Mayoral Column Media Release - 9 May 2019

Last week council staff, councillors and members of the community participated in the first round of workshops with Brijd media in the development of the new community brand. I personally found the process very interesting and am keen to see what results from the input. Some early themes and key attributes for an Oberon community brand were obvious on the day and I am especially looking forward to hearing what our young folk have to say when they have their workshop. Whatever eventuates will I am sure reflect the broad demographic of our community.  Further consultation will be undertaken when the proposed taglines and/or logos are developed and shared for comment in the coming weeks. Feedback on the concept of developing an Oberon Community Brand has been positive so far, but taking heed of the reactions to the recent release of the new CSU brand and previously the experiences of a “forever young council near us” there will no doubt be a diversity of views. As we know it is difficult to please all of the people all of the time – but we will do the best we can. 

Pop into the Oberon Library over the next week or two and see the beautiful quilts on display, made by some of our very creative and talented community members they are worth a look.  

Work continues apace on the Abercrombie Bridge and road approaches. Approximately eighteen hundred metres of the Meadows Road upgrade is now complete therefore allowing this section to be bitumen sealed, improvement of the intersection and merging lanes is next. Earthworks and bitumen sealing have now been completed on Edith Road, work on the retaining wall, car parking and the general tidy up of the area is next. Almost two kilometres of Beaconsfield Road has now been sealed. This work has been completed from 2018/19 Special Rate Variation monies all of which have been allocated to the eight priority roads within the Oberon LGA. Improvement work has been also completed to the eastern end of Faugha-Ballaugha Road in preparation for two hundred meters of bitumen sealing this week.  Work is continuing on the replacement of recently vandalised road signs on Abercrombie Road, also repairs to signage on Lowes Mount Road continues. Restoration work on the access roads at Flat Rock in O’Connell has been completed. These improvements will not only assist visitors into the reserve, but also protect Councils road asset from further deterioration.  

Reminders: Waste2Art competition May 15 – 18th. Oberon Hospital Auxiliary lunch “Meet the Defence Dogs” Oberon Uniting Church May 17 at 11am. Keep an eye open for the various “Biggest Morning Teas” being hosted around town over the coming week or so. Please support the cancer council. 

It was a pleasure to attend the Catholic Deb Ball last week. The five debs looked lovely and their partners looked gorgeous too. It is great to keep these old traditions alive and I congratulate all involved. 

Well done to the RFS volunteers who sat in the cold Main Street last weekend selling raffle tickets. I drew the winning ticket – Mr Ross Gibson was the lucky winner. $1200 was raised. Well done and thank you to the incredibly generous Oberon Community.