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Celebrate Christmas in July in the Blayney Shire
2 Jul 2015
Blayney Shire residents and visitors are in for a real treat when all their Christmases come at once next month as local businesses, Council and community groups prepare to deck the towns and villages for 'Christmas in July' celebrations.
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Celebrating Blayney Shire's French Connection
16 Jun 2015
Blayney shire locals are invited to attend a fundraising event for the restoration of the historic Kirkland organ at Carcoar’s Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church.
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John Holland - Underbridge Refurbishment Works Forest Reef Road, Millthorpe
16 Apr 2015
Transport for New South Wales is undertaking bridge works at Forest Reef Road, Millthorpe as part of the NSW Government's rail infrastructure program across the country rail network. For more info please call 1300 661 390
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Urban Knitting Project
16 Apr 2015
To celebrate the Blayney to Bathurst cycling event and showcase Blayney, local ladies of Blayney and Lee Hostel residents combined their knitting skills to spread a splash of colour wrapping colourful knitted wool pieces around bikes.
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Free Cuppa For The Driver Starts This Week
27 Feb 2015
Drivers travelling along western region roads over the next three months are being encouraged to stop, take a break and receive a free cuppa - it's all part of the multi award winning Free Cuppa for the Driver scheme

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News & Highlights

Christmas in July 2015
Blayney fast forwards Christmas to July
25 Jun 2015
Blayney Shire residents and visitors are in for a real treat when all their Christmases come at once next month as local businesses, Council and community groups prepare to deck the towns and villages for 'Christmas in July' celebrations.
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General Manager Update
23 Jun 2015
Following local community representations made to Council, an opportunity has arisen to engage with local stakeholders in July 2015 to explore the issues, gaps, opportunities and setting of a vision for the cultural building space needs of Blayney Shire.
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Blayney Shire Visitor Information Centre seeks volunteers
9 Jun 2015
It is rare these days for Australians to readily accept being told ‘where to go’, however this is often welcomed by the thousands of people who visit the Blayney Shire Visitor Information Centre every year.
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New Towns and Villages Guide
3 Jun 2015
New Towns & Villages Guide launched to promote the region. We invite you to come relax, unwind and Indulge in the historic Towns and Villages
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Council Update
27 May 2015
The kerb blister works on the eastern leg of Adelaide/Ogilvy streets are progressing well. The concrete works are almost complete and paving is well underway.

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What's On?

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Pym Street Markets | 4th July
Millthorpe Village, 3 Pym Street Millthorpe, NSW 2798 M 0429 721 266 9am til 1pm. Come and check out boutique stall holders with variety of locally made items and locally grown produce.
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Acoustic Sunday | 12th July
The Silver Shed, The Millthorpe Motel, Millthorpe NSW 2798 https://www.facebook.com/acousticsundaymillthorpe 3.30pm til 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.
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Blayney Shire’s French Connection | 12th July
Carcoar Catholic Church 2pm til 4pm Fundraising event for the restoration of the historic Kirkland organ at Carcoar’s Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church. Entry by donation. French themed arts competition with cash prizes on offer. There will be a musical performance followed by afternoon tea. Submission for the visual display will be accepted until Wednesday 1 July. Further information contact Margaret Paton 0417 423 812 or email margaret.paton1@gmail.com
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Christmas in July festivities across the Blayney Shire | 13th to 19th July
Join local businesses and community groups throughout the villages for Christmas in July celebrations. Check the @BlayneyShireCouncil facebook page and Council’s website www.blayney.nsw.gov.au for giveaways, special offers and events.
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Arts OutWest Winter Arts Networking Night | 14th July
The Exchange Hotel, Blayney T 6338 4657 Come and meet, mingle, introduce yourself, make contacts. Fun short and sharp presentations by local creatives.

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At the June meeting, Council endorsed the Council Improvement Proposal (Existing Structure) Template 2 submission which was lodged on 24 June to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) as per the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future (FFTF) Program.    

Council has prepared a more user friendly document that is now available for download along with the relevant reports that were included in our Improvement Proposal.  Copies have also been printed and are available for viewing from the Library and Council offices.   

The IPART has been appointed independent expert panel to assess and make recommendations for all NSW Councils and if they meet the NSW Government’s FFTF scale and capacity criteria and financial performance benchmarks.  

Council resolved, in the interests of ratepayers, to continue to be an independent Council in the Central West Joint Organisation (JO) in accordance with the recommendation from the Independent Local Government Review Panel (ILGRP) Report (2013). 

The proposal demonstrates that Council will achieve all seven Sustainability, Infrastructure and Service, Management and Efficiency financial performance benchmarks within the five year Action Plan.   

In preparing Council’s Improvement Plan four key strategies were adopted;

1. Efficient and Cost Effective Service Delivery
2. Workforce and Councillor Capability and Capacity
3. Integrated Planning and Community Engagement
4. Regional Collaboration and Shared Services

A range of actions have been identified in each of the key strategy areas.  Council expects for the foreseeable future to be able to continue to provide its communities with the services they require at an affordable cost.  This is consistent with the ILGRP (2013) assessment that Blayney could remain sustainable as a separate Council for several decades.

As a further independent check Council engaged NSW Treasury (TCorp) to undertake a review of the revised Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP).  This included;

Assessing of the performance of Council based on its last 5 years financial results including (2013/14);
Reviewing the revised LTFP (2015/25) and key assumptions and methodology;
Analysing the extent to which the forecast operating performance will support the long term sustainability
        of Council; and
Updating the assessment of the FSR and Outlook for Council.
Based on this review, TCorp considers Council to be in a satisfactory, and improving financial position and have rated Council’s current financial sustainability as moderate with an outlook of positive.  TCorp noted that Council is currently achieving a level of performance broadly consistent with the NSW Government benchmarks.  Blayney Shire Council has a financially secure and independent future; its size belies its strategic capacity.

IPART will publish each Council’s submission and enable the public to make comments for the month of July 2015.  A copy of Blayney Shire and all NSW Council’s submissions are available for public comment go to http://www.ipart.nsw.gov.au/Home/Industries/Local_Govt/Reviews/Fit_for_the_future/Review_of_Local_Council_Fit_For_The_Future_proposals    

The recommendation from the IPART of Council being determined ‘Fit’ or ‘Not Fit’ will be made to the NSW Government and is due to occur by the end of October 2015. 

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On the 30 th of June this year all Councils across NSW will have to lodge their Fit For the Future proposals to the State Government. This proposal must show how Blayney Shire Council will be sustainable into the future and be able to deliver the services expected by our community. There is a tremendous amount of work in preparing this document and an important part of this process is community engagement.  As such in the middle of May, Council will be travelling around the Shire talking about our submission and how we see the future for our organisation and our residents. Please keep a lookout for the opportunity to come along to a meeting within our Shire and have some input and discussion on these important issues. 


Councillors recently supported a program to become an accredited Community Agency Partner with NSW Corrective Services. This will see a small group of suitably assessed offenders with a Corrections Supervisor performing a variety of manual work on projects within our Shire.  While this program will not replace the role of an employee or contractor of Council, it is an opportunity to undertake some useful projects in our cemeteries and public areas. This activity will be undertaken slowly with council monitoring the level of success and any community feedback on the effectiveness of the program.

I recently attended a a very moving ANZAC ceremony at Neville where the existing war memorial and plaques were re dedicated and a new Boer War plaque unveiled. A large crowd attended this service  and reflected what is expected to be the biggest upcoming ANZAC day in living memory. 

I'm sure we will see large crowds throughout our Shire turn out on Anzac Day to acknowledge those men and women who paid the ultimate price for our safety and freedom.
 

 

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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