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Whether your kids want to boost their fitness, develop their science and engineering skills, join a skateboarding workshop, enjoy nature or discover history, there's loads to do during the school holidays in the Liverpool Plains Shire (LPSC).

Both Quirindi and Werris Creek libraries will be holding Mystery Maker Workshops on Tuesday 11 July. The kids can enjoy an hour of creative making, using science and engineering problem solving skills and some of Central Northern Regional Library’s latest technology. Both libraries will have two sessions, with Werris Creek hosting ages 5+ from 11am and 8+ from 2pm and Quirindi 5+ from 11.30am and 8+ from 2.30pm. Bookings are essential so call Quirindi on 6746 2350 or Werris Creek on 6768 7340 to secure a place.

Quirindi Library’s Storytime on Monday July 3, from 10.30am, will feature a NAIDOC week theme with Aboriginal children’s stories and books on display from the Central Northern Regional Library’s collection. 

The Liverpool Plains Recreation Centre (REC) will host two Kids Fitness programs providing 60 minutes of activity, games and fitness for all ages and abilities. The first will be held on Thursday July 6 and the second on Thursday July 13. Both sessions will commence at 10.30am. More information is available by calling 6746 3122 or emailing

On Thursday 13 July, an All Aboard Skateboarding Session will be held at the Quirindi Skateboard Rink, Rose Lee Park. A Skateboard Workshop will run from 11.30am to 3.30pm followed by a half hour Best Trick Competition. This is a free event for all ages. Skateboards and helmets will be available if required. Participants can register on the day, an adult must sign for minors.

If you’d like to get closer to nature, Quipolly Dam Recreation Area and the Bird Hide nearby at the Old Quipolly Dam provide a great spot to chill out. The recreation area is the perfect spot for a picnic, a BBQ and a spot of fishing. There are picnic tables, a toilet with disabled access and walking paths.

There is also lots of history to discover. The Quirindi Rural Heritage Village and Museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday,10am to 4pm. The Quirindi Historic Cottage at 44 Station Street is open Wednesday and Friday 10am to 2pm. The Australian Railway Monument and Rail Journeys Museum at Werris Creek, which captures the essence of railway life in Australia, is open 7 days, 10am to 4pm.

The Kamilaroi, a Highway and People interpretive walkway at the VIC Willow Tree is worth a look and while there the kids can have a play in the park and you can get a feed at one of the eateries. Additionally, the First and Second Fleet Memorial Gardens at Wallabadah is an interesting place to explore and enjoy quality family time.

There are numerous cycleways and playgrounds around the Shire where families can share exercise and fun.

A great way to finish off the holidays will be to go along to the Spring Ridge Firecracker and Bonfire Night on Saturday 15 July. Being held at the Recreation Ground from 5pm the entry is $10 per car/family. There will be a BBQ, Bar facilities, entertainment, a Bonfire and Fireworks commence at 7pm. There’s also free overnight camping so rug up and bring a Chair!

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The NSW Department of Planning and Development has advised Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) that the Electronic Housing Code (EHC) website is being decommissioned. As a result, no investigations or new applications for complying development proposals can be submitted or lodged through the EHC from 23 June 2017.  Applicants will instead need to use their preferred private certifier or LPSC paperwork to progress their application.

According to LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, the EHC helped users to understand and interpret development standards for exempt and complying development assessed under the State Environmental Planning Policy. However, with the release of the simplified Housing Code in mid-July, the information being provided will be inaccurate and the EHC will need to be re-developed.

“Council has been advised that the NSW Planning Portal is being enhanced to provide additional tools and services, including investigation tools and online lodgement.”

“When the new online lodgement services are available, they will expand upon the functionality of the EHC,” Councillor Hope said.

“Although no investigations or new applications can be submitted or lodged through the EHC from 23 June, applications submitted through the EHC can continue to be determined and updated until 9pm on the 14 July. The user dashboards will be able to be accessed until 9pm on the 14 July so users can download and save investigation reports or application information for future reference. From 15 July, you will be unable to access the EHC and the determined application data will be transferred to the Planning Portal and system redirects will be in place,” he continued.

