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According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, Council has agreed to partner with Quirindi Lions Club to construct a toilet block at Quirindi Cemetery.

“During recent discussions, the Lions Club indicated to Council that they had an opportunity to receive funding of $5,000 from the Australian Lions Foundation towards the project, which they would match, plus $1,000 they have already donated previously towards the project, making a total of $11,000,” Councillor Hope said.

Pergola   Quirindi Cemetery

“Council has carried out its mandatory assessment process for the project to determine if it is suitable for funding through Section 94 levies and it has met all criteria. As a result Council has agreed to fund the project to a maximum of $17,295” he said.

“Quotations for the project have been sourced indicating a total cost of $28,295 which will include the block and onsite sewage management system,” he continued.

“This project possesses considerable community merit and will further augment this important community facility which has already benefited recently from additional projects instigated by the Friends of Quirindi Cemetery.

“These projects include the recent erection of a pergola and Council has also agreed to provide $3,000 towards a concrete base for this structure,” he said.

“Both the Quirindi and Werris Creek communities owe thanks to the volunteers at their respective cemeteries who do so much to enhance the aesthetics of the precincts. On behalf of Council I extend our thanks to them too,” Councillor Hope concluded.   

 

The recently built pergola at Quirindi Cemetery.
A partnership with Lions Club Quirindi will see a toilet added at the cemetery precinct.    

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Unless unseasonally hot weather occurs, that is several days of 35º+, the Quirindi and Werris Creek swimming pools will close after normal operation on Friday March 31.

“Historically, the pools have closed at the end of March and anecdotal evidence suggests we won’t have heatwaves, with temperatures of 27-29º the norm, said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“Should the weather become unseasonaly hot around this date, 35º+, we will keep the pools open up until Easter Sunday provided they are well patronised and the weather remains hot,” he said.  

“We have held discussions with the Swimming Clubs advising them of our intentions. We are aware there are occasions they like access to the pool, after official closing, to continue their training particularly if they have a representative squad about to compete. We will co-operate with their requirements where possible,” he continued.

“I’d like to thank the people who have patronised the pools during the 2016/17 season. The pools are not cheap to run and income falls far short of expenses. State and Federal governments continue to apply pressure on councils to operate facilities on the user pays principle so we do our best within budget constraints to operate the pools as effectively as possible,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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A Kids Fit holiday program, comprising a variety of games and fitness exercises will be run at the Liverpool Plains Recreation (REC) Centre during the April School Holidays.

According to REC Centre Manager, Annah Maybury, the sessions will be held on Thursdays 13 and 20 April from 10:30am-12pm with all ages welcome and a healthy morning tea provided.

“Kids and teens require at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. They can get even more health benefits from doing a couple of hours of physical activity every day. Sadly, in NSW, only about 25% of children aged between 5 and 15 years achieve that minimum target of at least 60 minutes,” Annah said.

‘On these Kids Fit days we’ll show the kids how regular physical activity can be fun as well as an important part of getting healthy and staying healthy,” she continued.

“As numbers are limited for this program we’d appreciate parents letting us know if they’d like their kids to attend. They can call in at the REC Centre, email manager@lprs.com.au,  or message us on the Liverpool Plains Recreation and Swim Centres Facebook page. If applications greatly outnumber places we will consider extra programs,” she said.  

“Encouraging kids and teens to be active from a young age sets good habits early on and helps them develop the skills they need to stay active throughout their lives,” Annah concluded. 

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Great time had by all at Liverpool PLains Shire Seniors Festival events.

A1 Luncheon 2  A3   Eloura  A4   HSS Willow Tree  A5 Mystery Bus tour  A6   Marsupial Park

 Just over 120 Seniorsfrom all over
the Shire attended a luncheon held
at Quirindi RSL. 
 Residents from Eloura enjoyed
the Seniors Festival luncheon.

 A group from Willow Tree Home
Support Service (HSS) also enjoyed
the luncheon as did groups from
Werris Creek and Quirindi HSS.

 Two busloads appreciated the Mystery
bus tour which had morning tea at 
the Longyard and
lunch at the View Restaurant.

A group from the Mystery tour at
the Marsupial 
Park stop over. 

