Council News - Thursday 16 April 2015

Last Saturday on a beautiful autumn morning a large crowd gathered at the Oberon RSL Sub-Branch Museum to witness the unveiling of “The Light Horse” sculpture which was designed and created by local artist Harrie Fasher. The morning commenced with a Street Parade which included Returned Servicemen and Women and representatives from the Turkish Community marching from our Community Centre to the RSL Memorial.  The march was followed by the St Joseph’s School Band, three Track Personnel Carriers, a 1939 Matilda tank, other vintage vehicles, RFS and community groups. 

Peter Stevenson, the Acting Vice President of the NSW RSL Sub-Branch and Sam Farraway, representing both the Minister for Veteran Affairs and our local Member for Calare John Cobb assisted with the official unveiling. Local Member for Bathurst Paul Toole addressed those gathered along with RSL Sub-Branch president Bill Wilcox.

I would also like to thank Lithgow Mayor, Maree Statham and General Manager Roger Bailey for attending the ceremony. A special performance from the Macquarie Male Choir was absolutely wonderful and the Lithgow Living History demonstration was also a crowd pleaser.

The next event for the 100 years of ANZAC Commemorations will be held this Sunday, 18 April. The “Around the Piano” musical afternoon will be held at the Robert (Bob) Hooper Community Centre from 2.00pm. Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting Anne Russell on 6337 0363 or from the Cobweb Craft Shop.

The period of commemoration will then culminate with the ANZAC Commemorative services being held around the Shire on 25 April.

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Last Tuesday 7 April saw the first snow for the winter season with the temperature dropping to around 4oC. The snow fell for around an hour with snow laying on vehicles but not laying on the ground. Perhaps this is an indication of a long cold winter ahead.

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Last Friday certainly proved there is never a dull moment! Following a pursuit around the roundabout in Albion Street the Police finally got their man, pulling over one of the Bren-Gun carriers and apprehending its driver. Following successful negotiations and viewing of all the necessary permits the Bren-Gun Carrier and Driver was allowed to continue on their way ready for the Street Parade on Saturday morning.

Police Pursuit

Mayor John McMahon