Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 27 April 2017

It was disappointing that several businesses in the Main Street of town were targeted by thieves over the Easter weekend. I ask that anyone who may be able to assist identify the perpetrators of this anti-social behaviour contact the Oberon Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 000 333.

Both local police officers and members of the Chifley Area Command will be in Oberon to talk to the community on May 11. Please take this opportunity to raise issues, seek advice or just have a chat. The van will be located outside Council Administration Office from 11 am. 

Councillors and staff were at the first of the Community Consultation meetings last week to talk about the 2016/17 Operational Plan and Delivery Program, these meetings inform ratepayers of how we sit financially and what projects are planned to be completed over the next twelve months. If you missed the Oberon and O’ Connell meetings you can still come along to either the Burraga Sports Club on May 1 or Black Springs Hall on May 3. Both meetings commence at 6.30pm. We need your feedback on the future direction of council. Through these Community Consultation Meetings many in the community are keen to hear of progress in reference to the position of Minister Toole on unrateable forestry land and a more equitable contribution to haulage impact on the LGA road network. I am still awaiting a positive response from a commitment made by the Minister after a meeting at council,  to facilitate a meeting with Forestry Corporation, Council and himself to discuss these and other issues. 

More names are being added to the list of prospective Elected Representatives thinking of nominating at the September 9 Local Government Elections. There is still time to join us for an informal chat on May 8 about what being a councillor means. Ring Sharon Swannell 6329 8151 and register your interest.

I am looking forward to attending the opening of “Quilts in the Shearing Shed” this weekend, up to one hundred quilts will be on display at 9 Bloom Hill Rd, O’Connell on April 28/29 from 10am – 4pm. Entry is $8. Apart from seeing the beautiful work on display you will be assisting the O’Connell Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade and O’Connell Public School P&C.

The swim season is now over in Oberon, council will now be looking at some maintenance and upgrade work at the facility. Thank you to everyone who has patronised the pool this season. Things will be bigger and better next season. 

Following on from the March Community Services Committee meeting, a recommendation was adopted by council to fund a project that will ensure all properties have clear and visible house numbers displayed. This project came about after a request from the Emergency Services who often cannot locate properties when called in an emergency. You can assist with this by checking your own property complies. The project will be divided into town and rural sections. One of the options available is for a volunteer group who may want to raise funds by taking on the project under council supervision. Contact me if this is something your group may be interested in.

A huge range of stalls will be at the Tarana Markets this Sunday, don’t miss it. 

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz