Hot Topics

Garage Sale Trail
18 Oct 2016
Blayney Shire households, schools and community groups are set to join hundreds of thousands of people across the country on Saturday 22 October 2016 as part of national reuse, community and sustainable living movement, Garage Sale Trail.
Building a Better Blayney - Blayney Town Community Plan 2016 to 2026
13 Oct 2016
Following the recent planning meeting with the Blayney Town Association, residents, businesses and community groups, we are now ready to finalise the Blayney Town Community Plan.
Blayney Makes Top 50 Small Towns
13 Oct 2016
We were delighted to discover this week that Blayney has been selected as one of Australia’s 50 best small towns according to a new marketing report by a national travel company. searched Australia’s nooks and crannies for the most alluring towns, rich in culture, mouthwatering eats, local wines, heritage, picture-perfect scenery, funky shops and tree-lined streets. With over 172 towns evaluated, Blayney made the top 50 list.
2017 Australia Day Awards
11 Oct 2016
Members of the Blayney Shire community are invited to nominate persons whom they consider worthy of a 2017 Australia Day Award.
Disaster assistance for flood affected NSW communities
6 Oct 2016
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant announced disaster assistance for flood affected communities across New South Wales.

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News & Highlights

General Manager Update
19 Oct 2016
Council October meeting will be held on Monday 24 October at the Blayney Shire Community Centre at 6pm and all members of the public are welcome to attend and listen to proceedings
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Council Update
19 Oct 2016
Blayney Shire Council has proudly supported this year’s National Garage Sale Trail for the first time, and the event will take place this Saturday 22 October.
Media Release - Wet Weather Impacts on Council's Showgrounds & Ovals
6 Oct 2016
With the continuation of wet weather within the Region Council has inspected Showgrounds & Sporting Ovals in Blayney Shire and the decision has been made to close ALL Council Sporting Ovals.
Media Release - Top 3 small business stresses revealed
5 Oct 2016
Starting up a small business is no easy task and with the increasing number of locals willing to try their hand at running their own business thanks to the ease of technology, there are a number of pitfalls that should be considered
Media Release - Browns Creek Road Slated For Major Upgrade
22 Sep 2016
The high traffic area along a 7-kilometre stretch of Browns Creek Road near Blayney will be safer for heavy vehicles thanks to a $1.5 million investment by the Australian Government through its Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme.

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What's On?

Central West Freelance Writers' Group | 28th October
Central West Freelance Writers' Group being held on Friday the 28th of October at the Commercial Hotel, Park Street Millthorpe. 10am to 11am. Entry is free, just pay for your own cuppa. An informal group of local freelance writers (of fiction and non-fiction) who just chat about writing, their projects, share tips and anecdotes. Contact Margaret Paton. M 0417 423 812
Blayney Shire Sports Awards Presentation Dinner | 29th October
The annual Blayney Shire Sports Awards Presentation Dinner is to be held Saturday 29 October, 7pm in the Blayney Shire Community Centre. The M.C. for the evening will be ABC sports presenter Geoff Mann with guest speaker Darrel Hair, Australian test cricket umpire. Darrel will be interviewed by former Blayney identity, Barry Toohey, now with the Newcastle Daily Telegraph. Tickets are available from the Shell service centre. $40 for adults and $25 for people under 18.
Carcoar Show | 29th October
Come along and bring the family out for a great day! There will be market stalls and rides for the kids, BBQ & drinks as well as entertainment! For further information contact Joanna Tait. M 0429 924 354
Carcoar Running Cup | 5th - 6th November
The Carcoar Cup Running Festival was conceived to bring runners and visitors from all over Australia and overseas to showcase the beauty of Carcoar and the region. For a small regional event the prize money is huge – $13,000 but this is the ultimate family event, with adults tackling the longer events and the children their own special race. http://
Millthorpe Garden Ramble | 5th - 6th November
The gardeners of Millthorpe and surrounds are opening their gardens to the public. There will be galleries, craft, music and plenty of good food and wine for ravenous ramblers, as well as lovely gardens & plants. Ten gardens for $20 or $5 per garden. Gardens open 10am to 4pm both days. For more information please contact the organisers

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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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The recent decision by the NSW Land and Environment Court to dismiss Cabonne's challenge to the merger proposal of Blayney, Cabonne and Orange Councils now means that we will wait for Cabonne to consider their future legal action. While it might be frustrating waiting for some final direction on our Council’s future, it's important that Cabonne has the opportunity to take the time to consider their options.

Regardless, Blayney Shire Council has continued to work with our community to plan for the future and are pushing ahead with projects and capital works. Councillors have been determined to continue to plan and work with Council staff in a positive way that will be beneficial for our Shire in the years to come.

Some of these projects and activities are - Major upgrade of the swimming pools and filtration at CentrePoint, adopted a Blayney main street Masterplan,  every village throughout our Shire now has their own Village Community Plan,  engaging Community Development Officers to work directly with our volunteer village groups, major upgrades to Redmond Oval in Millthorpe, developing plans for a new library and Cultural Centre in Blayney,  major upgrades to our Visitor Information Centre including a new cafe,  major upgrades to the Blayney Showground kitchen and surrounding area,  major improvements to the equestrian facilities with new dressage arenas and plans for future development of horse activities.  Our Active Movement Strategy has seen major footpath upgrades that will continue to be added to through the coming years,  construction of a new carpark on railway land at Millthorpe to support tourism to the village,  allocated funds to develop a future sporting Masterplan for the Shire including continuing improvements for King George Oval, planning for the Belubula river beautification project along the eastern edge of Blayney between Dakers Oval and Heritage Park and major road upgrades underway for Browns Creek Road and stage 2 of Errowanbang Road.  We also have a comprehensive bridge replacement program throughout the Shire and of course are extremely busy now repairing our water damaged road network.  

New village flyers and a new Blayney and Villages Visitor Guide has been developed in consultation with Village Progress Committees to promote local businesses and tourism services.  A number of new events to promote community development and increase visitation have been achieved in the past 12 months including Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge, Winter Wonderland festivities, Blayney BIG Brekky, Garage Sale Trail, Blayney Bike Month activities to coincide with the annual B2B Cyclo Challenge.  New Community Noticeboards with regional maps and local information are being designed to be installed shortly in various villages around the Shire.  As part of Council’s Business Seminar Series, a number of small business workshops have been hosted to encourage greater business networking, collaboration and promotion in the area as well as development opportunities. 

Council is also still investigating land rezoning options to support the future growth of the Blayney township for housing development.  It has been a very unsettling time in local government over the last couple of years and I am proud that Blayney Councillors and staff remain steadfast looking towards the future and will continue to work towards delivering these plans and projects for the residents of our Shire.


Blayney Shire Council

91 Adelaide Street, Blayney NSW 2799
PO Box 62, Blayney NSW 2799
Telephone: (02) 6368 2104
Facsimilie: (02) 6368 3290

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