Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - 23 May 2019

I offer congratulations to Andrew Gee for his re-election as the Federal member for Calare. I look forward to working collaboratively with Andrew to deliver good outcomes for the Oberon Community. The pre-election commitment of $1.5million to OTHR will now become reality, a boost for this hard working group. 

Congratulations to the award recipients at the Waste2Art competition last week. As usual the standard was high and judging difficult. All category winners will participate in the Regional Competition to be held at the Malachi Hall late July – August. Well done to the Community Services Department for organising the event this year and my thanks to Friends of the Library members who assisted. 

Work continues on the Meadows Road reconstruction it is envisioned that the project will be completed within the next two weeks.  Also nearing completion is the Abercrombie bridge project, it is anticipated that all work on the bridge structure will be completed within two to three weeks which will be followed with the completion of the roadworks. The old timber bridge is to be dismantled on completion of all other works and transported to Councils Depot in Oberon for reuse and recycling. Maintenance grading has been completed at Burraga Dam Picnic Area and Kanangra Walls Road. Drainage improvements in Balfour Street are underway. Council staff have been busy pruning vegetation from the side of Kanangra Walls Road. This work encompasses the cutting back of trees and opening the tree canopy to assist with the use of Tour Coaches on the road. Bitumen patching works have been completed on Lowes Mount Road, Campbell’s River Road, Edith Road and Mount David Road. Sign repairs have been completed on Edith Road, Spring Valley Road, Balfour Street and Beaconsfield Road. Work has been completed on the installation of the RV Dump point in North Street. This will assist and encourage motorhomes and caravans to visit Oberon. 

The Skoda and Tatra Museum on Lowes Mount Road is hosting a “Meet You Day” this Saturday, all welcome. If you did not attend the opening of the museum this is the opportunity to go along and view the collection. Committee members will be in attendance to chat with the community. 

Congratulations are in order to Lucy and John East from the Malachi Hall in Oberon. An event held last year “The Malachi Revival” was co-winner of a prestigious 2019 National Trust Heritage Award. The Malachi Hall is currently being restored back to its former glory. Congratulations also to Oberon Businesses The Laundry Pad and Mayfield Garden, these businesses progressed through the Oberon Business Awards to the Regional Competition. Mayfield was successful as Excellence in Business and although The Laundry Pad was unsuccessful this time, just to be there is a well-deserved achievement. 

I attended the inaugural “OZY Youth Choir Honouring Defence Service” event at the RSL Sub Branch last Sunday. The Oberon local chapter (mob) was formed on the day under the leadership of Chloe Swannell and several of our local young folk performed with visiting choir members from other rural areas. Born from the Centenary Kangaroo March re-enactment to commemorate the centenary of Anzac in 2015, (hence the name “mobs” and not choirs) the project has grown, with mobs now active in many small rural towns. So much more than a community choir, this concept is also a youth leadership program providing opportunities through singing and public speaking. The mobs not only perform locally but have the opportunity to join other mobs at national and international events. Look for more information on this great project in the coming weeks as it gets off the ground.