Council News, Thurs 23 Oct 2014

Article for Council Page – Oberon Review 
Council News – Thursday 23 October 2014
Last Tuesday evening Oberon residents were astonished to see snow falling, particularly as it ended in the best snow for the year with around 8 - 10cm falling across most of the Shire. The heaviest falls were around the Eastern areas of the Shire in the Duckmaloi area.  Due to the unexpected snowfall and windy conditions a large number of trees and limbs fell across roads and local streets.
Council staff were kept busy until around 2.00am clearing trees from across roads and were back at 6.30am to recommence the mammoth task of removing limbs to allow traffic to return to normal.  The Oberon SES were also kept very busy with a large number calls for assistance due to damage caused by the weather conditions.
It is a timely reminder that one of the benefits of living in a small community is that people are always at the ready to render assistance when needed.
Last week Paul Toole, Minister for Local Government announced that Oberon has been successful in its application for a low interest loan under the Local Infrastructure Renewal Fund for $1.6million to upgrade the remaining unsealed section of Mayfield Road.
With the opening of the Mayfield Garden Water Garden, Nursery and Kitchen Café now open 7 days per week this will be of great benefit to assist with future tourism growth in our region.
Paul Toole was also in Oberon last Friday to conduct the official opening of the new Workshop at the Oberon Men’s Shed.  The new workshop is a credit to the members and I would like to offer my congratulations for all their hard work.
Federal Member for Calare, John Cobb MP was also in Oberon last week.  During his visit he announced that Oberon Council in partnership with the Oberon RSL Sub-branch have been awarded $7,000 grant funding under the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program to construct a contemporary “Spirit Lives On” First War Memorial in Oberon. The memorial will help commemorate the centenary of World War 1. The sculpture will be constructed by talented local artist Harrie Fasher who is well known for her welded rod sculptures of ghost horses.
A group of Councillors along with several members of the Seniors Welfare Committee were privileged to be able to visit the construction site of the new Columbia Homes Aged Care facility last week.  The building works have progressed very well and the building is expected to be completed by April next year.  I was very impressed by the layout of the building and the quality of construction work that has been undertaken so far.  This facility will be a wonderful asset to our community when it is completed.
Mayor John McMahon