Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - 18 May 2017

Opening of Reliance Bank


I met with members of the Chifley Area Command last week when the liaison bus came to town. As part of the conversation I became aware of a police initiative “Volunteers in Policing (VIP”s). An important volunteer program which encourages members of the community to become involved with the local police unit by assisting with a variety of what look to be very interesting support and administration functions – no core policing duties are involved, there are as you would imagine strict criteria around eligibility and training is given. So if this is something you may like to contribute to as a community volunteer you can access more information from the website and follow the link to volunteers in policing or contact our local station or Sue Rose at the Chifley Command in Bathurst. 

As part of Council’s continuous improvement plan it is proposing to reduce the number of Councillors from nine to seven to commence from the next Local Government Elections being held on September 9 2017. In accordance with the act this proposal is on public exhibition for community comment until May 30.  Oberon is classified as a group ten council, in this grouping of similar sized organisations the average ratio of councillors per capita is eight hundred and twenty two residents to one councillor. Based on the last official figures Oberon has a ratio of five hundred and seventy nine residents per councillor, bearing in mind of course that we are a large shire of 3628sq km. Upon reflection you may or may not agree with this proposal and if you have an opinion please take the opportunity to let us know. Submissions can be made in writing and addressed to the General Manager Gary Wallace at Oberon Council. After the exhibition period Council will consider a report including all submissions in relation to this matter at an Extraordinary Meeting to be held on Tuesday 6 June 2017. 

I attended the transition of Reliance Credit Union  to the new Reliance Bank, as part of the celebration I accepted a chq for $100 for Waste to Art sponsorship on behalf of Friends of Oberon Library.  Reliance has always been involved in the community and as a bank I am certain that will not change. 

May 25 is the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party - Oberon’s biggest morning tea to be held at the Robert Hooper Community Hall from 10am -12pm. Come along, wear a mad and hat and support a great cause. 

Representatives from Borg Manufacturing are meeting with council this week to give an update on the progress of the current plant expansion process. 

The new guard rail installation has really improved the safety for motorists travelling the recently upgraded section of Edith Road; imminent line marking will see the project completed.  Great to see some wins for the Local Government Sector and Regional Roads in the Federal Budget handed down last week. There was also an increase in the Building Better Regions program through the new Regional Growth Fund, council will certainly be looking at applying for some of this funding for various projects within the LGA.  

As a result of the appointment of Gary Wallace to the role of General Manager we have now commenced recruitment for a Director of Planning and Development, one of the three pivotal roles within council. 

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz