Mayoral Column Media Release - 20 September 2018

Last week I went along to the exhibition of work displayed by senior students at Oberon High School, the standard of work was very high, the visual arts exhibits were amazing. Several works were HSC projects and I can only say the creativity of our young people is astounding and well nurtured by dedicated staff.  I spoke to Justin Reynolds about his HSC work – an entertainment unit made from Mountain Ash, I am sure Justin’s family will enjoy having this piece of furniture in their home. I certainly would.  

Don’t forget the Friends of Oberon Library are holding the annual Giant Two Day Recycled Book Sale at the Robert Hooper Community Centre on Friday and Saturday this week September 21/22nd. The Friends of the Library gather up donated recycled books from the Library and community donations, they sort and grade the items which include Talking Books, DVD’s etc. then sell them for just $1 per item. All funds raised are reinvested back into the library to finance resources not normally covered by a tight library budget. So please pop along there are a diverse range of books available. 

Work is continuing on the construction of the Footpaths to Fitness project in Black Springs. Shoulder and drainage works have been completed to enable a flood free parallel alignment of the new footpath. The Ross Street paving works are almost complete. Both projects were funded through the “Stronger Country Communities” round one funding stream.

The first sod will be turned at the site of the new Skate Park Precinct at the Common, off Dudley Street on Friday September 21 at 10.00am. All welcome to come along, local member for Bathurst The Hon Paul Toole will be in attendance. It will be great to get this long awaited project underway.

As part of the Oberon Outdoor Week activities the Oberon Visitor Information Centre (OVIC) will be running fossicking education sessions on Monday October 1 at 10am, 1pm and 3pm. Come along and learn the skills and local tips for finding sapphires, zircons, gold and maybe the occasional diamond, all of which can be found throughout our region. 

Council will be working with Donna Galvin Consulting over the next few months to facilitate the community engagement process and production of the new Community Strategic Plan document which will become the community roadmap for the next twenty years. Council has identified that it can improve community engagement therefore we will be embarking on a different process to that which has traditionally been used in the past. Basically we will be coming to your organisation and other community stakeholder groups for input into what is essentially the communities’ vision of what Oberon will/should look like in twenty years. It is planned that the new document will be ready for public exhibition in February 2019.

I was very pleased to welcome Clr Carmelo Pesce, Mayor of Sutherland Shire Council to Oberon on Wednesday. Sutherland Shire Council in Sydney’s South is donating five semi-trailers of hay to struggling farming families across NSW and one of those semi-trailer loads was donated to our LGA. Mayor Pesce also bought with him a donation from his community of food and fuel vouchers all of which will be distributed through the Community Services Department of Council. On behalf of Oberon I would like to sincerely thank the Shire of Sutherland for their incredible generosity.

The Australian Reading Hour will be celebrated today, Thursday September 20th so I encourage everyone to take some time to relax stop what you are doing and pick up a book – one hour of reading reduces stress by 68% so I have decided to read for two hours and get ahead of the game!!

Congratulations to the Oberon Women’s and Men’s Hockey Teams who both won their Grand Finals last weekend.  The Oberon 2nd Grade Ladies Soccer team were narrowly defeated in their final over the weekend, best of luck for next year girls. I would also like to wish the Oberon Women’s 3rd Grade Ladies Soccer team good luck for their Grand Final next weekend. 

The NRL Finals Round is well underway - Go the mighty Rabbits………