Blayney Shire Council


Council and Councillors

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Council Structure
Senior Management
Former Mayors and Councillors
State and Federal Representatives


Cr Scott Ferguson
Cr David Kingham
Cr Allan Ewin
Cr Bruce Reynolds
Cr David Somervaille
Cr John Newstead
Cr Scott Denton

Local Government elections are usually held every four years.  It is compulsory for all residents within the Council area to vote if their names appear on the electoral roll.  Non-resident property owners may vote if they make application for their names to be included on a non-residential roll.

Blayney Council consists of seven Councillors who equally represent the entire Local Government Area, with the last election held on 9 September 2017. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are nominated and elected by their fellow Councillors.

Councillors are required to lodge details twice annually of Political Donations and Electoral Expenditure  which are published on the Electoral Commission NSWwebsite.

Councillors are always happy to hear from members of the community about issues of interest and concern.

The new Council was declared on Wednesday 13 September 2017. This page is currently being updated with updated Councillor information.


Cr Scott Ferguson (Mayor)

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Scott Ferguson has served on Blayney Shire Council since 1999 as a Councillor, interim Mayor in 2008 and elected as Mayor in 2012 and reelected for the current term. Cr Ferguson and his family have made Blayney their home. As a successful local business, Ferguson Plumbing is owned and operated by Scott and his wife Michelle – a good example for aspiring business owners of what can be achieved with hard work and dedication.

Cr Ferguson is a current member of the Blayney Rotary Club and Director of Skillset Apprenticeship and Training Organisation.

His passion for community development and economic growth has been evident throughout the years as the towns and villages continue to thrive.  His strategic leadership skills have inspired the Council body and as a result, Blayney Shire Council is united and very positive.

Mobile: 0418 637 828



Cr David Kingham

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With my wife Robyn we are farmers in the Lyndhurst district. Our three sons are all involved in agriculture with their families in other parts of Australia.

I was educated at Millthorpe Public School and Hurlstone Agricultural High and hold certificates in farm management, biological farming and an advanced diploma in Agribusiness Management.

This is my third term on Blayney Shire Council and Chair the Sports Council and the Cemetery Forum. I have a particular interest in advancing the facilities available to sporting organisations in this shire so that more regional sporting events can be hosted in the shire and so bring more people to our district. As well I strongly advocate for improved road, bridges and cultural infrastructure so that our citizens can enjoy the best value for the rates that are paid.

Mobile: 0437 865 178


Cr Allan Ewin (Deputy Mayor)

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I have been given the privilege of being a Blayney Shire Councillor for the past nine years and have been given the honour to represent our Council and community again for the next three year term on behalf of the residents of Blayney Shire.

I have lived in our Shire all my life running a mixed farming beef cattle and fat lamb enterprise at Browns Creek. I also am employed by Newcrest Mining in the final production department.

I have always been involved in our Shire community, currently as a member of Rotary for 32 years, a member of the Blayney Health Service Health Council for 10 years, a member of the Tallwood Rural Fire Service and the Blayney A & P Association.


As we move forward to progress and grow our wonderful Shire and Villages and continue to make this our home to raise families and grow our dreams. I make myself available to assist and represent our residents and visitors over this term of Council.

Mobile: 0408 200 658

Cr Bruce Reynolds

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Bruce Reynolds has been connected with the Blayney Shire for much of his fifty years. He was involved with the potato industry from a young age in the Millthorpe area and a frequent visitor to the Blayney sale yards when it was in operation. He even purchased his first car in Blayney.

Bruce was a Rural Journalist with the ABC for 14 years in the Central West of the state and covered many of the major issues in the Blayney Shire.

He has lived in the Shire for the past six years with his family. He operates a communications consultancy business from the Shire.

Bruce is also a Casual Academic for Charles Sturt University working in the areas of Financial Management, Risk Management and Agricultural Marketing. He is also involved with NSW Farmers as an Executive Councillor for the region and a member of the Business Economics and Trade Committee as well as the Horticulture Committee.


Bruce is a passionate gardener with several acres of ornamental plants as well as an orchard, large vegetable garden and grows berries. He is keen to represent the community on Blayney Shire Council with a passion for improved roads and developing the tourism potential of the Shire.

Mobile: 0428 613 181



Cr David Somervaille

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Karen and I live on Newbridge Road just out of Blayney. We run the ‘Athol Gardens’ wedding reception and function centre business. We also operate a small cattle breeding operation on Athol, which has been in the family for 40 years. We have four daughters, one of whom lives in Blayney.

I am a corporate and finance lawyer by profession, having practised all my career with a large international firm. I am a former managing partner and chairman of that firm. I continue to practise as a part time consultant.

This is my second term on Council.

Mobile: 0419 803 153


Cr John Newstead

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My name is John Newstead and I was born at Blayney District Hospital. I have lived in Blayney all my life and I believe that we live in a great shire.

As a fifth generation resident of the Blayney Shire area, I feel that I appreciate the needs of Blayney, the surrounding Villages and all other areas within the Blayney Shire. 

As an active sportsperson, I enjoy playing squash, tennis and table tennis. In my younger days I played rugby league for both the Blayney Bears and the Carcoar Crows. I also enjoy water skiing.

I am currently employed as a school bus driver and have also commenced duty at the Lee Hostel as a general maintenance assistant. Previously, I was employed at Essential Energy for 28 years. 

My aim as a Councillor is to see the Blayney Shire continue to prosper.

Mobile: 0468 682 037


Cr Scott Denton

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Dr Scott Denton PhD is employed at the University of Sydney as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate for the Faculty of Health Sciences Clinical & Rehabilitation Research Centre. Scott’s research and advocacy in Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease has earned him a mention in both Houses of the Australian Parliament as well as the NSW House of Representatives.

Scott is uniquely placed to assist the CMT research community as he also suffers from this CMT neurological disease.

Scott lives in Blayney and is passionate about health care, especially for the elderly and for people with disabilities. Scott serves on the Blayney Council Access Advisory Committee, Financial Assistance Committee and the Central West Libraries Committee.

Mobile: 0407 294 128


State and Federal Representatives


Federal Member for Calare - The Hon. Andrew Gee MP

Electorate Office 1

1/179a Anson Street
PO Box 673

Telephone:  (02) 6361 7138
Fax:             (02) 6362 3480

Electorate Office 2 

85 Keppel Street
PO Box 54

Telephone:   (02) 6331 0524
Fax:              (02) 6331 2561    

Parliament Office

PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Ph: (02) 6277 2150
Fax: (02) 6277 8483

State Member for Bathurst -  Paul Toole, MP

Electorate Office     

Suites 1 and 2
229 Howick Street

Telephone:  (02) 6332 1300
Fax:             (02) 6332 1900
Ministerial Office

The Hon. Paul Toole, MP
52 Martin Place
GPO Box 5341

Ph: (02) 8574 7000
Fax: (02) 9339 5552


Council Structure

Blayney Shire Council's internal structure is divided between four Divisions: Executive Services, Corporate Services, Infrastructure Services and Planning & Environmental Services. Council employs approximately 98 staff located at its Administration Centre, Council's depot and CentrePoint Sport & Leisure.

Senior Management

BSC Structure July 2018 
Last modified: 07 Sep 2020

Role of Local Government

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Blayney Shire Council

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

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

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