I am hopeful that Deputy Premier and Leader of the NSW National Party the Hon John Barilaro will soon respond to several invitations I have issued for him to visit Oberon and discuss current concerns. I am expecting a visit from the NSW Shooter, Fishers and Farmers representatives in the near future. Meanwhile I continue to have productive dialogue with Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee on a variety of issues.
At the time of writing this column (Monday 28 November) there is no news to report on the forced amalgamation legal challenge, we are still awaiting the Woollahra Determination to be handed down, after which Oberon and Cabonne Councils have seven days to then consider their own appeal direction.
I can report that due to the ending of Gary Wallace’s twelve month tenure in the role of Acting General Manager, Oberon Council has now appointed Director of Finance & Community Services Lynette Safranek to the position. Lynette will continue on with the great work Gary has done over the past year during what can only be described as challenging times for Oberon Council. Despite this council has approved one of the biggest budgets in its history and is working hard to progress the projects and programs highlighted in its operational plan and delivery program. I and other councillors look forward to working with Lynette and keeping up the momentum for council moving forward.
Road maintenance and repair continue to be a priority after recent weather events, works are also progressing on Dogs Rock Road, Carlwood Road and the major project on Abercrombie Road is progressing ahead of schedule. This project will greatly improve the safety on that stretch of road.
I was kindly invited by OBTA to attend the Oberon Business Awards last Friday evening; I would like congratulate all the nominees and award winners. The evening was well attended and the organising committee did a great job. Without sponsors this event would not happen and I was delighted by the generous support given to the event by various Oberon Businesses and Organisations. Business Awards allow recognition and acknowledgement of small businesses and their people who go above and beyond to ensure an exceptional customer service experience.
I am looking forward to attending the end of year presentation events at our local schools, I really enjoy interacting with our young people, who will all be looking forward to the holidays I am sure. I will see many of you at the Oberon High School “Audacious 80’s” Showcase on Tuesday December 6 commencing 7pm at the High School, tickets available at school office.
Along with the Friends of the Oberon Library, council is happy to support the Oberon Writers Workshop project “The Oberon Writers Anthology”. If you live, work or are active in the Oberon Community you are invited to submit your written work for possible inclusion into the collection. Writers of all genres will be considered. For enquiries and guidelines contact Anne Russell on 0429 380 550.
The Oberon Farmers Market are holding a Christmas Market on Saturday December 3 at the St Barnabas Church grounds, last market for 2016 so pop along and support our local folk.
Last but not least get the imagination working, dust off the Christmas lights and the blow up Santa, its again time for the OBTA Christmas Lights Competition, more details will be released by OBTA in the near future