Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 11 May 2017

Both local police officers and members of the Chifley Area Command will be in Oberon to talk to the community on Thursday May 11. Please take this opportunity to raise issues, seek advice or just have a chat. The van will be located outside Council Administration Office from 11am. Thanks to everyone who celebrated Wear Orange Wednesday yesterday and showed their appreciation for the wonderful work the New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES) does on their behalf. Where would we be without this service I wonder? I recently wrote to Minister Toole to voice community concerns in relation to the new fleet of trains due to be operational by 2019 some of which will operate on the Blue Mountains Line. It is reported that the new trains worth $2.3billion are to be manufactured in South Korea but may not be fit for purpose as they will be too wide for the Blue Mountains Line, it has been further reported that tunnels, stations and track will need to be reengineered for the new trains to be used. The Minister has responded and confirmed that tunnel widening in some areas will need to take place but the Blue Mountains Line between Central and Lithgow will benefit from the new fleet of trains. Next week Council are meeting with Minister for Forestry, Lands and Gaming The Hon. Paul Toole and representatives of Forestry Corporation to discuss possible options to address implications and impact of heavy timber haulage on our local roads and the inequity of the current unrateable land (National Parks and Forestry) situation existing in our LGA. 

It was a pleasure to attend the St Ignatius Debutante Ball last week at the Oberon RSL Club. The Debs looked gorgeous and their partners looked great, can I say the “Dads” did well too. 

On Monday I hosted an informal briefing for community members thinking of nominating for a position on council in September. It was pleasing to see eight prospective Councillors attend with two people unable to come along but they have requested an alternate timeslot which I am happy to facilitate.  The feedback was good and I hope the interest shown translates into nominations. 

I note that May is Privacy Month an opportune time to think about what you post on social media before you post it, whether it be information or photographs it could affect someone else’s privacy or compromise your own. A good rule of thumb could be “if you cannot say it to their face don’t say it in cyberspace”.

Well done to the Oberon Hotshots Netball team on their recent win over Blayney, it’s never easy when you have to travel for every game. Oberon High School is also off to a good start against Canowindra in the Rural Cup Competition which is a three way contest between Oberon, Canowindra and Molong High Schools. The Rural Cup encompasses sport and academic challenges with the emphasis on sportsmanship and respect. Oberon is the current holder of the cup and enters round 2 against Molong in June. It’s great to see Oberon Public School focusing on creative arts this term from music to the “Operation Art” project – good luck in the State Competition. The creativeness of our young people is amazing.