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Free Business Breakfast
30 Jul 2015
Blayney Shire Council is inviting all local business to a Business Breakfast as part of Local Government Week 2015 celebrations.
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Local Government Week “Active All Areas” | 5 August 2015
29 Jul 2015
Council is holding a number of activities for the community in conjunction with Local Government Week
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Celebrate Christmas in July in the Blayney Shire
2 Jul 2015
Blayney Shire residents and visitors are in for a real treat when all their Christmases come at once next month as local businesses, Council and community groups prepare to deck the towns and villages for 'Christmas in July' celebrations.

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News & Highlights

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General Manager Update
3 Aug 2015
All land owners within Blayney Shire Council should have received their Annual Rates Notice which has been issued and delivered by post.Rates and Annual Charges, including Waste and Sewerage account for 57% of total Council revenue and fund the provision of important Council services delivered to the whole community.
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Local Government Week “Active All Areas” | 5 August 2015
27 Jul 2015
Local Government Week 2015 will be from 3 – 9 August and Blayney Shire Council will be running a number of activities for everyone to become involved and get to know more about what Council does in our community.
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Regional Achievement and Community Awards
24 Jul 2015
Nominations for this year's Regional Achievement and Community Awards close in one month. Don't miss your chance to nominate an organisation, club, group, a business or an individual you know who are making a real difference in the community.
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Wrapping Up Christmas in July
23 Jul 2015
There has been wonderful feedback from locals, visitors and businesses about the Christmas in July festivities in the Blayney Shire over the past couple of weeks which officially kicked off on 13 July with businesses decorating their premises, offers, promos, competitions and special events. It has been marvelous to see so many businesses and locals working together to bring the town to life and add warmth to our winter. Of course, the magnificent snow fall was very timely and added a magical touch to celebrations.
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Locals get together to discuss a proposed Cultural Centre for Blayney
15 Jul 2015
There was a terrific turnout to last Tuesday evening’s community meeting held at the Blayney Community Centre to review cultural, arts, library and the visitor information facilities and to discuss the possibilities of co-location of some of these local services.

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What's On?

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Acoustic Sunday | 9th August
The Silver Shed, The Millthorpe Motel, Millthorpe NSW 2798 https://www.facebook.com/acousticsundaymillthorpe 3.30pm til 5.30pm. Entry by donation. Come enjoy the live acoustic music. Featuring different musicians each month along with some familiar favourites. Wine, beer and cheese will be available.
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Blayney Farmers Market Christmas in July Market Day | 16th August
Carrington Park, Church Street, Blayney NSW 2791 info@blayneyfarmersmarket.com.au http://www.blayneyfarmersmarket.com.au https://www.facebook.com/blayneyfarmersmarket?fref=ts 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!
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50th Anniversary Millthorpe Museum | 21 November
37 Park Street, Millthorpe NSW 2798 T 02 6366 3890 millthorpemuseum@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/pages/Golden-Memories-Millthorpe-Museum/317516848360663?fref=ts Join the 50th Anniversary Celebration for the Golden Memories Museum Millthorpe with the official opening of the new Trevor Pascoe Pavilion and the launch of two wonderful new books.

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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 http://www.ipart.nsw.gov.au/Home/Industries/Local_Govt/Reviews/Fit_for_the_future/Review_of_Local_Council_Fit_For_The_Future_proposals    

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
Email: council@blayney.nsw.gov.au

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

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