Mayoral Column Media Release - 22 November 2018

I came away from the Oberon Primary School Colour Run with a definite green hue last week. The colour run raised $13,500 a wonderful effort by students, staff and parents, everyone really enjoyed the afternoon despite being wet and coloured various shades of yellow, green, purple, blue and red.
I was pleased to welcome Minister Paul Toole to Oberon on Monday when he announced funding for the Oberon Fitness Centre and the second phase upgrade to the Oberon Pool. The Fitness Centre and Pool Upgrade were identified by the community as priority projects through the second round of NSW Government’s Stronger Countries Communities funding stream. This is a great outcome for Oberon, work will commence in the New Year. Council is currently sourcing funding for the Fitness Centre fit out. 
Vandals have once again struck at the Oberon Common, mindlessly destroying several trees. There is now a substantial reward on offer, should you have information leading to the identification of the perpetrators please contact council or the police. Council is reviewing its security arrangements at the Common.
Oberon Rotary Club is hosting a Mens Health Forum on Tuesday December 4 at the Oberon RSL Club commencing at 6pm. With men’s health preventions becoming more of a focus, I encourage all men and their wives and partners in our community to attend. This is a free forum but gold coin donation most welcome, please contact Kay Jones to reserve a place 0431 395 359
Following on from the recent success of the Redfin Roundup, Oberon has secured the first round of the Australian Redfin Championships which will take place at Lake Oberon on the 8th and 9th December. The two day event is expected to attract around sixty to eighty teams positively impacting on the visitor economy as well as decreasing the number of redfin in the dam. Construction of a new BBQ and shelter has been completed at the Reef Reserve in time for the event. As part of the BBQ’s on the Fish project BBQ’s will soon be installed at Hassall Park and Flat Rock picnic areas.
Work to control the very destructive Elm Tree Beetle has commenced on badly affected Elm Trees at O’Connell. Now council has purchased the necessary equipment a control plan will be put in place for Elm trees throughout the LGA and implemented when funding becomes available.
A new seat is being installed at the Common in commemoration of local women who assisted and supported the Armed Forces during WWII in organisations such as the Land Army, Red Cross etc. It is envisioned that a small ceremony to dedicate the seat and plant a memory tree will be held in the near future. 
As the facial fur is accumulating so are the funds raised for Oberon Council’s Movember in Moberon project. There are currently twenty six team members and $2,960 has been pledged.  
I have received enquiries as to the status of the Oberon Review, I can advise that the staff are now working from home and the office space is for lease. In an attempt to clarify the future of the publication into the future and in light of the recent merger between the organisation and Chanel 9 I have written to the CEO Fairfax Media.
For the Diary:
Friday Nov 23….OBTA Business Awards
Sunday Nov 25….Swimathon, Oberon Arts Council presents the 66’ers
Friday Nov 30….Oberon Council Golf Day 
Saturday Dec 1….Oberon Community Markets