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Drought Communities Program Extension 2019
2 Dec 2019
Sporting groups, Hall/Showground and Recreation Ground Trusts, Community Village/Progress Committees and Organisations are invited to nominate an infrastructure project to be considered for funding under the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Program Extension, as announced on 7 November 2019.
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Community Financial Assistance Program Round 2 – 2019/20
28 Nov 2019
Applications are invited for the second round under the 2019/20 Community Financial Assistance Program. Local community organisations / individuals are invited to submit an application by Monday 24 February 2020.
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Heavy Vehicle Route Investigation
27 Nov 2019
Blayney Shire Council has recently received funding from the NSW Government to develop a Business Case for the development of the Blayney Heavy Vehicle Route.
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Beaufort Street Concept Plans
25 Nov 2019
As you may be aware, Council recently undertook community engagement with regard to future open space projects at both Cook/Beaufort Streets and alongside the Belubula River, in Blayney.
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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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News & Highlights

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General Manager Update
13 Feb 2020
Council will reconvene for its first meeting for 2020 on Monday 17 February, at 6pm in the Community Centre, Blayney. A number of matters are being presented to Council for consideration and include; an update on prior Council Resolutions providing details on progress on outstanding decisions of Council up to and including the previous Council Meeting and the quarterly Risk, Work Health and Safety Report which outlines the activities and incidents reported from October to December 2019
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Council Update
13 Feb 2020
Community organisations are invited to make application for funding to hold activities for Youth Week under the 2020 Youth Week Small Grants Program. Youth Week 2020 will be celebrated from Wednesday 1 April to Thursday 9 April 2020 and focuses on the issues and concerns of local young people and targets those aged from 12 to 24 years. The theme for Youth Week 2020 is “Speak up. Be involved. Get connected. Have fun.”
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Council Connect -December Newsletter
19 Dec 2019
The December Council Connect e-newsletter has information on the Bright Lights of Blayney Shire Competition, Christmas Opening Hours and more.
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Media Release - Contract for CentrePoint Upgrade Awarded
18 Jun 2019
Council has awarded the contract to undertake Stage 1 of the CentrePoint Sports and Leisure Centre upgrade worth $4,293,791 to Hines Construction Pty Ltd.
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Media Release - Construction Begins on the New Central West Livestock and Equestrian Centre
1 Apr 2019
Construction of the Central West Equestrian and Livestock Centre at Blayney Showground will start this morning. Bathurst MP Paul Toole joined Blayney Shire Council Mayor Scott Ferguson to mark the occasion by turning the first sod on the project.

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What's On?

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Pathfinder Registration and Family Fun Day | 22nd February 2020
Being held at the Lyndhurst Public School between 4pm and 7pm. Pathfinders is an activity based program for young people in years 5 to 10, but everyone is welcome to come and join the fun at the registration day! There will be activities for the whole family, including free jumping castle and BBQ. For more information contact Pastor Raymon Paletua. M 0475 273 591 ctpathfinders@gmail.com
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Blayney Woolcraft and Hobby Group | 24th February 2020
Held at the Blayney Community Centre every second Monday from 10am to 2pm. Join Blayney Woolcraft and Hobby Group for to learn embroidery, knitting and crochet, card-making, beading, jewellery making, fabric painting, calligraphy, sewing and floral art and much more. New members always welcome $4 per week. Contact Jan Steele M 0433 166 094
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Author talk with local author Kim Kelly | 25th February 2020
Meet Kim at Blayney Library on Tuesday 25 February at 11am when she talks about her latest work Walking and her writing. Please let us know you are coming along by calling the library on 6368 2581.
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NSW Farmers Regional Drought Resilience & Recovery Information Forum | 29th February 2020
Blayney Community Centre 9am to 4pm. A day for farmers, families, friends, rural contractors and businesses. Hear from a range of speakers discussing drought support, grants, loans, stock, pastures, weeds, cropping, climate forecasts, health checks and counselling support. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided. For more information contact Andrew Couglan. M 0447 393 092
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Story Time at Blayney Library | March - December 2020
Storytimes are held on the first Thursday of each month during school term at Blayney Library from 11am – 12 noon. We have lots of fun. We read and tell stories, sing songs, play games and do craft. Storytime is free and all craft material is supplied. There is no need to book, just come along. Storytime dates are: March 5th, April 2nd, May 7th, June 4th, July 2nd, August 6th, September 3rd, November 3rd and December 3rd.

