Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 10 March 2016

Nectar Farms hosted their first community consultation meeting at the Oberon RSL last week, approximately 40 residents attended to either gain more information or voice concerns. Ian Nicholls from Nectar Farms spoke to all residents with concerns. Council will be having a pre DA lodgement meeting with Nectar this week, it is envisioned the DA will be lodged soon after. At that point neighbour notifications will be issued and normal planning procedures will ensue.  Construction is scheduled to commence in July this year. 

You may recall I have been lobbying the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure – The Hon Andrew Constance for an Opal Card Kiosk either in Oberon or at Mt Victoria Station where the Oberon Country Link Bus Service joins the City Rail Network. I am pleased to advise the Minster has considered the situation and a kiosk is now available at the General Store at Mt Victoria, this will save Oberon residents who do not wish to transact business online, from having to travel to either Bathurst or Lithgow to buy or top up the card. I also see this as a benefit to residents of Mt Victoria who previously had to travel to Lithgow or Blackheath for this service. 

I had the pleasure of hosting Mrs Helen Hooper, her family and close friends to the unveiling of a dedication to the Late Robert (Bob) Hooper for whom the Community Centre is named. To ensure newcomers to the area and the younger generation know the history behind the naming of the Bob Hooper Community Centre, a photograph and short summary of Bobs 41 year’s service to the Oberon community now hangs in the foyer of the facility. 

Well done to the students of Oberon Public School on winning so many prizes for their entries into the fruit and vegetable section of the Oberon Show, vegetables were grown from seed in the school garden transplanted out nurtured and harvested by the students. So many benefits with this project.

Its “lights off and brights on” day at St Josephs today, minimal electricity will be used and bright clothing worn by students and staff therefore reducing the schools carbon footprint for the day – imagine if every household in the country devoted one day to an undertaking like this....

Don’t forget Council 356 Donation applications are now open for 2016/17. The closing date is March 29 application forms are available either online, at Council Admin Centre or from the Library. Over 45 organisations received funding or in kind contributions for 2015/16 projects. This is one of the ways Oberon Council supports the community, so if you have a worthwhile project this year, why not think about applying. If you received a donation last year please remember you need to acquit that funding in writing to be eligible again this year. 

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz