Council News - Thursday 26 March 2015

It is fantastic to hear that the Opening of the Columbia Homes Aged Care facility is just eight weeks away. Construction of the facility is almost complete and the first new residents from Hathaway Cottages will move in on 18 May.

Anne Tucker from Columbia Homes has said the response from the Oberon community to the building of the home has been unbelievable. They have 80 applicants already for the 66 bed facility.

I am personally looking forward to seeing many of the residents who have had to move away from Oberon due to a lack of available beds be able to return to Aged Care in their own community.

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Last Thursday the Burraga Ag Bureau hosted a Seniors Week Luncheon which was attended by around 60 Burraga Residents. Oberon Council was represented by Clr Kathy Sajowitz and Clr Sam Lord as well as General Manager Alan Cairney. Councillor Neil Francis was MC for the function.

Guest speakers were Christopher and Rhianna who are student nurses and entertained guests with stories of their experiences of serving as medical students overseas. They are both now working at the Bathurst Base Hospital and enjoying country life. From all reports the meal was fantastic and the afternoon a great success.

The Oberon Council hosted two mystery bus tours last week as part of the Seniors Week activities. Clr Kerry Gibbons shared his wealth of local knowledge and put together a great tour to lots of local places of interest for our senior residents.

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Roads and Maritime Services have allocated $5 million for further upgrades on the O’Connell Road. The work will take place on the “Wattlegrove” section which joins onto the recently completed Oberon West Project and will be carried out over the next two years. This job will require considerable land acquisition and road realignment. It is pleasing to hear that RMS has committed to carry out this work and I am sure it will mean improved safety for road users.

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Last Thursday 19 March the Oberon Rotary Club hosted a Welcome to Oberon evening for new residents. Deputy Mayor, Kerry Gibbons attended and welcomed the 10 new residents who attended.  Councillor Kathy Sajowitz made a presentation on the range of services available including those delivered by Council and also the many opportunities for volunteering within our community.

 

Mayor John McMahon