Mayoral Column Media Release - 17 January 2019

If your children or grandchildren are looking for something to do during the school holidays why not sign them up to ‘Build a Billy Cart’. When younger my brother and I spent many happy hours playing with home-made Billy Carts. These workshops are part of the Oberon Library School Holidays Activity calendar this old fashioned skill will be passed on by Oberon Mens Shed members; the date is January 22 from 10am – 2pm at the Mens Shed located at the Oberon Showground.  Bookings are essential and places limited so don't let you children miss out on the opportunity to have fun and learn this skill. Contact the Library ASAP on 6329 8220 to ensure a spot. The finished carts can be part of the display at this year’s Oberon Heritage & Collectors Club Fair scheduled for March at the Oberon Showground.

Excitement is building around the opening of the Skoda and Tatra Museum on March 2, I recommend you save this date in your diary. The 119th Oberon Show is only weeks away on February 9. I encourage the community to support the Show by going along, many local shows across the state are struggling to stay viable but thanks to Nick Wills and his hard working team who put in an enormous effort to ensure the Oberon Show stays fresh and exciting, the Oberon Show is thriving. Why not enter one of the sections and get your “name up in lights” more information can be found on the Oberon Show Facebook page/Website www.oberonshow.org.au

The NSW Health Department Mobile Breast Screen Van is currently visiting Oberon, located in Tally’s Lane until January 23. Please ladies take advantage of this important service by ringing 132050 for an appointment. 

The Draft Community Strategic Plan (CSP) document is currently on public exhibition and comment from the community is invited. You may like the current CSP concept or you may not - all comment is appreciated especially if constructive, by working together on this document and the subsequent Delivery Plan (which is the action document flowing from the overarching strategic directions outlined in the CSP) we will have a worthwhile roadmap into a realistic future for Oberon over the next twenty years.

Residents may have noticed the work being carried out on the awnings in Cook Park. Council approved this work in an effort to reduce the water and ice impact on the pavement along the Main Street. Your patience in relation to any disruption is appreciated. 

Council is taking steps to ensure the issue of unusually long grass and weed eruption as a result of the combination of hot weather and high rainfall throughout December and January is addressed by creating several casual positions in the Works Department. Whereas Council is not responsible for growth on private property there are clean up notification options available. If you are experiencing issues in this regard please contact council. A special thanks to Council staff who have attended the many calls outs to clear debris from the roads as a result of the severe summer storms we have been experiencing of late, unfortunately these storms have also impacted on the road network, staff have been busy making temporary repairs with more permanent repairs being scheduled for this week when all staff return from the holiday break. 

Please support the Oberon Youth Council event “Dive in Movies” this Saturday January 19 at the Oberon Pool commencing at 6pm. The movie showing is “MOANA” entry is just $5 bring your own floaty device. Tickets are still available from Council. 

On January 24 Council is hosting a morning tea to honour past Australia Day Citizens of the Year recipients. In conjunction with Oberon Art Council an Honour Board featuring the names of past Citizens of the Year will be dedicated and hung.