Mayoral Column Media Release - 10 January 2019

Can I take this opportunity on behalf of all councillors and staff to wish the Oberon Community a very Happy New Year I hope 2019 is exciting for you and your families. 

I would like to thank the community for their support during 2018, difficult issues needed to be resolved last year, unfortunately some causing anxiety within sections of our community. It is my view that the community expects their councillors to be able to make these hard decisions in an informed and objective manner and implement them. Local Government is a rapidly changing sector and I look forward to the positive outcomes and opportunities that some of these changes represent for Oberon and having our voice heard when we feel changes are not so positive.  

We move into another busy council year with much happening. Work will commence on the new Skateboard Precinct mid-January followed by the Oberon Fitness Centre. Project proposals have been submitted to optimise the funding received through the Federal Government $1million Drought Communities Funding Package. A full list of projects that meet the funding criteria and are approved by the funding authority will be published for information when confirmation of approval is received. 

I am pleased to announce that Oberon’s Australia Day Ambassador for 2019 is Justin Herald. Justin is an Author, Entrepreneur and TV Presenter. Named “International Entrepreneur of The Year” in 2005 and awarded a Future Leaders Award recognisng him as being one of the fifty most influential leaders of the next generation in Australia, Justin created the clothing brand “Attitude Inc”  and is the Managing Director of “Customer Culture” one of Australia’s leading customer service and engagement training companies. You can find out more about Justin from his website we look forward to offering a traditional Oberon welcome to Justin on our National Day - January 26. Please look out for the full Australia Day Program over the next week or two. 

Well known Isabella resident Anne Russell will soon be relocating to Tasmania with her family. Anne has been a tireless worker over many years for the Black Springs, Burraga and Oberon Communities, her involvement with the Burraga Sheep Show Committee, the Burraga Ag Bureau and the organising of Dog Trials are just a few supportive roles she has played within the community. Anne was for many years an organiser of Burraga Seniors Week and the popular Seniors Lunch. The initiator of Oberon Writers Group and a judge of the Oberon Show Children’s Writing Competition, Anne was also an active member of the Friends of Oberon Library and contributed to establishing local radio station High Top FM. Anne was also the singular catalyst for the very popular “Music at Mt David”.  The "Accidental Ensemble” was formed under her creative and musical direction, and that group have gone on to perform comedy, song and verse in concert for the  entertainment  and financial benefit of the community. Anne has been an active contributing member of the now Black Springs Village Church. People like Anne often fly under the radar when it comes to recognition of their positive impact on the social fabric of our community. Always willing to get in and get it done and get it done well, Anne will be missed, but exciting new experiences await her I am sure. Oberon’s loss is Tassies gain. Thank you Anne.