Last Friday morning over 200 residents and visitors attended the opening of the Columbia Oberon Village 66 bed facility. Guests were very impressed with the décor of the building. The facility looks and feels like a five star resort, with large rooms, wide corridors and spacious living areas. There is also a hair dressing salon, therapy rooms and a small coffee shop.
I was speaking with Chairman of the Columbia Board, Peter Miller at the event and he commented on how fortunate Columbia have been to find such a suitable large area of land and this has contributed to the fabulous outlook of the facility. It is a very pleasant, open and light environment.
The new Aged Care Village will be a great benefit to the overall health of people in the Oberon region and a boost to our local economy with additional employment which will ramp up to approx. 60 employees once the facility is full.
Columbia has been enormously pleased at how well received they have been in the local community and we are thrilled to welcome them!
At the last Council Meeting approval was given for the expansion of Oberon Quarries, Hard Rock Quarry. This approval was for the continued extraction from the existing site and expansion of the mining site by 1ha. Additional haulage will be at a maximum of 3000 tonnes each day for not more than 50 days per year. The material mined is an extremely high quality and is much sought after. The expansion will mean continued employment for those people who are currently at the quarry operations and possibly further jobs into the future.
Under the existing conditions the Quarry operates under they contribute a levy which is provided to assist with the maintenance of Shooters Hill Road, Edith Road and Titania Road. This arrangement will continue under the new approval.
Oberon Meals on Wheels are currently calling for volunteers to fil their monthly roster. Meals on Wheels have been operating in Oberon for 40 years and currently need two cars per day to deliver meals around the local area. Volunteers are providing a valuable community service by not just delivering meals to elderly residents, but making sure someone checks in on our local residents each day. If you can spare some time to help out please contact Marie at the Oberon MPS on 6336 7200.
Last Friday evening, Deputy Mayor Kerry Gibbons attended the Oberon Waste to Art 2015 Exhibition Opening and Awards Evening. This was a very well attended event and I was pleased to hear that once again our entries have grown and the quality of the exhibition was outstanding. Well done to all those who entered the competition and good luck to the people who will be going on to the Regional Exhibition.