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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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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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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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General Manager Update
6 May 2021
Council received funding under the NSW Government Drought Stimulus Package for the construction of a new kerb system and pedestrian pathway barrier fence at the Millthorpe Railway Underpass on Elliott Street/Forest Reefs Road. These works are well underway. On Monday 10 May 2021 the Millthorpe Railway Underpass Elliott Street/Forest Reefs Road will be required to be closed for approximately 2 weeks while the kerbing contractor is on-site.
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Council Update
6 May 2021
Council in conjunction with the Newbridge Progress Association invites you to come along and share your thoughts whilst we revisit the vision and projects for Newbridge.
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Council Connect - May 2021 NewsletterThis link will open in a new window
4 May 2021
The May Council newsletter has updates in relation to road closures, the Millthorpe Masterplan survey, the Newbridge community plan review and more.
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Council Connect - March 2021 NewsletterThis link will open in a new window
26 Mar 2021
The March Council newsletter includes information on March Music Month, Sculptures by the Bush, Textures of One, Dine & Discover and more.
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Council Connect - February 2021 NewsletterThis link will open in a new window
22 Feb 2021
The February Council newsletter includes information on March Music Month, Sculptures by the Bush, Textures of One, the composting workshop and more.

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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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At the Station Art Exhibition | 8th - 30th May 2021
'At the Station' is a general art exhibition celebrating artists from the Central West held at Platform Arts Hub Blayney. Platform Arts Hub Blayney is a regional art gallery and community hub located at the Blayney Railway Station in Central NSW. The continually changing cultural and exhibition program, showcases regional and local artists, meaning there is always something new and exciting to inspire you. The exhibition is open Thursdays – Sundays 10am – 4pm. https://www.facebook.com/PlatformArtsHubBlayney Email: platformblayney@gmail.com
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Newbridge Village: Community Plan Review | 15th May 2021
Blayney Shire Council in conjunction with Newbridge Progress Association invites you to come along and share your thoughts whilst we revisit the vision and projects for Newbridge. We will review the Newbridge Village Community Plan created in 2018 so that community projects feed into the new Blayney Shire Community Strategic Plan to be developed in 2022. A prosperous and healthy village, businesses and community is dependent on everyone working together. Everyone is welcome. 6pm – 8pm Newbridge Community Hall. Contact council@blayney.nsw.gov.au 6368 2104
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Blayney Rotary Market | 16th May 2021
The Blayney Rotary Markets is being held in Carrington Park, Blayney, NSW and held on the 3rd Sunday of every month from 8:30 am until 12:30pm. Wet weather venue: Blayney Shire Community Centre. This producers' market features a wide variety of gourmet foods and quality artisan. Come and try some great food and have a coffee! M 0419 623 293 https://www.facebook.com/blayneyrotarymarkets blayneyrotarymarket@gmail.com
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Drought and Flood Response Recovery Community Outreach Event | 18th May 2021
National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency A Community Outreach Event is coming to Blayney on Tuesday 18 May to provide support and advice on the drought and challenges like COVID-19. This event will bring together all levels of government, charities, not-for-profit and agricultural organisations to support farmers and rural and regional communities living through the immediate and longer-term effects of drought. Farmers, farm workers and farm contractors can apply for Rotary $500 debit cards, which provide a welcome cash injection back into the community. It is an excellent opportunity for farmers, families and rural communities to catch up with friends and neighbours and find out what support is available during drought and tough times. Come down to Blayney Shire Community Centre, 41 Church Street between 3pm - 7pm on Tues 18 May and say hello.

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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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