Oberon Council News - Thursday 20 August 2015

It’s good news for us all that the Upper Macquarie County Council decided at their last meeting to retain the position of Oberon Weeds Officer Jill O’Grady for at least the next two years. Jill is held in high regard by the landowners of the area and it’s great that the program to control noxious weeds in the LGA will continue to move forward.

The construction of the roof over the Oberon Pool is due to be completed very soon. After some landscaping work we will be all set for the 2015/16 swim season commencing in November. The cover will enable the season to be extended for an extra two months. This is stage one of the project and the $300,000 investment was funded from the Town Improvement Fund. As further funding becomes available, stage two of the project to erect walls to provide further shelter from the weather but still allow ventilation can be looked at. This is something the community have been lobbying for over many years and it is hoped this will increase the level of use of the facility. So look out for the 2015/16 program of pool activities and support the pool.

Congratulations to Oberon’s four long serving SES Volunteers – Craig Gibbons, David Walther, Janine and Alan Sharp who all received service awards at Portland recently.  The SES does a brilliant job and it’s comforting for us all to know that assistance is at hand when needed. The group is always looking for volunteers so if the SES is something you would like to be involved with you can pop along any Tuesday evening to the SES Building Cnr of North and Albion Sts at 7.30pm for a chat. 

Nomination forms will soon be available for the 2016 Australia Day Awards. These are important awards that recognise both contribution and achievement within our community, so time to start thinking about this now.

Cheering to see the daffodils bursting forth, tells us that spring will soon be here. Our parks and garden crews have been out and about undertaking the annual pruning program. Laneways are also on the tidy up list.

A quick update on the opening of the Lee St traffic diversion at the Gt Western Hwy Kelso last Wednesday - there were a few teething problems with signage but other than that it went smoothly. The diversion is closed when trains are scheduled through; unfortunately many of the trains are unscheduled so the whole operation is a bit reactive.  So take note of the electronic signage to know whether the diversion is open or not.  Just a reminder the diversion is optional rather than mandatory and the Gt Western Hwy remains open to traffic.