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Local Government Week Activities
25 Jul 2017
Various activities during Local Government Week include Coffee with a Cop and a Mock Council meeting.
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Media Release - Weeds to be targeted in Spring aerial spraying program
20 Jul 2017
Upper Macquarie County Council will start its next aerial weed spraying campaign in early September 2017 and is calling on landowners to sign up and tackle weed infestations on their land.
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Media Release - Coffee with a Cop
20 Jul 2017
On 01/08/2017, officers from Chifley Local Area Command and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.
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Register now for upcoming Agribusiness workshops
11 Jul 2017
Local and regional businesses are invited to come along to the Blayney Shire Community Centre for two exciting new workshops delivered by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and FIAL.
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Media Release - Water safety grants open for applications now
11 Jul 2017
Applications are now open for organisations in the Bathurst Electorate to improve water safety in the community and help prevent drownings throughout NSW.

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News & Highlights

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Council Update
27 Jul 2017
An Extraordinary Meeting of Council will be held in the Chambers, Blayney Shire Community Centre, on Tuesday 8 August 2017, commencing at 6.00pm to consider the Sale of Inala Units, Millthorpe. Members of the community are welcome to attend. A copy of the Business Paper will be available on Council’s website closer to this date.
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General Manager Update
27 Jul 2017
Local Government Week is held each year at the end of July/start of August for councils across NSW host a range of great events and activities to showcase their day-to-day work within the community.  Blayney Shire Council is celebrating NSW Local Government Week 2017 from Monday 31 July to Friday 4 August.
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Media Release - Council supports sale of Inala Units to preferred tenderer, Housing Plus
21 Jul 2017
Following an extensive Expression of Interest and formal tender process, Blayney Shire Council has approved entering into negotiations with the view to a Sale Contract being agreed upon for Inala Units with the preferred tenderer, Housing Plus.
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Media Release - Planet Ark – School Tree Day
20 Jul 2017
Students from around Blayney Shire will be leaving their desks and heading outside to green their sports ground and connect with nature for Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day on Friday 28 July at Dakers Oval, end of Ogilvy Street, Blayney.
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Media Release - Back to school – Safety around buses
13 Jul 2017
With a new school term starting next week, Blayney Shire Council, Road Safety Officer, Ms Iris Dorsett, is sending a timely reminder to motorists to refresh education on Safety Around School Buses.

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What's On?

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Winter Wonderland - Christmas In July Dinner Dance | 29th July 2017
Please come and enjoy Blayney Golf Club’s Christmas In July Dinner Dance Saturday 29th July. Cost $35 includes a Christmas Feast of Turkey, Ham and Pork. Seasonal vegetables. Plum pudding and Trifle. Mint Chocolate Bark. Tea and Coffee. For further information contact Wayne Fenwick 0400682160 or 6368 2160
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Storytime | 3rd August
Join in Storytime at Blayney Library on the first Thursday of the month. They are held during the school term and cater for preschool children and their carers. Storytime is free and each session lasts approximately one hour. The theme is springtime. For more library events go to http://www.facebook.com/CWlibraries
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Winter Bright Light Dinners – The Royal Hotel Carcoar | 5th August 2017
Three course dinners each with a different set menu, special winter price $30 p.p. Bookings on 6367 3009. Courtesy Bus pick-up at Blayney 5-30pm return trip 9-30pm
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Acoustic Sunday | 6th August 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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Blayney Farmers Market | 20th August 2017
The Blayney Farmers' Markets is location in Carrington Park, Blayney, NSW and held on the 3rd Sunday of every month rain, hail or shine from 8:30 am. The Market features seasonal fruit, vegies, fresh organic meats, cheeses, eggs and much more from local producers. Everyone welcome! Further information visit http://www.blayneyfarmersmarket.com.au/ https://www.facebook.com/blayneyfarmersmarket/

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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

Council opening hours:
Monday to Friday
9.00am - 4.30pm

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