Council News, 25 September 2014

Oberon Council Page
Council News – Mayor John McMahon
Release Date: Thursday 25 September 2014

Last week Annie Tucker from Columbia Homes met with senior management staff and myself to discuss the progress of the new Oberon Aged Care Centre.

The building is coming along well and Ms Tucker advised they expect to have the completed facility open by March 2015.  

The 66 bed aged care facility will comprise of two levels accommodating high and low care needs, respite and secure dementia facilities. In addition to lounge and dining areas, there will be multi-use rooms, a massage / day spa area, allied health offices, hairdressers and a self-serve café.

On Thursday 16 October there will be an invitation-only project tour of the facility. This tour will be arranged so Councillors, Council staff and Seniors Welfare Committee members can attend. 

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The Daffodil Dawdle was held on Sunday with 5 wonderful gardens open to the public in the Oberon area. 

Hosted by the Oberon Rotary Club, it was a perfect spring weekend for the event, with many local residents and visitors heading outdoors to enjoy a wander through the unique and impressive country gardens. 

This is only the start of the Spring season with many more great events being held in the coming months. 

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The General Manager and Council’s engineering staff spoke with State Water last week regarding Lake Oberon’s recent falling water levels. 

Extraction rates have fallen sharply over the past few months due to the closure of the Wallerawang Power Station. Even with significant rainfall, a lot of water has been distributed to the Blue Mountains area and we’ve had less water coming into the dam, so the water level has remained quite steady with minimal increase.

Some minor leaks have been discovered in the old pipeline of the dam, however due to the age and condition of the pipes, any attempt to repair the pipes would only create further damage. This now explains why levels have fallen through winter months. 

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Last Sunday the General Manager and Councillor McCarthy accepted an ice bucket challenge nomination to raise money for Motor Neuron Disease (MND). 

The challenge took place at Brenda Lyons’ property with many keen members of the community present to witness the event. 

A significant amount of money was raised during the afternoon, going towards research, awareness, advocacy and care for people living with MND. Since the Ice Bucket Challenge began in Australia a few months ago, over $2million has been raised to support Australians living with MND. 

Both participants thoroughly enjoyed the dousing of water and were fortunate to have such warm weather for the event!

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I’d like to remind everyone to submit your nomination forms as soon as possible for the Australia Day Citizens Awards. This is a great way to recognise the hard workers, high achievers and outstanding individuals in our community. 

There are 7 different categories for the Awards and nomination forms are available at Council’s Administration Office in Oberon Street and on Council’s website. 

The nominations will close tomorrow, Friday 26 September 2014.
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Councillor John McMahon
Mayor