“Once the EHC has been decommissioned, you will be able to find out basic property information such as the Lot/Plan number, relevant local government area, land zoning, height of building, and links to the relevant State Environmental Planning Policies, Development Control Plans and Contributions Plans through the Find a Property search in the NSW Planning Portal at,” he said.

“During the interim period, between the decommissioning of EHC and the new online lodgement services becoming available on the NSW Planning Portal, applicants will need to use their preferred private certifier or LPSC paperwork to progress their application or make further enquiries,” he continued.

“If you require further information please contact LPSC’s Planning Department on 6746 1755 during business hours,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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Amongst improvements achieved by the Spring Ridge LAG has been instillation of lighting at the Recreation Ground which allows night time sport and community events to be staged.

Liverpool Plains Shire residents and visitors are being invited to join members of the Spring Ridge community for a firecracker and bonfire night at their Country Club/Recreation Ground on Saturday 15 July from 5pm.

“Spring Ridge has a great community spirit and this will be a great evening for families,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“Over the past 12 months or so, Spring Ridge Local Advisory Group (LAG) has accomplished some great outcomes for the community. The Spring Ridge Park Embellishment project recently saw a BBQ installed at the facility to add to the the playground equipment, the border for the softfall and the purchase and installation of swings. They’ve seen an ablution block provided at the Recreation Ground and the opening of a Freedom Camping precinct. The cracker and bonfire night will be a great way to help celebrate these achievements,” he said.

“The firecracker and bonfire night will also include a BBQ and music and entry per car/family will be just $10. BYO is not allowed but drinks will be available at the Country Club. Free camping will be available at the Recreation Ground. All proceeds raised will be ploughed back into the Spring Ridge community.

“Please come along and join in a family fun night,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Quirindi Landfill and Material Recycling Facility has welcomed a visit by Quirindi Preschool and Kindergarten to learn all about things waste and recycling.

“It is vitally important our young folk learn about waste and recycling as early as possible to produce caretakers for tomorrow’s world,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Regulatory Services Manager, Steve Ryder.

It’s never too early to educate students on the benefits of recycling. The younger you start, the more natural it becomes and eventually it is just second nature,” Steve said.

“It is pleasing to see the importance so many of our schools now place on the environment. Many teachers involve the children in recycling schemes and other activities to improve the environment.  Educating children about the importance of recycling and the environment provides a path to a greener future,” he said.

“It is important young people realise each human being adds significant waste to the planet over his or her lifetime. By teaching children at a young age to be environmentally aware, we are building lifelong habits that could potentially make a dramatic difference in the future of the earth,” he continued.

“The kids were shown the conveyor belt sorting process, followed by the cubing of plastics, paper and cardboard. They were very interested and asked a lot of questions,” he said.   

“I think they were pretty amazed when they realised this waste comes from all the yellow bins that are collected each week and the life cycle of these materials.

Steve said that any other school or organisation that would like to organise a visit to the facility can contact him on 6746 1755 during business hours.

“I’d urge mums and dads to encourage their kids to recycle because getting young people involved is key to achieving better waste disposal practices and a healthier environment,” Steve concluded. 

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The visit provided the opportunity to educate the kids about waste and recycling streams. Following the recycling, the students observed the landfilling process of the waste

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LAG 2 members of the Currabubula Local Advisory Group discussing ideas on how to improve local facilities and ideas for grant opportunities

Steve Ryder, from LPSC’s Environmental Services and Economic Development Department, discusses issues with Currabubula community members at the Recreation Ground.  

LAG 3 Currabubula Pony Club Shed collaborative project nearing completion

The new Currabubula Pony Club Shed is nearing completion. It has resulted through a collaborative partnership between the local community and LPSC. 

Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is reminding Currabubula residents that the next meeting of their Local Advisory Group (LAG) will be held on Tuesday 27 June, commencing at 6.30pm.

“I congratulate the Currabubula LAG members for their pro-active endeavours towards improving community amenity. It is vital that residents have a say in developing a vision for their community’s future. The LAG is the vehicle through which, working in partnership with Council, we can aim to make dreams a reality.

