Council News - Thursday 24 September 2015

Deputy Mayor Kerry Gibbons and I would like to say how much we appreciate the vote of confidence shown by Council last Tuesday when we were re-elected to our positions unopposed. We are both committed to serving the community of Oberon to the best of our ability in the coming twelve months.

I was invited to three of our local schools last week, St Josephs for the end of term assembly and achievement awards, Oberon Public School for the performance of “In the Footsteps of Everyday Heros” a tribute to those that have seved their country in times of conflict. This was a brilliant performance enjoyed by all especially the students that performed. Then I attended the Year 12 leaving assembly at Oberon High School, an exciting time for students about to sit their HSC, I wish them all the best of luck.  We should not forget the Year 11 students about to transition into their last year at school, a big year for them also.  With so many sad and worrying events happening all around us, to see such enthusiasm and positivity in our young people really makes me feel optomisitic for the future.

I was also happy to attend the Oberon United Football Club Junior Presentation last Saturday at the Oberon RSL. A credit to the parents and volunteers not only in football but in all sports that work so hard to provide a healthy sporting enviroment for our community.

Tractors were everywhere last weekend when the Camp Quality Tractor Train rolled into town. I spent a few enjoyable hours last Saturday talking to the many visitors who absolutely love this event and raise an enormous amount of funds for children with cancer and their families, well done to all.

On September 30 I will be meeting with the Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair in Lithgow, a good opportunity to discuss concerns regarding unrateable land and forestry issues.

A reminder that I am available each Monday afternoon to meet with any community member who has an issue of any kind or maybe would just like to say hello.  Please contact Sharon Swannell 6329 8100 to schedule a time.

If you have a spare moment this week why not pop into the Library to see the beautiful quilts on display, these beautiful pieces have been made by the Oberon needleworkers and well worth a look.

Oberon Youth Council is hosting a disco at the Oberon RSL on Oct 9.  This group of young people are currently exploring the feasibility of a new Skate Park for Oberon and working very hard to put a proposal together that will benefit all the youth of our area.

I can joyfully report the fifty three babies have been born to Oberon parents so far this year, our population stats are heading skyward. It is incumbent upon us; the current community to ensure Oberon is a great place for these new members to grow up in.