Council News - Thursday 21 May 2015

Work has commenced on the installation of the new Swimming Pool roof enclosure. After decades of lobbying by the Oberon community, it is pleasing to see this project finally get off the ground. Contractors are currently preparing the footings and doing internal site preparation works. It is expected that the piers will be poured next week and the enclosure completed within the next month.

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The first residents are expected to take up residence in the new Columbia Aged Care Oberon Centre during the week. The facility will hold its official opening on Friday 29 May, commencing at 11am. I am sure the new residents will settle in very quickly in their new home and I am looking forward to seeing the completed facility at the opening.

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We have received advice from the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) that our application for a Special Rate Variation has been successful.  Although it is recognised that this may cause significant impact on ratepayers, it is a vital step towards ensuring that we remain a strong, independent local government area into the future.  In considering our application IPART has determined that rates in Oberon are below the average of comparable Council’s and there is a clear need for additional funds.

We are currently preparing to commence our next round of Community Presentations of the 2015 Draft Oberon Community Strategic Plan. Our meetings will be held as follows:

Black Springs

6pm on Wednesday 10 June at Black Springs Community Hall

note this was changed from Monday 8 June, which is a Public Holiday

Burraga

7pm on Thursday 11 June at the Burraga & District Sports Club

Oberon

6pm on Tuesday 26 May  at the Oberon RSL Club Auditorium AND

2pm on Wednesday 3 June at the Robert (Bob) Hooper Community Centre

O’Connell

6pm on Thursday 4 June at the O’Connell Public School

If you have any concerns or feedback relating to the Community Strategic Plan or any other activities of Council I encourage you to come along to one of the community presentations.

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The Small Biz Bus will be in Oberon on 26 May 2015. The Small Biz Bus is a mobile information and advisory service for small business. It's part of the Small Biz Connect business advisory program, funded by the NSW Government. The Bus travels across NSW, connecting small business owners with advisors and services in their local community at no cost to them. Further information can be found at www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au.

Mayor John McMahon