Oberon Council News - 8 October 2015

Latest News from Mayor Kathy Sajowitz

Last week Minister Paul Toole facilitated a meeting between myself and Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair. This was a great opportunity to bring to Minister Blair’s attention the cost impact the forestry industry has on our local roads and the fact that approx 50% of the LGA is designated National Park and NSW Forestry therefore unrateable. Minister Blair has committed to set up a meeting between Forestry NSW, Oberon Council and other stakeholders in the near future. I extended an invitation to the Minister to visit Oberon for a first hand overview of the issues.  Oberon fully realises the huge significance of the timber industry for our region, it provides a sound economic base and both direct and indirect employment opportunities so we need to work with the industry to explore options and ensure an equitable outcome for all parties including Oberon ratepayers.

Update from Oberon Anti-Amalgamation Committee. The Cabonne Anti-Amalgamation Group are organising a rally on Saturday 17 October (the day after the release of the report from IPART to the NSW Stare Government) the rally will take place at the Bathurst office of Minister Paul Toole at 10.30am.  The Oberon group plan to support Cabonne and take part in this event.  If the numbers of supporters wanting to attend the rally are sufficient, the group will to book a bus for the morning. Contact Marj Armstrong for more information – 6336 1760. An article will feature in this week’s Oberon Review outlining the event.

Steel Street” commences tomorrow (Friday 9 Oct). The shop/business window displays will start at the Light Horse by Harrie Fasher at the Oberon RSL Sub Branch Museum you can then work your way along the listed businesses on both sides of the Main Street. Don’t forget to vote inside for the people’s choice award. There will also be a voter’s prize. The street display will run for two weeks.  

I visited the Red Cross Art Show at Tarana last weekend and was very impressed with the works on display and also the number of folk visiting.

I recently attended the Police Remembrance Day Service in Bathurst and I ask you all to take a moment to think about the officers and associated staff that have lost their lives in our service, this seems especially pertinent in light of the recent tragic incident at Parramatta.

I would like to extend congratulations to Oberon artist Harrie Fasher who has taken out this year’s “Sculpture Forbes” competition with her self-portrait entitled “Bird and I” Harrie created the very popular “Light Horse”  installed in the grounds of the Oberon RSL Sub Branch Museum.

Time is running out to nominate for Australia Day Awards, nomination forms are available from Council.

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