At the time of writing this column ( Monday 28 December) there is no further news to report on the forced amalgamation legal challenge, we are still awaiting the Woollahra Determination to be handed down, after which Oberon and Cabonne Councils have seven days to then consider their own appeal direction. I have received no response from Deputy Premier Hon. John Barilaro despite three letters inviting him to come along to Oberon and talk to council and listen to the views of the community on forced amalgamation. However, the leader of the Shooters Fishers & Farmers Party the Hon Robert Borsak MLC and Phil Donato State Member for Orange have indicated they will be in Oberon mid-January to talk to the community about current issues of concern, I am finalising arrangements now and will advise details asap. At the Local Government NSW Conference in October Deputy Mayor Kerry Gibbons secured a commitment from Paul Toole that he would come and speak to council about our ongoing concerns, despite letters of invitation there has been no further communication from the Minister. It would appear the lesson delivered at the Orange Bi-Election has not been acknowledged.
In the matter of Oberon’s Acting General Manager appointment, I can report that the “Intention to Issue a Performance Improvement Order (POI)” by Minister Toole has been withdrawn. I am pursuing the status of the first Intention to issue a PIO regarding the late lodgement of Financial Statements.
Oberon Library is once again hosting the popular Summer Reading Program; the theme for 2017 is Superhero’s. Entry forms can be picked up at the Library along with a mystery bag of goodies. The aim of the program is to encourage our young people to develop strong reading skills, something that will translate into a lifetime of enjoyment. The programme concludes at the prize presentation on 24 January 2017 at 5pm. Pop into the library for further information.
Just a few weeks of school left for 2016 I suspect everyone is looking forward to the holidays, end of year presentations are already underway. I attended Black Springs Public School end of year presentation last week. A dynamic group of just eight students - what they have managed to achieve in to one year is remarkable, assisted by a group of dedicated and innovative staff. The school says farewell to Mrs Stewart who is retiring at the end of this school year. I am sure she will be missed by all. I am attending graduation ceremonies at CSU next week; many of Oberon’s young folk attend CSU achieving great outcomes on their educational journeys.
It is time again to think about nominating a young person for the NSW/ACT Young Achievers Awards, these awards aim to recognise, encourage and reward the positive achievements of young people from NSW and ACT. Age limit for nomination is twenty nine years. There are seven categories. Nominations close on 15 December so not much time left. For more information or to pick up a nomination form please enquire at council or on line www.awardsaustralia.com.
You can keep up to date with what is happening at your council by logging on to the Oberon Council Website www.oberon.nsw.gov.au or the Facebook page, type in “Oberon Council”.
Diary Date Sunday 11 December – the Fish River Festival commences at 11am at the O’Connell Hotel and you can then pop along to the Oberon RSL for Christmas carols at 7pm.
Mayor Kathy Sajowitz