Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 4 February 2016

You may by now be aware of the very exciting announcement that the company Nectar Farms is investing a total of $116 million to bring a staged 3 year project to Oberon. Nectar Farms are rolling out a series of glasshouse projects delivering high yield premium hydroponic vine crops including tomatoes, eggplant and capsicum. Along with a concurrent project to be located in Stawell, Victoria the Oberon site was selected on the basis of climate, low humidity, access to transport routes  and proximity to the Sydney market as well as availability of required facilities such as gas and water. The launch of the project was announced nationally on Feb 1 and will be launched by the company in Oberon on Feb 9 at the Oberon RSL Club. Community consultation and information sessions will be carried out by Nectar Farms, details of which will be advertised. It is envisioned that at full capacity 308 direct jobs will be created along with approximately 200 indirect jobs.   

Along with the current multimillion dollar expansion underway by Borg Manufacturing how can the Minister for Local Government possibly say Oberon is not Fit for the Future? Along with current subdivision plans the economic and population predictions for Oberon have never looked better.

Post the writing of this column the Oberon Boundaries Commission Delegate will have completed the first stage of the public enquiry process in her examination of the proposed merger between Oberon and Bathurst Councils. Council had a three hour meeting with Ms Brookes last Thursday and outlined our stance on the proposed merger, which was to rigorously oppose any such move by the Minister as we could see no benefit in such an action. Written submissions are to be received by February 28. As this is a Sunday, if mailing your submission please be aware you should have it in the post a few days before. Although uploading your submission online is the preference of the delegate, fax is another alternative, council are more than happy to assist with this whether you are in support of or against this proposal. I strongly urge you to make a submission as this decision will affect you and your children’s futures.

Deputy Mayor Kerry Gibbons and I are planning to contact all community and sporting groups over the next few days with the hope that we and other councillors can come along to your meetings and talk about the proposed amalgamation issue and its impact on your associations. Alternatively you can contact either Kerry or I if you are interested in this initiative. Phone Kathy 6336 0742 or Kerry 6336 0830.

The Australian Hearing Bus will again be in Oberon to assist with the early diagnosis of hearing issues by supplying free hearing tests. This bus travels to all areas of NSW and will be in Oberon on March 8th 2016.

The annual Heritage Steam & Vintage Fair is only two weeks away Feb 13. The Street Parade promises to be as exciting as ever with a few innovations this year. Mark Feb 20 in your diaries, don’t miss the Oberon Show.

The Oberon Farmers Markets are on this Saturday pop along for a hot bite to eat with the Australia Day Award winning Hospital Auxiliary Ladies cooking up a storm.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz