Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - 15 August 2019

My thanks go to our amazing council works staff that went above and beyond to ensure the safety of residents and visitors through the major snow event last weekend. Out all weekend from early morning to late at night in very tough conditions assessing and clearing the roads, then relaying that information for regular distribution via social media by Technical Services Staff. I certainly appreciated the effort by all as I am certain did our community. 
Entries can now be submitted for the Tarana Photographic Exhibition to be held at the Mutton Falls Function Centre from October 4 – 6 2019. This is a fundraising event and entry is $5 per photo, closing date for submission of photos is September 22. This year the twelve best photographs voted on by the public from entrants living within the Tarana District will be featured in a local calendar which will be available for sale at the November/December Tarana Farmers Markets. 
The Lithgow Oberon Landcare Association will be conducting a series of surveys and community workshops during August/September in an effort to understand what the community expects from Landcare into the future. Results from the surveys and workshops will inform and develop plans to deliver Landcare Services locally. The Oberon Workshop will take place on Wednesday September 4 commencing at 5.30pm at the Oberon RSL. Please contact Coordinator Richard Stephens 0419 795 781 to register or seek further information.
Catholic Care WF is asking for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from community members interested in attending a Youth Mental Health First Aider Training Course scheduled for October 2019. The Youth Mental Health First Aid course will teach participants how to assist adolescents 12 – 18 years who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence based Action Plan. This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals. Often early recognition can make all the difference. This course is at no cost with a maximum of fifteen participants.  For further information contact Catholic Care WF in Bathurst 63342033 or pick up an Expression of Interest form at council administration. 
After many years of work it is pleasing to announce that council has now secured suitable land in O’Connell to develop a proposed recreation ground in that community. Currently a concept plan and development application is being prepared which will allow a funding business case enabling a funding application to be put forward for the project. 
The new fence for Herb David Park has arrived and will be installed this week completing the project. I am pleased to see the new play equipment being used so well by the community.
Council workers are currently improving the drainage on the gravel section of Hazelgrove Road which will be followed by gravelling and sealing to the council boundary. Lithgow City Council is currently carrying out similar operations within their boundary; this will see Hazelgrove Road completely sealed to Tarana. 
Drainage improvement works and gravelling of Sewell’s Creek Road is currently being undertaken which will be followed by a section of sealing. This work will result in the elimination of one cattle grid and improvement to the road drainage. 
It was a pleasure to attend the Oberon High School last week to welcome a contingent of Japanese students and education officials visiting Australia. Staff and students really excelled in making the visiting young folk feel welcome, introducing them to Vegemite, Weetabix and Milo. It is hoped this may become a regular event.