Mayoral Column Media Release - 31 January 2019

I have taken on-board comments from our community that this column can sometimes be difficult to read because of print size. I will see what I can do about this. 
A big thank you to the Australia Day Working Party and our wonderful Council Staff who worked very hard to ensure our National Day Celebrations were amazing. Although the heat was oppressive, all who gathered enjoyed the day. I offer my warmest congratulations to all citizenship award winners and nominees.

I am very excited and grateful that from April 7-12 Rural Aid and the Farm Army are coming to Oberon.  Rural Aid and around eighty volunteers from all over Australia will be descending on Oberon to lend a hand as part of the organisations community program which provides manpower and skills to assist local farmers and community groups with small projects.  Rural Aid General Manager Wayne Thomson has stated that “the charities new community based program focuses on the community holistically so we can have a great impact on residents and farmers”   Council is supporting this visit by gathering requests from farmers for assistance on their properties and ideas from community groups for small scaled projects that will benefit the whole community. We need to provide a list of projects by February 24 2019 please do not be wary of coming forward, if Oberon cannot provide the projects the group may need to move on to a town that can. This is a great opportunity. Previously the “Army” visited Dunedoo and completed projects such as fencing and repairs to outbuildings on properties, digging dams, tree planting around the shire and even painting shopfronts in the main street, no job is too small.  I urge anyone who would appreciate a helping hand at this difficult time to contact Lynette Safranek at council before February 24 on 6329 8123 for a confidential discussion, more information or to register your interest. After February 24th the Farm Army will determine which projects they will undertake and match the volunteer skills to it. Council will have no role in the selection process but we are working with various groups including the NSW Farmers Oberon Branch to ensure this initiative is a success. 

As a result of  recent storms drainage improvement works have been carried on Faugha Ballaugha Road, Burraga Road, Phills Falls Road, Nunans Hill Road and Mt Olive Road, this work will continue over the next few weeks.   Work has commenced on the Meadow’s Road project. Council proposes to reconstruct approx. 2.5 kms of Meadow’s Rd from Hazelgrove Rd to the Blenheim State Forest access road. Residents are asked to avoid using that section of road if possible as it may initially be subject to extensive delays, I apologise for any inconvenience in the short term. The estimated cost of this project is $1.3million. Council has entered into a commercial agreement with Upper Lachlan Shire Council to construct both road approaches and a new concrete culvert bridge over the Abercrombie River at the common boundary of the two councils. The work will be carried out by Oberon Council and funded by ULSC, work will commence in the next two weeks.     

The Oberon Youth Council held a Dive in Movie, at the Oberon Pool on Saturday 19th January. The Event was well attended and the Youth Council raised $344.50 from entries, popcorn and drinks. A great time was had by all…well done to the Youth Council and thank you to the community for their support. 

A big thank you to the Oberon Mens Shed for their assistance at the recent Billy Cart Workshop run by library staff.  Shed members spent many hours prior to the event preparing the billy cart materials, making it easier for the children to safely use equipment for assembling the carts. Thanks also to Mitre 10 Oberon for their donation of materials. A great collaborative effort for the benefit of our young folk.