Mayoral Column Media Release - 24 January 2019

The annual International Women’s Day Mayoral Lunch will take on a different feel in 2019. I thought this year it would be great to give Oberon women who would normally be at work the opportunity to join us; hence the event will be held on Saturday March 9 at the Robert Hooper Community Centre commencing at 12.30pm. IWD allows the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women and acknowledge their contribution to the fabric of our society, which has been substantial.  The first International Women's Day occurred in 1911; today IWD is celebrated and supported by millions all over the world.  This year’s theme is - #BalanceforBetter - promoting gender equality, not only socially but economically, culturally and politically.  This year’s keynote speaker is Ms Sue West. Sue has had an interesting life, born in Cowra her early career was in nursing and midwifery. Sue was the first female Senator elected to the NSW Parliament in 1987 and was re-elected as a Labor Senator in 1990, retiring in 2002 an interesting time for women in politics. Sue now resides in Bathurst and spends part of her time supporting the Anglican Diocese.  Tickets for the event are always in demand so to secure a place early, I suggest you ring Sharon Swannell on 6329 8151. This is a free event for the women of Oberon so please take the opportunity to join us for what is always a great afternoon.
Last week Minister Paul Tole announced funding for a new digital scoreboard and commentary facilities for the Rugby League Ground. I thank Mr Toole for his ongoing support when it comes to grant projects for Oberon. 
I hope to see you all at the Australia Day celebrations this weekend which will be held at the Oberon Showground. A sausage sizzle and various activities for the younger folk including jumping castle and slide as well as games will be featured after the official ceremony. We have two residents affirming citizenship this year, I am sure they would appreciate your support when they take this important step in their lives.  Later in the afternoon a community gathering to celebrate our National Day will be held at Black Springs, all welcome. 
I had the pleasure of presenting the winner’s trophy for the Council sponsored “Oberon Council Ladyship Pace” at the Oberon Community Night race meeting last Friday. The winner was an all Oberon affair with Oberon owned, bred and trained mare “Always Mysterious” first past the post.  It was good to see so many Oberon community members supporting the evening, a substantial amount of money was raised for Ronald McDonald House. 
Following on from recent fierce storms Council crews have been busy repairing damage to the worst affected roads in the LGA ensuring they are safe and trafficable including Mount Olive Rd, Snake Valley Rd and Charlwood Rd. The extensive storm debris clean up also continues.  The Meadows Road project is now ready to proceed and will commence on Monday 21st January. This $1.3 million project will involve approx. 2.3kms of road. Traffic Control will be in place and short delays can be expected on a regular basis during the initial phases of the project. Thank you for your patience.  First sod will be turned on the Skate park project next week.  Installation of the new playground equipment at Herb David Park will commence this week, after which the street furniture will be placed and garden established around the park.   
Coming up this Sunday Tarana Markets and don’t forget the Oberon Show on February 9.