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Media Release - Local Families set to benefit from Active Kids rebate
27 Jun 2017
Thousands of school children across the Bathurst Electorate will benefit from a new $100 rebate for sporting and fitness related costs announced as part of the new state budget.
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Blayney Shire Council ‘Winter Wonderland’ Photography Competition
22 Jun 2017
Have you snapped a winter photo to showcase the beauty of Blayney & our historic villages? Maybe you have a fun photo taken at one of the Winter Wonderland events? If so, we would like you to share them on Blayney Shire Council's Facebook page with #WinterWonderland #WarmWelcome.
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'Free Cuppa for the Driver' Scheme Prize Winners
21 Jun 2017
Congratulations to the following prize winners
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Winter Wonderland Activities
13 Jun 2017
Here’s some of the festivities planned for Winter Wonderland across Blayney & Villages this year kicking off with the Newbridge Winter Solstice Street Festival this Saturday 17 June from 12 noon.
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Fire and Emergency Services Levy to be reviewed
7 Jun 2017
The NSW Government will defer the introduction of the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) to ensure small to medium businesses do not face an unreasonable burden in their contribution to the State’s fire and emergency services, Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced on the 30th of May 2017

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Council Update
22 Jun 2017
Do you get active in Council parks or sports grounds? Would you like to participate in shaping a sport and recreation vision for Blayney Shire? Council is encouraging the community to provide input to help inform and shape a vision for Sport and Recreation across Blayney Shire for the next 15 years.
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General Manager Update
22 Jun 2017
Council provides a small annual grant of $500 to support Lifeline Central West which facilitates the 13 11 14 crisis telephone centres in Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo. Lifeline is now seeking funding assistance from the Federal Government for a pilot program to be known as ‘Yarnup Confidential’.
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Media Release - New CSU Engineering Cadet joins Council
20 Jun 2017
Blayney Shire Council provided a warm welcome to its newest team member, Charles Sturt University (CSU) Engineering Cadet, Joel Cummings who today commenced his first year on the job training with Council.
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Warning about Icy Conditions
13 Jun 2017
Roads and Maritime Services has issued a reminder for motorists to take care driving during the winter months. Winter weather is unpredictable and there can be sudden drops in temperature that mean road conditions can change quickly and driving on icy roads can be challenging, even for experienced motorists on the roads they know well.
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Media Release - 100-year-old timber bridge moves into 21st Century
13 Jun 2017
Work has started to replace the 100-year-old one-lane wooden Felltimber Road Bridge over Coombing Creek with a new concrete bridge. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the new bridge would be welcomed by the community as it will remove the current 25 kilometre detour due to the load limits currently on the bridge.

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Winter Wonderland Puzzle Challenge | 17th June - 23rd July 2017
Can you help build a 1000 piece puzzle by 23 July? Blayney High School is throwing out a community challenge for all visitors to the school foyer to place a piece of the winter puzzle before the end of Winter Wonderland! Every piece counts so get out and about the beat the winter blues!
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Village and Historical Bus Tours | 17th June - 23rd July 2017
There’s no better way to discover Blayney and Villages than to take a bus tour designed to your individual of group needs. Vine Venture Tours can tailor a tour to explore Ben Hall Bushranger trail, museums, local food and wineries. For more information, go to http://www.vineventuretours.com.au
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Facebook Winter Wonderland Photo Competition| 17th June - 23rd July 2017
Happy snapping! We want you to share your experiences at Winter Wonderland festivities so stay tuned for how to enter on Blayney Shire Council’s Facebook page for the chance to win a Village and historical tour throughout the area for you and a friend courtesy of Vine Venture Tours.
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Op Shop Party - Blayney Golf Club | 1st July 2017
Dress up as a ‘second hand rose’ and join in a fun-filled night of food and music by the ‘5 o’clock Shadows’. Tickets cost $25 p.p. including two-course meal and entertainment. Bookings essential by 26 June by contacting, Scott on 0402 537 218. Blayney Bus available with limited seating so be quick!
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Acoustic Sunday | 2nd July 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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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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