Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - 5 July 2018

On behalf of council I would like to congratulate Oberon resident David Young on his new role as General Manager of Upper Macquarie County Council (UMCC) Weed Authority, an organisation responsible for weed biosecurity in the Oberon, Bathurst, Blayney and Lithgow council areas. Many of you will know David from his role as Chair of the Oberon Health Council. I wish David good luck in his challenging new role.

It is exciting to see the new OBTA website visitoberon.com up and running, I urge you all to take a peek at the new site, viewing will assist it rate well in the google rankings. If you are a business owner and have your own Webpage/Facebook page why not link it to visitoberon.com. If you need assistance to do this you can contact Julie Stott at the Visitor Information Centre on 6329 8210.

The Oberon Health Council supported by Oberon Council is hosting a drought support talk for rural women themed “Waiting for the Dust to Settle" to be held on Tuesday 17 July commencing at 10.30am at the Robert Hooper Community Centre. Child minding options are available.  Bookings are now being taken by Elaine Boxer who can be contacted on 6336 0441 or email boxerelaine@gmail.com. If you know someone who may benefit from some support please pass this information on to them. 
Congratulations are in order for Glen Stewart the new president of Oberon Rotary Club. Many will know Glen from the Commonwealth Bank and his other volunteer roles within the community. I was lucky enough to be able to attend Glen’s investiture last week and I wish him a successful year following on from all the great work done by past President Brenda Lyon and her committee. 

Oberon once again punched well above its weight last week at the Regional Waste 2 Art Competition hosted this year by Narromine Council. The twelve Oberon artists who were successful in their categories at the local competition went on to compete at the regional level. From the twelve works seven were awarded prizes. Mikaela Piper was named overall award winner for this year’s medium “polystyrene” for her entry “White Elephant”. Congratulations everyone. 
Along with Councillors Kellam and Capel I recently attended the graduation of the 325th intake of young offenders who successfully completed the Gurnang Life Challenge at the Shooters Hill Correctional Centre. Ten young men completed the program this intake. I have previously expressed some concern that with staff restructures within NSW Corrections that this very successful program may have been at risk but I have received a letter from Minister Elliot’s Office assuring me that will not be the case.

One for the diary, Council is planning to host an Oberon Family Bike Ride along the five kilometre cycleway that runs parallel to Lowes Mount Road. This event will be held in September.  I know this sounds a long way off to be planning but hey…it’s already July. Look out for further information!  

It was great to attend Black Springs Public School’s end of term assembly this week, a small school with a big heart….it is always a pleasure to go out and say hi to the students.

The opening of the Oberon Craft Shop in Ross Street was very well attended last Saturday, I encourage you to pop in and see just what is on offer – the craft shop shares the space with the saddlery which has a very interesting wagon on display. 
Don’t forget the Oberon Farmers Market this Saturday, forecast is cool but fine so come along and support local producers and organisations.