Council News, Thursday 04 July 2013

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Release: Thursday 4 July 2013

It was very pleasing to see the announcement from Paul Toole Member for Bathurst last week regarding Lake Oberon. Canoeists, kayakers and sailors will be able to take to the water on the lake for the first time thanks to a change in rules by the State Water Corporation and Transport for NSW.

This will be great for the Oberon community and for the tourism industry in the local area. It will be a huge economic boost for Oberon and in the near future we hope to upgrade the reserve near the lake to ensure adequate facilities are available to support these recreational activities.

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The Celebration Weekend marking the 150 year Anniversary of Oberon is now upon us and there are some fantastic events planned in the community over the next few days.

The much-anticipated Heritage Street Parade is on this Saturday 6 July from 11.00am. The main street of Oberon will be filled with a huge variety of vintage vehicles and creative floats paraded by community groups, sporting associations and businesses within the local area. The Parade will finish at the Showground where the festivities will continue with stalls, food facilities, entertainment, along with the cutting of the Celebration Cake by Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO Governor of New South Wales.

Following the Parade and stalls at the showground, the festivities will continue with the Official Sesquicentenary Dinner on Saturday night at the Oberon RSL Auditorium. Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO will be the special guest on the night. The dinner will start from 6.30pm with a three course meal and great entertainment. It is sure to be one of the highlights of the year.

And don’t forget there will also be a number of heritage and historical places open to the public this weekend including the Masonic Hall, Oberon Museum, Oberon RSL Sub Branch, and a Vintage Machinery Display in Endeavour Street.

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Local resident and former district forester Col Roberts has spent a number of years writing a book that tells the story of the history and development of softwood plantations around Oberon.

The launch of Col’s book will take place on Wednesday this week at the Community Centre and I look forward to attending the event and seeing Col’s work come to fruition.

This book will trace the histories of plantation timber throughout our Shire and in particular focuses on six Oberon men who have had a long history with the Forestry Commission.

Col Roberts book ‘Plantation Men’ will be available for purchase at the Oberon Visitor Information Centre and Arrow’s Newsagency. He will also have a stand at Oberon’s celebrations on Saturday at the Oberon Showground.

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It was a great turn out at the Oberon’s Got Talent event held last Friday night. There were some fantastic performances and it was very pleasing to see the participation by a large number of talented young Oberon people. Well done to all those involved in the evening.

The Heritage Bush Dance was held on Saturday night with a huge attendance of over 450 people including local residents, families and visitors to the area. The evening was a great credit to organisers Kerry Gibbons and the Black Springs Progress Association.

Councillor John McMahon
Mayor

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