Council News - Thursday 27 February 2014

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Council News - Thursday 27 February 2014

Council will be implementing a change to the parking in the Library/Community Centre area along Fleming Street and Dart Street.

The current arrangement is for parallel parking and there is room for 6 or 7 vehicles to park adjacent to the Community Centre and Library in Fleming St, and 6 or 7 vehicles adjacent to the Library and Dental Surgery premises in Dart St.  A plan has been prepared with a proposal to change the parallel parking to angle parking, which will increase the maximum available parking from 14 to 31.

A trail of angle parking was carried out late last year and was very successful with at least 12 vehicles were parked along Fleming St compared with the current parallel parking arrangement were only 5 or 6 vehicles can park.  The changes will be implemented in the near future.

The Department of Primary Industries has announced that hunters are now allowed back into Oberon State Forests following a six month suspension in order for a risk assessment to be undertaken.

At last Tuesday’s night’s Council meeting Councillors expressed their disappointment in the lack of consultation undertaken during the risk assessment process by the State Government.

Council has decided to invite a representative from the newly formed Game Licencing Unit to address Council about the new rules for Hunting in State Forests. It is hoped that gaining a better understanding of the new rules that have been implemented may alleviate some of our concerns.

At the Council Meeting held last week, a report was considered regarding the drought conditions that are affecting farmers and graziers in the Oberon LGA.  Council has resolved to assist farmers by reducing the sale of treated domestic water from $5.25 per kilolitre to $2.50 per kilolitre for bulk purchases.

Arrangements are also being made for the installation of a standpipe to enable raw water to be made available for stock use only at a rate of $0.40 per kilolitre.   

A reminder that a Public Information Session will be held regarding Fluoridation of water on Wednesday 12 March 2014 from 6 – 9pm at the Oberon RSL Club. The forum will be an opportunity for members of the community to receive information from the NSW Government Health representatives. A representative from the Oberon Residents Against Fluoridation will also provide a presentation at the Public Information Session.

There will also be two community forums held from 6 – 9pm on Thursday 20 March at the Oberon Showground and Wednesday 26 March at the Oberon RSL Club.  The community forums will provide an opportunity for members of the community to have their say.  

Councillor John McMahon