In response to the State Government Fit for the Future recommendation that Oberon Council consider a merger with a neighbouring Council, a motion was put at the November Council Meeting held on Tuesday 17/11/15 as follows:
- To maintain the current local government area boundaries and governance structure
- Not to pursue a merger with any other council
- Reaffirm Oberon’s opposition to the forced amalgamations of councils
- Reaffirm Oberon’s commitment to the Joint Organisation model unanimously endorsed by the Parliamentary Inquiry that enables councils to work collaboratively on regional issues and joint service delivery
- To inform the Premier and Local Government Minister of the resolutions of council and seek urgent clarification of the NSW State Government intent regarding any forced merger of councils.
The motion was passed unanimously and reflects the community preference as to the future of the town. Oberon has submitted a study commissioned from the UTS Centre for Local Government stating that the optimal option for Oberon is to “stand alone”. After November 18 the NSW State Government through the Minister Paul Toole and Premier Mike Baird will consider the responses of NSW Councils and act according to their agenda. We have been advised that a response from the Premiers Department should be expected within weeks.
The “Local Democracy Rally” against no forced amalgamations was held on Wednesday in Macquarie Street outside the NSW Parliament. Oberon was well represented at the rally.
Last Friday was a very enjoyable day for me; I co-adjudicated the inaugural public speaking competition and debate between Oberon Public School and St Josephs Primary School. The “Hadson – Ingersole Cup” was won by St Josephs. The standard of speakers was high and the topics were both interesting and challenging.
I received correspondence from Federal Member for Calare John Cobb MP inviting the Oberon community to participate in the Shop Small Campaign across the electorate to encourage residents of Calare to shop small and nominate their favourite local business. At the end of the campaign John will visit the successful small business and present them with an award. I encourage all small businesses to get involved and promote voting for this competition by requesting a poster from John’s office to display in their shop window to remind customers to nominate their favourite small business. For assistance in promoting Shop Small contact John’s office on 6331 0524. Voting will open on the following website soon www.johncobb.com.au.
Don’t forget the open day at the Multi Purpose Service (hospital) on Friday between 10am – 1pm. Pop along and find out exactly what services and programs are on offer. The Hospital Auxiliary will provide light refreshments.
I congratulate the new OBTA Committee voted in at the AGM held last week, I hope you have a productive year – if you are looking for a great Christmas gift consider supporting local business and giving “Shop Local” vouchers available through OBTA.
With Christmas fast approaching get those Christmas lights out and dust off, the annual Christmas lights competition starts soon.
Mayor Kathy Sajowitz