Mayoral Column Media Release - 15 November 2018

One hundred years ago last Sunday November 11 1918 at 11am the guns fell silent in the Great War and we and other communities across Australia paused for the one hundredth time to remember the almost sixty thousand Australian soldiers and nurses who died on battlefields far from home. This equates to thirty eight young Australian lives lost every day of the one thousand five hundred and sixty days of WW1. Only two bodies were ever returned to Australia one of those being the “Unknown Soldier”. We will never forget.
Over three hundred people took part in the Oberon Relay for Life event, held at the Oberon Recreation Ground last weekend. Just under $50,000 was raised, all of which will assist research into cancer. I thank major sponsor Borg Panels, Council Staff, OYC and the local businesses that came onboard and supported the event. Jess Gearon and her team did an amazing job and I applaud the generosity of spirit that shines through the Oberon Community. Over the past five months we have had various Farmers Aid projects, Winter Warmers, Pink Up Oberon and currently Movember all of these worthwhile initiatives have been and continue to be well supported financially by our amazing community.  Thank you.
You can now pick up a registration form for the Swim-a-Thon from the Oberon Pool. Simply work out the number of laps you think you and your team can swim in two hours and the team closest to their target wins. Date is November 25 commencing at 11am.  Great prizes to be won, not only will you improve your own fitness but all proceeds will go to Diabetes Australia. So start training now. Sounds like a heap of fun. Also coming up at the pool The Oberon Youth Council are holding a “Dive In Movie” evening on Saturday 15 December the movie showing is “Moana”.  Cost is $5.00 for pool entry and movie. You can pick up a ticket from council admin office. Our Youth Council work hard and I ask you to support them and have fun at the same time.
This week staff commenced the removal of the old steel playground equipment and the diseased gum tree’s at Herb David Park in preparation for the installation of new play equipment and a park furniture upgrade. New native trees will be planted to compliment the site.  
Last week Oberon Council hosted the Board of our tourism peak body, Destination Network Country & Outback. The group visited town to hold their Board Meeting and familiarise themselves with Oberon and all it has to offer in the tourism space. This was a great opportunity to outline the potential of our town and board members were impressed with the tourism product Oberon can offer. The two day visit was extremely beneficial to Council in its programs moving forward. 
Later this month we will also be hosting the quarterly Centroc/NSWCJO Board Meetings, over thirteen Regional Mayors and General Managers will be in town over two days. A further opportunity to showcase Oberon.
Thank you to community members that have taken the time to engage in the new Community Strategic Plan process, for the next three Friday’s staff and councillors will be in the Main Street to speak with you on what you would like to see Oberon look like in twenty years’ time, what services do you think we need to work toward? Council would like to carry five or six key strategic achievable directions forward into the future, whether it is youth services, health initiatives, economic development, recycling etc. what is important to you? Amongst other events, a youth forum is planned to include our young people and a random telephone survey took place from November 5-12th.