Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 8 September 2016

There will be no official council election for Oberon this Saturday, September 10. As far as I am aware regardless of the outcome of the current legal challenge in relation to the forced amalgamation of Oberon and Bathurst Regional Council, the next time Oberon residents will have the opportunity to exercise their democratic right to choose who will represent them at a local level will be September 2017. All this of course is at the discretion of the Minister for Local Government also your Local Member Paul Toole.

Spring is here and its open garden time once again. From this Saturday the 10 until the 25 there will be two gardens open for visitors, Brenda Lyons Oberon’s very own daffodil guru will open her 3 acre garden Brydie Park on Sloggetts road, the second open garden Minjara is accessed through Brydie Park, over 10,000 daffodil bulbs as well as other spring plantings feature in these two gardens, so pop along and learn the various ways to plant the bulbs. Entry is $10 for both gardens refreshments available. Monies raised will go to the hospital auxiliary.

Every quarter council representatives from Oberon, Lithgow, Bathurst and Blayney meet with the Chifley Police Local Area Command for an update of police activity within the various communities. This is a valuable meeting for all participants. I am pleased to advise that incidents within the Command including Oberon have mostly declined over the past quarter with the exception of domestic assault, retail theft and stolen vehicles. Unfortunately there have been 390 incidents of fraud within the last twelve months across the Command with a big rise in telephone scams, the most recent relating to “cold calling” by people purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office chasing unpaid tax bills. The Police urge the public to be aware that anyone who requests or asks you to confirm any of your personal details over the phone should be suspect. Never give these details not even your name, reputable companies do not conduct their business in this way. Also emerging are incidents involving the pay wave function on your credit/debit cards. If your cards are lost or stolen report this to your bank immediately, it takes very little time for a thief to use the pay wave function at a variety of outlets. You may also want to think about shielding your cards from deliberate random scanning, it is easy with the right technology to walk past a person and scan their cards whilst still in a wallet or purse within a bag or pocket. The shields are readily available and cards just slip into them. I personally intend to purchase some. I am in the process of organising a Police Liaison Officer to visit Oberon and give a presentation on how we can be proactive in dealing with the scams and fraudulent schemes.

The P&F of St Joseph’s School are once again hosting their biennial Trivia Dance Night on Friday October 28 at the Oberon RSL Club commencing at 7pm. I recall the last event was a lot of fun so mark this in your diary and contact the school for bookings 6336 1384. $10pp book singly or tables of ten.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz