Welcome to 2016!

Oberon Council has returned from the Christmas break this week. It’s great to see the rain, but I am sure we are all eagerly waiting for a return to summer temperatures!

Following on from the State Governments decision in late December 2015 to send to the Boundaries Commission a merger proposal between Oberon and Bathurst, Council has been actively working in preparation for this process to commence. Oberon Council is resolute in its position that Oberon should remain a stand alone Local Government Authority and this will be reiterated during the Boundaries Commission process.

Acting General Manager Gary Wallace will be attending a briefing session in Sydney on Thursday to gather information about the upcoming Boundaries Commission process in the NSW State Government’s reform agenda. It is anticipated that after that briefing session we will have a greater understanding of the process which is currently unclear.

Oberon Council Management Staff along with Mayor Kathy Sajowitz and some Councillor delegates will also be attending a Workshop being held in Dubbo later in January. The Workshop will be hosted by Local Government NSW and seeks to guide Councils through the process of responding to the State Government through the Boundaries Commission review.

In other news, despite the relatively wet and cool holiday period visitors have been constant over this time. Jenolan Caves has reported several “sold out” days and has been extremely busy.

Our Works Schedule for January and February proposes to be quite a busy one. Works will continue on gravel re-sheeting and bitumen sealing of Dog Rocks and Beaconsfield Roads, whilst pavement widening and road safety improvements continue along Edith Road.

The degraded pavement on Burraga Road outside the Burraga Village is to be repaired and heavy patched.

In Oberon repairs will be undertaken on the intersections of Sirius, Endeavour and Horrace with Albion Street as well as repairs to North and Oberon Street intersection.

As you can see not only is it business as usual but we are also well placed to meet out community expectations into the future.

 

Kathy Sajowitz                                                                       Gary Wallace

Mayor                                                                                      Acting General Manager