Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 3 August 2017

Please don’t forget to call in to the Friends of Oberon Library mega two day recycled book sale on Friday and Saturday this week, venue is the Community Centre. Every book and DVD etc. must be sold at just one dollar and of course monies raised are reinvested into the community through the library.

Nominations are now open for prospective candidates in the upcoming Local Government Elections to be held on September 9, closing date is August 9. Candidate Information Packs are available from Sharon Swannell at Council.

It was an absolute pleasure to attend the Education Week events at both Oberon Public School and Oberon High School this week. Our young people are doing amazing things. The Primary School students are benefitting hugely from collaboration with the Mitchell Conservatorium of Music through its Executive Director Graham Sattler who comes out to the school every Monday to work with the choir. It is very apparent that the students connect with Graham and they sound wonderful, but it does not stop there Peter Armstrong and Paul Smith also from the conservatorium work with the school band and the guitar group. This is a huge benefit for our students and thanks must go to the P&C for getting behind this program. Music is so important in all our lives - on so many levels. I also attended the High School event and was very impressed by the achievements and attitude of the students, “old boy” William Maloney was the keynote speaker, how impressive is this young man? I honestly feel we are well served by our youth who are of course our future.

I must mention the Oberon Hotshots Netball Team who are blitzing the competition this year, it is always difficult when you have to travel away for every game. So a good effort not only by the team but the parents and coaches who go above and beyond every week to ensure the girls get to the games.

Council is continuing to look at a range of projects to take advantage of the numerous funding opportunities currently on offer through the State Government Stronger Country Communities Fund. Community Organisations who may have a project in mind should contact council and check if it could fit one of the criteria. Funding opportunities are available across a broad range of interest including arts & culture, sport, tourism and infrastructure projects.

Please come along on August 12 when the Oberon Youth Council will be holding a sausage sizzle and wood raffle in the Main Street to raise funds to support Brooke Hotham achieve her goals in her chosen sport – horse cutting. Twice per year the Youth Council choose a young person from our community to assist by fundraising on their behalf, Oberon Council then match the amount raised. This is a great initiative which I urge to you to support by buying a ticket or enjoying a sausage sandwich. I would also like to thank the local businesses that are on board with the project.

It was good to welcome the NSW/Local Skoda & Tatra Register Car Club to town last weekend, the group have held their Christmas in July function and Annual General Meeting in Oberon for several years now and we look forward to the proposed museum project progressing. 

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz