Disappointingly Oberon was overlooked in the recent round of the State Government “Fixing Country Roads” Grant Program. All councils especially in rural areas depend on both State and Federal Funding to help fund their roads program. It has been suggested to me that any council in a forced merger position may not receive grant funding at this stage; I do not believe this to be the case and Oberon Council will continue to apply for any funding opportunities.
Woollahra Council has been joined in its possible legal challenge on forced mergers by North Sydney, Mosman and Leichardt Councils. I am in contact with the Mayor of Woollahra and we as a council are watching the situation closely.
I have been lobbying our local member the Hon Paul Toole and Minister for Primary Industries, Land and Water, The Hon. Niall Blair for a round table meeting of stakeholders in relation to the impact of Forestry Haulage on the LGA’s road network. The areas of concern are collaboration in forward planning (logging) and contribution by Forestry NSW to lessen the financial burden on Oberon ratepayers of maintaining road assets utilised by heavy haulage. We recognise the huge economic benefits of the Forestry Industry for the LGA but consideration needs to be given to the fact that as a NSW Government Department, forests are unrateable as are National Parks, in fact over 40% of the LGA is unrateable. I have received a response from both Ministers but found it to be unsatisfactory, I have now written again to Minister Toole requesting further consideration.
Please support the Oberon Youth Council with their Easter Fundraising initiative today, the group are doing a sausage sizzle and raffle outside IGA. All monies raised are banked towards the upgrade of the skate park.
The March Tarana Market Day is this Sunday. A special day is planned with a heritage train coming from Lithgow and arriving in Tarana around midday. Passengers will have the opportunity to browse the market and then head to either to the Tarana Hotel or the cafe for lunch. Some may take advantage of the cuisine offered at the market itself whilst watching the shearing demonstration at 12pm. Sounds like a great day.
Also on Sunday at the Oberon Pool you can take part in an Easter egg hunt commencing at 2pm. There will be games and activities and the inflatable tropical island will be out promising lots of fun. Monday will be the last day of the 2016 swim season. In the off season the pool area will receive a “facelift”.
Council are conducting roadside spraying for blackberries in the Ginkin area, you are advised not to pick or consume fruit from this area. Clear signage is displayed.
On Sunday, I along with representatives of the Oberon RSL Sub Branch am joining the Australian Ataturk Association in Auburn for their commemoration of the battle of Gallipoli followed by a community picnic day. You may recall that members of the association joined Oberon residents for the Oberon Honours the Anzacs events in April 2015.
Only three more sleeps until the Easter Bunny arrives, if you are heading away for the holiday please drive safely.
Save the earth..... It's the only planet with chocolate!
Mayor Kathy Sajowitz