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Drought Assistance Available
12 Feb 2019
RFCS - Drought Assistance Available
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Youth Week Funding Available
5 Feb 2019
Community organisations are invited to make application for funding to hold activities for Youth Week. The theme for Youth Week 2019 is ‘Coming together to Connect, Share, Speak Out and Celebrate’ and will be celebrated from 10 to 18 April 2019. Youth Week focuses on the issues and concerns of local young people and targets those aged from 12 to 24 years.
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Hay Bale Art Challenge 12th to 24th March 2019
5 Feb 2019
Calling all residents, farmers, businesses, school and community groups interested in participating in the 2019 Blayney & Villages Hay Bale Art ChallengeNow in its fourth year, this local community event is attracting thousands of visitors to Blayney and Villages to view the amazing Hay Bale Art Sculptures that pop up in paddocks and welcome B2B cyclists, visitors and locals. This year’s sculptures will be up for 12 days from 12 -24 March 2019
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.
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
21 Feb 2019
Community organisations are invited to make application for funding to hold activities for Youth Week. The theme for Youth Week 2019 is “Coming Together to Connect, Share, Speak Out and Celebrate” and will be celebrated from Wednesday 10 April to Thursday 18 April 2019.
General Manager Update
21 Feb 2019
Council supports the annual Blayney to Bathurst (B2B) Cycling event with provision of signs, toilets, traffic control and the like; from Council’s Tourism Promotions Budget. We rely heavily on the efforts of volunteers, and the likes of Blayney Rotary contribute to the additional needs of staffing road closures, operating drinks stations, marshalling and catering.
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 - $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.
Media Release - Upgrade for Carcoar Showround
10 Sep 2018
Carcoar Showground will benefit from $14,500 in NSW Government funding to carry out maintenance works on the popular pavilion.

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What's On?

Banjo Paterson In The Garden | 23rd February 2019
Starting at 11am - 4pm. Hosted in the gardens of Rosebank Guest House and Gallery. Celebrate the artisery of legendary Banjo Paterson with food, wine , poetry and music. Entry $5 per person, children under 12 free. Wine and food available for purchase.
Carcoar Show Ball | 23rd February 2019
Carcoar School of Arts. Commencing at 6:30PM. Tables of 8. $60 per person. Contact Sally Green M 0429 885 003
Pym Street Markets | 2nd March 2019
The Pym Street Markets are located neat the Millthorpe Corner Store in Pym Street. A variety of stall holders sell item not normally available in Millthorpe shops, including locally made items and locally grown produce.
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Hay Bale Art Challenge | 12th - 24th March 2019
Join in the fun for the 2019 Blayney & Villages Hay Bale Art Challenge. Calling all residents, farmers, business, schools and community groups in participating. Entries close 8 March 2019. Contact Council for furter information.
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Textures of One Annual Art Exhibition | 15th - 17th March 2019
The exhibition will be held at the Blayney Community Centre, Church St Blayney. Opening Friday night at 6pm. Weekend between 10am and 4pm. Opening night entry fee $10 per person, $7 concession with children under 12 free. Weekend entry fee $5 per person, $3 concession with children under 12 free. M 0407 058 352

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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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