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Community Financial Assistance Program Round 1 – 2017/18
19 May 2017
Applications are invited for the first round under the 2017/18 Community Financial Assistance Program. Local community organisations / individuals are invited to submit an application by Friday 21 July 2017.
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Blayney Shire Council Elections 2017 - Candidate Information Website Resources
17 May 2017
Local Government Elections for Blayney Shire Council are being held on Saturday 9 September 2017. Thinking about running for Council? Here are some resources and information covering the election process and your legal obligations.
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Business Connect - Innovation and Digital Strategy
3 May 2017
The Business Connect Program brings world class expertise to your local area through a series of, seminars, workshops, and one on one advisory for small businesses to grow through innovation and digital readiness
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NSW State Government Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL)
2 May 2017
The Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) is a NSW State Government levy paid alongside council rates that will fund the work Fire and Rescue NSW, the NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW State Emergency Service do to protect the community from fire, flood, storms and other natural disasters.
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Local Elections - Are you thinking of nominating for Council?
1 May 2017
Local Government Elections for Blayney Shire Council are being held on Saturday 9 September 2017. Are you a prospective candidate? Would you like to know more about what life as a Councillor is really like? Hear firsthand about what it means to be an elected representative for Blayney Shire Council.

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Media Release - Join the team for a winning Sport and Recreation Plan for Blayney Shire
18 May 2017
Local residents, schools, sporting groups and the community are encouraged to join the team by providing their valuable input to help shape the future for health, fitness, social and recreation activities and facilities in the Blayney Shire.
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Council Update
18 May 2017
Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted advice to help you start or grow your small business. It also helps businesses create jobs through growth and helps established small to medium enterprises become sustainable.
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General Manager Update
18 May 2017
Council has engaged Place Design Group (PDG) in conjunction with Western Research Institute (WRI) to prepare a Blayney Shire Sport and Recreation Plan. Over the past 3 years, the Blayney Shire Sports Council has developed and prioritised a list of projects that it considers the most important to improve and develop Council’s sporting facilities across the Shire.
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Media Release - Sow the network safety seed this season
11 May 2017
Farmers and machinery operators are reminded to consider electricity network safety on their property when undertaking sowing activities this season. Regional manager Northern, Mark Summers, said Essential Energy was trying to avoid a repeat of last year’s spike in state-wide incidents involving tractors and cotton module makers contacting the network.
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Media Release - Grass Underfoot at Blayney Tennis Club
6 Apr 2017
Players at the Blayney Tennis Club will have their courts resurfaced with synthetic turf following a $15,000 funding announcement from Local Member for Bathurst Paul Toole.

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What's On?

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Business Connect | 24 May 2017
9am - 3pm. Corner of Adelaide and Church St, Blayney. Business guidance at any stage of your business journey - from idea, to start-up, expansion, or even an exit plan. Book a free session now.
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Australia's Biggest Morning Tea | 25th May 2017
Uniting Church Hall Thursday 25th May 10am. Come along and support Australia's Biggest Morning Tea with Blayney Can Assist. Cost is $10.
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Storytime | 1st June
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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Acoustic Sunday | 4th June 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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World Environment Day | 5th June 2017
MobileMuster is encouraging Australians to let go of their old, broken and unused mobile phones. As a nation we are holding onto 5 million unusable broken mobile phones in our homes and workplaces. And that's just the broken ones, there is over 23 million old mobiles lying around in Australian homes waiting to be recycled.

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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 has recently received formal notification from the NSW Government officially confirming that there will be no merger between Blayney, Cabonne and Orange.  After nearly a year of uncertainty about our future it’s great that we can all now fully concentrate on the many projects and plans we have underway throughout our shire.  While we were always going to be proactive and positive about our future if merged, we have learnt a lot during the fit for the future process and l thank our staff and community for their support and understanding through this time.

Blayney Shire Council was required to demonstrate to IPART that we were sustainable by meeting certain financial criteria and had a viable plan to reduce our infrastructure backlog.  Due to the committed efforts of  staff and Councillors we were able to prove that we could meet the benchmarks required but we were still deemed 'Not Fit ' because of our relative small population.

While we couldn't do much about population, what we have done through this uncertain time is to continue to deliver projects, retain and increase staff numbers and progress plans for the future maintenance and growth of  our shire.  Council has brought forward a major bridge replacement program and currently underway; in partnership with State and Federal governments are undertaking major multi-million dollar roadworks on Browns Creek road and Errowanbang Road called the Southern Cadia Access Route project.  The new Development Coordinator positions have been filled and will offer great support to our volunteer committees throughout the shire.

Council has written to the Minister for Local Government requesting that since the merger is not to be implemented as proposed, that our Council needs to be classified as ‘Fit’.  This is vitally important as it will allow Council access to low interest NSW Treasury loans to deliver projects and infrastructure improvements. I’m confident that the Minister will support our request and we will continue to deliver the best possible services for our ratepayers as we work towards the upcoming local government elections in September this year. 
 

 

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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Monday to Friday
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