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Australia Day 2018 Nominations
18 Oct 2017
The Blayney Shire Australia Day Awards recognise outstanding achievement and excellence in the local community, and highlights the importance of service to the Australian nation.
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Garage Sale Trail This Weekend
18 Oct 2017
Here's where you'll find the Blayney & Villages Garage Sales this weekend – 21 and 22 October - as part of the national Garage Sale Trail event
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Media Release - Business registrations now open for 'free cuppa' 2018
13 Oct 2017
Organisers of the award-winning ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ scheme are now inviting local businesses to register for phase eight of the successful driver fatigue awareness campaign which will operate from 1 March to 31 May 2018.
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Proposed Road Closing
9 Oct 2017
Under Section 35 of the Roads Act 1993, notice is given that the Minister for Lands and Forestry will consider the closing of a road in connection with a road closing application proposed by Council.
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Have your say to grow our region – Regional Economic Development Strategy Workshop
20 Sep 2017
Businesses, farmers, residents invited to a workshop to plan the Regional Economic Development Strategy for the Orange, Blayney and Cabonne region. A community workshop will be held on Tuesday, 24 October at 5pm in the Blayney Shire Community Centre to develop a Regional Economic Development Strategy.

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News & Highlights

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Council Update
19 Oct 2017
The annual Blayney Shire Sports Awards Presentation Dinner is to be held Saturday 21 October, 7pm in the Blayney Shire Community Centre. Tickets are available at the Adelaide Street Caltex Service Centre at $40 for adults and $25 for 17 years and younger.
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General Manager Update
19 Oct 2017
Part of the charm of Blayney and the surrounding historic villages is reflected in the beautiful, natural landscape including native gums and introduced species of trees. Not only do they provide shelter for wildlife and weather protection, they can also provide a picturesque back drop or screen across the area. Without long-term planning, and understanding the most appropriate trees and shrubs for the location, some trees become a nuisance. In some cases, they may even pose a significant risk for residents and the community when trees start to conflict with urban life.
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Media Release - Heritage grants open for applications
18 Oct 2017
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole says the latest round of NSW Government heritage funding is now open. The three grant programs aim to fund projects that promote and help put planning in place to protect the state’s heritage.
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Media Release - Council seeks to secure $1 million for community projects
11 Oct 2017
Blayney Shire Council is seeking endorsement at next Monday’s Council meeting for over $1 million worth of community infrastructure projects throughout Blayney and villages to be the focus of the 2017/ 18 Stronger Communities Fund submission due on 18 October 2017.
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Media Release - Tear up the paper, learner driver log book goes digital
11 Oct 2017
Local Member for Bathurst Paul Toole has today announced the statewide launch of the digital learner driver logbook as an alternative to the outdated paper version.

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What's On?

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Orange Wine Festival | 13th - 22nd October 2017
Orange Wine Festival features over 80 sensational events. Further information or to download a program visit http://www.orangewinefestival.com.au
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Garage Sale Trail | 22nd -23rd October 2017
Garage Sale Trail is now a weekend! Clear your clutter or bag a bargain at Australia's biggest festival of garage sales. https://www.facebook.com/GarageSaleTrail/
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Lyndhurst Market Day | 22nd October 2017
Lyndhurst village hall from 9am to 4pm. Local market day to raise funds for the Lyndhurst hall. M 0418 956 247 pullingvicki@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/Lyndhurst-Village-Committee-1602891006697439/
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Art Exhibition - Different Strokes | 27th October 2017
Drawing - Painting – Photography. An exhibition of Indigenous works from Central Australia, delicate drawing, photographic images, contemporary painting You are invited to the exhibition opening at Rosebank, 40 Victoria St, Millthorpe from 5PM. Drinks and nibbles provided. Exhibition on display until the 4th of December. M 0448 279 939 contact@rosebankmillthorpe.com.au
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Teen Trivia | 27th October 2017
7:30PM at the Millthorpe Public School Hall. Year 7 to 12. Trivia, games and prizes. BYO snacks (no drinks). Drinks purchasable. $5 per person - pay at the door. Let us know on Facebook if you are coming! Tables of 8 available, individuals and small groups welcome. Free buses available from Orange and Bathurst PCYC and Blayney Police station. RSVP via Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/millthorpeyouthclub

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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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Following an extensive Expression of Interest and then formal tender process, Council’s Inala Units Working Group have provided their recommendation to the July Council meeting; that Council enter into negotiations with the preferred tenderer, Housing Plus, with the view to a Sale Contract been agreed upon to effect the sale of Inala Units.

Councillors are now seeking feedback on this proposal from the Millthorpe Village Committee, the residents of Inala Units, Millthorpe and the wider community.  A final report will be prepared for the August Council meeting for determination.

Housing Plus is a Tier 1 accredited not-for-profit organisation providing tenancy and property management services delivering affordable housing to regional communities in and around the Central Tablelands and Central Western region. 

Housing Plus support both Council’s and the Millthorpe Village Committee’s objective of retaining Inala Units as an affordable housing complex.  To achieve this the proposal includes:

• Maintaining existing rental contributions and tenancy arrangements;
• A local lettings policy that prioritises older, mature aged applicants aged 55+;
• Connecting tenants with local support services (as necessary) to improve quality of life;
• Solar installation project to minimise energy price volatility and help financial stability of low income tenants;
• Solutions to help reduce home running costs such as an energy efficiency electrical units and an energy education program for tenants;
• Upgrade and improvement of amenity of site including community garden and potential for additional NDIS units, subject to permissions and community consultation; and a
• Transition plan to facilitate a smooth land transfer without affecting existing residents.
 
Housing Plus will ensure that the Inala units remain a stable, secure and affordable housing option for older and disadvantaged residents within our shire into the future. Council has ensured that the current residents tenancy of Inala is guaranteed and they will remain in their homes, continuing to be part of our local community.

Housing Plus will undertake a thorough housing needs assessment for Millthorpe and the wider Blayney LGA. This will inform their growth plans and ensure affordable housing in the area meets the long-term needs of our local population.

 

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
9.00am - 4.30pm

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