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Receive Your Rates Electronically Competition
18 Jan 2017
There are benefits to signing up to receive your rate account(s) electronically, including: Helping the environment by cutting down on paper consumption. Being able to receive your notices anywhere, anytime. Getting notices as soon as they are issued - giving you longer to pay before their due date.
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Blayney Shire Development Coordinator - Reminder for Applications
18 Jan 2017
A reminder that applications close on Friday 27 January for the role of the Development Coordinator of which there are three positions vacant. The primary task of these positions is to source external grants and match these funding guidelines to local projects. This could be for the local Junior League Club, CWA, Hall Trust or PA&H
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Media Release - Community Survey CentrePoint Sport & Leisure Centre – Swimming Pools and Plant Infrastructure Upgrade
9 Jan 2017
In September, Council resolved to undertake consultation with the community and user groups on the proposed refurbishment of the swimming pools and plant room infrastructure at CentrePoint Sport and Leisure Centre, Blayney.
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Media Release - Carcoar Village Fair - Australia Day 2017
5 Jan 2017
Billed as 'A Day of Fun for Everyone', the Carcoar Village Fair attracts thousands of visitors to the historic village of Carcoar in the NSW Central Tablelands each year. Thanks to the efforts of local volunteers Carcoar can also claim to host the largest Australia Day celebration in the Central West which is no small feat for a community of around 200 residents.
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Media Release - New series to make the Central West the Distance Running Capital of Australia
20 Dec 2016
A local initiative will see the five major distance running events in the Central West join together to form the new NSW Regional Championships, starting with half marathons in each event in 2017.

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General Manager Update
19 Jan 2017
There has been a bit of media lately about the proposed amendments to the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) which is in draft and on exhibition from 9 January 2017 to 10 March 2017. Planning controls and assessing Development Applications is an important function of local government, and these changes aim to improve transparency and efficiency in approving local development by reducing red tape.
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Council Update
19 Jan 2017
Everyone is invited to come along to the Amphitheatre in Heritage Park to celebrate this Australia Day 2017 where our Ambassador, Pepe Saya and his family will be in attendance. Pepe will deliver an address and make presentations to the Australia Day Award recipients.
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Media Release - Blayney begins nbn™ network journey
16 Jan 2017
Fast and reliable broadband is just around the corner with construction officially underway to connect more than 1,400 Blayney homes and businesses to the nbn™ network. Crews will be on the ground, checking pits and pipes, laying the fibre backbone to the network and installing node cabinets throughout the area, with people expected to be able to make the switch from June.
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Media Release - $5.147 Million secured for Blayney for Southern Cadia Access Road
12 Jan 2017
Blayney has secured $5.147 million in funding from the latest round of Resources for Regions, a NSW Government program designed to support regional communities impacted by mining activity. Member for Bathurst Paul Toole has welcomed the funding, saying the Southern Cadia Access Road would deliver significant benefits for the local community.
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Media Release - Council seeks community ideas proposed CentrePoint Swimming Pool upgrade
9 Jan 2017
Blayney Shire Council today announced a new survey to encourage ideas and feedback from local residents, businesses, sports and community groups on the proposed refurbishment of the swimming pools and plant room infrastructure at CentrePoint Sport and Leisure Centre, Blayney.

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Carcoar Village Festival - Australia Day 2017 | 26th January 2017
Thousands visit Carcoar each year to take part or be a spectator at the Australia celebrations in Carcoar. Re-enactments, rides, food, Australia Day parade, stalls – something for every member of the family! Carcoar has built up a reputation as being the place to be on Australia Day, with thousands flocking to see the reenactments depicting the battles between Bushrangers and Troopers around the goldfields in the 1800’s. Stallholders wanting to take part should contact Evan Lee on 63673188 or 0418 408438 evanlee.lee@gmail.com
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Australia Day Ceremony | 26th January
Come and join us to celebrate locals making a difference in our community at a formal presentation ceremony will be held on Australia Day at Heritage Park Blayney, commencing at 8:30am. Blayney Rotary will be catering for the Australia Day community breakfast, to proceed the awards ceremony commencing at 8:00am. In the event of wet weather, the location will be the Blayney Shire Community Centre.
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Australian Red Cross Blood Service Mobile Service | 8th February
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service mobile service will be visiting Blayney on Wednesday 8th February. Remember to drink up - have 3-4 glasses of water or juice in the hours before you donate and have a good sized breakfast or lunch before you go. Please take photo ID with you. Where - IGA Car Park, 8-12 Farm Lane from 8:45am-3:45pm For more information visit http://www.donateblood.com.au/
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Newbridge Swap Meet | 12th February
Come along and browse the stalls – There is something for everyone to Swap, Buy, Sell or Shine! From Spare parts, Antique memorabilia, Vintage Vehicles, Street Rods, Flea Marketers, Produce stalls, Bric a brac and antique dealers and stalls.
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Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival | 16th - 26th February 2017
Celebrating one of Australia’s most iconic poets and regional Australia’s contribution to the literary and cultural heritage of the nation, the Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival runs for ten days from 16-26 February 2017 in the birthplace of Banjo in Orange, Central NSW. Ph 02 6360 1990 admin@brandorange.com.au http://www.banjopatersonfestival.com.au http://www.facebook.com/tasteorange

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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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On Monday 19 December, Blayney Shire Council had the last meeting for 2016 and afterwards had a Christmas catchup with many of our volunteers and committee members.  I took this opportunity to thank all those representatives from Blayney and our villages for their ongoing support, involvement and commitment to working with council to support our residents and improve our Shire.

We just recently welcomed the new NSW Deputy Premier with both State and Federal members to Blayney, to acknowledge the partnership of all three levels of government and local business, Australian Native Landscape for the major upgrades of Browns Creek Road worth $3.7M.  Providing adequate roads is critical, especially for heavy vehicle operators who are transporting produce to and from our region and this upgrade includes pavement strengthening, sealing, widening and a minor realignment.  Local crews commenced the road construction project in November, with the final sealing to this initial 2 kilometre stretch completed prior to Christmas.

The Blayney Men's Shed also received $22,000 from our state member The Hon. Paul Toole MP under the Community Building Partnership Program towards a new workshop to be built next year.

It was also very good to hear that the plans have been completed for our Palliative Care project at the Blayney Hospital and the tender process is about to start.  The strong support for this project is just a continuation of our community working together to achieve the things that are important to us and are prepared to make it happen.

2016 has been a year where we have had a merger proposal with Cabonne and Orange hanging over our heads, yet as a council and community we have continued to work together and invest in our futures.  Council staff and Councillors have worked closely with groups throughout our Shire to develop individual Village Community Plans, Adelaide Street Master Plan and numerous other upgrades and improvements throughout our Shire. So while our future may be unclear at the moment, there is no doubt that the plans and projects we have all started this year will ensure that our community’s assets and infrastructure will be improved for years to come.

I look forward to next year as we see new bridge and road projects get underway,ongoing improvements to our sporting facilities and extra investment in road repairs and maintenance.  Next year will see our Cultural Centre Working Group finalise the plans for a new library with family history and exhibition space. Also, consultation will start for our proposed major upgrades of CentrePoint Sport and Leisure Centre.
 
I would like to acknowledge the wonderful work that everyone does at Blayney Shire Council in what has been a busy year with a very wet winter and lots of projects to deliver. On behalf of my fellow Councillors I would like to wish all our community a wonderful Christmas and a very safe and happy New Year.
Cr Scott Ferguson
Mayor Blayney Shire Council

 

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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Monday to Friday
9.00am - 4.30pm

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