Oberon, New South Wales

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Oberon
New South Wales
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Oberon Street, the main street of Oberon
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Oberon
Coordinates 33°43′S149°52′E / 33.717°S 149.867°E / -33.717; 149.867 Coordinates: 33°43′S149°52′E / 33.717°S 149.867°E / -33.717; 149.867
Population3,256 (2016 census) [1]
Postcode(s) 2787
Elevation1,113 m (3,652 ft)
LGA(s) Oberon Council
County Westmoreland
State electorate(s) Bathurst
Federal Division(s) Calare
Mean max tempMean min tempAnnual rainfall
16.8 °C
62 °F
5.2 °C
41 °F
842.9 mm
33.2 in

Oberon is a town located within the Oberon Council local government area, in the central tablelands region of New South Wales, Australia. The main industries are farming, forestry and wood products. The town usually receives snowfall during the winter months, owing to its high elevation. At the 2016 census, Oberon had a population of 3,256 people. [1]

Oberon Council Local government area in New South Wales, Australia

Oberon Council is a local government area in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. Oberon Council includes Oberon, Black Springs, Shooters Hill, Edith, O'Connell and Burraga.

Local government in Australia

Local government in Australia is the third tier of government in Australia administered by the states and territories, which in turn are beneath the federal tier. Local government is not mentioned in the Constitution of Australia and two referenda in the 1970s and 1980s to alter the Constitution relating to local government were unsuccessful. Every state government recognises local government in their respective constitutions. Unlike Canada or the United States, there is only one level of local government in each state, with no distinction such as cities and counties.

The Central Tablelands in New South Wales is a geographic area that lies between the Sydney Metropolitan Area and the Central Western Slopes and Plains. The Great Dividing Range passes in a north–south direction through the Central Tablelands and includes the Blue Mountains. The region shares borders with the Hunter, Central West Slopes and Plains, Southern Tablelands, North Western Slopes and Plains, the Sydney Metropolitan Area and the Illawarra.

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It is the birthplace of Greens politician Bob Brown, Ken Sutcliffe, supermotard rider Scott Saul and former Penrith Panthers player Mark Booth. Oberon is located near Jenolan Caves and the Kanangra-Boyd National Park.

Australian Greens Australian political party

The Australian Greens, commonly known as The Greens, are a green political party in Australia.

Bob Brown Former Australian Greens politician, medical doctor, environmentalist

Robert James Brown is a former Australian politician, medical doctor, and environmentalist who is a former Senator, and former Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens. Brown was elected to the Australian Senate on the Tasmanian Greens ticket, joining with sitting Greens Western Australia senator Dee Margetts to form the first group of Australian Greens senators following the 1996 federal election. He was re-elected in 2001 and in 2007. He was the first openly gay member of the Parliament of Australia, and the first openly gay leader of an Australian political party.

Ken Sutcliffe is a retired Australian sporting journalist and radio and television personality.

History

The Fish River Creek Post Office opened on 1 January 1855 and was renamed Oberon in 1866. [2]

Heritage listings

Oberon has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Blue Mountains walking tracks walking trail in New South Wales, Australia

The Blue Mountains walking tracks are heritage-listed picnic areas, walking tracks and rest areas located in the Blue Mountains National Park, in the City of Blue Mountains local government area of New South Wales, Australia. It was built from 1880. The property is owned by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, an agency of the Government of New South Wales. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

Malachi Gilmore Memorial Hall historic building in Oberon, New South Wales, Australia

The Malachi Gilmore Memorial Hall is a heritage-listed former cinema and dance hall and now craft store and auditorium at 124 Oberon Street, Oberon, Oberon Shire, New South Wales, Australia. It was designed by Agabiti & Millane: Bolton Millane or Virgil Cizzio and built from 1936 to 1937 by H. A. Taylor. It is also known as Magna Theatre (1950s). The property is privately owned. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 5 December 2003.

Oberon railway station

The Oberon railway station is a heritage-listed railway station and now museum located on the Oberon railway line in Oberon, in the Oberon Shire local government area of New South Wales, Australia. The site is also known as the Oberon Railway Station group. The property is owned by RailCorp, an agency of the Government of New South Wales. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

Commercial area

Oberon's main streets are Carrington Avenue–Oberon Street and Ross Street. The town has several parks and sports facilities. Such parks include the Oberon Showground, Cunynghame Oval, and Apex Park. Oberon also has a museum on North Street. Oberon has a caravan park on Cunynghame Street off North Street, a hospital on North Street, a camping ground adjacent to the caravan park and a wood gallery on Oberon Street. Rotary Lookout is located on Abercrombie Road and to the east of the town is the Blenheim State Forest which includes walking tracks.

Culture

Fishing is a pastime possible at Lake Oberon and The Reef Reserve. Oberon also has a golf club off Hume Street.