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At the February Council meeting, Council reinforced the preferred position of Blayney Shire to stand-alone and authorised the Mayor to finalise the response to the NSW Minister for Local Government’s council merger proposal for Blayney Shire, Cabonne and Orange City Councils, should a merger proceed.

This response from Blayney Shire Council, submitted by the due date of 28 February 2016 to the merger proposal details the concerns of the community for elected representation and the retention of local autonomy and identity; in addition to the fundamental principles which Council believes are critical to be taken into consideration and reflected in the planning and implementation of any recommended merger.  

These principles were conveyed to the Delegate during the public meeting held in Blayney on Thursday 4 February and are based upon the community feedback and councillor input into the merger proposal as follows;

No amalgamation without all three former LGAs; 
A three way partnership approach to planning and implementing the new council with equal council representation; 
A new culture, separate and distinct from that of the former councils; 
A councillor body of manageable size that is focussed on creating a powerful new council, building on existing strengths and avoiding pitfalls; 
A role for existing councillors in an advisory capacity to help the integration process prior to the first elections; 
The current councillors to determine priorities for the allocation of the Stronger Communities Funds on community infrastructure projects within their LGA 
A role for all existing staff during the planning phase which draws on their skills and experience to the maximum benefit of the new council; and 
A structure that devolves autonomy to local town and village communities, free from unnecessary central interference. 

What is critical in any change process is the merging of different organisational cultures and we need to remember that it is people that matters.  Reassurance must be given to the significant rural based communities that local identity and autonomy can be maintained with the right governance model and organisational structure.  

Similarly important is the continued focus on collaboration across the region to promote the unique attributes of the individual town and villages.  This will be no easy task unless the merger, if proceeds, is a real partnership.

Download the Blayney Shire Council Submission to the Merger Proposal for Blayney Shire Council, Cabonne Council and Orange City Council.


Rebecca Ryan
General Manager
Blayney Shire Council

 

 

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For the past two years Blayney Shire Council has been investigating ways to stimulate residential development in the town of Blayney and in particular increase the number of new parcels of land available for building a new house.

During this time, Councils convened a well attended community workshop with a variety of stakeholders, has had numerous meeting with land developers and investigated several options around our fees and charges associated with land development.

Unfortunately, none of this work has created any new building blocks in our town so Councillors have decided to purchase and develop a new residential subdivision in Plumb Street.  We are seeing an increase of interest in people wanting to build and invest in Blayney and with the potential new mine at Kings Plains we are determined not to miss the opportunity to develop high quality residential blocks and encourage our town and shire to grow.

Our investigations have revealed that there is current and future demand for new blocks yet there is still a price gap in the market that private developers cannot fill at the moment.  Blayney Shire and region is well placed to capitalise on future population growth and investment in Central NSW but we must be able to offer existing and new residents quality blocks to build on and grow our community.

After a long period of exploring different options I’m really excited by this initiative to develop this land and create some momentum in our real estate as well as acknowledging how confident that we are in the future of Blayney township and our Shire.

Council has the advantage of being able access a very low interest loan from the state government directly supporting this type of development and infrastructure, which is great timing for our project. 

We will now progress with the Development Application for the land and will start considering the options for building the new street and infrastructure as well as a future marketing strategy.  I am confident that this real estate development will be well received and will provide the confidence and encouragement to the private sector to enter the market and invest in our community into the future.

 

Blayney Shire Council

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

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