Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 1 February 2018

It was amazing to see over 250 community members at the Australia Day celebrations last Friday. The event was a huge success with everyone enjoying the company of our Australia Day Ambassador Sam Cawthorn and his family. Sam was inspiring. Our guests Paul Toole and Jim Snelson CEO of Borg Panels our sponsor, were also in attendance. Congratulations to not only our award winners but all nominees, to be acknowledged and recognised by your community is a great achievement. I must thank Brian and Sandy Harman for allowing us to hold the “meet and greet” event at their spectacular property McKeown’s Rest on Thursday 25 January 2018. Well done to the Australia Day Committee led ably by Sharon Swannell and all who assisted to make Australia Day 2018 a wonderful event. Thanks also to the Oberon Men’s Shed who helped with the heavy lifting of setting up the Showground Hall and the Oberon Heritage and Collectors Club for displaying your Vintage Cars at the Showground. Special thanks to Hamish Keith from Mayfield Garden who hosted Sam and his family on a private tour after the official ceremony. I know Sam’s children particularly enjoyed the maze. The whole event showcased Oberon at it very best. Lastly thank you to our local businesses for getting into the Australia Day spirit and decorating their windows, the winner of the competition was Kringle Cottage. A day to remember and enjoyed by all. 

There seems to be some confusion around Council’s position on fluoridation. After being misquoted in some media organisations, I feel I need to clarify the situation. I can advise that Oberon Council resolved in 2014 not to add fluoride to the town water supply. At this point in time this is still the Council position. Late last year the NSW Minister for Health requested that Council consider revisiting their position. This request was supported by the Oberon Health Council and a number of community members. At the December 2017 Council Meeting, it was resolved to seek evidence based information from relevant qualified professionals from both sides of the debate to present to Councillors. Based upon that information an informed decision will be taken over the coming months as to whether a review of the original determination is warranted or not. After investigation to the best of my knowledge there are no plans by the NSW Premier to enforce fluoridation of any council water supply, this decision currently remains with local councils.

It would appear that motorists across NSW still are not heeding the messages. Almost 50,000 motorists were booked by the police for mobile phone use in vehicles during 2017. They paid $13.4 million in fines. In our region (Chifley) police booked 128 drivers, with fines totaling $42,147. Police are again warning of the dangers of motorists being distracted while driving, stating that the problem appears to be worse in towns than on the open road. The only time a driver can even hold a mobile phone is to pass it to a passenger to answer it. The AMA has put forward a proposal which includes disqualifying L-plate and P-plate drivers for up to 12 months if they were caught using mobile phones. We should all think twice before putting ourselves or other motorists at risk. 

The Oberon Farmers Markets resume for 2018 this Saturday 3 February.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz