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NAB B2B Cycling Event - What's Open
6 Apr 2016
With the B2B on this weekend check out what's open in Blayney
Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge Map
6 Apr 2016
Why not go and check out these amazing works of art. Be quick as they will not be there for too much longer.
Cadia Valley Operations Open Day and Orange Farmers Market
23 Mar 2016
Open day featuring: Mining machinery and equipment display. Rehabilitation and Tailings dam lookout. Open cut views. Tour of ore treatment area. Heritage displays. Interactive display centre featuring CVO's contracting partners.
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Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge Competition
16 Mar 2016
Decorated hay bales and art sculptures will start to pop up along the nab B2B Cycling route in preparation to welcome riders from near and far for the annual bike event. Take a drive and follow the B2B route from Blayney toBathurst, through Barry, Hobbys Yards, Trunkey Creek and Newbridge where artwork will be displayed.
Blayney Shire Council Bike Month Photo Competition
16 Mar 2016
How are you getting involved in #BlayneyBikeMonth? Maybe you are riding your bike to work, in training for the upcoming nab B2B Cycling event, decorating your business, making a hay bale sculpture, kids are riding to school?

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News & Highlights

Media Release - New Cultural Centre project to deliver a fresh collaborative approach to community & visitor services
27 Apr 2016
With the 20th anniversary of ‘The Cottage’ fast approaching in September 2016, Blayney Shire Council has moved to progress the development of Stage 1 of a new Cultural Centre at the Blayney Shire Visitor Information Centre in Adelaide Street. This includes refurbishment of the Heritage listed former school masters house to incorporate a CafĂ©/ Coffee Shop within the Level 3 Accredited Visitor Information Centre Service.
Media Release - How to turn your business into a customer magnet – free Council Business Seminar
27 Apr 2016
Blayney Shire Council today announced the next free Business Seminar will be held on Monday, 9 May 2016 from 9am to 11am in the Blayney Shire Community Centre aimed to help local businesses build brand awareness to attract and keep loyal customers.
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Council Update
27 Apr 2016
You’re invited to attend Council’s next FREE Business Seminar - How to turn your business into a powerful customer magnet.
General Manager Update
27 Apr 2016
Cemeteries are a fundamental and spiritual part of human life, seen as a place of sanctuary and a peaceful resting place for loved ones. At Council, we value the importance of the cemeteries in our Shire and understand what they mean to the community
Media Release - $500,000 Millthorpe Oval upgrade on track to reopen in August
19 Apr 2016
Blayney Shire Council Mayor, Scott Ferguson together with Member for Bathurst, the Hon. Paul Toole joined representatives from Millthorpe Village Committee and the community today at Redmond Oval, Millthorpe to review progress on the $500,000 upgrade works.

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What's On?

Pym Street Markets | 7th May
*Held monthly 1st Saturday of every month* 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
Acoustic Sunday | 8th May
*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.
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Cadia Valley Operations Open Day | 14th May
Orange Showground. Open Day featuring Mining machinery, rehabilitation and tailing dam lookout, open cut views, tour of OreTreatment area and heritage displays. Tour buses will depart at Orange Showground every 10min from 8.30am - 2pm. This years Open Day is in conjunction with Orange Farmers Market. Tickets available from Blayney Shire Tourist and Community Information Centre.
Blayney Farmers Market | 15th May
8.30am - 12.00pm, Carrington Park, Church Street, Blayney NSW 2791 This producers’ market features a wide variety of gourmet foods and quality artisan. Come and try some great food and have a coffee!
Hobby Yards Hall 75th Anniversary Celebration | 28th May
Starting at 6pm. Come and help celebrate the history of the Hobbys Yards Hall and catch up with locals. Dinner and entertainment provided. 1940s dress is optional. Cost: $15 Adult, $10 Child, $50 Family. For bookings contact Jasmine Ryan P 02 6368 3813

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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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Business as usual as Orange and Cabonne set to merge with Blayney

As Blayney and village community members would now be aware, the NSW Government announced proposals for the creation of new merged local government areas last Friday morning during a statewide webinar with Mayors and General Managers.  In metropolitan Sydney, the number of councils will be reduced from 43 to 25 with the creation of 15 new councils, and in rural and regional NSW there will be 20 new council areas reducing the total number of regional councils from 109 to 87.  

This means for Blayney particularly the confirmation of the NSW Government’s proposal for a three way merger with Orange City and Cabonne Councils.

Mayor Scott Ferguson advised ‘This is no surprise for us; the three way partnership of Blayney Shire, Cabonne and Orange City Councils was the preference of the NSW Government and our position has always been that should Cabonne and Orange come together then it is in the best interests of our community to be part of that merger.   We have a long history of working together with Cabonne who are our WBC Alliance partners, and a strong connection with Orange via tourism promotion and economic development projects.  This is an opportunity to create a new entity of the three existing local government areas, and Blayney intends to take the lead in setting the vision and direction of the new council’.

The next step in the process is the Minister referring the merger proposals to the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government (OLG) for examination and report under the Local Government Act (1993).  Residents, businesses and Councils will have a chance to have their say during a public enquiry and community consultation that will be undertaken by the OLG and the NSW Boundaries Commission.  

‘This process could take a few months before the Minister for Local Government is provided with the reports from the OLG and Boundaries Commission, prior to making a decision for each proposal.  Further details and guidelines will be issued to Council in early January;’ continued Councillor Ferguson.

This also could have an impact on the timing of the local government elections which are due to be held in September next year.  The Premier has pre-empted that a more realistic timeframe may be to postpone this date to March 2017.  The NSW Government have established a website which has all the maps and merger proposals, a link of which may be found on Council’s website.

‘For Blayney Shire it’s a very simple case of business as usual for the months ahead, as we are not expecting the whole enquiry process to be completed before May or June 2016.  We have our usual services to provide and a current budget to deliver.  Then in early 2016; an Operational Plan and budget to prepare for 2016/17 and a four year Delivery Plan that will see some real progress on those capital projects identified in our Long Term Financial Plan.’   

‘And finally,’ concluded Councillor Ferguson, ‘I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our community a very safe, enjoyable and relaxing Christmas and a happy New Year with family and friends.  I trust that staff, Councillors and the hard working volunteers of our important Council Committees, take a well-earned break so that we are refreshed and ready for 2016.’ 



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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