LATEST NEWS FROM MAYOR KATHY SAJOWITZ - THURSDAY 01 APRIL 2021

Applications are now open for Oberon residents to apply for the NSW Government’s “Dine and Discover NSW” vouchers. All NSW residents over eighteen years will be eligible to apply for four $25 vouchers. Two of the vouchers can be used to dine out in participating cafes, bars or restaurants on Mondays - Thursdays (excluding public holidays) and two can be spent on entertainment and recreation such as live music and the arts seven days per week. Applications for the vouchers can be made through the Service NSW website.

The very popular Oberon Youth Council ‘How to Adult’ workshops are on again this year during Youth Week. Venue is the Black Springs Community Hall on April 17 and18. Several workshops have been organised that will benefit sixteen to twenty four year olds as they transition into adulthood, including  #moneyinmoneyout (tips on budgeting, superannuation and how to plan for the future); #wellbeing (presented by Lifeline); #feedyourface, (learn to cook a basic meal with a local professional) #vroomvroom (learn how to change a tyre and basic car maintenance skills) and #careeroptions - this session is scheduled for Saturday April 17 at the Black Springs Recreation Ground commencing at 1pm. Bookings are essential and are now open through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/how-to-adult-workshoptickets-145810977559 or hard copies are available at Council’s Administration Office and Oberon Library. These workshops are free and very worthwhile. Don’t wait.

Council’s gravel road network has suffered from the effects of the recent rain event causing localised damage, many roads will require grading. To take full advantage of the moist conditions this work to restore the travelling surface on our roads has already commenced. We ask that you drive carefully and exercise patience. The grading crews will be working as hard as possible but the work will take a little time to complete. Parks and Garden staff have currently been redirected from their normal duties to assist in dealing with the clean-up issues bought about by recent flooding. On the bright side the Oberon Dam level has risen to 41.6% capacity as at Friday March 26.

In 2017 council resolved five votes to three to apply to the NSW Department of Health seeking fluoridation of the Oberon reticulated water supply, approval was given in September 2018 in accordance with Section 6 of the Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies Act 1957 and fluoridation will commence from March 30 2021.

Daylight saving comes to an end at 3am on April 4 2021 Easter Sunday when clocks are turned back one hour.

Voting is compulsory in Australia so to be eligible to vote in the upcoming September 4 Local Government Elections you must be enrolled by July 26 2021, go to the NSW Electoral Commission Webpage for further information www.elections.nsw.gov.au Pre poll voting commences August 23 2021 - Oberon venue to be advised. To enable a postal vote you must register this request. This can be done online.

Councillors and staff will soon be presenting the 2021/22 Operational Plan and the subsequent Delivery Program, these two documents will speak to the Community Strategic Plan and demonstrate how your ratepayer dollars will be spent and on what projects for 2021/22. There will be public meetings in Oberon and the villages so watch for those dates.

Vacant Balfour and Curtis Street Independent Living Units are currently undergoing planned upgrades and Maintenance work before new tenants move in.  Tenancy of all Independent Living Units is managed by a committee comprising of a council staff member, a councillor, a medical professional and community representative. It is planned to complete the upgrades as quickly as possible.

On behalf of councillors and staff I would like to wish our community a Safe and Happy Easter, please take care on the roads if you are travelling remember double demerit points apply.