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Drought Communities Program
9 Oct 2018
The Australian Government Drought Communities Program Extension guidelines have been released and Blayney Shire is one of 60 Councils eligible to access $1 million to assist funding projects that support local community infrastructure and other drought relief projects.
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Proposed Naming of Bridges
9 Oct 2018
In recent years Council has constructed various new concrete bridges on the road network to replace old load limited timber bridges, which has helped lift impediments to freight transport across the Shire.In recognition of the Centenary of The Great War (World War 1), the Blayney Shire Local Family and History Group was asked to provide recommendations on possible names of servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice, who lived close by, or in a nearby community, and died in the line of duty serving our country overseas.
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2019 Blayney Shire Music Scholarship
28 Sep 2018
Blayney Shire Council in conjunction with Mitchell Conservatorium and the Orange Regional Conservatorium are offering music tuition scholarships and encouragement awards for students aged between 7 and 18 years who live in the Blayney Shire and wish to further their music studies.
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The Power of Connection - Business Networking Forum - Tuesday 16th October
26 Sep 2018
Local businesses are invited to attend the 2018 Small Business Forum, hosted by Blayney Shire Council. Tuesday, 16th of October. 11am to 2pm at the Blayney Shire Community Centre, Church Street Blayney.
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Funding for NSW public libraries is at crisis point!
26 Sep 2018
Today’s libraries are about more than books – they are valuable centres for people to access information, knowledge, meet new people and learn new skills. But our public libraries are facing a funding crisis with the NSW Government reducing funds, even as demand for services grows. If enough of us speak up and show our leaders how much we value our libraries, we can ensure the NSW Government acts now to renew our libraries.

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Council Update
11 Oct 2018
As part of Small Business Month, Blayney Shire Council is working with the NSW Government to host a free Business Networking Forum and luncheon in the Blayney Shire Community Centre from 11am to 2pm on Tuesday 16 October 2018. Local and regional experts will facilitate the session to equip local businesses with information, tips and tricks to help you grow and develop your business.
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General Manager Update
11 Oct 2018
The Australian Government Drought Communities Program Extension guidelines have been released and Blayney Shire is one of 60 Councils eligible to access $1 million to assist funding projects that support local community infrastructure and other drought relief projects. The key criteria stipulated through the funding guidelines seeks to provide local employment, stimulate local community spending into local shops and suppliers and provide long-lasting benefit to communities and the agricultural industries on which they depend.
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Proposal to close a Council Public Road - Panuara Road, Errowanbang
28 Sep 2018
Blayney Shire Council is currently considering the closure of the council public road identified as Lot 13, Panuara Road, Errowanbang. Council is proposing closure of the road to give the land as compensation under s.44 of the Roads Act 1993. The proposal is part of the Southern Cadia Access Route upgrade that will result in the reconfiguration of the intersections of Cadia, Panuara and Meribah Roads.
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Media Release - $850,000 for Blayney community projects
24 Sep 2018
Two local projects will benefit from a share in more than $850,000 to upgrade community and sporting facilities thanks to the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund. Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the community would benefit from new amenities at Carcoar Sports and Recreation Ground, as well as upgrades to Napier and Dakers Oval.
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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.

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What's On?

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Free Microchipping or $50 toward de-sexing Companion Animals| 1st October 2018
Blayney Shire Council are running a free microchipping or $50 towards the cost of de-sexing companion animals. Owners have the opportunity to have their Cat and/or Dog microchipped or $50 towards the cost of de-sexing (two companion animals per person max. Applicants must provide proof of residency within the Blayney Shire) Program runs from 1 October 2018 until all program funds are expended. For further information on the program contact Blayney Shire Council on 6368 2104 or to book your pet in please contact Blayney Vets on 6368 2264.
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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. https://bit.ly/2QHEuzR events@blayney.nsw.gov.au
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Blayney Public School Spring Fling Fair | 19th October 2018
Blayney Public School. 4pm to 7pm. Entry via gold coin. Food, drink and cake stalls, Mini markets, Jumping Castle, Water Slide, Bungee Run, Sumo Suits, Class stalls and much more. Family Fun! Pre-purchase ride wristbands for $30.
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Garage Sale Trail | 20th - 21st 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. http://www.garagesaletrail.com.au
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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. http://www.stickytickets.com.au https://www.facebook.com/acousticsundaymillthorpe/

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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
Email: council@blayney.nsw.gov.au

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