Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - 22 August 2019

An enjoyable afternoon was had by all who went along to the Accidental Ensemble performance “Baby Its Cold Outside” last weekend. Funds raised at the event were donated to both the Tarana Red Cross and the Oberon Writers Group so a double benefit. Congratulations also to The Oberon Tigers who through their Can Assist Round last Sunday raised approx. $17,000 for this important and valued community organisation, a small group that has a big influence on people’s lives. Again I acknowledge the positive impact so many in our community, often unheralded, have on the social fabric of our town. 
I recently attended the Chifley Police District Annual Medal and Awards Ceremony held in Bathurst. These awards recognise the unselfish and diligent commitment to service by our police men and women. Their dedication to keeping us safe and protected deserves to be acknowledged every day. Awards were presented by NSW Police Commissioner Michael Fuller APM, Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie APM, and Chifley District Commander Superintendent Paul McDonald. Local Member Hon Paul Toole, Mayors of Oberon, Bathurst, Lithgow and Cowra attended the event to support and show our utmost respect for all police especially members of the Chifley Command.  The Chifley Police District covers an extensive area ranging from Hill End to Abercrombie and out to Canowindra, encompassing the council areas of Oberon, Bathurst, Lithgow, Blayney and Cowra. 
Readers may recall I noted in recent columns that the NSW Government had unexpectedly and without consultation imposted local councils with an increase of the Emergency Services Levy. This increase is aimed at meeting the cost of new compensation arrangements supporting firefighters dealing with a range of specific cancers. I think everyone would acknowledge the intent of the increase is a necessary one and after intensive lobbying by most NSW councils - including Oberon, Joint Organisations and Local Government NSW the State Government has agreed to fund the first year of the increase therefore allowing consultation with councils in regard to funding this levy into the future. I applaud this sensible decision. 
Diary date November 2/3rd – The Oberon Redfin Roundup Fishing Competition has been launched as part of Oberon Outdoor Week.  Bigger and better than last year, there is entertainment, great prizes and opportunities for everyone to get involved. Event partners are Destination NSW, Fishcare and Oz Fish Unlimited and the roundup has been designated as an official event under NSW Government “Gone Fishing Day” program. Gold coin to enter, more information can be found at visitoberon.com/events/oowredfin  
Road maintenance works have recently been carried out on Arkstone and Carlwood Roads whilst drainage improvement and maintenance works have been implemented on Sewell’s Creek, Hazelgrove, Lowes Mount and Abercrombie Roads. Guide posts have been replaced on Mutton Falls Road and signs replaced on Duckmaloi Road, Bell Street, Albion Street and Burraga Road.
As part of “Pink Up Oberon” month and in support of the McGrath Foundation, I am hosting a Mayoral “Pink Stumps” Lunch to be held at the Golf Club Hall (Old Scout Hall) on October 19. Guest speaker is Marita Tipene. Marita is a McGrath Foundation supported specialist breast cancer nurse based at Daffodil Cottage in Bathurst. Our keynote speaker is cricket aficionado Winston Terracini, a long-time member of the Oberon community, those of you that know Winston will look forward to this I am sure. There is an auction of “special” cricket memorabilia planned along with other fun activities and of course no event I host is complete without a quiz…this time a “pink quiz”. Tickets are $10 pp which includes lunch and beverage (hic) all funds raised will go to the McGrath Foundation on behalf of the Oberon Community. I would like to thank major sponsor Borg Panels for coming on board to support this great cause. Ring Sharon 6329 8151 to reserve your tickets. This event is for everyone, please be part of it.