Arrangements for the community celebration to mark Oberon retaining its independence are gaining momentum. The festivities are planned for 12 - 4pm Saturday 25 March 2017 at the Oberon Common. The day is sponsored by Oberon Council, with many of our local businesses and community groups contributing. We have Tigers coach Luke Brannigan and senior players coming along to run a passing competition. Mickey Pye and some of his students will be performing for your entertainment supported by some of your local favourites. There will be lots of giveaways, refreshments and free children’s activities such as face painting, a jumping castle and a “match the face to a name” competition. The Oberon Youth Council will begin the day at 10am with a two or five km fun run (or walk). So please put this date in your diary.
Work continues on the construction of the garden bed in front of the new picnic shelters at the Oberon Common. When completed, it will be commemorated as a memorial to the late Mayor John McMahon who served over 40 years on Council.
The Inaugural Mayors International Women’s Day lunch was held last week and was a huge success. Over 50 Oberon women attended the lunch and enjoyed the keynote speaker Melanie Pearce from ABC Central West. Proceeds raised from the purchase of a purple ribbon and the sale of raffle tickets which amounted to $240, will be sent to UNIFEM Australia on behalf of the women of Oberon which was this year’s nominated charity. I would like to say a special thank you to all who supported this event, our wonderful staff that ensured it ran smoothly and lastly to the hospitality students from OHS who very ably assisted.
An enjoyable lunch was held at Burraga for Seniors Week and was well attended by the community. Councillors Sam Lord and Clive McCarthy attended this event to help celebrate.
This week, I have been approached by community members requesting information in regards to becoming a nominee for the role of Councillor at the September 2017 Local Government Elections. I was very pleased to see this and I absolutely encourage everyone to participate in the administration of their Local Government area. Although it is time demanding and a lot of commitment is needed to be an effective local representative, especially with the new guidelines under the act soon to be introduced in relation to professional development for Councillors, it can also be a rewarding experience. I am happy to speak to anyone who would like to know more about what the position involves.
I am also happy to speak to any community members who may have concerns in relation to matters raised by a “not all together factual” article appearing in the Western Advocate last week. The article mainly focussed on the rating structure at Oberon Council in comparison to a neighbouring Council. Upon reading the article, I can advise that the proposed new Water and Sewerage plant will not be funded from the town improvement fund nor will it be funded from the Special five year Rate Variation Council applied for in 2015. The Special Rate Variation was approved specifically for nominated road infrastructure in which Council is on track to honour that commitment. To address the issue of grant funding, every and I repeat every Council in NSW receives State and Federal grant funding. This is our money collected and then distributed by the NSW/Federal Governments to administer Local Government projects they cannot possibly deliver.
Mayor Kathy Sajowitz