Blayney Shire Council


Community Strategic Plan



Blayney Shire Community Strategic Plan 2018-2028

The Blayney Shire Community Strategic Plan 2018-2028 (CSP) is a community document with priorities and aspirations for the future of the Shire covering a period of at least 10 years.

The CSP is developed by the community, endorsed by Council and must address civic leadership, social environmental and economic issues. The CSP essentially addresses four key questions for the community.

  • Where are we now? 
  • Where do we want to be in ten years’ time? 
  • How will we get there? 
  • How will we know when we have arrived?

It needs to take into consideration other federal, state, regional and Council plans which demonstrate the alignment of the Strategic Objectives with other agencies and levels of governments.

The reviewed Blayney Shire CSP new tag line is proposed as ‘A warm welcome awaits you in Blayney – The Village Shire’.   The vision statement established the where do we want to be and how will be know when we have arrived.  The Blayney Shire Vision is for the following;
  • A busy, vibrant and thriving rural shire – a friendly and open place where people choose to live with a strong sense of community spirit and cohesiveness.
  • With positive population growth, employment opportunities, increased diversity of industry and economic growth, Blayney Shire’s township, villages and settlements will be dynamic and prosperous, welcoming those who live here and also those who visit.
  • Our families and homes will continue to be safe within our caring and inclusive communities.
  • Irrespective of ability we will all enjoy the outdoors and facilities, improving our health and lifestyle whilst participating in a range of sporting and recreational activities.
  • Growth will be achieved in a sustainable manner with industry, coexisting with the productive farming land, open space, protecting the environment and restoring as a feature, our built and natural heritage.
  • As the quintessential rural shire with Indigenous and European settlers influencing our architecture, agricultural and mining heritage we will celebrate our history, culture and rural lifestyle in style.
  • As a picturesque, conveniently located area of the beautiful central west of NSW we are a significant contributor to the visitor economy of the region; with a creative and artistic culture, food and wine, historic villages and four seasons. 
  • Blayney Shire will be engaged, proactive and acknowledged for undertaking major projects and delivering valuable services, collaborating at a regional, state and national level.  

View or download the Blayney Shire Community Strategic Plan 2018-2028

Informing other plans

The Community Strategic Plan will form an important reference point for State agencies preparing their plans and programs for our region. They will be encouraged to build activities around the Objectives and Strategies set-out in our Plan.  One of the opportunities to achieve this is through the Regional Coordination Management Group (RCMG) network, which is managed by the New South Wales Premier's Department. RCMG’s are set up in regional areas to bring State Agencies together to help deliver the outcomes of the State Plan and to work cooperatively on regional plans and programs.
Blayney Shire Council's strategy for raising State Agency awareness of the issues in our Community Strategic Plan is to form closer links with the Sate Government and organisations such as CENTROC.  We will also be working more cooperatively with our neighbouring councils (Orange, Bathurst, Cabonne, Wellington and Central Tablelands Water).

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The Planning Process

To understand our Community's aspirations for the future and to plan Council's operations, asset maintenance and renewal programs and financing options to achieve these goals, Council has proactively engaged with the Blayney Shire Community to develop a Long Term Strategic Plan spanning a 10 year time-frame.

The approach adopted has been in accordance with the Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) requirements of the Local Government Amendment (Planning and Reporting) Act 2009 and the Local Government General Amendment (Planning and Reporting Regulation) 2010. 

10 Year Community Strategic Plan (CSP) – outlines short (1 year), medium (2-5 years), and long term (6-10 years), priorities, directions, strategic objectives and progress indicators (KPIs) that address the Community’s key priorities and aspirations for the future.

4 Year Delivery Program – describes the resourcing (asset management, long-term financial and workforce) strategies required to achieve the priorities and strategic objectives outlined in the 10 Year Plan. 

Annual Operational Plan and Budget – provides a financial and resource allocation plan that identifies services and activities to be carried out over a 12-month period.

Quarterly Reviews – provide a review of Council's performance against specific tasks and key progress indicators.

Annual Report – reflects and reports on Council’s objectives, its operations and achievements for the financial year when measured against key performance indicators (KPIs). This process is to improve Council's long term Community planning and asset management ; while improving engagement with and reporting to the Community.

Delivery Program

he Delivery Program forms part of a group of plans which will support our community’s strategic direction. Council’s planning framework is determined by the Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) requirements of the Local Government Act 1993. The IP&R framework includes three levels of planning:      
  • The first tier includes our Community Strategic Plan, which sets out the community’s goals and objectives for the next 10 years.  It is a high level plan that focuses on key directions and outcomes rather than specific actions.

  • The Strategic Plan is supported by a Delivery Program and a Resourcing Strategy. These form the second tier of the planning framework. The Resourcing strategy looks at the finances, assets and human resources that will be required to deliver our long-term goals.

  • The Operational Plan sets out the activities to be undertaken each financial year to ensure achievement of the Delivery Program.

The Delivery Program sets a course of action to progressively achieve our goals and aspirations of the Community in four-year increments, that align with each of the 4 year terms of the Elected Council. The Delivery Program is the 'Councillors' Plan' where the actions to be achieved during their term of their period in office are identified and reported upon.

Operational Plan 

Blayney Shire Council’s Operational Plan has been prepared in accordance with the Integrated Planning and Reporting Guidelines for local councils in NSW.  The Plan is an integral part of Council’s planning framework and should be read in conjunction with our Delivery Program and Blayney’s Community Strategic Plan 2025 - All the pieces together  The Operational Plan outlines Council’s planned activities and the financial resources required to implement these actions during the current Financial Year.
The Operational Plan contains three sections:

  • Section One - is a statement of our key objectives and strategies and the activities that Council will undertake towards achieving these goals in the current Financial Year.  It also outlines the measures (LPIs) that will be used to determine our success in this regard and be reported upon quarterly and in the Annual Plan.

  • Section Two - contains Council’s Statement of Revenue Policy, in accordance with Clause 201 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005. This includes:

    • Estimates of income and expenditure for the year

    • Ordinary Rates proposed

    • Fees, Charges and Pricing policy

    • Proposed loan borrowings

  • Section Three - includes a detailed budget for the current Financial Year. 

The Operational Plan is reviewed and updated annually.

Resourcing Strategy and LTFP 

The Resourcing Strategy informs the Delivery Program (DP) and annual Operational Plan (OP) by identifying the funding and resources needed by Council to implement the strategies set-out in the Community Strategic Plan and to maintain Council's assets and infrastructure.

The Resourcing Strategy incorporate Council’s:

(i)   Asset Management Strategy (AMS) for the next ten years and associated Asset Management Plans (AMP);

(ii)  Workforce Management Plan (WMP), addressing issues of sourcing and retaining the workforce skills and capability needed over the next four years; and

(iii) Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) for the next ten years, addressing Council’s revenue streams, pricing policies, assumptions, risks and forecasts.

Last modified: 01 Jul 2021

Blayney Shire Council

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PO Box 62, Blayney NSW 2799, Australia
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