Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - 12 July 2018

I would like to bring to your attention a particularly nasty scam aimed at the most vulnerable in the community. Scammers have set up a clone of the MyGov website to trick the unwary into sharing their login and bank account details. The scam starts with a phishing email that looks like it comes from Medicare. It asks that you update your Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) details enabling you to begin receiving payments for Medicare benefits and claims. Please be aware and if you receive an email like this delete it immediately. 

Renovations to the amenities block at The Common are now complete. Similar works are now planned for the amenities block located at Miss Wilson Park.

Oberon Youth Council (OYC) has a six month fundraising plan to sponsor three Oberon High School Students to attend the National Youth Science Forum to be held in January 2019. They will be starting with a sausage sizzle on July 21 outside IGA in the Main Street and finishing with a “dive in” movie night at the pool in December. Please watch out for these and other events on the fundraising program and support the OYC in their efforts. 

It was good to see initiatives in the recent State Budget encouraging young people to take up apprenticeships and to ensure there is a strong pipeline of skilled workers across the state. The $285 million skills and training package means that free courses will be offered to newly enrolled apprentices. So if you are a student leaving school this year, currently unemployed, wanting to learn new skills or start a new career now is the time. It appears that 100,000 free apprenticeships will be on offer over the next four years and the initiative will include all one hundred and twenty one courses currently funded under the Smart and Skilled program. Visit www.smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au for further information.

Save the Date – Oberon Rotary Club are hosting a concert featuring ex seeker Keith Potger on Sunday August 26 at the Oberon RSL Tickets are $30

The official launch of the Oberon Business & Tourism Website www.visitoberon.com will be held on Wednesday 18 July at the Oberon RSL Club commencing at 6pm. This is an important event for the town, visitors and potential residents will view the site as their “first impression” of Oberon. Oberon’s visitor economy is growing rapidly and I encourage the community to get involved and pop along to this special free event.

The Robey Centre (rear of the hospital) offers activities every Monday and Thursday 10.30am – 2pm to community members who may live alone, are elderly or disabled, socially isolated or would just like to get involved. Activities such as quizzes, bingo, music, gentle exercise or craft whilst enjoying good company are on offer. Morning tea provided and lunch available. Transport available, for further information 6336 7200 (Monday – Thursday only).

The NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards are designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout regional and rural NSW & the ACT. If you know a business, community group, not-for-profit or individual who deserves to be recognised please think about nominating them. Everyone knows someone worthy of recognition and there are a variety of categories and to find out more visit www.awardsaustralia.com or ring 1300 735 445 Nominations close Thursday 16 August 2018.

Can I take this opportunity to thank everyone for their warm good wishes on the birth of our first Great Grandchild. Mila Reeve is now two weeks old and she is an absolute delight.