Media Release - 13 September 2018

It is time to once again think about those in the community deserving of recognition in the 2019 Australia Day Citizenship Awards. The Australia Day Committee met last week to begin planning next year’s event which as you know is held on January 26.  There have been some minor changes to the nomination criteria and forms will be available in the very near future.  This is the opportunity for us to recognise those who have either achieved significant personal goals or contributed to our community. All nomination forms must be received by November 2 2018 to be considered.  
On Friday Economic Development & Tourism Manager Mat Webb together with enthusiastic volunteers Peter Low, Tim Arnison and Chris Duff, spent a day mapping, clearing and renewing signs to reestablish the Southern Bike Trail in Oberon. The upgrade coincides with Oberon Outdoor Week and will be ready for local bike enthusiasts and visitors who will be in town from Sept 29 to October 3. If you would like to ride the trail mud maps are available from the Visitors Information Centre. 
Another feature of Outdoor Week is the Family Fun Bike Ride to kick off NSW Bike Week. This event will start at the Oberon Rugby League Ground on Lowes Mount Road at 9.30am. Participants can enjoy an array of entertainment and cycling skill tests for young riders before embarking on the bike ride along Lowes Mount Road to Black Bullock Road (Hazelgrove Station) and back again. There will be water stations along the track sponsored by Borg Panels, with activities planned at both ends of the ride. The Oberon Youth Council will be hosting a sausage sizzle at the finish to raise funds to assist two local high school students to attend the National Science Forum in January 2019. More information, Facebook – Oberon Visitor Information Centre or call 63298210 
Minister for Roads Maritime and Freight, the Hon. Melinda Pavey recently announced $50 million to be spent on ninety seven road safety projects in NSW as part of Round One of the Saving Lives on Country Roads Program from which Oberon Council has been awarded $300,000. This funding is for a project to install road safety infrastructure on the seventy km section of Abercrombie Road from Oberon to the Abercrombie River at Paling Yards. The project will include removal of hazardous trees, installation of road safety barriers and reflective pavement markers, and renewed line marking. Work is scheduled to be completed by May 2019. 
Council received $7500 under the Recreational Fishing Grant Program for improvements to the end of Kelly’s Lane leading to the Oberon Dam.  Council’s work crews have widened the bowl at the end of the lane to accommodate additional parking.  This area has been graveled as has the pathway down to the high water mark of the dam. Volunteers will replace signage and alter the fence to accommodate a wider gate. 
To assist with addressing the issue of illegal hunting across the region, NSW Police are asking for feedback from landholders. An online survey has been launched to help give authorities an understanding of the extent and impact of illegal hunting on private land. Police state that although they are receiving great feedback and results in relation to illegal hunters, they need information from those that actually experience the impact of this crime. The survey should take around eight minutes to complete and will be available until November 30, 2018. If you would like to participate a link is available through the NSW Police Rural Crime Facebook page or www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/hunting The NSW Illegal Hunting on Private Land Survey is a project being conducted by the NSW Department of Primary Industries Game Licensing Unit, NSW Farmers Association and NSW Police Force.
A misleading media report in relation to Improvement Notices issued to council by SafeWork NSW was aired on 9 News Central West last week. I invite any resident who may have concerns in relation to this news item to come and speak with me at council. A media release in response to the news item is available on council Webpage and Facebook Pages.