“I’d encourage more residents with a passion for their community to join in deliberations through the LAG. Interested persons can contact Veronica Filby on 0427 000 633 if they’d like to become part of the team,” Councillor Hope said.     

“Issues discussed at the last meeting included lack of direct pathways and accessibility for people with special needs, hazards caused by the light above the Essential Energy facility shining directly into cars travelling towards Currabubula on the Piallaway Rd, problems caused by drivers through the village not sticking to the speed limit plus noise from trucks in the residential areas,” he said.

“A local business operator spoke about how beneficial the Recreational Vehicles (RV) staying at the Freedom Camping Area were to her business and the community. Possibilities for a heritage walk around the town were canvassed and the future of the local tennis court was raised. Safety concerns for children utilising the playground were discussed along with options to address the issue. Weed control and dumping of rubbish in Currabubula Creek and concerns regarding zoning of certain properties was also on the agenda.

“Sadly, a shortage of volunteers for the local Rural Fire Service (RFS) was noted and ways of encouraging more members discussed. This is becoming an increasing problem, particularly in smaller communities with an ageing population. The local RFS provides a mantle of safety to the local area and I’d encourage people, particularly younger people, to consider joining. The RFS utilises volunteers in many roles. You don’t have to be on the frontline fighting fires, support roles are also vital and every extra hand helps,” he continued.  

“One of the things that really makes me extremely gratified as Mayor of the Shire is the community spirit and pride our villages display. Determination and a desire to enrich their living environment is achieving things.

“Together we explore ways to achieve funding for projects and apply for grants to underwrite them. Where necessary we bring in contractors but on many occasions the local volunteers swing into action, supported where appropriate by LPSC personnel, to bring a project to fruition,” he said.

“LAGs are about grass roots involvement in planning and developing local aspirations. I thank those who already give of their time to benefit their communities and organisations and I encourage more people to join in, take an interest and play a part in developing their community’s future,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Quirindi Clocktower photo Sally AldenLiverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is advising residents that changes to traffic conditions, at the Quirindi War Memorial Clock roundabout, will be in place from Thursday 22 June until Friday 14 July to allow for Stage 2 of the monuments restoration works to proceed.

“The major impact will be that traffic approaching the roundabout, from any direction, will not be allowed to make a right turn. The restriction will be in place 24/7 for the duration of the works. Traffic advisory signs will be installed along Station Street, George Street and Pryor Street and motorists are requested to co-operate by carefully observing the changed conditions. Alternative access for through traffic is available via Hill Street,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“Stage 1 of the project, the replacement of the clock mechanism and clock face, was completed earlier this year.

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“The work starting on Thursday, Stage 2, will include construction of a disabled access ramp, stairs, exterior cleaning and other minor repairs. These works will be facilitated using temporary fences, scaffolding and access to the site for necessary plant,” he said.  

Repairs will be made to areas of the monument that have suffered wear and tear over the years.  All works will be undertaken with guidance from Council's Heritage Advisor. 

“An upgrade to lighting plus landscaping will also be undertaken and it is planned for completion by the end of July,” Councillor Hope continued.    

For the duration of the work no right turn movements will be allowed around the War Memorial Tower roundabout. 

“Council is able to carry out these important works thanks to the NSW Government’s War Memorials Grants Program. LPSC apologises for any inconvenience that results, however it will be more than worthwhile to see our iconic War Memorial looking its very best into the future,” Councillor Hope concluded. 



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LPSC Deputy Mayor Councillor Doug Hawkins, Alice Elsley, VIC Manager Nikki Robertson and Fred and Marie Lawson at the public launch of the Liverpool Plains Tartan. 

The Liverpool Plains Tartan had its first public viewing today at a launch ceremony held at the Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Visitor Information Centre (VIC) at Willow Tree.  

Crofters Tartan Weavers, Fred and Marie Lawson detailed the process of the tartans evolution and explained how the various colours represented the black soil, crops and aquifers of the Liverpool Plains.

Tartan is without a doubt one of the most important symbols of Scotland and Scottish Heritage and has a fascination for many people right around the world.

