Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 26 April 2018

As many of you would be aware at the April Council Meeting it was determined that the standing resolution of council not to add fluoride to the Oberon town water supply, be reviewed. As such council will be consulting with the community as part of the Community Engagement Strategy meetings scheduled for May. Councillors and staff will be coming out to the villages and a meeting will be held in Oberon. This main aim of these meetings is to discuss with our community the Community Strategic Plan which will be our roadmap and vision for the future. I stress the fact that we are keen to hear our community’s expectations on a whole range of topics, not only the fluoride issue. I urge as many people to attend these meeting as possible – the outcomes of these meetings will guide council’s pathway forward and inform the levels of future service delivery levels, therefore everyone’s input is valuable.  Please mark these meeting dates in your diaries- Oberon, May 21 at the Robert Hooper Community Centre – O’Connell, May 23 at new RFS Building – Burraga, May 28 at the Burraga Sports Club and Black Springs, May 30 at the Hall. All meetings commence at 6pm.

 If you have an opinion on the fluoride issue in particular and you have not yet advised council of your position I suggest that you come along to a meeting, alternately if you cannot attend a meeting please email or write to me and I will ensure all councillors are informed of your particular view on what is a very emotive and polarising issue. We live in a democratic society so I do ask that everyone is respectful of alternate points of view. I urge our younger community members to get involved in the debate; both you and your children may be the most affected by the ultimate decision, whichever way it goes. 

Council authorised over $90,000 of Section 356 Community Donations last week. Congratulations to all successful applicants. Council feels strongly that it is incumbent upon them to support as many community organisations including our schools and sporting groups through this mechanism as we possibly can within budgetary restraints, we punch well above our weight in this area. All applicants will shortly receive official notification of outcomes in relation to their requests. 
The Bicentennial Tapestries have now been removed from the Cobweb Craft Shop and are undergoing cleaning and repair. It is sad to see Cobweb close and I thank the volunteers over the years who have contributed to the running of this iconic feature of our town, I sincerely hope that at some time in the future we may see a reincarnation of the concept in some form. 

The Oberon SES has a call out for volunteers.  Established in 1955 the Oberon organisation has a proud history – sometimes challenging , always rewarding if you have a desire to contribute to your community but have not yet found your niche, then maybe the SES is for you. Training is at the headquarters on the corner of North and Albion Streets every Tuesday at 7.30pm so why not pop along and see. Or contact Craig Gibbons for more information. 

Deputy Premier John Barilaro MP visited Jenolan Caves on Tuesday to announce a funding package of $8,500,000 this news is significant and very welcome. The funding will make a huge difference to the future of this iconic world heritage facility that is a cornerstone of not only Oberon’s tourism potential but that of the whole of NSW. Amongst other things I look forward to seeing Caves House restored to former past glory. 

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz