Mayoral Column Media Release - 29 November 2018

Moberon for Movember week three update – as at November 23 $4,127.00 has been pledged for the Movember charity. Be a MoBro and purchase a car sticker from council to help the cause. 
Last week representatives of the Central NSW Joint Organisations of Councils met at Mayfield Garden to hold its quarterly meeting and also hold the last Annual General Meeting for CENTROC. The CENTROC organisation will be wound up in July 2019. The meeting was a great success with many Mayors and GM’s commenting on the venue and Oberon hospitality.
Last week Councillors and staff met with Mr. Nick White from the Regional Development Group put together by the Premier Gladys Berejiklian to look at how current bureaucratic roadblocks are stifling grant monies being filtered into the regions. Council put forward a number of ideas to assist in the development of a report to the Premier which will provide a number of recommendations about how this current issue can be resolved. Local issues around transport/road infrastructure and maintenance and water security were progressed with Mr. White 
Construction work is progressing well on the Abercrombie Road, bitumen sealing will be completed by 6 December. We thank the community for their ongoing patience whilst this important work is undertaken.
OBERON 2040 – ROAD MAP TO THE FUTURE - The last few weeks have seen the Community Consultation escalate for the new Community Strategic Plan (CSP). A very successful youth forum was held at Oberon High School last week with twenty six participants from all schools and young community members. We really appreciate that Oberon Showgirl Bronte Gavey made a huge effort driving back from Sydney the day before departing for overseas especially to take part, this kind of commitment by our young role models bodes well for the future. On Saturday 24 November a Community Forum was hosted at the Community Centre, a broad range of community representatives attended. You can still fill out the online survey - or grab hard copy at Council’s Administration Centre; this will cut off at the end of November. The last “pop up” stall will be at the Oberon Markets on December 1 and don’t forget the Photo Competition, submit your pics of any aspect of Oberon – great prizes to be won and your special shot could well feature in the CSP Document the first draft of which will be presented to the December Ordinary Council meeting before going on public exhibition.
OBTA must be congratulated for staging an amazing Business Awards Evening last week at the Oberon RSL Club. Two hundred and twenty people attended the event including Paul Toole and heard guest speaker Clr Ken Keith, Mayor of Parkes Shire Council deliver a very entertaining keynote address. This event and others like them acknowledge and recognise outstanding local businesses and service organisations and their greatest resource – their people, who go above and beyond in providing an exceptional customer service experience At the same time the awards showcase success stories in the areas of business leadership, business ethics, sustainability, innovation and employee recognition. Congratulations to all the nominees it must be very rewarding to be recognised by your community and know your hard work is appreciated, this certainly makes you all winners. 
Under the NSW Governments new Model Code of Meeting Practice, in twelve months it will be mandatory for all councils in NSW to webcast their meetings, this will ensure all residents will have the opportunity to follow the decision making processes of their council.  Minister for Local Government Gabrielle Upton has stated that the new rules would ensure “meetings will be more transparent, informed, inclusive and respectful,”
The OBTA Christmas Lights Competition will commence soon, so time to think about dusting the fairy lights off.