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