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Free Community Forum
28 Aug 2015
Council would like to invite community representatives and volunteers involved in Towns/ Villages & Progress Associations, Sporting, Arts, Cultural and Community Committees to attend a free information and networking evening.
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Central NSW Discover Magazine
13 Aug 2015
Central NSW Discover Magazine – August 2015 – Features a double-page story on the health and recreational attractions on offer to visitors of the Blayney Shire villages
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Central Focus
13 Aug 2015
This story from Mindfood Magazine features Central NSW’s top heritage and cultural attractions. This is the September 2015 issue.
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Daily Telegraph Best Weekend Magazine
13 Aug 2015
Editor of the Daily Telegraph’s Best Weekend, David Fitzsimons recently travelled to the Blayney Shire to visit the historic villages and see the local attractions.
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Community Financial Assistance Program - Round 1 2015/16
12 Aug 2015
Applications are now being invited for Round 1 of the Community Financial Assistance Program. Applications are encouraged from all community-based groups who meet the eligibility criteria.

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News & Highlights

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Council Update
1 Sep 2015
Council in partnership with NSW Roads and Maritime Services, is continuing to provide pedestrian facilities within the Blayney Shire with Stage 3 of the Shared Pathway Project commencing this week on the 31 August weather permitting.
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General Manager Update
1 Sep 2015
With the recent wet weather, our unsealed roads are causing some challenges to rural residents and even more of a challenge for Council staff who have just completed grading works. Blayney Shire Council manages approximately 350 kilometres of unsealed roads, varying from major through routes, to roads that are used for local access for only one or two properties.
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Council Rates Due
28 Aug 2015
If you are making a single payment for the full years rates and charges, your payment is due on or before 31 August 2015.
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Results Confirm Success of Free Cuppa Scheme
18 Aug 2015
Pleasing results from the 2015 phase of the 'Free Cuppa for the Driver' scheme have been encouraging to an already enthusiastic team of Road Safety Officers and local participating businesses.
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New Water and Wastewater Expert Joins the Team
16 Aug 2015
Blayney Shire Council announced today the appointment of a new Manager of Water and Wastewater, Charlie Harris to oversee sewer and water networks within the region.

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What's On?

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Pym Street Markets | 5th September
Millthorpe Village, 3 Pym Street Millthorpe, NSW 2798 M 0429 721 266 9am til 1pm. Come and check out boutique stall holders with variety of locally made items and locally grown produce.
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Spring Flower Show | 5th September
12pm til 5pm. Blayney Anglican Church, Adelaide Street, Blayney. Come and see some of the wide array of cultivars that are available. The Blayney A&P Association Spring Flower Show featuring Daffodils and Camellias will again showcase some of the top exhibitors from across NSW & ACT as well as classes for local gardening enthusiasts. Entries must be received and stages by 10am for judging. Schedules are available from the Tourist and Community Information Centre, Adelaide Street, Blayney. Afternoon tea available. $3 adults, children free. Further information contact Joan Stonestreet 6368 3514 or email scottandtam21@bigpond.com
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From Beethoven to Brazil | 6th September
Christ Church Blayney, Adelaide St Blayney at 3pm Musicians include Georg Mertens, cello and Sam Carter, guitar. Adults $30, Concession $20, Family of Four $80, school aged MitCon students are free. For tickets or further information phone Mitchell Conservatorium on (02) 6331 6622 or visit www.mitchellconservatorium.edu.au
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Morning Tea for World Suicide Prevention Day | 10th September
10-11am T 0401968645 pandkh@optusnet.com.au Everyone is welcome at this free 'hope' morning tea which is part of Revolution Red 2015 and aims to raise awareness about suicide. Participants can enjoy a cuppa and chat. Plus there will be a competition to guess the weight of two donated ‘hope’ cakes and some home made jams will be available for purchase. Funds raised will support Kids Help Line and the work of The Roar Effect.
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Acoustic Sunday | 13th September
The Silver Shed, The Millthorpe Motel, Millthorpe NSW 2798 https://www.facebook.com/acousticsundaymillthorpe 3.30pm til 5.30pm. Entry by donation. Come enjoy the live acoustic music. Featuring different musicians each month along with some familiar favourites. Wine, beer and cheese will be available.

