Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 11 August 2016

I was delighted to attend the Oberon High School Education Week Assembly last week. The entertainment was a showcase of the unbelievable talent at the school. The enthusiasm of the students, Principal and staff is amazing and carries through to the student body. The guest speaker was OHS “Old Boy” Brian Cook who gave an inspirational address. I am certain Brian made an impression on the current students. If he is an example of the young people OHS has helped to equip for their futures over the years this makes me feel optimistic about where we are heading as a community. Brian finished his address with a very timely piece of advice and it was “beware of what you post on social media, the first thing a prospective employer checks when you apply for a job is your Facebook account”. As an employer of over one hundred people we should pass this advice on to our children and grandchildren.

Recipients of the 2016/17 Community Donations gathered at the Robert Hooper Community Centre last week to receive their cheques. Council allocated one of the biggest community donation budgets ever of $74,673 of both “in kind assistance” and cash to support community events, sports and community organisations, schools and various programs offered by external organisations such as the Western Region Academy of Sports, which is attended by Oberon’s young sports people. Fundraising for special projects and the day to day running of any organisation is becoming tougher all the time, it is with this in mind that Oberon Council feels it is so important to support as many organisations as we can within the community. Each of the villages is allocated $5,000 for a special project that will benefit that community. A full list of recipients can be seen in the Operational Plan 2016/17 or just ask at council we can get you a list printed up.

Last Friday was Genes for Genes Day, a morning tea was held at council. More than $300 has been collected in donations and almost in $200 in merchandise was raised to support gene research, well done to the staff who organised this event.

I must shower accolades on the Oberon SES who along with teams from Lithgow and Portland “rescued” buses and motorists who got into difficulties in the Jenolan Caves area after the snow event last week. We should not take for granted the dedication of these volunteers – where would we be without them.

At the time of writing this column, Tuesday August 9, no decision has yet been handed down in relation to the legal challenge against the forced amalgamation of Oberon and Bathurst Regional Council. For your interest, the Woollahra appeal against their adverse determination is scheduled to be heard on August 22/23.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz