Mayor’s Column – Thursday 22 April 2021

Oberon has been nominated for the NSW Top Tourism Towns awards in the Small Tourist Town category. Winners will be announced mid-May so well done to all who keep our tourism offering so fresh and vibrant.

If you have not yet applied for the Dine and Discover vouchers through Service NSW, I urge you to do so. Anyone over 18 is eligible. Two dine in vouchers can be used for food and the two entertainment vouchers can be used for recreational activities. Check out participating businesses in Oberon and if possible please redeem them locally and spread the love.,,the vouchers are only valid until June 30 so do not leave it too late to apply.

You are invited to join us for the “We are all in this Together” Community Lunch to be held at the Oberon Common this Saturday April 24th. This is a free event hosted by Council and Oberon Youth Council to celebrate the end of both Youth Week and Seniors Week. Bring a picnic or grab a sausage sizzle. For more details, please contact council.

Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway Inc. is introducing the Rail Precinct as a photo opportunity venue for weddings etc. Photo opportunities include the station and/or the train/carriages on display. Enquires can be made by emailing

Women make up over half the population yet have less than a third of the voices on Local Councils. Women For Election Australia (WFEA) is running a six hour workshop at Bathurst Regional Council Chambers on Friday April 30 to inform and encourage women to take part in the political process at ground level. For more information or to register your interest visit

The NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) has released the dates for the information Webinars for all prospective candidates in the September elections. The webinar will cover topics such as Election Funding and Disclosure, Electoral Material, Registration of Candidates, Nomination Process, Early Voting, Candidate Workers and Scrutineers as well as Counting and Results. Dates: April 27 at 11am, April 29 at 6pm and May 11 at 6pm. You can register your interest on the NSWEC Website.

Congratulations to Terry Bell on his forty eight years employment with Oberon Council. This type of longevity in one job is becoming a thing of the past – so well done Terry.

Has anyone seen the new Shade Sail covering the play equipment at Black Springs Playground? It looks great. The shade was funded through the Federal Drought Communities Grant Funding stream. The project will continue with the installation of Shade Sails over the play equipment at the Common.

The new accessible toilet adjacent to the skate park is nearing completion with some final painting, plumbing and levelling works to be completed prior to opening. Refurbishment of the toilet block within the pool complex will be commenced shortly taking advantage of the winter closure. The upgrade will be ready for the opening of the pool later in the year. Works continue on Campbell’s River Road with the stabilisation now nearing completion. Approximately 6100 metres of sealing has been completed to date, with the last length 2300 metres expected to be completed this week. Council crews and contractors have done an excellent job on improving the condition of this road which has been funded under the Fixing Country Roads Grant. With weather conditions slowly moving into the winter period, the priority of works will soon shift into heavy patching of other sections of Campbell’s River Road in preparation for resealing of those sections in the spring. Maintenance grading has been completed on Tilsbury and Grady’s Lanes and Sloggetts Road. Crews have been busy with drainage works on Sloggetts Road and concrete crossing repairs on Greywacke Road. Road patching works continue in Burraga Township, Mt David and Abercrombie Roads as well as undertaking private works on behalf of Jenolan Caves.