Blayney Shire Council


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Community Financial Assistance Program Round 2 – 2020/21
27 Nov 2020
Applications are invited for the first round under the 2020/21 Community Financial Assistance Program.
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Millthorpe Garden Ramble Goes Virtual
31 Oct 2020
Every year for the past 16 years, on the first weekend in November, the focus turns to the Millthorpe Garden Ramble when owners of gardens large and small, open their gates and invite visitors to ramble on through their unique spaces. In 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Ramble went ahead online as a FREE virtual tour.
Carcoar St Road Works
12 Oct 2020
Works have commenced in Carcoar Street, Blayney. A project co-funded by the Australian and NSW Government’s through the Fixing Local Roads program and Blayney Shire Council. This project will involve the reconstruction of Carcoar Street with the objective to improve the road surface, driveability; renew kerb, gutter and drainage and provide consistent road width and line marking.
Online payments are now available to ratepayers.
10 Oct 2019
When you choose to make an online payment here at Blayney Shire Council’s website, you will be redirected to our payments provider, Westpac on our E notice platform, for the completion of your transaction.

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News & Highlights

Council Update
21 Jan 2021
Council is planning for the Australia Day BBQ Breakfast and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 26 January 2021 at Heritage Park in Blayney, commencing at 8.00am, the ceremony will be subject to COVID 19 restrictions.
Media Release - $3.05 million of Projects Announced for Blayney Shire
11 Dec 2020
The Hon Paul Toole MP visited Blayney today and announced the successful projects approved for Blayney Shire Council under the Resources for Regions (RfR) Program.
Get Ready for Summer
9 Dec 2020
Aussie summers are iconic. They can also be tragic. Each year, communities across NSW experience bush fires, home fires, floods, storms, heatwaves, power outages and other emergencies. It’s important to be aware of and prepared for seasonal hazards, whether you’re at home, at work or away on holidays. Get Ready for summer now in five simple steps:
Council Connect - December 2020 NewsletterThis link will open in a new window
9 Dec 2020
The December Council Connect e-newsletter has the latest information on Twilight Shopping, the Bright Lights of Blayney, Affordable Housing Project and more.
Media Release Affordable Housing Project for Blayney
25 Nov 2020
In the last 10 years, the median rent for Blayney has risen from $118 in 2009 to well over $330 in 2020. These rent increases, along with high demand, increasing the need for affordable and secure housing. There is a limited number of available places to rent in Blayney, with local Real Estate Agents having 100% of their rental properties filled. At the November Council meeting, Council’s support was unanimous when it agreed to partner Housing Plus and support an Affordable and Social Housing Project in Blayney. The proposed development is the construction of 6 units comprising of 3x two bedroom and 3x one bedroom units on the currently vacant land on Frape Street

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What's On?

Australia Day BBQ Breakfast and Awards Ceremony | 26th January 2021
Council is planning for the Australia Day BBQ Breakfast and Awards Ceremony at Heritage Park in Blayney, commencing at 8.00am, the ceremony will be subject to COVID 19 restrictions. Come along for a traditional Aussie breakfast cooked by Blayney Rotary; meet our 2021 Australia Day Ambassador and see the announcement of Blayney Shire’s Australia Day Awards. Please note the wet weather venue in the Blayney Shire Community Centre.
2021 Blayney Show | 6th March 2021
Come along for the 143rd annual Blayney Show, a COVID-19 safe event. Gates are open from 9am – 5pm. Entry is $30 Family, $10 Adults, $5 School Children, Pre School age FREE, Concessions $5. M 0438 682 134

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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

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