Oberon Youth Council Mayor Angus Fittler and Deputy Mayor Keely Armstrong attended the Mickey Pye album launch last week at BMEC in Bathurst to present the awards for the Youth Song Writing Competition held over the past few months. Congratulations to De la Salle Lithgow, Pat Drummond and Gabriel Whitlock all amongst the winners. Mickey Pye was one of the judges of the competition and the presentation was integrated into the launch of his new album.
While we are talking about youth I would like to offer my congratulations to Oberon High School student Ryan Hopson for winning a prestigious Victor Chang Science Award for outstanding achievement in Science. Ryan is currently studying for the Higher School certificate next year and then plans to pursue a career computer science.
Residents will have noticed the increased activity in regard to road works around the area at the moment. The avenue of trees at O’Connell, O’Connell Rd, Trunkey Rd, Duckmaloi Rd and Dog Rocks Road in particular, so I urge drivers to take care in these areas.
The old rail track across Lowes Mount Road was reinstalled last week; this specialised work was contracted out by council and will bring the OTHR dream of once again having rolling stock on the Oberon to Tarana rail line one step closer to reality.
With Christmas fast approaching local police are urging all residents especially those out on rural properties to alert them if they will be away over the holidays. If the police are made aware a property is vacant then plans can be put in place for patrols to be conducted – rural theft is an ongoing problem as well as an expensive one which appears to be growing – we all need to be proactive in addressing this issue keeping our eyes open to any unusual activity around our neighbourhood and alerting the police should we notice anything suspicious.
The Cook Park toilets are shortly to undergo some refurbishment it is hoped this project will be completed before the influx of holiday makers over the Christmas New Year holiday period.
Councillors will be out and about attending the local schools end of year presentation events over the coming weeks, this is one of the most rewarding aspects of the job.
You are invited to attend the Active Transport Strategies meeting for Oberon and surrounding villages on December 7. The meeting will be held at the Robert Hooper Community Centre commencing at 6.30pm. This meeting will inform the community of the survey results and status of the plans to integrate active cycle and walkways into the community space.
My column would not be complete without at least one mention of Fit for the Future – the Premier Mike Baird has at this stage not released the recommendations though there is a strong rumour December 7 may be the day that councils in NSW will learn of their fate. I stress this is a rumour only with no definite information being available at this time.