Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - 22 October 2015

The Oberon Anti Amalgamation Committee Rally in support of the Cabonne community was held last Saturday, although Minister Toole was unable to meet with the combined groups the Oberon Group left a letter reinforcing their opposition to forced amalgamations. It was an orderly and respectful gathering.

The “Steel Street” exhibition is attracting a lot of comment from residents and visitors alike, only one week left to vote for your favourite piece. Check out the art works either in the shop windows or inside Oberon business’s.

The NSW/ACT Young Achievers Awards are now open for nominations; the aim of the awards is to promote the positive achievement of our young people. The criteria is simple any young person up to 29 years of age who has contributed significantly to their community is eligible. For more information or nomination forms contact Sharon Swannell at Oberon Council. Nomination can also be made online www.awardsaustralia.com

Only a week or so left for our own Australia Day Award nominations to be submitted, forms are available from the Oberon Council office or can be downloaded from the website www.oberon.nsw.gov.au. So let’s recognise the contribution community members give by acknowledging their commitment and achievement.

I urge you to support the Bush Poetry Night on Saturday Oct 24 at the Oberon RSL Club; all monies raised go to Can Assist. Tickets are available from Rosedale Gifts or Arrows Newsagency.

When taking office I contacted the Mayor of Oberon’s sister city Eceabat in Turkey, to introduce myself and establish contact. I received the following reply and I thought you may be interested to read it. The original response was in Turkish and what follows is a Google translation so please bear with me.  Despite the language difficulties I am sure you will agree the warm sentiment is clear.

Dear Kathy Sajowitz - Oberon Mayor

“You have expressed your valuable message, your sincere thoughts, good graces and your wishes much appreciated, I offer my gratitude. I respectfully greet you personally. In this context, I wish you great success in your elected task as mayor of Oberon. In  addition, I express my condolences to all the people of Oberon because of the former Mayor John McMahon’s sad death. The Eceabat and Oberon connection started about ten years ago and reinforced by mutual contact with a visit of these two the “sister citie ” Our goal is to continue developing relations and good wishes during our governence. We confidently believe that in terms of Turkey and Australia to this date, there is great meaning after 1915 Dardanelles campaign to develop in all areas sincere and friendly relations between our two countries and should be translated into concrete projects for our communities. At this point, we would like to see suggestions and an exchange of views and ideas about projects. We recognize every effort on behalf of our communities for peace, meaningful friendship and brotherhood of our people, I offer my eternal love and respect in behalf of the people of Eceabat.

See you soon.

Adem EJDER, Mayor of Eceabat”