After a week’s holiday on beautiful Norfolk Island, I am ready to embark on what I am certain will be a very productive year for council. With issues such as Unrateable Land, Major Infrastructure Projects, Fluoridation, the East Oberon Sewerage Project, Economic Development and the huge increase in new subdivisions not to mention several major tourism initiatives in play, 2018 promises to be a busy year. Council will be engaging with the community in preparation for formulating the Community Strategic Plan which is council’s road map for the next three years and beyond, this plan underpins Councils future direction and your input is very important. We will be visiting the villages as well as holding meetings in the town, please look out for the scheduled dates. February and March are shaping up to be very busy months for community events, we have not forgotten about the Oberon Democracy Day Community Concert which will be deferred until things quieten down a little. Work on the refurbishment of Council’s Administration Office is almost complete. Painting has also commenced within the Chambers, all works are expected to be completed by the 16 February 2018. I thank the community for their patience in dealing with the closure of the footpath.
Incorporating the Seniors Festival (formerly Seniors Week), an Inaugural Lifestyle and Wellbeing Festival 2018 will commence from 10am Friday 23 March 2018. There will be various activities to help celebrate this event including a colour run to include all Oberon schools, stalls, workshops and visit by St Joseph’s students to The Oberon Village Aged Care Facility. All seniors are invited to attend an afternoon tea at St Joseph’s School during the afternoon. This event is being organised by local community members, St Joseph’s Catholic School, Oberon Council and the Oberon Health Council who are working to bring together a collection of local health and wellbeing options to help raise wellbeing awareness for community members of all ages. The purpose of this event is to help build and nurture a healthy happy community. You will hear more about this event over the coming weeks.
Congratulations to OBTA on the production of the new look Oberon Telephone Directory, it looks great. If you have not received a copy there are still some available from the Oberon Visitors Information Centre in Ross Street. International Women’s Day is on March 8th, I am pleased to announce that planning for the second Mayoral Lunch to celebrate this important day is well underway, as soon as I have finalised the guest speaker tickets will be available, I really look forward to joining the wonderfully interesting and diverse women of Oberon on this day.
Come along to the Oberon Library at 3pm on Friday February 23 and enjoy a visit from author Noel Braun who will speak about his latest book “I Guess I’ll Just Keep on Walking.” Noel was deeply affected by the suicide of his wife of forty two years and decided to embark on a healing journey walking the “Camino Track” the ancient pilgrimage route that leads across France and Spain to Santiago de Compostela, the struggle to find himself is ongoing. I encourage everyone to come along and listen to Noel speak, it is inspiring. More information is available from the Library.
Mayor Kathy Sajowitz