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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
23 Jan 2020
A final reminder to all Sporting groups, Hall/Showground and Recreation Ground Trusts, Community Village/Progress Committees and Organisations 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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Council Update
23 Jan 2020
The Tourism Events Development Program provides support to both not-for-profit entities and local businesses to host events aimed to promote to grow the visitor economy in the Blayney Shire.
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Media Release - Australia Day Ambassador for Blayney Shire Announced
13 Jan 2020
Paralympian Prudence Watt has been announced as the Australia Day Amabassdor for Blayney Shire Council. Prue is a four-time Paralympian having represented Australia in swimming at the Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016 Paralympic Games where she excelled at each opportunity.
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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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What's On?

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Carcoar Village Fair | 26th January 2020
Join Carcoar in Australia’s best preserved 19th Century village for their heritage Australia Day celebrations. There will be an artisan market, vintage cars, bushranger tales and immersive street theater! https://www.facebook.com/carcoarvillagefair/
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Australia Day BBQ Breakfast and Awards Ceremony | 26th January 2020
Blayney Shire Council is again hosting the Australia Day BBQ Breakfast and Awards Ceremony on Sunday 26 January 2020 at Heritage Park in Blayney, commencing at 8.00am. Come along for a traditional Aussie breakfast cooked by Blayney Rotary; meet our 2020 Australia Day Ambassador; and see the announcement of Blayney Shire’s Australia Day Awards. Please note the wet weather venue in the Blayney Shire Community Centre.
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William Amer Lyric Tenor | 2nd February 2020
William continues his exploration of the classic songs and arias that tenors sing. In this series he features the work of the once famous Irish tenor, Count John McCormack. Being held at the Community Hall, Icely Street, Carcoar opposite the Carcoar Courthouse Museum. Admission is $20 per person. Bookings essential. Pay at the door. Bookings, Enquiries, Information T 0421 871 348 info@willamer.com.au
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Blayney Farmers Market | 16th February 2020
The Blayney Farmers' Markets is being held in Heritage 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 http://www.blayneyfarmersmarket.com.au/ https://www.facebook.com/blayneyfarmersmarket/
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Pole Walking | 19th March 2020
Free Pole Walking Group to improve your health and fitness, poles are available to borrow, commences Thursday 19th March at 9.30 am at Heritage Park for 8 Weeks. Limited spaces available, to register interest phone Kylie Beddie, Blayney Community Health T 02 6368 9313.

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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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