Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 22 March 2018

The Central Tablelands Local Land Services has scheduled a meeting at Oberon RSL Club on March 27th at 5pm to discuss their draft Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan. The plan sets the direction for pest management in the region for the next five years. It is astounding that the impact of feral animals such as wild pigs, dogs and goats along with rabbits, foxes, birds and carp costs taxpayers $170million per year. Not only that, the threat to endangered species is significant. All landholders should try to attend on the 27th this is a statewide problem and only by working together can a difference be made. 

You may have heard that China has placed very strict conditions around the acceptance of overseas waste creating a global recycling crisis. Although this does not directly impact Oberon Council at the moment the potential is there. Local Government NSW is making a strong case for local councils to be better supported through the changes that will inevitably occur and are lobbying for both the Federal and State Governments to provide a sound approach to the management of recycled waste in general across NSW.

I urge all community groups to consider applying for round two of The Stronger Countries Community Fund, the aim of this fund is to provide the kind of infrastructure that improves the lives of local residents. Only councils are eligible to submit applications for this funding and we will be working consultatively with community organisations encouraging them to identify and apply for non-council infrastructure projects with a minimum vale of $50000. Expressions of Interest from community groups and sporting clubs must be submitted to Council by Friday 13 April 2018. If you missed the information evening earlier this week please contact Gillian Salmon - Grants Coordinator at Oberon Council on 6329 8145 ASAP.

Did you know Oberon had a “Big Tree?” The long living species Sequoia Semprevirons (California Redwood) was planted outside the old Forestry Commission Office in Ross Street when the building was commissioned in 1956. Len Mors was tasked with the role of building the facility, training a workforce and expanding the pine plantations in the Oberon area. This fact was bought to my attention by Col Roberts last week with the suggestion that we acknowledge this part of our history. I will be speaking to the Minister of Forest, Lands and Racing Paul Toole about how we can collaborate on this worthwhile project. 

I look forward to seeing you all at Wellfest tomorrow (Friday 23) the Colour Run starts at 9.30am at the Oberon Common followed by stalls, demonstrations and workshops at St Joseph’s School from 11am. A seniors afternoon tea at 2.30pm and music into the evening, bring a picnic or buy a $5 BBQ dinner.

Council has completed the installation of the new watering system at the Rugby League ground, this replaces the previous inefficient system and will be much more effective and cost efficient.

It’s the Oberon Pools 22nd birthday on Sunday March 25, games, face painting and lots more fun. 

If you are looking for somewhere nice to go for lunch you could try The Caves Café down at Jenolan Caves. Newly renovated with a brand new menu it’s worth a visit and a stroll around The Blue Lake is a perfect way to spend an hour or two.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz