Last week I was pleased to be inducted as Patron of the Oberon Hospital Auxiliary at a lunch preceding the groups Annual General Meeting. I look forward to working with President Annabelle Gilbert and her team to support encourage and promote this wonderful organisation in the great work they do for our hospital. Please come along and support the Oberon Hospital at their Biggest Morning Tea tomorrow - Friday 27 commencing at 10am at the hospital. The $5 donation will go towards the Oberon 2018 Relay for Life fundraiser.
Last week General Manager Gary Wallace, Tourism Manager Mat Webb and I caught up with Travel Journalist Steve Meacham who was on a four day Central West tour as a prelude to a series of tourism articles for the Sydney Morning Herald. Steve was mainly interested in Foraging and Fossicking and has visited Col & Sue Roberts Truffiere and various fossicking sites in the LGA. Of course once Steve realised what a great tourism product Oberon has to offer his interest was captured. Please look out for the articles in the near future.
I was pleased to hear that a $1 million platform upgrade at Millthorpe Railway Station has been funded by the NSW Government which will allow passengers to once again access passenger services at the station. It is intended the station will be used on-request to pick up and drop off passengers. The rethink at Millthorpe may indicate that a request pick up and drop off option may be considered for Tarana Railway Station, something lobbied for by the community over many years but never considered viable by the State Government. So many similarities between Millthorpe and Tarana, I wonder why one project is considered viable and one not, maybe this is the time to reinvigorate the campaign and I will be writing to the relevant ministers including local member Paul Toole to ask the question.
With the new round of Black Spot Funding recently released Council staff have commenced working with Telstra in relation to potentially securing some of this funding for known black spot areas around Black Springs, Burraga and Tuglow. Using previously collected and current data council has produced a profiling document outlining options for consideration.
Council recently submitted a list of projects under the Stronger Country Communities Fund Round two. We have been advised that the DPC will be conducting surveys in the community over the next few weeks to gauge community support for the priority projects listed in the funding application.
The design of the new Oberon Skate Park Precinct is now complete and on public exhibition. Exhibition will run until 15 August 2018. All submissions will be considered after which the tender for the construction will be undertaken.
At the July council meeting it was resolved five votes to three to apply to NSW Health for permission to add fluoride to Oberon’s reticulated water supply. This was an extremely difficult decision and one councillors on both sides of the debate considered carefully for a long period of time, taking into account all credible evidential information supplied and community feedback both for and against the concept. 13.5% (591) of approximately 4400 adults resident in the community advised council of their preference. A NSW Health phone survey showed residents were in favour of adding fluoride to the water. I fully acknowledge that this decision is disappointing for some and welcomed by others.
Have you checked out the Oberon live weather webpage yet, if not please do….simply log on to www.oberon.liveweatherviews.au from anywhere in Australia and see if it’s snowing or sunny here. The link will soon be available on the council webpage.