What's on | Local government election workshops, Waste 2 Art

What's on | Local government election workshops, Waste 2 Art


OBERON Council will host workshops later this month for prospective candidates for the upcoming local government election.

The workshops will be held on Thursday, April 22 at 2pm and Thursday, April 29 at 5pm at the Robert Hooper Community Centre, Fleming Street, Oberon.

The workshops will be informal and interactive. At a later date, council hopes to have the NSW Electoral Commission returning officer (whom Oberon shares with Bathurst and Blayney) attend a meeting in Oberon to talk candidates through the actual formal election process, procedures and requirements.

The Oberon local government election will be held on Saturday, September 4, 2021.

Voting is compulsory. To enrol, go online through the NSWEC website. Conversely, if you are an absentee ratepayer in the Oberon local government area (ie, if you own a property in Oberon but it is not your primary place of residence), you are still entitled to vote here as well as in the local government area where your primary place of residence is located.

However, you must register for this secondary vote. It is simple: just contact council's general manager Gary Wallace or Sharon Swannell on 6329 8151 for further information.

Council will go into caretaker mode in August until the new council is elected.

This means that no major financial decisions or decisions that impost on a new council will be made during that time.

Election timelines for candidates are available on the NSWEC website, and information on what it means to stand for your community can be found on the OLG website.


WASTE 2 Art is a community art exhibition and competition that showcases creative works made from re-used and recyclable materials. The theme for this year's competition is steel and aluminium cans.

A school holiday workshop with sculptor and blacksmith Anthony Fitzgerald will be held on Thursday, April 8. It is for ages nine to 12 years. Please bring clean and washed steel and aluminium cans.

A community workshop with Anthony Fitzgerald, which will feature casting aluminium from recycled cans, will be held on Saturday, April 17. Bring clean and washed steel and aluminium cans. The workshop is free, but numbers are limited, so bookings are essential.

Waste 2 Art entry forms are due on Friday, April 30 and these can be handed in at the library or Council Administration Centre. Email community@oberon.nsw.gov.au

Artworks are due on Friday, May 7 and can be dropped off at the Robert (Bob) Hooper Community Centre between 9am and 1pm.

The exhibition opening event will be held at 5.30pm on Wednesday, May 12.

The exhibition will be open to the public for viewing from Thursday, May 13 to Saturday, May 15.


OBERON'S draft 2021-22 Operational Plan, Long Term Financial Plan and Revenue Policy will be presented to the Finance Committee on April 27 prior to being placed on public exhibition until Friday, June 4, 2021.

Councillors and senior management will be presenting the draft documents during community consultations at the following times and locations:

  • May 3: Black Springs Community Hall, 6pm.
  • May 4: Oberon Chambers, 10am.
  • May 4: Robert (Bob) Hooper Community Centre, Oberon, 6pm.
  • May 10: O'Connell RFS Shed, 7pm.
  • May 13: Burraga Sports Club, 7.30pm.

The final documents will be taken to the June ordinary council meeting for adoption.

Community feedback will be received at council until 4pm on Friday, June 4, 2021. Submissions can be emailed to council@oberon.nsw.gov.au or handed to our customer service staff at the administration office.