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Youth Week Funding Available
4 Feb 2016
Community organisations are invited to make application for funding to hold activities for Youth Week. The theme for Youth Week 2015 is ‘It Starts With Us’ and will be celebrated from 10 to 19 April 2015.
Valuer General January 2016 Newsletter
3 Feb 2016
Simon Gilkes is the new Valuer General for NSW
Community Financial Assistance Program – Round 2 2015/16
27 Jan 2016
Applications are now being invited for Round 2 of the above program. Applications are encouraged from all community-based groups who meet the eligibility criteria.
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Council merger proposals put forward for examination
7 Jan 2016
Minister for Local Government Paul Toole today referred the NSW Government’s 35 council merger proposals to the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government (OLG) for examination and report under the Local Government Act.
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Business as usual as Orange and Cabonne set to merge with Blayney
12 Nov 2015
In early January 2016 the Minister for Local Government will refer detailed merger proposals to the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government for examination and report under the Local Government Act. The website includes Regional and Metropolitan Sydney NSW Maps of proposed mergers

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News & Highlights

General Manager Update
8 Feb 2016
In 2012, the NSW Government commenced a review the Local Government Act (1993) and the City of Sydney Act 1988. A task force was appointed and since the release of the discussion paper, the Government delivered its response to the Taskforce recommendations in September 2014.
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Council Update
8 Feb 2016
A free workshop for parents and supervisors of learner drivers will be held by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) in conjunction with Blayney Shire Council at Blayney Shire Community Centre on Wednesday 17 February at 1pm.
Proposed Council Mergers - Public Inquiry Procedures
2 Feb 2016
With the council merger public inquiries commencing this week the Department of Premier and Cabinet has release some procedures which need to be followed. These are also available at
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Media Release - Back to school time means school zones are in force!
28 Jan 2016
Road Safety Officer Iris Dorsett said, “The 40km/h school zone slows traffic in the immediate vicinity of the school and most 40km/h school zones operate between 8am and 9.30am and again at 2.30pm until 4pm on each gazetted school day.
2016 Australia Day Awards
27 Jan 2016
Blayney Shire Council hosted the 2016 Australia Day Awards on Tuesday 26 January at Heritage Park, Blayney**. The day commenced with a BBQ community breakfast at 8.00am, organised and cooked by the hard working volunteers from the Blayney Rotary Club followed by the Awards Ceremony in the Amphitheatre at 8.30am.

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What's On?

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival | 17th to 21st February
Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival. Orange and surrounding areas region celebrate the Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival. This festival highlights not only Banjo Paterson but is an opportunity to celebrate all Australian Poetry and Poets. For more information visit and download the program.
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Let’s Party for Palliative - 20th February
A night full of sensational entertainment featuring live entertainment & dance performance & exceptional live auctions. Enjoy delectable canap├ęs, main meal & dessert with wine, beer, spirits, Pimms, Aperol & Champagne. Dance the night away to a live band GabeMusic. The Rotary Club of Blayney is hosting the Masquerade Ball on Saturday 20th February 2016, 6PM to Midnight at the Blayney Community Centre. Tickets are $110 each. Tables of ten. Tickets available at Kennedy Real Estate Adelaide Street Blayney. Phone 02 6368 4111
Blayney Farmers Market | 21st February
8.30am - 12.00pm, Carrington Park, Church Street, Blayney NSW 2791 This producers’ market features a wide variety of gourmet foods and quality artisan. Come and try some great food and have a coffee!
Carers Groups | 23rd February
*Held monthly last Tuesday of every month* Meals on Wheels, 39 Church Street, Blayney. Providing local support, for carers and families caring for older people. Do you care for an older person with a chronic illness? Would you like support, or to share your experience with others? Further information contact the Aged Care Team 6332 8963.
Blayney Show | 27th February
Blayney Showground, Blayney NSW 2799. Come and see all entertainment and attractions at this years’ show! See the Horse ring, Animal nursery, Arts and Craft and much more.. T 02 6368 2270 - Helen Burton

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On 6 January 2016, the Minister for Local Government referred the NSW Government’s 35 council merger proposals to the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government for examination and report under the Local Government Act.  The media release with this announcement can be viewed here (hyperlink to media release attached) (or link -

The website includes Regional and Metropolitan Sydney NSW Maps of proposed mergers.

Details on the proposals, delegates and the consultation process can be found on this website Written submissions from the public will be accepted until 5pm Sunday 28 February 2016 with online forms available here -

A summary of each of the proposed merger of Blayney Shire, Orange City and Cabonne Councils can be found at



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Business as usual as Orange and Cabonne set to merge with Blayney

As Blayney and village community members would now be aware, the NSW Government announced proposals for the creation of new merged local government areas last Friday morning during a statewide webinar with Mayors and General Managers.  In metropolitan Sydney, the number of councils will be reduced from 43 to 25 with the creation of 15 new councils, and in rural and regional NSW there will be 20 new council areas reducing the total number of regional councils from 109 to 87.  

This means for Blayney particularly the confirmation of the NSW Government’s proposal for a three way merger with Orange City and Cabonne Councils.

Mayor Scott Ferguson advised ‘This is no surprise for us; the three way partnership of Blayney Shire, Cabonne and Orange City Councils was the preference of the NSW Government and our position has always been that should Cabonne and Orange come together then it is in the best interests of our community to be part of that merger.   We have a long history of working together with Cabonne who are our WBC Alliance partners, and a strong connection with Orange via tourism promotion and economic development projects.  This is an opportunity to create a new entity of the three existing local government areas, and Blayney intends to take the lead in setting the vision and direction of the new council’.

The next step in the process is the Minister referring the merger proposals to the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government (OLG) for examination and report under the Local Government Act (1993).  Residents, businesses and Councils will have a chance to have their say during a public enquiry and community consultation that will be undertaken by the OLG and the NSW Boundaries Commission.  

‘This process could take a few months before the Minister for Local Government is provided with the reports from the OLG and Boundaries Commission, prior to making a decision for each proposal.  Further details and guidelines will be issued to Council in early January;’ continued Councillor Ferguson.

This also could have an impact on the timing of the local government elections which are due to be held in September next year.  The Premier has pre-empted that a more realistic timeframe may be to postpone this date to March 2017.  The NSW Government have established a website which has all the maps and merger proposals, a link of which may be found on Council’s website.

‘For Blayney Shire it’s a very simple case of business as usual for the months ahead, as we are not expecting the whole enquiry process to be completed before May or June 2016.  We have our usual services to provide and a current budget to deliver.  Then in early 2016; an Operational Plan and budget to prepare for 2016/17 and a four year Delivery Plan that will see some real progress on those capital projects identified in our Long Term Financial Plan.’   

‘And finally,’ concluded Councillor Ferguson, ‘I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our community a very safe, enjoyable and relaxing Christmas and a happy New Year with family and friends.  I trust that staff, Councillors and the hard working volunteers of our important Council Committees, take a well-earned break so that we are refreshed and ready for 2016.’ 



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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