I thank the community for supporting the Oberon Democracy Day held last Saturday, what a great event this was, the sun shone as I knew it would and everyone had a great time. I would like to thank all the businesses in town that donated towards the day. I also would like to thank Mickey Pye, Kurt Booth, Nancy Dennis, the U3A Ukulele Group and Ian Gordon as well as Keeley Armstrong and Chloe Swannell also donating their time to ensure the day was a success. Our tireless Oberon Youth Council worked hard all day. What a great group of young people they are. It was good to see many of our absentee landowners came to town for the weekend to support the community and be part of the festivities. My thanks to Kathy Beesley, Lynette Safranek, the Community Services Team and all other staff who helped out. The Youth Council Fun Run was enjoyed by all with Beau Nicholl first over the line. It is envisioned that Democracy Day will be an annual event reminding us all how precious democracy is and how easily it can slip away, we need to be vigilant.
For any community members interested in becoming a nominee for the role of Councillor at the September 2017 Local Government Elections, the Electoral Commission has supplied information on the election process. I encourage everyone to participate in the administration of their Local Government Area. Although it is time demanding and a lot of commitment is needed to be an effective local representative, it can be a rewarding experience. The link to the information site is http://www.votensw.info/nsw_local_council_elections_2017/candidates_and_....
Did you know you could recycle your old computers, tablets and TVs at the Waste Depot for free! E-waste all electronic items that you no longer use or need. It’s simple, just take them to the Oberon Council Waste Depot on Lowes Mount Road where they will be dismantled, processed and recycled. For further information, contact the Oberon Council's Planning and Development Department on 6329 8100.
You may recall in December 2016 the Oberon Community Survey was conducted by telephone with permanent residents of the Oberon Local Government Area. There were 405 completed interviews with a response rate of sixty eight percent, this is considered a very high response rate for this type of survey and shows the community’s level of interest in the administration of the LGA. Information gathered will now be used as a platform for the 2017 Community Strategic Plan. Elected Representatives and Council’s Executive Management Team are continuing to work through the analysis of the survey ensuring that the community requirements and concerns are addressed through Council’s Community Strategic Plan. Results of the phone survey are now available on the Oberon Council website.
I have been advised that a public meeting called by a resident is scheduled next week sometime. After reading the flyer distributed to advertise this meeting, I would like to advise it is full of misinformation and I encourage anyone with concerns as to the content to come into Council to see me and I will be happy to address those concerns.
Mayor Kathy Sajowitz