Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - 7 June 2018

Last week council hosted an afternoon tea and welcomed Local Member Paul Toole who as part of Volunteers Week acknowledged the contribution made by Janet Clayton and June Evans to their community. This recognition was well deserved and to June and Janet – and every other volunteer that works selflessly for the greater good, can I say “well done”. 

The warmer than usual autumn weather appears to have come and gone and with the onset of winter, leaves have been dropping rapidly. Parks and Garden Staff have been busy cleaning many streets of leaf litter. Due to the lack of rainfall, watering of recreation grounds and many trees’ both in Oberon and the outer village areas is continuing for the time being. Staff has also carried out road reserve clearing in the O’Connell area removing dead timber and unruly undergrowth. 

It was pleasing to see so many community members attending the CSP engagement meetings in Oberon and the villages. This supports council’s intention to formulate Village Plans during 2018/19. The Village Plan will sit under the overall Community Strategic Plan and community involvement will feature strongly. Who better to know what the villages need and envision for the future than the people that actually live there. 

Due to end of financial year deadlines that staff are required to meet and the sheer volume of information and responses received by councillors in relation to the fluoride issue, the matter will now come before council for decision in July. This is in keeping with the recommendation “that the matter comes before council for determination in June or July”. 

Last week council hosted a Biggest Morning Tea Bake Off at the Oberon Library. The community were invited to attend and show off their baking skills. Barbara Coleman had the difficult task of blind judging the entries with the overall winner being Astrid our Library Manager and best of all we then ate all the entries….yum!! Rhonda Elms won the lucky door prize.  A total of $375.85 was raised which will be forwarded in the communities name to the Cancer Council. Thank you everyone.

Last week Oberon Business and Tourism Association hosted a preview for members of their new website www.visitoberon.com The website has been developed by a subcommittee of OBTA with a fresh new look for Oberon and is now up and running. Its full of useful information for visitors about tourism and business opportunities in the Oberon area. Well done to the OBTA website committee, I look forward to the official launch in the near future.

Last Monday, Council along with OBTA and Central NSW Business HQ hosted an introduction to social media workshop for local businesses. The workshop was attended by twelve local business owners who all took away some valuable information to implement in their own businesses. An Advanced Social Media Workshop is planned for the near future.

Coming soon to the Oberon Library is a talk by Author Noel Braun. Noel is an advocate for suicide awareness and prevention will be at the Library, on Thursday 21 June at 6.00pm. Come along and hear about Noel's most recent book "I Guess I'll Just Keep on Walking", a sequel to his earlier book “This Day Was Made for Walking”.