It is pleasing that Hathaway Cottages was successfully auctioned last week. The proceeds of the sale will now be reserved for low cost senior housing projects within the LGA.
Over one hundred and forty medals and awards were presented at the Chifley Local Area Command Ceremony held in Bathurst last Thursday. These awards recognise diligent service, bravery and commitment by our local police. Present at the ceremony were Acting Superintendent Chifley Command Peter McKenna and recently appointed Regional Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys. Family and friends of the award recipients could not have been prouder. For some it was an emotional experience, policing is a job I am sure I could not do but I have the utmost respect for those who can and appreciate the commitment that puts our police personnel in the front line when keeping our community safe and protected.
It was good to see some great funding opportunities for Regional Roads announced in the NSW Budget handed down last week. The completed upgrades mentioned by the Minister in last week’s Oberon Review article were from the 2016/17 Fixing Country Roads Program and we look forward to further opportunities under this program for the 2017/18 funding year. With the expansion of the Borg Panels plant and other economic activity happening in the LGA there will be increasing heavy haulage movements on our roads and with around sixty percent of Councils budget spent annually on road infrastructure, funding opportunities such as this, as with all rural councils, are vital. I can advise that council has received funding to continue with the Edith Road upgrade. Staff continued with footpath repairs this week with work completed on Dudley and Cunynghame Streets also Tarana Road. Some minor repairs will now be undertaken at The Common.
An additional Water Refill Station has been purchased by the Oberon Health Council and will be installed at the Oberon Pool Complex in time for the 2017 swim season, which considering the current cold weather seems a long time away.
With the Local Government Elections in September I would like to take this opportunity to remind you to ensure you are enrolled to vote, especially our young eighteen year olds who may be eligible for the first time. Voting in Australia for elections for all levels of government is compulsory and you may attract a substantial fine should you not fulfil this obligation. Details of how to enrol are available on the Electoral Commission website and enrolments can be done online. The deadline to be eligible to vote in the September Local Government Elections is 31 July 2017. I remind any prospective councillors that this is also the date candidate nominations open, close of nominations is 9 August 2017.
Be warned there are counterfeit $5 notes currently in circulation in the region; this appears to be a periodic issue.
Anti-Poverty Week commences on 15 October, I would like to see us as a community participate in some small way to raising awareness of poverty and hardship, to this end I will be seeking collaboration and input from various service organisations and community members for project ideas. If this is something you would like to be involved with please contact me. I am hopeful we can work on this project through the Community Services Committee. For further information you can log on to www.antipovertyweek.org.au
Around seventy community members attended the U3A Morning Tea last Saturday, what a wonderful organisation this is for our town, my congratulations to the committee for all the hard work they put into ensuring the ongoing success of the group.