Latest News for Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 12 October 2017

I have been reading with interest this week about the number of location errors popping up on “Google Maps”. A search for “Blue Mountains” has apparently been leading unsuspecting travellers to Dargan – this particular error has since been addressed. I have spoken with several residents of late who are experiencing similar issues i.e. the Google Maps App has been directing people onto their properties rather than to the destination they actually want. If you are impacted by a “maps mistake” there are steps you can take to remedy the situation. A Google spokesperson suggests users who see an error on Google Maps use the "Report a Problem" tool, found in the app's menu or at the bottom right corner of the map in browsers. The Sydney Morning Herald is collecting data on “map mistakes” so contacting this publication may be useful. 

A timely reminder from Member for Bathurst Paul Toole on the potential dangers of quad bikes. Mr. Toole has advised that SafeWork NSW is offering eligible farmers or farm workers two rebates of up to $1000 each to help improve quad bike safety by providing training, even a contribution toward a compliant safety helmet. So it would be worthwhile contacting Mr. Toole’s office in Howick St Bathurst or SafeWork NSW on 131050 for further information.

Council’s core service delivery includes roads rates and rubbish - as part of the 2017/18 Delivery Program from Monday 23 – Thursday 26 October there will be a kerbside bulky waste collection for residential properties that receive a weekly garbage service. This initiative is mainly to assist residents who would otherwise be unable to get bulky items to the waste facility themselves; we ask that items be stacked neatly on the footpath. For further information on which items will or will not be collected please contact council. Also commencing on October 19 a six month trial of an additional open day at both the Burraga and Black Springs Transfer stations – for new opening times please contact council. These initiatives are part of the generous programs around waste disposal in the Local Government Area which include free tip days and free tip vouchers for residents, free recycling and green waste disposal and on Saturday Oct 14 council is facilitating a free household chemical clean-up day.

I am currently making representation to PCYC in an attempt to procure activities in Oberon for our young folk, PCYC is a great organisation and I would like to see collaboration between it and council to promote services for the town. I will update on this when I can.

I attended the Oberon Junior Hockey Presentation Day last weekend and I would like to congratulate all players, committee and parents involved in this sport. A small club achieving great things, this appears to be the Oberon way…

Good luck to all students sitting for the HSC next week, an important time for you all. Once the exams are over you can concentrate on formals and “schoolies” holiday breaks before the serious business of what comes next. 

Condolences go to Vonda Voytilla and family on the recent passing of John.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz