I hope everyone enjoyed the recent long weekend and body clocks are getting used to daylight saving time. Did anyone forget to put the clocks forward……
I would like to acknowledge two retirements from Council this week. After 32 years of service to Council, Kathy Maloney who is Gardener in the Council’s Parks and Garden team, has decided to take life a little easier. Also after 8 years of service Kathy Beesley, Community Services Coordinator is leaving Council to pursue other interests including an expected new grandchild. Kathy Beesley has committed to an ongoing association with council working on a casual basis if required. I thank both Kathy’s for their long term commitment to our organsisation and wish them both a happy retirement.
Plans are well under way for Australia Day 2018 and we are now calling for nominations for the various awards. There are many deserving community members out there who have achieved much for themselves and their community. Pick up a nomination form from Council or the Council Library. I am pleased to advise that Borg Manufacturing will be coming on board as sponsors for 2018. The event will be held on 26 January 2018 at the Oberon Showground Hall. The program is currently being organised by the Australia Day Committee.
It was great to see the Parks and Garden staff busily planting trees at the Common last week. I would like to thank George Kemeny for donating trees and assisting staff with the planting.
New councillors are settling in well and have a busy schedule coming up with familiarisation tours of council facilities and infrastructure, training programs and staff “meet and greets”. Ahead for both councillors and the community is the new Community Strategic Plan (CSP) process. A new CSP is required to be formulated when a new council is installed. Look out for these engagement sessions, your input is critical for the future direction of council. Council will be visiting the villages ensuring a whole of community consultation process.
As part of the collaborative effort to promote more equitable outcomes for councils with a large proportion of unrateable land in their LGA’s, a motion is going forward to the Local Government NSW Annual Conference in December this year requesting action by the NSW Government. General Manager Gary Wallace and I are part of a working group of councils affected by this issue and this will be chaired by officers from LGNSW. As further initiatives are progressed, I will keep the community advised. I am aware this has been an ongoing issue over many council terms and one that the Oberon Community has a strong interest in.
The trout fishing season is now open, the local waterways have benefitted from restocking programs but don’t forget prospective anglers require a licence which is available from Service NSW located in the Council Administration Office. If you are lucky enough to catch a trout please be aware of size limits and I personally ask you to “kiss and release”. For your interest check out the “CAS Oberon Dam and surrounding rivers” Facebook page.
Don’t miss the Farmers Market this Saturday at the Showground.
Sadly, I attended the funeral of Max Sward last week. Max will be sadly missed in our community.