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Fred and Marie are hobby crofters who live at on a farm at Spring Ridge. Visitors to their home could be excused for thinking they’ve landed in a little piece of Scotland. Crofting is derived from a traditional social system in Scotland defined by small-scale production. Fred and Marie weave a variety of materials including wool, cotton and silk.

Fred and Marie’s Liverpool Plains Tartan design has been registered with the Scottish Tartan Registry.

There will be a Tartan Display at the VIC for the next couple of weeks. Interested persons and travellers along the New England Highway are encouraged to call in and have a look.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council today celebrated National Reconciliation Week with a flag raising, smoking ceremony and BBQ, held at the Visitor Information Centre (VIC) Willow Tree. The VIC is the home of the Kamilaroi a Highway and People display which features interpretative panels, sculptures and a welcome to country in both English and the Gomeroi language and a feature of traditional Aboriginal groove-stones.

National Reconciliation Week 2017 – Let’s Take the next Steps.

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Amongst those at LPS Reconciliation Week celebration were Jason Allan from the Walhallow Lands Council, LPSC Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins, John McCluand, Mayor Andrew Hope, Councillor Virginia Black, Charlee Stanford, Renee Houldsworth, Kamilaroi Elder Len Walters, Councillor Paul Moules and Councillor Ian Lobsey OAM

Kamilaroi Elder, Len Waters, during the smoking ceremony. Len informed those present of the significance of the groove stones and the smoking ceremony.   

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LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, assisted Renee Houldsworth to hoist the Aboriginal flag as Kamilaroi Elder, Len Waters looks on. 

Renee Houldsworth from the Winanaga-Li Aboriginal Child and Family Centre, holding young Charlee Stanford, discusses the importance of Reconciliation Week and the smoking ceremony with Kamilaroi Elder, Len Walters.    

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Wallabadah School Footpath

A portion of the completed footpath outside Wallabadah Public School.

Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed the completion of maintenance work that has seen the refurbishment of the footpath outside Wallabadah Public School, ahead of the school’s 150th Anniversary celebrations which will be held in September. 

“Wallabadah Public School is one of the oldest institutions in the Shire and enjoys strong community support. Their motto is ‘Excellence in Learning’ and the school has provided a strong educational foundation for many generations of local families. I’m pleased to see the improved amenity this work has provided ahead of their celebrations,” Councillor Hope said.

“This project is one of many in Council’s General Works Program for the 2016/17 financial year which has been, or is nearing completion. Despite some wet weather, which at times has interrupted the program, I’m very pleased to report that the projects budgeted for the financial year have almost been completed,” he said.

“This includes, the Russell Street shared pathway, Werris Creek Community Shed carpark, kerb blister at Werris Creek, Willow Tree – Merriwa Road reconstruction near Big Jacks Creek, reconstruction works on the Kamilaroi Highway, Moreduval Lane and Warrah Ridge Road at Old Warrah, South Street sealing, Werris Creek footpath, Willewarina Road pavement and drainage construction, heavy patching and reseal programs and culvert and causeway works have all been completed. The originally budgeted $655,000 re-sheeting program has been completed although work continues utilising the $300,000 reallocated from savings realised through use of best practice management,” he continued.

“Work continues on the cut and fill, pavement construction and sealing of a 1.2km length of the Willow Tree – Merriwa Road utilising $601,022 provided in the 2016/17 budget. While this will leave approximately 2.5km of unsealed road within the Shire boundary, it is envisaged that, in partnership with Upper Hunter Council, this road will be fully sealed and reconstructed for b-double operation by 2019,” he continued.     

“I’m very pleased our finite budget resources have allowed us to achieve so much and on behalf of Council and the community I thank everyone in our Engineering Department for their efforts towards achieving these outcomes,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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This Flow Testing rig succesfully carried out the
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Flow testing of the new Caroona bore, as required for Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Water licencing, has been completed. Plans for the associated shed, pipework and control equipment for bore operation have been completed and the procurement process has commenced. 

According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, the testing required the existing bore to be taken off-line for a week. He said that as the Caroona system is a single bore, temporary Level 2 water conservation measures were introduced, to minimise water demand,  while water was carted from Quirindi to ensure continued supply.

