Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 25 January 2018

It was good to see Oberon businesses getting into the Australia Day spirit by decorating their shop windows. I hope the community were happy to see the new banners on display along Oberon Street. It has been good to receive so many positive comments.   The fittings can be used to house any event banners and we will be encouraging community organisations running major events to take advantage of the opportunity. I am looking forward to Australia Day tomorrow (26th) and I would like to extend my thanks to Brian and Sandy Harman for the use of their beautiful property Mc Keowans Rest for the award recipients meet and greet with our Ambassador Sam Cawthorn and sponsor representative Jim Snelson from Borg Manufacturing, held on the 25th.  Sam will attend the official ceremony at the Showground on Friday 26th and I know he is looking forward to meeting all members of the Oberon community. Join us at 9am for traditional sausage sandwich breakfast or delicious lamingtons and other goodies prepared for us by St Joseph’s P&F Group. Also featured this year is a vintage vehicle display. After the event you can take part in barefoot bowls at the Oberon RSL, have a round of Australia Day Golf or go for a swim at the Oberon Pool - entry is free for all on this our national day of celebration. Mayfield Garden is also open.

On February 15 at 9.30am officers from the Chifley Local Area Police Command are hosting   “Coffee with a Cop” at the Long Arm Farm Café, 133 Oberon Street. All members of the community are invited along to meet officers in an informal friendly setting, discuss any issues of concern, ask questions, seek advice or just get to know our local police over a cup of coffee. This is a great way to build community partnerships and make connections. I urge everyone to take advantage of this opportunity. 
It was great to attend the Oberon Community Race night last Friday at the Bathurst Harness Racing Club……thank you to the Oberon Community for supporting this event, many attended and well over $4000 was raised for Ronald McDonald House. Well done to the two young men Lachie Gilmore and Damian Curran who gamely took up the challenge on a very hot evening to run an eight hundred metre relay race against a horse and driver. It was very close and the horse and driver were the ultimate winners….a good effort all around.

On February 7th at 6.30pm I have invited representatives from the Rural Doctors Network along to a meeting at the Community Centre to speak about the challenges of attracting and keeping health professional in rural areas. Oberon is very fortunate to have great medical facilities and professional staff across those facilities in the LGA but Allied Health and attracting trained nursing staff are ongoing issues. All relevant stakeholders have been invited along to the meeting and members of the community are also welcome.  Council needs to be aware of strategies to ensure Oberon remains well serviced. 

Council continues to fill key positions within its organisational structure, a new Town Planner attached to the Planning and Development Department will commence work in early March.

The ever popular Tarana Markets are back Sunday January 28th.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz