After recent experiences, when at one point the capacity of the Oberon Dam dropped to 8%, I believe all Oberon residents are conscious of the necessity to conserve water where possible. The days of hosing down driveways and running sprinklers at midday etc. are long past. For general information Level 1 Water restrictions commence when the dam level reaches between 40/50% and the General Manager has the delegated authority to instigate restrictions. With levels last week at 65.7% and no rain forecast at this point in time - we will be monitoring the situation closely and ensuring our community is aware of any possibility that restrictions may come into force in the future. As I previously stated the Oberon Community is "water wise" and have a responsible attitude when it comes to water use. The major industry in the town has a strong policy of water recycling which reduces demand.
Preparation work has commenced for the sealing of the new car park at the Oberon Common. Minor grading to level the carpark will be undertaken along with commencement of garden bed construction and the installation of a watering system, it is anticipated that the asphalt will be laid mid-April.
Oberon Community Transport will have a new home from Monday April 16. The organisation is relocating to the Robert Hooper Community Centre. Signage will be erected this week. Council continues to provide support for this important community function through funding the relocation expenses and office rental. All current clients of the service and volunteer drivers will receive notification of the move from the service provider “Live Better”.
Please pop into the Oberon Library next week and welcome our latest staff members Astrid and Samantha, we also welcome the new Community Services & Youth Coordinator - Ivy. Improved youth services are a high priority for the community and having a dedicated officer to identify and facilitate these needs will be a very beneficial I am certain. Speaking of our younger folk please come along and celebrate Youth Week at the Oberon Recreation Ground on Sunday 22 April from 1pm. There will be face painting, Zorba Soccer, jumping castle, bungee run, sausage sizzle, and local musicians will be providing entertainment around the ground. (Don’t forget to bring the children).
I would like to acknowledge and thank Lynn Agland who during a meeting last week presented Council with the first batch of several data bases listing the internments at the local cemeteries, this has been the result of many years work by Lynn assisted by Marjorie Armstrong, Lynn has written short books on the lives of some of Oberon’s more colourful characters, the data bases will be available to the public at some point in the future and the books will soon be catalogued into the local history collection at the library. I look forward to seeing more of Lynn’s work (including more stories) which has obviously been a passion of hers over many years and will benefit the Oberon community and family history researchers in the years to come.
Some of you may have seen Meg Lowe driving around town in a small trap harnessed to her miniature ponies, isn’t it great to see this spectacle enjoyed not only by our community but by our ever increasing number of visitors. Thank you Meg for adding interest and colour to our town.
Mayor Kathy Sajowitz