Millthorpe Matters | Time to remember and also look forward A time to look back and also forward

Mel Monico, Randall Edwards, Laurie Scott, Paul Toole, John Mason, Rebecca Ryan and Russell Keogh celebrating at Millthorpe station last year.
Mel Monico, Randall Edwards, Laurie Scott, Paul Toole, John Mason, Rebecca Ryan and Russell Keogh celebrating at Millthorpe station last year.

Looking back, 2017 was a milestone of a year for Millthorpe with many activities included and adopted into the celebration of the 150 sesquicentenary year.

In the outgoing President, John Mason’s words it was one of the biggest, most challenging and successful years in the history of the Millthorpe Village Committee, business and the village.

“The year kicked off on a more positive note after a rather large public campaign to save the Inala Units which after many months of negotiations and a working group coming to the final tender stages, the affordable housing block is now managed very successfully by Housing Plus a specialist NGO,” said Mason.

“This exercise proved that a community can stand up, be accounted for and look after those that are in need.

“We were honoured to help the current residents, to maintain affordable housing and work to a great solution with Blayney Council to find the best outcome for everyone.”

Working closely with Blayney Council, the MVC has changed its reporting methods on expenditure and revenue.

Today, Blayney Council has adopted a more aligned approach with the MVC using the Visual Enhancement Project scheme and also other major programs to enhance the village.

Other major activities throughout the year include the following;

  • The sesquicentenary celebrations were a major success: community participation on a number of different projects and programs: Golden Memories Museum photographic exhibition; completion of Stone entrance wall; 150th historic homes of Millthorpe and district; 150th Ball; new walking trail and visitors guide; Millthorpe Public School memorial path and picnic.
  • Millthorpe hosted the biggest Garden Ramble in its 13 year history.
  • The publicity officer with the executive had a record numbers of hits on both village and Facebook sites.
  • The opening of Redmond Oval was a huge success showcasing all the new facilities including tree planting, new tennis court fence and water bubblers.
  • Thanks to the Blayney Council’s VEP program, residents and visitors can continue to enjoy the tree planting and street scape improvements in a number of village streets.
  • Blayney Council announced the opening of the new carpark at the Station Precinct
  • Darin Yates established the Millthorpe Youth Club
  • Millthorpe is now a proud member of the new Regional Tourism Organisation.