Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 20 April 2017

A glorious long weekend was enjoyed by many visitors to the town over Easter, parking in the Main Street was at a premium, coffee shops and eateries were well patronised as were the retail outlets. This reinforces my opinion that tourism will play an enormous role in the prosperity and growth of Oberon into the future. As there were no lawn bowls scheduled this weekend, the Aide-de-Mayor wandered over to the Tigers Game on Saturday and it was difficult to get a parking spot there too. Congratulations to the Group 10 side, two wins in a row a great start to the season. Talking of tourism there are some great initiatives on the drawing board that will excite the community I am sure, watch out for information as projects take shape. 

On Monday 8 May 2017 is the date set for a very informal information session for any community members considering standing for Council at September 2017 Local Government Elections; this meeting will take the form of a round table chat to answer any questions in reference to what is involved in being an Elected Representative. Still time to contact Oberon Council's Executive Coordinator Sharon Swannell 6329 8151 and register your interest. There is no obligation involved just information both verbal and printed that may assist with the decision to nominate or not.  I am pleased by the amount of interest shown and the number of participants registered for the meeting.

I was invited by Oberon Rotary Club to attend the launch of their Boomerang Bag project last Thursday at Foodworks Supermarket. When you shop at the store you can pick up a reusable shopping bag, once you have your purchases unpacked at home you can return the bag next time you are in town for someone else to use. A great way to reduce the use of plastic bags which cause so much damage to our environment. This project is supported by the Oberon Men's Shed who members quietly go about helping various organisations within the community. 

At a meeting of the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) on 6 April 2017, it was resolved to approve a quarry off Lowes Mount Road subject to strict conditions. In the matter of the application to expand the Sewell’s Creek Quarry, also for determination by the JRPP, no determination has yet been made by the panel who have requested additional information from the applicant be supplied. 

On Friday 19 May 2017 Oberon Community Transport will have a bus trip to Millthorpe planned. Bookings are essential so if you would like to go along please contact Nadine Roach on 6329 8162 between 10am – 2pm.

Only two weekends left to visit Rosalie Pollock’s beautiful garden “Beyond Avalon” out at Reserve Avenue, Black Springs. Entry is only $5. Call Rosalie on 6335 8257 for further information.