Media Release - Blayney Shire Council to celebrate 40 Year Anniversary


Local residents, businesses and volunteer groups are invited to join Councillors and the Council team for a community BBQ to celebrate the 40 year anniversary since the first Blayney Shire Council elections on 12 August 1978.

The special event will be held on Thursday, 9 August from 12 noon to 2pm on the lawn in front of the Blayney Shire Council office in Adelaide Street.

Blayney Shire Mayor, Scott Ferguson said this milestone coincides with Local Government Week – an annual week across NSW to promote Council services held from 30 July – 5 August.

“The 2018 Local Government Week theme is The Power of Community which supports the many achievements delivered by invaluable contributions of staff and Councillors throughout the first 40 years servicing Blayney Shire Council,” Cr Ferguson said.

“Through the power of Councils working in partnership with the community, our local government area has gone from strength to strength over the past 40 years in so many areas, including infrastructure improvements, parks and gardens, cemeteries, roads and bridges construction, waste management, tourism, events, economic development, planning and growth for our historic villages and volunteer community groups,” he said.

The first 9 member Council elected on 12 August 1978 were; EG Thompson, JE Adams, TH Johnson, GP Braddon, SJ Jones, JW Ashton, EM Jones, BD Colburt and JR Cowan.  The first Mayor, or President as was the title in those days, was Councillor E Thompson who was elected at the Special Council Meeting held on Friday 18 August 1978.  A ballot was conducted in which Councillor E Thompson received 6 votes and Councillor J Ashton 3 votes.  Councillor Thompson was the former President of Blayney Shire Council from 1966.
Currently, Blayney Shire Council has 7 councillors and employs about 90 staff across its operations. Click here for Blayney Shire Councillor profiles.

During the past 40 years, Blayney Shire Council has welcomed a new Mayor 11 times, although some, including our present Mayor, Scott Ferguson have been re-elected.
Blayney Shire Council past Mayors over this period include;
1.    Councillor Eric Thompson (1978-1981)
2.    Councillor Barry Colburt (1981-1982)
3.    Councillor Terrey Johnson (1982-1984)
4.    Councillor Barry Colburt (1984-1992)
5.    Councillor Bruce Kingham (1993-1994)
6.    Councillor John Davis (1994 -2004)
7.    Councillor Bruce Kingham (2004-2005)
8.    Councillor Ted Wilson (2005-2008)
9.    Councillor Scott Ferguson (2008-2008)
10.    Councillor Bruce Kingham (2008-2012)
11.    Councillor Scott Ferguson (2012-current)

In appreciation for the Council and community partnership, everyone is invited the free BBQ lunch on the lawn in front of Council’s Office in Adelaide Street. There will be a commemorative cake cutting and opportunity to get to know your local council team and councillors. Please RSVP by calling Council on 6368 2104.

As well as the traditional Local Government Week activities planned such as the mock Council meeting with local schools, the special community BBQ will commemorative past and present councilors and staff who have served the community.
In addition to the community and schools program during Local Government Week, Council would like to acknowledge current and past Councillors, Mayors and staff who have supported the local community for the past 40 years.

For further information please contact:
Rebecca Ryan, General Manager on 6368 2104


Last modified: 25 Jul 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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