News this week from the Hon Melinda Pavey, Minister for Water, Property and Housing that the second attempt by Bathurst Regional Council to procure water from the Oberon Dam has been unsuccessful. The request was denied due to "the importance of the Fish River Scheme to parts of Greater Sydney's water supply system". The dam is currently sitting at 24.6% and the community are under level two water restrictions. The recent rain has unfortunately not impacted on the dam level, fall in the catchment has been negligible. Council continues to speak with Local Member Paul Toole, Minister Pavey and WaterNSW in relation to options to ensure future water solutions for Oberon, including but not limited to redirecting flow from the Duckmaloi Weir into the dam.
The Oberon abattoir has a new lessee and should be in operation by mid-July. This is great news and we wish Mr Luke Winder every success in what sounds like an innovative business model with animal welfare high on the list of priorities, the new enterprise will also increase employments opportunities for local residents.
With another recent spate of quite vicious dog attacks in the area it is timely to remind residents that owning any animal comes with responsibilities. It is not acceptable that your dogs are wandering the streets putting other domestic animals and livestock at risk. When an incident occurs there are serious repercussions, not only for the offending dogs but also the owners. Please ensure your dogs are secured within your property and only allowed out under your control.
The cleaning and repair of pavers along the Main Street is almost complete, we apologise for any inconvenience caused by the works but I think all will agree the outcome is well worth it. Walking along the Main Street will be much safer from now on.
Kanangra Boyd NP. With the recent construction of the new bridge at Boyd River, council staff are now in the process of tree removal and road maintenance necessary to facilitate the opening of the road into the park which will should be (weather permitting) in time for the upcoming school holidays.
Subject to favourable weather conditions this week, council staff will be facilitating the removal of the Jenolan RFS fire shed damaged during the recent fires. The new shed should be built in time for the 2020/21 fire season.
Drainage improvement work has been completed on Dog Rocks, Jerrong, Arkstone and O’Connell Roads. Roadside clean-up is continuing on Burraga Road utilising the recently purchased mulching head. This equipment has proved extremely valuable in clearing overhead vegetation opening up the tree canopy for the safe passage of heavy vehicles.
I have received several enquiries in relation to the flying fox in the playground at the Common being out of action as a result of vandalism. I am pleased to say the repaired equipment should be back in place very soon.
This week the VIC team launched the third of the Oberon Tourism ambassador videos as part of the Central NSW “We Want You Back” campaign. David McMurray from OTHR highlights his passion for the museums and historical buildings that can be found across the region. The video can be viewed on the Council and Oberon Visitor Centre Facebook pages. The three videos have attracted over ten thousand views and will be further promoted over the coming weeks.
With the commencement of school holidays next week and with the further easing of restrictions I expect to see an influx of visitors to the area. Whilst we welcome visitors, we need to remain vigilant in relation to hand washing and social distancing. I think the key messages are to act responsibly, be aware of those around you, also get tested and self-isolate if unwell. Think before interacting with large groups of people. We hope our visitors do the same and we will all stay safe.