Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 15 September 2016

Still no news to report on the legal challenge undertaken by Oberon Council against the forced amalgamation proposal put forward by Minister Toole. We await the determination in the Land and Environment Court. The Oberon Anti Amalgamation Group held a “vote 1 for Democracy” mock local election last Saturday morning. As Oberon Council is under a merger proposal the Minister decreed we could not participate in the scheduled Local Government Elections held for many other council areas across the state.  I would like to thank the group and the many members of the community who braved the wet weather to reiterate their position on forced amalgamations.  To know we have the overwhelming support of the community is important for council as we continue to fight the undemocratic forced amalgamation process through the court.

I am pleased to advise you will soon be able to purchase or top up your existing Opal Card in Oberon. Arrows Newsagency has recently been appointed as an Opal Card Agent. It is odd that you cannot purchase an Opal Card or top up at railway stations. I have often wondered why this is, as every other country I have visited using a similar travel card has this facility available at stations and bus terminals. I think I might have worked it out -  the NSW State Government may have deliberately set the system up as a separate entity within Transport NSW in case it decides in the future  to “sell it off” to private enterprise.

If you are looking for a JP be aware that if you pop into the Council Administration Building, there are two JP’s on staff or alternately there is a staff member at the Visitor Information Centre who can also assist.

One positive outcome of all the recent wet weather is the fact that the dam is 83.6% full and looking spectacular. You can explore the waterway by canoe or kayak launching from the Reef Reserve. The Visitor Information Centre in Ross Street can supply more information. 

To the persons unknown who dumped a pile of asbestos waste on Kanangra Walls Road last week – shame on you. If you have any information on who may have done this please contact the Oberon Police.

Have you noticed the work being carried out in Talley’s Lane behind the Library; this area is being prepared for a new car park. The extension of the Library to join the Community Centre as part of the Community Hub project is underway with plans currently being drawn up, this project will be funded from NSW State Library, council contribution and a Federal Government grant of $100,000 committed by Andrew Gee pre his election as Federal Member for Calare. Once the plans have been approved by council they will be placed on public exhibition and it is envisioned the project will commence around the end of the year or early 2017.

Our thanks to the Daffodil Fairies who along with Council staff have been working hard at Apex Park for the community’s benefit and enjoyment. The park looks great.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz