Oberon Council News - Thursday 22 February 2016

It was my pleasure to host Lithgow Mayor Maree Statham and members of both the Oberon and Lithgow Communities to the launch of the Central West Lifestyle Magazine autumn edition at Mayfield Gardens last Saturday. Oberon Council along with OBTA has sponsored a stunning feature in the magazine promoting the LGA. We shared the edition with Lithgow so a great regional approach showcasing what we can offer our visitors and residents alike. The magazine is available for browsing at the Oberon Library, Council Admin and OVIC. I urge to you to pop along for a “look see” at how we are investing part of your tourism dollar for maximum benefit.

I was pleased to open the 116th Oberon Show last Saturday. Country Shows are part of the intricate fabric of rural communities all over Australia and while in some areas they have diminished for various reasons, here in Oberon our annual show is stronger than ever – well supported by the wider community and local sponsors.  Country shows as you know do not just happen and on the communities behalf I thank the show committee, stewards and volunteers who worked tirelessly  on the organisation and presentation of this year’s event which was bigger and better than ever showcasing  new features as well as old favourites. This is a credit to Nick Wills and his extensive team. Congratulations also to all the section winners from flowers to fleece these competitions are the traditional heart of a country show, lots of fun for all ages and community based. Congratulations also to Marj Whalan and Lynne Butterfield on their life membership awards for extensive volunteer service over twenty years.

Coming up on Saturday February 27th is the Oberon Rodeo at the showground from 10am. How great is it that our town has hosted three great events over three weekends all different and appealing to varied demographics.  

STOP PRESS - If you are sending a submission to the Boundaries Commission Delegate either for or against forced amalgamations, the deadline is February 28 at 5.30pm. If you need assistance either compiling or sending your submission council are happy to assist up to the close of business on February 26. It is vitally important that you express your opinion whatever it may be, the future of Oberon as a Local Government area in its own right is dependent upon this.

I am still pursuing with the Minister for Transport & Infrastructure Hon Andrew Constance and Local Member for Bathurst Hon Toole, the establishment of an Opal Card Kiosk in Oberon or at the very least Mt Victoria. No response or acknowledgement of my ongoing correspondence as yet. I am in a similar situation in regard to my lobbying efforts with Minister for Primary Industries, Land and Water Hon Niall Blair through our Local member Hon Paul Toole for a round table discussion with stakeholders in relation to NSW Forestry haulage impacts on our local roads and the issue of NSW Government owned unrateable land within our LGA. Minister Toole has responded to say he will make further enquiries as to the status of my request with Minister Blair who has committed to organising the discussion.