Council News, Thursday 18 September 2014

 

Last week the NSW State Government announced a “Fit for the Future” reform package, as a response to final reports by the Independent Local Government Review Panel and the Local Government Acts Taskforce.

The new reform package is aimed at strengthening our communities and is asking for each Council in NSW to look at how strong they are, the services they provide the community, and to consider the future needs and sustainability of their community.

Over the next few months Oberon Council will be reviewing our current situation, and prepare a proposal by 30 June 2015 on how we intend to become Fit for the Future in line with the new requirements of the NSW Government.

Oberon Council has already been in discussions with our neighbouring Councils at Blayney, Bathurst, and Lithgow regarding the final reports from the Review Panel and the Acts Taskforce, and with the new Fit for the Future reform package, we will seek to take advantage of the opportunity to enable improved services and community facilities for our ratepayers. 

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During September each year most Council’s in NSW hold Elections for Mayor and Deputy Mayors and also to make appointments of Councillors to our Committees and as Delegates to other External Organisations.
 
Your Councillors have worked very hard these last 12 months and will continue to do so for the next 12 months. Councillors spend considerable time attending formal meetings, as well as very productive inspections of our roads and also informal briefing sessions where the General Manager and staff give up to date information on activities being done by Council staff and other topical items of interest.
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There are some great Spring events happening in the Oberon area over the coming weeks. This weekend the Oberon Rotary Club are holding the Daffodil Dawdle, inviting everyone on a tour of local gardens. On Saturday 27 September the Friends of the Oberon Library and Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway are having a fundraising night at Oberon High School. ‘History In Motion’ will be an evening of travel tales, railway yarns and folk singing. Contact our Visitor Information Centre for more information. 

 

Mayor John McMahon

ENDS