The election is now over and a new council elected I would like to offer my congratulations to the successful candidates. Commiserations to those that put themselves forward but were unsuccessful this time around, I encourage you all to stay connected, maybe join local committees and try again in 2020. At the time of writing this column the election of a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor has not taken place.
It is with sadness that I mention the passing of former Councillor Jill Evans last week, I acknowledge Jills valuable contribution to the community in many areas over many years. There was a private family funeral service for Jill held last Tuesday. Vale Jill Evans she will be missed.
Upgrades around the Oberon Pool are almost complete in time for the coming swim season. A water bottle filling station has been installed, new signage and landscaping projects have been completed. All we need is some warm weather.
Vistors to the Waste facility will notice recent improvements, including bitumen sealing of the road into the facility and the area outside the new Community Recycling Centre (CRC). Signage on the CRC has been installed and receptacles for problem waste together with safety equipment are now in place. The improvements will make it safe and convenient for residents to drop off their problem household wastes including batteries, fluorescent lamps, paints, smoke detectors, gas cylinders and oils free of charge. These projects were funded under the NSW Environmental Trust Waste Less Recycle More Initiative and are aimed at reducing the amount of hazardous wastes entering landfill, reducing runoff and erosion in and around the tip and supressing dust from access roads into the facility. As a segway, on 14 October 2017 between 1-4pm there will be a household chemical collection day, residents will be able to dispose of all of their unwanted household type chemicals. This free service does not include commercial or industrial chemicals which are are strictly prohibited as a part of this program.
Work to facilitate the access to the White Springs Cemetery via forestry land has been completed. This joint project between Council and Foresrty Corp will ensure future access for visitors to this historical cemetery. Thank you to the councillors who advocated strongly for this project.
September is Kids Cancer Month and we are all encouraged to wear a yellow ribbon to signal our support, I congratulate Jane Nicholl for her fundraising efforts to raise awareness of neuroblastoma in young children. An insiduous disease that sadly took Janes neice Ruby from the family. Fundraising is ongoing so look out for further initiatives in the future.
Unfortunately Ray and Laurie McMahon have advised they will be closing the Oberon and District Museum for an indefinite period. I would like to thank Ray, Laurie and the museum board for their contribution to Oberon over many years and hope the museum will be up and running again sometime in the future.
Dietmar and I went along to watch the Mens Second Grade Soccer team “The Wolves” bring home their grand final, a hard game that went down to the wire with a penalty shootout. Unfortunatley the Mens Hockey team lost in their grand final but well done for getting into the ultimate game of the season. The Oberon Netball Club had three teams in the grand finals on Saturday, the Hotshots, Vixens and the Oberon Enigma, they all won. Well done girls what a great season for the club.
Mayor Kathy Sajowitz