Council News Thursday 28 March 2013

Media Release - Council News
Release: Thursday 28 March 2013

Last Thursday I attended a meeting of the NSW Farmers Oberon Branch held at the Oberon Golf Club.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the new proposed Local Land Services (LLS) structure and associated boundaries.

The boundaries proposed for the new LLS structure include Oberon with the regions to the East including the Blue Mountains and coastal regions.  Under this proposal the current Central Tablelands Region will be abolished and the areas West of Oberon will be amalgamated with the Central West and Riverina Regions.

This proposal was unanimously opposed at the meeting and members present passed a resolution requesting the LLS immediately consider reinstating the Central Tablelands Region. I believe this will have a large impact on local farmers as the current region share issues such as shared grazing patterns, weeds and livestock management and it is for this reason that this current region should remain in place.

I do not believe that Oberon has any commonality of interest with the Blue Mountains and Coastal regions and I do not believe that Oberon would be properly serviced by a Local Land Services region of this nature.


Last week a number of events were held in celebration of Seniors Week.  On Thursday I attended the Seniors Week Luncheon which was hosted by the Burraga Ag Bureau.  Dr Ross Wilson was the guest speaker at the luncheon and guests received a lovely meal provided by the members of the Burraga Ag Bureau.

On Friday Seniors from the Oberon Community were entertained by Barber Shop Quartet, "The Silver Fox" at the Seniors Week function held at the Oberon RSL Club. The event was very well attended and guests enjoyed a luncheon served by hospitality students from Oberon High School and St Joseph's Catholic School.  A professional story teller also held the audience captive with tales about "Lofty" who managed to get into a lot of trouble!

Thank you to the hospitality students for their assistance on the day and to Kathy Beesley and Sharon Swannell for organising the event.

Following the Seniors Week Luncheon Councillor Gibbons and I visited the Oberon Public School and were among the teachers and students who greeted the Distance for a Difference Tour 2013 as they rode into the school grounds. A group of students from the School were able to ride with the tour on their way into Oberon and students were then addressed by Ron Delezio, Founder of the Day of Difference foundation and father of Sophie Delezio.

The Day of Difference Foundation was established in 2004 by Ron and Carolyn Delezio, after their daughter Sophie was critically injured in a tragic accident. The burden of coming to terms with her injuries, making critical medical decisions on her behalf and organising practicalities for the family fell on Ron and Carolyn's shoulders at their most vulnerable time. Despite receiving excellent medical and supportive care at both of Sophie's hospitals, Ron and Carolyn's extraordinarily challenging experiences were sadly mirrored by stories of many other families they met during and after Sophie's hospitalisation.

Since the Day of Difference began, the Foundation has delivered over $2.5 million worth of life-saving equipment, services and research to Australian hospitals. For further information or to make a donation to this worthwhile cause please visit the website or contact the Oberon Public School.


I was sad to hear the news that Principal of the Oberon Public School, Stan Kowalski has resigned and will be moving to a new position in Bathurst at the commencement of Term 2.

Stan is a great loss for the Oberon community and will certainly leave very big shoes to fill.  I would like to wish Stan and his family all the best for the future and thank him for his years of service to the Oberon Public School and wider Oberon community.


I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and happy Easter.  Many people will be travelling over this period and I would like to encourage you to take care on the roads and enjoy this time with family and friends.

Councillor John McMahon