THE Oberon Council election due in September has - along with all other NSW local government elections - been postponed for 12 months, because of the risks posed by COVID-19.
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NSW Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock has the power to delay the poll even further to December 2021, if it is thought necessary.
Oberon mayor Kathy Sajowitz, who has been in the position since July 2015, will continue in the role until September next year.
The NSW Office of Local Government said the postponement would not change the date of the September 2024 polls.
Cr Sajowitz said the postponement was sensible.
"We are navigating uncharted waters and it is not known what circumstances we might be living under leading up to September," she said.
"The postponement will give certainty and stability to communities with regard to local governance in what are extraordinary times.
"In collaboration with federal and state governments, stable local councils will be best placed to deliver local solutions when the recovery phase of the pandemic kicks in - something we hope to see sooner rather than later."
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