Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 18 August 2016

At the time of writing this column, Tuesday August 16, no decision has yet been handed down in relation to the legal challenge against the forced amalgamation of Oberon and Bathurst Regional Council. 

I attended a meeting of Country Mayors last week held at Parliament House in Macquarie St. Keynote speakers were Hon Gillian Skinner NSW Minister for Health who spoke widely on rural health challenges and Mike Tom - Leader Rural and Distance Education, whose talk was relevant to Oberon and the village schools in the LGA. A report will be available in September Business paper for interested community members.  

Congratulations to the organisers of the Can Assist charity day held at the Oberon Tigers home game on Saturday. The event included the forty year reunion of the 1976 Tigers team and many of these team members including then Captain Craig Bellamy were there on Saturday. The games attracted huge crowds on a glorious winter’s day and organisers are confident they will exceed last year’s donation of $7,500 for Can Assist. The draw in the first grade game will ensure a semi-final will be held in Oberon in two weeks’ time. The Oberon Oldies also had a game; I think I can confidently say there would have been some sore bodies on Monday morning. The Tigers through these event days have raised over $35,000 for Can Assist over the past 5 years, this is a great effort and thanks must go to the organisers, players and supporters of the Oberon Tigers.

Can Assist in Oberon is run by a small but dedicated group of volunteers that help and assist cancer sufferers and offer all manner of support to affected families. I cannot speak highly enough of the work they do. Each one of us have been touched in some way by the scourge that is cancer, Council are proud to support the Oberon Tigers Fund Raising Day.

Council has been fortunate enough to secure a grant through the Central Acclimatisation Society and NSW Recreational Fishing Trust. Along with a council contribution of $20,000 an Ezi Launch boat ramp and floating pontoon will be installed at the Reef Reserve at the Oberon Dam. A facility of this nature will enable the installation of a wheelchair accessible floating pontoon allowing disabled people access to both kayaking and fishing at the Reserve. Improving road access to the facility is to be included. Risk and liability issues are currently being investigated by council staff before work commences. Similar facilities have been installed very successfully on Lake Wallace near Wallerawang, in Orange and Condobolin.

Books on prescription will be launched at the Oberon Library this evening at 5.30pm.  Why not come along and see what this project is about.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz