Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 21 June 2018

Great news from the NSW Government that fees to register caravans and camper trailers is to be reduced substantially. To come into effect from November 1 this year the impact on tourism should be a positive one. For more information on how you will benefit, a visit to the rms.nsw.gov.au website will assist.

Have you registered or joined a team in the Relay for Life event scheduled for November this year. It has been ten years since Oberon participated in this worthwhile fundraising event raising over $62,000 we hope to beat that this time around.  All monies raised will benefit research and preventative programs to combat this awful disease, cancer.

A meeting to seek input into the concept design for the new skate park was held last Saturday and was well attended by our young people, senior riders, councillors and council staff. Attending the meeting was John Gray a highly credentialed skate boarder himself since childhood and still successfully competing. John was able to communicate well with the stakeholders and take their suggestions on board. Johns Company, Oasis Skate Park Design will put together the concept design for the precinct, when received by council the plan will go out on public exhibition and tender documents prepared. It is hoped construction will commence later this year with an approximate opening date sometime in March 2019. The Oberon Youth Council have focussed on the new skate park as a project for over two years and are happy to see it progress. 

Not for profit youth organisations are being encouraged to apply for one-off grants of between $10,000 and $50,000. Council are also eligible to apply and will be looking at youth-led and youth-driven community projects which may meet the criteria. It is so important that our young people be encouraged to participate and engage in our community. If you have ideas please contact council or visit the website http://youth.nsw.gov.au applications close mid July.
As per the agreement between the Leath Johnson Trustees and Oberon Council, monies from the trust have now been received by council. These monies will be added to the proceeds from the sale of Hathaway Cottages which will then be used to fund the new self-care units to be built in Curtis Street. One of these units will be dedicated to Leath Johnson in recognition of her generous bequest. 
Council is in the process of trialling a new web feed for Oberon – “liveweatherviews.com”. Once live this will provide real time information on weather conditions in Oberon thus assisting when people are looking for snow or general weather conditions and can eventually be linked to Council’s website, the new OBTA website and the Visitors Information Centre. 

Two further Justice of the Peace are now available at council bringing the total number of staff who have undertaken this process to six.  Thank you to these staff members for going above and beyond to provide an essential service to the community. 
Council is participating in separate bi annual meetings with both the RMS and Forestry Corp this week where we are hoping to progress previous issues and introduce current matters. High on the RMS agenda will be the process around reclassification of Abercrombie Road from a Regional Road where any funding has to be matched $ for $ by council (your rates) to a State Road which means repairs and maintenance are fully funded by the NSW Government. With this road being a main north - south transport corridor and subject to ever increasing heavy haulage impact, this reclassification is an imperative and council are actively working to achieve this outcome.