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Drought Assistance Available
15 Jan 2019
RFCS - Drought Assistance Available
Department of Industry - Application for Appointment of Board Members
3 Jan 2019
Ever wondered who is responsible for keeping Crown reserves operating? Countless facilities like showgrounds, localhalls and parks are run by Statutory Land Managers, made up of people just like you.
Central Tablelands Water Media Release - Level 2 Water Restrictions from 1 January 2019
3 Jan 2019
The general manager of Central Tablelands Water (CTW), Gavin Rhodes, has advised that the Council of CTW resolved at its December 2018 meeting to implement Level 2 Water Restrictions from 1 January 2019.
Community Financial Assistance Program Round 2 – 2018/19
23 Nov 2018
Applications are invited for the second round under the 2018/19 Community Financial Assistance Program.
The NSW Government Emergency Drought Relief Package
22 Nov 2018
Recently the NSW Government announced a $500 million NSW Emergency Drought Relief Package to help farmers manage the effects of the current drought

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News & Highlights

Council Update
17 Jan 2019
The Blayney Shire Sports Council will be hosting a free training session on how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). This training is open to all Sporting and Community Groups and will be held at the Blayney Shire Community Centre on Monday 21 January 2019 commencing at 6.00pm.
General Manager Update
17 Jan 2019
Council has recently become aware of an independent Bathurst based business, Bathurst Recycling, which is providing a weekly collection service to Blayney for bottles, cans and other drink containers eligible for the NSW Government’s Return & Earn 10c refund.
Joint Media Release - 11 Projects in Blayney Shire to benefit from Federal Government's Drought Communities Program
21 Dec 2018
Eleven projects in the Blayney Shire will share in $1 million through Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program. Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the Drought Communities Program supports communities in the most drought-affected regions of Australia and builds on more than $7 billion of Federal Government drought support measures.
Media Release - Restocking program helps locals and visitors to catch a big one at Carcoar Dam
12 Nov 2018
As part of the NSW Department of Primary Industries – Fisheries annual restocking program, Member for Bathurst, Paul Toole joined Blayney Fishing Club today to release another 500 tagged rainbow trout fingerlings into the popular recreational and water sports area at Carcoar Dam.
Media Release - $850,000 for Blayney community projects
24 Sep 2018
Two local projects will benefit from a share in more than $850,000 to upgrade community and sporting facilities thanks to the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund. Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the community would benefit from new amenities at Carcoar Sports and Recreation Ground, as well as upgrades to Napier and Dakers Oval.

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What's On?

Free Microchipping or $50 toward de-sexing Companion Animals| 1st October 2018
Blayney Shire Council are running a free microchipping or $50 towards the cost of de-sexing companion animals. Owners have the opportunity to have their Cat and/or Dog microchipped or $50 towards the cost of de-sexing (two companion animals per person max. Applicants must provide proof of residency within the Blayney Shire) Program runs from 1 October 2018 until all program funds are expended. For further information on the program contact Blayney Shire Council on 6368 2104 or to book your pet in please contact Blayney Vets on 6368 2264.
B Screen | 24th January - 7th February 2019
Free screening mammograms recommended every 2 years for women aged between 50 and 74. The BreastScreen van is coming to Blayney. Behind the Community Centre 41 Church Street. Book in today! T 13 20 50
Millthorpe Youth Club | 6th February 2019
Calling for Millthorpe Youth. Come and share your ideas about making Millthorpe a great place for young people. My Club is a sub-committee of the Millthorpe Village Committee. Do you go to highschool and live in Millthorpe? Want to be more involved in what happens around town? Want to organise youth social events and other projects? Millthorpe School of Arts 6:30pm. For more information contact Darrin Yates. M 0427 246 364
Newbridge Swap Meet and Market Day | 10th February 2019
Newbridge Swap Meet and Market Day, 10th February 2019 from 6.00 a.m. at Newbridge Sportsground. Contact: Jan Dickie
Newcrest Orange Challenge | 30th - 31st March 2019
The Newcrest Orange Challenge is no easy cycle. There are no shortcuts. The quiet and car-free country roads are punctuated with sharp, tough climbs, never ending hills and challenging road surfaces that will put all of your training to the test. But that won’t stop you from cracking a smile… Choose your challenge: 170km, 100km, 70km. Entry fee $95-$215. Starting at Robertson Park on Saturday 4pm finishing Sunday at 7pm. See website for full details.

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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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For the past two years Blayney Shire Council has been investigating ways to stimulate residential development in the town of Blayney and in particular increase the number of new parcels of land available for building a new house.

During this time, Councils convened a well attended community workshop with a variety of stakeholders, has had numerous meeting with land developers and investigated several options around our fees and charges associated with land development.

Unfortunately, none of this work has created any new building blocks in our town so Councillors have decided to purchase and develop a new residential subdivision in Plumb Street.  We are seeing an increase of interest in people wanting to build and invest in Blayney and with the potential new mine at Kings Plains we are determined not to miss the opportunity to develop high quality residential blocks and encourage our town and shire to grow.

Our investigations have revealed that there is current and future demand for new blocks yet there is still a price gap in the market that private developers cannot fill at the moment.  Blayney Shire and region is well placed to capitalise on future population growth and investment in Central NSW but we must be able to offer existing and new residents quality blocks to build on and grow our community.

After a long period of exploring different options I’m really excited by this initiative to develop this land and create some momentum in our real estate as well as acknowledging how confident that we are in the future of Blayney township and our Shire.

Council has the advantage of being able access a very low interest loan from the state government directly supporting this type of development and infrastructure, which is great timing for our project. 

We will now progress with the Development Application for the land and will start considering the options for building the new street and infrastructure as well as a future marketing strategy.  I am confident that this real estate development will be well received and will provide the confidence and encouragement to the private sector to enter the market and invest in our community into the future.


Blayney Shire Council

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

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Monday to Friday
9.00am - 4.30pm

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