General Manager Update

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In 2017 Council worked with the community and sporting organisations to develop the Active Movement Strategy and Blayney Sport and Recreation Master Plan, to guide our future decision making and support grant funding applications to upgrade and provide for new sporting infrastructure across the Shire.

This strategic work has enabled us to develop and deliver many projects in recent years, and we are now working on a similar planning exercise to develop our passive recreational assets.  Council has successfully led a cooperative project at Pound Flat in Carcoar with Landcare and the community to restore the riverbank and establishment of a beautiful open space for fishing and passive recreation.  There are two areas in Blayney, which has received significant community interest and rated very highly in terms of environmental value and recreational potential in the Blayney Shire Community Strategic Plan.  This includes the Belubula River and Beaufort Street.

Belubula River Walk
With work now well progressed on delivering this key shared path from Ogilvy to Henry Streets, which meanders behind Bernardi’s Supermarket, now is the time to look at the route and facilities and develop ideas about what is required to establish the link to Heritage Park.

This link will provide walkers, runners and cyclists an off road route between Heritage Park and Dakers Oval.  It will allow us to consider other pedestrian links in the cross streets, additional fitness or play equipment, BBQ shelters, picnic spots to enjoy the river corridor or even some fishing.  The clearing of invasive weed species and planting of native vegetation all along the river will clean up the water flow and restore the fish habitat to a healthy ecosystem.  Imagine a pedestrian bridge to the small island with a nice flat grassed area for a picnic perhaps.   

Beaufort Street Open Space
For many years Council has owned the undeveloped land located between Frape, Cook and Beaufort Streets.  It is currently unfenced and is maintained to a minimum level, to control weeds, collect rubbish and reduce fire risk.

The space could provide a terrific opportunity for the community to enjoy another passive recreational space.  Where families may wish to kick a ball, ride a bike, enjoy a BBQ with friends, or even plant a community garden.  Maybe some large shade tree species with a meandering shared path that will link up with adjoining streets.  Does it need lighting, playground equipment, BBQ or picnic shelter?  Is there a demand for public toilets?

We are now in a position to start investigating opportunities and developing ideas to return these lands to the Community for recreational purposes.

Council has engaged Place Design Group to prepare a Master Plan for both areas to ensure we may provide residents and visitors with the facilities for inclusive open space that is shared and enjoyed by all in the future.

Place Design Group have prepared a community survey for each space so you can share your ideas and thoughts with us.

Once this information is collected, they will prepare some concept plans for each location, which will be shared with the community.  A picture says a thousand words, and it will be these concept designs which will help us conduct some workshops with stakeholders and community groups for feedback.  After consideration of the feedback a final set of plans will be approved by Council.

This important strategic work will then enable us to further progress the necessary project scoping and budget so that we can seek grant funding opportunities.

We would welcome your feedback by completing the surveys which can be found at Council’s website https://www.blayney.nsw.gov.au/news/hot-topics/parksurvey

Last modified: 18 Jul 2019

Blayney Shire Council

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PO Box 62, Blayney NSW 2799
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Email: council@blayney.nsw.gov.au

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