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Regional Museum Open Weekend
20 Apr 2017
As part of the Australian Heritage Festival, Central NSW Regional Museums and Events is hosting a number of events and regional museums open weekend starting from this Friday 28 April.
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Library Survey
20 Apr 2017
Council is looking for your overall satisfaction with equipment, facilities, collections and services provided. Your honest feedback allows us to identify areas or services that need improving. We use your responses to help build a better picture of what the Library service is to our community.
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Community Survey - Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge
12 Apr 2017
A big thank you and congratulations to all of the participants who entered the 2017 Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge. Also, thanks to all of the visitors and community who supported the event by travelling out to see them. Now in its second year, the community turned up the creativity with impressive hay bale artworks and almost double the number of entries.
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Where to Eat and Where to Stay in Blayney and Villages
30 Mar 2017
A handy guide on where to eat and stay in Blayney and the surrounding villages.
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Map - Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge
28 Mar 2017
Take a country drive in the Blayney Shire for the second annual Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge now on until 3 April to coincide with the NAB B2B Cycling Festival. Thousands of visitors are expected to be attracted by the amazing hay bale artworks along the cycling route. Fairytales, movie themes and good old-fashioned bikes and Aussie culture are the highlights of this year’s event with imagination, humour and creativity display.

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News & Highlights

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Council Update
27 Apr 2017
Are you thinking of nominating for Council? Local Government Elections for Blayney Shire Council are being held on Saturday 9 September 2017. Are you a prospective candidate? Would you like to know more about what life as a Councillor is really like? Hear first hand about what it means to be an elected representative for Blayney Shire Council.
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General Manager Update
27 Apr 2017
Upper Macquarie County Council (UMCC) is a single purpose local government council with the same compliance and reporting requirements as that of a General Purpose Council. UMCC is the control authority in the areas of Bathurst Regional, Lithgow City, Oberon and Blayney Shire Councils; responsible for regular inspection regimes and the control of noxious weeds by occupiers of land and on roadsides.
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Media Release - Grass Underfoot at Blayney Tennis Club
6 Apr 2017
Players at the Blayney Tennis Club will have their courts resurfaced with synthetic turf following a $15,000 funding announcement from Local Member for Bathurst Paul Toole.
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Media Release - Fairy tales, blockbuster movies & Aussie humour inspiration for Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge
29 Mar 2017
Thousands of visitors and cyclists participating in the annual NAB B2B Cycling Festival will get an unexpected surprise as the Blayney Shire community turn up the creativity for the annual Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge, proudly supported by Blayney Shire Council and Blayney Town Association.
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Media Release - Councils Moving from 'Status Pending' to Superior Performance
27 Mar 2017
Forced amalgamations may have been taken off the table for Orange, Cabonne, Blayney, Bathurst and Oberon councils, but the ongoing work to improve financial sustainability continued today at a special meeting in Blayney.

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What's On?

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Blayney Anglican Parish Book Fair | 21st - 29th April
Being held at the Blayney Anglican Church Hall on the 21st, 22nd , 28th and the 29th of April between 10am to 4pm. On sale are books, DVDs and LPs. Donations of clean and tidy books, CDs, DVDs and LPs are very welcome. Please no encyclopedias or magazines. Contact Elizabeth Russ. P 02 6368 2122 M 0425 289 754 grandjois@yahoo.com.au
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Storytime | 4th May
Join in Storytime at Blayney Library on the first Thursday of the month. They are held during the school term and cater for preschool children and their carers. Storytime is free and each session lasts approximately one hour. The theme is springtime. For more library events go to http://www.facebook.com/CWlibraries
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Birds Bats Bees and More | 6th May 2017
Join local ecologist Dr Anne Kerle for a free walk/talk and spotlight around the Neville area on Saturday May 6th from 1.30pm finishing with a dinner and talk in the local pub. Bring your local knowledge/photographs/information to share your experiences about wildlife in the Neville Region. Also sensible clothing for bushwalking, binoculars - if you have them, torch and enthusiasm. For further information contact Mary Bonet. M 0459352892
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Business Bootcamp | 10th May
Blayney Community Centre, 41 Church Street, Blayney Time: 6:00pm to 8:30pm Cost: Free (Funded under the Murray Darling Energise Enterprise Program). For one night a month over a 3 month period listen to guest presenters talk about topics which can help and inspire you to build your business to the next level. But that's not all. As part of the program you get 3 face to face sessions and 3 phone call sessions with a business mentor to talk about your business, do a business health check and ensure that you are tracking to your full potential.
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Business Connect | 24 May 2017
9am - 3pm. Corner of Adelaide and Church St, Blayney. Business guidance at any stage of your business journey - from idea, to start-up, expansion, or even an exit plan. Book a free session now.

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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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Blayney Shire Council has recently received formal notification from the NSW Government officially confirming that there will be no merger between Blayney, Cabonne and Orange.  After nearly a year of uncertainty about our future it’s great that we can all now fully concentrate on the many projects and plans we have underway throughout our shire.  While we were always going to be proactive and positive about our future if merged, we have learnt a lot during the fit for the future process and l thank our staff and community for their support and understanding through this time.

Blayney Shire Council was required to demonstrate to IPART that we were sustainable by meeting certain financial criteria and had a viable plan to reduce our infrastructure backlog.  Due to the committed efforts of  staff and Councillors we were able to prove that we could meet the benchmarks required but we were still deemed 'Not Fit ' because of our relative small population.

While we couldn't do much about population, what we have done through this uncertain time is to continue to deliver projects, retain and increase staff numbers and progress plans for the future maintenance and growth of  our shire.  Council has brought forward a major bridge replacement program and currently underway; in partnership with State and Federal governments are undertaking major multi-million dollar roadworks on Browns Creek road and Errowanbang Road called the Southern Cadia Access Route project.  The new Development Coordinator positions have been filled and will offer great support to our volunteer committees throughout the shire.

Council has written to the Minister for Local Government requesting that since the merger is not to be implemented as proposed, that our Council needs to be classified as ‘Fit’.  This is vitally important as it will allow Council access to low interest NSW Treasury loans to deliver projects and infrastructure improvements. I’m confident that the Minister will support our request and we will continue to deliver the best possible services for our ratepayers as we work towards the upcoming local government elections in September this year. 
 

 

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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