Mayoral Column Media Release - 28 March 2019

OBERON MEN’S SHED APPRECIATION LUNCH - Almost every month the gentlemen of the Oberon Men’s Shed volunteer three hours of their time to assist council with the folding of the Oberon and Surrounding Villages Community Newsletters. Members also assisted Community Services staff during the school holidays by conducting a “build a mini go kart workshop”. The enthusiasm and encouragement of men’s shed members rubbed off on the young people and a great time was had by everyone involved. To show our appreciation for this ongoing and willing support, council hosted a lunch at the Shed last Tuesday. Efforts by Mens Shed members are another great example of the many positive contributions made to our community by our community. Thank you. The organisation meets every Tuesday at the Oberon Showground – new members always welcome. 

ABERCROMBIE BRIDGE WORKS - Works are continuing on the Abercrombie Bridge replacement with the laying of the concrete working slab. Excavation work for the Slab cut-off walls which protect the structure from undermining during periods of high flow is underway. Surface excavation has commenced on the southern side of the river affected by the proposed roadworks. This work is being conducted by an Environmental Company on behalf of the Local Indigenous Communities to identify any aboriginal artefacts, removing if found and relocating them to ensure their preservation. Fortunately the recent weather conditions have not affected the progress on the project. 

WORKS UPDATE – A protection island is currently being constructed on the corner of Oberon and Dudley Streets as part of redesigning the proposed two space disabled parking area in front of the Oberon RSL Club. This garden bed island is designed to give some protection to users of the disabled carpark and ensure vehicles do not cut the corner entering Oberon Street to the east. Maintenance grading has been carried out in Bald Ridge, Soldiers Hill and Beaconsfield Roads. The jet patcher continues to be busy repairing potholes in Gingkin, Shooters Hill and Abercrombie Roads and as well as shoulder repairs to the bitumen seal section of Baileys Lane off the Duckmaloi Road. Work crews have been busy clearing gutters and grates to remove all leaf matter etc. that could restrict the flow of rain water. 

OBERON SKATE PARK – The skate park construction is now complete with some adventurous skaters having accessed the site and given it a test ride. Earthworks and landscaping will be undertaken in the next week or so, followed by the erection of shelters and precinct furniture in early May.

OBERON INDOOR FITNESS CENTRE - Designs are almost complete for the new indoor fitness facility; a development application will be submitted in the next week or two. The equipment to fit out the centre will soon be ordered enabling grant funding obligations to be met. 

Congratulations are in order to The Hon. Paul Toole who retained the seat of Bathurst in last Saturdays NSW Election. Oberon Council look forward to a productive four years working with Paul to ensure Oberon continues to thrive. 
Congratulations to the organising committee of the Chad Morgan event at Burraga last week, I believe approximately three hundred people attended and a great night was enjoyed by every one of them.