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2016 Blayney Shire Music Scholarship
11 Oct 2015
Blayney Shire Council in conjunction with Mitchell Conservatorium, Bathurst and Orange Regional Conservatorium, Orange 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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Daily Telegraph Best Weekend Magazine - The Country Charmer
6 Oct 2015
What do Hills hoists, cochlear implants and wi-fi have in common? You’re right if you said they are all Australian creations, but they are also about to be featured in the nation’s first museum dedicated to home-grown inventions.
2016 Australia Day Awards
1 Oct 2015
Members of the Blayney Shire community are invited to nominate persons whom they consider worthy of a 2016 Australia Day Award
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Daily Telegraph Best Weekend Magazine
28 Sep 2015
The Saturday Daily Telegraph Best Weekend from 12 September, 2015 – “Time is a Traveller.
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Blayney Shire Mayor and Deputy Mayor Re-elected Unopposed
14 Sep 2015
The election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor was conducted during the Special Meeting of Blayney Shire Council held on Monday, 14 September 2015. A stable and strong leadership team continues with the Mayor, Councillor Scott Ferguson and Deputy Mayor, Allan Ewin re-elected unopposed.

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News & Highlights

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Council Update
13 Oct 2015
The October Ordinary Meeting of Council will be held in the Chambers, Blayney Shire Community Centre, on Monday 19 October 2015, commencing at 6.00pm. Members of the community are welcome to attend.
General Manager Update
13 Oct 2015
Council is seeking your contribution for a survey regarding how you move around your town or village - from home to shops, schools, services, the main street.
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Media Release | Ideas Invited to Develop New Active Movement Strategy for Blayney Shire
7 Oct 2015
Council is seeking the involvement of the local community to help develop a new Active Movement Strategy for the Blayney Shire, aimed at improving the bicycle and pedestrian network.
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Media Release
9 Sep 2015
On Monday 31 August 2015, works began on the complex job of removing willows, robinias and privet trees from the banks of the Belubula River at Pound Flat in Carcoar. Hadlow Earthworks and Special Branch Services, both local Blayney Shire businesses have been contracted by Council to complete the works.
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Media Release
8 Sep 2015
Heritage town of Carcoar stars in new Peter Allen story TV mini-series. The picturesque, historic village of Carcoar will feature as the town of Tenterfield where Peter Allen lived during his early years, in the Shine Productions, television movie, “Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door” to be broadcast nationally on the Seven network this month.

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What's On?

Jana Pitman | 15th October
12pm, Lyndhurst Recreational Ground. Jana Pittman is coming to Lyndhurst! Jana is giving a talk on nutrition and health and how to improve your overall wellness. Come join this community event to meet a truly inspirational athlete. M 0427 456 418 - RSVP Bec Kurtz
Blayney Shire Sports Council Inaugural Sports Awards Presentation Dinner | 17th October
Blayney Shire Community Centre - 7pm Guest speaker and M.C. is Geoff Mann, the ABC Sports Presenter. Catering is by Food for Pleasure. Tickets $40 per adult, $25 per child under 18yo. Tickets available from the Shell Service Station, Adelaide Street Blayney.
Blayney Farmers Market | 18th October
Carrington Park, Church Street, Blayney NSW 2791 8.30am til 12.30pm. This producers’ market features a wide variety of gourmet foods and quality artisan. Come and try some great food and have a coffee!
Lyndhurst Market Day | 25th October
The Lyndhurst Market Day, offers a variety of stalls, a BBQ, coffee and tea, sandwiches, drinks, music and much more. Interested stallholders are asked to contact the organisers. Entry is free and stalls are $10 per site for stallholders only. T Richard Bloomfield 6367 5139 or 0427 201 824
Coo-ee March Re-Enactment | 28th - 29th October
A centenary re-enactment of the 1915 Coo-ee Recruitment March. Come and commemorate the march, and the 263 men who answered the call of “Coo-ee”. Millthorpe: Wednesday 28 October, War Memorial Service. Blayney: Thursday 29 October, War Memorial Service and Street Parade.

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At the June meeting, Council endorsed the Council Improvement Proposal (Existing Structure) Template 2 submission which was lodged on 24 June to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) as per the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future (FFTF) Program.    

Council has prepared a more user friendly document that is now available for download along with the relevant reports that were included in our Improvement Proposal.  Copies have also been printed and are available for viewing from the Library and Council offices.   

The IPART has been appointed independent expert panel to assess and make recommendations for all NSW Councils and if they meet the NSW Government’s FFTF scale and capacity criteria and financial performance benchmarks.  

Council resolved, in the interests of ratepayers, to continue to be an independent Council in the Central West Joint Organisation (JO) in accordance with the recommendation from the Independent Local Government Review Panel (ILGRP) Report (2013). 

The proposal demonstrates that Council will achieve all seven Sustainability, Infrastructure and Service, Management and Efficiency financial performance benchmarks within the five year Action Plan.   

In preparing Council’s Improvement Plan four key strategies were adopted;

1. Efficient and Cost Effective Service Delivery
2. Workforce and Councillor Capability and Capacity
3. Integrated Planning and Community Engagement
4. Regional Collaboration and Shared Services

A range of actions have been identified in each of the key strategy areas.  Council expects for the foreseeable future to be able to continue to provide its communities with the services they require at an affordable cost.  This is consistent with the ILGRP (2013) assessment that Blayney could remain sustainable as a separate Council for several decades.

As a further independent check Council engaged NSW Treasury (TCorp) to undertake a review of the revised Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP).  This included;

Assessing of the performance of Council based on its last 5 years financial results including (2013/14);
Reviewing the revised LTFP (2015/25) and key assumptions and methodology;
Analysing the extent to which the forecast operating performance will support the long term sustainability
        of Council; and
Updating the assessment of the FSR and Outlook for Council.
Based on this review, TCorp considers Council to be in a satisfactory, and improving financial position and have rated Council’s current financial sustainability as moderate with an outlook of positive.  TCorp noted that Council is currently achieving a level of performance broadly consistent with the NSW Government benchmarks.  Blayney Shire Council has a financially secure and independent future; its size belies its strategic capacity.

IPART will publish each Council’s submission and enable the public to make comments for the month of July 2015.  A copy of Blayney Shire and all NSW Council’s submissions are available for public comment go to    

The recommendation from the IPART of Council being determined ‘Fit’ or ‘Not Fit’ will be made to the NSW Government and is due to occur by the end of October 2015. 

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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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