Mayoral Column Media Release - 18 October 2018

While local governments have welcomed the additional funding for local libraries as an important first step, they only go part way to meeting the $94 million “Renew Our Libraries” objective set at the beginning of the LGNSW campaign to ‘double the funding'. The recent funding commitments are in place until 2023 and, without indexation or legislation to protect them, do not deliver a long-term funding solution. Funding will yet again quickly fall behind, delivering another crisis for public libraries in the near future. This is a scenario we must avoid. ‘Renew Our Libraries' goals for the next phase of the campaign are: Double the Funding - Index the Funding - Protect the Funding.

The Morgan Car Club will be in town tomorrow Friday Oct 19. This will be a big day with one hundred and fifteen vehicles and over two hundred people expected, they are being hosted by OTHR in collaboration with Council and various activities are planned. Shopping discounts have been offered to members by some local businesses. 

The rezoning of the Oberon Showground land is almost complete, this will enable the Trust to offer short term camping and caravan facilities. Along with the newly approved primitive camping option at the Reef Reserve this will go a long way to attracting the booming Grey Nomad movement to town. 

The Annual CMCA Rally will be winding up in Oberon on Friday October 26. Over twenty motor homes will be accommodated and hosted at the Oberon RSL their owners will be in town for approx. two days.

Some exciting news, council in collaboration with the Friends of the Oberon Library will host the Regional W2A Competition/Exhibition mid-2019. The venue is perfect…The Malachi Gilmore Hall. As host council we have designated the waste theme for the 2019 competition, organisers Netwaste will announce this soon. Oberon has embraced the concept of W2A over a ten year period it is great to be hosting the Regional Exhibition which is always amazing. 

A reminder that Australia Day Award Nomination Forms are now available from Council Admin, Oberon Library and online. This is your opportunity to recognise the amazing contributions made by members of our community. I encourage you all to be part of it and nominate someone you feel deserves to be honoured. There have been changes to the criteria this year and the nominee’s signature - therefore their consent to be nominated, is no longer a requirement. 

The Malachi Revival is happening this weekend; this will be a great event tickets can be purchased from the Malachi or online and are as cheap as chips. I urge you to get behind the great work being done at the hall by Lucy and John by supporting this event.
It’s good to see so many local businesses PINKING UP OBERON in support of the McGrath Foundation. All funds raised will assist in placing specialist nursing staff to assist women affected by breast cancer. Council and the Oberon Neighbourhood Centre are holding a Pink Community morning tea at the ONC at a date to be confirmed. 

Maintenance grading has been carried out on Glen Road, Jerrong Road, Felled Timber Road and part of Brass Walls Road. Parks and Garden staff have been busy mowing public areas in Black Springs and Burraga. As part of the Footpaths to Fitness project, construction of one hundred and eighty metres of footpath commenced in Burraga, but was interrupted by wet weather. Council’s crew will complete the job this week. 

Residents affected by Council’s Kerb and Guttering program will soon be receiving letters advising the scheduling. Work is anticipated to start within the next few weeks initially in Fleming Street adjacent to the Catholic Church.