I would like to take this opportunity to update the community on the legal action council is currently involved with on its behalf in relation to the forced merger proposed with Bathurst Regional Council.
The matter has been before Judge Preston in the Land and Environment Court since Tuesday this week.
Barrister Peter King is acting on behalf of Oberon, Cabonne and members of the previous Gundagai Council.
It has been a significant week, Acting General Manager Gary Wallace and I were required in Sydney from Monday May 23. The matter was scheduled for three days but has extended into four and possibly five with Monday May 30 scheduled as the final sitting day if required.
It would be inappropriate for me to comment on the proceedings at this stage but I would like to acknowledge the work of AGM Gary Wallace who has not only been at court all week but has been on hand to support the legal team and supply additional material as requested by them at very short notice, ably supported by council staff back here in Oberon. Gary has then worked into the early hours each day to oversee the day to day business of council, again well supported by his wonderful staff. What did we do before we had access to the technology enabling us to work remotely.
I also am very appreciative of the support shown to us by the community members who have tirelessly travelled to the city on a daily basis to be at the court as well as the many messages I have myself received offering support and encouragement - for me this only reinforces the course of action council resolved to pursue was the correct one for our community.
It is highly unlikely the judgement on this case will be handed down by Judge Preston immediately and the timeframe for this is unknown. So it's business as usual for council at this stage.
Mayor Kathy Sajowitz