Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 18 February 2016

Nectar Farms hosted the launch of the Oberon Greenhouse Project last week.  The next stage is the public consultation process facilitated by Nectar Farms and lodgement of the DA. I have been advised by the management team that there has already been a great response on the website in the form of expressions of interest for employment and contracting.

The annual Heritage Steam & Vintage Fair was held last Saturday, great weather, good crowds and the street parade was huge this year. I was happy to host the Mayor of Wellington who was in town with the Wellington Steam Engine. I would like to thank the Oberon Heritage & Collectors Club for their hard work ensuring this event happens each year. I also thank the OTHR who had a successful birthday weekend, the Oberon Sub Branch Museum, Barry Hughes, the Thursday Needleworkers whose stunning quilts were on display at the Community Centre and the Oberon Museum. A good event for Oberon attracting many tourists.   

Congratulations to Dominica Koudrin who won the Oberon Showgirl Competition this year, I am certain that with five gorgeous young women entered, judging must have been very difficult for the committee. The Oberon Show is on this Saturday, the committee has kindly invited me to open this year’s event and I am looking forward to doing so. I cannot believe how much is happening at the show this year including the popular “Ute Muster” Country Shows play a huge part in the community identity, please come along.

Also on Saturday is the launch of the Central West Lifestyle Magazine autumn edition at Mayfield Gardens. Oberon Council along with OBTA has sponsored a stunning 45 page feature in the magazine promoting the LGA. I am certain this will enhance the tourism opportunities for the area. Lithgow is also has a 45 page feature in this edition.

Coming up the following week February 27th is the Oberon Rodeo so watch out for that.

You can keep up with everything that’s happening in town from the monthly Community Newsletter, if you do not receive this publication through the mail or online please advise council. There are always copies available at the Admin Building, Library or VIC.

For those who were unable to attend Greens MP David Shoebridge’s public meeting on Friday I can report that there is still plenty of opposition to forced amalgamations in both the upper and lower houses of the NSW Parliament. Some of the larger City Councils have legal action in the pipeline should forced amalgamation occur midyear. David advised Oberon residents to keep the pressure on and target Premier Baird, Federal Member for Calare Hon John Cobb and the new National Party Leader & Deputy PM the Hon Barnaby Joyce who has publicly stated that he is against forced amalgamation.  Even though this is a state issue with a federal election due this year, we need to ensure there will be a flow on effect as a result of this undemocratic process forced upon us by the NSW coalition.

The Hon Peter Primrose MLC also visited Oberon last week to talk to council and ensure ongoing support for the Anti Amalgamation position. Mr Primrose has committed to take Oberon’s objection to the proposed forced amalgamation with Bathurst Regional Council to the State Parliament when sitting resumes next week.