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Council will reconvene for its first meeting for 2020 on Monday 17 February, at 6pm in the Community Centre, Blayney.  

A number of matters are being presented to Council for consideration and include; an update on prior Council Resolutions providing details on progress on outstanding decisions of Council up to and including the previous Council Meeting and the quarterly Risk, Work Health and Safety Report which outlines the activities and incidents reported from October to December 2019.

Council will consider the endorsement of 12 local community infrastructure projects totaling $1million for submission to the Drought Communities Program - Extension 2019. Following the release of program guidelines, Council invited Town and Village Committees/Progress Associations/Showground Reserve Trusts and local community groups to nominate eligible projects for Council consideration.  Council received 16 expressions of interest totaling $1.6m and Councillors have reviewed and assessed each application against the funding criteria.  Projects must demonstrate an economic stimulus to drought-affected communities by investing in projects that support jobs and business income.

The second Quarterly Budget Review Statement provides a revised estimate of the income and expenditure for the Operational Plan adopted by Council.  Overall, the net variations in Continuing Operations for the quarter of $152k will increase the projected Net Operating Result before Capital Items to ($542k).   

The Office of Local Government (OLG) issues all councils with a calendar of compliance and reporting activities annually. These activities are statutory obligations under various pieces of legislation, and Council will review a number of these including the; 6 monthly Compliance and Regulatory Report, the 6-monthly review, as at 31 December 2019, of Council’s 2019/20 – 2022/23 Delivery Plan and review progress of the Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017 – 2021.

Council adopted a Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) 2017-2021, which commenced on 1 July 2017, as mandated by the NSW Disability Inclusion Act (2014).  The DIAP underpins Council’s commitment to providing quality facilities and services that enable people with disability to fully participate in our communities.  This plan was developed through a community consultation and research process which included review of Council documents and relevant Government policies.  The implementation of the DIAP continues by working in collaboration with a wide range of Council staff incorporating actions from the plan into Council works, projects and activities.

Council will consider a report on land which satisfies the conditions for Sale of Land for Unpaid Rates and Charges, under s.713 of the Local Government Act (1993), and is required prior to commencing the process of selling these properties for unpaid rates and charges.  As reported at the September 2019 Council meeting, Council records indicate that there are 5 properties with in excess of 5 years rates owing with a combined amount outstanding of $59,217.

A number of Policies will be presented for public exhibition, along with the draft Subregional Rural and Industrial Lands Strategy and draft Community Participation Plan.  There are 3 items to be dealt with in closed committee, being a land purchase opportunity, consideration of an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Sale of Industrial Land and an amendment to the Lease Agreement for the Blayney Solar Farm.

Members of the public are invited and welcome to attend the Council meeting and residents have the opportunity to contribute comments about any agenda item during the Public Forum.  Public Forum registration must be received in writing by 4.30pm, on the day of the meeting.  For further details please contact Council at or call on (02) 6368 2104.  

The Business Paper is published on Council’s website from the Friday morning prior to the Council meeting and a paper copy version is available for viewing at Council offices.

A reminder that meetings are available to watch from the comfort of your own home via the livestreaming page on Council’s website

Last modified: 13 Feb 2020

Blayney Shire Council

91 Adelaide Street, Blayney NSW 2799
PO Box 62, Blayney NSW 2799
Telephone: (02) 6368 2104

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

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