Latest News from mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 28 September 2017

The new council is now sworn in and ready to work hard ensuring good outcomes are delivered for the Oberon Local Government Area over the coming three years. Just a reminder that I am available each Monday to speak with any community members who may have concerns or issues they would like to discuss. You can ring Sharon Swannell on 6329 8151 for an appointment. If Mondays do not suit I am sure we can come to an alternate arrangement. Remember if council is not aware of your concerns we cannot hope to address them.

Last week I attended the Regional Volunteer of the Year Award Ceremony to assist with the presentation of the awards. Volunteers across our region accomplish extraordinary things across a range of organisations. Congratulations to all award recipients.

The Robert Hooper Community Centre Function Room has been freshly painted and the Oberon Treasures are being re-hung. Council is now looking at options to temporarily cover the sky lights when it is necessary for users to operate a data projector. The E-Book Platform is now live at the Library, pop in with your device and staff will be able to assist you download the App and set things up, it is a simple system. There are limited devices available for loan on a short term basis should you want to try the platform out before you invest in your own device.

Regretably over the past week or so there has been unacceptable items placed within the recycling bins and surrounding area in North Street. These items have included dead animals, food waste and assorted non-recyclable waste. The fact that a minority are using the bins for illegal dumping could ultimately put the future availablity of the facility at risk. This type of activity puts an unfair burden on staff who have to sort the recyclable rubbish and dispose of the rest. Council are currently looking at their options in regard to the future of the recycling bins.

Work continues at the Oberon Common, turf has been laid around the site of the new BBQ Shelters and it was great to see a birthday party in full swing over the weekend.

I will be attending a Memorial Service on Friday honouring Dennis Carey who created the highly successful Gurnang Challenge for young offenders at the Shooters Hill Correctional Centre. This project has been amazingly successful and makes a difference to many.

Work will commence very soon on the Skoda/Tatra Museum Project, the museum will be located within the OTHR Heritage Rail Precinct and is expected to be up and running early in 2018.

Councils website now has a Community Calendar link, this calendar can be accessed by organisations within the community to either add an event for information or check what other events may be planned for a specific date. This will assist with future planning, ensuring events are not competing as so often happens. There will be an official launch of the site in the near future, but it is live now. Interested parties can speak with Community Services Staff at council for further information.

Don’t forget Daylight Saving begins this Sunday.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz