General Manager Update

Blayney Shire Council have engaged Elton Consulting to review and refresh the
current Settlement Strategy which was endorsed in 2012.  

The review will result in a 20 year settlement strategy for the Blayney Shire’s key settlements of Blayney, Millthorpe, Carcoar, Mandurama, Lyndhurst, Neville, Newbridge and Barry.

It will reflect the current regional and local strategic context, including the Central West and Orana Regional Plan 2036 and Blayney’s Community Strategy Plan 2018-2028.

One of the key drivers for the review is that Council and the community should plan for future housing needs to support workers who may move to the area with the growth of the Orange and Bathurst regions.

Elton Consulting, are currently also preparing an update to the Blayney, Cabonne and Orange Subregional Rural and Industrial Land Strategy.  The NSW planning system is undergoing  reform, and there is now an increased emphasis on upfront strategic planning and community engagement.

This includes a requirement for all local councils to prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statements, which will articulate a 20-year vision for land use in the local area, including how change will be managed in the future.  This review of the Settlement Strategy, together with other strategic planning work being undertaken by Council, will inform preparation of Blayney’s Local Strategic Planning Statements.

The purpose of the workshop is to understand the community and stakeholders’ vision and objectives for the urban areas and villages, building on the outcomes from recent consultation informing the Community Strategic Plan.  Council wants to understand key issues, constraints and opportunities for particular localities in the Shire.  Many of these zoning, planning and land use issues have been raised in each of the Village Community Plans, and this is the first step in resolving these inconsistencies for the benefit of our villages.
 
You are invited to attend any of the following workshops to provide input into the strategy:

Tourism Towns and Villages Committee Meeting
Tuesday 28th May – 6.00pm
Blayney Shire Community Centre

Millthorpe Village Committee
Wednesday 29th May – 8am - 9.30am
Golden Memories Museum

Blayney Residential Forum

Wednesday 29th May – 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Blayney Shire Community Centre
If you cannot make the workshop session and are interested in being involved, please provide your contact details to bec.mouy@elton.com.au and Elton Consulting will be in touch.

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Emergency Services Levy Increase

Some recent media has highlighted the new Emergency Services Bill, passed in November 2018 by NSW Government to address what was a workers’ compensation shortfall.   As stated by Local Government NSW (LGNSW), local government fully supports career and volunteer firefighters in NSW, as it does all emergency services workers and volunteers. Indeed, many of our own Council staff and Councillors are volunteers, as are many of our community members providing invaluable contribution to fire, rescue and emergency services.  

This position is supported by Blayney Shire Council and other Councils.  

Each year, the NSW Government collects payments from councils and insurers to fund emergency services agencies in NSW, and by legislation, Councils fund 11.7% of this cost.  This is value for money which provides for the operations of all NSW Emergency Services and these charges are embedded in Council Rates and insurance premiums.

 From 1 July 2019 the NSW Government plans to collect an additional $160 million (in 2019/20) from NSW councils, communities and those paying insurance premiums to provide better workers’ compensation coverage for volunteer and career firefighters who are diagnosed with one of 12 specific work-related cancers. 

Blayney Shire Council was issued with the advice from Revenue NSW last week, which foreshadowed the increases and we have now received the invoice from Revenue NSW for $295,082 for its emergency services levy contribution. This is a 16.6% increase, totalling $47,605 more than last year’s levy.  This will mean Blayney Shire Council will need to find an additional $40,000 above what was anticipated.  

The following fact sheet explains the rationale and laws passed by NSW Government.  https://www.revenue.nsw.gov.au/help-centre/resources-library/Changes-to-the-emergency-services-levy-REV00014.pdf

LGNSW is calling upon the NSW Government to fund the first 12 months of this extra cost and work with local governments to ensure the implementation of the funding mechanism is fairer into the future.


Last modified: 23 May 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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