Council News 07 November 2013

Media Release - Council News
Release: Thursday 7 November 2013

Last weekend was very busy in Oberon with a number of events held as part of Oberon’s 150 Anniversary celebrations.  The Tablelands Way Farmers Markets, which are held on the first Saturday of each month were very busy and it was pleasing to see tourists returning over the weekend after a quiet couple of weeks with the bush fires.

The Oberon Arts Council “Art Shaping Life Exhibition” was held at the Oberon RSL Club on Friday and Saturday and was a credit to the organisers. There were a large number of high quality displays of art work on show. The needlework section was outstanding and the spinners and weavers also put on a wonderful display.  

In the waste to art section there were a number of metal sculptures made from old farm machinery, including a bike sculpture which was created by Stephen Hogan using old plough discs, shears, rabbit traps and an old wool hook for handlebars.  Congratulations to all those who exhibited at the show for sharing their outstanding works of art with the community.

The Oberon Tarana Heritage Rail Group opened their doors to visitors and members of the community on Saturday.  They hosted a BBQ for visitors who were able to walk through the facility, view the steam engines and other railway memorabilia.

The Oberon SES had a display in the main street showcasing their rescue equipment and speaking with interested members of the community about their activities.  Following this they held a training exercise where the removed some large dangerous trees in a residence in town.  The group are currently recruiting new members, for further information contact Craig Gibbons on 0407 077 052.

A number of keen golfers teed off in the Oberon Sesquicentenary Challenge on Sunday morning. Despite the windy conditions the event was a great success, well done to the members of the Oberon Golf Club for hosting the event.  

The Oberon Garden Club held their annual Open Garden weekend on where six beautiful local gardens were on display for visitors to enjoy.  Mayfield Garden and Gairlock Garden were open to visitors on the weekend capping of a great weekend of activities.

Oberon Council is pleased to welcome Lynette Safranek as the new Finance and Community Services Director.  Lynette commenced work at Council on Monday and it is pleasing to see her commence in the role.  Lynette has previously held the role of Acting General Manager at Tablelands LHPA and is a long term local resident. Welcome Lynette!

Judy Nunn will visit Oberon for 'Get Reading', Australia's annual celebration of books you can't put down.  Friends of the Oberon Library and the Oberon Library will host supper at the Robert Hooper Community Centre on Thursday 14 November 2013 commencing at 6.30pm.

There are a limited number of tickets left for this event.  Tickets $15.00 each and can be purchased at the Oberon Library.


Last Tuesday evening Council held a meeting of its Works Committee.  The meeting received a presentation by Dr Shanti Sivaneswaran, Principal Advisor, Oral Health from the Centre for Oral Health, NSW Health and Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Sydney regarding the health benefits of fluoridation of water supplies.

Associate Professor Anthony Brown of the School of Rural Health, Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney also provided a presentation outlining the safety aspects of fluoridation of water supplies.

Ms Lea Hope, Senior Dental Therapist addressed Council regarding the dental problems she has experienced while treating young people in Oberon.  Ms Jennifer Floyd, Director of Oral Health Services and Sharon Dove, Dental Therapist also attended the meeting.

Further information regarding the options for fluoridation of the Oberon water supply including funding opportunities and community consultation will be presented to Council’s Ordinary Meeting on 19 November 2013.