At the time of writing this column the result of the Federal Election is still in the balance. National Party candidate Andrew Gee was successful in winning the seat of Calare. I offer my congratulations to Andrew and I look forward to working closely with him in the future to achieve good outcomes for both Oberon and our region. Pre-election, Andrew committed $100,000 towards our community hub project. Council was lucky enough to secure $120,000 of funding from NSWPL which was matched by Council in the 2016/17 Operational plan. Now as a result of Andrew’s Federal Funding commitment we will be commencing this $340,000 project as soon as possible.
Speaking of the election, it was a very cold experience for support workers of all parties handing out “How to Vote” pamphlets on Saturday. Dedicated individuals all.
The Oberon Common masterplan will soon be on public display. The Common is an integral part of our town and a space much used by locals and visitors alike. Please take the time to look at the plan and put in a submission. We want your suggestions as to what facilities you would like to see and how you see the Common developing into the future.
As part of the town improvement fund Council will be not only investing funds into the Common but into improving the Oberon Recreation Ground during the off season. I am sure this will be welcomed by the sporting groups that utilise this facility. Residents can also look forward to some extra street furniture and tree planting as part of the 2016/17 spend.
I was pleased to draw the winning ticket in the Oberon Headquarters RFS raffle last Sunday. Just over $700 was raised. One of the youngest members of the group Dylan Boyd chopped and donated the load of firewood, also spending most of the bitterly cold weekend selling tickets along with Ceanne, Michele Morgan, Lance and Russell. Great to see our young people involved in this organisation. The lucky winner was Adrian Cessarone. I along with the organisers would like to thank everyone who contributed by buying tickets.
We have a new recently elected Show Committee, congratulations to all incoming members as well as thanks to outgoing volunteers. Council will be supporting the organisation of the next show scheduled for 17 Febuary 2017. Country Shows are central to regional communities and I’m sure the new committee are already working hard to ensure the success of the Feb event.
As of today 5 July, no judgement has been handed down in relation to the legal challenge mounted by Oberon/Cabonne/Others against the validity of the merger process currently being pursued by the Minister for Local Government Paul Toole.
Lastly can I just mention that one of our local Councillors Jill Evans is currently facing some health challenges and I am sure I speak for you all when I wish Jill all the very best.
Mayor Kathy Sajowitz