Council News for Thursday 27 March 2014

Oberon Council News
Thursday 27 March 2014

Oberon Council hosted several events across the shire last week to celebrate Seniors Week. On Saturday 15 March a Seniors Expo was held at the Oberon High School.  Those in attendance enjoyed morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea which was provided by the Oberon Rotary Club.  I was very happy to see the members of the Oberon Youth Council who also helped out throughout the day.

Guest Speaker Ron McCumstie from the Morse Group spoke about ‘Alternative Income Options in a Low Interest Rate Environment and Eric Hiam from Balance Financial Solutions gave a presentation about ‘Maximising Your Pension Entitlement’.

There was a great variety of stalls including, Oberon Health Council, Oberon U3A, Oberon Neighbourhood Centre, Oberon Community Transport, Columbia Homes, Evans Community Options, Hammond Care, Friends of the Oberon Library, Oberon Men’s Shed, Oberon Golf Club, Oberon Arts Council and Meals on Wheels.  The Oberon Needleworkers also displayed 40 quilts which they have made for the victims of the October bushfires.

The two mystery bus trips were driven by Councillor Gibbons were very popular.  Seniors were taken for a trip around the southern side of the Oberon Dam which included some magnificent scenery, particularly after the recent rain.  They then stopped off at the Columbia Homes construction site where the Overseer hopped on the bus and gave a talk about the progress of the Aged Care Facility before returning to the Robert Hooper Community Centre for morning tea.

A Seniors Week Luncheon was held at Oberon High School on Thursday 20 March, with lunch prepared and served by Hospitality students from Oberon High and St Joseph’s.  Schools.  A variety of performances were given by the schools across the shire including Black Springs Public, Hampton Public, O’Connell Public, St Josephs, Oberon Public and the Oberon High School.  The Burraga School also performed at the Seniors Week function held in Burraga on the same day.  It is pleasing to see so much involvement from the young people across our schools in Seniors Week.

On Monday, Councillors and Management Staff attended a Leaders Forum in Bathurst hosted by Local Government NSW.  The forum was very well attended by Councils from across the Central West with presentations regarding the outcomes of the Local Government Independent Review Panels final recommendations for reform of Local Government.

Local Government NSW are very much on the ball when it comes to the Panel’s final report.  The meeting in Bathurst was the 8th meeting which they have hosted across the state and it appears that the same theme is coming through from the delegates in each area.  They do not support Community Boards or Rural Councils, they are opposed to mandatory amalgamations and mandatory membership of Joint Organisations.  I found it very uplifting and reassuring that the management of Local Government NSW is so well informed about the issue.  Their recommendations were met with general approval.  

A reminder, the Oberon Hospital Auxiliary is celebrating their 70th Birthday this Friday 28 March at the Oberon RSL Club, commencing at 12 noon.  I would like to congratulate the Hospital Auxiliary on this remarkable milestone.  There have been many who have been members over the years and have contributed to the outstanding facilities that we have at the Oberon Hospital.  

Councillor John McMahon