Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 26 October 2017

Time almost running out to lodge nominations for the Oberon 2018 Australia Day Awards, there are several categories including for our youth. Nomination forms are available from Councils Administration Office and the Oberon Library or from the Oberon Council Website. 

A date for the diary, the ever popular Macquarie Male Singers will present a concert on November 19 commencing at 2pm at the Uniting Church Hall in Oberon. Looks like a great program. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door and afternoon tea will be served following the entertainment.

Oberon has been allocated over $1.5 million over the next two years under the NSW Governments “Stronger Countries Communities Fund” the aim of  which is to support regional growth. At the last meeting council prioritised the first year’s nominated projects. All projects need to be “shovel ready”, identified in the Community Strategic Plan (CSP).  The list of identified projects has now been submitted for the Minister Toole’s consideration. In the mix are the Oberon Skate Park, the Playground and Park Renewal Package for the villages of Black Springs, Burraga and O’Connell, covered grandstands at the Oberon Recreation Ground, BBQ’s on the Fish and the Footpaths to Fitness project which as part of council’s active transport plan will connect footpaths and walking paths not only in town but in the villages. After community consultation as part of the new CSP, Council will continue to work towards having identified projects ready for the second part of the funding allocation available towards the end of 2018. 

It was a pleasure to meet Jason Molkentin from Forest Corporation, representatives from Black Springs Progress Association and Clr. Kerry Gibbons earlier this week to acknowledge the completion of a newly graded road into the Old White Springs Cemetery. This project, allowing easy public access into the cemetery was the result of collaboration between the Forest Corp, the Progress Association and Oberon Council. My thanks to all concerned.

November is Asbestos Awareness Month, Oberon Council will be participating in the 2017 campaign in an attempt to ensure the community at large is made aware of the dangers presented by working with asbestos when renovating. During November Council will have for distribution, flyers, fact sheets and information links especially for tradesman and home handypersons who are the most likely to come in contact with this insidious product. 

Something to keep an eye on – many Oberon residents utilise the rail service to and from Mt Victoria. Transport NSW is planning modifications to the Blue Mountains line to accommodate new trains due to come into service during 2019. The new trains are not a good “fit” for the current line and extensive and costly platform and tunnel modifications are required. There are concerns these modifications could seriously disrupt the service from Springwood to Lithgow. 

Don’t forget the Annual Council Golf Day on Friday November 17. Be part of the “Hole in One” Challenge.  A super prize is offered – a Caterpillar Excavator, sponsored by WesTrac and valued at $50,000. You must be a registered player on the day to be eligible to participate in the challenge. Phone Vicki at Oberon Council on 63298147 for further information. 

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz