Council News - Thursday 23 April 2015

Last Saturday the “1915 Around The Piano” musical afternoon was held at the Robert (Bob) Hooper Community Centre as part of the 100 years of ANZAC Commemorations. The afternoon was a great success and featured songs by local performers Anne Russell and Ian Gordon, poetry readings from Brian Beesley and Amanda O’Brien as well as a sing-a-long of some old favourites. The entertainment was followed by a lovely afternoon tea.  The afternoon was certainly enjoyed by all who attended.

Our Centenary of ANZAC Commemorations will culminate this weekend with the ANZAC Commemorative services being held around the Shire on Saturday 25 April.  Dawn Services will be held at the Oberon RSL Sub-Branch and the O’Connell Memorial Avenue of Trees commencing at 5.45am.  The ANZAC March will depart from the front of the Council Chambers at 10.30am, followed by a Wreath Laying Service at the Oberon RSL Sub-Branch. The Commemorative Service will then be held in the Oberon RSL Club auditorium commencing at 11.00am. On Sunday there will be a service held in Burraga, commencing at 10am and one in Black Spring commencing at 12 noon

I believe Anzac Day is one of Australia’s most important national commemorative occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. We pause to remember the sacrifices made by those men and women who served our country and shaped the nation that we have developed into today. I hope you will join in the services as the community pauses to join together and pay tribute to those who have served in all wars and in particular remembers 100 years since the landing at Gallipoli during World War 1 and the first ANZAC’s.


The Oberon district has been a blaze of vibrant autumn colour over the past couple of weeks.  Our Visitor Information Centre has been busy directing visitors to the Mayfield Garden Private Garden and Gairlock Garden Open Days.  The Mayfield Garden Private Garden will be open every day from 9am to 4.30pm until Sunday 4 May 2015, except ANZAC Day. Mayfield Garden is one of the worlds largest privately owned cool climate gardens with 160 acres of spectacular English style gardens set in picturesque grazing country and we are very fortunate to have this wonderful garden at our doorstep.

Gairloch Garden, which has been developed over the past 25 years and will be open to the public for the next two weekends, 25 & 26 April and 2 & 3 May. This garden located in the Oberon township features terracing and hedging and there is a variety of unique spaces within the garden, well worth a visit!

Mayor John McMahon