LATEST NEWS FROM MAYOR KATHY SAJOWITZ - THURSDAY 11 JUNE 2020

The Jenolan Caves Historical & Preservation Society needs your vote! The Society has been nominated for an Essential Energy Community Choices Program Grant and if successful the funds will be used to cover costs to move the archive collection which is offsite due to the Five Mile Road closure, floods & COVID-19 restrictions - and they need to pay removalists to return them. Any funds left over after this may be put towards a roof sprinkler system. Success will be by popular vote the more votes received the higher the funding. To vote – log on to https://voting.essentialenergy.good2givegrants.org/  Enter ‘7’ in the Zone field. Choose the Jenolan Society from the drop-down list of groups. Fill in your email address and then click on ‘Vote’. Voting closes Thursday 18 June 5pm. One vote per email address per day. 

Local Bus Company, Fenton’s have commenced operation of the new Oberon – Tarana Bus Service. The bus departs Oberon at 7.15am each morning from the Fleming Street bus stop. This meets the second Bullet departing Tarana at 8.12am. The bus will meet the returning train Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 6.14pm and Wednesday at 7.05pm. There is no weekend service at this stage. The trip costs $5.00 for adults, $2.50 for children under sixteen each way. Pensioners and Concession card holders are $2.50 return. The service is cash only at this point in time, correct change is appreciated. It is hoped that the service will be well patronised – we need to use it we do not want to lose it.  

I met with Member for Calare Andrew Gee last week who advised that Oberon had been allocated $548,514 from the Federal Local Roads and Infrastructure Program, this funding is very welcome and will allow council to accelerate its road matrix program for 2020/21. I would like to thank Andrew for his ongoing support of our community. 

Please check out the Oberon Council or Visitor Information Centre Facebook page and have a look at the first of a series of short videos promoting the “We Want you Back” tourism campaign, this first video features Meg Low and her miniature horses Chip and Posie. Great job Meg, thank you. 

Minor internal and external upgrade works on Cook Street toilet block are now complete. Works included new guttering, new toilet doors & locks, replacement of damaged floor and wall tiles, securing of the service bay door, replacement of damaged mirrors and repairs to the existing skylight. 

Council has received a Regional Tourism Bushfire Grant of $30000 to expand the annual Oberon Outdoor Week event scheduled for November this year. The traditional “Outdoor Week” will become “Outdoor Festival” for 2020. This is exciting and will build visitation to the area. 

The May 2020 average daily water consumption for the Oberon township was 1.76ML, this was an increase on April 2020 average daily usage of 1.68ML but a decrease on the May 2019 usage of 1.89ML. The dam level continues to fall slightly and as at Tuesday June 9 was 24.2%

I have been advised that the closing date for the $10000 COVID-19 Small Business Grant program has been extended until June 30. Further information can be sourced from www.service.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

It was good to see so many visitors in town over the long weekend; I am advised that in the main visitors followed the “rules” as set down by NSW Health with the police reporting very few exceptions. This is good news for our local businesses.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz