Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - 29 August 2019

It is an important decision to change citizenship from your country of birth to that of your adopted country, but never the less a very very rewarding one, I congratulate Laurel Hawken and Gary Peyton who supported by family and friends made that commitment in Oberon last week. Minister Paul Toole attended the ceremony as did several councillors. Brenda Lyon on behalf of Oberon Rotary presented Lauren and Gary with an Australian native plant to commemorate the occasion. Congratulations to our newest citizens. 
Congratulations also to our wonderful RFS Volunteers who recently received recognition awards. Charles Lamburn from Burraga for an amazing sixty five years’ service, Barry Richard fifty four years, well done also Lynne Butterfield and Lance Sulley. Thank you to Deputy Mayor Kerry Gibbons and Clr McCarthy for attending the ceremony and showing the communities appreciation of the wonderful work our RFS members do on our behalf. 
Speaking of RFS issues, the Jenolan Brigade Fire Shed bore the brunt of the wild weather with a large tree falling on the building causing substantial damage to the office area of the shed. The Mayfield RFS will officially open its new station at 2pm on Saturday September 7.
Save the Date…The Bathurst Bullet “Mark Two” will make its first journey from Bathurst to Central on Wednesday September 16. The train will arrive at Tarana at 8.10am. Celebrations will be held at Tarana from 7.30am including a free brekky and coffee.  Watch out for more information on this event. Thank you to all the folk who for many years have lobbied for the bullet to stop at Tarana, we also thank Paul Toole for his support of the campaign. 
I recently spoke to our Federal Member Mr Andrew Gee in relation to the waiting time Oberon residents are experiencing for Federal Government Home Care packages. Mr Gee has advised that any affected resident who has concerns should contact his office directly for assistance. Phone number 63310524.
Palliative Care is becoming an increasingly relevant issue in all rural communities; in our case this was highlighted in the recently released Oberon Health Profile. I can advise that I am gathering data on what service is currently available, where that service is sourced and what are the future needs. I am commencing to speak with stakeholders to form a picture of how to move forward in this space. Palliative care is such a necessary and supportive service needed at difficult and emotional times. I am happy to speak with community members who may wish to contribute to the preliminary discussions. 
In conjunction with the NDIS and Mission Australia, the Oberon Neighbourhood Centre in Ross Street is hosting an information session on Early Intervention Support for children under seven. Among topics to be discussed are: what is NDIS Early Intervention, how can it help my child, who and how can it be accessed. Date is September 12 from 1.30 – 3pm. Parents, carers, educators and interested community members are welcome to attend. For further information please call Suzi on 0436616374
Work has commenced on the reconstruction of the road surface between Queen and Curtis Streets and reconstruction of the road shoulder between Curtis and Dillion Streets. In aligning the street kerbs, minor modifications to the existing stormwater inlet pits were required as part of the new kerb works. Bitumen spray sealing will be completed this week after which staff will remediate residential driveway entrances. 
Young Bathurst author Tracey Sorenson will be discussing her first novel “The Lucky Galah” at the Library tomorrow at 12.30pm. A free event and lunch is included. Ring or call into the library to reserve a spot.