Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 30 June 2016

In case it has escaped your notice, voting day for the Federal Election is this Saturday, July 2nd. I mentioned last week that “your vote is your power”. This was highlighted last weekend in the UK when British voters, against both the predicted trend and advice of prominent politicians and business leaders, cast their ballot to exit the EU. This illustrates that when people feel disenfranchised and their elected representatives are not listening, eventually they will stand up to be counted. I read with interest over the weekend that NSW Premier Mike Baird is so concerned over growing community resistance to current NSW Government Infrastructure Projects that he has awarded contracts worth $12.6 million to five consultancy companies to manage and implement “community relationship” programs that the Premier hopes will smooth over the growing unrest. Forced Amalgamations have generated just as much unrest amongst communities not only in the city but regionally, is there is a lesson to be learnt here?

During the run up to the July 2 Federal Election I can report that councillors and staff have met and had discussions with the following candidates for the seat of Calare.  Dr Jess Jennings twice, including an explanation of how de-amalgamation may work under a Labor Government. National Party candidate Andrew Gee twice, the Greens Candidate Delanie Sky who attended a community meeting along with David Shoebridge and NXT Candidate Rod Bloomfield on two occasions. These candidates along with Independent Anthony Craig all attended the recent Maintain the Rage Rallies held in both Oberon and Cabonne. From feedback received, I can report that Oberon residents appreciate the Candidates taking the time to make themselves known in the LGA and offering support for the current forced amalgamation legal challenge.

The NSW/ACT Regional Achievement Awards were launched last week. These awards are designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout regional and rural NSW and the ACT. The Awards aim to encourage those working in rural and regional areas helping to support, and enhance the social, economic, commercial or environmental prosperity of their region. Awards such as these create an opportunity to say thank you to businesses, community groups and individuals who work tirelessly in developing their chosen fields of endeavor. Categories include Aged Care, Tourism Event, Community Manager, Volunteering and Community of the Year. If you would like to nominate a person or organisation please contact me personally or visit www.awardsaustralia.com for further information.

My congratulations to all the award winners at the 2016 Regional Waste to Art Competition held last weekend in Condobolin. Oberon was successful in gaining seven awards including “Best Overall – Used Tyre Theme.” For a small council competing against twenty three other mostly larger councils, this is a great achievement.

My thanks to Oberon Council staff who went above and beyond throughout the weather event over last weekend, inspecting roads and keeping the community informed of unfolding events. Another example of how Oberon pulls together when challenged.

Oberon Farmers Market on Saturday – see you there.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz