Council News, Thursday 01 May 2014

Article for Council Page – Oberon Review
Council News - Thursday 1 May 2014

I would like to pass on my congratulations to our Member for Bathurst Paul Toole MP for his appointment as Minister for Local Government.  With Paul’s background in Local Government I believe he will be well suited to the role.  This is a great step forward for the Bathurst Electorate.

Last Friday 25 April I attended both the Dawn Service and the Anzac Day March held in Oberon to commemorate the 99th Anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli.

It was pleasing to see such a large number of people at both services.  The Dawn Service was very reverent and those who gathered found it very moving.  The Anzac Day March was also well attended.  A gathering of returned servicemen and women led the march and it was lovely to see so many children from each of the Schools represented at the service.

The RMS has advised that there will be a change in the speed zone on a section of O’Connell Road effective from 30 April 2014.  The 100km speed limit will be reduced to 80km/hr from 250m north of the Beaconsfield Rd intersection to 2.9km north of Beaconsfield Rd, a total length of 2.6km. Warning signs have been erected to remind motorists to be aware of these speed changes.

This change is the second speed zone change in recent years in this area and indicates to me that the RMS are more focused on reducing speed than improving road design and road surface.  I am also disappointed in the lack of consultation by the RMS prior to introducing these changes.

As I reported in last week’s column there have been a large number of tourists in the area over the School Holidays.  Over the Easter long weekend 1175 people called into the Visitor Information Centre and accommodation providers in the area have been kept busy throughout the whole school holiday period. The main enquiries are for mushrooming which is very popular at this time of year. This weekend is also expected to be busy with both Mayfield Garden and Gairlock Garden open displaying their beautiful Autumn colour. The Tablelands Way Farmers Markets will also be held on Saturday morning in the grounds of the St Barnabas Anglican Church.

Friends of the Oberon Library (FOOLS’s) are again coordinating the Oberon Waste to Art Competition and Exhibition.  Entries for this year’s exhibition close on Friday 3 May. The Awards night will be held on Friday 9 May, commencing from 5.30pm at the Robert Hooper Community Centre.  For further information please contact Kathy Sajowitz on 0419 231 525 or email

The FOOL’s do a great job coordinating this exhibition and the standard of entries is growing each year.  It is amazing to see how creative people are with items most of us would throw out.

Walk Safely to School Day is an initiative of the Pedestrian Council of Australia which aims at promoting the road safety, health and environmental benefits of walking and/or taking public transport to school.

This year’s National Walk Safely to School Day will be held on Friday 23 May 2013.  All primary school children are encouraged to walk and commute safely to school on this day.

Mayor John McMahon