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Healthy & Happy Wellness Challenge - Participant Survey
15 Nov 2017
Thank you for your involvement in the first ever Blayney & Village Healthy & Happy Wellness Challenge. We value your support and participation in the program. We trust you made some positive lifestyle changes towards better health outcomes.
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Blayney Shire community research program study – Do people get better with age?
15 Nov 2017
A special research project is now underway within the Blayney Shire to discover the character and motivations of people who are ageing to answer the question “Do people get better with age?”
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Community Financial Assistance Program Round 2 - 2017/18
8 Nov 2017
Applications are invited for the second round under the 2017/18 Community Financial Assistance Program. Local community organisations / individuals are invited to submit an application by Monday 29 January 2018.
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Australia Day 2018 Nominations
2 Nov 2017
The Blayney Shire Australia Day Awards recognise outstanding achievement and excellence in the local community, and highlights the importance of service to the Australian nation.
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National Asbestos Awareness Month 1-30 November 2017
1 Nov 2017
National Asbestos Awareness Month is the initiative of the Asbestos Education Committee working in partnership with the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute and is supported by the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia, the Federal Asbestos Safety & Education Agency and various levels of government, nationally. The campaign was developed and is managed by Insight Communications.

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Council Update
16 Nov 2017
As part of the Revive – Belubula River Pound Flat, Carcoar Project a free community BBQ will be held on Saturday 25 November 2017 commencing at 12 noon in the Kurt Fearnley Park located in Icely Street, Carcoar.
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General Manager Update
16 Nov 2017
Council is committed to facilitating improved mobile coverage across the region and we are in the process of developing the business case to attract and support further investment from mobile network operators, to help upgrade and improve mobile coverage for our known black spots. This will assist Council to lobby both State and Commonwealth Governments for funding.
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Media Release - Do you know the right way around? Roundabouts targeted in new education campaign
15 Nov 2017
The launch of a road safety campaign funded by the Roads and Maritime Services and delivered by Bathurst Regional and Blayney Shire Councils as part of their commitment to the Local Government Road Safety Program will be launched Wednesday, 15 November 2017 at 1pm.
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Media Release - Expo wraps up the first ever Blayney & Villages Healthy & Happy Wellness Challenge
14 Nov 2017
To celebrate the success of the first annual Blayney & Village Healthy & Happy Wellness Challenge, program organisers are teaming up with the Blayney Town Association to host a Wellness Expo as part of the Blayney Farmers’ Markets this Sunday 19 November from 8:30am in Carrington Park, Blayney.
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Public notice of Presentation of 2016/17 Financial Statements
2 Nov 2017
The Ordinary meeting to be held Monday 20 November 2017 will include a presentation by the NSW Audit on the 2016/17 Financial Statements. Submissions on the Financial Reports or Auditor Reports may be made in writing and close 27 November 2017.

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What's On?

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Pym Street Markets | 2rd December 2017
*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
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Millthorpe Markets | 3rd December 2017
Stall holders come from far and wide to sell their produce. Everything from second hand goods, fresh vegies, jewellery, toys, gourmet produce, plants and Christmas decorations. Students and staff from Millthorpe Public School will be running their own stalls or BBQ. Entry is by gold coin donation, with proceeds going to the Millthorpe Public School P&C contactmillthorpemarkets@gmail.com http://www.millthorpemarkets.com
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Storytime | 7th December
Join in Storytime at Blayney Library on the first Thursday of the month. They are held during the school term and cater for preschool children and their carers. Storytime is free and each session lasts approximately one hour. The theme is springtime. For more library events go to http://www.facebook.com/CWlibraries
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Photography Retrospective | 8th December 2017
Rosebank Gallery and Guesthouse. Contact Pip Frogley M 0411137291 pip@pipcomm.com
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Millfest | 9th December 2017
Millfest, a celebration of Christmas for all who live in Millthorpe and anyone who enjoys an old-fashioned Christmas fair. From 1pm to 6pm, the main street, Pym Street, will become a 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. Pym St, Millthorpe. Contact Brad Ashton M 0402 009 700 info@vineventuretours.com.au http://www.millthorpevillage.com.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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Following an extensive Expression of Interest and then formal tender process, Council’s Inala Units Working Group have provided their recommendation to the July Council meeting; that Council enter into negotiations with the preferred tenderer, Housing Plus, with the view to a Sale Contract been agreed upon to effect the sale of Inala Units.

Councillors are now seeking feedback on this proposal from the Millthorpe Village Committee, the residents of Inala Units, Millthorpe and the wider community.  A final report will be prepared for the August Council meeting for determination.

Housing Plus is a Tier 1 accredited not-for-profit organisation providing tenancy and property management services delivering affordable housing to regional communities in and around the Central Tablelands and Central Western region. 

Housing Plus support both Council’s and the Millthorpe Village Committee’s objective of retaining Inala Units as an affordable housing complex.  To achieve this the proposal includes:

• Maintaining existing rental contributions and tenancy arrangements;
• A local lettings policy that prioritises older, mature aged applicants aged 55+;
• Connecting tenants with local support services (as necessary) to improve quality of life;
• Solar installation project to minimise energy price volatility and help financial stability of low income tenants;
• Solutions to help reduce home running costs such as an energy efficiency electrical units and an energy education program for tenants;
• Upgrade and improvement of amenity of site including community garden and potential for additional NDIS units, subject to permissions and community consultation; and a
• Transition plan to facilitate a smooth land transfer without affecting existing residents.
 
Housing Plus will ensure that the Inala units remain a stable, secure and affordable housing option for older and disadvantaged residents within our shire into the future. Council has ensured that the current residents tenancy of Inala is guaranteed and they will remain in their homes, continuing to be part of our local community.

Housing Plus will undertake a thorough housing needs assessment for Millthorpe and the wider Blayney LGA. This will inform their growth plans and ensure affordable housing in the area meets the long-term needs of our local population.

 

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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