“These measures, while the bore was off-line, resulted in low chlorine levels being detected, however, rectification action under LPSC’s Water Quality Incident Response protocols ensured water quality was maintained,” he said.

“Investigations revealed this issue was related to the new de-chlorination techniques used in preparation of the temporary storage tank, utilised during the temporary shutdown, which lowered chlorine residual to below established limit levels. Rectification work by Water Services staff prevented the need for a ‘boil water alert’ to be issued as a health safety precaution. At no time was public health at risk,” he continued.

Councillor Hope said flow testing of the new bore involved pumping water at various flow rates and monitoring water levels at both the new and existing bore as well as DPI designated bores in the immediate area.

“Testing finished with a 48 hour test at a rate approximately double the current pump’s capacity. This was easily handled by the aquifer with only a 1.5m drawdown and a rapid recovery following completion of the tests,” he said.

“This project is part of LPSC’s ongoing process for ensuring safe, effective, environmentally responsible and resource efficient reticulated water supplies through the implementation of best practice water supply principles. Water Services staff will continue to monitor water supply levels and act to ensure the available water is appropriately managed,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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After careful consideration, Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) has adopted the 3rd Quarter Financial Review. The report is made in accordance with Clause 203 (2) of the Local Government Regulation 2005.

“The Quarterly Review is like a barometer of Council’s financial health. It is designed to adequately disclose Council’s overall financial position. It provides the information and ensures the transparency  to enable informed decision making. It helps ensure that Council remains on track to meet its objectives, targets and outcomes as set out in its management plan and operational plan,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“LPSC has undertaken widespread community consultation to develop its strategic approach and this report helps Councillors to manage your assets more effectively plus working towards a more financially sustainable future,” he said.

“Council has seen spending increase in quarter 3 with higher than anticipated electricity costs and the implementation of its IT Strategy. Additionally, other revenues are lower than forecast as the budget does not take into account external income from plant and corporate on-costs. This issue will be reconciled in the 2017/18 financial year budget,” he continued.

“Members of the community who would like to see more detail can go online to, select the May meeting and go to Page 162,” he said.   

“This 3rd Quarter Budget Review indicates that LPSC’s projected financial position at June 30 2017 will be satisfactory. This is important as we strive to ensure Council’s management is in the best public interest through care and responsibility, efficency in service delivery and proper custody of public assets, in conjunction with ongoing public consultation,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has received advice from the NSW State Government that the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL), due to be implemented from July 1 2017, has been deferred whilst a review is carried out.

“Local Government has had concerns about becoming a tax collector for the State Government with this levy but at the same time acknowledges that NSW’s high rates of under insurance need to be addressed and the funding of our vital fire and emergency services fairer,” said LPSC Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope.

“Making things fairer has been the Government’s mantra for the FESL so it is good that they’ve realised that that some fully insured businesses were facing unintended consequences from the original plan,” he said.

“Small business is the back bone of rural communities, many are already doing it tough,  and the last thing they need are further unfair burdens,” he continued.

“The information Council has received indicates the FESL will continue to be collected via insurance policies until the NSW Government has completed its review. 

“The Government have stated that the Insurance Monitor will oversee a smooth continuation of the existing system and ensure insurance companies collect only the amounts necessary to meet fire and emergency services’ funding requirements,” he said.

Council looks to the NSW Government to work with local government, fire and emergency services, the insurance industry and other stakeholders to find a better and fairer path forward on this important issue,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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According to Liverpool Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, the correct erection of and maintenance of rural address identification plates should be a priority for all landowners as correct installation could come down to the difference between life and death.

Councillor Hope who is also Chair of the Namoi Joint Organisation of Councils said whilst individual Councils are responsible for the issue of all rural addresses in their area, the systems are basically the same with rural addressing assigned by Councils in accordance with the Australian/New Zealand Rural and Urban Addressing Standard (AS4819).     

“This is an important service because it allows your property to be easily identified by a whole range of service providers within the community including, emergency services like fire, ambulance and police, as well as postal and other service and utility providers,” Councillor Hope said.

