Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 8 March 2018

The second round of funding under the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund opens on Monday 12 March 2018. This fund is part of the NSW Government’s overall $1.3 billion Regional Growth fund supporting infrastructure projects in regional NSW. Council has several projects in the pipeline for the second round of funding. We are expecting an announcement from Minister Paul Toole any day now on the outcome of the first round applications, amongst which is the skate park precinct project. Industry and other organisations in Regional NSW are eligible to apply for a share of $100 million in the second round. I invite organisations to speak with Council if interested in applying for this funding stream.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro has assured the Central West that it will definitely benefit from $4.15million NSW share of the $6 million sale of the Snowy Mountains Hydro. It was announced last week that the monies raised from the sale would all go to Regional NSW. Mr Barilaro announced he would be looking at “big picture” projects with the maximum benefit to the regions. I can think of many infrastructure projects that would benefit future generations including the Bells Line of Road project, fixing the telecommunications black spot issue in one fell swoop and of course road infrastructure.

With the imminent start of the winter sport season, all of us who have children or grandchildren play any kind of sport worry about them suffering concussion. State-wide guidelines for managing concussion in sport were recently launched by Sports Medicine Australia. The guidelines were developed as a result of a NSW Government grant of $78,350 which includes funding to run awareness workshops across NSW. I would encourage all parents, sports organisations and trainers to familiarise themselves with these guidelines and attend a workshop. The closest workshop to Oberon is in Bathurst which will be held on Monday 14 May 6.30pm-9.30pm at Bathurst Panthers. Registration is essential. Further information can be found on Office of Sport Website https://sport.nsw.gov.au/sectordevelopment/concussion .

Painting works on the Council Administration building and the new awning installation is now complete. The next phase is to spruce up the gardens around the building. A new Bus Shelter at the corner of Gingkin Road and Springmount Road is about to be installed in time for winter.

Essential Energy is asking customers to help provide safe access to their electricity meters therefore enabling meter readers to obtain an accurate reading on properties. Maintaining clean, safe access to electricity meters would minimise the need to estimate electricity usage. Some tips include secure animals away from meter boxes, locate fences and gates behind meter boxes and prune trees or shrubs that might impede access. Emergency service personnel may also need to access meter boxes during major emergencies such as a bushfire, house fires or severe storms. So it’s important to keep them accessible at all times.

After attending the Chifley Local Command Meeting on Monday, I can report that crime statistics in the command are mostly declining. Drug interventions are increasing which means more arrests. I look forward to meeting the new Sergeant of Oberon over the next few weeks once the changeover to the new Chifley Police District occurs on 11 March. The new district will include Oberon, Lithgow, Blayney, Bathurst, Cowra and Canowindra. Oberon will be allocated a Sergeant and three officers.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz