Mayoral Column Media Release - 6 December 2018

A festive afternoon tea is planned on 19 December to welcome new residents to Oberon. Anyone recently moved to the area is welcome to attend or if you have a new neighbour why not bring them along. Various community group representatives and service providers will be in attendance to showcase what they offer and what services are available in our town. The quickest way to settle into a new environment is to become involved in the community. Oberon is a welcoming and inclusive place to live so please pop along to the Robert Hooper Community Centre in Fleming Street on the 19th commencing at 6.00pm. To register your attendance for catering purposes, please ring the Community Services Team on 6329 8100.

The Fish River Festival is on this Sunday 9 December at the O’Connell hotel commencing 11am to 7pm. Enjoy live music, market stalls, local food and great company. Now in its fifth year this is a free event for the whole community to enjoy.

It was disappointing to see that the commemorative stone installed at the Common as part of the project to acknowledge the women who contributed on the home front during World War 2 has been desecrated by red paint. Apart from the stupidity of this action it shows a complete lack of respect not only for the project but to the parks and garden staff at Council who work hard to ensure The Common is such a feature of our community. If you have any information that could lead to the identification of the perpetrators, please contact Oberon Police or Council.

Last week, I along with Deputy Mayor Kerry Gibbons and General Manager Gary Wallace met with he NSW State Cabinet in Lithgow. The Premier Gladys Berejiklian along with twelve other Minsters attended the meeting. A very productive conversation was held with the Hon Melinda Pavey, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight in relation to the connectivity across the Blue Mountains and transport route north – west via Abercrombie Road. As I have mentioned previously in this column, we are lobbying the Minister to reclassify Abercrombie Road from a Regional Road to a State Road thus easing the maintenance burden of this vital identified transport corridor on ratepayers.

Thankyou to the seven swimmers and their sponsors who despite the inclement weather supported the Oberon Swimming Pool Swim-a-thon held on 25 November. Diabetes Australia will receive $3000.00 from their efforts and generosity. Staff efforts in organising this event are much appreciated.

I was pleased to accept $210,000 in funding from the NSW Government to facilitate a new signage strategy for the LGA, this is a project that has been on Council’s agenda for some time and we look forward to a fresh approach promoting Oberon in 2019, especially at the town entrances. Minister Toole was also in town on Tuesday to announce $133,000 in funding for Oberon Tarana Heritage Rail to upgrade the station platform . This is a great boost for this hardworking volunteer group.

I look forward to attending the end of year school presentations over the coming weeks.

Don’t forget the Oberon District Little Athletics Community Carols at the Oberon Recreation Ground on Friday 7th December. Activities include a Christmas market, Santa photos, food and much more. Gold coin donation and Santa will be visiting.