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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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Road safety improvements for Adelaide and Martha Streets, Blayney
8 Dec 2017
The NSW Government is providing $2.3 million to improve road safety on the Mid Western Highway in Blayney. You’re invited to a Drop-in session view plans and discuss the project with Roads and Maritime Services. Members of the community are invited to drop in and view the plans to improve the Adelaide and Martha Street curve and the Hobbys Yards Road intersection in Blayney.
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New look Blayney & Villages Visitor Guide
30 Nov 2017
As part of Blayney Shire Council’s focus on tourism as one of the fastest growing sectors in our region, Council is seeking to redevelop some of our destination marketing material to promote the visitor offering within Blayney & Villages.
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Blayney Shire community research program study – Do people get better with age?
15 Nov 2017
A special research project is now underway within the Blayney Shire to discover the character and motivations of people who are ageing to answer the question “Do people get better with age?”
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Media Release - Business registrations now open for 'free cuppa' 2018
13 Oct 2017
Organisers of the award-winning ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ scheme are now inviting local businesses to register for phase eight of the successful driver fatigue awareness campaign which will operate from 1 March to 31 May 2018.

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Council Update
24 May 2018
Residents who rely on wood heaters for warmth may collect firewood on private property with permission or purchase wood from a merchant. It is important that firewood collection is sustainable and does not impact on fauna which may use hollow logs or dead wood as habitat. Animals may live in hollow logs or use fallen timber as shelter.
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General Manager Update
24 May 2018
Council is scheduled to complete works on the Southern Cadia Access Route by September 2018. In partnership with Cadia Valley Operations and funding obtained from Resources for Regions. The project is budgeted to cost $10.44m and 2 years to complete. In 2018/19 $1.176m is forecast to be expended to finalise the project with associated grant funding of $576k.
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Newcrest Media Release - Cadia commences deposition of tailings into old open pit
7 May 2018
On 23 April 2018, Newcrest announced to the market that it had received approval from the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Planning and Environment to use the first 200m of the old Cadia Hill open pit as a tailings storage facility.
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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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Millthorpe Garden Ramble | 3rd and 4th November 2018
Properties in and around Millthorpe open their gardens to the public from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the lovely gardens, there are stalls with plants and other garden related products plus art, jewellery and food as well as plenty of good food, wine and boutique shopping in the village. Several of our local artists open their studios and/or galleries over the weekend. Tickets to visit all 10 gardens are $25 and Single garden tickets are $5. Children are free. millthorpegardenramble@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/millthorpegardenramble
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Glamour at the Casino at Mayfield Winery | 18th November 2018
Glamour at the Casino at Mayfield Winery is a night to raise funds for bone marrow research and Leukaemia in memory of Rob Frogley. All funds go towards research at the Kolling Insitute Haemotology department and the Leukaemia Foundation A night of fun, music, great food and especially great wine, dancing and a chance to play in the Casino. Select your choice of Roulette, Black Jack or Poker. From 7 PM to 11 PM. Contact Pip Frogley M 0411 137 201 pip@pipcomm.com pip@uniquedestinations.com.au
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Millthorpe Markets | 2nd December 2018
Held twice a year in April and December, the Millthorpe Markets are acknowledged as one of the best in NSW with visitors enjoying great food, excellent stalls and a wonderful atmosphere. Undertaken as a fund raising event by the Millthorpe Public School P&C, the Christmas and Autumn markets are a great opportunity to combine shopping with a beautiful drive in the country and a visit to the delightful historic town of Millthorpe. contactmillthorpemarkets@gmail.com http://www.millthorpemarkets.com

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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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For the past two years Blayney Shire Council has been investigating ways to stimulate residential development in the town of Blayney and in particular increase the number of new parcels of land available for building a new house.

During this time, Councils convened a well attended community workshop with a variety of stakeholders, has had numerous meeting with land developers and investigated several options around our fees and charges associated with land development.

Unfortunately, none of this work has created any new building blocks in our town so Councillors have decided to purchase and develop a new residential subdivision in Plumb Street.  We are seeing an increase of interest in people wanting to build and invest in Blayney and with the potential new mine at Kings Plains we are determined not to miss the opportunity to develop high quality residential blocks and encourage our town and shire to grow.

Our investigations have revealed that there is current and future demand for new blocks yet there is still a price gap in the market that private developers cannot fill at the moment.  Blayney Shire and region is well placed to capitalise on future population growth and investment in Central NSW but we must be able to offer existing and new residents quality blocks to build on and grow our community.

After a long period of exploring different options I’m really excited by this initiative to develop this land and create some momentum in our real estate as well as acknowledging how confident that we are in the future of Blayney township and our Shire.

Council has the advantage of being able access a very low interest loan from the state government directly supporting this type of development and infrastructure, which is great timing for our project. 

We will now progress with the Development Application for the land and will start considering the options for building the new street and infrastructure as well as a future marketing strategy.  I am confident that this real estate development will be well received and will provide the confidence and encouragement to the private sector to enter the market and invest in our community into the future.

 

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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