Latest News from Deputy Mayor Kerry Gibbons - 13 October 2016

This week its Deputy Mayor Kerry Gibbons turn to provide an update on behalf of Mayor Kathy Sajowitz. It’s my pleasure to inform the community of the current matters at Council.

I along with Council staff and Marjorie and Bruce Armstrong from the Oberon Anti-amalgamation Committee attended the Land and Environment Court last Friday 7 October to hear the findings of the Council’s legal challenge against forced amalgamations. It was with great disappointment that we heard from Chief Justice Preston that he had dismissed the proceedings. At the time of writing this report I can advise that Council will hold an Urgent Extraordinary Meeting on Tuesday 11 October to consider our legal position. Any further action Council may take will take into consideration advice from our legal team and of course the communities view. At this time Council has until midday Friday 14 October to lodge an intent to appeal the decision. Council has been overwhelmed with the support from our local community to date.  

In other news I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the students undertaking their HSC Exams all the very best. I understand there are 61 students sitting the HSC at the Oberon High School. Students have great opportunities at their doorstep and I encourage you all to enjoy the experience.

Due to the current extended period of wet weather we have a large number of maintenance issues appearing on our local roads. I encourage you to report any issues you may be aware of on your local roads. Council staff are currently undertaking repairs on a prioritised schedule. In the meantime until repairs can be undertaken I would urge motorists to drive to the conditions they encounter and take extra care at this time.

Its pleasing to see the number of tourists visiting our area during the school holiday period. This is great for our town and gives our local economy a boost. Tourism continues to flourish and with Spring Garden openings the number of visitors will continue to grow over coming weeks.

I cannot let the dust settle on the 2016 rugby league season without going back 50 years to remember the wonderful Oberon Rugby League first and reserve grade teams of 1966. Oberon were victorious in both grades, this was their 6th premiership in a row. The first grade team again was one of the best teams Oberon ever produced, only loosing one game and drawing one game throughout the whole season. By defeating Charleston in first grade and Cyms in the reserve grade this highlights the great ability of our players of that era.

Deputy Mayor Kerry Gibbons