Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 28 March 2018

I was delighted to accept a cheque for $1,095,000 from Minister Paul Toole last Friday. Part of the Building Stronger Country Communities Fund. This money will benefit all sectors of the Oberon Community. Identified in the Community Strategic Plan as a priority for our young people, the Skate Park Precinct has been in the pipeline for quite some time after being tabled at Council by the Oberon Youth Council. “BBQ’s on the Fish” will enhance not only the community leisure experience but our visitor economy will also benefit – what nicer way to spend a Sunday than a BBQ overlooking the Fish River at Flat Rock or at The Reef. Black Springs, Burraga and O’Connell will be very pleased to be recipients of funding to upgrade their playgrounds. Footpaths in Oberon Black Springs and Burraga will also receive some attention. Oberon Soccer and Little Athletics organisations will be delighted to see covered grandstands on their playing field – something on the wish list for a long time. Oberon Golf Club received funding for non-council infrastructure projects.  I am very pleased that the NSW Government has recognised the needs of rural NSW residents with this funding stream – often overlooked Regional NSW contributes hugely to the economy of the state and it is good to see that acknowledged.  I take this opportunity to thank Minister Toole for his ongoing support of Oberon’s funding opportunities. 

With the imminent closure of the Cobweb Craft Shop at the end of April, Council has been thinking about the future of the Bi-Centenary Tapestries. We have commissioned renowned local embroiderer Allison Snepp to assist us. The plan is to have the works removed around April 22nd, Alison will then clean the tapestries then assess and action any necessary repair work. Quotes will then be sought for “preservation framing” this will include new frames that have special UV resistant glass and are hermetically sealed to prevent dust, insects and moisture etc. affecting the works and causing any further damage. Preservation framing will allow greater flexibility when deciding where the tapestries should be hung in the future as the effect of light will not be a mitigating factor nor will the possibility of moisture absorption. Once this work is completed, Alison will advise on storage options until a new home is found.  At the next Council meeting I will be asking for a budget allocation for this work. The tapestries have a strong community connection and it is incumbent upon Council to ensure they are well looked after to be enjoyed by future generations. If any community members are anxious about this process, please pop in and see me at Council.

Clr Ian Doney is requesting interesting stories around the history of Oberon for publication in the Oberon Review on a regular basis. If you can assist please contact Ian on email ian.doney@oberon.nsw.gov.au 

Residents may have noticed the impact of Elm Beetle infestation on the elm trees around the LGA. This is a problem currently affecting many parts of the Central West and we are liaising with neighbouring councils to assess the best treatment options. 

Several weeks ago, I wrote to Minister Toole and Andrew Gee to enquire about any available drought relief initiatives currently available. I received a response from Minister Toole and information is now available at Council to assist those that may be experiencing hardship at this time. This same information is available from the following website www.nswdroughthub.nsw.gov.au

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of all Councillors to wish everyone a safe and happy Easter holiday. 

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz