Many O’Connell community members joined staff and students from O’Connell Public School, councillors and our local member Paul Toole at the Site of the proposed O’Connell Recreation Ground on Wednesday 9 June 2020 to hear an announcement that funding of $349,579 has been allocated through the Stronger Country Communities Fund to commence stage one of this project which will be a wonderful facility, not only for O’Connell residents but the wider community.

After many years of negotiation council recently secured the purchase of the land earmarked for the future development of a sports and recreation ground in the village.

This very welcome funding will allow preliminary planning and preparation works to commence, the O’Connell community are very excited that at last the project can get underway. The project will add greatly to the social fabric of the village, a gathering place and venue for many varied activities such as festivals and special events. The students of O’Connell Public School will no longer have to travel to other grounds to hold sports carnivals or other sporting activities, the visual locality of an attractive green space between O’Connell Road and St Thomas Church will draw locals and visitors alike.

I would like to acknowledge Minister Toole’s ongoing support of Oberon. Without grant funding we would not be able to develop projects so important to the wellbeing of our community.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz