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Innovation Funding to bring renewable energy to Council buildings
19 Sep 2017
Councils in rural and regional areas of NSW are facing unique challenges in sustaining their communities and maintaining local services. The NSW Government has provided up to $4 million in Innovation grants to help rural councils with populations of less than 10,000 explore new ways of working.
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Media Release - Aerial weed spraying program to get underway
30 Aug 2017
Aerial spraying of weeds in the Upper Macquarie County Council local control area will start next week and it is not too late for some landholders to sign up to the program. The Upper Macquarie County Council (UMCC) is the local control authority for weeds biosecurity threats (noxious weeds) in the Bathurst Regional Council, Blayney and Oberon Shire councils and the Lithgow City Council areas.
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2018 Blayney Shire Music Scholarship
24 Aug 2017
Blayney Shire Council in conjunction with Mitchell Conservatorium and the Orange Regional Conservatorium are offering music tuition scholarships and encouragement awards for students aged between 7 and 18 years who live in the Blayney Shire and wish to further their music studies.
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Happy & Healthy Wellness Challenge – Join now!
8 Aug 2017
The Healthy & Happy Wellness Challenge for Blayney & Villages starts from 1 September – 30 November 2017. This is a program powered by Council, CentrePoint, Bernardi’s Supermarket and the Chronicle to motivate people of all ages across Blayney and surrounding villages to eat healthy, socialise and get moving to look after their body and mind.
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Media Release - Record funding boost for arts and culture
11 Jul 2017
Local Member for Bathurst Paul Toole has announced $100 million to be invested into regional villages, towns and cities through a new Regional Cultural Fund announced in the 2017 NSW Budget.

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News & Highlights

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Council Update
14 Sep 2017
The Household Chemical Cleanout program is running for the month of September in the Blayney Shire encouraging residents to dispose of unwanted or out-of-date chemicals free of charge.
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General Manager Update
14 Sep 2017
The magpie season has begun, I was on my bicycle on Church Street Carrington Park just before the Rose Gardens the other day and I heard a whoosh as a magpie let me know I was invading their family space. Swooping generally takes place for about 8 weeks in Spring from August to October, and whilst Council’s Ranger may be of assistance with advice there is a limit to Council’s involvement.
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Media Release - Tablelands Area Road Safety Program
12 Sep 2017
Recently the Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI) conducted an investigation into the safety of informal school bus stops.
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Media Release - Women's Sport the Focus of $10M Grants
5 Sep 2017
Hundreds of local sports clubs and sports organisations across the State are set to benefit from more than $10 million worth of grants announced today, with a focus this year on encouraging more female athletes into sport programs.
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Media Release - New Felltimber Road Bridge open to traffic
31 Aug 2017
The new concrete Felltimber Road Bridge over Coombing Creek is open to traffic, replacing the old one-lane wooden structure and allowing the previous five-tonne load limit to be lifted. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government was investing a record $75 billion in infrastructure projects nationwide to deliver a safer and more efficient national transport network.

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Central West Charity Tractor Trek | 24th September 2017
The Central West Tractor Trek Group will be coming through the Blayney Shire on Sunday 24 September 2017 raising funds for Little Wings. Little Wings is a not-for-profit children’s charity that provides free on-going flight and ground transport to those children and their families in need within the Central West and Regional NSW. They are hoping to raise $100,000 which would be enough money to support 80 mercy flights to Sydney and return to the Central West. On Sunday the trek will travel along Long Swamp Road onto Forest Reefs Road having morning tea at the Forest Reefs Tavern. Then heading to Millthorpe Museum for lunch along the Tallwood and Carcoar Roads before returning to Orange.
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Acoustic Sunday | 1st October 2017
Millthorpe Bowling Club, 24 Elliot St, Millthorpe NSW 2798. Held on the first Sunday every month – 3pm – 5pm. 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. For more information call Genevieve Wilby 0408 973 984 https://www.facebook.com/acousticsundaymillthorpe/
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Trunkey Creek Show | 14th October 2017
Trunkey Creek Showground. Incorporating Wool and Horse Festival. Proudly supporting Can Assist. Featuring the Australian Champion Fleece, Royal Performance Horses, Yard Dog Trials, Quick Shear, Dog High Jump, Displays, Photography, Home Baking, Jams and Preserves, Flowers, Craft, Junior Artwork, Stalls, Raffle, Trunkey Kitchen CafĂ©, BBQ, Publican’s Booth. Time: 9am – 4:30pm https://agshowsnsw.org.au/shows/216-trunkey-creek-show kwakaburke@hotmail.com
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Blayney Farmers Market | 15th October 2017
The Blayney Farmers' Markets is location in Carrington Park, Blayney, NSW and held on the 3rd Sunday of every month rain, hail or shine from 8:30 am. The Market features seasonal fruit, vegies, fresh organic meats, cheeses, eggs and much more from local producers. Everyone welcome! Further information visit http://www.blayneyfarmersmarket.com.au/ https://www.facebook.com/blayneyfarmersmarket/
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Art Exhibition - Different Strokes | 26th October 2017
Drawing - Painting – Photography. An exhibition of Indigenous works from Central Australia, delicate drawing, photographic images, contemporary painting You are invited to the exhibition opening at Rosebank, 40 Victoria St, Millthorpe from 5PM. Drinks and nibbles provided. Exhibition on display until the 4th of December. M 0448 279 939 contact@rosebankmillthorpe.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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