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Ben Burrage

Following on from a great response and enquiries from residents about a proposed six week Muay Thai Boxing and Self Defence Fitness program, Liverpool Plains Shire Recreation (REC) Centre have organised a ‘come and try before you buy’ session with World Champion Boxing and Muay Thai trainer Ben Burrage on Friday 24 March.

“We’ve had a lot of interest shown and because a lot of people want to know more about what Muay Thai is all about we’ve organised sessions for 3 to 5 year olds from 3.30 – 4pm, 5s to 15s from 4.15 – 5.15pm and 16s+/Adults from 5.30 – 6.30pm,” said REC Centre Manager,Annah Maybury.

“The cost is $6 for 3 – 5yo, $12 for 5 – 15yo and $15 for the Adult session,” she said,

“This event will give people a chance to decide if they want to participate in the full six week program which will run on Mondays, commencing May 15 through until July 26 at the same times as the introductory session.

“Spots are limited for the six week course and must be paid for up front. If you wish to book into the full course message your name, number and which session you wish to attend through the Liverpool Plains Recreation and Swim Centres FB page or email me at manager@lprs.com.au,” Annah concluded.

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Seniors Week Opening

Seniors from around the Liverpool Plains Shire attended LPSC’s opening event for Seniors
Week, a meal and entertainment held at Quirindi RSL.

On Wednesday afternoon a free movie and afternoon tea will be held at The Royal
Theatre and on Friday a Mystery Bus Tour will be held.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has erected a new notice board at the Wallabadah First Fleet Gardens and Freedom Camping Ground amenities block.

This is part of our ongoing program to drive economic development, make our Shire as RV friendly as possible and to share opportunities for local attractions and businesses, said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

If you’d like to have something displayed here please contact Nikki at the Visitor Information Centre on 6747 1226 or drop it in at Council’s Administration Centre,” Councillor Hope concluded.


 
The new notice board at the Wallabadah First 
Fleet Gardens and Freedom Camping Ground

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has agreed to fund improvement works to the entrance of the Quirindi Heritage Village from its section 94 reserve, to a maximum amount of $3,000.

Heritage Village entrance
The entrance to the Quirindi heritage Village as it currently is.

Council received a letter from the Secretary of the Quirindi Village Minature Railway asking us to consider providing assistance to deliver a smoother, safer entrance for visitors to the facility,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

It is a major tourist attraction within the Shire and its volunteers are continually striving to improve the displays and grounds. These rehabilitation works will provide ease of access to the Village and remove the risk of damage to vehicles. The improvements will benefit visitors all year round but particularly during the annual swap meet when some thousands visit the site.

Council will endeavour to carry out these improvements, which will be assisted by Village volunteers, to have them ready for the 2017 Swap Meet which is scheduled for May 6 and 7. We have selection criteria to be applied to expenditure of section 94 funds in keeping with the relevant legislation. This project has ticked all the necessary boxes to proceed,” he said.

The project has been identified as possessing considerable community merit and will further augment an existing recreational facility and tourist attraction,” Councillor hope concluded.

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Local business operators enjoyed Linda Hailey’s no-nonsense style of practical advice as guest speaker at Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Industry Showcase, held as part of Back to Business Week.

“The attendees saw Linda as a refreshing change as a small business advocate, an expert who understands exactly what small business audiences need to hear. She inspired the audience with enthusiasm, passion and a great sense of humour. No big business examples, no finger wagging, no assumptions that there is a bottomless budget and endless resources, just exciting ‘thought leadership’, practical cost effective ideas and real life, small business examples, useful to operators in rural communities such as ours. Linda inspired all in attendance,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

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LPSC Mayor Andrew Hope (left) and Linda Hailey (third left) with Liverpool Plains business operators Ray Lamb, Debbie Shaw, Steve Payne and Gordon Heath.

The Showcase also saw the launch of the Liverpool Plains Economic Development Strategy and Liverpool Plains Business Directory. “These are both important steps forward in Council’s activities to drive economic development,” Councillor Hope said.

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Back row - Scott Teggins (from LPSC Visitor information Centre – VIC), LPSC Councillors Doug Hawkins and Ian Lobsey OAM Front Row – Councillor Virginia Black,
LPSC Director Economic Development Donna Ausling and VIC Manager Nikki Robertson helped launch the
Liverpool Plains Economic Development Strategy and Liverpool Plains Business Directory.

