Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 21 January 2016

Come along to the Oberon Showground Hall next Tuesday 26 January to join in the Oberon Australia Day Celebrations. Morning tea commences at 9.00am followed by the official ceremony at 10.00am. This year we have introduced a new category for Volunteer or Volunteer Group of the Year, which acknowledges the high level of volunteering in our community. We would also like to acknowledge the carers in our community at our celebrations. I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to all of the nominees; your work is extremely valued and certainly enriches the social fabric of our community. I look forward to announcing the Australia Day Award Winners at the Official Ceremony.

We have now received notification of the date for the public inquiry community meetings into the proposal to amalgamate the Oberon and Bathurst Council areas.

The Public Inquiry is part of the examination and reporting process conducted by the appointed Delegate, Renata Brooks and provides an opportunity for members of the public to express their opinions on the proposal. The Oberon Public Inquiry meeting has been scheduled by the Boundaries Commission and will be held at the Oberon Showground Hall on Thursday 4 February 2016 from 1pm to 4pm. The Bathurst Public Inquiry meeting will also be held on Thursday 4 February 2016 from 7 – 10pm at Panthers Bathurst, 132 Piper Street.

Members of the public who would like to attend are required to register using the on-line registration form at https://www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au/proposals/bathurst-regional-and-oberon-councils or by phoning 1300 813 020, or they may be turned away. Members of the public who would like to speak at the inquiry are requested to indicate at the time of registering their attendance.

Members of the public may only speak once at the inquiry and the order of speaking will be determined by Renata Brooks. Registrations to speak will close at 12noon on Friday 29 January.

Written submissions in response to the amalgamation proposal are invited from Councils and community members until Sunday 28 February. Further information about the proposal and the Boundaries Commission process can be found at https://www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au/#merger-proposals.

I have made representations on behalf of the Oberon Community with regard to the difficulty of attending a public meeting during work time and I have been advised that Oberon residents are welcome to attend the Bathurst meeting if they are unable to attend the Oberon meeting during the allocated time. I strongly urge all members of the community who are able to attend to register and come along to the Public Inquiry and to put forward a written submission outlining your views. We have a voice Oberon, let's hear it!