Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - 30 August 2018

Vietnam Veterans were honored at the annual Vietnam Veterans Memorial Service held in Bathurst.  Despite the bad weather the Canobolas Highland Pipe Band headed the well-attended parade. Madison Tasker sang ‘Only 19’ during the service a song with special significance for Oberon Veteran Bill Wilcox. For many years this particular group of returned service men and women had to struggle for the recognition they deserved and it must be rewarding that this recognition in now well established.

At the recent Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS) annual presentation, two local athletes were amongst the award winners – Rugby Sevens athlete Jakiya Whitfield from O’Connell was named “WRAS Athlete of the Year” and Kalinda Robinson a cycling athlete also from O’Connell was awarded a Strength and Conditioning Award. Congratulations to these two young women who worked incredibly hard to achieve such prestigious results. Oberon Council financially supports the Academy and it’s great to see our young people benefitting.

Last week the Federal Government announced it would boost the Drought Communities Program and provide support of $1 million to six more eligible Councils in 2018-19. Oberon Council is one of the six councils eligible to apply for this extended funding program which is for local infrastructure projects and other drought relief activities. Councils have flexibility to select projects that best suit their community needs which support local employment, local businesses and drought relief activities. Oberon Council is considering suitable community projects that meet the criteria. 

As part of Oberon Outdoor Week we are holding a Fishing Tournament “The Redfin Roundup” at the Oberon Dam. Date September 29 commencing at 8am. Open to all ages, entry fee is a gold coin donation; the event will coincide with the opening of the primitive camping area at the Reef Reserve. You can sign up for the “Roundup” at the Visitors Information Centre 6329 8210.

It was very welcome news from Premier Berejiklian that Library Funding would be boosted by $60 million across NSW. All councils will be receiving a 40 – 50% increase in funding by 2022/23. Of course the devil is always in the detail and I await the supporting documentation but this recognition of the value of our libraries is encouraging. 

At the August Council Meeting we welcomed Dr David Goldney who spoke about the Great Western Walk project, a proposed 160km track beginning at the Nepean River and finishing at the Flag Staff on the Bathurst Plains and following as closely as possible the Cox’s Road. It is envisioned that this walk will become one of the Great Walks of the World which can be walked either in stages or in its entirety. Council is happy to support this exciting concept. Section five will pass through the Oberon LGA for 21.8 kms. 

On September 6 we are celebrating Women’s Health Week by hosting a Prescription for Prevention Talk and morning tea at the Community Centre. Topics such as how to prevent common diseases with lifestyle choices will be presented by Oberon Pharmacy’s Allison O’Driscoll & Jennifer Precians commencing at 10.30am. Morning tea will be served and a limited number of free gift bags will be available. 

$100000 in grant funding has been received from the Heritage Near Me Funding Stream for an O’Connell Earth Buildings project. This means that critical repairs to Lindlegreen Barn will now be possible. The grant also includes the creation of an Earthen Building Heritage Trail with interpretive signage and a “hands on” education weekend for interested people wanting to learn some basic earth building repair skills.

Senator Kristina Keneally will be popping into Oberon this weekend whilst in the Central West. It is pleasing that politicians of all persuasions are taking an interest in our town. If you would like to say hi to Kristina we will be at the Long Arm Farm Cafe on Saturday morning for breakfast.