Printer for Oberon's 'Hot off the press!' project
Oberon is a small town in the central tablelands of New South Wales, around 180 km west of Sydney. Oberon and its surrounding villages have a lively festival calendar, which also features country shows and fairs, open gardens, family events, concerts and balls, farmers markets.
With so much going on, the community newsletter is a great source of information for locals and visitors alike. The Oberon Council has a team of volunteers who come together each month to produce the newsletter, which showcases the local community’s creative talents, stories, achievements and local identities. It also raises the awareness of services available that support the health and wellbeing of the Oberon community.
The newsletter, which has been in circulation since 2014, is distributed free to all ratepayers in the Oberon LGA. To enable the Council to continue producing the newsletter free of cost, they received a Small Grant for Rural Communities funded by the Bertalli Family Foundation, which went towards the purchase of a Konica Minolta colour printer dedicated to printing the monthly newsletter.
Oberon Council’s General Manager, Alan Cairney, extended his sincere thanks to the donors, who supported Council’s Hot Off the Press project.
“The generous support of the Bertalli Family Foundation and Country Business Machines, who co-funded the purchase and installation of the printer helps to keep the Oberon community connected, informed and engaged in all the wonderful things going on in our town,” he said.
Gill Salmon, Grants Coordinator at the Oberon Council, said that the provision of easy to use, efficient equipment has been critical in retaining volunteer involvement in the printing and production of the newsletter.