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Sculptures by the Bush Competition 2021
22 Feb 2021
Sculptures by the Bush is an event which expanded from the Hay Bale Art Challenge to cover the whole of Blayney Shire with a variety of different categories to enter in. The event will have three different classifications including the Hay Bale Art Challenge, a Farm Art Challenge and the Scarecrow Competition.
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Youth Week Grants Program 2021
3 Feb 2021
Community organisations are invited to make application for funding to hold activities for Youth Week under the 2021 Youth Week Small Grants Program.
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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
25 Feb 2021
Council has been experiencing many requests of late to undertake final inspections for building works completed as the purchaser solicitor is requiring final occupation certificates prior to sale contracts being executed. From 1 December 2019, developers and home builders are no longer be able to obtain interim occupation certificates for buildings in NSW.
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Council Update
25 Feb 2021
March Music Month is an initiative by Blayney and Cabonne Councils under the NSW Government’s Festival of Place Summer Fund to bring the community together on a weekend afternoon and support local musical artists in a relaxed, casual setting. Bring a picnic along and enjoy some time with family or friends this March!
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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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Media Release - Replacing Bridges To Better Connect Regional NSW
8 Feb 2021
Three bridges in the Blayney Shire will be replaced under the NSW Government’s $500 million Fixing Country Bridges program to better connect regional communities and increase resilience to natural disasters.
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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.

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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 reid1027@bigpond.net.au https://www.facebook.com/BlayneyShow
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March Music Month | 13th, 14th, 27th & 28th March 2021
If you’re getting sick of listening to the same Spotify playlist on repeat, soak up the last of daylight savings and join us for a relaxing afternoon of live music in our lush and welcoming parks across Blayney and Cabonne. March Music Month is an initiative by Blayney and Cabonne Councils under the NSW Government’s Festival of Place Summer Fund to bring the community together on a weekend afternoon and support local musical artists in a relaxed, casual setting. Bring a picnic along and enjoy some time with family or friends this March! Events will be held from 3pm – 7pm http://marchmusicmonth.eventbrite.com
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Blayney Rotary Market | 21st March 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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Sculptures By The Bush | 1st - 18th April 2021
Get ready to get out and about and see the creative residents of Blayney Shire. Sculptures by the Bush is a competition in Blayney Shire comprising of Hay Bale Art, Farm Art and Scarecrows which create a tourist trail of outdoor creative artworks that will dot the scenic landscapes around Blayney. A digital map of entries will be available on 1 April 2021. Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sculpturesbythebush/ https://www.blayney.nsw.gov.au/news/hot-topics/sculptures-in-the-bush-competition-2021
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Textures of One | 9th - 30th April 2021
Textures of One is the inaugural art competition and exhibition for Platform Arts Hub Blayney. The event opens at Blayney Railway Station on the 9 April and runs for 4 weeks, closing on the 30 April. The theme this year is 'Steam" which pays homage to the iconic platform and railway station recently restored by Sydney Trains. We hope the exhibition will present an opportunity for art and rail enthusiasts to visit our area. Stay tuned for artists registration and tickets to the opening night Follow on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PlatformArtsHubBlayney Enter here: https://forms.gle/3xLEGs2W9CSZN3MR9 Email: platformblayney@gmail.com

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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

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