General Manager Update

Blayney Shire Access Committee

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.  On this day, we celebrate the diversity of our global community and cherish the role we all play regardless of our abilities.

Council would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the Council Access Committee and the projects which have been accomplished through this important advisory group.  The Committee meets 3 times per year to discuss all access related issues throughout Blayney Shire, including but not limited to; footpaths, infrastructure projects, sporting facilities and Council services.

In the last 12 months the Access Committee has been involved in the following projects:

  • CentrePoint Swimming Pool & Building Major Upgrade (currently in progress), including
    • Installation of a pool pod to 25m pool;
    • Steps to the 25m pool;
    • Compliant accessible ramp to the Learn to Swim / middle pool;
    • Accessible beach entry to the toddler pool.
    • 6 new accessible bathrooms, including 1 bathroom with automated sliding door, adult change table and adult hoist;
    • 2 new accessible car parks in Ogilvy Street;
  • Central West Livestock and Equestrian Centre accessible path and seating platforms;
  • Blayney Showground Seating;
  • Review of the Active Movement Strategy;
  • Website Reader function on Council’s website;
  • Farm Lane / Ogilvy St intersection and linkage to new Belubula River walk foot path;
  • Ogilvy St footpath widening between Adelaide St and Farm Lane;
  • Pedestrian section of Carcoar bridge upgraded to remove longitudinal gaps;
  • Coordination of visit by Access Consultant for businesses lodging a DA which trigger access upgrades, funded by Council.
Councillor representatives on this Committee are the Chair; Cr Scott Denton with Cr Bruce Reynolds as the alternate.  Members of the Access Committee include: Mark Dicker (DPES), Allison Farr, Gregory Hooper, Iris Dorsett, Jenny McMahon, Shane Oates and Tom Williams. 

Drought Communities Program Extension 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.  

The EOI Form and link to the Drought Communities Program information is now available on Council’s website www.blayney.nsw.gov.au/hottopics  

The program supports local community infrastructure and other drought relief projects for communities impacted by drought by:

  • providing work for people whose employment has been impacted by drought;
  • stimulating local community spending;
  • using local resources, businesses and suppliers; and
  • providing a long-lasting benefit to communities and the agricultural industries they depend on.

The final and completed EOI along with any supporting documents are to be emailed to council@blayney.nsw.gov.au by 4pm, 31 January 2020.   Evidence of planning, costs and project delivery ie. Quotes, DA Consent, Landholder consent if applicable are essential supporting documents which must be included in the submission.

A list of suppliers, contractors, trades and/or builders with details of what they are providing to deliver a project is also required.  This is important information to assist Council in assessing the program objectives.

The project must be at least $25,000 of eligible expenditure and be completed by 31 December 2020.  Council projects will be assessed and considered alongside those projects submitted by community groups.

Council will be reviewing the eligible and preferred projects to be submitted and a report will be presented to the February 2020 Council meeting.

Local Development Coordinators are able to provide support to community organisations in completing the EOI and email contact details for each are as follows;

  • Blayney - Ian Tooke tookeian@yahoo.com  
  • Southern Villages (Lyndhurst, Mandurama, Neville) – Kate Burrell nevillefunnyfarm@gmail.com  
  • Villages East/South (Newbridge, Carcoar, Barry) – Kim Martin kimmartinwork@outlook.com  
We appreciate that the Christmas/New Year period is very busy for volunteers, and given the holiday season, I encourage any interested group to contact Council and make an appointment for any Planning, Development Application, Heritage or other advice before you commence seeking quotations or planning your project any further.  
Last modified: 05 Dec 2019

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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