Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 11 January 2018

I would like to take this opportunity to wish the Oberon Community a safe, healthy and happy New Year. There are many exciting things happening during 2018 so I encourage everyone to check the community events calendar on the Oberon Council webpage often and if you represent a community organisation, feel free to add your own event.  

Oberon’s Australia Day Ambassador for 2018 is Sam Cawthorn, a remarkable young man who has overcome adversity and now inspires others. An author and motivational speaker, Sam works with children and young adults with disabilities especially in the developing world. Sam himself was involved in a car accident in 2006 losing an arm (he can do amazing things with his bionic arm) also leaving him with a permanent disability in one leg. Advised he may not survive the experience and if he did would probably never walk again, Sam set about defying the odds and now inspires many all over the world to not “bounce back” but “bounce forward” through difficult times. Sam was the 2015 Young Australian of the Year. Australia Day, sponsored by Oberon Council and Borg Manufacturing, will be celebrated on Friday 26 January 2018 at the Oberon Showground commencing with the traditional breakfast at 9am with the official program commencing at 10am. To add interest, a display of vintage vehicles will be on display – so I invite you all to please join us. 

The Oberon Show is on Saturday 10 February 2018. Our busy and innovative show committee continue to come up with fresh new events to keep our local show vibrant. Then on Sunday 11 January 2018 is the hugely popular annual Oberon Swap Meet. The Steam and Vintage Fair will not be staged this year but will be back bigger and better in 2019. However the Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway will be hosting a festival weekend in March that will feature not only rail heritage but steam engines as well.

Member for Bathurst The Hon. Paul Toole MP recently announced $62000 in successful funding applications for the Oberon Golf Club, The Oberon Mens Shed, Oberon RSL Sub Branch and includes $14800 to Oberon Rotary Club to upgrade the Rotary Lookout and to ensure it is disability friendly. The Oberon RSL Club has also been successful in a grant application through “Club Grants” for $160000 in funding to replace the bowls green. Paul Toole visited Oberon on Tuesday to announce the funding and enjoyed a few ends of bowls and lunch with the Management of the RSL Club and myself before going on to meet with representatives of the Golf Club, RSL Sub Branch and Oberon Rotary. It is great to see some good funding from the NSW Government coming to the town and we thank Paul Toole for his ongoing support in growing community capital in Oberon.

Applications open in January for the “Active Kids Rebate.” Parents can now claim up to $100 per school aged child per year in the form of a voucher to assist with the cost of things like sports registrations, fees, after school or weekend sport and active recreational activities. For more information or to download a voucher visit www.sport.nsw.gov.au/sectordevelopment/activekids. This is a great NSW Government initiative and I encourage you to spread the word around the community to maximise the opportunity. 

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz