Mayoral Column Media Release - 21 March 2019

The Black Springs Community Association is working hard to ensure the unveiling of the Charles Throsby Monument and dedication of the Avoca Pioneer Heritage Wall is on track for Saturday May 11 2019 at the newly renamed Avoca Pioneer Park on the corner of Abercrombie Road Black Springs.  The whole community is invited to attend and help celebrate this event.  May 11 2019 marks the bicentenary of a visit to the area by explorer Charles Throsby in 1819, although he did not settle in Black Springs he was instrumental in opening up the area for settlement. A bronze bust of Charles Throsby will be installed on the memorial which is a timeline wall noting the history of Black Springs. This project has been funded by the Federal Government and NSW Forestry Corporation supported by council. The dedication will be followed by a lunch at the Black Springs Hall. Please contact Michelle Swann 6335 8258 or Kathy Beesley 6336 5159 by May 8 if you would like to attend or for any further information. 

Oberon Rotary Club hosted a very informative information session last week where amongst other issues information on the Drought Communities Support Initiative was discussed. Funding of $30 million has been allocated by the Federal Government and will be distributed across NSW by three service organisations Rotary, St Vincent de Paul and The Salvation Army. In Oberon the funding of $3000 per household will be distributed by Rotary. Three hundred and thirty three packages have been allocated to the Rotary District 9700/10 which comprises ten local government drought affected areas including Oberon. The simple application forms can be sourced from Rotary or completed online and will be assessed by an independent regional Rotary panel. There are no restriction on how the $3000 cash “gift” can be spent and no onerous paperwork to fill out. For further information please contact Lyn Boswell 6336 1757. 

On Saturday March 23 at St Thomas Church Hall commencing at 6pm, the O’Connell Community Association is hosting a family bush dance. This is a free event for the Oberon Community supported by Oberon Council. “Simply Bushed” will be playing so why not bring a picnic along (BYO) or there is a sausage sizzle, and enjoy a great evening.

Maintenance grading has been completed on Nunans Hill, Bald Ridge, Gibbons and Todd Roads.  Councils Jet Patcher has been busy patching potholes in Balfour Street, Abercrombie and Dog Rocks Roads.  After acts of vandalism an audit has been undertaken on the existing exercise equipment in the Oberon Common. “How to use” instructional plates will be replaced and repairs carried out over the next few weeks.  Road works are planned to commence on Beaconsfield Road this week, approximately 1.5 kilometres of new bitumen pavement commencing from the existing bitumen on the southern end of Beaconsfield Road will be laid. It is anticipated this work will take approximately two weeks to complete. An upgrade of road pavement from the Edith Bridge through to Ross Street will also commence this week, so please drive carefully if using these roads.

The Oberon Youth Council “Youth Skillz 4 Life” Workshop is scheduled over two days April 13/14th If you have a son or daughter between the ages of sixteen  and twenty four or even a grandson/granddaughter I advise that you encourage them to come along. The workshop is free as part of Youth Week. Some of the programs commencing on Sat 13th from 12pm – 6pm are “#Money in Money out” - tips on how to budget and save. “#Feed your Face” - learn to prepare and cook a basic meal with our visiting chef from Mayfield Garden. On Sunday 10am – 3pm “#Vroom Vroom” – tips on buying your first car, how to change a tyre and other basic car maintenance skills and then a Wellbeing Session to finish off. All morning and afternoon teas and lunches provided. Qualified presenters, for more information or to book a place please contact Lynette at council 6329 8100.