Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 4 May 2017

I welcome Gary Wallace to his role as General Manager of Oberon Council; I look forward to working with Gary to implement the future vision of Council.

All four Community Consultation meetings have now been concluded, council was able to gain some valuable feedback through these forums. The next step is that the 2017/18 draft Operational/Delivery Plans will be formulated (including community input) and these documents will go on public display for further comment before being presented to the June Council Meeting for adoption. I mentioned last week that we were expecting a response from Minister Toole on unrateable forestry land and a more equitable contribution to haulage impact on the LGA road network. I can now report that the Minister is meeting with council on Monday May 15. We look forward to a productive discussion with both the Minister and Mr Molkentin from Forestry Corporation.

I attended the opening of “Quilts in the Shearing Shed” last week at O’Connell, An amazing display and well patronised, I hope we will see more of this type of event in the district in the future. I spoke with quilters from as far afield as Victoria and Queensland who had travelled to be part of the show. Brigitte Giblin is the talented quilter behind this event.

Oberon Council, as part of the annual Community Donation Scheme allocates funds to the Western Academy of Sport to assist with programs that support our talented sportspeople. Eighteen Councils support the Academy and I can report that Oberon participants Kalinda Robinson represented NSW in the Junior Track Championships during 2016 winning three medals also Jakiya Whitfield was awarded the 2016 Rugby 7’s strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year and was also a nominee for the Chairman’s Award for Excellence. Its great to see our young folk benefitting from these donations and achieving their goals.

In collaboration with OBTA and the Central West Business Enterprise Centre Council has organised a workshop for local businesses on E- Marketing. Any business, prospective business or community group can benefit from media marketing and this basic course will greatly assist. The cost is $25 per business/group and you can send along multiple participants. The date is May 25 at the Community Centre. Please ring Sharon Swannell on 63298100 to reserve a spot. The workshop will run for approximately one hour and will be facilitated by Caddie Marshall from Adloyalty.

Most ratepayers will by now have received the latest valuation notice from the Valuer General Department also advising the implementation of the Emergency Services Property Levy which will appear on your council rate notice from July 1. This is a NSW Government levy based on your land value; Local Councils have been instructed to act as the collector of the levy which will be then paid to the NSW Government.

The new “kiss and run” drop off zone at Oberon Public School is now in operation and a general tidy up of the road has been carried out. A good initiative to assist parents and ensure the safety of students.

I think I saw the Daffodil Fairies (FEVS) out and about at the Common earlier this week, I am sure to see a great display of spring blooms as a result.

A huge range of stalls will be at the Oberon Community Markets this Saturday at the Showground, don’t miss it.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz