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General Manager Update

Council Elections Postponed

The flexible and agile nature of local government continues with the weekend’s announcement that the Minister for Local Government has postponed Council elections to 4 December 2021.

Council Meetings will continue as normal, held at the Blayney Shire Community Centre commencing at 6pm on the third Monday of the month.  The August Council meeting had been scheduled to be bought forward which will now be reverted back to the normal meeting cycle.

Council Meeting dates between now and the Council elections are as follows:

  • Monday 16 August
  • Monday 20 September
  • Monday 18 October
  • Monday 15 November

The reset of these Council meetings will enable the approval of the draft financial statements by Council before referring them to audit, and then the presentation of the audited financial statements in November.

The postponement of the elections includes a suspension of the requirement to hold by-elections to fill vacancies should any Councillor resign from office during this period.   Councils will not be required to hold by-elections to fill vacancies or to apply to the Minister to dispense with the requirement to hold a by-election.

The making of the Ministerial Order however, does not affect the requirement to hold mayoral elections.  For Blayney Shire Council, the last Mayoral and Deputy Mayoral elections were held in September 2019 and the two year-term expires in September 2021.  Chairpersons and Council delegates representing Blayney Shire Council on Central Tablelands Water and Upper Macquarie County Council will continue to hold office until the Council elections.

The postponement of these elections will not affect the timing of future council elections, and the subsequent ordinary local government elections will still proceed in September 2024. 

Important Dates to remember:
The new Caretaker period will commence on Friday 5 November and Pre-poll voting will be held from Monday 22 November to Friday 3 December 2021.

Election day is on Saturday 4 December 2021 from 8am to 6pm.

It is not expected that the results will be declared until at least the 21 - 23 December. 

The election is conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission, and information regarding the new dates time frames, nomination process and election material if you are thinking of standing for Council, is on the LGE21 website page https://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/lge21 

Tree Give Away

National Plant a Tree Day

To celebrate National Plant a Tree Day Council will be giving away 500 native trees, shrubs and grasses for residents to plant at home. This will be on Friday 6 August outside the Blayney Shire Community Centre from 8.00 am to 12.00pm or until stocks run out.

Qualified Council staff will be available to offer advice on all things horticulture. Limits on trees per household will apply

Schools Plant a Tree Day will be running on Friday 30 July with a COVID Plan in place. Please ensure all attendees abide by COVID-19 restrictions: ensure 1.5m social distancing, hand hygiene (sanitiser stations will be available) and if you are feeling unwell, do not attend.

Last modified: 29 Jul 2021

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

Council opening hours:
Monday to Friday
9.00am - 4.30pm

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