Council News 15 January 2015

Article for Council Page – Oberon Review

Council News – Thursday 15 January 2015


Following the Christmas break, Council staff returned to a full workforce this week. A number of grading jobs are a priority for Works Staff, particularly on Dog Rocks Road and Sewells Creek Road. Both roads are in a poor state due to heavy traffic and since the rain have become very rough with a lot of jagged rock coming to the surface. Nunan’s Hill Road was graded last week as a priority due to a road safety issue. Heavy rain had washed a deep drain diagonally across the road making it quite dangerous. A number of other roads have been identified and work will be prioritised to address the highest priority roads.


Work will commence this week on the reconstruction and sealing of 4km of Mayfield Road, which includes the upgrading of the low level crossing over Wiseman’s Creek.  The work is expected to take 12 weeks to complete. Traffic control arrangements will be in place during the work.



Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole MP made a surprise visit to Oberon last Friday to present cheques to community groups. The Oberon Rugby Leagues Club received a donation of $10,000 and the Oberon Golf Club received $20,000. I believe the Oberon Show Society will also receive community funding in the near future.  The funding from the Community Building Partnership Fund is a welcome boost for local community groups and will be utilised for local infrastructure projects. 



The Oberon Youth Council will be hosting their first event for 2015 on Saturday 24 January.  The Youth Music Festival will be held at the Oberon Showground Hall from 4 – 8pm and all youth aged 12 – 18 years are encouraged to come along and enjoy the entertainment which will feature local youth artists.  The event is free for all Youth and entry will be restricted to a single entry, which means once you leave you will not be re-admitted to the event.  Supervision will be in place to ensure the event is enjoyable for all.  I wish the Oberon Youth Council every success for their first event of the year.


The Oberon Australia Day Ambassador has now been announced and we look forward to welcoming well known Australian Actor and Director Ben Steel as our 2015 Australia Day Ambassador.  The Oberon Australia Day Celebrations will be held at the Oberon Showground Hall on Monday 26 January commencing with morning tea at 9.00am followed by the Official Ceremony at 10.00am. 


Australia Day is a wonderful event I look forward to each year.  It is a time to celebrate all that is great about Australia and living in our great country. It is also a time to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of those receiving Citizen Awards at the Ceremony.  All members of the community are invited to attend the ceremony and I look forward to seeing you at the Showground on the day.



The Oberon Community will host two big events in February.  On 6 – 8 February the Highland Steam and Vintage Fair will be held at the Oberon Leagues Club “Rally Ground” on Lowes Mount Road.  The following weekend the Oberon Show will be held on Saturday 14 February.  These outstanding local events are well worth attending.



Mayor John McMahon