Hot Topics

Local Heritage Assistance Fund 2018 - 2019
12 Sep 2018
Blayney Shire Council has launched the Local Heritage Assistance Fund for the 2018-2019 financial year. Applications for grants are invited and will be received up until Friday 28 September 2018.
Media Release - Community invited to join the Garage Sale Trail
12 Sep 2018
Online registrations are now open for the Garage Sale Trail! One big weekend from Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 October where local households, schools and community groups in Blayney and the surrounding area will join 400,000 Australians as part of the nation’s largest reuse community event.
Healthy and Happy Wellness Challenge is starting for 2018
7 Sep 2018
Registrations for both Individuals and teams are open and available at Bernardi’s Markets Place, Blayney Shire Council Office and CentrePoint Sport and Leisure.
Council is Seeking the Views of CentrePoint Members
5 Sep 2018
Council is seeking the views of; CentrePoint members, customers and community, through a brief 2-3 minute survey, to consider opportunities and increase usability of the Centre.
CentrePoint Cashless incentives and 6 month trial period introduced
30 Aug 2018
Whilst the overall operating efficiencies of moving to cashless payments at CentrePoint Sport & Leisure Centre from 1 September makes business sense, we understand the issues raised and questions asked by some members of the community. Please be reassured that Council will continue to accept cash while it undertakes this 6 month trial which focuses on incentives for users who pay by card.

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News & Highlights

Media Release - Safe shooting grants are available
20 Sep 2018
Bathurst MP Paul Toole today announced applications are now open for the State Government’s Safe Shooting Program to help deliver upgrades to shooting clubs and ranges across NSW.
Council Update
20 Sep 2018
The National Garage Sale Trail will be held on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October 2018. Households, schools and community groups in the Blayney Shire are welcomed to be involved.
General Manager Update
20 Sep 2018
The Local Government Professionals Rural Management Challenge is a professional development opportunity open to all staff within regional and rural councils across the State and Australia. The Challenge is a truly unique professional development experience, enabling skills and knowledge gained to be immediately applied back to a participant’s workplace within their council.
Media Release - Fresh Paint for Newbridge Hall
17 Sep 2018
Newbridge Recreation Ground Hall will benefit from almost $19,000 in NSW Government funding to repaint the centre.
Media Release - Blayney Farmers' Market return for Spring
13 Sep 2018
Well known for its friendly, community atmosphere and down to earth style with homemade treats, good coffee and regional produce, the monthly Blayney Farmers’ Market returns to Carrington Park Blayney, this Sunday 16 September 2018 from 9am-1pm.

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What's On?

Neville Public School Fete | 22nd September 2018
10am to 2pm, Crouch Street, Neville. P&C BBQ, Live Music, Stalls, Games and Monster Raffle. Fun for everyone. Gold coin donation for entry.
Small Business Forum | 16th October 2018
11am-2pm at the Blayney Shire Community Centre. Local businesses are invited to attend a networking forum which is being held in conjunction with NSW Government Small Business Month. Join Mayor, Scott Ferguson, Councillors and the Council team and hear keynote speakers from across the region discuss case studies, online and collaborative marketing, tax tips, food safety and business growth. This is a free event with lunch provided. We ask that businesses register their interest in attending by 13 October 2018 for catering purposes. RSVP with your name, contact details and name of your business.
Garage Sale Trail | 20th -22nd October 2018
Choose to Reuse. Blayney & Villages are participating once again in the national environmental and recycling campaign. We are seeking local residents and community groups to host a group or individual garage sale or car boot sale. Registration opens August 10 with free seller packs available.
Lyndhurst Fair and Markets| 21st October 2018
Being held at the Lyndhurst recreational ground between 10am to 2pm. There will be fresh produce, raffles, displays, arts and crafts, products, music, activities, BBQ and much more. A fun day out for the whole family. Come and have a fun day out! Stalls are $15 per site. Gold coin donation for entry. For enquiries please email Lorraine Dunkley.
Acoustic Sunday | 21st October 2018
Millthorpe Bowling Club, 24 Elliot St, Millthorpe NSW 2798. Held on the third Sunday every month – 3pm – 5pm. Live acoustic music played by real musicians! We will feature different musicians each month along with some familiar favourites. For details of who’s performing and monthly dates check our facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge and everyone is welcome! Great food and local wines and drinks available for purchase.

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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

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