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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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Simple tips to help barking dogs
18 May 2016
All dogs instinctively bark, its natural behaviour and how they communicate but excessive barking is not healthy and a nuisance for those close by. It is also a good idea to talk with your neighbours to find out if or when your dog barks.
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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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NAB B2B Cycling Event - What's Open
6 Apr 2016
With the B2B on this weekend check out what's open in Blayney
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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.

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General Manager Update
24 May 2016
A suggestion from the Millthorpe Village Association to transform a piece of vacant and unused railway land adjacent to the Millthorpe Railway Station into an overflow car park appears to be coming to fruition at last.
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Council Update
24 May 2016
Council is seeking community comment on the proposed Closure of Neville Landfill. Written submissions are to be received by Council prior to close of business Tuesday 7 June 2016. Documents are available for viewing by visiting Council’s website www.blayney.nsw.gov.au – on exhibition, or by visiting our Council Office at 91 Adelaide Street, Blayney.
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Media Release - Blayney Shire Council joins National Garage Sale Trail
17 May 2016
Households, schools and community groups in the Blayney and the surrounding area are set to break the $13.8 million record of items listed for sale as part of the Australia’s largest reuse and community event, Garage Sale Trail on Saturday, 22 October this year.
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Potential Blayney, Cabonne, Orange Council merger decision awaiting court decision
12 May 2016
The NSW Government today announced the creation of 19 new merged councils across NSW and has provided in-principle support to merge a further nine Council areas including Blayney, Cabonne and Orange pending the outcome of the upcoming court hearing scheduled for 24 and 25 May 2016 with a finding by early to mid-June expected.
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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.

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What's On?

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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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Finger Knit Necklace Crafternoon | 5th June
Millthorpe School of Arts, Victoria St, Millthorpe. Retreat from the Wintry days, enjoy a warm cup of coffee and yummy cake, and learn to finger knit a statement necklace. Made with gorgeously cosy, chunky yarn, this crafternoon is suitable for those who don't consider themselves a maker. Gather a group of friends, enjoy a fun afternoon crafting and finish your day out meandering the picturesque village of Millthorpe. $70 per person (includes all yarn and trimmings required to finger knit, as well as afternoon tea). Limited places available. http://www.printweavecreate.com.au info@printweavecreate.com.au

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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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