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Mobile Blood Service visiting Blayney | 16th May 2018
19 Apr 2018
The Red Cross Mobile Blood Service will be visiting the IGA car park between 8:45am and 3:45pm, Wednesday the 16th of May.
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Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge 2018
17 Apr 2018
Map of all the amazing entries for this years Hay Bale Art Challenge. Vote for your favorite entry in the People's Choice Award on Facebook @BlayneyShireCouncil.
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Media Release - Council calls for special care on Easter roads
29 Mar 2018
Blayney Shire Council is calling on local drivers to take special care on the roads this Easter, as part of a combined push to drive down a soaring road toll in NSW. Tablelands Area Road Safety Officer, Andrew Cutts said "Blayney Shire Council was working closely with the NSW Government to keep people safe on Central Tablelands roads, following a doubling of the road toll over the Christmas-New Year holiday period."
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Future Delivery of Services in Blayney Shire Survey
23 Mar 2018
In 2012, Blayney Shire Council undertook an extensive Future Delivery of Services Survey as part of the preparation process for the first Community Strategic Plan – Future Directions 2025. This provided insight into the priorities of our residents and rate payers which in turn established the commitment and direction for Council to focus on renewing aged and failing infrastructure.
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Orange Region Tourism Brand Forum - Community Survey
26 Feb 2018
Blayney Shire Council, Cabonne Council and Orange City Council are taking a collaborative, regional approach to tourism to foster long term sustainable tourism growth. An important part of this is to establish a regional tourism brand that will position and present our region in a way that continues to build on our region's appeal.

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News & Highlights

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Council Update
19 Apr 2018
The Blayney Shire Anzac Day commemorations will begin with a dawn service at 6:00am at the Blayney Memorial Gates at Carrington Park, followed by breakfast at the Blayney Bowling Club.
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General Manager Update
19 Apr 2018
Council will soon be undertaking its 2018 food safety inspections, which will again include the NSW-wide food safety program called Scores on Doors.
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Media Release - Upper Macquarie County Council
4 Apr 2018
With the lack of rainfall since Christmas the Autumn Aerial Spraying Program will be cancelled.
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Newcrest Media Release - Processing Recommences at Cadia
3 Apr 2018
Newcrest recommenced processing at Cadia today with the associated tailings being deposited into the southern tailings facility. Processing is running at a reduced rate due to limitations in infrastructure to the southern tailings facility
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Cadia Community Update - Northern Tailings Storage Facility (NTSF) Embankment Movement
23 Mar 2018
On Friday, 9 March 2018, Cadia identified a limited breakthrough of material that had occurred in the northern tailings storage facility embankment. The breakthrough material is completely contained within the Southern Tailings Storage Facility (STSF), located immediately below, and has caused no environmental harm.

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What's On?

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Journey West: Andrew Jaffray | 23rd March 2018
You are invited to the exhibition open at Rosebank, 40 Victoria St, Millthorpe at 6pm. The exhibition will be opened by Rhonda Campbell, artist and printmaker. The exhibition will be on display until the 30th of April 2018. Drinks and nibbles provided. Please RSVP for catering purposes. M 0448 279 939 contact@rosebankmillthorpe.com.au
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Neville Village Veterans Sunday Commemoration | 15th April 2018
11:30am to 12:30pm Neville Memorial Park. Neville village Veterans Sunday Commemoration held every year the Sunday before ANZAC Day at the Memorial Park Neville to commemorate all those who took part in Australia's conflicts from the Boer War to present day Afganistan. Contact Judy-ann Belecky. T 02 6368 8435 fjbelecky1@bigpond.com
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Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge | 16th - 23rd April 2018
Calling all residents, farmers, businesses, school and community groups interested in participating in the 2018 Blayney & Villages Hay Bale Art Challenge. Now in its third 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 to welcome cyclists for the annual B2B. http://www.blayney.nsw.gov.au/news/news-and-information/media-release-blayney-hay-bale-art-challenge-2018
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Annual Blayney Anglican Book Fair | 20th to 21st & 27th to 28th April 2018
Being held at the Blayney Anglican Church Hall on the 20th and the 21st 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 0408 682 122 elizabeth.russ@hotmail.com
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Anzac Day Services | 25th April 2018
Blayney: Commemorations begin at 6am at Carrington Park with 11am March Service. Millthorpe: Service and March will commence 7.30am between School and Post Office. Carcoar: Service and March will commence 9am at the Public School. Mandurama: Service and March will commence 10am at the World War 1 Memorial Hall. Lyndhurst: Service and March will commence 11am at the Hotel.

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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 started this year under a merger proposal with Orange and Cabonne which created great uncertainty amongst our community about the future of our Council area.  In February, the new Premier declared the proposed mergers be withdrawn and Blayney Shire has continued to be a stand alone Council, which has been good news for our organisation and residents.  Despite this uncertainty, Council remained positive and continued to deliver services whilst completing significant projects throughout the shire.

 

One of the largest road projects in our shire has been the Errowanbang (Southern Cadia Access Route) road project. This has seen a major upgrade of the road network improving access not only to Cadia mine but also for our rural residents and visitors to our area.

 

Our major infrastructure renewal program commenced this year resulting in the replacement of six timber bridges with new modern structures able to accommodate heavier vehicles and improve safety for all road users. This year also saw the completion and official opening of the new redeveloped Redmond Oval in Millthorpe with a new playing surface, irrigation and new canteen. This project had been supported by the State government, Council and Millthorpe residents who raised money for the canteen and associated projects.

 

Our Community Development Coordinators have been appointed and are working closely with our villages and town associations to attract grant funding and assist the volunteers with their individual plans and projects.  The major refurbishment of the Visitor Information Centre in Blayney has created a modern cafe and improved facilities for our volunteers and visitors.  Councillors have continued to work with all the members of our various committees developing plans for future sporting facilities, Culture Centre and Blayney Main Street improvements.

 

Blayney Shire's ongoing membership with our Regional Organisation of Councils (CENTROC) and the Associating of Mining Related Councils has continued to deliver savings and important networks throughout the region for the shire.  Through these organisations, we are continuing to advocate for improved transport links to Sydney and the potential reopening of the Blayney / Demondrille rail line.  Also in partnership with Central Tablelands Water we are working towards improved water security and storage for Blayney Shire and the larger region. In addition, Blayney Shire Council is working with Orange and Cabonne Councils, as well as local tourism businesses to create an exciting new organisation to promote the very important and growing tourism industry across the region.

 

In partnership with Bernardi’s Marketplace and the Blayney Chronicle, our Healthy and Happiness Wellness Challenge was a great success with many individuals and teams participating in extra activities and events to improve their fitness and wellbeing. Council is pleased to announce Blayney & Villages recently was awarded a $15,000 funding grant by the NSW Government and Heart Foundation to participate in a NSW Town Challenge in early 2018. We’ll hear more about the programs planned to support this initiative in the New Year.

 

I would like to thank all the Council staff for their ongoing commitment and support of our community in what has been a very challenging, busy and successful year.  We have raised the profile of our Shire throughout the region with multiple media events and functions and will continue to promote the area as a wonderful place to live and invest.  On behalf of my fellow Councillors I would like to wish everyone a safe and very Merry Christmas, and a happy and prosperous 2018.

 

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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