Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 2 June 2016

The legal action being pursued by Oberon, Cabonne and Gundagai Councils concluded on Tuesday May 31st. We now await the determination of Judge Preston. I have no indication at this stage as to when this will be. As you may appreciate this has been a busy time for council, can I say how much we appreciate the constant support of the community throughout this process.

A new Black Spot Mobile Tower is flagged to be erected at Porters Retreat. Telstra proposes to erect the tower on council land near Fell Timber Road. This Federally Funded initiative will greatly enhance the mobile coverage in the area. Once council development application approval has been granted construction of the facility should take between 4 – 6 weeks.

Council will be hosting meetings over the next week or so to engage the community and discuss the Community Strategic Plan and associated Draft Operational Plan/Delivery Plan for 2016/17. It is vital that we have your input into the plans for the future of the LGA, this document guides council in its aims and decision making over the coming twelve months.  Councillors will be at Black Springs Hall tonight at 7pm, Burraga Sports and Recreation Club on Tuesday June 2 and O’ Connell Public School on Wednesday June 8. Oberon meetings will be held June 15th.

I have been following the progress of our junior sporting teams through the results posted in this publication weekly,  it’s so great to see so many of our young people involved in sporting activities and obviously enjoying themselves.

I have heard nothing but praise for the Community Transport Social Outings, these outings are partly subsidised by Community Transport with a small charge to the participants. During June the group will be visiting Lucknow for lunch on the 7th, cost is just $10. For more information please contact Nadine Roach at Council on 6329 8100, all welcome.

I was pleased to note the opening of the Daffodil Cottage extension this week, the Oberon community both contributes to and uses this wonderful facility – an amazing place that offers much to those in vulnerable health situations.

Community 356 Donations were considered on last Tuesday at the quarterly Council Finance Committee Meeting, and will now be placed on public exhibition prior to being formally adopted at the 30 June 2016 Extraordinary Meeting. Council attempts to fairly support our schools, community groups and associations that apply for funding annually whilst working responsibly within our budget.

Cold weather hit with some impact last weekend we have also had some much needed rain – the weather guru’s around town are telling me that this will be a super cold winter with lots of snow, a timely reminder to check heaters or get your wood organised.

The Federal Election is now only a few weeks away, polling information will be publicised soon including pre polling arrangements. Voting is compulsory and failure to vote will attract a financial penalty.

The Tablelands Way Markets are on again this Saturday at St Barnabas Church Grounds and Hall.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz