Mayoral Column Media Release - 14 February 2019

I heartily congratulate the Oberon Show Committee for the amazing event last Saturday, the weather was perfect and both the Oberon and wider community turned out in droves to enjoy what was a great day. The Show was opened by Deputy Mayor Kerry Gibbons who took us back to shows of old. Also in attendance were Local Member Paul Toole and Federal Member Andrew Gee, it was great to see them there.  I also noticed aspiring State Election Candidates Beau Riley and Brenden May were out and about speaking with the crowd. So much work goes into organising events like this for us all to enjoy, I am sure that Nick, Yvette and the Committee were both exhausted and elated with the results. 

It was announced this week that funding of $13,638.has been awarded to Oberon Rotary Club towards the upgrade of the Falls Hill Rotary Lookout. The upgrade is a long term project and this will be a great boost to this hard working group of volunteers.

The Seniors Festival is in full swing with a host of activities for local seniors. Potters Needs will be holding a Cheese making workshop and lunch; the Needleworkers will be displaying their beautiful works at the Community Centre, the Library will be holding Family History sessions and a special Grandparents Storytime. Don’t forget this Monday the Mayfield Garden Bus Trip, which includes lunch for only $9 for local seniors - there are still spots available on the bus, so please contact council and book a place.   Burraga Ag Bureau are hosting the Annual Seniors Lunch on Sat 16th…I will see you there. 

Oberon Council is proud to support community organisations, schools and individuals each year through the Section 356 Financial Assistance Grants program. We value the work of our volunteers across the broad spectrum of our community and this is one way to recognise their contribution. Applications are now open and I invite you to submit your request by Friday March 22 2019. Applications received after this date are unable to be considered. If your organisation has not received an application form in the mail I suggest you download it from Council Website or call into council and pick one up. Last year council allocated funding of approximately $90,000 which assisted/supported over 45 organisations through this funding initiative. 

Council continues to lobby in relation to the Unrateable Land issue, a matter of concern not only for Oberon but other affected LGA’s across the state. The lack of response from Deputy Premier Hon John Barilaro and Minister for Forests the Hon Paul Toole MP is disappointing despite meetings and previous assurances that the issue is being considered “holistically”. I understand it is not an easy problem to deal with but there must be options available and ignoring the issue will not assist. The silence from the Ministers since June 2018 has been deafening despite steady correspondence from Council promoting the matter which is of vital importance to Oberon.  This matter has the support of LGNSW, ALGA, NSW Farmers and NTCA and thirteen Councils across the State.

Tickets are being snapped up for the International Women’s Day Lunch on Saturday March 9. Keynote speaker this year is Ms Sue West. Please call Sharon on 6329 8151 to reserve your place.

I was pleased to hear the Robey Independent Living Centre is reopening on 18 February. For further information please contact the Oberon MPS on 6336 7200 from 10am to 2pm Mondays or Thursdays.