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.