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Blayney Shire Visitor Information Centre gets a makeover for its 20th Anniversary
25 Aug 2016
This September, “The Cottage” celebrates 20 years as a visitor information centre and recognises the dedication of the many volunteers who have helped tourists and locals with valuable local knowledge and directions. As part of the celebrations, the building will undergo major internal construction works to accommodate the addition of a commercial kitchen and cafĂ© as well as new facilities for visitor information.
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Tourism Industry Development Workshops
25 Aug 2016
A number of Tourism Industry Development Workshops are being held by Central NSW Tourism and The Orange Region Business Enterprise Centre (BEC). As part of Blayney Shire Council’s partnership with these organisations, we are pleased to extend an invitation for our local businesses and tourism operators to attend these seminars.
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2017 Blayney Shire Music Scholarship
23 Aug 2016
Blayney Shire Council in conjunction with Mitchell Conservatorium and the Orange Regional Conservatorium are offering music tuition scholarships and encouragement awards for students aged between 7 and 18 years who live in the Blayney Shire and wish to further their music studies.
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Garage Sale Trail
15 Aug 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.
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Sign Up To Get Your Rates Notices Electronically
3 Aug 2016
Are you sick of losing bills? Do you want to be able to retrieve your current and previous rates notices quickly and easily? Then why not sign up to get your notices delivered electronically and be accessible from any device any time!

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General Manager Update
29 Aug 2016
Blayney Shire has a wealth of musical talent and the Blayney Shire Music Scholarship program helps students to take their gift to the next level to further their music studies.
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Council Update
29 Aug 2016
Garage Sale Trail - Registrations Now Open. If you would like to make some money, declutter and see your unwanted items reused, why not host a garage sale as part of the Garage Sale Trail event on Saturday 22 October 2016?
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Media Release - Public Reserve Management Funding for the Blayney Area
23 Aug 2016
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole has announced almost $100,000 in funding for community reserves in and around Blayney through the Public Reserve Management Fund program.
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Media Release - A Palliative Care Facility for Blayney moves closer to reality
19 Aug 2016
Thanks to the generosity and support of local community groups, businesses, local and state government, a new Palliative Care Facility for Blayney is getting closer to reality, according to the Rotary Club of Blayney who are championing the fundraising efforts.
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Media Release - New billboards unveiled as part of local NAIDOC Week celebrations
7 Jul 2016
NAIDOC WEEK celebrations Blayney Shire Council joined local NAIDOC celebrations today at Blayney Hospital with Wiradjuri artist, Nyree Reynolds, Health Service Manager, Kathy Hillier and local children to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Blayney Library Storytime | 1st September
Blayney Library Storytime - 1st September 11am-12pm Storytimes at the Library are lots of fun. We read and tell stories, sing songs, play games and do craft. 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.
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Pym Street Markets | 3rd September
Pym Street Millthorpe 9am - 1pm. Come and check out boutique stall holders with variety of locally made items and locally grown produce. Further information contact 0429 721 266
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Limestone Dice Run | 3rd September
By Meet U In Molong This years Supported Charity: Hospital Auxilary, Molong. Registration from 9am, Entry $30, Departure 10am For additional information contact: Scott Wright 0417 528 557 or John Rolfe 0429 669 240
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Blayney Spring Flower Show | 10th September
Blayney Spring Flower Show Blayney Show Society will be presenting the annual Spring Flower Show on 10th September 2016 at the Anglican Church Hall. Contact Joan Stonestreet 02 6368 3514
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Acoustic Sunday | 11th September
*Held monthly 2nd Sunday of every month* The Silver Shed, Millthorpe Motel. 3.30pm - 5.30pm Entry by donation. Come enjoy the live acoustic music. Featuring different musicians each month along with some familiar favourites. Wine, beer and cheese will be available. 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 Councillors have recently adopted the 2016-17 Operational Plan and 4- year Delivery Program showing how Council will deliver the outcomes of our Community Strategic Plan. This plan with valuable input from our residents identified 6 major themes including: 
1. Grow the wealth of the Shire
2. A centre for sports and culture
3. Preserve and enhance our heritage and rural landscape
4. Develop and maintain Shire infrastructure 
5. Build strong and connected communities
6. Support Agriculture, Mining and Industry to work together 

This year will see major road upgrades around Errowanbang Road stage 2 and Browns Creek Road with ongoing maintenance and repairs to our gravel road network.  In addition, we will invest another $1 million into our bridge repair and replacement program. The Cadia special rate variation and grant funding from State and Federal government, will see $4.5 million allocated to our roads throughout the Shire.

The Redmond Oval redevelopment in Millthorpe will be completed along with the new canteen and fencing.  Council will be developing the new carpark beside the railway station at Millthorpe to cater for the increasing number of visitors coming to enjoy Pym Street and the historic village.

Council will continue to support ongoing improvement projects at King George Oval and equestrian facilities at Blayney Showground with new irrigation work to improve the grass surface for soccer and have started planning for major upgrades to our CentrePoint swimming pool.  A grant of $400,000 from the state government will continue the footpath project which is an important part of our active movement strategy and Council Financial Assistance grants and Heritage Assistance grants will continue to support projects for community groups and individuals throughout the shire.

The Blayney Shire Visitor Information Centre will see upgrades and refurbishments to improve the customer experience. Our Cultural Centre working group are close to revealing draft plans for a proposed integrated space for a library, museum and art facility.  Council will continue to identify projects and funding opportunities in the Blayney Main Street Masterplan and the future Belubula River regeneration project.

A very important initiative of this year’s budget, which has been strongly supported by Councillors, is the proposal to appoint Development Coordinators to work with all our village and town associations to deliver their village community plans. This will be a major boost for these volunteer groups to help them source funding opportunities and promote their villages throughout the Shire and region.

The proposed merger between Blayney, Cabonne and Orange is still unresolved as we all wait for legal action to be finalised.  While this part of our future is still very uncertain Councillors and staff are strongly focusing on the work and projects that we have throughout the Shire as we continue to improve and grow our community.
 
 

 

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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