“I’d like to thank the business owners who attended and guest speaker Linda Hailey for making this a very succesful event. I also congratulate LPSC Director Economic Development Donna Ausling and her team for their efforts developing the Liverpool Plains Economic Development Strategy and Liverpool Plains Business Directory. Additionally Council is grateful to State MP for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen and the NSW State Government for the funding that has made this event and the development of the strategy and business directory possible,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Recreation Centre is seeking feedback from residents who would be interested in participating in a six week Muay Thai Boxing and Self Defence Fitness program.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity for Ben Burrage, who is already well known to many REC Centre users, to run this program. Ben is the qualified Boxing and Muay Thai Head Trainer at Tamworth Fighting Arts. He is a World Champion who has fought in Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and Thailand winning several titles,” said Rec Centre Manager Annah O’Neil-Shaw.

Muay Thai, which originated in Thailand, has become increasingly popular as a combat sport in recent years. It uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This physical and mental discipline which includes combat on shins is known as ‘the art of eight limbs’ because it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, shins, being associated with a good physical preparation that makes a full-contact fighter very efficient. It became widespread internationally in the twentieth century, when practitioners defeated notable practitioners of other martial arts,” Annah said.

“If we get the necessary interest we will run a six week program, on Mondays, commencing May 15 through until July 26.
We plan to cater for different ages with the following time slots, 3:30 - 4pm – 3 to 5 years, 4:15 - 5:15pm – 5 to 15 years and 5:30 - 6:30pm – Adults,” she continued.

To secure a spot you will need to pay for the six weeks up front. Spots are limited so if you’re interested contact us asap by messaging your name, number and which session you wish to attend through the Liverpool Plains Recreation and Swim Centres FB page or email me at Annah concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is extending an invitation to interested persons to attend a very special International Women’s Day celebration from 7pm on Thursday March 9 at the Quirindi Jockey Club Dining Room. Tickets are $30 and include substantial canapes, music and entertainment and are on sale now at www.trybooking.com/OWBQ or at the LPSC Customer Service Desk.

According to LPSC Councillor, Virginia Black, International Women's Day provides an important platform to celebrate the contributions women make to our community. She said the March 9 celebration will be a fun, inspirational, social evening for women.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Kerryn Harvey, Founding Director of START Foundation, as our guest speaker and 2016 Toyota Starmaker Finalist Allison Forbes providing entertainment,” Councillor Black said.

“Kerryn Harvey’s inspirational story saw the START Foundation established in 2013. Kerryn contracted a life threatening flesh eating bacteria as a result of a seemingly minor cycling accident. Radical surgery was required and a right forequarter amputation, arm and shoulder was performed.  Kerryn repeatedly battled against the odds and survived. She has been able to manage the challenges of her disability through the support of her family, friends and sporting networks, to once again participate in the sports she is passionate about,” Councillor Black continued.

“Kerryn is the founding director of START Foundation, created to assist Amputees to achieve their sporting dreams. It recognises the key benefits for Amputees participating in sport, including a sense of achievement, improvement of health, social interaction and community engagement. The generous support of sponsors, donors and volunteers enables START to provide grants for a new limb, limb modification or equipment modification, to enable Amputees to participate in sport,” she said.

“Our guest entertainer, Allison Forbes, is also an inspirational young woman. She grew up just outside Tamworth and watching the stars gather every year for the CM Festival she yearned to be a part of it. She has worked hard at her craft, been a Starmaker Grandfinalist and won ‘Best EP’ award from the Nimbin Roots festival as well as touring her music all over the country”, she continued.

Councillor Black said the theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is #BeBoldForChange.

“International Women's Day is a vehicle for change aiming to forge a better working world, a more gender inclusive world. Each one of us, women and men joining forces, can be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold, pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity. Through purposeful collaboration, we can help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over,” she said.

“Sadly, the World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won't close entirely until 2186. I’m sure everyone acknowledges this is far too long to wait. Around the world, International Women’s Day can be an important catalyst and vehicle for driving greater change for women and moving closer to gender parity,” she continued.

