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Hay Bale Art Challenge - Winners Announced
14 Mar 2019
Entrants of the Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge will provide the thousands of visitors and cyclists competing in the B2B a scenic route to race on this weekend. As always, artworks were very creative with entries ranging from Oscar the Grouch to the Rainbow Fish as well as the B2B’s having its’ very own Hay Bale Band.
Naming of Road for the 14 Lot Subdivision of 32 Plumb Street Blayney
11 Mar 2019
Council is seeking community feedback on the naming the road on the new 14 lot subdivision off 32 Plumb Street, Blayney. There are a number of street names in the township of Blayney and within our villages which acknowledge the contribution of past Mayors including; Wilson, Amos, Rowlands, Cook and Gardiner.
Media Release - Cadia opens its doors to celebrate 20 years of operation
26 Feb 2019
Newcrest Mining’s Cadia Valley Operations is excited to invite you to its next fun-filled Open Day, fit for the whole family on Saturday, 6 April 2019 from 8:30-2:30pm leaving exclusively from Blayney. The open day provides an opportunity for the community to experience firsthand the surface mining operations at one of Australia’s largest underground gold mines.
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Drought Assistance Available
12 Feb 2019
RFCS - Drought Assistance Available
Central Tablelands Water Media Release - Level 2 Water Restrictions from 1 January 2019
3 Jan 2019
The general manager of Central Tablelands Water (CTW), Gavin Rhodes, has advised that the Council of CTW resolved at its December 2018 meeting to implement Level 2 Water Restrictions from 1 January 2019.

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News & Highlights

Council Update
21 Mar 2019
The Annual Blayney Anglican Parish Book Fair and Trading Table will be held in the Anglican Hall in Adelaide Street on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 April and Friday 12 and Saturday 13 April from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Contact Elizabeth Russ on 6368 2122 for further information.
General Manager Update
21 Mar 2019
Each year Council makes provision for the Financial Assistance Program a total budget allocation of $100,000. Of this Council has committed for the 2018/19 year $53,000 in recurrent funding being for rates, insurance subsidies and annual donations for council charges to charitable groups, community Halls, Progress and Town Associations.
Proposed Road Closing Under Section 38B Roads Act 1993
8 Mar 2019
In pursuance of the provisions of the Roads Act 1993, notice is hereby given that Blayney Shire Council proposes to close the council public road
Media Release - New Browns Creek Road Bridge to boost regional growth
6 Mar 2019
Regional road connections in the Blayney Shire received a boost today with the official opening of the new Browns Creeks Road Bridge, about 20 kilometres south of Orange. Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the $1.49 million project replaced the old single-lane timber bridge over Browns Creek with a new two-lane concrete bridge featuring realigned road approaches and safety barriers.
Joint Media Release - 11 Projects in Blayney Shire to benefit from Federal Government's Drought Communities Program
21 Dec 2018
Eleven projects in the Blayney Shire will share in $1 million through Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program. Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the Drought Communities Program supports communities in the most drought-affected regions of Australia and builds on more than $7 billion of Federal Government drought support measures.

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What's On?

Lee Hostel Fete/Open Day | 30th March 2019
Come along for a day of fun with friends and family and meet the staff and residents of Lee Hostel! Gold coin donation on entry which will give you a ticket into the Lucky Gate Prize! 1 Queen Street Blayney 10am - 2pm
Newcrest Orange Challenge | 30th - 31st March 2019
The Newcrest Orange Challenge is no easy cycle. There are no shortcuts. The quiet and car-free country roads are punctuated with sharp, tough climbs, never ending hills and challenging road surfaces that will put all of your training to the test. But that won’t stop you from cracking a smile… Choose your challenge: 170km, 100km, 70km. Entry fee $95-$215. Starting at Robertson Park on Saturday 4pm finishing Sunday at 7pm. See website for full details.
Cars & Coffee Blayney | 31st March 2019
Old or new, bring that special car, motorbike or truck along. Enjoy a coffee, chat and a browse. Corner of Adelaide and Ogilvy Streets, Blayney 9am - 12 noon Michael Baker - 0439 375 581 Chris Corbyn - 0419 006 276
Blayney Anglican Parish Book Fair and Trading Table | 5th - 6th April 2019
Blayney Anglican Parish is holding a book fair and trading table at the Anglican Parish Church Hall, Adelaide Street Blayney. Contract Elizabeth Russ for information. T 02 6368 2122
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Newcrest Mining Cadia Open Day | 6th April 2019
Newcrest Mining’s Cadia Valley Operations is excited to invite you to its next fun-filled Open Day, fit for the whole family on Saturday, 6 April 2019 from 8:30-2:30pm leaving exclusively from Blayney. The open day provides an opportunity for the community to experience firsthand the surface mining operations at one of Australia’s largest underground gold mines. Contact Melissa O'Brien for further information. M 0407 412 891

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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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For the past two years Blayney Shire Council has been investigating ways to stimulate residential development in the town of Blayney and in particular increase the number of new parcels of land available for building a new house.

During this time, Councils convened a well attended community workshop with a variety of stakeholders, has had numerous meeting with land developers and investigated several options around our fees and charges associated with land development.

Unfortunately, none of this work has created any new building blocks in our town so Councillors have decided to purchase and develop a new residential subdivision in Plumb Street.  We are seeing an increase of interest in people wanting to build and invest in Blayney and with the potential new mine at Kings Plains we are determined not to miss the opportunity to develop high quality residential blocks and encourage our town and shire to grow.

Our investigations have revealed that there is current and future demand for new blocks yet there is still a price gap in the market that private developers cannot fill at the moment.  Blayney Shire and region is well placed to capitalise on future population growth and investment in Central NSW but we must be able to offer existing and new residents quality blocks to build on and grow our community.

After a long period of exploring different options I’m really excited by this initiative to develop this land and create some momentum in our real estate as well as acknowledging how confident that we are in the future of Blayney township and our Shire.

Council has the advantage of being able access a very low interest loan from the state government directly supporting this type of development and infrastructure, which is great timing for our project. 

We will now progress with the Development Application for the land and will start considering the options for building the new street and infrastructure as well as a future marketing strategy.  I am confident that this real estate development will be well received and will provide the confidence and encouragement to the private sector to enter the market and invest in our community into the future.


Blayney Shire Council

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

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