OBERON mayor Kathy Sajowitz and Oberon Health Council chair Elaine Boxer launched the installation of the recently installed drinking water stations at the Oberon Tigers Rugby League ground recently. This promotion is an initiative of the Healthy Town Challenge in which Oberon is participating.
Free refillable water bottles were distributed at the ceremony to encourage people to start drinking water instead of sugary drinks whilst playing sport exercising or walking. Water stations are in place at the Recreation Ground, the Oberon Common and at Cook Park on the Main Street of town. Feedback from the community in relation to the water stations has been very positive, it is envisioned more stations will be installed into the future.
AT the Oberon Youth Council meeting held on April 26, Brooklyn Hotham gave a presentation to council to obtain support to help her achieve her goals in the sport of Cutting Horses.
Finance and community services director Lynette Safranek reported that Brooklyn was very passionate in this competitive sport.
“Brooklyn travels all over the state to compete and train,” Ms Safranek said in her report.
“She won the Southern Cross Cutting Club title for the Junior Youth and also the area 10 title. Brooklyn also came 4th in Australia in the 2017 NCHA National Finals.
“Brooklyn was also awarded 2016 Young Sportsperson of the year.”
The OYC voted unanimously to sponsor Brooklyn Hotham for 2017. Oberon Council will match dollar-for-dollar to a maximum of $1000.
Finance and community services director Lynette Safranek presented to council the quarterly budget review statements with income and expenditure for the period January 1 to March 31, 2017.
Councils’ 2016-17 adopted consolidated budget recognised a surplus of $197,000 after capital expenses - general fund $84,000, water fund $62,000 and sewer fund $50,000.
Council is making several budget adjustments to recognise both revenue and expenses in the March 17 review which will have a positive impact on the adopted surplus of $80,000 bringing the revised surplus to $276,000.
There has been no change to council's restricted funds in the last quarter as they remain at $8,048,399.34 - internally $4,304,399.34 and externally $3,744,000. As a result of auditors comments during the 2015-16 audit, council will be increasing the internally restricted “staff entitlements” to have a more realistic representation of expenses. The net effect of this will not be known until the end of the financial year.