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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  In February, the new Premier declared the proposed mergers be withdrawn and Blayney Shire has continued to be a stand alone Council, which has been good news for our organisation and residents.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.

Last modified: 26 Mar 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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