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Blayney Shire Development Coordinator
8 Dec 2016
The Development Coordinator will be an independent contractor providing services to the community and engaged by the Blayney Town Association Inc.
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Disability Inclusion and Accessibility Survey
8 Dec 2016
Blayney Shire Council, Orange City Council and Cabonne Council are working together to identify issues, barriers and solutions to accessibility in our communities.
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Bright Lights of Blayney Shire
7 Dec 2016
The Bright Lights of Blayney Shire - Christmas Lights and Decorations Competition is proudly supported by Blayney Shire Council, David Kennedy Real Estate, Blayney Town Association and The Blayney Chronicle.
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Launch of Summer Central West Lifestyle Town Feature on Blayney and villages, Carcoar and Millthorpe
22 Nov 2016
A mood of pride and festivity was in the air as more than 80 locals from Blayney, Carcoar and Millthorpe helped launch the Summer 2016 edition of Central West Lifestyle at the historic Carcoar Courthouse on Saturday evening, 19th November.
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Building a Better Blayney - Blayney Town Community Plan 2016 to 2026
13 Oct 2016
Following the recent planning meeting with the Blayney Town Association, residents, businesses and community groups, we are now ready to finalise the Blayney Town Community Plan.

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General Manager Update
8 Dec 2016
Each year our nation celebrates the achievement and contribution of eminent Australians through various awards on Australia Day. Council is again participating in the Australia Day Ambassador program and is looking forward to hosting, in partnership with the Blayney Rotary Club, our Ambassador to preside over local celebrations.
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Council Update
8 Dec 2016
Community comment is sought on the future ownership of Inala Units; currently owned by Blayney Shire Council. This commercial residential complex comprises of 10 single bedroom accommodation units, being lot 221/DP593369 at 33 Park Street, Millthorpe.
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Community invited to have a say on Blayney’s planned skate park
7 Dec 2016
People who live, work or play in Blayney are urged to attend an upcoming community meeting on Thursday, 15 December from 10:30am to 12:30pm to share ideas for the planned skate park.
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Inala Units - Community Survey
1 Dec 2016
Inala Units is a complex of 10 single bedroom residential units in Millthorpe.  They were built 36 years ago with funding from the Department of Social Security to provide affordable retirement housing in a self-care environment.
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Media Release - Help make our community inclusive
23 Nov 2016
To celebrate International Day of Disability to be held on 3 December 2016, Blayney Shire Council today announced its commitment to develop a Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) in consultation with the community.

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What's On?

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Carols in Carrington Park | 9th December
Carrington Park, Blayney 7.30pm - 9pm An annual event of joyful Christmas celebration. Organised and sponsored by the Blayney Community Baptist Church. Everyone is welcome to attend this FREE event. Contact: Olwen Hoadley M 0428 884 436
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Acoustic Sunday | 11th December
On The Green, Millthorpe Bowling Club 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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Millfest | 17th December
Pym Street, Millthorpe 2pm – 8pm. Village street festival! Local wines, specialist beers and food will be on sale. All the village shops will be open, along with a small number of very carefully selected stallholders, together offering a wide range of unusual and special gifts for sale that you won’t find anywhere else for Christmas.
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Blayney Farmers Market | 18th December
Carrington Park, Blayney 8.30am - 12.30pm This producers’ market features a wide variety of gourmet foods and quality artisan. Come and try some great food and have a coffee! Further information visit http://www.blayneyfarmersmarket.com.au
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Neville Show | 11th March 2017
Come along and bring the family for a great day out! Since 2010 the Neville Show society have put on an annual show. Each year it has grown bigger. You can expect to see market stalls and multiple competitions like the popular flowers, craft, cooking, photography, chainsaw, horse, and cattle competitions. This event is a great day out in Central West NSW. For further information go to http://www.nevillevillage.net.au

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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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The recent decision by the NSW Land and Environment Court to dismiss Cabonne's challenge to the merger proposal of Blayney, Cabonne and Orange Councils now means that we will wait for Cabonne to consider their future legal action. While it might be frustrating waiting for some final direction on our Council’s future, it's important that Cabonne has the opportunity to take the time to consider their options.

Regardless, Blayney Shire Council has continued to work with our community to plan for the future and are pushing ahead with projects and capital works. Councillors have been determined to continue to plan and work with Council staff in a positive way that will be beneficial for our Shire in the years to come.

Some of these projects and activities are - Major upgrade of the swimming pools and filtration at CentrePoint, adopted a Blayney main street Masterplan,  every village throughout our Shire now has their own Village Community Plan,  engaging Community Development Officers to work directly with our volunteer village groups, major upgrades to Redmond Oval in Millthorpe, developing plans for a new library and Cultural Centre in Blayney,  major upgrades to our Visitor Information Centre including a new cafe,  major upgrades to the Blayney Showground kitchen and surrounding area,  major improvements to the equestrian facilities with new dressage arenas and plans for future development of horse activities.  Our Active Movement Strategy has seen major footpath upgrades that will continue to be added to through the coming years,  construction of a new carpark on railway land at Millthorpe to support tourism to the village,  allocated funds to develop a future sporting Masterplan for the Shire including continuing improvements for King George Oval, planning for the Belubula river beautification project along the eastern edge of Blayney between Dakers Oval and Heritage Park and major road upgrades underway for Browns Creek Road and stage 2 of Errowanbang Road.  We also have a comprehensive bridge replacement program throughout the Shire and of course are extremely busy now repairing our water damaged road network.  

New village flyers and a new Blayney and Villages Visitor Guide has been developed in consultation with Village Progress Committees to promote local businesses and tourism services.  A number of new events to promote community development and increase visitation have been achieved in the past 12 months including Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge, Winter Wonderland festivities, Blayney BIG Brekky, Garage Sale Trail, Blayney Bike Month activities to coincide with the annual B2B Cyclo Challenge.  New Community Noticeboards with regional maps and local information are being designed to be installed shortly in various villages around the Shire.  As part of Council’s Business Seminar Series, a number of small business workshops have been hosted to encourage greater business networking, collaboration and promotion in the area as well as development opportunities. 

Council is also still investigating land rezoning options to support the future growth of the Blayney township for housing development.  It has been a very unsettling time in local government over the last couple of years and I am proud that Blayney Councillors and staff remain steadfast looking towards the future and will continue to work towards delivering these plans and projects for the residents of our Shire.

 

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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Monday to Friday
9.00am - 4.30pm

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