Council News, Thursday 28 August 2014

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Council News - Thursday 28 August 2014

The Burraga Sheep Show and Country Fair will be held on Saturday 30 August 2014. This will be the 55th successive show and the exhibits will cover a broad range of interest for the public.  A great line up of British and other sheep breeds will be on exhibition at the show and a high number of entries are expected in the wool sections and the shearing and wool classing competition.

Competitors from across the state are expected to enter the sheep dog trials and renowned trainer Chris Stapleton will be in attendance.  In addition there will be cookery, craft, photography and a wide range of stalls with items for sale. During the evening ‘Strictly Business’ will be playing at the Show Dance.  The Show will be opened by NSW Farmers Association President, Fiona Simpson.

Last week Council’s Works and Engineering Director Aruna Wickramasinghe left Oberon Council to take up a position with the RMS closer to his home base.  We wish Aruna all the best for the future. With Aruna’s departure Council has engaged an Acting Director, Rodney Wallace for an interim period.

Rodney comes with a wealth of experience and has spent the last week visiting worksites and commenced planning for a range of tasks to be completed including the two major works at Abercrombie Road and the Oberon West Project, as well as Quarry Management and B-Double route assessments.
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General Manager Alan Cairney and I attended the Centroc Board Meeting, held at Parliament House, Canberra this week.  One of the items on the agenda is a proposal to construct a dam on the Belubula River, which will provide good drinking water and drought proof the Lachlan and Upper Lachlan regions.  

The meeting was officially opened by John Cobb MP and speakers throughout the day included Ian Macfarlane, Minister for Industry, Barnaby Joyce, Minister for Agriculture, Senator Fiona Nash, Assistant Minister for Health, Paul Fletcher, Parliamentary Secretary Communications and Warren Truss, Deputy Prime Minister.

On Monday, Oberon Council presented its annual donations to community groups and organisations at a function held at the Robert Hooper Community Centre.  In total $52,357 was presented to 30 community groups and organisations in both cash and in-kind contributions.  It is extremely pleasing to be able to provide this assistance to organisations in our community who are predominately run by volunteers.


Mayor John McMahon