Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz Thursday 23 August 2018

Police have advised the community to be aware that counterfeit $50 notes are once again in circulation. Two of these notes were passed in Lithgow last weekend and the notes have also appeared in Bathurst. Anyone who finds a fake note is urged to contact police. 

A NSW Government “new for old” appliance replacement scheme is again available to low income households. On average, households across the state that take up the offer to replace an old TV and an old fridge are saving around $325 a year in power bills. Eligible households get up to 50% discount when replacing their fridge or TV at The Good Guys store. How it works…. Low-income, concession card holders are eligible to apply to replace their old television and/or fridge, a subsidised sliding scale fee covers delivery of the new appliance. The estimated power bill saving savings over ten years can be up to $2000 for each fridge and up to $1250 for each TV. Eligible households can apply online at: www.powertosave.nsw.gov.au/appliance 
 
It was distressing to see the damage at the Oberon Common and the Recreation Ground inflicted by irresponsible drivers doing what are commonly known as “donuts” at these locations last weekend. These facilities belong to the Oberon Community and mindless vandalism needs to be confronted, so if anyone has any information in relation to this can I ask that you contact the Oberon Police. “Love Where We Live”.
 
September 3 2018 is Australian National Flag Day, I will be encouraging our schools, organisations and community members to either host a flag raising ceremony or display the flag. Our Federal Member Andrew Gee is able to provide flags to eligible recipients. Information is available on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website (www.pmc.gov.au/flag) providing protocols for flying the flag and resources for teachers and students. 

Economic Development and Tourism Manager Mat Webb and his team are working on “Oberon Outdoor Week”. This festival aims to put together a series of small outdoor related events and activities which will include a fishing competition, the opening of the Reef as a primitive camping area, a family bike ride as well as a more challenging riding experience, fossicking, walking and more.  The event is aimed at attracting both community and visitors to participate and I note is being run in conjunction with the school holidays. If your business or organisation would like to be part of this event by staging an activity or attraction you can contact Mat at the Visitor Information Centre. Watch out for more information over the coming weeks. 

The wonderful members of the CWA have advised that they have a program in place offering assistance to families and businesses impacted by the drought. Eligible applicants can apply for grants of up to $3000 to assist with household bills. A CWA spokesperson has said “Farmers, from our experience, tend to look at the big picture items like stock, water and trees rather than concentrating on the household bills which are piling up in the background. Contractors and businesses that have lost income due to the drought can also apply for the grants to pay household bills”. To be eligible applicants need to show they live in a drought-affected area and they rely on farming or farm-related activities for their income and also show how the drought has affected their income. Email drought@cwaofnsw.org.au or call 02 8337 0210 for further information. 

Please don’t forget the 59th Burraga Sheep Show is happening this Saturday August 25. Judging starts at 9am, lots of activities, food and fun throughout the day.