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Media Release - Temporary closure of pool for air heating and ductwork upgrade
20 Jun 2018
As part of further improvements at CentrePoint Sport & Leisure Centre, Blayney Shire Council wishes to inform the community the pool area will temporarily close this July for the installation of a brand new air heating and ducting system.
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Receive Your Rates Electronically Competition
14 Jun 2018
There are benefits to signing up to receive your rate account(s) electronically. So sign up now to receive your rates electronically and go into the competition to win an ipad!
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Best Blayney Beanie - Facebook Photo Competition
13 Jun 2018
As part of Winter Wonderland activities, Blayney Shire Council is hosting a Facebook Photo competition to discover the Best Blayney Beanie. Cute, crazy or cosy, beanies are back and we want to see yours!
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Blayney & Villages Winter Wonderland - What's On
13 Jun 2018
Due to popular demand, The Blayney Beanie is making a comeback this winter! With the cooler weather, the Blayney Shire community is bringing back the Blayney Beanie! Beanies are a must-have accessory for all ages around Blayney and in our historic villages to warm up this winter.
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Community Financial Assistance Program Round 1 – 2018/19
7 Jun 2018
Applications are invited for the second round under the 2018/19 Community Financial Assistance Program. Local community organisations / individuals are invited to submit an application by Monday 23 July 2018.

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News & Highlights

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Media Release - $100 Rebate for NSW Creative Kids
21 Jun 2018
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole is excited to announce a new $100 Creative Kids rebate, allowing young people to experience cultural and learning activities outside of school and help ease cost of living pressure for parents.
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Council Update
21 Jun 2018
The June Ordinary Meeting of Council will be held in the Chambers, Blayney Shire Community Centre, on Monday 25 June 2018, commencing at 6.00pm. Members of the community are welcome to attend. A copy of the Business Paper will be available on Council’s website on Friday.
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General Manager Update
21 Jun 2018
Council is being advised of the upcoming 40 year anniversary for Blayney Shire Council in August 2018. Blayney Shire Council was proclaimed in July 1977, being the merger of Lyndhurst and Blayney Shires. n April 1978, the Governor of NSW Sir Arthur Roden Cutler, proclaimed that Saturday 12 August 1978 was the appointed day for the first election of Councillors of the Shire of Blayney.
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Media Release - June long weekend tourism boom in the Orange region
15 Jun 2018
Hundreds more people stopped in at the Orange Visitor Information Centre to discover what was happening across the region this June long weekend compared to the same period last year. General Manager of Orange Region Tourism, Caddie Marshall, stated that this number is only indicative of the amount of people who visited Orange and that the real figure would be much higher.
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Media Release - More than $ 584 million to help drought - affected farmers
13 Jun 2018
Support for farmers and their families facing drought has been boosted by $284 million in the NSW Budget 2018, bringing the NSW Government’s drought relief package to well over half a billion dollars. Almost all of NSW is now suffering from an extended dry period, which is expected to continue throughout the winter and potentially spring.

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What's On?

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Winter Solstice Festival | 23rd June 2018
12pm Start, Newbridge Showground. Come and join us for the Winter Solstice Street Festival. Stalls, Entertainment, Medieval Displays, Magic, Food, Music and Fun. Bonfire and Burning of the Wickerman from 5pm until late on the Gladstone Green
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Winter Wonderland | 23rd June - 30th July 2018
Everyone is invited to embrace the change of season and join in special activities including local business offers, business decorations, events and pop-up shopping events. Businesses and community groups are encouraged to RSVP your interest in participating ASAP with details on how you can get involved. events@blayney.nsw.gov.au P 02 6368 2104
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Survive the Ride | 24th June 2018
Blayney Community Centre, 11am until 1.30pm. This workshop is for both experienced riders looking for a refresher and new riders wanting to get a few riding tips. To register contact David Tynan M 0438 163 926
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Pym Street Markets | 7th July 2018
*Held monthly 1st Saturday of every month* The Pym Street Markets are located on the small block beside the Millthorpe Newsagency & General Store in Pym Street. A variety of boutique stall holders sell items not normally available in Millthorpe shops including locally made items and locally grown produce. Location: Corner Store, 3 Pym St. Contact Tim or Sharon. T 02 6366 3253
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Felix Albert and the Gentlemanly Two | 7th July 2018
Come along and enjoy a fun evening of rockabilly music with Felix Albert and the Gentlemanly Two (featuring Hobbys' own Hugh Brown). Light Supper Provided. A great way to warm up as part of Blayney #WinterWonderland festivities. Proceeds to the Hobbys Yards Community Association. Start time is 7:30PM at the Hobby Yards Hall. $10 per person. M 0407 108 159 scottandtam21@bigpond.com

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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
Email: council@blayney.nsw.gov.au

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