Council News - Thursday 9 July 2015

Latest News from Mayor John McMahon

The Federal and NSW State Governments have announced combined funding to build two new mobile phone towers in the southern end of the Oberon Shire. The first tower will be located at Abercrombie Hill and the second tower will be located near Porters Retreat. This is welcome news as these two towers will give good mobile phone coverage to a large area in the Oberon LGA not presently covered. These areas are currently well known black spots and the improved coverage will also assist emergency services responding to any incidents on The Tablelands Way as well.

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The Oberon Meals On Wheels service is under threat.  The service has been operating for many years providing hot cooked meals for elderly residents and those unable to provide their own meals.  The meals have been prepared at the Oberon Hospital kitchen and hand delivered by volunteers 7 days per week. 

It would appear that the Greater Western Area Health Service is no longer prepared to maintain this essential service.  Councils General Manager, Alan Cairney and Finance and Community Services Director, Lynette Safranek will meet with the Oberon and Bathurst  Meals On Wheels to look at options for continuing this valuable service to the elderly and infirm in Oberon. One option is for precooked frozen meals to be delivered which I think is a very poor second best. A public meeting has been arranged to be held on Friday 17 July, commencing at 11.00am at the Oberon RSL Club for residents and volunteers to be advised of the new arrangements.

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Last Thursday General Manager Alan Cairney and Works and Engineering Director, Chris Schumacher attended an on-site meeting arranged by Roads and Maritime Services along with Minister for Local Government Paul Toole, and Mayor of Bathurst Gary Rush about the proposed temporary traffic diversions which will be in place during the work to upgrade the Great Western Highway at Kelso.

Commencing from Monday 27 July traffic from Oberon will have the option of using the diversion along Lee St over the Railway Line, and then onto Stockland Dr to connect to the Great Western Highway. Some Oberon residents may remember this as the old road into Bathurst from many years ago.  Alternatively traffic can still use the existing Littlebourne Street route, however motorists may experience delays due to the roadworks.

The diversion will operate during daylight hours on weekdays only. There will be variable message signs at a number of locations to alert motorists of the diversion and also to advise of impending trains.

Mayor John McMahon