Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - 19 July 2018

Oberon Youth Council (OYC) is running a Krispy Kreme Donut drive as part of their ongoing fundraising plan to sponsor three Oberon High School Students to attend the National Youth Science Forum to be held in January 2019. Order forms are available from Council Administration Office, Oberon Library and the Visitor Information Centre. Order and pay by August 8, donuts can be picked up from the Community Centre on August 24. Please support this Youth Council project.

I met with the new Executive of the local NSW Farmers Association last week, this was a very productive meeting and several issues were identified that would benefit from a collaborative approach foremost being the issue of unrateable land another being the challenges around an improved transport link across the Blue Mountains. The local organisation would welcome new members to support the ideas of the new committee. Please contact Brett Fitzpatrick or Mark Mawhood for further information. 
The Country & Outback Regional Tourism Award event is to be held in Orange on July 28. Mayfield Garden is a finalist and I would like to wish Hamish and his team the very best of luck. Up against the Elvis Festival, Orange Food & Wine Week etc. means competition will be tough but I think Mayfield has the product to bring it home.

Well-known local poet Brian Beesley is launching his new book “My Country” on August 12 at the Robert Hooper Community Centre commencing at 2.30pm. I am sure many will want to support Brian so I suggest you ring 6336 5169 to book a ticket sooner rather than later. 

The Red Cross Blood Bank will be in Oberon on August 1 from 10.30am. Supplies of O-Negative blood are in very short supply and overall stocks are down due to the flu season. If you can assist it would be much appreciated. Call 131495. 

Please be aware that effective from Monday July 16, a new 60 km speed limit is now in place for both sides of Abercrombie Hill. The signage and installation work has been fully funded by RMS and will ensure that the steep inclines on both sides of the bridge are much safer for motorists. The Abercrombie River Bridge replacement is progressing, Oberon and Upper Lachlan Council staff will meet next week to formulate a timeline of works around the bridge construction contract and Oberon Council road construction works. At this point an indicative date for the road work to commence has been pencilled for October 2018. 

The long awaited $50 million NSW Connecting Country Communities Fund has finally opened. This fund delivers two key programs: The Mobile Black Spot Program - for mobile phone infrastructure including mobile phone towers and the Regional Digital Connectivity Program – for improved broadband internet access where NBN does not meet local needs. Council recently conducted Digital Demand Assessments for the villages of Black Springs, Burraga and surrounds. Council will now use the data collected from the assessments at these priority sites to engage with key Mobile Network Operators requesting that they make an application to the current round of the Mobile Black Spot Program and the Regional Digital Connectivity Programs. Council will explore in kind support options for these projects. 

I attended the Inner Wheel Changeover lunch last weekend; congratulations to Charmayne Hogan and her committee and I wish them a successful year. It was also good to welcome the Skoda and Tatra Club to town for their annual Christmas in July event. The project to establish a Skoda and Tatra Motor Museum adjacent to the OTHR Precinct now has the green light and we hope to see work commence in the near future.