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Bright Lights of Blayney Shire
6 Dec 2019
This December, Blayney Shire Council is hosting the annual Bright Lights of Blayney Shire Competitions where we look for the best Christmas decorations in the Shire!
Industry Accomodation and Real Estate Forums
2 Dec 2019
Leading up to an increase in temporary and residential workers to the region over the next two to five years commencing from December 2019, Orange360 will be assisting Newcrest Cadia Valley Operations with a trial program to manage the co-ordination of industry accommodation bookings over the coming months.
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.
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.
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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News & Highlights

General Manager Update
5 Dec 2019
Tuesday 3rd December was International Day of People with Disability, which aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.
Council Update
5 Dec 2019
The Service NSW Mobile Service Centre will be visiting Blayney on Thursday 12 December 2019 from 9.00am to 3.30pm. The Mobile Centre will be located in the carpark at the rear of the Blayney Shire Community Centre.
Council Connect - November Newsletter
28 Nov 2019
The November Council Connect e-newsletter has information on the Bright Lights of Blayney Shire Competition, Carcoar Road Bridge Opening, Hay Bale Art Challenge for 2020, Salvation Army Drought Community Support and more.
Media Release - Vegetation program to ensure power safety
21 Nov 2019
Essential Energy will soon begin a comprehensive vegetation management program in Blayney to ensure the ongoing safety and reliability of the local electricity network.
Council Connect - October Newsletter
21 Oct 2019
The October Council Connect e-newsletter has information on Council Live Streaming Council Meetings, the new Group Fitness Timetable at CentrePoint, Small Business Month, Top 50 things to do in Spring plus all the events coming up soon in the Blayney Shire

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What's On?

Carols at Carrington park | 13th December 2019
An annual event of joyful Christmas celebration. Organised and sponsored by the Blayney Community Baptist Church. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.
Millfest | 14th December 2019
Millthorpe’s festival on Pym Street. The village shops will be open and there will be street stalls selling local wines, craft beer and cider along with artisan and hand crafted items. Live music as well as entertainment for the kids. Fun for the whole family in the village’s picturesque Pym Street. Entry fee $5 per adult includes a ticket in the prizes draw. Kids free. M 0400 522 199
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
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

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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

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