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Youth Week 2017 in NSW Design Competition
30 Jun 2016
NSW Youth Week are looking for aspiring young designers to help create the look for the Youth Week 2017 in NSW website, posters and other promotional materials
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Make a Mask for the 'Winter Wonderland' Movie Night!
29 Jun 2016
Community Movie Night Saturday 16 July, 5:30-8:30pm at the Blayney Community Centre Wear blue, white & silver and wear a ‘Winter Wonderland’ themed mask or hat for a chance to win spot prizes on the night
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The Movies are Coming to Blayney Shire as part of 'Blayney and Villages Winter Wonderland'
29 Jun 2016
The movies are coming to Blayney Shire as part of 'Blayney and Villages Winter Wonderland' Community Movie Night Saturday 16 July, 5:30-8:30pm at the Blayney Community Centre
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Mobile Muster
25 May 2016
If you would like to recycle your old mobile phone, Council has a recycle mobile muster collection box at our front counter. For more information on recycling old electrical goods please visit http://www.mobilemuster.com.au/
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Media Release - Staff to continue to provide services at regional stations
9 May 2016
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance has today announced that NSW TrainLink will continue to staff eight stations it had proposed to unattend. Blayney, Broken Hill, Griffith, Macksville, Nambucca Heads, Parkes, Wellington and Yass Junction Stations will continue to be staffed to meet the needs of local customers.

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Media Release - Movies are coming to Blayney – magical night of family fun!
28 Jun 2016
As part of the July 11 - 24 Winter Wonderland celebrations in #Blayney and #historicvillages, the movies are coming to Blayney Shire. Local residents, family, friends and visitors are invited to join in the fun and magic of the Winter Wonderland Community Movie Night to be held on Saturday 16 July from 5:30pm to 8:30pm in the Blayney Community Centre.
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Media Release - Belubula River Revive Project brings new life to the area
28 Jun 2016
Local community groups have been working in collaboration with Blayney Shire Council to revive the banks of the Belubula River, at Pound Flat, Carcoar. Blayney Shire Council Mayor, Scott Ferguson said: “The focus of the project was to control weeds and plant new trees to re-establish the area for recreation and nature regeneration.”
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Media Release - Icy Road Conditions Ahead
27 Jun 2016
Blayney Shire Council is warning residents and visitors to be aware of the changed road conditions as temperatures drop this winter, with one of the most threatening conditions being slippery and hard-to-spot ‘black ice’ which can be extremely dangerous for motorists.
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General Manager Update
27 Jun 2016
Residents may have noticed the replacement of the old garbage bins in the main streets and in Council parks and gardens, with a more modern garbage bin surround. These have replaced the variety of different styles ranging from small plastic lift off bins to large concrete structures that were very unattractive and difficult to provide a consistency in service for pick up.
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Council Update
27 Jun 2016
Intersection Carcoar and Church Streets, Blayney. The public is advised that the western leg of Carcoar and Church Streets intersection, on the High School Side, will be closed to through traffic from Monday 4 July until Friday 29 July 2016.

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What's On?

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Pym Street Markets | 2nd July
Pym Street Millthorpe 9am - 1pm. Come and check out boutique stall holders with variety of locally made items and locally grown produce. Further information contact 0429 721 266
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Afternoon With Macquarie Male Singers | 3rd July
Anglican Church, Blayney. 1.30pm Come and enjoy an afternoon and watch the performance by Macquarie Male Singers. Further information contact Joshua Meyers on 0458 132 640
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Acoustic Sunday | 10th July
*Held monthly 2nd Sunday of every month* The Silver Shed, Millthorpe Motel. 3.30pm - 5.30pm Entry by donation. Come enjoy the live acoustic music. Featuring different musicians each month along with some familiar favourites. Wine, beer and cheese will be available. https://www.facebook.com/acousticsundaymillthorpe
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Winter Wonderland Festivities | 11th - 24th July
Join in Winter Wonderland Festivities this July. Come together as a community and promote your business, local produce and services by decorating your premises! Council will join in celebrations by decorating their Office, CentrePoint and the main street. If you are interested please RSVP by Thursday 16 June to events@blayney.nsw.gov.au or phone Council 6368 2104.
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Winter Arts Networking Night | 12th July
Goldfields Restaurant Blayney, opening at 5pm for 1st presentation to start at 5.30pm. A spotlight on creative, regional stories. Share your latest arts adventures and chat all things arts industry. A chance to meet, mingle, introduce yourself, make contacts and maybe even kick start future collaborations. Social, creative and inspiring. Contact Penny May - 0412 768 030

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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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It was great news on Monday 9 May, when the Minister for transport announced that the Blayney railway station would continue to be staffed to provide that very important service to our community.  Blayney Shire Council and the general community had strongly opposed the potential closing of the station and after a positive meeting with our local member Paul Toole, he made representations to the Department of Transport highlighting our concerns.  I would like to acknowledge and thank all the members of the public who contacted Councillors and wrote letters to the department all of which I'm sure had an influence in keeping our station open and having our existing staff member continue her excellent service to the people who use our train services at Blayney station.
 
Anyone travelling through Millthorpe over the last few months would have noticed the large amount of earthmoving and construction activity happening at Redmond Oval.  We now have a magnificent new oval that will be enjoyed by many sporting groups, the local school and community organisations.  It has been a very big project that has been well delivered by Blayney Shire staff and associated contractors.  It has been a real team effort with the financial support of the NSW Government, Blayney Shire Council, the Millthorpe Village Committee who initiated the grant and the Garden Ramble Committee supporting the new canteen has seen this much needed upgrade of the oval come true.  The grass is now planted and with a good winter and spring the oval should be ready for everyone to enjoy later in the year.
 
The Delegate has now completed his report into the merger proposal of Blayney, Cabonne and Orange local government areas.  This report has now been provided to the State Government and referred to the Independent Boundary Commission for comment.  At the last meeting that we had with the Delegate before he finalised his report, we reinforced that whilst our preference was to remain a stand-alone Council, we remain steadfast that if a merger were to happen, it is important that Councillors and staff had the opportunity to have input in the process.
 
The government has since sought expressions of interest (EOI) from Councillors and General Managers across NSW who would consider contributing to any new entity.  We have been assured that there has been no decision made on potential mergers, so all Blayney Councillors and the General Manager have lodged an EOI to ensure that if it does happen the best interests of rate payers and staff are represented.
 
Regardless of this situation we are still planning for the future with our draft budget for 2016-17 being considered at the next Council meeting with plenty of projects in the pipeline in the upcoming year. Council is budgeting for ongoing road and bridge construction as well as a continuation of upgrades to sporting facilities.  We will continue to concentrate all our efforts in the delivery of these projects and Council services while we all wait for a decision on mergers in the upcoming months.

 

 

Blayney Shire Council

91 Adelaide Street, Blayney NSW 2799
PO Box 62, Blayney NSW 2799
Telephone: (02) 6368 2104
Facsimilie: (02) 6368 3290
Email: council@blayney.nsw.gov.au

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