Mayoral Column Media Release - 01 November 2018

Last week Deputy Premier of NSW The Hon John Barilaro announced that water security, rapid intercity rail and mobile connectivity are among the regional projects into which the NSW Government will invest the $4.2billion realised from the sale of the Snowy Hydro to the Federal Government. Eliminating mobile black spots statewide is a project that will interest many of you I am sure. We look forward to seeing the details of all nominated projects.
Congratulations to Bronte Gavey from O’Connell who was selected as Oberon Showgirl for 2018/19 at a very enjoyable event held at the “new look” Showground Hall on Saturday evening. It must have been a very difficult decision for the judges to select a winner from such an outstanding group of young women. Congratulations also to Fiona Alamyar, Chloe Sheppard and Alexandra Sikima who will support Bronte during her year as Showgirl. It is heart-warming to see such confident special young women acting as ambassadors and role models for our community; you are all winners in our eyes. I must also mention Kate Bird and her team for hosting such a great event.
I would like to wish Julie Stott a great retirement. Julie has been a great advisor and fixer of IT issues at the CTC for many years and the community has certainly appreciated this. Good luck Julie.  

Oberon 2040 – Roadmap to the Future.
Have you got a BIG IDEA for Oberon? Would you like to have a say in what our community will look like in twenty years?  Council is currently undertaking consultation with the community and we want you to have your say and be involved in planning for OBERON 2040.

The development of our Community Strategic Plan prioritises what services and infrastructure we will need and want for the future and how as a community we can achieve this. This is your opportunity to help shape our great region.

There are many ways you can Have Your Say, simply go to our website: and click on Oberon 2040 to complete the survey. Council will also be conducting pop ups in the main street, connecting with our village communities, conducting a Future Leaders Forum with our Youth and running a photographic competition. Watch out for details of all these events on Council website and Facebook page.

Photographic Competition - Grab your phone or camera and be involved!!
We are so fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the world with a great history, magnificent scenery and real characters that make Oberon a special place to live.

As part of our engagement for Oberon 2040, council is conducting a photographic competition for all ages. Simply take a photo of your favourite place, scenery or catch a candid shot of the people that make Oberon and email to Council. Competition guidelines available online or from council Admin Office.

There are three categories, Junior up to 13 years, Youth 14-17 years and an Open Category 18 years and above. 
Prizes: Oberon Dollars
Junior: First Prize $100 Second Prize $50
Youth: First Prize $100 Second Prize $50
Open: First Prize $150   Second Prize $75
Photographs must be submitted online to or dropped into the Council office marked Oberon 2040 Photo Competition by 5.00pm Friday 27th November 2018. Entrants must clearly state name, address, email or phone and date of birth. The competition closes Friday November 27th and winners announced Tuesday 18th December.