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Nestlé Purina provides invaluable support to KGO Upgrades
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Parking Changes in Hill Street Blayney
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Road Safety Officer Iris Dorsett said ‘There has been No Stopping and No Parking 8am – 4pm signage installed near the side entrance of St Joseph’s School.
Parking Changes in Church Street Blayney
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Essential Energy - Vegetation and network maintenance in Blayney Shire
16 Apr 2015
Essential Energy is facilitating a power supply interruption on Sunday 26 April, 2015 to allow private contractors to safely clear vegetation growing near the electricity network on Mount Macquarie Road, Neville.
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General Manager Update
15 Apr 2015
Council approved the recommendation from the Financial Assistance Committee at the April Council meeting whereby $54,119 was distributed to local community events and projects. Eligible not-for-profit incorporated associations which submitted applications for support were assessed by the Committee against the criteria of contributing to the social, economic and/or environmental wellbeing of Blayney Shire.

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Following three years of consultation and the commissioning of a formal Independent Review into the leadership, governance, finance arrangements, infrastructure needs and future challenges of local government, in 2014 the State Government developed the Fit for the Future package. This includes some proposed legislative changes to the Local Government Act, financial reforms and voluntary structural changes to local government boundaries with financial incentives to strengthen local government in NSW.

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What this means for Blayney Shire Council

The Independent Panel Review recommendation for Blayney was as a ‘Council in Central West Joint Organisation (JO) or merge with Orange’.   

Since the announcement in September 2014, we have been busy looking at our options based on the set criteria, which includes;
Scale and capacity
Financial sustainability
Infrastructure and services

The ability to deliver and maintain community infrastructure and services is a critical component in our submission to the State Government demonstrating that Blayney Shire is Fit For the Future.  This is an important requirement to be considered as a stand-alone council moving forward.  

We are developing a strategy that demonstrates our financial sustainability whilst delivering services as efficiently and effectively to the community on a long term basis.  

Council wholeheartedly believes that Blayney Shire has the scale and capacity to remain as a Council in the Central West JO and this is the best outcome for our community, services, businesses, town and villages.  We will be embarking on consulting and engaging with the community in the near future to ensure that we are meeting the needs and expectations of our rate payers.
At the Council meeting on Monday 9 March, in response to the invitation from Orange City Council to participate in a merger business case study, Council resolved as follows (1503/003);

That, consistent with the position of Council regarding its scale and capacity under the Fit for the Future (FFF) reforms, as adopted by resolution on 9 February 2015: 
1. Council prepares a Council Improvement Proposal (Template 2) as per the FFF Guidelines and                         submits this to the Office of Local Government (OLG) by 30 June 2015. 
2. Notwithstanding resolution 1 above, the Mayor and General Manager be authorised to proceed with                      discussions with neighbouring councils regarding joint services, shared resources and/or                                    possible merger business case studies and report to Council any outcomes or strategies for consideration. 
3. Depending on the outcome of these discussions, and subject to first finalising and lodging the Council              Improvement Proposal, Council agrees to fund and embark on a staged merger business case investigation         with Orange City and Cabonne Councils subject to satisfying Council’s requirements or its independent due          diligence. 

The resolution is very clear that we will be submitting a Council Improvement Proposal as per the recommendation from the Independent Panel Review Report.
Our regional collaboration and established partnerships with neighbouring Councils, remains an important focus for Blayney Shire Council in demonstrating our financial sustainability in the long term.  Cost savings and benefits of councils working together, sharing resources and staff expertise is testament to the success of both the Wellington Blayney Cabonne (WBC) Alliance and Centroc activities that will continue into 2016 and beyond.
We are committed through this process to engage our community on our progress. Regular updates from the Mayor and General Manager will appear in the Blayney Chronicle, the quarterly Community Newsletter, media, website, community news column, social media and weekly talkback radio and media across the Central West. In May, we are engaging the community further with a roadshow across Blayney and all the villages in the Shire. 

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On the 30 th of June this year all Councils across NSW will have to lodge their Fit For the Future proposals to the State Government. This proposal must show how Blayney Shire Council will be sustainable into the future and be able to deliver the services expected by our community. There is a tremendous amount of work in preparing this document and an important part of this process is community engagement.  As such in the middle of May, Council will be travelling around the Shire talking about our submission and how we see the future for our organisation and our residents. Please keep a lookout for the opportunity to come along to a meeting within our Shire and have some input and discussion on these important issues. 

Councillors recently supported a program to become an accredited Community Agency Partner with NSW Corrective Services. This will see a small group of suitably assessed offenders with a Corrections Supervisor performing a variety of manual work on projects within our Shire.  While this program will not replace the role of an employee or contractor of Council, it is an opportunity to undertake some useful projects in our cemeteries and public areas. This activity will be undertaken slowly with council monitoring the level of success and any community feedback on the effectiveness of the program.

I recently attended a a very moving ANZAC ceremony at Neville where the existing war memorial and plaques were re dedicated and a new Boer War plaque unveiled. A large crowd attended this service  and reflected what is expected to be the biggest upcoming ANZAC day in living memory. 

I'm sure we will see large crowds throughout our Shire turn out on Anzac Day to acknowledge those men and women who paid the ultimate price for our safety and freedom.


Blayney Shire Council

91 Adelaide Street, Blayney NSW 2799
PO Box 62, Blayney NSW 2799
Telephone: (02) 6368 2104
Facsimilie: (02) 6368 3290

Council opening hours:
Monday to Friday
9.00am - 4.30pm

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