Places are filling fast for this year’s International Women’s Day Lunch to be held at the Oberon Showground on Sunday March 7 as part of NSW Women’s Week commencing at 12pm. The lunch is always a lot of fun and will be run as a COVID safe event and is of course free for all Oberon Women. Ring Sharon Swannell on 6329 8151 to reserve a place. This year’s IWD theme is #ChooseToChallenge – A challenged world is an alert world. Please join us.

I recently attended as a guest, the Australian Air Despatch Association annual reunion which was held for the second year in a row at the Oberon RSL Club. The Association is made up of serving and past army personnel involved in air drops where required including during the Second World War, the Vietnam conflict and also in non-combat situations. Support staff and family members are welcomed as part of the association which celebrated one hundred years in 2016. The camaraderie within the group is very apparent and it was great to welcome members to Oberon. Special guest was Major Stanford, Officer Commanding the 176 Air Dispatch Squadron.

Local legend Bill Wilcox was very surprised when he and wife Sue walked into the Oberon RSL Club last Saturday evening. It was a special night honouring Bill who has a poem (I still have my Wristwatch) dedicated to him in the latest book by Victorian author and poet Noel Hayes “I Have a Dream”. The poem I’ve Still Got My Wristwatch - talks about Bills time in Vietnam and all proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the RSL Sub Branch Museum. “I Have a Dream” – World Leaders and their Speeches in Verse” will be available for loan at the Oberon Library. Our Federal Member Andrew Gee attended the event acknowledging Bill and his selfless contribution to our society.  

It was my pleasure to cut the ribbon and open the latest stage of the development of the Rotary Lookout at Falls Hill last Saturday. Many current and former Rotarians were in attendance as were our Federal Member Andrew Gee and our Local Member Paul Toole. Current President Lin Boswell hosted the event and incoming President James Baxter was also there. James will continue the development of the lookout with a project to install disabled access to the new viewing platform. Work on the steel platform was carried out by local contractors and was supported by council staff. Council has been working with Oberon Rotary since the 1970’s to establish, maintain and develop the lookout and the project has received many funding injections from Federal, State and Council funding streams. The new platform received $50,000 of Federal Funding and $30,000 of NSW Government funding allowing its completion. An avenue of trees has been established leading to the site along with landscaping and a directional signpost depicting the distance to the first Rotary Club established in all seven continents, the latest being in Antarctica. Well done Rotary.

Work has now commenced on the Campbell’s River Road upgrade. As a result of the last snow event funding has been allocated from the National Disasters Funding Provision to facilitate work on Abercrombie Road and Albion Street. Work on Edith Road between Titania Road and Butterfactory Lane has recommenced following the construction of a stormwater culvert headwall extension. With the completion of this work the embankment will be backfilled followed by the ripping of the existing seal and the provision of new gravel pavement prior to sealing. Please take care if you are driving these particular roads and adhere to the changed traffic condition signage. Sewell’s Creek, Snake Valley and Carlwood Roads have been graded as part of councils unsealed roads maintenance program.

The Oberon Common Working Party met last week to set the priorities for identified projects within the endorsed Common Development Plan. Construction of a new retaining wall and planting of a rose garden below the amenities block, development of an Indigenous Dry Garden, filling and sculpting of the area uphill of the skate park and adjacent to the new carpark plus footpath upgrades were decided upon. The transfer of the Living Legends onto story boards and their placement within the Common is a project that is already underway.