Earlier this week council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Oberon Correctional Facility at Shooters Hill. The facility houses young low risk offenders and has great programs in place to assist with assimilation back into mainstream society – this MOU is one of them. The arrangement enables inmates of the centre to work on community projects and has benefits for all, these young men can interact and contribute to the community as part of process leading up to their release and for the community we are not only part of that beneficial process but benefit from assistance with jobs such as special community projects, roadside clean-ups, cemetery maintenance and the like. The process will be coordinated through Oberon Council so if you are a local community organisation and have a project you need assistance with, please contact Sharon Swannell at council, staff will ensure the project meets the criteria, initiate the paperwork and liaise with the correctional facility staff as to scheduling, please do not contact the Correctional Facility Staff directly.
The Christmas Lights competition will be judged on Monday 18th December so make sure everything’s sparkling around your residence over the weekend. This competition is sponsored by OBTA and Oberon Motors so thanks to them for ensuring we get into the Christmas spirit.
For those that are interested in the unrateable land issues we and many other NSW Local Councils face, I can report that at the Local Government NSW Annual Conference held in Sydney last week, I was successful in putting a motion requesting the NSW State Government address the inequitable situation that now exists in relation to unrateable land and heavy haulage impact on our local roads as a result of logging operations. The motion was passed unanimously and along with previously gained support from the NSW Country Mayors Association, the recently formed collaborative working party of eighteen councils along with LGNSW Representatives will now plan an ongoing strategy to lobby relevant ministers and take the issue to the next level in 2018. The NSW State Government commissioned a complete rate review as part of the Local Government Reform process, it is hoped that the outcomes of this review may consider the issue of unrateable land. The report has been with the State Government for a year and we have yet to see any outcomes or recommendations.
The ongoing matter in the Court of Appeal flowing from the forced council amalgamation proceedings, has now been settled out of court.
A reminder the Tarana Community Farmers will be on this Sunday 17 December from 10 am -2 pm. Santa will be visiting the market at 12 noon with ice blocks for the kids.
Only eleven more sleeps until Santa arrives……..Ho Ho Ho!!!
Mayor Kathy Sajowitz