Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 1 March 2018

Do you know a local senior deserving of a nomination in the 2018 NSW Seniors Festival Local Achievement Awards? I am sure you do. This year the awards are part of the special 60th Anniversary celebrations of the festival. Nominations are open from February 20 until March 29.  These NSW Government Awards are a worthwhile way to showcase the contributions of seniors living in our region. Seniors make a real difference to local families, recreational groups, businesses and organisations, and we should be acknowledging them.  I am sure everyone knows an older person who deserves to be recognised, so I encourage you to nominate them and show them how much they are appreciated for all they do.  Award recipients will be announced on April 10. For further details contact Minister Paul Toole’s Bathurst Electorate office on 6332 1300 or contact by email bathurst@parliament.nsw.gov.au

I was dismayed to read that Oberon Correctional Centre may lose four staff under the planned new staff benchmarking formula soon to be implemented. Bathurst, Lithgow and Kirkconnell Correctional Centres are also flagged for significant staff cuts. A spokesperson stated that “benchmarking will result in staffing changes at each of the centres, however around 68 new positions will be created by the $110 million major expansion at the Bathurst facility” I have concerns that the hugely successful Gurnang Life Challenge Program conducted at the Oberon Correctional Facility may be affected – this program is amazing and any cuts to it caused by staff cuts would be a backward step in the rehabilitation of young offenders. 

The 2018 flu season will fast be upon us, after a bad season in 2017 the Commonwealth Government is offering free flu shots for children between 6 months and 5 years of age, seniors and those suffering from chronic illness. The free vaccinations will be available from GP’s in April and will cover four strains of influenza virus, two A strains and two B strains.

Upper Macquarie County Council have had to delay their aerial weed spraying program due to the prolonged dry spell of late, hopefully the very welcome rainfall we experienced last weekend will assist. 

The rain did not deter the group of 25 very enthusiastic young people and adults who swam approximately 2100 laps of the Oberon Pool in last weekend’s “swimathon” raising around $2107 on the day with pledges still to be collected for the NSW Cancer Council. The event was initiated by our pool staff Kathy, Sharon and the team in an effort to encourage our community to not only realise the benefits of swimming but to use the pool more often. Thanks to the staff for their commitment and the participants who donated a few hours of their weekend for a great cause. It made me feel quite tired watching them – did I ever have that much energy – sigh!! The aqua aerobics girls joined in and looked quite fetching in their frilly shower caps.

Tickets are still available for my International Women’s Day Lunch on March 8 at the Community Centre commencing at 12pm. Please call Tamara Greenhalgh on 6329 8157 or myself on 0428543693. I would love to see you there. Our keynote speaker is Nyree Reynolds. 

Don’t forget the Oberon Farmers Market this Saturday at the Oberon Showground.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz