Soft landing: Council opts for rubber change as part of park upgrade

UPGRADE: Oberon Council has decided to use a more expensive softfall base at Herb David Park.
UPGRADE: Oberon Council has decided to use a more expensive softfall base at Herb David Park.

A CHANGE has been made to plans for a park upgrade in Oberon.

At its meeting in September, Oberon Council approved the upgrade of equipment in Herb David Park to the value of $80,000.

Included within this amount was the provision of pine bark softfall which had previously been used in council parks.

With the recent construction of smaller park equipment in Oberon Council local government area, rubber softfall has been used because it is now considered better quality and cheaper to maintain.

At council's December meeting, council resolved to transfer $40,000 from the Town Improvement Fund to allow for the construction of a rubber softfall in lieu of the pine bark material.

The product proposed is a coloured crumbed rubber which is reasonably cost-effective to maintain, looks superior to the alternative and requires much less attention to ensure its effectiveness. 



AT Oberon Council's December meeting, a recommendation was carried that council endorse a four-year extension of the alcohol free zones in Oberon Street from North Street to Tarana Road, and including the Oberon Common, from 10pm to 6am, for the period March 1, 2019 to February 28, 2023.

In 2015, council resolved to continue the existing alcohol free zones in Oberon Street and the Oberon Common, to apply from March 1, 2015 to February 28, 2019. Hence they are due to expire.

The original enforcement of these alcohol free zones followed a consultation process with various community stakeholders including the Oberon Police, as required under the prohibition legislation.

If council wished for the alcohol free zones to remain in place, a further resolution was required for the next four years (the maximum period permitted at any one time).

If council wishes to establish any new alcohol free zones, or to alter the limits or times of the existing zones, further public consultation will be required.

Council relies on the police to ensure compliance and/or issuing of penalty notices.