Mayoral Column Media Release - 13 December 2018

♫ It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….. The Littles A’s Carols on Friday, The Fish River Festival and the Combined Churches Christmas Production on Sunday were all well attended and enjoyed by all. A great community effort for the OBTA Christmas Lights Competition this year including entries from the villages – the Black Springs Hall looks amazing. 
Speaking of Black Springs I attended the Black Springs Public School end of year presentation last week, always enjoyable to visit this unique small school, all ten children perform in the school band under the passionate tutelage of Rob Shannon we enjoyed several items from the group including the winning eisteddfod piece. I also attended the Oberon High School Presentation and offer my congratulations not only to the high achievers but to all students and staff who strive to maintain the great reputation the school enjoys.

As part of the Stronger Country Communities Funding new shade structure over the existing playground in Connell has now been completed this addition will provide comfortable protection to all users.

The rehabilitation work on Abercrombie Road is now finished, the erection of guide posts and line marking is all that is required to complete the works program. Maintenance grading has been carried out on Baileys Lane and Greywacke Rd. Our Parks and Garden staff are working hard to ensure all open spaces are looking spot on for the holiday period. 

The Visitor Information Centre is in the process of developing an Oberon Wine and Food Trail and as part of this project; staff recently visited three vineyards in the region that are participating. The wine trail will include unique wine and food experiences and is expected to be launched in April 2019. This is exciting and will add not only to the Oberon Visitor experience but will be enjoyed by our local community as well. There are some exciting events planned for 2019 and I cannot wait to announce them in the New Year. 

The Oberon Library is currently hosting an exhibition of artworks by a local artist who is inspired and motivated by Japanese art, haiku poetry and nature. I recommend you pop into the library to view this interesting exhibition.

Councils Community Services Staff have finalised the 2019 Seniors Festival Program featuring a range of activities including two Family History Sessions and a Grandparents Storytime and morning tea hosted at the library. Seniors can also enjoy a bus trip to Mayfield Garden including lunch. The community is on board with a display of work by the Oberon Needle Workers and a Cheese Making Workshop hosted by Victoria Theyers. The full program is available online look out for further information on the festival over the coming weeks.

A REMINDER - On December 19th the “Welcome New Residents to Oberon” afternoon tea will be held at the Robert Hooper Community Centre commencing at 6pm. 

Good luck to the many community members who entered the Oberon 2040 – Roadmap to the Future Photographic Competition which will be judged today Thursday 13th. I look forward to some of these images being featured in the final CSP Document. 

Traditionally there will be no council meeting held in January. 

I urge everyone to have a Plan B when out and about celebrating the holiday season.  A designated driver or a taxi may be the better option to keep not only yourself safe but your families and the wider community as well.  

Only twelve more sleeps until Santa visits Oberon……