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At the June meeting, Council endorsed the Council Improvement Proposal (Existing Structure) Template 2 submission which was lodged on 24 June to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) as per the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future (FFTF) Program.    

Council has prepared a more user friendly document that is now available for download along with the relevant reports that were included in our Improvement Proposal.  Copies have also been printed and are available for viewing from the Library and Council offices.   

The IPART has been appointed independent expert panel to assess and make recommendations for all NSW Councils and if they meet the NSW Government’s FFTF scale and capacity criteria and financial performance benchmarks.  

Council resolved, in the interests of ratepayers, to continue to be an independent Council in the Central West Joint Organisation (JO) in accordance with the recommendation from the Independent Local Government Review Panel (ILGRP) Report (2013). 

The proposal demonstrates that Council will achieve all seven Sustainability, Infrastructure and Service, Management and Efficiency financial performance benchmarks within the five year Action Plan.   

In preparing Council’s Improvement Plan four key strategies were adopted;

1. Efficient and Cost Effective Service Delivery
2. Workforce and Councillor Capability and Capacity
3. Integrated Planning and Community Engagement
4. Regional Collaboration and Shared Services

A range of actions have been identified in each of the key strategy areas.  Council expects for the foreseeable future to be able to continue to provide its communities with the services they require at an affordable cost.  This is consistent with the ILGRP (2013) assessment that Blayney could remain sustainable as a separate Council for several decades.

As a further independent check Council engaged NSW Treasury (TCorp) to undertake a review of the revised Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP).  This included;

Assessing of the performance of Council based on its last 5 years financial results including (2013/14);
Reviewing the revised LTFP (2015/25) and key assumptions and methodology;
Analysing the extent to which the forecast operating performance will support the long term sustainability
        of Council; and
Updating the assessment of the FSR and Outlook for Council.
Based on this review, TCorp considers Council to be in a satisfactory, and improving financial position and have rated Council’s current financial sustainability as moderate with an outlook of positive.  TCorp noted that Council is currently achieving a level of performance broadly consistent with the NSW Government benchmarks.  Blayney Shire Council has a financially secure and independent future; its size belies its strategic capacity.

IPART will publish each Council’s submission and enable the public to make comments for the month of July 2015.  A copy of Blayney Shire and all NSW Council’s submissions are available for public comment go to http://www.ipart.nsw.gov.au/Home/Industries/Local_Govt/Reviews/Fit_for_the_future/Review_of_Local_Council_Fit_For_The_Future_proposals    

The recommendation from the IPART of Council being determined ‘Fit’ or ‘Not Fit’ will be made to the NSW Government and is due to occur by the end of October 2015. 

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On the 30 th of June this year all Councils across NSW will have to lodge their Fit For the Future proposals to the State Government. This proposal must show how Blayney Shire Council will be sustainable into the future and be able to deliver the services expected by our community. There is a tremendous amount of work in preparing this document and an important part of this process is community engagement.  As such in the middle of May, Council will be travelling around the Shire talking about our submission and how we see the future for our organisation and our residents. Please keep a lookout for the opportunity to come along to a meeting within our Shire and have some input and discussion on these important issues. 


Councillors recently supported a program to become an accredited Community Agency Partner with NSW Corrective Services. This will see a small group of suitably assessed offenders with a Corrections Supervisor performing a variety of manual work on projects within our Shire.  While this program will not replace the role of an employee or contractor of Council, it is an opportunity to undertake some useful projects in our cemeteries and public areas. This activity will be undertaken slowly with council monitoring the level of success and any community feedback on the effectiveness of the program.

I recently attended a a very moving ANZAC ceremony at Neville where the existing war memorial and plaques were re dedicated and a new Boer War plaque unveiled. A large crowd attended this service  and reflected what is expected to be the biggest upcoming ANZAC day in living memory. 

I'm sure we will see large crowds throughout our Shire turn out on Anzac Day to acknowledge those men and women who paid the ultimate price for our safety and freedom.
 

 

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

Council opening hours:
Monday to Friday
9.00am - 4.30pm

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