Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 19 October 2017

Our year twelve students are almost halfway through the HSC – nearly there. Good luck to those still working hard. What gorgeous spring weather we are experiencing though a little more rain would be very welcome.

If you read the Oberon Review online as I do, you will notice there has been a change to the format. A new fresh look, well done to the publication.

The 2016/17 Financial Reports were presented to council on Tuesday evening. The reports received a big tick of approval from both our own auditors Crowe Horwath and the Auditor General’s Department who as a result of new legislation, for the first time now has oversight of every NSW Councils financial reports. Oberon Council produced a healthy surplus and exceeded all Office of Local Government performance indicators.  We also performed well when measured against other group ten councils. I feel very optimistic about the future as the new council build on these great results. My thanks to Council Staff under the General Manager Gary Wallace and Finance Director Lynette Safranek for their fiscal guidance over what has been a difficult few years and my thanks also go to the previous council who took a responsible attitude whilst conscious of the responsibility to deliver good outcomes and services to the community.

There are currently 413,106 people in Australia who have been diagnosed with dementia, by 2025 that figure is predicted to grow to 536,164. On Thursday November 9 the Oberon Village Aged Care Facility is hosting a Dementia Care Information Evening commencing at 6.30pm. Speakers will be on hand to give information that will assist those with dementia and their carers plan for the future. If you would like to go along the number to call to reserve a place is 6339 1000. The Aged care Facility is located at 115 Albion Street.

Nominations are now open for the Oberon 2018 Australia Day Awards, I urge the community to give some thought to recognising and acknowledging the contribution and personal achievement of our local citizens, I see great things happening in our town every day and now is the time to formally recognise this. Nomination forms are available from Councils Administration Office and the Oberon Library or from the Oberon Council Website. Closing date for nominations is November 3 2017 so don’t delay –do it today.

Heavy patching on Abercrombie Road and Titania Road will commence late October/early November, it is noted that Abercrombie Road carries heavy traffic volume around 2000 vehicles per day – with 40% commercial haulage mainly logging trucks. In light of this council is currently lobbying to have this road declared a State Road rather than a Regional Road. Titania Road is designated a Regional Road, it carries 700 vehicle movements per day with approximately 20% heavy haulage. A resealing program on both roads is planned for the near future.

Council is planning to host further workshops to assist local business owners, a recent survey conducted by Russell Meadley from Central NSW Business HQ has identified the areas where assistance has been requested and we will be looking to facilitate workshops in the next few weeks. The workshops will be funded by council with a small contribution from participants. The Oberon Business and Tourism Association also supports this project.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz