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Media Release - New Art Festival brings community together for the love of art
20 Feb 2017
Now in its fourth year, the Textures of One Art Exhibition is expanding to encompass a weekend Art Festival from Friday evening, 17 March to Sunday 19 March held throughout Blayney and surrounding historic villages to attract visitors and connect the community with the power of art.
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Entries now open for next Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge
14 Feb 2017
Local residents, school and community groups are gearing up to welcome thousands of visitors and cyclists to the annual nab B2B Cycling Festival with the wheels in motion for this year’s Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge proudly supported by Blayney Shire Council and the Blayney Town Association (BTA).
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2017 Youth Week Funding Available
6 Feb 2017
Community organisations are invited to make application for funding to hold activities for Youth Week. The theme for Youth Week 2017 is “Get Involved, be heard, make a difference” and will be celebrated from Friday 31 March to Sunday 9 April 2017
Disability Inclusion and Accessibility Survey
2 Feb 2017
Blayney Shire Council, Orange City Council and Cabonne Council are working together to identify issues, barriers and solutions to accessibility in our communities.
Receive Your Rates Electronically Competition
18 Jan 2017
There are benefits to signing up to receive your rate account(s) electronically, including: Helping the environment by cutting down on paper consumption. Being able to receive your notices anywhere, anytime. Getting notices as soon as they are issued - giving you longer to pay before their due date.

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News & Highlights

Media Release - Free Business Bootcamp comes to Blayney
20 Feb 2017
For one night a month for three months, starting from Wednesday 22 February 2017, the Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) will be holding free business workshops at the Blayney Shire Community Centre to help get local businesses in shape.
General Manager Update
16 Feb 2017
Following the summer holiday season, Council’s first meeting for 2017 is to be held on Monday 20 February at 6pm in the Community Centre, Blayney. Members of the public are invited and welcome to attend. Any resident has the opportunity to contribute comments about any agenda item during the public forum.
Council Update
16 Feb 2017
The February Ordinary Meeting of Council will be held in the Chambers, Blayney Shire Community Centre, on Monday 20 February 2017, commencing at 6.00pm. Members of the community are welcome to attend. A copy of the Business Paper is available on Council’s website.
Media Release - Dr Keith Suter from Seven’s Sunrise is coming to Blayney Shire for Back to Business Week
3 Feb 2017
As part of the NSW Government ‘Back to Business Week’ initiative to support small and medium businesses, Blayney Shire Council will be hosting a business networking evening with keynote speaker, Dr Keith Suter on Monday 27 February from 6pm at the Blayney Bowling Club.
Blayney Shire Council 2017 Australia Day Awards
30 Jan 2017
Congratulations to the deserving recipients of the 2017 Blayney Shire Council Australia Day Awards

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What's On?

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival | 16th - 26th February 2017
Celebrating one of Australia’s most iconic poets and regional Australia’s contribution to the literary and cultural heritage of the nation, the Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival runs for ten days from 16-26 February 2017 in the birthplace of Banjo in Orange, Central NSW. Ph 02 6360 1990
Free Breastscreen | Mid February
Breast screening can find cancers before they can be felt or noticed - you have a better chance of survival when breast cancer is found early. No doctor’s referral is needed (but we encourage you to share your results with your doctor. Please bring their details to your appointment so we can send them your results). The Breastscreen van will be in the Council carpark from mid-late February for your free screening. P 132050
Business Bootcamp | 22nd February
Blayney Community Centre, 41 Church Street, Blayney Time: 6:00pm to 8:30pm Cost: Free (Funded under the Murray Darling Energise Enterprise Program). For one night a month over a 3 month period listen to guest presenters talk about topics which can help and inspire you to build your business to the next level. But that's not all. As part of the program you get 3 face to face sessions and 3 phone call sessions with a business mentor to talk about your business, do a business health check and ensure that you are tracking to your full potential.
Central West Freelance Writers Group | 24th February
Central West Freelance Writers' Group will meet last Fri in Feb from 10am to about 1130am at the Commercial Hotel, Park St, Millthorpe. Come for a cuppa and chat about your non fiction or fiction writing tips, approaches or even grumbles. Free, just buy your own cuppa. M: 0417 423 812
Loosely Woven from Sydney | 25th February
Fundraising event for the Golden Memories Museum. Join us at the Millthorpe School Hall starting at 4PM. 20 instrumentalists and singers present a free, fun, eclectic cabaret show. Instruments include violin, saxophone, flute, harp, guitar glockenspiel, xylophone, hand bells, keyboard and percussion. P 02 6366 3980

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At the February Council meeting, Council reinforced the preferred position of Blayney Shire to stand-alone and authorised the Mayor to finalise the response to the NSW Minister for Local Government’s council merger proposal for Blayney Shire, Cabonne and Orange City Councils, should a merger proceed.

This response from Blayney Shire Council, submitted by the due date of 28 February 2016 to the merger proposal details the concerns of the community for elected representation and the retention of local autonomy and identity; in addition to the fundamental principles which Council believes are critical to be taken into consideration and reflected in the planning and implementation of any recommended merger.  

These principles were conveyed to the Delegate during the public meeting held in Blayney on Thursday 4 February and are based upon the community feedback and councillor input into the merger proposal as follows;

No amalgamation without all three former LGAs; 
A three way partnership approach to planning and implementing the new council with equal council representation; 
A new culture, separate and distinct from that of the former councils; 
A councillor body of manageable size that is focussed on creating a powerful new council, building on existing strengths and avoiding pitfalls; 
A role for existing councillors in an advisory capacity to help the integration process prior to the first elections; 
The current councillors to determine priorities for the allocation of the Stronger Communities Funds on community infrastructure projects within their LGA 
A role for all existing staff during the planning phase which draws on their skills and experience to the maximum benefit of the new council; and 
A structure that devolves autonomy to local town and village communities, free from unnecessary central interference. 

What is critical in any change process is the merging of different organisational cultures and we need to remember that it is people that matters.  Reassurance must be given to the significant rural based communities that local identity and autonomy can be maintained with the right governance model and organisational structure.  

Similarly important is the continued focus on collaboration across the region to promote the unique attributes of the individual town and villages.  This will be no easy task unless the merger, if proceeds, is a real partnership.

Download the Blayney Shire Council Submission to the Merger Proposal for Blayney Shire Council, Cabonne Council and Orange City Council.

Rebecca Ryan
General Manager
Blayney Shire Council



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On Monday 19 December, Blayney Shire Council had the last meeting for 2016 and afterwards had a Christmas catchup with many of our volunteers and committee members.  I took this opportunity to thank all those representatives from Blayney and our villages for their ongoing support, involvement and commitment to working with council to support our residents and improve our Shire.

We just recently welcomed the new NSW Deputy Premier with both State and Federal members to Blayney, to acknowledge the partnership of all three levels of government and local business, Australian Native Landscape for the major upgrades of Browns Creek Road worth $3.7M.  Providing adequate roads is critical, especially for heavy vehicle operators who are transporting produce to and from our region and this upgrade includes pavement strengthening, sealing, widening and a minor realignment.  Local crews commenced the road construction project in November, with the final sealing to this initial 2 kilometre stretch completed prior to Christmas.

The Blayney Men's Shed also received $22,000 from our state member The Hon. Paul Toole MP under the Community Building Partnership Program towards a new workshop to be built next year.

It was also very good to hear that the plans have been completed for our Palliative Care project at the Blayney Hospital and the tender process is about to start.  The strong support for this project is just a continuation of our community working together to achieve the things that are important to us and are prepared to make it happen.

2016 has been a year where we have had a merger proposal with Cabonne and Orange hanging over our heads, yet as a council and community we have continued to work together and invest in our futures.  Council staff and Councillors have worked closely with groups throughout our Shire to develop individual Village Community Plans, Adelaide Street Master Plan and numerous other upgrades and improvements throughout our Shire. So while our future may be unclear at the moment, there is no doubt that the plans and projects we have all started this year will ensure that our community’s assets and infrastructure will be improved for years to come.

I look forward to next year as we see new bridge and road projects get underway,ongoing improvements to our sporting facilities and extra investment in road repairs and maintenance.  Next year will see our Cultural Centre Working Group finalise the plans for a new library with family history and exhibition space. Also, consultation will start for our proposed major upgrades of CentrePoint Sport and Leisure Centre.
I would like to acknowledge the wonderful work that everyone does at Blayney Shire Council in what has been a busy year with a very wet winter and lots of projects to deliver. On behalf of my fellow Councillors I would like to wish all our community a wonderful Christmas and a very safe and happy New Year.
Cr Scott Ferguson
Mayor Blayney Shire Council


Blayney Shire Council

91 Adelaide Street, Blayney NSW 2799
PO Box 62, Blayney NSW 2799
Telephone: (02) 6368 2104
Facsimilie: (02) 6368 3290

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