Mayoral Column Media Release - 14 March 2019 March 2019

The long anticipated work to replace the Abercrombie Bridge and remediate the approaches has commenced. The joint $1.5million project will see the replacement of the fifty year old wooden bridge with a relocated concrete culvert bridge. This will greatly improve the safety of traffic using the Abercrombie Road and will better cope with any future flood events. The total project is expected to be completed by early June. 
Maintenance grading on Isabella Road has been carried out. Road Patching has been completed on the following roads: Tarana Road, Dart Street, Albion Street, Gingkin Road and Edith Road. Parks and Garden staff have been busy mowing O’Connell, Porters Retreat, Shooters Hill Cemeteries, Buckley Crescent, O’Connell Road, Edith Road and Black Springs roadside verges. Due to the dry conditions it has been necessary to commence watering of street trees at Flat Rock, Duckmaloi Road and in the O’Connell Village including Hassall Park. Our outdoor staff are to be congratulated on the great work they do.

I have been advised by the General Manager of Rural Aid Wayne Thomson, that the planned Farm Army Project for Oberon has been postponed indefinitely. In light of the worsening drought situation a decision was taken that efforts may be better placed further west. Whilst this is disappointing after the effort put in by council staff and the community to source projects in Oberon, it is understandable under current circumstances. Local farmers in need have been identified through the process and at the suggestion of Mr Thomson these folk will be referred directly to Farm Aid; various forms of assistance are available through that organisation. Mr Thomson also requested that farmers should register through www.buyabale.com.au should they need assistance with feed. 

Registrations for the W2A Weaving Workshop to be held Saturday March 23 are now open.  This year’s W2A theme is “Baling Twine”. Weaver Sally Blackwell who works with natural fibres and recycled materials will conduct the workshop. The workshop is free for Oberon residents, to register or for more information please contact the Oberon Library 6329 8220

A would like to thank the wonderful women of Oberon who attended my International Women’s Day Lunch last weekend. A great afternoon of good company, good fun, lovely food and an appreciation of the ongoing campaign for gender equality. 

Congratulations to Oberon Youth Council Mayor Baily Nielsen and Deputy Mayor Malcom Voerman, who have been selected to attend the NSW Youth Week 2019 Forum. The Forum is in April at NSW Parliament House. This Youth Week Forum is a one-day event that brings together up to one hundred and fifty young people from across NSW. Participants will take part in a series of activities enabling them to have their voices heard by government representatives and decision makers. This will be a great experience for our aspiring young leaders.

Don’t forget Pre Polling for the upcoming NSW State Election commences at the Robert Hooper Community Centre on March 16 and closes on March 22. 

The Heritage & Collectors Club Fair is on this Saturday March 16 at the Oberon Showground, lots to see and do. 

The Hon John Barilaro recently announced an election commitment in relation to road infrastructure funding initiatives which include provision to address heavy haulage impact on priority local roads in selected council areas. Oberon is one of these council areas. Whilst there is no mention of a rating restructure on unrateable land this commitment does recognise there is an issue. An update on the unrateable land issue and some details of this funding commitment should the coalition win the upcoming NSW Sate Election, will be available at the March Council meeting.