Changes to current police districts were announced by the Police Commissioner Mick Fuller last week. What these changes may mean for staffing levels in Oberon is unknown at this time but as part of the changes, thirty four current Local Area Commands will become twenty six police districts. Cowra and Cabonne/Canowindra areas are joining Oberon, Bathurst, Blayney and Lithgow to form the Chifley Police District. The Commissioner has stated that all existing stations will remain open and there would be an “officer-in-charge”. For most there will also be a boost in the number of officers, it is hoped that Oberon will be included in that scenario. After a meeting on Monday with the Chifley Command I have been assured that staffing levels in Oberon are a matter of priority for the command and should soon be resolved.
With the warmer weather coming and visits to the pool more frequent, the Child Health Promotion Unit at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network is promoting a water safety and drowning prevention campaign ‘Kids Can Drown without a Sound’ which aims to raise water safety awareness and encourage families to take appropriate precautions when children are in or near water. Recent research shows that people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and newly arrived to Australia are at higher risk of drowning incidents. This is likely to be due to lack of familiarity with water activity and swimming ability.
To help prevent child drowning: Supervision of children by a responsible adult (within arm’s reach) in and around water is essential. Teach children water familiarisation and swimming skills. Learn CPR and remember that any attempt is better than none at all. A free online ‘CPR Training for Parents’ is available to teach parents and carers the skills needed to perform basic CPR on a baby or child. It can be accessed via http://kidshealth.org.au/cpr. Oberon Pool is currently running a water safety campaign “Watch Me, Not Your Phone”. Parents and guardians are being encouraged to focus on their children - not their phones while visiting the pool. Whilst swimming lessons do not substitute for proper supervision, learning to swim can make a huge difference if a child accidentally falls into the water. Dolphin Swim School lesson enrolments are taken at the Oberon Pool from 2.30pm to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 11am to 5pm on weekends.
Still on the subject of children, the Sports Minister recently announced that from January next year, parents of school children across NSW can take advantage of the $100 Active Kids rebate for sport and fitness-related costs. The Office of Sport is working with sporting organisations that provide relevant programs to pre-load their details into the Service NSW Active Kids platform to ensure parents can redeem vouchers for a wide range of services when the program formally launches on 31 January 2018. I will provide more information on this project as it comes to hand.
I am looking forward to the Oberon District Little A’s “Community Carols and Markets in the Park” tomorrow Friday December 1 commencing at 4.30pm at the Oberon Recreation Ground in North Street. Special guest performer is Kurt Booth. Follow that up by a visit to the Farmers Market at the Showground on Saturday Morning.
Only twenty four more sleeps until Santa arrives……..