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Beware of Black ice - Winter Road Safety
26 Jun 2018
Winter has arrived and motorists are urged to take extra care when driving by reducing speed, especially in icy conditions July is the month with the highest number of crashes, in icy conditions, within the western regions of the state. More than half of ice related crashes occur between 6am and 10am.
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Media Release - Temporary closure of pool for air heating and ductwork upgrade
20 Jun 2018
As part of further improvements at CentrePoint Sport & Leisure Centre, Blayney Shire Council wishes to inform the community the pool area will temporarily close this July for the installation of a brand new air heating and ducting system.
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Receive Your Rates Electronically Competition
14 Jun 2018
There are benefits to signing up to receive your rate account(s) electronically. So sign up now to receive your rates electronically and go into the competition to win an ipad!
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Best Blayney Beanie - Facebook Photo Competition
13 Jun 2018
As part of Winter Wonderland activities, Blayney Shire Council is hosting a Facebook Photo competition to discover the Best Blayney Beanie. Cute, crazy or cosy, beanies are back and we want to see yours!
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Blayney & Villages Winter Wonderland - What's On
13 Jun 2018
Due to popular demand, The Blayney Beanie is making a comeback this winter! With the cooler weather, the Blayney Shire community is bringing back the Blayney Beanie! Beanies are a must-have accessory for all ages around Blayney and in our historic villages to warm up this winter.

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News & Highlights

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Media Release - $1.9 Million funding boost for Blayney CentrePoint Sports and Leisure facility
12 Jul 2018
Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee today announced $1.9 million in federal funding for the Blayney CentrePoint Sports and Leisure Facility. Mr Gee said the upgrade to the facility will be funded under the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream.
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Council Update
12 Jul 2018
The July Ordinary Meeting of Council will be held in the Chambers, Blayney Shire Community Centre, on Monday 16 July 2018, commencing at 6.00pm. Members of the community are welcome to attend. A copy of the Business Paper will be available on Council’s website on Friday.
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General Manager Update
12 Jul 2018
Applications for Round 1 of Council’s 2018/2019 Financial Assistance Program close on Tuesday 31 July, therefore local community groups and businesses wishing to participate, need to have their paperwork submitted by COB on that day.
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Media Release - Orange360 revealed as new tourism brand for the Orange region
28 Jun 2018
Tourism marketing in the Orange region is off to a fresh start with the launch of a new brand and organisation known as Orange360. Launched today at the Orange Visitor Information Centre, General Manager of Orange360, Caddie Marshall, said that Orange360 represents a united all year round approach to tourism, promoting the Orange region as a distinct destination and gateway to discovering the surrounding historic villages.
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Public Notice - Blayney Shire Development Control Plan 2018
28 Jun 2018
Blayney Shire Council hereby gives public notice of its approval of the Blayney Shire Development Control Plan 2018, as amended and altered following public exhibition at the 25 June 2018 meeting.

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What's On?

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Winter Wonderland | 23rd June - 30th July 2018
Everyone is invited to embrace the change of season and join in special activities including local business offers, business decorations, events and pop-up shopping events. Businesses and community groups are encouraged to RSVP your interest in participating ASAP with details on how you can get involved. events@blayney.nsw.gov.au P 02 6368 2104
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Orange Winter Fire Festival | 3rd - 5th August 2018
August 3rd - Winter Festival Night Market in Millthorpe. August 4th - Bonfire Night, 5th August - Blazing Sunday in country pubs and restaurants. Kicking off with a winter night market in historic Millthorpe Village the three day festival will showcase the best of an authentic country winter through a series of bonfire events inspired by the Australian cracker night bonfire tradition. Enjoy char grilled feasts and rich red wines under out regions expansive starry night skies or huddle up next to a fireplace in one of our country pubs or restaurants and enjoy a blazing Sunday lunch. http://www.orangewinterfirefestival.com.au/
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Naughty at Forty | 27th July - 18th August 2018
Molong Players present Naughty at Forty. Performances starts at 7pm. 27th July is the pensioners show and is $10 per person. 3rd August is bring your own supper night $25 per person. 2 course meal and show $50 per person . Show dates 28th of July and 4th, 10th, 11th,17th and 18th August. Tickets available from Molong Street Stall 30th June 9:30am to 11am and from Molong Express Office from the 2nd of July. T 02 6366 8017 molongex@bigpond.net
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Blayney Golf Club - Christmas in July Dinner Dance | 28th July 2018
6pm start. Come and join in with the winter festivities, all welcome. $40 per person, included a Christmas feast of dinner and sweets. Bookings contact Wayne M 0400 682 160 T 02 6368 2160
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Acoustic Sunday | 19th August 2018
Millthorpe Bowling Club, 24 Elliot St, Millthorpe NSW 2798. Held on the third Sunday every month – 3pm – 5pm. Live acoustic music played by real musicians! We will feature different musicians each month along with some familiar favourites. For details of who’s performing and monthly dates check our facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge and everyone is welcome! Great food and local wines and drinks available for purchase. http://www.stickytickets.com.au https://www.facebook.com/acousticsundaymillthorpe/

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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
Email: council@blayney.nsw.gov.au

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