Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 28 April 2016

As at today Tuesday 26 April I have received no response from our Local Member Hon Paul Toole in relation to my repeated requests for a meeting to address council and explain why a proposed merger with Bathurst Regional Council is justified and what benefits he sees for Oberon in this process.

I and Acting General Manager Gary Wallace, along with representatives from Walcha and Cabonne Councils will be attending the Land & Environment Court on May 24/25 when the legal challenge in relation amalgamations will be heard. Judging by the community feedback I have received whilst out and about over the past few days our residents are extremely supportive of this course of action.

I attended the ANZAC commemorations last Sunday and Monday, it was pleasing to see so many residents and visitors at both the Dawn Service and the ANZAC March which culminated at the RSL Sub Branch and then on to the RSL Club for the official services. The schools were well represented and I thank students, staff and parents alike for giving up part of their holiday to join us. I must congratulate the RSL Club Board also Peter and his staff for their hard work.  A great breakfast and lunch was served and nothing was too much trouble ensuring this significant day in Australia’s calendar was such a huge success. For those that may have been unable to participate on the 25th Commemorations will be held at Burraga on Sunday May 1. Black Springs held their services on Wednesday 27th.

This is the last Open Garden Weekend for autumn so if you have not already been along to either Gairloch Garden or Mayfield Gardens now is the time. Also open this weekend is the beautiful “Beyond Avalon” a five acre formal garden located at Reserve Avenue Black Springs. Opening times are 10am – 4pm - don’t miss this.

The Oberon Farmers Market is on this Saturday so pop along for your local produce or simply a wander and a chat.

Waste to Art entries are due soon, this is a great competition that themes the reuse - recycle message. Don’t forget the drop off point for entries and the exhibition will be held at St Joseph’s School hall this year.

I spoke to many people over the last weekend and I am pleased to say all of the comment I received was positive. I was particularly happy to hear the level of satisfaction with the recent completion of Beaconsfield Rd upgrade and as previously mentioned the support for council’s decision to pursue legal action in relation to forced amalgamation. After listening to NSW Government Ministers stating on evening current affair shows and in other media, how concerning it was that some elected council officials and GM’s were earning huge amounts of money in their roles, misusing ratepayers dollars by running up huge credit card accounts, driving expensive vehicles and taking overseas jaunts. This of course to justify the Premiers message that Forced Amalgamations are needed.  I would invite these Ministers to visit a rural councils like Oberon and look what goes on in the “real world”

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz