Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - 25 July 2019

“My Community Project” is a new funding initiative by the State Government aimed at improving the wellbeing of people and communities in NSW. Each electorate in the state has been allocated approximately $260,000 in this round of the program. As part of the Bathurst Electorate, Oberon was asked to nominate projects, two were submitted for consideration – Accessible Footpaths at the Oberon Common and Stage Two of the Footpath Project through the Avenue of Trees at O’Connell. Unfortunately the O’Connell project was not short listed by the funding administrators. Online voting for the projects in the Bathurst Electorate overall is now open and all residents are encouraged to look at all the projects across the electorate and vote for their preferred options. Remember there is only $260,000 overall for the Bathurst Electorate so we in Oberon need to make our votes count in order to secure some of that funding. For more information and to logon to vote go to Eligible voters will be able to select three to five projects as part of their vote. Alternately you can pop into a Service NSW Centre. Voting will be open from 15 July to 15 August 2019. You can only vote once.

The response to the July school holiday activities at the Oberon Library has been amazing sixty four children participated in various events over the two weeks. It was great to see eighteen children from the Outside of School Hours Care Group join library staff for Christmas in July. The children enjoyed a special Christmassy morning tea, an Aussie Christmas story and Christmas craft. You can view the results of some of the holiday activates on Councils Facebook page. 

The new Abercrombie Bridge project was opened to traffic last Monday. Due to the significant shading issues on the northern side of the river (Oberon LGA side) at this time of year it is not proposed to seal this section at present, but rather wait for the warmer months when the weather is more conducive. This delay in finalising the project has been agreed to by Upper Lachlan Shire Council who is the funding manager of this project. Oberon is contracted to implement the work. Work has commenced on the initial phase of removing the deck of the old bridge which will be stored by Oberon Council until a future use is identified for the recycled timber structure. Stream improvement works will be completed as part of this process, accumulated siltation will be removed allowing better water flow in the river. On completion of this work the bitumen on the old road will be removed and disposed of prior to topsoiling and reinstatement of the site back to its natural state. A job well done and thanks go to Oberon Council staff. 

Re-gravelling works have been recently carried out on Emden Vale Road along with maintenance grading on Mozart Road. Tree trimming has taken place around the LGA. Bitumen patching works have been completed on Arkstone and Abercrombie Roads, Hassall Park and Endeavour Street.

The community is excited about the Destination NSW Country and Outback Regional Tourism Awards to be held in Dubbo this weekend. Oberon’s inaugural Field2Forest event has been nominated as a finalist. Fingers crossed. Tune in to Sydney Weekender on Chanel 7 this Sunday July 28 at 5.30pm, the recent visit to Oberon by Mike Whitney is featured. Join us on Monday July 29, 2.00pm at the Visitor Information Centre for the unveiling of the “Big Tree” Plaque. The story of the Sequoia will be commemorated.

I am pleased to announce that at the July Meeting Council resolved to support the “Ozy Youth Choir – Oberon Mob” allocating $1,080 from the Section 356 Donation fund to assist our young people with choir membership fees. Mob leader Chloe Swannell recently attended the July Ozy Choir Camp and Peace Day commemorations in Canberra. Chloe will bring that experience back to the fledgling Oberon Mob. The Oberon Youth Council is focusing their 2019/20 fundraising efforts to assist mob members to attend future camps and events enabling them to perform with the wider regional choir members.