Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - 25 May 2017

May 25 is the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party - Oberon’s biggest morning tea to be held at the Robert Hooper Community Hall from 10am -12pm. Entry is by gold coin donation, why not come along wear a mad hat and support a very good cause - the fight against the scourge that is cancer.  

Councillors, staff and staff representatives from Borg Panels met last week as part of the community consultative process in relation to the plant expansion. Although the final approval for the plant upgrade is yet to be issued by the Department of Planning and Environment, it is anticipated soon. Once approval is issued the build should take about eighteen months, resulting in a leading edge world class production facility employing around two hundred and eighty people locally and from the region.  Continuing community engagement is welcomed by both Borg Panels staff and council. 

Councillors and staff attended a flying “meet and greet” visit to the Central West by NSW Premier the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, we also met the following day with the Hon Paul Green, Christian Democrat Member in the Upper House who was also touring our region.  It’s good to see Ministers from all parties coming out to the area to see firsthand not only the vibrancy of our communities but the challenges that we face out here in the areas of transport, infrastructure and health. Today Thursday 25 the General Manager and I will be attending a CENTROC Board Meeting at Parliament House, this is a great opportunity to speak with Ministers about a range of issues, including concerns over the perceived lack of interest by the NSW Government in the future of the iconic Jenolan Caves Precinct.  

The Disability Inclusive Action Plan is currently on public exhibition for comment until June 16. The plan can be viewed on the Oberon Council Website, at Council Office and at the Oberon Library. Having this plan in place is an important part of who we are as a community and your input will be valuable to ensure we get it right. 

Congratulations to Oberon students who joined their peers from Bathurst, Blayney, Cowra, Cabonne and Orange to participate in the CWA Public Speaking Competition.  Students from year’s three to twelve took part, Oberon Council is one of the sponsors of this event, to stand up and speak in public can be nerve wracking especially for year three students, so well done all.  I was pleased to see all Oberon Schools will receive funding increases under the Federal Government new “needs based” schools funding model. Even Burraga Public School received an increase of $1700 despite the fact that the facility was unfortunately closed by the Department of Education at the end of 2016. 

Guard rail work has been completed on the Abercrombie Hill project, council has received much positive comment about the work on the Hill, and I have been asked on many occasions to pass this on to staff. You may notice some work happening ng out at the Waste Facility, this is part of the ongoing upgrade and it is good to see things starting to take shape.