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Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge 2018
14 Feb 2018
Calling all residents, farmers, businesses, school and community groups interested in participating in the 2018 Blayney & Villages Hay Bale Art Challenge. Now in its third year, this local community event is attracting thousands of visitors to Blayney and villages to view the amazing hay bale art sculptures that pop up in paddocks to welcome cyclists for the annual B2B.
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Whats's Your Dream for the Blayney Shire in 10 Years Time?
1 Feb 2018
Under the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework (IP&R), every 4 years following the ordinary election of Councillors, Council is required to develop or review and endorse a Community Strategic Plan (CSP).
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Nominations open now for Blayney's Woman of the Year, Young Woman of the Year and Children's art/writing entries!
29 Jan 2018
“The International Women’s Day 2018 theme is #Pressforprogress and the day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women while calling for greater equality. Collectively, let’s all press for progress”
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Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival 16 - 25 February 2018, Orange NSW
15 Jan 2018
Celebrating one of Australia’s most iconic poets and regional Australia’s contribution to the literary and cultural heritage of the nation, the Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival runs for ten days from 16-25 February 2018 in the birthplace of Banjo in Orange, NSW.
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Road safety improvements for Adelaide and Martha Streets, Blayney
8 Dec 2017
The NSW Government is providing $2.3 million to improve road safety on the Mid Western Highway in Blayney. You’re invited to a Drop-in session view plans and discuss the project with Roads and Maritime Services. Members of the community are invited to drop in and view the plans to improve the Adelaide and Martha Street curve and the Hobbys Yards Road intersection in Blayney.

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Media Release - Aerial weed spraying program delayed due to dry weather conditions
20 Feb 2018
With the exceptionally dry weather conditions being encountered at the moment the start of the Upper Macquarie County Council Autumn Aerial Weed Spraying Program has been delayed.
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Council Update
15 Feb 2018
The February Ordinary Meeting of Council will be held in the Chambers, Blayney Shire Community Centre, on Monday 19 February 2018, commencing at 6.00pm. Members of the community are welcome to attend. A copy of the Business Paper is available on Council’s website.
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General Manager Update
15 Feb 2018
Council’s first meeting for 2018 will be held on Monday, 19 February at 6pm in the Community Centre, Blayney. Members of the public are invited and we welcome everyone to attend. Any ratepayer, resident or business has the opportunity to contribute comments about any agenda item during the public forum.
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Media Release - Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge 2018
14 Feb 2018
Plans are being devised by local residents, school and community groups to extend the magnificent hay bale artworks throughout the villages of Blayney and Bathurst for this year’s Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge.
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Media Release - Directions issued to landholders not controlling weeds
13 Feb 2018
With the new Biosecurity Act 2015 coming into effect on 1 July 2017, a new landscape for minimising, preventing and eliminating biosecurity risks in NSW has been created, including providing a greater level of teeth to control authorities such as Upper Macquarie County Council.

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Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival | 16th to 25th February 2018
Celebrating one of Australia’s most iconic poets and regional Australia’s contribution to the literary and cultural heritage of the nation, the Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival runs for ten days from 16-25 February 2018 in the birthplace of Banjo in Orange, NSW.
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Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge 2018
Calling all residents, farmers, businesses, school and community groups interested in participating in the 2018 Blayney & Villages Hay Bale Art Challenge. Now in its third year, this local community event is attracting thousands of visitors to Blayney and villages to view the amazing hay bale art sculptures that pop up in paddocks to welcome cyclists for the annual B2B.
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Carcoar Art Experience | 2nd to 4th March 2018
The very popular Carcoar weekend workshops continue in 2018 with renowned Australian Abstract Artist and teacher, Peter Griffen. Weekend tuition cost $350 per person and includes acrylic paint provided by sponsor. For enquiries and booking contact Janey or Andrew Baulch. T 02 6367 3290 carcoarart@gmail.com
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140th Annual Blayney Show | 3rd March 2018
The Blayney A&P Association Inc is proud to present the Blayney Show now in its 138th year. With many great stalls, displays, and competitions, there is sure to be something for everyone at the show. Entry to the show: Family $30 (2 adults & children to 16yrs), adults $10, school children $5, preschool children free, pensioners $5, life membership $200, car entry free. For further information contact Helen Burton phburton@bigpond.com P 02 6368 2270
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Blayney International Womens Day Morning Tea | 9th March 2018
Blayney International Women’s Day Morning Tea, 11:30 am, Ironbark Espresso Bar and CafĂ©, Adelaide Street, Blayney. Visit ‘Progressive Women of Blayney’ on Facebook for further event details. https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=progressive%20women%20of%20blayney

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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 Council started this year under a merger proposal with Orange and Cabonne which created great uncertainty amongst our community about the future of our Council area.  In February, the new Premier declared the proposed mergers be withdrawn and Blayney Shire has continued to be a stand alone Council, which has been good news for our organisation and residents.  Despite this uncertainty, Council remained positive and continued to deliver services whilst completing significant projects throughout the shire.

 

One of the largest road projects in our shire has been the Errowanbang (Southern Cadia Access Route) road project. This has seen a major upgrade of the road network improving access not only to Cadia mine but also for our rural residents and visitors to our area.

 

Our major infrastructure renewal program commenced this year resulting in the replacement of six timber bridges with new modern structures able to accommodate heavier vehicles and improve safety for all road users. This year also saw the completion and official opening of the new redeveloped Redmond Oval in Millthorpe with a new playing surface, irrigation and new canteen. This project had been supported by the State government, Council and Millthorpe residents who raised money for the canteen and associated projects.

 

Our Community Development Coordinators have been appointed and are working closely with our villages and town associations to attract grant funding and assist the volunteers with their individual plans and projects.  The major refurbishment of the Visitor Information Centre in Blayney has created a modern cafe and improved facilities for our volunteers and visitors.  Councillors have continued to work with all the members of our various committees developing plans for future sporting facilities, Culture Centre and Blayney Main Street improvements.

 

Blayney Shire's ongoing membership with our Regional Organisation of Councils (CENTROC) and the Associating of Mining Related Councils has continued to deliver savings and important networks throughout the region for the shire.  Through these organisations, we are continuing to advocate for improved transport links to Sydney and the potential reopening of the Blayney / Demondrille rail line.  Also in partnership with Central Tablelands Water we are working towards improved water security and storage for Blayney Shire and the larger region. In addition, Blayney Shire Council is working with Orange and Cabonne Councils, as well as local tourism businesses to create an exciting new organisation to promote the very important and growing tourism industry across the region.

 

In partnership with Bernardi’s Marketplace and the Blayney Chronicle, our Healthy and Happiness Wellness Challenge was a great success with many individuals and teams participating in extra activities and events to improve their fitness and wellbeing. Council is pleased to announce Blayney & Villages recently was awarded a $15,000 funding grant by the NSW Government and Heart Foundation to participate in a NSW Town Challenge in early 2018. We’ll hear more about the programs planned to support this initiative in the New Year.

 

I would like to thank all the Council staff for their ongoing commitment and support of our community in what has been a very challenging, busy and successful year.  We have raised the profile of our Shire throughout the region with multiple media events and functions and will continue to promote the area as a wonderful place to live and invest.  On behalf of my fellow Councillors I would like to wish everyone a safe and very Merry Christmas, and a happy and prosperous 2018.

 

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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9.00am - 4.30pm

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