“Rural addresses are issued for properties that are located outside of the Shire’s townships and villages. These addresses are normally issued for properties in rural or agricultural areas, however some properties on the outskirts of urban areas may also require a rural address,” he continued.

Councillor Hope said, rural address numbers are based on a distance from the starting point – usually a road intersection – with odd numbers on the left and even numbers on the right. He said this can be a complicated process and many things need to be taken into consideration, so property owners must not attempt to allocate their own number as this can cause many complications for emergency and postal services.

“LPSC has already allocated rural addresses to most areas of the Shire. Residents can contact Council’s Environmental Services Department on 6746 1755 to clarify if their property has already been issued with a rural address. Alternatively, they can email a request to

Addressing 1  2“If a rural address hasn’t already been allocated for a property, it will be necessary for the owner to apply to Council to have one allocated. You will need to fill an application form and pay a small fee.The fee covers the cost of Council physically driving to the property, measuring the distance from the starting point to your property gateway and allocating the rural address number. A reflective rural addressing plate containing the number that is suitable to be erected at your property gateway will be provided,” he said. 

Councillor Hope said Rural addresses should be displayed to facilitate easy identification:

  • On the fence beside the main entrance to your property, or
  • On the gate to the entrance of your property, or
  • On the mailbox at the entrance of your property, or
  • A combination of the above.

It is vital the rural address plate is displayed to facilitate easy identification.

“It is vital the rural address number is placed in a location that is clear of any shrubs, bushes or plants that may hide the address number,” he continued.

“If your property has more than one gateway or more than one dwelling, then alternate or additional numbering may be required and again you should contact Council’s Environmental Services Department for further information.  

“For mailing addresses it is recommended they be shown as - Residents Name, Property Name (if applicable), Rural Address Number and Locality/State/Postcode.

“A Fact Sheet regarding Rural Addressing is available by contacting the Customer Service Desk, 6746 1755,” he said.     

“In this day and age, finding rural properties can no longer just rely on a person’s knowledge of the local area and reference points. This can be confusing and time consuming. Rural properties that are clearly identified through this system will assist emergency services find properties more easily, improve the safety of people in rural areas, improve delivery of services and infrastructure and provide a certainty of location and a recognised address that can be understood nationally,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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A large amount of cut and fill work is involved in the project.
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A construction grader crew, construction gang, a contract bulldozer and a contract excavator have been engaged on site to achieve very good progress with the works

Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has congratulated the Shire’s Engineering staff and the contractors involved with the current construction works on the Willow Tree to Merriwa Road, for the good progress they are making. The works are the first part of a project that by 2019 will see both LPSC and Upper Hunter Shire’s sections of the road reconstructed and sealed, suitable for use by b-double trucks.

“The funding allocation during 2016/17 for the current work is $601,022 and includes cut and fill, pavement construction and sealing of a 1.2km length,” Councillor Hope said.

“Two cuttings have been completed, earth filling has been undertaken on a curve to ensure that the alignment meets requirements, a culvert has been replaced and culvert extensions are ensuring a suitable width of pavement for long vehicles,” he said.   

“The road design requires select fill removed from the following section to be made available to fill from approximately 700 to 850 metres in the current section. This allows the fill to be used in the most cost effective manner plus ensuring the works are completed as efficiently as possible,” he continued.     

“Council’s Works Engineer and Senior Overseer having been working closely to ensure the site is safe and production maximised,” he said.

“Looking ahead towards the approximately 2.5kms of road within our Shire that remains to be reconstructed and sealed following completion of the current work, a consultant engineering firm has been engaged to complete the design. The work includes analysis of the cut and fill requirement to ensure a suitable alignment for heavy vehicles.

“Other issues being considered include drainage management and structure requirements, environmental management, cultural heritage management and identifying and managing construction issues that result from the steep terrain,” he continued.

