Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 10 August 2017

A bit of a milestone, this is my one hundredth column since becoming Mayor. I hope the community finds them informative and readable.

Nominations have now closed for candidates in the upcoming Local Government Elections on September 9.  Postal voting forms can be downloaded from the votensw.info website and must be received by NSWEC by 5pm on September 4. Pre polling opens on August 28 and closes September 8. The pre polling booth will be located at the Robert Hooper Community Centre or NSW Electoral Commission Office located at 250 Howick Street, Bathurst.

Council allocated over $90,000 in community donations this year, a record amount. It is important to this council that it supports as many organisations as possible ensuring a vibrant social fabric within our community. I hope to see some great projects as a result.

The Heart Foundation is calling for volunteers to assist in this years “Big Heart Doorknock Appeal” to be held between Friday September 1 and Saturday September 30. The appeal aims to raise much needed funds for invaluable research projects. For further information please ring 02 9219 2411.

All ratepayers will have received the annual allocation of four free tip vouchers along with their rate notices. The opportunity to receive your rate notice electronically is now available, for your convenience a flyer explaining the process was included with the rate notice along with information from the Valuer General on the recent increase in land values.

As a result of a good response from participants in the recent E-Workshops aimed at growing small business facilitated by council and OBTA, we have decided to hold a second session. Mr. Russell Meadley from Central NSW Business Enterprise Centre will be visiting businesses in Oberon to survey what type of workshop would be most beneficial to future participants. We will then assess the results and go from there.

Upper Macquarie County Council (UMCC) have recently undertaken aerial spraying, I spoke to our own local Weeds Officer Jill O’Grady who stated that “I've enjoyed helping landowners control large, heavy weed infestations using aerial spraying in areas that are difficult to get to or through.  It's also been helpful to use my mapping system to measure the area of infestation to provide an estimated cost which gives landowners peace of mind moving forward with their weed control programs”. Oberon Council contributes around $130,000 pa as a constituent council of UMCC it is good to see tangible results.

The Oberon Youth Council (OYC) is calling for expressions of interest from community, business and organisations who may be interested in participating in their Youth Hobby Expo to be held on Sunday 3 December 2017. If you have an interest or hobby that you think 12-25 year olds may be interested in, please complete an expression of interest slip that can be found at Council’s Administration Reception and at the Library.

As part of the LIRS program projected roads for upgrade this month are Hanrahan Road, Steels Lane, Cranfield Road and Bastard Point Road. Maintenance grading during August will focus on Black Bullock, Gingkin, Mozart, Beaconsfield and Faugha-Ballaugha Roads. Staff will be undertaking drainage works and vegetation control along the Mount David Road over the next week. Routine vegetation control along the verge of the Duckmaloi Road including removal of minor trees, limbs and scrubby vegetation was the objective of a recent project which has resulted in a vast improvement to safety along this road. A busy time indeed.