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Community Financial Assistance Program Round 1 – 2019/20
7 Jun 2019
Applications are invited for the first round under the 2019/20 Community Financial Assistance Program.
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Blayney ready to grow with new residential land for sale
21 May 2019
It has been almost a decade since the Blayney township has had new residential blocks available for home construction. With the official launch of Streatfeild Close land development on Tuesday 21 May, 14 new residential blocks close to King George Oval, Schools and town centre are available for sale. Mayor, Scott Ferguson has officially unveiled the off plan release for Streatfeild Close located off 32 Plumb Street.
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Winter Wonderland is coming up soon!
14 May 2019
Can you feel the cold change coming? You know what that means, Blayney & Villages Winter Wonderland is almost here! Blayney Shire Council will once again create a calendar of events, activities and promotions of local Blayney Shire businesses.
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Central NSW Discovery Passport
15 Apr 2019
Unearth your inner adventurer with our new Discovery Passport.
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Drought Assistance Available
12 Feb 2019
RFCS - Drought Assistance Available

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Council Update
13 Jun 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 22 July 2019. Applications lodged before 15 July 2019 will be reviewed and applicants will be contacted in the event of any errors or omissions in applications.
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General Manager Update
13 Jun 2019
The 2019/20 Operational Plan and 2019/2023 Delivery Program is still on exhibition and public comments are invited closing 5pm on Thursday 20 June 2019.
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Media Release - 2019/20 Draft Operational Plan and budget now on public exhibition
22 May 2019
Following the endorsement and adopted changes by Council on Monday night, the 2019/20 Draft Operational Plan and budget is now available for viewing on Council’s website and a hard copy printed at the Council Office.
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Proposed Road Closing Under Section 38b Roads Act 1993
2 Apr 2019
In pursuance of the provisions of the Roads Act 1993, notice is hereby given that Blayney Shire Council proposes to close the council public road listed in Schedule 1 - Part of the original alignment of Errowanbang Road, identified as Lots 11, 12 and 14 in Deposited Plan DP1216561
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Proposed Road Closing Under Section 38B Roads Act 1993
2 Apr 2019
In pursuance of the provisions of the Roads Act 1993, notice is hereby given that Blayney Shire Council proposes to close the council public road listed in Schedule 1 - Part of the original alignment of Errowanbang Road, identified as Lots 5 and 8 in Deposited Plan DP1231139

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What's On?

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Unique Photography by Pip Orr | 14th June to 26th July 2019
Unique Photography is a collection of Pip Orr's photography including landscapes, nature, people including international and national imagery and events. Being held at the Rosebank Gallery, 40 Victoria St, Millthorpe. 0407 784 539 https://www.facebook.com/Unique-Photography-by-Pip-Orr-633853370411204/
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Blayney Railway Station Open Day | 21st June 2019
Join Hon Paul Toole MP, CEO Sydney Trains Howard Collins and Blayney Shire Councillors for the opening of the restored and repainted station buildings plus a special viewing of the disused, historic rooms at Blayney Railway Station. Sydney Trains is refurbishing Blayney Railway Station - works are underway to restore the station to its 1920s splendour. Check out the work underway and hear about the exciting future plans for the railway station as a part of our community. Take a rare opportunity to view the disused, and historic station rooms – closed to the public for over 30 years! Free BBQ & Morning Tea provided by Blayney Rotary Club and Sydney Trains
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Newbridge Winter Solstice | 22nd June 2019
The streets are filled with medieval fun and games, English-style street markets, viking sword fight demonstrations as well as children’s sword fighting activities. There will be Belly Dancers in the streets and The Great Dane Magician. A community bonfire kicks off from 5pm on the Gladstone Green at the Newbridge Hotel for the burning of the wicker man. Entry cost is $2. Contact Jan Dickie. T 02 6368 1185 jan.dickie47@yahoo.com.au https://www.facebook.com/events/647748432327257/
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Winter Wonder Land | 22nd June - 21st July 2019
Can you feel the cold change coming? You know what that means, Blayney & Villages Winter Wonderland is almost here! Blayney Shire Council will once again create a calendar of events, activities and promotions of local Blayney Shire businesses.
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Free Coaching Clinic | 23rd June 2019
Join a free open-age coaching clinic at the Blayney Skate Park on Sun 23/6 from 1pm to 4pm. BYO scooter/skateboard/BMX bike AND helmet. BluntSide Sk8 will run the event that the Blayney Town Association has organised with funding from Blayney Shire Council. Postponed if rainy. For info, contact BluntSide Sk8's Ricky Konza on 0403 664 859 or Margaret Paton margaret.paton1@gmail.com.

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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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