Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 19 January 2017

If you are planning to travel along Abercrombie Road over the next two months don’t forget Oberon Council is currently undertaking roadworks on a 2.5km section of Abercrombie Hill, recommencing on 16 January with replacement of the existing seal and until work to replace the new seal is completed in March, the road surface will be unsuitable for the safe movement of trucks, caravans and trailers and motor bikes. If you require any further information in relation to the project, please contact Councils Works and Engineering Department on 6329 8100.

The mobile breast screen unit will be in Oberon from Jan 31 behind the library in Tally’s Lane Car park – so ladies if you are between fifty and seventy four years young why not ring for an appointment. This valuable screening program is free and it saves lives 132050 is the number to call.

I would like to add my congratulations to Oberon’s very talented Mickey Pye for receiving a Golden Guitar nomination for his new song “Buckle It Up” at the upcoming Tamworth Country Music Festival. Mickey is a wonderful ambassador for Oberon, always willing to offer support and assistance to our budding young musicians despite his own busy schedule. On behalf of the Oberon community I wish him much luck at the awards.

Do you know about the Oberon Community Transport taxi voucher scheme which is available to assist all our residents? As Oberon is disadvantaged by lack of public transport, through this NSW Government subsidised scheme it will cost participants no more than $2.50 per trip plus one voucher. If you would like more information on eligibility and how to apply for vouchers, please ring council 6329 8100

Oberon Health Council supported by Oberon Youth Council are about to launch the “Healthy Town Challenge” look out for more information on this event in coming weeks.

Just a reminder the Shooters Fishers & Farmers State Leader Robert Borsak along with the Local Member for Orange Phil Donato will be visiting Oberon this Saturday Jan 21 to speak with members of the Oberon community about issues relevant to them. If you would like to meet Mr Borsak and Mr Donato they will be at the Oberon Community Centre in Fleming Street at 10am.

The NSW Minister for Planning Rob Stokes has released the draft updates to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act for public comment. Whereas some of the reforms are positive especially for metro areas others further erode the role local councils and elected representatives will play in the planning process for their LGA and somewhat diminishes the rights of the community to have a say on local development. Once again the basic differences between Rural and Metro Councils have been blurred. The draft is available online should you wish to read it, council will be preparing a submission.

During the extreme hot weather we are currently experiencing I urge you to check the Oberon Council Website and Facebook pages for updates on total fire bans and other relevant information.  

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz