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2021 NSW Local Government Elections
14 Jul 2021
Election will be held in Blayney Shire on Saturday, 4 September 2021. If you are an owner, rate-paying lessee or occupier of rateable land which is not your primary residence, you or a nominee may be entitled to be enrolled on the roll of non-residential owners of rateable land or the roll of occupiers and rate-paying lessees for this election.
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Disability, Inclusion and Accessibility Survey
6 Jul 2021
Orange, Blayney and Cabonne Councils want to make the area where you live better. We are conducting a survey to hear from people within the community about what things in your area are easy to do and what things are hard to do.
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Bulky Waste Clean-up - Sunday 22nd of August 2021
1 Jul 2021
Blayney Shire Council is providing a Kerbside Bulky Waste Clean-up for all residents currently receiving a domestic waste and recycling collection service. Residents are requested to put your waste out on Sunday 22 August and items will be collected from 23 August to 3 September 2021
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Your Future Village Centre Vision – Millthorpe Community Survey
13 Apr 2021
Blayney Shire Council has plans to invigorate and activate the Millthorpe Village Centre. We need your ideas to start developing the schematic design!

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General Manager Update
29 Jul 2021
The flexible and agile nature of local government continues with the weekend’s announcement that the Minister for Local Government has postponed Council elections to 4 December 2021.
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Council Update
29 Jul 2021
Council is providing a Kerbside Bulky Waste and Green Waste Clean-up for all residents currently receiving a domestic waste and recycling collection service. Please place your waste neatly next to the edge of the kerb, not blocking the footpath, at your normal weekly bin collection point.
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Want to be a Councillor?
8 Jul 2021
The NSW Local Government Elections will be held for all Councils on Saturday 4 December 2021.
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NSW Planning Portal – Mandatory Use
2 Jun 2021
The NSW Planning Portal is a digital space where community, industry and government are working together to better understand and meet their obligations under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and has been operational in the Blayney Shire since January.
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Local Government Elections 2021
13 May 2021
The next election for Blayney Shire Council will be held on Saturday 4 December 2021. Local Government elections in New South Wales are usually held every four years. However, the elections planned for 2020 were postponed for 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Woolcraft and Hobby Group | Fortnightly Mondays
People engaging in craft and hobby activities. We do knitting, crotchet, spinning, quilting, scrapbooking, needlework and many other crafts. Please come and join us, share your skill as we’d love to learn. 10am to 2pm at the Blayney Community Centre. Cost to attend $4. Contact Jan Steele. M 0433 1666 094 steele.away@hotmail.com
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Take a Tree Day | 6 August 2021
To celebrate National Plant Tree Day Blayney Shire Council will be giving away 500 native trees, shrubs and grasses for residents to plant at home. Qualified council staff will be available to offer advice on all things horticulture. Located outside the Community Centre from 8am - 12pm (or until stocks run out). Limits on trees per household will apply. Please ensure all attendees abide by COVID-19 restrictions: ensure 1.5m social distancing, hand hygiene (sanitiser stations will be available) and if you are feeling unwell, do not attend. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/524879831901879/
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Garage Sale Trail | 13 - 14 & 20 - 21 November 2021
Blayney Shire Council is bringing Australia’s biggest community and sustainability event, Garage Sale Trail, to the local area this November over 2 big weekends. This jam-packed weekends of garage sales is a great way to declutter, fundraise and meet your neighbours. Sellers in 2018 made an average of $309 at their garage sale and met 46 new connections in their community. Households, schools, community groups and local businesses are invited to host a sale or shop the Trail, joining over 400,000 Australians in this nationwide movement that’s all about putting secondhand first. For shoppers, Garage Sale Trail is a great opportunity to pick up a bargain and find something unique, all whilst doing your bit for the environment. It’s guilt-free retail therapy! Register your sale or search a local map of garage sales in the area at https://www.garagesaletrail.com.au/
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Millthorpe Markets | 5th December 2021
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.
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Millthorpe Night Markets | 6 August 2021
The Millthorpe Night Markets are back and bigger than ever this year! Head on out on Friday the 6th of August to enjoy a whole load of fun for the whole family. Sample some of the best from their local producers, wineries and businesses, all whilst soaking up the vibe with live music and fireworks. This year, there will be ice skating available all weekend. Tickets sold separately.

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For 2020/21 Council programs, whilst ambitious remain responsible with a reasonable operational surplus forecast of $847k before capital grants and contributions. 

Council has adopted the full rate peg increase of 2.6% as recommended and set by IPART. Much of our farming land has been impacted by the NSW Valuer General revaluations conducted in 2019, which come into effect in 2020/21. Council has smoothed the potential increases to provide more equity across the Shire, by increasing the farmland category base rate to $550.

Residential Rates will also be shared more equitably across the shire, by setting all base rate amounts to $333.

The averages for the Residential sub-categories will range from $678.44 to 700.49 for 2020/21. The 2019/20 year comparison range was $661.95 to $680.71.

Council has also made some structural changes to Business rates to ease the impact of some significant swings in land valuations. The base rate has been set at $433 to equitably share the rate burden. Averages range from $1,048.77 to $1,280.91 for 2020/21.

The 2019/20 comparison range was $986.16 to $1245.80. The mining rate category continues to contribute a substantial amount to Council’s rate base and represents 49.8% of rate income. Council is cognisant of the risk of being too reliant on this income, and therefore have directed a large proportion of this revenue towards funding capital projects.

Domestic Waste annual charges are proposed to decrease from $380 to $340. No changes have been proposed to the Commercial Waste Annual Charge. A $6 increase to the Waste Management Levy to $30 will continue to equitably distribute the operational costs associated with the Blayney Waste Facility to all residents who have access to the facility, not just those with a domestic or non-domestic waste service.

Council has forecast that it will receive $2.82m of untied grant monies from the Financial Assistance Grant in the 2020/21 financial year based on a 2.5% increase from the prior year.
Council continues to deliver some major capital works with works proposed for Carcoar Street, Blayney totalling $1.1m funded from General Revenue.

Other capital works expenditure includes replacement of the flood damaged bridge over Limestone Creek on Boondaroo Road $500K; an upgrade to Frape Street stormwater drainage $500k and a further $1.27m to fund heavy patching, gravel resheeting and reseal works throughout the shire.

Council’s 2020/21 footpath program will see $536k spent on network renewals and new footpaths across the shire, including improved access at Millthorpe railway underpass and Victoria Street Millthorpe , Stage 1 of works along Plumb Street Blayney, an extension along Eulamore Street Carcoar to connect to Uralba Village and Crouch Street Neville.

The Major and Minor Plant replacement program continues with replacements of $1.17m scheduled to take place in the 2020/21 year.

Council’s operational expenditure for the 2020/21 Financial Year includes provision of a 3.0% increase to wages inclusive of the 2.5% State Award increase and a further 0.5% progression based increase on Award entitlement where applicable. Our financial sustainability and capacity to deliver services efficiently and effectively are testament to our staff who are committed to the community aspirations to improving the amenity and liveability of our town and villages.

To download the full 2020/21-2023/24 Delivery Program and 2020/21 Operational Plan please click here

 

 

Blayney Shire Council

91 Adelaide Street, Blayney NSW 2799, Australia
PO Box 62, Blayney NSW 2799, Australia
Telephone: (02) 6368 2104
Email: council@blayney.nsw.gov.au

Council opening hours:
Monday to Friday
9.00am - 4.30pm

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