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Australia Day 2019 Nominations
12 Nov 2018
Annual celebrations on the 26th of January we recognise and honour our local unsung heroes, volunteers and community groups that are making a significant difference with the Blayney Shire Council Australia Day Awards. These Awards recognise the exceptional contribution, hard work and determination of those in our community who inspire us all and make our Shire a better place.
Blayney Shire Council Financial Assistance Forum
8 Nov 2018
You are invited to attend the Blayney Shire Council Financial Assistance Program Forum. Come along to learn about how to apply for funding, criteria for eligible projects and how applications are assessed.
Proposed Naming of Bridges
9 Oct 2018
In recent years Council has constructed various new concrete bridges on the road network to replace old load limited timber bridges, which has helped lift impediments to freight transport across the Shire.In recognition of the Centenary of The Great War (World War 1), the Blayney Shire Local Family and History Group was asked to provide recommendations on possible names of servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice, who lived close by, or in a nearby community, and died in the line of duty serving our country overseas.
Funding for NSW public libraries is at crisis point!
26 Sep 2018
Today’s libraries are about more than books – they are valuable centres for people to access information, knowledge, meet new people and learn new skills. But our public libraries are facing a funding crisis with the NSW Government reducing funds, even as demand for services grows. If enough of us speak up and show our leaders how much we value our libraries, we can ensure the NSW Government acts now to renew our libraries.
Healthy and Happy Wellness Challenge is starting for 2018
7 Sep 2018
Registrations for both Individuals and teams are open and available at Bernardi’s Markets Place, Blayney Shire Council Office and CentrePoint Sport and Leisure.

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News & Highlights

Council Update
15 Nov 2018
The November Ordinary Meeting of Council will be held at the Blayney Shire Works Depot, located at 12 Lawson Street, Blayney on Monday 19 November 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 Nov 2018
CenWest Innovate aims to support the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Central West NSW, to encourage interaction between small to medium-sized enterprises and the University, to support business innovation, and to encourage jobs growth in the region.
Media Release - Blayney Skate Park Construction Underway
12 Nov 2018
Member for Bathurst, the Hon Paul Toole MP, Blayney Shire Mayor, Scott Ferguson with Councillors and local high school students gathered at the Blayney Heritage Park and Adventure Playground for the start of construction on a new skate park.
Media Release - Restocking program helps locals and visitors to catch a big one at Carcoar Dam
12 Nov 2018
As part of the NSW Department of Primary Industries – Fisheries annual restocking program, Member for Bathurst, Paul Toole joined Blayney Fishing Club today to release another 500 tagged rainbow trout fingerlings into the popular recreational and water sports area at Carcoar Dam.
Proposal to close a Council Public Road - Panuara Road, Errowanbang
28 Sep 2018
Blayney Shire Council is currently considering the closure of the council public road identified as Lot 13, Panuara Road, Errowanbang. Council is proposing closure of the road to give the land as compensation under s.44 of the Roads Act 1993. The proposal is part of the Southern Cadia Access Route upgrade that will result in the reconfiguration of the intersections of Cadia, Panuara and Meribah Roads.

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What's On?

Free Microchipping or $50 toward de-sexing Companion Animals| 1st October 2018
Blayney Shire Council are running a free microchipping or $50 towards the cost of de-sexing companion animals. Owners have the opportunity to have their Cat and/or Dog microchipped or $50 towards the cost of de-sexing (two companion animals per person max. Applicants must provide proof of residency within the Blayney Shire) Program runs from 1 October 2018 until all program funds are expended. For further information on the program contact Blayney Shire Council on 6368 2104 or to book your pet in please contact Blayney Vets on 6368 2264.
Lyndhurst Team Penning | 24th and 25th November 2018
Lyndhurst Team Penning is held on the grounds of the Lyndhurst Golf Club, 539 Mt MdDonald Road, Lyndhurst. Starting at 8AM. Team Penning is a fun fast growing horse sport suitable for all ages and level of riding abilities. BBQ and Coffee facilities available over the weekend. Contact Rochelle M0487 381 859
Millthorpe Markets | 2nd December 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.
Newbridge Swap Meet and Market Day | 10th February 2019
Newbridge Swap Meet and Market Day, 10th February 2019 from 6.00 a.m. at Newbridge Sportsground. Contact: Jan Dickie
Newcrest Orange Challenge | 30th - 31st March 2019
The Newcrest Orange Challenge is no easy cycle. There are no shortcuts. The quiet and car-free country roads are punctuated with sharp, tough climbs, never ending hills and challenging road surfaces that will put all of your training to the test. But that won’t stop you from cracking a smile… Choose your challenge: 170km, 100km, 70km. Entry fee $95-$215. Starting at Robertson Park on Saturday 4pm finishing Sunday at 7pm. See website for full details.

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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



Mayoral Comment-2-325x130


For the past two years Blayney Shire Council has been investigating ways to stimulate residential development in the town of Blayney and in particular increase the number of new parcels of land available for building a new house.

During this time, Councils convened a well attended community workshop with a variety of stakeholders, has had numerous meeting with land developers and investigated several options around our fees and charges associated with land development.

Unfortunately, none of this work has created any new building blocks in our town so Councillors have decided to purchase and develop a new residential subdivision in Plumb Street.  We are seeing an increase of interest in people wanting to build and invest in Blayney and with the potential new mine at Kings Plains we are determined not to miss the opportunity to develop high quality residential blocks and encourage our town and shire to grow.

Our investigations have revealed that there is current and future demand for new blocks yet there is still a price gap in the market that private developers cannot fill at the moment.  Blayney Shire and region is well placed to capitalise on future population growth and investment in Central NSW but we must be able to offer existing and new residents quality blocks to build on and grow our community.

After a long period of exploring different options I’m really excited by this initiative to develop this land and create some momentum in our real estate as well as acknowledging how confident that we are in the future of Blayney township and our Shire.

Council has the advantage of being able access a very low interest loan from the state government directly supporting this type of development and infrastructure, which is great timing for our project. 

We will now progress with the Development Application for the land and will start considering the options for building the new street and infrastructure as well as a future marketing strategy.  I am confident that this real estate development will be well received and will provide the confidence and encouragement to the private sector to enter the market and invest in our community into the future.


Blayney Shire Council

91 Adelaide Street, Blayney NSW 2799
PO Box 62, Blayney NSW 2799
Telephone: (02) 6368 2104

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