Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz - Thursday 9 January 2017

At the time of writing this column 6/2/17 no official announcement has been made by either the Minister for Local Government the Hon Gabrielle Upton or NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian in relation to the forced merger proposal involving Oberon Council and Bathurst Regional Council. 

Residents may notice some disruption at the Administration Service Desk at Council this week due to the installation of infrastructure associated the Service NSW Oberon Agency. I apologise for any inconvenience but the result will be of benefit to the Oberon community.

Back to Business Week is a NSW Government sponsored initiative facilitated through the NSW Department of Industry. The aim is to promote and celebrate the success of small and medium sized businesses and the critical role they play in local communities across the State. Councils in NSW each received $5000 in funding to host an event in their community.  Oberon Council would like to invite current or prospective business operators of all shapes and sizes including retail agricultural/farming, tourism and hospitality to join us at Mayfield Gardens on Friday March 3 from 6pm.  So if you are looking to Grow, Start or Innovate your business don’t miss this. Our keynote speaker is Peter McMillan. Peter is the CEO of Regional Development Central West. The organisation can advise on funding opportunities (which are out there waiting) and organisational support to help you grow your business. This is a fully catered free event for Oberon business operators or prospective business operators trying to get their business off the ground. Please contact Kathy Beesley at Oberon Council 6329 8156 to reserve your place.

Council are currently surveying the community interest in setting up a temporary ice skating rink at Black Springs Hall during the cooler months April – September. Each household will have received a survey form with the February Community Newsletter. Please take the time to return this survey as we want to ensure if this project goes ahead it has community support and residents will actually use the facility. You can complete the survey online on council website www.oberon.nsw.gov.au.

Watch out for the Healthy Town Challenge collaboration between Oberon Council, Oberon Youth Council and the Oberon Health Council (OHC). The challenge has three main strategies one of which is healthy eating and exercise. Several corporate organisations in town will be joining the challenge and competing with each other for the best outcome. OHC were successful in obtaining a Veolia Mulwaree Grant for the installation of three water stations and are sponsoring one more to be installed around sporting fields, walking areas and the Main Street of town with the aim of discouraging the use of sugary drink and encouraging the healthy cold water option after sport or exercise. This inistiative will be launched at the Oberon Show. More to come on this as the challenge continues through until August this year. Get on board and help Oberon win the challenge from other competing towns.

It is disappointing that persons unknown are using the very popular recycling bins in North Street for dumping domestic rubbish, this is not the purpose of the bins and I strongly discourage this action. It would be a shame if the actions of a few had a detrimental impact on this recycling initiative.