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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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Register now for the Multi Sport Competition
1 Oct 2019
This October join the Multi Sport Competition at CentrePoint where you can play with or against your friends, family, kids or colleagues all in the one comp!
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Smart Water Advice
27 Sep 2019
Water efficiency is fast becoming a necessity for many residents and businesses across Australia as we head out of one of the driest winters on record and the fifth consecutive year of water scarcity.
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McPhillamys Gold Project - Notice of Exhibition
12 Sep 2019
The State Significant Development Application, Environmental Impact Statement and accompanying documents may be viewed electronically at the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment at 320 Pitt Street, Sydney or on the Department’s website (https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/major-projects/projects/on-exhibition).
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Rural and Regional Youth Participation Grants Program
11 Sep 2019
Community organisations are invited to make application for funding to hold activities for youth participation activities/events. Events must be held before 30 December 2019 and should focus on the issues and concerns of local young people and target those aged from 12 to 24 years

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General Manager Update
10 Oct 2019
The Destination Management Plan (DMP) is a document that provides information to guide tourism in the Blayney Shire for the next 4 years. The first DMP, was endorsed in September 2016.
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Council Update
3 Oct 2019
Council is bringing Australia’s biggest community and sustainability event, Garage Sale Trail, to the local area this October. This jam-packed weekend 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.
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Council Connect - September Newsletter
27 Sep 2019
The September Council Connect e-newsletter has information on the kids holiday program at CentrePoint, Railway Station Survey, the Healthy and Happy Wellness Challenge with updates on projects happing in the Shire
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Blayney Shire Council Connect August Newsletter
27 Aug 2019
The August Council Connect e-newsletter has information on the Garage Sale Trail, the workshop on the re-use of Blayney Railway Station and updates on projects happing in the Shire. Check out the details on upcoming events including the Art Exhibition at Newbridge, Cars & Coffee and Skate Park Workshops.
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Blayney Shire Council July 2019 Community Update
21 Aug 2019
Blayney Shire Council July 2019 Community Update

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What's On?

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Jump Inflatables Indoor Playground | Every Saturday 2019
Interactive Indoor Inflatable Playground for all ages 1-100. No booking required. Parties and private events also available. BYO welcome. 10am to 3pm every Saturday at Blayney CentrePoint Sports and Leisure Centre. 2 hours of play under 4yo $13, 4-14yo $15, 15yo and over $10, spectators free. M 0406 220 099 info@jumpinflatables.com.au http://www.jumpinflatables.com.au https://www.facebook.com.au/JumpInflatablesAus
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Jim Frazier's Crystal Art| 7th September - 31st October 2019
10am to 4pm, Thursday to Sunday at the Olde Bridge Gallery, Newbridge. Jim Frazier OAM is a wildlife cinematographer, naturalist, scientist, author and artist and has won over 40 national and international awards, including an Oscar and an Emmy and has worked for David Attenborough for more than 25 years. Free to attend. Contact Wendy. T 02 6368 1081 newiris10@bigpond.com https://www.facebook.com/OldeBridgeGallery/
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Garage Sale Trail | 19th -20th October 2019
Blayney Shire Council is bringing Australia’s biggest community and sustainability event, Garage Sale Trail, to the local area this October. This jam-packed weekend 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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Lyndhurst Village Market Day | 19th October 2019
Our Annual Market day, with a raffle, stalls, jumping castle, BBQ, home made slices. All money raised goes towards the hall and village. Gold coin donation. Lyndhurst Recreational Ground between 2pm and 7pm. Contact Kate McMartin M 0473 761 132 kathallan25@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/Lyndhurst-Village-Committee-1602891006697439/
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Acoustic Sunday | 20th October 2019
Millthorpe Bowling Club, 24 Elliot St, Millthorpe NSW 2798. Held on the third Sunday every month – 3pm – 5pm. Live acoustic music played by real musicians! We will feature different musicians each month along with some familiar favourites. For details of who’s performing and monthly dates check our facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge and everyone is welcome! Great food and local wines and drinks available for purchase. http://www.stickytickets.com.au https://www.facebook.com/acousticsundaymillthorpe/

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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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