Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - 19 September 2019

Third time lucky!! Bring your skateboard to the New Skate Park on 28th September from 10am. Blunt Side Sk8 Park Tours will be conducting demonstrations and jam sessions while providing prizes, giveaways and a BBQ lunch. The Hon. Paul Toole MP will officially open the Park at 11:30am. Surely it could not snow a third time….could it!!
Today - Thursday 19 September the annual Australian reading hour takes place. The premise is that all Australians pick up a book or newspaper and read for an hour at any time of the day or night, either on your own in a comfy chair with a cup of tea or with your children. Studies show that reading contributes to healthy brain development in both children and adults….can be relaxing or stimulating, up to you. 
Council is currently promoting as part of its fully funded drought assistance projects, a program to provide no cost assistance with weed spraying on properties within the Oberon LGA. We are looking for both property owners, who due to drought related issues may need assistance with weed control (blackberry and serrated tussock) as well as local spray contractors to provide a paid service.  Please contact Lynette Safranek at council for further information. 
It was an early start to the day on Monday when we welcomed the Bathurst Bullets 1 and 2 into Tarana station. Thank you to Lithgow City Council for hosting the celebratory breakfast which was well attended by supporters, advocates and council representatives. Local member Paul Toole launched the event. The Bullet Trains leave Tarana Monday – Friday at 6.18am and 8.07am respectively arriving at Central 9.27am and 11.18am. A full timetable including weekend service can be picked up at council or sourced online. Opal card facilities are available at Tarana.
The new garden beds bordering the Curtis Street carpark at the Oberon Common are looking great, they will be planted out in the next week or so taking advantage of the warmer weather.  A Common masterplan is currently under development for the Common with the next project likely to be the restructure of the retaining wall below the amenities block, it is envisioned that the area in front of the wall will be an Anzac Rose garden. Oberon is proud of The Common and I urge everyone to take advantage of this space whenever possible.  
Sunday September 29 sees the annual Copper Challenge Endurance ride in Burraga.  This year’s event will consist of a 120km elevator ride and a 50km ride. The courses utilise forestry tracks which offer amazing views of the surrounding valleys and ranges. Pre ride talk and vetting will take place on Saturday September 28 from 11am at the Burraga Recreation Ground. Camping on site is available and the Recreation Club will be open and a meal will be available.  Of course no event such as this can function without volunteers to support it , if you would like to be involved even for a few hours please contact Jacque Wright 0423 733 456 or through the website burragaendurance@gmail.com no riding or experience with horses required. This event reflects well on and benefits not only Burraga but the whole LGA. So if you can spare some time let’s get behind it. 
Tickets for the Pink Stumps Lunch are booking out quickly, please ring Sharon Swannell 63298151 to reserve your place.  
The Rotary Daffodil Dawdle runs every day until September 29 from 10am – 4pm, so with the gorgeous weather don’t miss out. Two gardens are open - Brydie Park and Minjara, both in Sloggetts Road. $15 entry to both, tickets available at VIC. Devonshire tea available. Funds raised support the Oberon Hospital Auxiliary.