“The provision, maintenance and enhancement of transport and drainage infrastructure that minimises risk to the community, is environmentally friendly, and financially sustainable in an important element of Council’s community strategic planning. This major project is possible because of a partnership with Upper Hunter Shire and the State and Federal Governments that will drive economic development through improving road safety, accessibility and travel times as well as opening up tourism potential,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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Shire not-for-profit organisations that wish to apply for grant funding through the Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Community Funding Program are reminded that applications for the next round close on Friday 9 June 2017. Council provides support to encourage and assist individuals and groups to make a positive and ongoing contribution to the community’s well being, cultural life and community resilience.   

“The way the fund is administered changed recently and applications are now assessed on a six monthly basis by a Council committee,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.  

“LPSC recognises the vital role that community groups play in the strengthening of our social fabric. Our Community Funding Program is underpinned by a philosophy of partnership and collaboration,” he said.

“To be eligible for funding, the event must be held within LPS, be a not-for-profit entity or auspiced by one, hold current and relevant public liability insurance to the value of $20 million, commence the project/activity within the current financial year it is being sought, be financially viable and demonstrate environmental, social and economic benefits to the Shire,” he continued.

“The Community Funding Program provides three streams of funding; seed funding, growth funding and infrastructure improvements. To find out further details go to - Application forms are also available at this link,” he said.

If additional information/clarification is required call Council’s Events Team on 6746 1755 during business hours,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) wrapped up its Volunteer Week celebrations with workshops and a movie and morning tea event.

The free workshops, held on Thursday, were presented by Community Development Specialist Natalie Bramble. The topics covered were 7 Steps to Grant Success and Social Media Marketing.

Attendees picked up many tips that will help to achieve better results for their organisations and their various endeavours.

On Friday, a movie and morning tea event was held to further thank the Shire’s volunteers.

Wrapping up the week’s proceeding, LPSC Deputy Mayor, Doug Hawkins, said whilst Volunteers Week provided an opportunity to thank volunteers and share their stories with the wider community, their contributions are appreciated 24/7, all year round and make the whole community a better place to live.

On behalf of Council and the wider community -Thank you one all,” Councillor Hawkins concluded. 

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Community Development Specialist Natalie Bramble inspired volunteers attending the workshops organised by LPSC as part of Volunteers Week

LPSC Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins dished up sausage sangers for volunteers who attended the movie and morning tea event

Glenn and Therese are volunteers at the Royal Theatre and gave their time to help present the movie and morning tea event for other volunteers, pictured with LPSC Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins 

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is urging property owners to monitor their property insurance policies after June 30 2017 to ensure companies reduce premiums after this date to reflect the State Government’s introduction of the Fire and Emergency Services Levy which will be collected as part of the rate collection process through local government.

“This is not a council charge or levy, but will impact your Council rates from 1 July 2017, when the NSW Government removes the Fire and Emergency Services Levy from your home insurance premium, and instead includes it as a line item on your rates notice,” Councillor Hope said.

“The Government has stated that it believes the cost of providing emergency services - Fire and Rescue NSW, Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Service – will be shared more fairly across the community as all landowners, not just those with property insurance will contribute into the future. As everyone benefits from fire and emergency services protection it is only fair that everyone should contribute,” he said.

“The State Government says residential property insurance should drop on average by up to 20% and commercial property insurance by up to 30%. They have also set-up an insurance monitor to oversee the transition and make certain insurers genuinely phase out the insurance-based levy during the changeover to the property-based levy.  However, I believe those paying property insurance will also have to be vigilant to ensure all savings are passed back to consumers,” he continued.

“A letter from NSW Treasury was sent out to property owners in our Shire, attached to the fourth quarter rate instalment notice announcing a change to the way the NSW Government will collect the levy.

“As part of this transition, your property has been classified as residential, farmland, industrial, commercial or public benefit, and vacant or non vacant. If you disagree with your property’s classification, you can request a review by contacting LPSC on 6746 1755 or emailing We will notify you of the outcome of the review within 40 days, however requesting a review does not guarantee a change to your property’s classification,” he said.

To find out more about the levy, how it is calculated and how it will impact you visit or check their FAQ’s. You can also contact NSW Treasury on 1300 78 78 72, or by email on,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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A nice day, pleasant surrounds and good company made for a most enjoyable Thanks to our Volunteers BBQ event, the first of the events being staged by Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) during National Volunteers Week. It was held at Hoamm Park in Werris Creek, a community well recognised for the efforts of its volunteers in many different areas of daily life. 

