General Manager Update

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Rural Management Challenge
The Local Government Professionals Rural Management Challenge is a professional development opportunity open to all staff within regional and rural councils across the State and Australia.  The Challenge is a truly unique professional development experience, enabling skills and knowledge gained to be immediately applied back to a participant’s workplace within their council.  

Over two days, teams of four with the support of a Mentor, compete against other councils in their region as they are challenged with tasks which stretch their knowledge of local government and their council’s policies and procedures.  All tasks are tailored specifically for rural and regional councils, addressing realistic scenarios faced in the day-to-day management of a ‘make believe’ local council operation.  Last week, a team from Blayney Shire Council attended this event competing against five other councils such as, Orange, Cabonne, Narromine, Goulburn and Singleton.   Teams had to complete 10 tasks which came with different submission times.  

Scenarios focussed on tourism, event management, traffic control, Councillor training and staff management. One task involved organising an itinerary and event plan, addressing traffic management, crowd control and a public relations campaign to engage the wider community while hosting the Royal Couple, Harry and Meghan, to ‘Westeros’ Council including a main street parade, presentation of the key to the city, a tour of the tourist attractions in the region and a reception dinner. Another task was to work through the management issues associated with the discovery of a large unauthorised vegetable garden that staff are tending to grow vegetables for sale from the ‘Westeros’ Council waste facility on contaminated land.  

Team Blayney handled themselves extremely well and if they were stressed they certainly did not show it.  Previous year’s winners include Mid-Western Regional Council and this year, Tamworth were awarded the trophy and automatic entry into the National Management Challenge.     

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New Development Coordinators
Council has appointed new Development Coordinators to source external grants and match funding guidelines to local projects for community organisations, volunteer groups, sporting, PA&H, Hall Trusts, cultural or charity clubs.  Two new faces include Kim Martin, responsible for the Newbridge, Hobbys Yards, Barry and Carcoar Villages and Kate Burrell, who will be looking after those community organisations in the Neville, Mandurama and Lyndhurst Villages.  Ian Tooke remains as Development Coordinator for the Blayney, Kings Plains area.

If you have a project and receive information about a grant, then the time to act and seek some assistance from your Development Coordinator is now.  These people have been tasked to guide and help you work through the process of submitting a funding application, will help you with the wording and documentation process.

In addition, they will assist community organisations to coordinate tourism activities and promote local events.

Please use the support that has been made available to you by contacting your local Development Coordinator.  Email contact details for each are as follows;

Blayney/ Kings Plains - Ian Tooke
Southern Villages – Kate Burrell
Villages East/South – Kim Martin

Last modified: 20 Sep 2018

Blayney Shire Council

91 Adelaide Street, Blayney NSW 2799
PO Box 62, Blayney NSW 2799
Telephone: (02) 6368 2104

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Monday to Friday
9.00am - 4.30pm

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