Latest News from mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 4 August 2016

Last week I took part in a very productive meeting with the new CEO of Nectar Farms Stephen Sasse. Please note that the Media Release is available here for veiwing

In five days’ time on August 9 the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will be asking us to complete the five yearly census form, this year is the first time we will be asked to complete the form on line. Households will soon receive a letter with a unique Census 12 digit login. Every household must use it to complete the Census online, or follow the directions in the letter to order a paper form. In some locations, households will receive a paper form upfront, with the option to complete it online. For more than 100 years, the Census has provided a snapshot of Australia, showing how the nation has changed over time, all levels of government use this data when planning for the future and influences how government funds are distributed and services planned for communities. Data is also used by individuals and organisations in both public and private sectors to make decisions on policy and planning issues that impact the lives of us all. So it’s important to participate and give accurate data. You can request a paper form by calling 1300 820 275 24 hours a day. Just make sure you have your Census letter on hand so you can enter the 12-digit login number.

I attended the Skoda and Tatra Car Club Yuletide Dinner on Saturday night. Members of the club from all over the state congregated in Oberon for the weekend.  Plans are well under way to establish a Skoda Museum within the grounds of the OTHR Precinct in Oberon. 

It is Local Government week and council will be taking interested residents on a tour of the road infrastructure so far completed and paid for by the special rate variation agreed upon last year. Two bus trips are planned for Friday – Bookings essential please contact council to book a seat. 

I was pleased to be invited to attend the Oberon Public School Education Week Assembly on Monday and present the Citizenship Awards; this was an enjoyable way to spend the morning. Visitors in attendance were entertained by the students many staying to celebrate Grandparents Day. I was most impressed by the School Art Show – so many talented young people in our town. I congratulate the recipients of the Citizenship Awards for third term; these are our leaders of the future.

I along with Deputy Mayor Kerry Gibbons attended the Gurnang Life Challenge 300th Intake Graduation Ceremony held at the Shooters Hill Correctional Centre last week. This is a program run by the facility and its dedicated staff aimed at building self-belief, self-worth and prepare young offenders to face life back in society by equipping them with hands on practical and life skills. This is an impressive program with a high success rate. I congratulate the staff and the graduates of all 300 intakes. This program makes a difference.

At the time of writing this column, Tuesday August 2, no decision has yet been handed down in relation to the legal challenge against the forced amalgamation of Oberon and Bathurst Regional Council. 

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz