The Minister for Local Government the Hon Gabrielle Upton has now officially announced that the NSW Government will not proceed with the proposed forced amalgamation of Oberon Council and Bathurst Regional Council. This means that Council is no longer constrained by Section 23A Guidelines and can proceed with “getting on with business”. I would once again like to pass on my thanks to the Oberon community, council staff and elected representatives who stood firm in their resolve to stand alone as a council. No doubt a series of watershed moments such as the Orange By-Election assisted us but the key was always to remain in the fight, which we did. I hope the whole of the community will all join us on March 25 at the Oberon Common to celebrate.
Minister Toole was in Oberon last week to officially present grant funding towards landscaping outside the Oberon Pool, it is in councils forward plan to refurbish and revitalise the inside of the complex. In the off season we are looking to replace the old wooden seating and repaint. The Oberon Pool is a work in progress, as funds become available the side walls will be added and poolside surfaces replaced but as many will appreciate budgets constrain us so it is a work in progress.
The Regional Zone 5 Showgirl Competition finals were held last Saturday evening at Mayfield Gardens. This was a great event and was acknowledged by the Sydney Royal Showgirl President as the best regional event he has ever attended, credit and thanks to Glenys Newstead and Cheryl Burt and their support team for showcasing Oberon through their hard work. The standard of the competition was high and I offer my congratulations to Oberon’s own Dominica Koudrin who presented very very well. From the fifteen regional finalists Maisie Morrow from Merriwa and Isabel Hawken from Rydal were chosen by the judges to go through to the final round at the Royal Easter Show representing the zone 5 region. Well done to all the young women who represented their communities in this competition, local shows are often the traditional lifeblood of rural towns with the Showgirl Competition an integral part of them. With young women such as I saw on Saturday evening I have every confidence our future is in good hands.
The Oberon Swap Meet is to be held this weekend, always a popular event. I went along to the Oberon Community Markets last weekend and congratulations to the organising team it was great and can only grow from here. Another hugely successful event last week was the Back to Business gathering at Mayfield Gardens. The evening was very well attended, connections were made and it is hoped opportunities for our local businesses will flow. Economic development and tourism are key factors in the growth of Oberon and exciting things will soon be happening in this space.
With so much road maintenance work currently being undertaken in the LGA I take this opportunity to thank the community for their patience whilst out and about in their vehicles.
Mayor Kathy Sajowitz