Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - 27 July 2017

It has been two years this week since I stepped into the mayoral role at council in very sad circumstances.  It has however been a challenging but rewarding experience and certainly never a dull one. I would like to thank the Oberon Community for their encouragement and support over the past two years.  I see exciting times ahead for Oberon with our population growing and becoming more diverse, coupled with increased recognition at last by the NSW Government that “Regional does Matter” things are bright indeed.

It constantly amazes me how many people in the community are doing great things under the radar, never receiving recognition nor expecting any. One such young lady is Oberon mother of four young daughters - Sherallea Endean.  Sherallea has a passion to run and decided to do some something for others at the same time. So in addition to her normal busy lifestyle she decided to raise funds for the Heart Foundation by personally running forty kms over a two week time frame during October. Training hard she is setting herself small training goals, one of which was to run twenty one kms in one session – typically she passed that goal and ran twenty two kms. If you would like to assist Sherallea in her fundraising effort you can do so by going to her Facebook page for further information or log onto the “My Marathon” webpage and following her name link. We can’t all run forty kms to support a great cause even though we would like to, but what we can do is encourage those who can. So let’s get behind this quiet achiever.

Friends of Oberon Library are holding a giant two day recycled book sale on Aug 4/5 at the Community Centre. The group is inundated with books and everything has to be sold at just one dollar. Put this in your diary. 

I was pleased that at last Tuesday’s council meeting a resolution was adopted to proceed with the new Skate Park proposal. The Oberon Youth Council has been working towards this project for several years and it is satisfying to see it happening at last. The park will be located on the Dudley Street side of the Oberon Common. Thanks to the Regional Growth Fund there are funding opportunities out there as we speak, a design will be adopted to suit the site over the coming weeks. 

How great is it that thirty new Oberon bubs have been born since the beginning of this year, congratulations to all those new parents and we look forward to these latest wonderful additions to the community growing and becoming part of Oberon’s future. 

Congratulations to the Oberon District Little Athletics Committee on their Hart Sport Centre Volunteer Award for volunteering excellence within the sport. This group has achieved amazing results through the commitment and hard work of the committee and the enthusiasm of the athletes for “being the best they can be”. Well done and well deserved.

Participating in the local governance of your area is one of the most practical, important and rewarding ways you can contribute to the fabric of your community. This is an exciting time in Local Government with many reforms in play, long gone are the days when local council primarily meant “roads, rates and rubbish”. Across the state fifty thousand local council staff manage an annual spend of ten billion dollars. We need men and women to step up and take a leadership role building on the achievements of past elected representatives. Nominations open on July 31 and close on August 9. 

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz