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Alex Kearns from Glebe Point Diner heads the inaugural Autumn Grazing Dinner in Blayney at Orange F.O.O.D week 2018
13 Mar 2018
Sydneysider Alex Kearns, exec chef at Sydney’s Glebe Point Diner, is set to return to the place where he used to pitch a tent and throw a few snags on the barbie on family holidays, to stage a capacious 300-person dinner under the stars, as part of the upcoming Orange F.O.O.D Week.
Orange Region Tourism Brand Forum - Community Survey
26 Feb 2018
Blayney Shire Council, Cabonne Council and Orange City Council are taking a collaborative, regional approach to tourism to foster long term sustainable tourism growth. An important part of this is to establish a regional tourism brand that will position and present our region in a way that continues to build on our region's appeal.
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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.
What'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).
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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News & Highlights

Media Release - Beechworth to Bridge 31st March to 21st April 2018
19 Mar 2018
Lisa Cartledge will start a 700km walk on Saturday 31 March from Beechworth to the Sydney Harbour Bridge to encourage open conversations about suicide and mental health after the suicide of her husband, Sean in 2014.
Council Update
15 Mar 2018
The March Ordinary Meeting of Council will be held in the Chambers, Blayney Shire Community Centre, on Monday 19 March 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.
General Manager Update
15 Mar 2018
The outcome of Blayney Shire Councils proposed projects submitted under Round One of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) remains unannounced, however Council has been advised of the dates and funding criteria for Round Two.
Newcrest Mining Limited - Cadia Northern Tailings Dam Media Releases
12 Mar 2018
Council will continue to update the community and post further Media Releases as they are made available. Should you have any particular enquiries please visit the website or call the Community Hotline Ph 1800 063 043
Media Release - Local Council Employee recognised at Women in Local Government Awards
12 Mar 2018
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole has congratulated Rebecca Ryan on her success at the 2018 Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government. Mr Toole said the awards recognised the outstanding contribution and achievements of women in local government in NSW. Mrs Ryan won the GM/Senior Staff Member – Rural or Regional Council award, a prestigious and well deserved honour.

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What's On?

Journey West: Andrew Jaffray | 23rd March 2018
You are invited to the exhibition open at Rosebank, 40 Victoria St, Millthorpe at 6pm. The exhibition will be opened by Rhonda Campbell, artist and printmaker. The exhibition will be on display until the 30th of April 2018. Drinks and nibbles provided. Please RSVP for catering purposes. M 0448 279 939
Pym Street Markets | 7th April 2018
*Held monthly 1st Saturday of every month* The Pym Street Markets are located on the small block beside the Millthorpe Newsagency & General Store in Pym Street. A variety of boutique stall holders sell items not normally available in Millthorpe shops including locally made items and locally grown produce. Location: Corner Store, 3 Pym St. Contact Tim or Sharon. M 0429 721 266
Millthorpe Markets | 8th April 2018
Held twice a year in April and December, the Millthorpe Markets are acknowledged as one of the best in NSW with visitors enjoying great food, excellent stalls and a wonderful atmosphere. Undertaken as a fund raising event by the Millthorpe Public School P&C, the Christmas and Autumn markets are a great opportunity to combine shopping with a beautiful drive in the country and a visit to the delightful historic town of Millthorpe.
Food Week: Autumn Grazing Dinner in Blayney | 9th April 2018
The F.O.O.D Week Committee and the Community groups of Blayney welcome guests to the inaugural Autumn Grazing Dinner with guest chef Alex Kearns from Glebe Point Diner. Enjoy the experience of wandering through the beautiful Blayney Village whilst sampling local produce and dancing the night away! Ticket price includes all food and beverages. $135 per person. Bus an extra $20. Contact Edwina 0419 642 053 or Bec 0419 482 449
Beechworth to Bridge Walk visiting BlayneyShire | 12th - 13th April 2018
Lisa Cartledge will start a 700km walk on Saturday 31 March from Beechworth to the Sydney Harbour Bridge to encourage open conversations about suicide and mental health after the suicide of her husband, Sean in 2014. Lisa will be at the Lyndhurst Recreational Ground on the 12th of April and at the Blayney Showground on the 13th of April. Contact Lisa Cartledge T 0417 457 744

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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

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