Still to come during the week will be free seminars for volunteers on Thursday 11. Natalie Bramble will present the workshops in The Tony Caine Room at Quirindi RSL. From 9am to 1pm the topic is 7 Steps to Grant Success then from 1.30pm to 5.30pm Social Media marketing. Morning and Afternoon Tea plus Lunch will be provided. Friday 12 at the Royal Theatre, a free Volunteer’s Movie Charlie and Boots starts at 9.30am with morning tea to follow.

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 Hoamm Park Werris Creek made a perfect setting for the first of LPSC’s Volunteer Week events.  In recognition of the volunteer’s efforts a BBQ with drinks was provided by way of thanks
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Author Annette Marfording and her new book Celebrating Australian Writing: Conversations with Australian Authors 

Book lovers and fans of Australian literature are invited to attend a free Author Talk, at Quirindi Library, 2pm Tuesday 16 May, when Annette Marfording will discuss her book Celebrating Australian Writing: Conversations with Australian Authors.

“The book features 21 in-depth conversations with contemporary Australian authors, delving into their body of work, central themes, strengths, writing methods and what they perceive as central tips for aspiring writers”, said Quirindi senior librarian Marcela Krasny.

“Authors covered in the book include David Malouf, Charlotte Wood, Alex Miller, Di Morrissey, the late Bryce Courtenay, the late Georgia Blain, Michael Robotham, indigenous authors Larissa Behrendt and Kate Howarth, Robert Dessaix, and many more,” she said.

“Annette is a well-respected writer, blogger and book critic, former Program Director of the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival and creator of a radio program on Australian writers and their work,” she continued.

“The book seeks to promote Australian literature in all its forms as well as the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, which will receive all proceeds from its sale,” she said.

“Light refreshments will be served so an RSVP would be appreciated to either 6746 2350 or  

“Books will be available for purchase directly from the author for $25 each at the event. Annette’s passion for Australian writing makes this a deeply rewarding book,” Ms Krasny concluded. 

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 At the announcement of the additional $5.57 million NSW State Government funding for the Willow Tree – Merriwa Rd sealing project, LPSC Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins, Upper Hunter Mayor Wayne Bedggood, Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen and Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce celebrate the commencement of work by LPSC on this joint project with UHSC. 

Upper Hunter Shire Council (UHSC) and Liverpool Plains Council (LPSC) have welcomed the announcement of an additional $5.57 million State Government funding to upgrade the Willow Tree to Merriwa Road (MR358), as work begins on the Liverpool Plains section of the road this week.

Celebrating the commencement of the work were Deputy PM and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce, Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen, and representatives of the two Councils, including UHSC Mayor Wayne Bedggood and LPSC Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins.

Mr Johnsen announced the additional funding for the project from the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Roads program, adding to the $800,000 NSW Government funding from the Regional Roads REPAIR Program.

In 2016, the Federal Government made $5.5 million available through the Federal Government’s Heavy Vehicle Productivity Funding for the road upgrade.

UHSC Mayor Bedggood and LPSC Deputy Mayor Hawkins thanked the State and Federal Governments for the funding, for the much-needed road upgrade.

“The upgrade will make for a cheaper, faster and safer trip not only for industry operators and farmers but also for tourists, school buses, ambulances, families and individuals,” Councillor Bedggood said.

“This is about helping farmers, truck drivers, and small businesses getting goods to markets. It is about tourists exploring our region, locals accessing education and medical services, and doing so quickly and safely,” he said.

Councillor Hawkins said linking the Golden Highway and the New England Highway would save around 44km each way and provide enormous benefits to both Shires.

“The upgrade will encourage more commerce, including tourism, across the entire region as well as improving safety for both people and livestock,” he continued.

The Willow Tree to Merriwa road upgrade is due to be completed, including full sealing, by 2019, at a cost of over $12 million. The first stage of 1.4 kilometres is being carried out by LPSC at an estimated cost of $600,000 and should be completed by the end of June, weather permitting. 

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