Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 13 April 2017

The giveaway sign on Dudley Street at the corner of Edith Road has been replaced with a STOP sign. Please be aware of this, the change was initiated in collaboration with the RMS in an attempt to address the issues around accidents and near misses prevalent at the intersection.

I have received several enquiries in response to my article in last week’s issue of the Oberon Review inviting residents who may be interested in nominating for a seat on Council at the September Local Government Elections, to a round table chat to answer any questions in reference to what is involved in being an Elected Representative. A date will be decided after Easter, so still time to ring Sharon Swannell 6329 8151 and register your interest. There is no obligation involved just information that may assist with the decision to nominate or not.

Council will be holding public meetings both in town and in the villages after Easter; the purpose is to engage the community in discussion regarding the Operational/Delivery Plan for 2017/18. We need community input to give us direction on expectations and concerns or even just to say “yes you are meeting our needs”. This is your opportunity to speak with councillors and staff on issues affecting you personally or your community. The meetings commence in Oberon at the Community Centre on April 20, O’ Connell Hotel on April 26, Burraga Sport & Recreation Club on May 1 and Black Springs Hall May 3. All meetings will commence at 6.30pm. Further information will be published in Oberon Review on Council Webpage and Face Book Page.

On March 26 more than one hundred tube stock trees were planted at Hassall Park in O’ Connell by over twenty willing volunteers. These trees including River She Oaks, Ribbon Gum, River Bottlebrush and Wattles have been planted to replace the invasive willows currently being removed from the area therefore improving the water quality of the Fish River and restoring the habitat of the endangered Booroolong Frog. This initiative has been funded by Central West Councils Waterways and Environment Alliance of which Oberon is a member. Volunteers to assist with the community tree planting days across the Central West are always welcome, for further information a link to the Alliance can be found on council’s website.

Work will shortly commence on the new Abercrombie Bridge Project, this project is a collaboration between Oberon and Upper Lachlan Councils and the NSW Govt through the National Parks & Wildlife Service. Work is scheduled to commence around Mid-May and will cause minimal traffic impediment.

I take this opportunity to wish the Oberon Community a very happy and safe Easter, I am sure the Easter Bunny will find you wherever you might be, I certainly hope he finds me….Mmm chocolate one of life’s pleasures - such a comfort food. With the school holidays already underway there are many tourists in town enjoying everything Oberon and the region has to offer, let’s make them welcome, remember every tourist is a potential resident.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz