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Application for Appointment of Statutory Land Manager Board Members
24 Apr 2019
Ever wondered who is responsible for keeping Crown reserves operating? Countless facilities like showgrounds, local halls and parks are run by Statutory Land Manager Boards, made up of people just like you. People who understand the need and have a desire to manage public land and assets for the benefit of the entire community.
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Central NSW Discovery Passport
15 Apr 2019
Unearth your inner adventurer with our new Discovery Passport.
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Hay Bale Art Challenge - Winners Announced
14 Mar 2019
Entrants of the Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge will provide the thousands of visitors and cyclists competing in the B2B a scenic route to race on this weekend. As always, artworks were very creative with entries ranging from Oscar the Grouch to the Rainbow Fish as well as the B2B’s having its’ very own Hay Bale Band.
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Drought Assistance Available
12 Feb 2019
RFCS - Drought Assistance Available
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Central Tablelands Water Media Release - Level 2 Water Restrictions from 1 January 2019
3 Jan 2019
The general manager of Central Tablelands Water (CTW), Gavin Rhodes, has advised that the Council of CTW resolved at its December 2018 meeting to implement Level 2 Water Restrictions from 1 January 2019.

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Council Update
25 Apr 2019
Blayney Library is undergoing a new refurbishment, which will commence Wednesday 1 May 2019 for approximately 5 weeks. Blayney Library will temporarily closed during this time. Please remember to borrow enough books, CDs, Audiobooks and DVDs before the work begins. Borrowing limits will be increased to ensure you have enough items to see you through this time. No library fines will accrue during this period.
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General Manager Update
25 Apr 2019
Council’s new Manager Tourism and Communications, Megan Rodd who commenced in her new role a mere month ago has been working with Central NSW Tourism to create a Discovery Passport with a list of the ‘Top 50 Attractions & Venues to Discover in Central NSW’. The campaign will encourage families to unearth the depth of family friendly tourism experiences in the region. The passport will take on adventures from Blayney through Oberon to Lake Cargelligo, Orange and down the Lachlan across ten local government areas in the region.
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Proposed Road Closing Under Section 38b Roads Act 1993
2 Apr 2019
In pursuance of the provisions of the Roads Act 1993, notice is hereby given that Blayney Shire Council proposes to close the council public road listed in Schedule 1 - Part of the original alignment of Errowanbang Road, identified as Lots 11, 12 and 14 in Deposited Plan DP1216561
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Proposed Road Closing Under Section 38B Roads Act 1993
2 Apr 2019
In pursuance of the provisions of the Roads Act 1993, notice is hereby given that Blayney Shire Council proposes to close the council public road listed in Schedule 1 - Part of the original alignment of Errowanbang Road, identified as Lots 5 and 8 in Deposited Plan DP1231139
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Media Release - Construction Begins on the New Central West Livestock and Equestrian Centre
1 Apr 2019
Construction of the Central West Equestrian and Livestock Centre at Blayney Showground will start this morning. Bathurst MP Paul Toole joined Blayney Shire Council Mayor Scott Ferguson to mark the occasion by turning the first sod on the project.

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What's On?

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Millamolong Country Classic Tournament | 27th - 28th April 2019
Being held at the Millamolong Polo Club, Boondaroo Rd, Mandurama. Starting at 10am, Saturday the 27th of April. Gold coin donation for admission. Licensed bar and cafe available. http://www.millamolong.com.au https://www.facebook.com/Millamolong
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Down to Earth Gardening and Plant Fair | 28th April 2019
Carcoar Showground, Sunday April 28th 8am to 2pm. Highlighting Ecology and Sustainability. Specialist Nurseries - Rare and unusual plans. Workshops with Garden Gurus. Sculptures. Refreshments. Entry is $5 per person. chmuseum@hotmail.com http://www.carcoarvillage.com
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Millthorpe Youth Group | 1st May 2019
Come and share your ideas about making Millthorpe a great place for young people. MY Club is a sub-committee of the Millthorpe Village Committee. Millthorpe School of Arts - First Wednesday of each month www.facebook.com/millthorpeyouthclub T 02 6368 2122 - Darren Yates
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Trivia Night at Blayney Golf Club | 3rd May 2019
Gold coin donation on entry. BYO nibbles. Start 7pm. Come along and have some fund with trivia! bookings contact Jane M 0419 623 293
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Autumn Tour - Orange District Motor Club | 3rd - 4th May 2019
Orange District Motor Club are hosting their Autumn Tour around the Blayney Shire this weekend! Watch out for over 120 cars driving through region, all which have been manufactured before 1931. Friday involves an afternoon run to Millthorpe leaving Orange at 1:30pm. On Saturday the tour will arrive at 10:30am in Newbridge for morning tea, then to Lyndhurst for lunch at 12:30pm via Neville & Barry followed by the afternoon in Carcoar before returning to Orange via Blayney. Contact Rosemarie Amos. T 02 6366 3152 millthorpemuseum@gmail.com

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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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For the past two years Blayney Shire Council has been investigating ways to stimulate residential development in the town of Blayney and in particular increase the number of new parcels of land available for building a new house.

During this time, Councils convened a well attended community workshop with a variety of stakeholders, has had numerous meeting with land developers and investigated several options around our fees and charges associated with land development.

Unfortunately, none of this work has created any new building blocks in our town so Councillors have decided to purchase and develop a new residential subdivision in Plumb Street.  We are seeing an increase of interest in people wanting to build and invest in Blayney and with the potential new mine at Kings Plains we are determined not to miss the opportunity to develop high quality residential blocks and encourage our town and shire to grow.

Our investigations have revealed that there is current and future demand for new blocks yet there is still a price gap in the market that private developers cannot fill at the moment.  Blayney Shire and region is well placed to capitalise on future population growth and investment in Central NSW but we must be able to offer existing and new residents quality blocks to build on and grow our community.

After a long period of exploring different options I’m really excited by this initiative to develop this land and create some momentum in our real estate as well as acknowledging how confident that we are in the future of Blayney township and our Shire.

Council has the advantage of being able access a very low interest loan from the state government directly supporting this type of development and infrastructure, which is great timing for our project. 

We will now progress with the Development Application for the land and will start considering the options for building the new street and infrastructure as well as a future marketing strategy.  I am confident that this real estate development will be well received and will provide the confidence and encouragement to the private sector to enter the market and invest in our community into the future.

 

Blayney Shire Council

91 Adelaide Street, Blayney NSW 2799
PO Box 62, Blayney NSW 2799
Telephone: (02) 6368 2104
Email: council@blayney.nsw.gov.au

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