New strategic plan to guide Oberon for the next 20 years

THE RIDE STUFF: Samuel Gaiser took out first place in the junior section of the photography competition for this peaceful image.
THE RIDE STUFF: Samuel Gaiser took out first place in the junior section of the photography competition for this peaceful image.

Oberon Council has placed the first draft of its Community Strategic Plan 2019-2040 on public exhibition for further comment.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz said the plan had been developed after taking into account the full range of feedback received during public consultation over the past few months. 

Cr Sajowitz said more than 230 online surveys were completed and more than 40 people were involved in targeted engagement workshops with community and youth representatives.

A phone survey drew 35 responses.  

“From this there have been over 1100 ideas, comments and suggestions generated and these have been carefully analysed and considered and grouped into five themes within the new plan,” Cr Sajowitz said.

Those themes are:

  • Community wellbeing: Issues relating to health, education, lifestyle, services and the liveability of our communities.
  • Caring for our environment: Acknowledging the beauty of where we live and balancing the care for the environment while needing to ensure water security, weeds and waste management.
  • Growing our economy: Identifying ways to grow the economy, jobs, business and industry and tourism.
  • Infrastructure and services: Strategies around maintaining and improving critical infrastructure and services such as roads, bridges, water and sewerage, open spaces and facilities.
  • Leadership and engagement: How council leadership operates and connects with community and the customer service standards expected by community.

“All feedback will be held by council and used in the future for reference in planning and project selection,” Cr Sajowitz said.

“The Community Strategic Plan is a high level long-term visionary plan. The detail of how and when strategies and visions are delivered is outlined in more detail in what is called the Delivery Program and Operational Plans.

“The Delivery Program (a four-year plan) will be redeveloped in early 2019 to reflect the new strategies in the Community Strategic Plan.”

The new Community Strategic Plan will be on public exhibition until February 15, 2019 and Cr Sajowitz said council welcomed further comment.

Obtain a copy from council’s website at www.oberon.nsw.gov.au or a hard copy from council’s administration and library facilities. Submissions can be emailed to council@oberon.nsw.gov.au or mailed to the General Manager, Oberon Council, PO Box 84, Oberon 2787. 

“We sincerely thank everyone who provided input to date,” Cr Sajowitz said.

“The feedback was amazing – so many great ideas and suggestions, and such positivity about our community and where we live.”

Oberon in focus

AS part of the Community Strategic Plan, Oberon Council ran a photography competition showcasing the Oberon region.

When the winners were announced on Tuesday, Samuel Gaiser took out the junior category; Sancia Moran won the youth category; while Keven Verhoeven won the open category with Jenny Stoneman second. Graham Fletcher won a high distinction in the open category and Jennifer Capel received three high distinctions.