Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - 1 June 2017

To celebrate National Reconciliation Week, on Friday June 2 commencing at 12.30pm, Oberon Council will be hosting a flag raising ceremony to commemorate and recognise the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum and the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Mabo Decision. The commemoration will be held on the front lawn of the Oberon High School. Students will be performing during the event which will be followed by a sausage sizzle. The whole of the Oberon Community are invited to attend.

The Mad Hatters Biggest Morning Tea held on Thursday May 25 was attended by more than forty community members and raised $250 for the Cancer Council Australia. Thank you to Council Staff for coordinating this event.

For Library lovers I am pleased to announce that e-books, e-audio and e-magazines will soon be available to members.

National Tree Day will be celebrated in July this year. Oberon Council will be taking part in this event by planting around two hundred tube stock plants donated by Central Tablelands Local Land Services. Due to the climate we will be holding this event around September/October and consulting with the community as to what species would be most suitable for our area and where the trees should be planted to the best advantage, more on this as information comes to hand.

A very successful e-marketing workshop was held for local businesses last week, over twenty people from thirteen local businesses were represented. The workshop was a result of collaboration between Council and OBTA and subsidised by council. Dependant on feedback further workshops will be considered into the future. 

It is Mens Health Week from June 12 – 18. Men are not always as proactive about their health as we would like, so I encourage all men to take the opportunity to have a medical check-up, think about things such as diet, lifestyle etc. A good first step could be to join the local Mens Shed.

I went along on Sunday to draw the Oberon RFS Wood Raffle, well done to the volunteers who endured the bitter wind along the Main St to raise almost $881 for the group. Congratulations Flo Spence, the winner of the wood.  

Even though Oberon and other councils were recently spared the amalgamation action, it along with many other councils that did not meet the Fit For the Future criteria have still not been declared fit thus restricting access to low interest Treasury Corporation loans. Oberon along with councils such as Blayney did not meet the unsubstantiated criteria “scale and capacity” i.e. not predicted to meet the 10000 population benchmark by 2036. At the recent CENTROC Board Meeting at Parliament House, several mayors put the unfairness of this situation in light of recent developments to the Minister for Local Government the Hon Gabrielle Upton, the Premier and Deputy Premier. All Ministers claim to be aware of the problem and may have an answer in the very near future. We wait……

At the recent Annual Conference the Central West CWA President addressed the growing problem of the advertising of gambling on television and the regulation of online gambling. The organisation has taken a position to support the Government in its attempts to reduce the exposure including access to gambling sites on mobile phones.