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Community Financial Assistance Program Round 2 – 2016/17
21 Feb 2017
Local community organisations and individuals are invited to submit applications for the second round of the 2016/2017 Community Financial Assistance Program.
Media Release - New Art Festival brings community together for the love of art
20 Feb 2017
Now in its fourth year, the Textures of One Art Exhibition is expanding to encompass a weekend Art Festival from Friday evening, 17 March to Sunday 19 March held throughout Blayney and surrounding historic villages to attract visitors and connect the community with the power of art.
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Entries now open for next Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge
14 Feb 2017
Local residents, school and community groups are gearing up to welcome thousands of visitors and cyclists to the annual nab B2B Cycling Festival with the wheels in motion for this year’s Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge proudly supported by Blayney Shire Council and the Blayney Town Association (BTA).
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2017 Youth Week Funding Available
6 Feb 2017
Community organisations are invited to make application for funding to hold activities for Youth Week. The theme for Youth Week 2017 is “Get Involved, be heard, make a difference” and will be celebrated from Friday 31 March to Sunday 9 April 2017
Disability Inclusion and Accessibility Survey
2 Feb 2017
Blayney Shire Council, Orange City Council and Cabonne Council are working together to identify issues, barriers and solutions to accessibility in our communities.

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News & Highlights

General Manager Update
23 Feb 2017
In the coming week, all rate payers and owners of land in NSW will be receiving new property revaluation notices from the Valuer General’s Office of NSW. Blayney Shire residents received their new revaluation property notices twelve months ago, in line with our usual revaluation cycle.
Council Update
23 Feb 2017
Back to Business Week Networking Seminar. As part of the NSW Government’s ‘Back to Business Week’ initiative, to support small and medium businesses, Blayney Shire Council will be hosting a business networking evening with keynote speaker, Dr Keith Suter, who features on the Seven Sunrise program.
Media Release - Free Business Bootcamp comes to Blayney
20 Feb 2017
For one night a month for three months, starting from Wednesday 22 February 2017, the Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) will be holding free business workshops at the Blayney Shire Community Centre to help get local businesses in shape.
Media Release - Dr Keith Suter from Seven’s Sunrise is coming to Blayney Shire for Back to Business Week
3 Feb 2017
As part of the NSW Government ‘Back to Business Week’ initiative to support small and medium businesses, Blayney Shire Council will be hosting a business networking evening with keynote speaker, Dr Keith Suter on Monday 27 February from 6pm at the Blayney Bowling Club.
Blayney Shire Council 2017 Australia Day Awards
30 Jan 2017
Congratulations to the deserving recipients of the 2017 Blayney Shire Council Australia Day Awards

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What's On?

Free Breastscreen | Mid February
Breast screening can find cancers before they can be felt or noticed - you have a better chance of survival when breast cancer is found early. No doctor’s referral is needed (but we encourage you to share your results with your doctor. Please bring their details to your appointment so we can send them your results). The Breastscreen van will be in the Council carpark from mid-late February for your free screening. P 132050
Newcrest Orange Challenge | 5th March 2017
In the style of a European one-day classic, the Newcrest Orange Challenge is no easy cycle. 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. You'll be left with just enough energy in your legs to celebrate with a victory lap of the velodrome, and a sample of the local fare at the finish line Food and Wine Festival.
Neville Show | 11th March 2017
Come along and bring the family for a great day out! Since 2010 the Neville Show society have put on an annual show. Each year it has grown bigger. You can expect to see market stalls and multiple competitions like the popular flowers, craft, cooking, photography, chainsaw, horse, and cattle competitions. This event is a great day out in Central West NSW. For further information go to
Carcoar Art Experience | 17th - 19th March
The art of Peter Griffen is influenced as much by the classical painting of the Renaissance as by the serendipity of abstract expressionism. Indigenous art from different parts of the world (in particular Australia) and its relationship to the natural landscape influence his work also, producing powerful abstract images that speak from the past. P 02 6367 3290
Textures of One Art Exhibition and Art Festival | 17th - 19th March
Textures of One Annual Art Exhibition and Art Festival. Program includes: Art Exhibition will be held at the Blayney Community Centre with opening night on Friday 17 March. Art workshops and demonstrations, Quilt hanging at the Blayney Baptist Church, Blayney Family History Group is holding a display titled 'A touch of Shamrock'. Activities on Sunday March 19 includes: Artisan market, afternoon Choir and high tea in the Blayney Community Centre. Art Exhibition entry fee - $5.00 concessions $3.00. P 02 6368 3559 M 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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On Monday 19 December, Blayney Shire Council had the last meeting for 2016 and afterwards had a Christmas catchup with many of our volunteers and committee members.  I took this opportunity to thank all those representatives from Blayney and our villages for their ongoing support, involvement and commitment to working with council to support our residents and improve our Shire.

We just recently welcomed the new NSW Deputy Premier with both State and Federal members to Blayney, to acknowledge the partnership of all three levels of government and local business, Australian Native Landscape for the major upgrades of Browns Creek Road worth $3.7M.  Providing adequate roads is critical, especially for heavy vehicle operators who are transporting produce to and from our region and this upgrade includes pavement strengthening, sealing, widening and a minor realignment.  Local crews commenced the road construction project in November, with the final sealing to this initial 2 kilometre stretch completed prior to Christmas.

The Blayney Men's Shed also received $22,000 from our state member The Hon. Paul Toole MP under the Community Building Partnership Program towards a new workshop to be built next year.

It was also very good to hear that the plans have been completed for our Palliative Care project at the Blayney Hospital and the tender process is about to start.  The strong support for this project is just a continuation of our community working together to achieve the things that are important to us and are prepared to make it happen.

2016 has been a year where we have had a merger proposal with Cabonne and Orange hanging over our heads, yet as a council and community we have continued to work together and invest in our futures.  Council staff and Councillors have worked closely with groups throughout our Shire to develop individual Village Community Plans, Adelaide Street Master Plan and numerous other upgrades and improvements throughout our Shire. So while our future may be unclear at the moment, there is no doubt that the plans and projects we have all started this year will ensure that our community’s assets and infrastructure will be improved for years to come.

I look forward to next year as we see new bridge and road projects get underway,ongoing improvements to our sporting facilities and extra investment in road repairs and maintenance.  Next year will see our Cultural Centre Working Group finalise the plans for a new library with family history and exhibition space. Also, consultation will start for our proposed major upgrades of CentrePoint Sport and Leisure Centre.
I would like to acknowledge the wonderful work that everyone does at Blayney Shire Council in what has been a busy year with a very wet winter and lots of projects to deliver. On behalf of my fellow Councillors I would like to wish all our community a wonderful Christmas and a very safe and happy New Year.
Cr Scott Ferguson
Mayor Blayney Shire Council


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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