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NextGen Livestock Forum 2016 at Blayney
13 Jul 2016
This event will provide an opportunity for local livestock producers and graziers to hear first-hand from expert speakers about today’s innovations in technology in livestock management, chains and markets. The forum hosts a range of speakers and topics that cater to an ever-challenging environment.
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Community Financial Assistance Program – Round 1 2016/17
13 Jul 2016
Blayney Shire Council provides grants for local community organisations and businesses in accordance with Policy 3I Community Financial Assistance. This Program enables Council and the community to work together to help make Blayney Shire a great place to live.
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Winter Wonderland Photo Competition
6 Jul 2016
Post your ‘Winter Wonderland’ themed photos NOW on Blayney Council Facebook for the chance to win a wonderful ‘Blayney & Villages Prize Pack’. The competition starts with Winter Wonderland on 11 July and runs until 24 July. Just post your photo to the Blayney Council Facebook page with “#winterwonderland #warmwelcome” in the comments
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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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Media Release - Volunteers Join Council to host Local Government Week
25 Jul 2016
NSW Local Government Week celebrations are being held across the State from 1 – 7 August and this year’s theme is ‘Our Council, Our Community’. Local Government Week is your opportunity to get to know more about how Council works with the community to deliver services, infrastructure and develop the area.
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Media Release - Blayney - Sporting Fields King George Oval & Napier Remain Closed
21 Jul 2016
An inspection by Council Parks and Recreation staff has identified King George Oval and Napier Oval in Blayney will remain closed due to the on-going wet conditions.
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General Manager Update
19 Jul 2016
Blayney Shire Councillors have recently adopted the 2016-17 Operational Plan and 4- year Delivery Program showing how Council will deliver the outcomes of our Community Strategic Plan.
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Council Update
19 Jul 2016
NSW Local Government Week celebrations will take place across the State from 1 – 7 August and this year’s theme is ‘Our Council, Our Community’. Blayney Shire Council is working with local community groups,
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Media Release - New billboards unveiled as part of local NAIDOC Week celebrations
7 Jul 2016
NAIDOC WEEK celebrations Blayney Shire Council joined local NAIDOC celebrations today at Blayney Hospital with Wiradjuri artist, Nyree Reynolds, Health Service Manager, Kathy Hillier and local children to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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What's On?

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Mingle With The Makers Pop Up Event | 29th - 30th July
White Rock Silver, 118 Adelaide St, Blayney. 6pm to 9pm. Pop Up Event / Mingle With the Makers @ White Rock Silver. Join us opening night where we showcase unique, hand crafted designs from three local artisans -Sterling Silver Jewellery from White Rock Silver, Beautiful clothes from Michelle at So Stella, and stunning hats by Fiona Schofield Millinery. We will also be open on Saturday morning from 9.30-2pm. whiterocksilver@dodo.com.au http://www.whiterocksilver.com.au https://www.facebook.com/events/1629894813994452/

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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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Blayney Shire Councillors have recently adopted the 2016-17 Operational Plan and 4- year Delivery Program showing how Council will deliver the outcomes of our Community Strategic Plan. This plan with valuable input from our residents identified 6 major themes including: 
1. Grow the wealth of the Shire
2. A centre for sports and culture
3. Preserve and enhance our heritage and rural landscape
4. Develop and maintain Shire infrastructure 
5. Build strong and connected communities
6. Support Agriculture, Mining and Industry to work together 

This year will see major road upgrades around Errowanbang Road stage 2 and Browns Creek Road with ongoing maintenance and repairs to our gravel road network.  In addition, we will invest another $1 million into our bridge repair and replacement program. The Cadia special rate variation and grant funding from State and Federal government, will see $4.5 million allocated to our roads throughout the Shire.

The Redmond Oval redevelopment in Millthorpe will be completed along with the new canteen and fencing.  Council will be developing the new carpark beside the railway station at Millthorpe to cater for the increasing number of visitors coming to enjoy Pym Street and the historic village.

Council will continue to support ongoing improvement projects at King George Oval and equestrian facilities at Blayney Showground with new irrigation work to improve the grass surface for soccer and have started planning for major upgrades to our CentrePoint swimming pool.  A grant of $400,000 from the state government will continue the footpath project which is an important part of our active movement strategy and Council Financial Assistance grants and Heritage Assistance grants will continue to support projects for community groups and individuals throughout the shire.

The Blayney Shire Visitor Information Centre will see upgrades and refurbishments to improve the customer experience. Our Cultural Centre working group are close to revealing draft plans for a proposed integrated space for a library, museum and art facility.  Council will continue to identify projects and funding opportunities in the Blayney Main Street Masterplan and the future Belubula River regeneration project.

A very important initiative of this year’s budget, which has been strongly supported by Councillors, is the proposal to appoint Development Coordinators to work with all our village and town associations to deliver their village community plans. This will be a major boost for these volunteer groups to help them source funding opportunities and promote their villages throughout the Shire and region.

The proposed merger between Blayney, Cabonne and Orange is still unresolved as we all wait for legal action to be finalised.  While this part of our future is still very uncertain Councillors and staff are strongly focusing on the work and projects that we have throughout the Shire as we continue to improve and grow our community.
 
 

 

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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