Mayoral Column Media Release - 07 February 2019

On Tuesday Council received a visit from Beau Riley, State Candidate for Bathurst, Federal Candidate for Calare, Councillor Jess Jennings along with Senator Kristina Keneally to discuss issues of importance to Oberon. Councillors sought the Labour policy position on issues such as unrateable land, connectivity across the Blue Mountains, water security, small business incentives, weeds, pests and biosecurity funding. The meeting was a good opportunity to voice the concerns our community faces.

I am very excited and grateful that from April 7-12 Rural Aid and the Farm Army are coming to Oberon.  Rural Aid and around eighty volunteers from all over Australia will be descending on Oberon to lend a hand as part of the organisations community program which provides manpower and skills to assist local farmers and community groups with small projects.  Rural Aid General Manager Wayne Thomson has stated that “the charities new community based program focuses on the community holistically so we can have a great impact on residents and farmers”.  Council is supporting this visit by gathering requests from farmers for assistance on their properties and ideas from community groups for small scaled projects that will benefit the whole community. We need to provide a list of projects by February 24 2019 please do not be wary of coming forward, if Oberon cannot provide the projects the group may need to move on to a town that can. This is a great opportunity. Council is still seeking input for these projects. Please contact Lynette Safranek at Council before 24 February on 6329 8123 for a confidential discussion or to register your interest. After February 24th the Farm Army will determine which projects they will undertake and match the volunteer skills to it. Council will have no role in the selection process but we are working with various groups including the NSW Farmers Oberon Branch to ensure this initiative is a success.

It is great to see funding of $59,569 for the Black Springs Tennis Courts resurfacing project announced by the Hon Paul Toole MP this week. This funding is supported by a $500 contribution from Council. The people of Black Springs are very keen for the resurfacing of the courts which will allow them to have a Tennis Competition once again in the area.

Diary Date – Monday 18 February to celebrate the Seniors Festival 2019 a bus trip has been organised to Mayfield Garden departing at 10am from the Fleming Street bus stop and returning approximately 2.00pm. The cost is $9.00 per person which is inclusive of lunch at Mayfield Garden. Bookings are essential by Friday 8 February please call Council’s Community Services Team on 63298100. Don’t miss this one!

Don’t forget the Oberon Show this Saturday. The weather looks great, so much to see and do so lets support the Show Committee and get out there and enjoy the day.