Mayoral Column Media Release - 25 October 2018

Council is considering an off leash dog area within the town, a space such as this is a legislative requirement and is supported by both the community and the local Veterinary organisation. Two possible locations have been identified by staff and these options will soon be on public exhibition for comment before a final decision is made. 

Due to the proposed upgrade of the sewerage treatment plant council has resolved to establish a new animal shelter within the waste facility, this will allow the shelter to be manned during tip opening hours creating a more efficient process with benefit to the community and the animals located there. Council also resolved at the October Meeting to put a long term plan into action to combat Elm Beetle infestation within the LGA. Two hundred and sixty seven infected trees have been identified and work will commence in O’Connell where the problem is most acute. Non-chemical control options will be trialed in the New Year.  
Work to install the new Bowling Green at the Oberon RSL Club is underway although the recent wet weather has impeded progress; the opening is scheduled for Nov 3 2018. The renovation was made possible through a Clubs Grant allocation. There is a bowls tournament planned after the opening with upward of $3000 in prize money on offer. Earlier on the same day the extension to the Oberon RSL Sub Branch Museum will be officially opened. Bill, Neville and the team have worked hard on this project it would be great to see it supported by the community.  

In early November I am attending a “Waste to Energy” Forum in Sydney. Waste to Energy is an exciting and emerging concept and I believe that collaboration and cooperation between local councils and other levels of government could result in future strategies to deal with the increasing and expensive problem of what to do with our waste. 

Oberon Relay for Life is only a few weeks away now and it’s exciting to see the level of enthusiasm in the town, it should be a great day. Thank you to everyone who is working hard to make the day a success and raise funds for Cancer related programs.
I was pleased to welcome approximately sixty local business owners at the Small Business Month event held at the Malachi Gilmore Hall last week. The theme was “collaboration and making connections”, leading by example local catering businesses Long Arm Farm, The Hungry Hare and Universal Eatery who along with Renzaglia and Casey’s wineries came together to ensure a wonderful food experience. My thanks to all who assisted with the organisation of the event ensuring its success. 
Only a few weeks left to lodge nominations for the 2019 Australia Day Awards. November 2 is the cut off date. Please note we are trialing a change to the criteria and the agreement of the nominee no longer required. Modesty often precludes deserving nominees from receiving the recognition they deserve, we are hoping this change may encourage a higher level of nominations.

On Friday last over one hundred and fifteen Morgan cars and over two hundred visitors spent the day in Oberon as part of the sixtieth Anniversary tour of the National Morgan Club. I would like to thank all the community organisations involved for ensuring it was a great event. The display was at the OTHR Precinct and many of the visitors spent the afternoon visiting Mayfield and Gairloch Gardens, Barry Hughes Tractor Display and the Oberon RSL Sub Branch Museum, as well as enjoying coffee and shopping in the town. I spoke with many of the visitors from all over the country and the impressions of Oberon – the countryside and the people were very complimentary. Well done everyone.  

Unbelievably it is only eight weeks until Christmas, if you are getting your gift list together why not consider Shop Local Vouchers for those difficult to buy for folk this year. Also time to start thinking about the Christmas Light Competition.