Council News, Thursday 20 November 2014

Oberon Council News - Mayor John McMahon
Thursday 20 November 2014

Last week a survey was distributed to all ratepayers in the Local Government area seeking the community’s views in relation to a proposal to apply to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for a Special Rate Variation for the 5 year period 2015/16 to 2019/20. 
The Special Rate Variation will seek to increase Rates beyond the current maximum Rate Pegging Limit imposed on all Councils by the NSW Government. Surveys are due to be returned by 28 November 2014. 

A Community Information Session will be held tonight, Thursday 20 November at Robert Hooper Community Centre, commencing at 6.00pm. I encourage members of the community to come along to the information session and find out more. Councillors will also be engaging with the community at all community functions and meetings that they attend.
The Upper Macquarie County Council (UMCC) is the Weed Authority covering the Oberon, Bathurst, Lithgow and Blayney Local Government Area’s. The UMCC has recently completed one of their most successful aerial spraying programs ever for serrated tussock. 
The spring aerial spraying program has just completed 4225ha of serrated tussock. This is in addition to hundreds of hectares which have been ground sprayed by property owners and contractors. This is a great result and an indication of the hard work of the inspectors over last 6 yrs. Bathurst Regional Council benefits most from the weed spraying program with 2750ha of serrated tussock sprayed in their LGA. In the Oberon LGA there has been 489ha of serrated tussock sprayed.
At the Council Meeting held on Tuesday night a Development Application was considered for a rural small lot development west of Oberon. There has been a lot of interest for small lots ranging from 2ha to 10ha size since our LEP was approved late last year. There is growing demand in the O’Connell area for small rural lifestyle blocks and also in the eastern and western sides of Oberon. The latest application is for 19 blocks all round 2ha on the western side of Oberon.
Council has commenced construction of the boat ramp at the Reef Reserve with the first section of the ramp poured last Wednesday. The boat ramp will be completed in next two weeks. Other improvements which will be undertaken at the Reef Reserve are the installation of toilets, landscaping and picnic facilities including a BBQ. This will enhance the existing facilities and will make a great recreational area for families and visitors. It will also compliment the kayaking, canoeing and fishing facilities at Lake Oberon.
Last Friday evening the Friends of the Oberon Library hosted a very successful Literary Supper at the Robert Hooper Community Centre with author Nichole Alexander. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the function however Councillor Gibbons represented Council in my place. Clr Gibbons reported that Nichole Alexander’s presentation was very interesting with a detailed account of her home property in northern NSW and her writing. I would like to pass on my congratulations to the Library staff and the Friends of the Oberon Library for hosting the event.

John McMahon