Firstly I would like to extend my thanks to our dedicated outdoor Council staff who while most of us were tucked up cosily in bed, were out and about through the night to clear debris and fallen trees from the roads after the severe storms last week. Often going unnoticed, our staff go above and beyond to ensure the community are safe. I would also like to acknowledge Barry Webb whose commitment to keeping our town looking great is amazing. I so often see Barry working away, mowing weeding and generally tidying up. I can assure Barry that the community is appreciative of his efforts…and I for one am jealous of his energy. Thank you.
I look forward to the imminent opening of the O’ Connell Fire Shed. Paul Toole and I toured this state of the art facility last week. O’ Connell is the fastest growing area outside of the town in our Local Government Area (LGA) and the $762,000 complex is a huge improvement on the old shed ensuring better capability and technical functionality for the local RFS volunteers.
The Bathurst Harness Racing Club is hosting the Oberon Council sponsored “Oberon Cup” this coming Friday evening, 19 January 2018. Why not pop along and support this event, always enjoyable and local charities benefit greatly from the night.
As we move into the new working year, Council will be engaging with the community, focussing on compiling the new Community Strategic Plan our road map that will take the current council forward into the next three years and beyond. Pursuing the issue of unrateable land in the LGA is a priority. Continuing development of The Oberon Common, upgrading of play equipment in some of our parks, The Tablelands Way project and stage one of a proposed Walking/Cycling Track around the Oberon Dam are some of the projects on the agenda. Working towards good outcomes for the community through core service delivery and ensuring Oberon has a seat at the “Regional” table when government decisions affecting our area are made is our goal.
March is shaping up to be a month packed with exciting events such as the Wellness Festival, OTHR Heritage Transport Rally, International Women’s Day Lunch, Oberon Golf Club are celebrating 60 years so look out for more information as it is released, and of course Easter.
You will notice some activity around the Council Administration Building over the coming weeks, a much needed spruce up is underway, I offer apologies for any inconvenience such as diversion of the footpath, closure of some parking spots outside the building, but this should be minimal and the results worth it.
Negotiation is still underway to locate a reverse vending machine in Oberon as part of the “Return and Earn” Container Recycling Scheme. As part of a contract the NSW Government has with Cleanaway the service provider. This is required to be in place by March.
We are expecting an announcement soon in regard to the funding applications to the Building Stronger Country Communities Fund. There were several major projects such as the proposed skate park submitted under this funding scheme.
Mayor Kathy Sajowitz