Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 14 July 2016

As of today July 11, no judgement has been handed down in relation to the legal challenge mounted by Oberon/Cabonne/Others against the validity of the merger process currently being pursued by the Minister for Local Government Paul Toole.

I was pleased to be invited to attend the 44th Changeover Lunch of the Oberon Inner Wheel Club last Saturday. Amongst the guests was Mrs Helen Hooper who was at the organisations inauguration forty four years ago. To be with an organisation giving of oneself for so long is amazing. Thanks to the outgoing committee members who have worked hard all year to support nominated projects and congratulations to Charmayne Hogan and her incoming committee. I wish them a productive 2016/17 term of office.

Another pleasurable duty for me this week was to officiate and confer Australian Citizenship on six new Australian Citizens at a ceremony held at Council. I offer my congratulations and say welcome to the Australian “family” The ceremony was followed by afternoon tea and a chat. My thanks to the Oberon Rotary Club, who presented the new citizens with an Australian native shrub in commemoration of the occasion.

I hope many of you have taken the opportunity to look at the Oberon High School NAIDOC Week display at the Library, if not I encourage you to pop in.

Has your home been checked for Loose Fill asbestos?

I’m sure most of us have read or seen on TV over the last twelve months the issues that Mr Fluffy has caused in Canberra. Mr Fluffy refers to the loose fill asbestos used for insulation before it was banned in the 1980’s.  It has been found in houses across NSW and the ACT, and is lying dormant in an unknown number of properties. Mr Fluffy was also sold in bags for self-installation and this means that some properties may have had loose filled asbestos installed after the product was banned in 1980 by unknowing home owners. So the good news is that the NSW State Government has moved to assist owners that are affected in NSW and you have until 1st August to register for a free property check, this property check is available for homeowners of properties built in 1980 or before. Even if you are not sure when your home was built please register for a check, to do so after 1st August 2016 will cost you some dollars. The NSW government has advised that 100 free testings have been allocated to Oberon.

You can find out more and register at loosefillasbestos.nsw.gov.au or by calling 13 77 88.  The important message is to be proactive; it is in the best interests of the health of yourself, family, tenants, tradies and any future purchaser of your property. If your home was built around the 1980’s or before you will soon need to supply a clearance certificate before you can sell it. The NSW Government’s assistance program is your chance to protect yourself from the financial consequences of loose-fill asbestos and I encourage you to register for the free sample test if you’re not sure when your property was built.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz