Mayoral Column Media Release - 11 October 2018

Council has received notification from Dr Kerry Chant, Chief Health Officer, NSW Ministry of Health that authorisation to fluoridate the Oberon reticulated water supply had been granted. This came as a result of a resolution passed by council on July 17 2018 to apply to NSW Minister for Health to do so. The authorisation was gazetted on Friday October 6. Council will now engage with NSW Health – Water Division re the implementation of the project. 

Last week saw the launch of a two month consultation period with residents and stakeholders who wish to have input into the new Community Strategic Plan Process “Oberon 2040 – Roadmap to the Future”. Where do you want see our community in twenty years’, the time to formulate that vision is now. There are a number of ways you can input: An online survey www.surveymonkey.com/r/oberon2014 by attending the various planned community meetings, taking part in the “two hundred people” phone survey if called or going along when staff visit your community organisation. Keep an eye on the Council Website or Facebook page for upcoming events including the Future Leaders Forum which will ensure our young people have their say.  I encourage you all to be part of the process, the outcomes will affect us all. 

Good luck to our young people who will be sitting the HSC Exams from October 18 – November 8 and whilst an important gateway to the next stage of your life it is not the only pathway to where you want to be. There are many opportunities out there.

The Oberon Council Golf Day will be run on Friday November 30 this year. Entry is open now and as usual there will be great prizes on offer. The event will commence at 9am for breakfast for a 10am start. Entry fee $50 per player.

It was a pleasure to attend the recent Masonic Deb Ball at the Oberon RSL, the young ladies looked stunning as did their partners, around two hundred guests enjoyed the event. 

Work to install a new bowling green at the Oberon RSL is underway and the opening is scheduled for Saturday November 3 at 12.30pm. This will be followed by a game of Mixed Triples, a BBQ and entertainment. There is $3,000 in prize money on offer so why not participate and support the club. 

Geotechnical Investigations have commenced at the Oberon Sewer Treatment Plant in preparation for the final design works to upgrade this facility. This has involved the digging of a number of deep holes to ascertain the suitability of the ground to support the new structures. 

Construction of the two hundred metres of new footpath in Burraga as part of the Footpaths to Fitness project has commenced. 

Council and Forestry Corp NSW have agreed to collaborate on upgrading Jeremy Road. Forestry will contribute $200,000 and Council workers will implement drainage works, gravel resheeting and maintenance grading to the full length of Jeremy Road, this work will sustain future logging operations.  This is a good example of a co-operative effort to improve a local road for the forest industry and also be of benefit to the local community.

The upgrade of Herb David Park is expected to start in a few weeks with the arrival of new playground equipment.

I recently attended the National Police Remembrance Day Service in Bathurst to commemorate the sacrifice of Australian Police Offices killed on duty. They died to ensure we are safe. We honour them.