Fishing Activity of trying to catch fish

Fishing is the activity of trying to catch fish. Fish are normally caught in the wild. Techniques for catching fish include hand gathering, spearing, netting, angling and trapping. “Fishing” may include catching aquatic animals other than fish, such as molluscs, cephalopods, crustaceans, and echinoderms. The term is not normally applied to catching farmed fish, or to aquatic mammals, such as whales where the term whaling is more appropriate. In addition to being caught to be eaten, fish are caught as recreational pastimes. Fishing tournaments are held, and caught fish are sometimes kept as preserved or living trophies. When bioblitzes occur, fish are typically caught, identified, and then released.

Golf club piece of sporting equipment used to hit a golf ball in a game of golf

A golf club is a club used to hit a golf ball in a game of golf. Each club is composed of a shaft with a grip and a club head. Woods are mainly used for long-distance fairway or tee shots; irons, the most versatile class, are used for a variety of shots; hybrids that combine design elements of woods and irons are becoming increasingly popular; putters are used mainly on the green to roll the ball into the hole. A standard set consists of 14 golf clubs, and while there are traditional combinations sold at retail as matched sets, players are free to use any combination of 14 or fewer legal clubs.

Oberon is known for its two inns, the Big Trout Motor Inn and the Highlands Motor Inn.

South of the town is Lake Oberon, Oberon Dam and the Fish River. There is a picnic area at the dam and a reserve with walking tracks near the lake.

Rugby league football coach Craig Bellamy started his playing career with Oberon's team in the 1970s. [7]

Craig Bellamy (rugby league) Australian rugby league player and coach

Craig Bellamy is an Australian professional rugby league football coach who is the head coach of the Melbourne Storm in the NRL and a former player. He has previously coached the New South Wales State of Origin team. Bellamy started his coaching career as assistant coach to Wayne Bennett at the Brisbane Broncos. He also writes a column for The Australian.

Mayfield Garden is a popular botanical garden that covers 16 hectares (40 acres) of land. It is open daily, except on public holidays and there is an entry fee.

Jillaroo turned interior designer, fashionista and active wear entrepreneur Rachael Challinor spent her formative years in Oberon before moving to Sydney. Known for her sometimes abrasive and outspoken views, she credits the town's Big Trout as a key source of influence on her prolific artistic and creative works in her later years [ citation needed ].

Transport

From 1923 to 1979, Oberon was served by a branch railway line noted for its very steep 4% gradients and very sharp 100 m radius curves. [8] Following closure, that line was allowed to fall into disrepair, but has been under restoration by the volunteer organisation Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway since 2005. [9]

Access

Climate

Oberon has a subtropical highland climate (Cfb); with mild to warm summers, cool to cold winters averaging –0° to 9° C and evenly-spread precipitation throughout the year. Frosts occur regularly during autumn, winter and spring. Because of its elevation, several snowfalls can be expected each year during winter.[ citation needed ] On an annual basis, Oberon receives 80.8 clear days.

Climate data for Oberon, NSW (Albion St. [>1946]); 1,088 m AMSL; 33° 43' 00.12" S
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)36.0
(96.8)
38.0
(100.4)
32.6
(90.7)
28.1
(82.6)
23.1
(73.6)
17.1
(62.8)
16.8
(62.2)
20.2
(68.4)
25.6
(78.1)
30.1
(86.2)
35.3
(95.5)
35.0
(95.0)
38.0
(100.4)
Average high °C (°F)25.1
(77.2)
23.9
(75.0)
21.5
(70.7)
17.3
(63.1)
13.2
(55.8)
9.5
(49.1)
8.8
(47.8)
10.4
(50.7)
13.8
(56.8)
17.2
(63.0)
20.1
(68.2)
23.3
(73.9)
17.0
(62.6)
Average low °C (°F)11.1
(52.0)
11.2
(52.2)
9.1
(48.4)
5.5
(41.9)
2.6
(36.7)
0.9
(33.6)
−0.3
(31.5)
0.4
(32.7)
2.3
(36.1)
4.8
(40.6)
6.8
(44.2)
9.1
(48.4)
5.3
(41.5)
Record low °C (°F)−0.5
(31.1)
1.7
(35.1)
−2.2
(28.0)
−4.0
(24.8)
−6.3
(20.7)
−8.5
(16.7)
−8.7
(16.3)
−7.2
(19.0)
−5.8
(21.6)
−3.5
(25.7)
−2.5
(27.5)
−3.0
(26.6)
−8.7
(16.3)
Average precipitation mm (inches)80.1
(3.15)
60.9
(2.40)
65.7
(2.59)
57.3
(2.26)
59.7
(2.35)
78.5
(3.09)
70.6
(2.78)
74.5
(2.93)
67.2
(2.65)
77.8
(3.06)
71.5
(2.81)
74.6
(2.94)
838.4
(33.01)
Average precipitation days7.97.57.97.89.011.711.110.89.69.58.17.7108.6
Source: [10]

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