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Youth Week event to hone your skateboarding skills
23 Mar 2017
Blayney youth are welcome to take part in a free Youth Week event to hone their skateboarding skills thanks to funds from Blayney Shire Council and event organiser, Blayney Town Association Inc (Skate Park Working Party).
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NAB B2B Cycling Festival – 31st March – 2nd April Road Closures
8 Mar 2017
The NAB B2B Cyclo Sportif Challenge is a UCI sanctioned event, organised and promoted by the Bathurst Regional Council and Blayney Shire Council working with the Rotary Club of Bathurst Daybreak Inc and the Rotary Club of Blayney. The challenging and scenic route is one of the only fully closed road race in NSW and is a one of a kind.
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Entrepreneur Programme – Food and Agribusiness Sector Workshops
28 Feb 2017
FIAL (Food Innovation Australia Limited) and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science are hosting 60 free workshops across Australia to help businesses grow within the food and agribusiness sector.
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Dr Keith Suter - Back to Business Week event
28 Feb 2017
A wide range of local businesses attended the NSW Government ‘Back to Business Week’ networking event with keynote speaker, Dr Keith Suter on Monday 27 February from 6pm at the Blayney Bowling Club.
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Media Release - New Art Festival brings community together for the love of art
20 Feb 2017
Now in its fourth year, the Textures of One Art Exhibition is expanding to encompass a weekend Art Festival from Friday evening, 17 March to Sunday 19 March held throughout Blayney and surrounding historic villages to attract visitors and connect the community with the power of art.

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General Manager Update
23 Mar 2017
As part of a special project to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac, an event will be held at the Blayney War Memorial next Monday 27 March 2017 to acknowledge the local enlistment location from the First World War.
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Council Update
23 Mar 2017
Quotations are invited from suitably qualified dealers and suppliers of tractors and plant for the supply of 1 only 90HP 4X2 tractor to Councils specification.
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Media Release - New Blayney dressage arenas welcomed as start of Central West Equestrian hub
21 Mar 2017
Blayney Shire Council together with the Central Western Dressage Group Committee is inviting the community to celebrate the official opening of the two new quality sand dressage arenas at the Blayney Showground this Sunday, 26 March 2017.
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Media Release - Redmond Oval reopens after $700,000 reconstruction upgrade
14 Mar 2017
Blayney Shire Council Mayor, Scott Ferguson together with Member for Bathurst, Paul Toole MP joined representatives from Millthorpe Village Committee in Millthorpe today to officially launch and reopen Redmond Oval following a $700,000 reconstruction works project.
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Media Release - Carcoar Cup Running Festival supported with $27,500 in Flagship Funding
8 Mar 2017
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole has today announced a $27,500 investment into the popular Carcoar Cup Running Festival, through the NSW Government’s Flagship Event Fund. Mr Toole said “The Flagship Event Fund is a terrific NSW Government initiative and part of our renewed commitment to boost regional economies through tourism and major events.

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What's On?

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Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge | 27th March - 3rd April
Decorated hay bales and art sculptures will start to pop up along the nab B2B Cycling route in preparation to welcome riders for the annual bike event. Local residents, schools and community groups are encouraged to decorate a hay bale or make a hay bale sculpture to be displayed on their private property. Artwork doesn’t need to be bike-related and can take any form or character – your imagination is the limit! Artwork will be judged and winners will be announced 26 March 2017. Prize money will awarded for place winners with ribbons for: 1st receiving $300, 2nd - $200 and 3rd - $100. Proudly supported by Blayney Town Association Inc and Blayney Shire Council
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Business Bootcamp | 29th March
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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NAB B2B Cycling Festival | 31st March – 2nd April
NAB B2B Cyclo Sportif Challenge is a Cycling NSW sanctioned event, organised and promoted by the Bathurst Regional Council and Blayney Shire Council working with the Rotary Club of Bathurst Daybreak Inc and the Rotary Club of Blayney. The challenging and scenic route is one of the only fully closed road race in NSW and is a one of a kind. Two courses are on offer 110km and 70kms. Riders can elect to ride as UCI qualifier or recreational riders. The nab B2B starts in the main street of Blayney on Sunday 2 April 2017. The route takes riders through the picturesque villages of Trunkey Creek, Newbridge, Georges Plain, Rockley Mount and Perthville. http://www.b2bcyclingfestival.com.au/
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Storytime | 6th April
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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FOOD Week | 31st March - 9th April 2017
Orange and surrounding areas. March 31st to April 9th 2017. The Orange F.O.O.D Week (Food of Orange District) festival is Australia’s longest running regional food festival and has been acclaimed as one of Australia’s top ten food festivals . P 02 6360 1990 http://www.orangefoodweek.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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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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