Mayor’s Column – Thursday 29 2021

Anzac Day was celebrated in Oberon and the villages last weekend. It was a pleasure to see so many of our young folk participating in the commemorations. I would like to acknowledge the management and staff of the Oberon RSL for hosting not only the 11am service but the very well attended breakfast. I know staff and board members were working well before Dawn Service to ensure hot food was available at the conclusion at no cost to the community and visitors alike. Thank you also to Bill, Neville, the Oberon RSL Sub Branch members, Ozy Youth Choir – Honouring Defence Personnel, the pipers and other participants for ensuring we could all take part in these important commemorations this year.

The Waste to Art Competition is not too far off. Oberon, its young people and wider community have traditionally supported this competition which aims to raise the awareness of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” when looking at ways we deal with waste. This year’s theme is Aluminium and Steel Cans – an easy medium to work with, this is a suggested theme only and works can be made using any recycled material. The exhibition opens on May 12 and will run through until May 15. Pop into the library for further information and to pick up an entry form. Category winners will go through to the Regional Competition to be held in July.

An updated version of the Oberon Telephone Directory is currently being compiled. If you would like to either amend your current details or if a new business or resident, apply for inclusion in the publication, please ring 02 6646 9466 by June 9 2021. The directory will be distributed to residents in mid-August.

Oberon Council is working closely with Minister Toole, TfNSW and Lithgow City Council to instigate strategies to improve the safety of the alternate access route into Oberon commencing Magpie Hollow/Sodwalls Roads through Tarana. TfNSW have conducted an assessment of the route which has resulted in suggested safety options. I encourage road users to consider using the recommended detour through Bathurst which is only seven minutes longer timewise but much safer. The problem is exacerbated by Google Maps and other GPS devices directing tourists and other visitors to our LGA along this route. The scheduled reopening of Jenolan Caves Road at Hampton is still uncertain at this stage but work is continuing to ensure this occurs as soon as possible.

Oberon Council is holding community consultation over the next couple of weeks for the draft 2021-22 Operational Plan and associated documents. We encourage the community to come along to the public meetings. (details of the meetings are on this page). Please register your interest in attending any of the scheduled meetings by contacting council. If you are unable to attend, the presentation will be available in May through a YouTube link that will be noted on council’s website. These plans will show the budget position moving forward and highlight how your ratepayer dollar will be spent in 2021-22. The plans will go out on public exhibition prior to adoption by council in June.

Fencing Contractors have almost completed the installation of a concrete Post & Rail fence along the Curtis Street boundary of the Oberon Common. The fence follows the undulation of the terrain and will see two hundred meters of fence installed along Curtis Street and part way into Dudley Street where it will temporarily terminate. Culvert work is expected to be completed this week on Carlwood Road in the vicinity of Sidmouth Valley Creek tributary. The work will allow for the widening of Carlwood Road at this location, please take care if travelling this road. Maintenance grading has been carried out on Mozart, Sloggetts and McKeon’s Creek Roads. Drainage improvement works and vegetation removal have been carried out on McKeon’s Creek, Burraga and Campbells River Roads. Signage has been replaced on Shooters Hill, Muirs, Beaconsfield and Mozart Roads and Edith Village. Road patching has been completed on Cook Street, Carlwood, Hazelgrove, Black Bullock and Beaconsfield Roads. The street sweeper has been busy with autumn leaf drop into the gutters throughout the town always an issue at this beautiful time of year