Council News - Thursday 7 May 2015

Last Tuesday I attended a presentation at the Oberon Men’s Shed about depression. Guest Speaker, Alex Ferguson from Lifeline talked about the signs of depression, and the importance of family and friends speaking up if they are concerned about a loved one.

There are many different pressures and areas of everyday life that may contribute to depression and if this is not detected can lead to dire consequences such as family breakdown and suicide.  Pressures such as unemployment, schooling, university, shift work and financial issues are just some of the areas which can send people down the path of depression.

The presentation was very well received by the members of the Oberon Men’s Shed and the importance of speaking up if you are concerned about a family member or a friend could not be overstated.

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Last Friday evening I had the pleasure of represented Council at the 2015 Catholic Debutant Ball.  There were 7 debutants, who were presented to Matron of Honour Janet Reynolds. The girls all looked very beautiful and the partners also looked very smart. The band Nothin 2 Serious, were in fine voice and a great night was had by all!

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On Sunday afternoon the Oberon Little Athletics Club held their end of season annual awards presentation evening.  There were a number of outstanding achievements and many of the children have achieved their personal best throughout the season.  The Oberon Little Athletics Club is going strong and it is always great to see the kids enjoying themselves.

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The Australian Red Cross Mobile Blood Service will be in Oberon on Monday 11 May, 9.30am – 3.00pm and Tuesday 12 May, 9.30am – 3.00pm. More donors are needed for both days so if you haven't already made an appointment to give blood, you can make an appointment online at www.donateblood.com.au or phone 13 14 95.

Statistics show that 1 in 3 Australians will need blood, but only 1 in 30 donates. Donated blood helps cancer patients, people with blood disorders, mothers-to-be and newborn babies, as well as trauma and surgical patients.

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The Small Biz Bus will be returning to Oberon on 26 May 2015.  Last time the bus was in Oberon it was very popular and it is great to hear that they will be returning soon.

The Small Biz Bus is a mobile information and advisory service for small business. It's part of the Small Biz Connect business advisory program, funded by the NSW Government. The Bus travels across NSW, connecting small business owners with advisors and services in their local community at no cost to them.

The Bus will facilitate 45 minute business advisory sessions on-board its meeting area, at no cost to local small businesses. Further information can be found at www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au.

Deputy Mayor Kerry Gibbons