Mayoral Column Media Release - 08 November 2018

Thank you to community members who are supporting the Moberon for Movember project. The response has been amazing with over $1300 raised already. This is a council staff initiative and currently the team has around twenty participants. The town and all council vehicles has now been re-badged with a “mo” and we encourage as many people as possible to promote and advocate for the great initiatives the Movember concept create in the space of men’s health. Oberon Health Council is planning to run Mental Health First Aid courses in the community during the month of Movember. As part of this initiative the Library is featuring a display of books on men’s health specifically mental health and prostate cancer. These are just a few of the resources available on men’s health. To view all resources available you can pop into the library or check the library catalogue online through the Council website.
A big thank you to all local businesses, groups and individuals who participated in “Pinking Up Oberon” to help promote breast cancer awareness and raise funds for the McGrath Foundation during Pink October. $3296.55 was raised; the generosity of the Oberon community is amazing. Thank you to all the businesses that supported this event.
Unfortunately vandals have been active at the Oberon Common; three trees within the centre island garden beds of the carpark located off Curtis Street have been mindlessly attacked for the second time.  A report has been provided to the police, and a reward of $1,500 in accordance with Oberon Councils ‘Reward Scheme for Malicious Damage to Property’ will be offered. It is hoped this may assist in leading to the successful apprehension of the person/s responsible. Council staff are currently assessing the replacement of the trees. 
Gravel works on Jeremy Road are now complete. This work was carried out by council and funded by Forest Corp NSW, a collaboration which will enable the use of 23m BDouble logging trucks over the next few years.  Maintenance grading has been completed on Jerrong Road, Cosgrove Road and Mt Werong Road. Pothole repairs have been carried out on Duckmaloi and O’Connell Roads. Work to prepare various sites for heavy patching and stabilising are taking place. Please be aware that on some sites detours will be in place to avoid delays to motorists.   
I along with around one hundred and fifty community members attended the opening of the Oberon Sub Branch Museum extension. To conclude council’s five year project to mark the 100 year commemoration of WW1 “Oberon Honours the Anzacs” which you will recall commenced in 2015 with a street parade and other celebrations, a seat has been donated to the museum dedicated to and acknowledging, the contribution made by Australian Army Nurses Association members (AANS). Often overshadowed, nurses played a vital role in the war effort overseas and here in Australia once the Anzacs returned home. It has been a pleasure for me to research and put together a history of the AANS in the Great War, I have included information in relation to support services at home such as the Red Cross, VAT and the families left behind. This book was presented to the Museum at the opening for inclusion in its library.
I was also pleased to attend the official opening of the new Oberon RSL Bowling Green on Saturday. The new green which was a joint initiative from NSW Government, Clubs Community Grants, Oberon Council and Oberon RSL Club was officially opened by the Hon Paul Toole MP. This was followed by a mixed triples tournament with men and women bowlers from Clubs across the district including Bathurst, Lithgow, Wallerawang, Portland and Oberon. Its fantastic to see this project completed and Oberon now has a first class bowling green of a standard suitable for district and zone events.