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Road safety improvements for Adelaide and Martha Streets, Blayney
8 Dec 2017
The NSW Government is providing $2.3 million to improve road safety on the Mid Western Highway in Blayney. You’re invited to a Drop-in session view plans and discuss the project with Roads and Maritime Services. Members of the community are invited to drop in and view the plans to improve the Adelaide and Martha Street curve and the Hobbys Yards Road intersection in Blayney.
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Bright Lights of Blayney Shire Christmas Lights and Decorations Competition
5 Dec 2017
The Bright Lights of Blayney Shire - Christmas Lights and Decorations Competition is proudly supported by Blayney Shire Council, David Kennedy Real Estate, Blayney Town Association, Bernardi’s Marketplace Blayney and The Blayney Chronicle.
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New look Blayney & Villages Visitor Guide
30 Nov 2017
As part of Blayney Shire Council’s focus on tourism as one of the fastest growing sectors in our region, Council is seeking to redevelop some of our destination marketing material to promote the visitor offering within Blayney & Villages.
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Mobile Black Spot Survey
29 Nov 2017
Council is committed to facilitating improved mobile coverage across the region and we are in the process of developing the business case to attract and support further investment from mobile network operators, to help upgrade and improve mobile coverage for our known black spots. This will assist Council to lobby both State and Commonwealth Governments for funding.
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Australia Day 2018 Nominations
29 Nov 2017
The Blayney Shire Australia Day Awards recognise outstanding achievement and excellence in the local community, and highlights the importance of service to the Australian nation.

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News & Highlights

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Council Update
14 Dec 2017
The December Ordinary Meeting of Council will be held in the Chambers, Blayney Shire Community Centre, on Monday 18 December 2017, commencing at 6.00pm. Members of the community are welcome to attend. A copy of the Business Paper is available on Council’s website
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General Manager Update
14 Dec 2017
The Blayney Shire Mayor, Deputy Mayor and I attended the annual Local Government NSW (LGNSW) conference in Sydney last week.  Cr Linda Scott from Sydney City Council was elected the new President of the peak body that represents the interests of NSW general and special purpose councils. 
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Media Release - Orange region Wine & Food guide 2018/2019 launched
13 Dec 2017
The Orange Region Wine & Food Guide 2018/2019 is launched in readiness for Christmas! Orange Region Tourism has launched the 5th edition of the guide which details local cellar doors, wine trails, wine retailers and farm gates and is key to the region’s wine, food and tourism marketing.
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Community invited to drop in and view safety proposal design for key Blayney intersection
12 Dec 2017
Interested members of the community are invited to drop in and view the plans to improve the Adelaide and Martha Street curve and the Hobbys Yards Road intersection in Blayney.
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Media Release - New campaign to save country lives on Bathurst electorate roads
5 Dec 2017
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole today announced the first ever comprehensive road safety education campaign to target regional NSW in an all-out effort to spread the critical message that too many country people are dying on the state’s roads.

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What's On?

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Bright Lights of Blayney Competition | 7th December 2017
Entry forms available from the 7th of December. See Council's website for details. http://www.blayney.nsw.gov.au
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Photography Retrospective - Pippy Photography | 15th December 2017
Rosebank Gallery and Guesthouse. Contact Pip Frogley M 0411137291 pip@pipcomm.com
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Blayney Farmers Market | 17th December 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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Free Christmas Lunch | 24th December 2017
The churches of Blayney Shire and Blayney Shire Council with business help are inviting you to a free Christmas Lunch 24th of December at 1:00PM, Blayney Shire Community Centre, Church Street, Blayney. RSVP: 8th December. Contact James R Conna on 0431 267 310
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Pym Street Markets |6th January 2018
*Held monthly 1st Saturday of every month* The Pym Street Markets are located on the small block beside the Millthorpe Newsagency & General Store in Pym Street. A variety of boutique stall holders sell items not normally available in Millthorpe shops including locally made items and locally grown produce. Location: Corner Store, 3 Pym St. Contact Tim or Sharon. T 02 6366 3253

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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

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