Mayoral Column Media Release - 04 October 2018

Following on from “pink up Oberon” month Council is encouraging our male residents to come on board and turn Oberon into MOberon for Movember. Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. This November we want everyone to support Movember, a charity initiative to raise awareness about men’s health issues. By getting sponsorship to grow a moustache, you can raise funds for research into prostate cancer and testicular cancer. This can be done simply by being clean shaven on 1 November and growing a moustache till 30 November.  Join the Oberon team at https://moteam.co/oberon with your Facebook account or email address.
The annual kerbside bulky waste collection for residential properties in the Oberon Township who currently receive a weekly kerbside collection service is scheduled between 15 - 18 October.  The collection will be split up into two areas. Residences that have Wednesday pick up your bulky goods will be collected on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 October your waste must be placed on the kerbside by Sunday 14 October and for those that get a Friday garbage collection your pickup will be on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 October your waste must be placed on the kerbside by Tuesday 16 October.  The following waste will be accepted for collection: whitegoods and household appliances, furniture, small car parts, hot water services and bagged items. Tyres will not be collected. 
As a result of the current policy of China to cease importation of recycled materials due to contamination, disposal costs of recyclables applied to Oberon Council have increased by 277%. This has precipitated a critical review of council’s current recycling situation. It has been decided to modify recycling services; this will involve the removal of the North Street recycling area for a period of six months effective October 10 and concentrate resources at the waste facility. This facility is manned, therefore the type of recyclable waste deposited can be monitored. As an offset the Waste Facility opening hours will extend one hour from 8am to 11am Monday to Friday, with acceptable recycled materials able to be disposed of free of charge. In addition, Council will continue to seek recycling opportunities including third party providers interested in establishing a Return & Earn collection point in Oberon.  If recycling is important to you can I suggest you make this known to council through the upcoming community engagement process to formulate the new twenty years Community Strategic Plan. A survey is available through the Council Facebook Page or direct through surveymonkey.com. For information, a full kerbside recycling service will cost upward on $300pa per household for residents in the township so I suppose the question is - are we happy with free drop off of recyclable waste at the tip or do we want the convenience of a kerbside pick-up and its associated cost.   
Congratulations to Bailey Nielsen on his election as the new Youth Mayor and to Malcolm Voerman and Ian Gasier the elected deputies.  Senior Council looks forward to working with the OYC team over the coming year.  Thank you to outgoing Youth Mayor Luke McFarlane for his contribution over the last eighteen months. 
Gravelling works are underway on Jerrong Road as well as maintenance grading being conducted on Emdenavale Rd, Sloggetts Rd, Wrens Nest Rd and Nupiers Rd. Councils concreting crew continues to construct a new footpath in Black Springs under the Footpaths to Fitness Program.. 
The 2018/19 Trout season is now officially open. Given the current dry conditions, many streams and rivers are experiencing below-average flows, however the spring weather and well-stocked waterways will still see fisher folk visiting their favorite fishing spots I am sure. 
I hope to see many of our local businesses at our Small Business Month Function to be held at the Malachi Hall on October 17. This is a free event so come along and make network connections with your fellow business owners. Guest speaker is Hayley Barrett from BizHQ and Lucy East new owner of the Malachi Hall. For catering purposes please book your space by contacting Mat Webb on 63298212