Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 14 June 2018

At an upcoming meeting with Forestry Corp we will be discussing ways to address illegal dumping in forests, which appears to be on the increase. Oberon Council has fairly generous waste facility incentives in place such as free tip days and a free voucher system for residents. I ask the few perpetrators to act responsibly and think twice before indiscriminately dumping rubbish in any of the forests around the LGA, someone has to clean this up after you.

The new Crown Land Management Act comes into effect on July 1 2018; some of the changes will result in councils/communities being able to apply for ownership of Crown Land in their shires. As a starting point Oberon Council will be conducting an audit of all Crown Land in the LGA.

Columbia Homes are hosting a Dementia Information Session at the Oberon Village on June 28 commencing at 11am, please contact the Village on 6391000 by June 25 if you would like to attend.

Today, Thursday June 14 council are hosting a morning tea at the Oberon Library commencing at 11am to recognise the amazing contribution Lynn Agland and her committee have made to ensure information on internments at our local cemeteries is accurate and documented. During the course of this work Lynn has written several historical accounts of the lives of some of our "colorful and interesting" past residents, these accounts have been printed and bound ready to be catalogued into the local history collection at the library.

A consultation meeting to discuss the new Skate Park precinct will be held at 10am Saturday 16 June at the Robert Hooper Community Centre. John Gray (Australian Skateboarding Champion) will be at the meeting to hear from the future users and others as to what they would like to have included within the final design. Further community consultation will shortly commence in relation to the precinct. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Continuing next week grading, culvert replacement and bitumen repairs will continue at the intersection of Foleys Creek Road and Beaconsfield Road

This week the 2108 local Waste 2 Art winners progressed to the Regional Competition, I am sure I speak for the whole of the community in wishing all participants the very best of luck in Narromine.

Disappointing to read that the Oberon District Museum is in "caretaker" mode, this is a loss to the town. I note one of the reasons given was that "the committee was required to pay full council rates" but what the article failed to mention was that council have provided substantial rate relief over several years to this and other similar organisations through the 356 Financial Assistance Program. Council supports several organisations in this way in appreciation for the contribution made by them to the community and is happy to do so. To hear that the committee is not accepting any new members despite genuine offers of assistance is also disappointing but ultimately a decision for the organisation to make.

Still a few days to go if you have not yet advised council of your position on the fluoride issue, in keeping with the current resolution the matter will come before council for determination at the July meeting. Emails, feedback forms and letters are all options open to you and all correspondence is logged and recorded then forwarded to all councillors for information.