The time is fast approaching when we should hear from Premier Baird as to when the recommendations in relation to council mergers will be delivered. As part of a Central West tour, Greens Senator David Shoebridge visited Oberon last week to relay to council and the community, possible options available in dealing with the possibility that amalgamations may be forced. Sixty one interested residents attended David’s presentation and if the feedback I have received is any indication most were very impressed with not only what he had to say but by David himself. One of the recommendations was to continue to inform the Premier, Minister Paul Toole and Minister Troy Grant of your feelings in relation to mergers and forced amalgamation. People do have a voice. For your information I have included contact details you may find useful:
Premier Baird - email@example.com / GPO Box 5341 Sydney 2001 / 8574 5000
Minister Troy Grant – firstname.lastname@example.org/ 52 Martin Place Sydney 2000 / 8574 6800
The Redistribution Committee for New South Wales has published details of its draft proposal for changes to federal electoral boundaries in NSW. The redistribution follows a decrease in the NSW entitlement from 48 to 47 seats in the House of Representatives. The electorate of Calare would gain voter representation in the proposed redistribution but Oberon itself will not be affected.
For your information and convenience two Justice’s of the Peace are available daily at the Council Administration Office.
The Summer Reading program at the Library commences on Friday December 19, the theme this year is “Lost Worlds” as well as the benefits and joys reading there are great prizes on offer, so pop into the library for more information.
I am hoping to meet many new residents at the inaugural “Welcome to Oberon “function on Wednesday Dec 16 commencing at 5pm at the Community Centre. If you are recently moved to the area or if you know someone new to the area come along, you will be most welcome. Contact Kathy Beesley at Council for more information.
Good to see Black Springs Rural Fire Service Brigade receive a new fire truck from funding made available through the NSW Government Rural Fire Fighting Fund. The O’Connell Brigade has also gained funding for the construction of a new fire shed. This is much appreciated and also timely, with the hot weather approaching therefore the fire risk escalating.
OBTA and Oberon Motors are once again sponsoring the Oberon Christmas Lights Competition, I encourage you to get into the Christmas Spirit and either participate in the competition or vote at either the Oberon Review or at Ray White Emms Mooney for your favourite display.
With Christmas “get together’s” high on the agenda at the moment please take care on the roads and if you plan to have a drink or two please organise a nominated driver or alternate transport home.
Today is the 10th so 15 more sleeps........
Mayor Kathy Sajowitz