Oberon Council News, Thursday 08 May 2014

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Council News - Thursday 8 May 2014

On Monday, the General Manager and I attended a Community Forum hosted our Federal Member, the Hon John Cobb MP and attended by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Paul Fletcher MP. The forum was held in Wattle Flat and discussed issues of poor mobile phone coverage across the electorate.

Oberon Council has been lobbying for increased infrastructure to address some of the black spots we have across the LGA for many years and I was pleased to hear that the coalition has committed $100 million to improve mobile phone coverage in outer metropolitan, regional and remote communities across Australia.  

A significant portion of our Shire has issues with mobile phone coverage being unreliable only a few kilometres from the Oberon township and being non-existent in the Southern areas of the LGA including around the villages of Black Springs and Burraga.

With both the proposal for a wind farm at Paling Yards along the Abercrombie Road and the Burraga Copper Mine scheduled to commence operations in 2015 it will be of vital importance to improve telecommunications in these areas.

The lack of mobile phone coverage on the Abercrombie Road is of particular concern due to its increased usage since the opening of The Tablelands Way in 2009.

Temperatures across the region dropped significantly last weekend and we saw our first light snowfall for the year.  It was a very miserable weekend and certainly a timely reminder that winter is just around the corner.

A reminder that a new speed zone has now been put in place on a section of O’Connell Road effective from 30 April 2014.  The 100km speed limit has now been reduced to 80km/hr from 250m north of the Beaconsfield Rd intersection to 2.9km north of Beaconsfield Rd, a total length of 2.6km. I would like to remind motorists to be vigilant in this area and stick to the new speed limit.  No doubt this will be strongly enforced in the coming weeks.

Last Friday evening Councillor Kerry Gibbons and his wife Robin represented Council at the 2014 Catholic Debutant Ball.  There were 8 debutants, who were presented to Matron of Honour Brenda Armstrong. The girls all looked very beautiful and the partners also looked very smart. The debutants and their partners were also accompanied by a flower girl and page boy who behaved beautifully during the evening.

A reminder that this Friday 9 May, Friends of the Oberon Library (FOOLS’s) will host the Awards night for the 2014 Oberon Waste to Art competition. The awards presentation will commence at 5.30pm in the Robert Hooper Community Centre.  For further information please contact Kathy Sajowitz on 0419 231 525 or email dietmar.sajowitz@bigpond.com. I am looking forward to seeing the quality of entries for this year’s competition.


Mayor John McMahon