a Century.

I would like to acknowledge the outstanding commitment of the volunteers and extend our appreciation to each and every one for their years of hard work and dedication to the Rural Fire Service. We recognise that without the commitment of the volunteers the burden of dealing with fires and other incidents in rural localities would be next to impossible.

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Deputy Mayor Kerry Gibbons and Councils Works and Engineering Director attended the National Timber Council Meeting, held in Canberra on Monday 15 June.

The meeting received an overview of the Strategic Plan for the National Timber Council. High on the agenda is continued lobbying for funding for regional and rural roads affected by the haulage of Forestry products. It is hoped that a joint approach can be formulated between the State and Federal Governments to find a more equitable way for funding road maintenance for the roads which are significantly affected by heavy vehicle haulage.

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Over the next two weeks the Council will be busy finalising our response to be Fit for the Future. I am quiet confident that the Oberon Council will make the grade as we are in a sound financial position and we will be stating our case to demonstrate we have the scale and capacity to remain as a viable standalone Council. This process has been quite stressful for both Staff and Councillors and I am sure we are looking forward to completing this phase of the Fit for the Future process.

Mayor John McMahon