After several weeks on public exhibition the proposal to reduce the number elected representatives on Oberon Council from nine to seven was determined at a special meeting of council last week. The decision was not to reduce the numbers. In 2015 as part of the Fit for the Future process it was proposed to reduce the number of councillors as an efficiency measure. Oberon currently has one councillor for every five hundred and eighty resident. Just one submission was received. It was successfully argued at a special council meeting last Tuesday evening that as the Local Government Area covers approximately three thousand six hundred square kilometres with several villages and a variety of lifestyle and community needs, nine councillors would better be able to represent those needs. The estimated saving of $26000 in a budget of almost $20 million was not deemed to warrant any possible loss of representation.
The 2017 W2A exhibition was held last week, the competition was amazing this year with one hundred and five entries, the winners of the formal sections will now represent Oberon at the regional exhibition to be held in Orange in July. W2A is a NetWaste initiative and there are thirteen participating Central West councils in the competition. The local awards evening was held last Friday and it was a packed house. My thanks to the FOOL’s for facilitating this event on behalf of council.
You will notice a gradual reshaping of the Oberon Common I think when the warmer weather comes and the grass begins to grow and the new trees are planted it will look lovely. The skate park project is still very much to the forefront of plans going forward, we are scoping out funding and I would hope the project will be underway before the years end.
With major road projects such as Abercrombie Hill nearing completion the focus has turned to local road maintenance. Staff are also looking at footpath maintenance with work scheduled for Tarana Road and Dudley Street this week. Tree roots lifting footpaths are a constant problem, with this in mind council will be completing a full risk assessment of town footpaths in the coming weeks. This will enable staff to gauge a scope of works to address the issue.
Local National Parks and Wildlife Service are featured in the community display space at the Library this month, lots of great information on offer so I encourage you to pop in and have a look.
I along with General Manager Gary Wallace will be attending the Country Mayors Meeting in Sydney this week. These meetings which are held quarterly, are a great resource and facilitates easy access to Government Ministers and other important speakers whose policies and decisions affect rural shires such as ours, basically it gives us a voice and the opportunity to raise issues concerning our respective local government areas.
Our young netballers are doing very well in this year’s competition, well done and keep up the good work. I have a particular fondness for the sport. I not only played well into my forties but umpired for many years as well.
Mayor Kathy Sajowitz