Oberon Council News - 17 September 2015

The roof over the swimming pool is almost complete just in time for the 2015/16 swim season which commences in early November I encourage you all to check out the various programs offered this year – senior and general water aerobics, swim lessons etc. Pool entry packages are available so why not consider one of these packages as a gift for Christmas this year or maybe for a birthday; they are great value at $210 per family and $70 single.

The annual Rotary Daffodil Dawdle will be held this year on the weekends of 19, 20 and 26, 27 September 2015 you are invited to view 5 large gardens over these two weekends. Tickets are available from Oberon Visitor Information Centre and Currumbena Nursery, Oberon. Mayfield Garden will be opening the gates for Spring from Oct 17 – Nov 1.

I along with other Councillors and community members attended the Oberon Active Transport Strategy meeting last Thursday evening. The aim of this initiative is to develop a Pedestrian Access Mobility Plan (PAMP) enabling community to walk or cycle instead of using their cars. This of course has many positive implications including health benefits, tourism opportunities by developing bike trails/designated rides and making it easy for community members of all ages to become more active and aware of “walk or cycle don’t drive”. Some of the things the facilitators are looking at are how we can encourage our school children to either walk or cycle to school and why they are not doing so now. How we can link our footpaths to make walking safer and easier and how we can encourage all community groups both in town and in the villages to participate in this plan. There will be a survey distributed in the near future so we encourage everyone to put forward their ideas. This assessment of Oberon is partly funded by the RMS and Oberon Council.

Don’t forget the Free Tip day on Sunday Sept 20 and the next Heavy Item Kerbside Pickup in October. It is great to see the community embracing the recycling message and using the North St recycling containers. This is an indication to Council that the community is ready to take some ownership of the recycling concept. These containers are emptied everyday and are currently being assessed as to variability of the bins required to meet community need.

Nomination forms are now available for Australia Day Awards. You will receive a form along with the Community Newsletter in October.