Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 4 May 2018

Local member Paul Toole has advised that local community organisations can now apply for the next round of funding for local projects up to $20,000 under the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program. Infrastructure Grants support new or upgraded community facilities across arts and culture, emergency preparedness, and sport and recreation. You can apply for these funds independent of council.  Applications are open from May 1-21. For more information please contact Paul Toole’s Office or Oberon Council.  This is a separate funding stream to the Building Stronger Country Communities Fund applications which were recently submitted to council and prioritised last week. Healthy Lifestyle definitely a winner there!!! A Fitness Centre for Oberon was prioritised as the number one project and the second stage of the Oberon Pool upgrade as number two. All of the approved applications will now be submitted, outcomes should be known by October. 

Good news received this week - Deputy Premier John Barilaro along with Minister Paul Toole visited Jenolan Caves to announce $8.6 million in much needed funding for this iconic World Heritage Precinct. This funding will deliver major upgrades to the Caves Administration Centre & Guides Office the Blue Lake also planned is the construction of a new walking track and lookout. Currently attracting over 230,000 visitors annually this funding will provide a huge tourism boost for not only Oberon but the region. The project will generate at least forty jobs regionally during the construction phase, and an extra fifty jobs in the local community into the future.  Project construction is expected to begin by the end of this year and completed by December 2021. With the newly renovated café now open a visit to the caves is worthwhile. 

Last week, staff carried out substantial maintenance work on the Hazelgrove shared pedestrian, bicycle and walking track, overgrown vegetation and debris has been removed allowing much easier access. 

Don’t forget Waste 2 Art is happening next week, please deliver your art works to the Robert Hooper Community Centre on Monday morning. The exhibition opens on Wednesday May 9.

Although sad to see the Cobweb Craft Shop close, it is exciting to hear the plans of new owners Lucy and John East to bring the Malachi Gilmore Hall back to life. The “Malachi Revival” is planned for later in the year, this will be an opportunity for the local and wider community who have a connection to this grand old 1937 Art Deco building to revisit, Lucy is seeking old photos of the foyer of the building. Can you assist??

For those that are waiting - I am advised that the flu vaccination will be available in mid-May. Dietmar and I are looking forward to welcoming our first two Great Grandchildren this year (very very excited) the family have been reminded by the prospective parents that we all need to have a whopping cough booster shot if we want to have “cuddles” with the new babies. After checking with the health professionals it seems anyone in contact with vulnerable newborns or elderly folk should consider having the vaccination. I urge you to consider this, whooping cough is an awful disease that appears to be making a “comeback”. 

Farmers Markets this Saturday at Oberon Showground and I am reliably informed that we can expect rain on Thursday/Friday, Mmmmmm!!!!!

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz