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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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Exhibition of State Significant Development Application | Blayney Export Meats Smallstock Abattoir
10 Apr 2015
Exhibition of State Significant Development Application, Blayney Export Meats Smallstock Abattoir, 137 Newbridge Road Blayney To view the Environmental Impact Statement and other accompanying documentation please visit : http://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/index.pl?action=view_job&job_id=6594
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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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Council considers position on Smallstock Abbatior
20 May 2015
At an extraordinary meeting of Blayney Shire Council held last Monday night Councillors considered the draft Comments and Recommended Conditions of Consent for the proposed Smallstock Abattoir at Blayney. The report tabled explained that Council is not the consent authority for this development, because it is classed as a State Significant Development.
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The Future of Blayney Shire Council - Community Information Sessions and Survey
19 May 2015
Blayney Shire Council is seeking the input of our residents, ratepayers and business owners on the preferred future of Blayney Council operations.
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General Manager Update
19 May 2015
As you are aware, Council resolved that the preferred option is for Blayney Shire to remain a standalone Council within the Central West Joint Organisation (JO). This was the Independent Local Government Review Panel’s first recommendation for Blayney Shire Council in their assessment of each NSW Council’s ability to meet strategic capacity and scale criteria in the future.
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Council Update
14 May 2015
Seasonal weather conditions have impacted concrete work on the western leg of Adelaide and Ogilvy streets intersection however good progress has been achieved.
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Blayney Shire Council demonstrates Fit for the Future
11 May 2015
Last week, the Minister for Local Government announced that the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) will undertake the role of the Expert Panel in assessing NSW councils’ Fit for the Future (FFF) proposals.

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What's On?

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Lyndhurst Team Penning | Lyndhurst Gold Club 30th and 31st May
Come to Lyndhurst and watch Team Penning in action. 0487 381 859 - Doug McDermott http:// www.teampenning7.wix.com/lyndhurst
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50th Anniversary Millthorpe Museum | 21 November
37 Park Street, Millthorpe NSW 2798 T 02 6366 3890 millthorpemuseum@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/pages/Golden-Memories-Millthorpe-Museum/317516848360663?fref=ts Join the 50th Anniversary Celebration for the Golden Memories Museum Millthorpe with the official opening of the new Trevor Pascoe Pavilion and the launch of two wonderful new books.

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We encourage the community to proactively get involved by attending a local meeting and/ or completing a brief survey to assist Council in responding appropriately to the NSW Government on what you want for the future of Blayney Shire.  

The survey should only take a few minutes of your time. 

We thank you for your co-operation and value your participation. 

 

The current schedule for these meetings are as follows;

Wednesday 20 May

Millthorpe - School of Arts Hall

6.30pm-8.30pm

Thursday 21 May

Neville – Neville Hall

6.00pm-8.00pm

Monday 25 May

Carcoar - School of Arts Hall

1.00pm-3.00pm

Monday 25 May

Newbridge - Newbridge Hall

6.00pm-8.00pm

Tuesday 26 May

Blayney – Blayney Shire Community Centre

6.00pm-8.00pm

Wednesday 27 May

Blayney – Blayney Shire Community Centre

1.00pm-3.00pm

Monday 1 June

Lyndhurst - Memorial Hall

6.00pm-8.00pm

Tuesday 2 June

Barry - Barry School Hall

5.00pm-7.00pm

Wednesday 3 June

Mandurama - Memorial Hall

5.00pm-7.00pm

 

Online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FutureBlayney

Email:  council@blayney.nsw.gov.au

Fax:    (02) 6368 3290

Mail:   Blayney Shire Council PO Box 62 BLAYNEY NSW 2799

All surveys must be completed and submitted by Friday, 12 June 2015.

How can you respond?

The Future of Blayney Shire Council survey forms will be available at community information sessions being hosted by Progress or Village Association throughout May and June. We invite everyone to attend. 

The current schedule for these meetings are as follows; 

Following three years of consultation and the commissioning of a formal Independent Review into the leadership, governance, finance arrangements, infrastructure needs and future challenges of local government, in 2014 the State Government developed the Fit for the Future package. This includes some proposed legislative changes to the Local Government Act, financial reforms and voluntary structural changes to local government boundaries with financial incentives to strengthen local government in NSW.

For further information visit www.fitforthefuture.nsw.gov.au

What this means for Blayney Shire Council

The Independent Panel Review recommendation for Blayney was as a ‘Council in Central West Joint Organisation (JO) or merge with Orange’.   

Since the announcement in September 2014, we have been busy looking at our options based on the set criteria, which includes;
Scale and capacity
Financial sustainability
Efficiency
Infrastructure and services

The ability to deliver and maintain community infrastructure and services is a critical component in our submission to the State Government demonstrating that Blayney Shire is Fit For the Future.  This is an important requirement to be considered as a stand-alone council moving forward.  

We are developing a strategy that demonstrates our financial sustainability whilst delivering services as efficiently and effectively to the community on a long term basis.  

Council wholeheartedly believes that Blayney Shire has the scale and capacity to remain as a Council in the Central West JO and this is the best outcome for our community, services, businesses, town and villages.  We will be embarking on consulting and engaging with the community in the near future to ensure that we are meeting the needs and expectations of our rate payers.
At the Council meeting on Monday 9 March, in response to the invitation from Orange City Council to participate in a merger business case study, Council resolved as follows (1503/003);

That, consistent with the position of Council regarding its scale and capacity under the Fit for the Future (FFF) reforms, as adopted by resolution on 9 February 2015: 
1. Council prepares a Council Improvement Proposal (Template 2) as per the FFF Guidelines and                         submits this to the Office of Local Government (OLG) by 30 June 2015. 
2. Notwithstanding resolution 1 above, the Mayor and General Manager be authorised to proceed with                      discussions with neighbouring councils regarding joint services, shared resources and/or                                    possible merger business case studies and report to Council any outcomes or strategies for consideration. 
3. Depending on the outcome of these discussions, and subject to first finalising and lodging the Council              Improvement Proposal, Council agrees to fund and embark on a staged merger business case investigation         with Orange City and Cabonne Councils subject to satisfying Council’s requirements or its independent due          diligence. 

The resolution is very clear that we will be submitting a Council Improvement Proposal as per the recommendation from the Independent Panel Review Report.
Our regional collaboration and established partnerships with neighbouring Councils, remains an important focus for Blayney Shire Council in demonstrating our financial sustainability in the long term.  Cost savings and benefits of councils working together, sharing resources and staff expertise is testament to the success of both the Wellington Blayney Cabonne (WBC) Alliance and Centroc activities that will continue into 2016 and beyond.
  
We are committed through this process to engage our community on our progress. Regular updates from the Mayor and General Manager will appear in the Blayney Chronicle, the quarterly Community Newsletter, media, website, community news column, social media and weekly talkback radio and media across the Central West. In May, we are engaging the community further with a roadshow across Blayney and all the villages in the Shire. 


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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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