Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 3 March 2016

Judging by the sounds emanating from the Showground last Saturday the Oberon Rodeo must have been a huge success. Well done to all involved. The next event is the Oberon Swap Meet also at the Showground on Sunday March 13th. Gates open from 6am.

Just a reminder the Australian Hearing Bus will be in Oberon on March 8 from 9am – 3pm.  Located in the Main Street it’s the perfect opportunity to have a free hearing check or to discuss any current hearing issues. No appointment is necessary just pop in.

 I am looking forward to attending the International Women’s Day event on March 9 between 6 – 9pm at the Library. Visiting author Kim Kelly will be the guest speaker. This is a free event but please register your attendance at the Library by March 5 for catering purposes.

The Oberon Pool will be open until March 20 this year, the advantage of having a roof over the facility. Let’s hope we enjoy some warm weather over Easter so our local community and visitors can enjoy this extended swim season.

Free tip day on March 13th that’s not only at the Oberon Waste Facility on Lowes Mount Road but at the transfer depots located in Burraga and Black Springs.

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Hans Hoegh - Guldberg last week, Hans and his late wife Isobel contributed to our community over many years, he was a gentle man in every sense of the word.

It was announced this week that The Hon John Cobb will not contest the upcoming Federal Election due later this year, I thank Mr Cobb for his service to the Electorate of Calare.  In the current climate of possible forced amalgamations, although a state issue, if amalgamations are forced it will be sure to have a detrimental impact on the Federal Election result for the coalition. So a new dimension is added.

By now all submissions to the Boundaries Commission Delegate have been lodged and we await the recommendation. The time frame for this is fluid and I am unable to shed any firm light on the timeline.

To support its submission Oberon Council commissioned an independent telephone poll of 403 Oberon residents to gauge current community opinion on the proposed forced amalgamation:  I can report that on the 4 questions asked:

“Do you agree with the State Governments intention to merge Oberon Council with Bathurst RC?” 85.8% said NO. and 14.2% said YES

I prefer Oberon to remain an independent rural council with local representation90.4% agreed and 7.4% disagreed

“Oberon Council best understands my communities interest” 92.1% agreed and 7.4% disagreed.

Do you believe amalgamation will benefit your local community82.6% said NO & 17.4% said YES

I sincerely hope that whoever dismantled and stole parts of the exercise equipment located in the Common is getting fitter by the day at the expense of the Oberon Community.

Don’t forget the Tablelands Way Farmers Markets this Saturday at St Barnabas Church.