“I’m looking forward to MCing this evening of celebration and being joined by many of the women who contribute on a daily basis to making the Liverpool Plains Shire a better place, who wish to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding, who make a difference, think globally and act locally,” Councillor Black concluded.


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Kerryn Harvey, founding director of START Foundation will be guest speaker at Liverpool Plains Shire’s International Women’s Day celebration

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The NSW Government, through the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, have developed the Heritage Near Me Incentives Program, which runs from 2016 to 2019. There are three grant stream opportunities available including Heritage Activation Grants.

If you are the owner or manager of a heritage item that is listed in Liverpool Plains Local Environmental Plan 2011 and you would like to begin a project in the 2017–18 financial year that will increase public enjoyment of local heritage then you may be eligible to receive a grant.

Eligible projects include:

  • Physical construction, reconstruction and conservation works necessary for public access and activation;
  • Fire, safety, access or building services upgrades, compliance and upgrading works to meet current Building Code Australia, the Disability Discrimination Act and Work Health and Safety Act requirements;
  • The professional development of strategic, business, marketing and programming plans to support community-based, participatory, sustainable and sympathetic works; and
  • One-off events or projects that will initiate, support or promote on-going heritage activities.

The funding available under the Heritage Activation Grants scheme will be up to $100,000 per application and applications close on Friday 21 April 2017. Matching funding from Applicants is not required although it is expected that successful applicants will be able to demonstrate some contribution to the cost of the project, at least in-kind.

Should the above apply to you, you are encouraged to get in contact with the planning staff at Liverpool Plains Shire Council on (02) 6746 1755 or email lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au, who may be able to assist in the preparation of an Application to the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

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It was smiles all round, after three years introducing new accounting practices and associated computer software, Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) auditors, Pitcher Partners, signed off on Council’s financial accounts. This huge process was carried out to meet the latest State Government legislative requirements and Council’s obligations under Fit for the Future.  

LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said that all Council staff involved in the massive project had worked diligently, over and above the call of duty, to achieve the required outcomes. He personally, and on behalf of his fellow Councillors, extended congratulations and thanks to all concerned for a job well done.

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(L to R) – Wayne Russel (Chief Auditor Pitcher Partners), Michael Chalmers (LPSC Finance Manager),
Vivien Lightfoot (Auditor), LPSC Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins, Mayor Andrew Hope and GM Ron Van Katwyk.

Achieving this succesful outcome has been the top priority and aim of Councillor Hope since he took on the role of Mayor.

The NSW Audit Office are now overseeing all local government audits and Steven Martin, Assistant Auditor General, Financial Audit Services, has advised Council the department has decided to appoint Pitcher Partners to provide audit services to LPSC for the period ending June 30 2017, with an option to extend a further year.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is delighted to have secured small business marketing expert,  Linda Hailey, as guest speaker at the Liverpool Plains Industry Showcase, to be held Friday March 3, from 11.30am to 1.30pm, at the Quirindi Bowling Club, located at 66 Pryor Street. This free event will also see the launch of the Liverpool Plains Economic Strategy and the Liverpool Plains Business Directory.

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“LPSC is well aware of the importance of supporting local business at every opportunity. The Showcase, is an initiative of Council, in partnership with the State Government’s Back to Business Week, designed to promote and support the critical role small to meduim businesses play in the local economy. If you’re thinking of starting a business or are an established operator who is keen to grow and innovate this Showcase is designed for you,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“Our guest speaker, Linda Hailey, is a business consultant, marketing expert and author who believes it's time we took the mystery and stress out of marketing and strategic planning for small business. She is well known for her practical approach and her ability to relate to the small business market,” he said.

“During an extensive career in advertising and marketing, Linda discovered just how intimidating marketing and planning can be for the small business owner. Since starting her own consultancy in 1990, Linda has worked with a wide range of businesses to develop commonsense customer service and marketing strategies that build reputations and business revenue,” he continued.

“Linda has also worked extensively in rural and regional NSW as a trouble shooter for small communities who are facing challenges similar to those we face on the Liverpool Plains. She has helped communities tap into opportunities such as a growing tourism market or a changing population profile. This work has given her valuable insights into the key issues facing small businesses in areas such as ours which she addresses in her presentation,” he said.

“The Liverpool Plains Economic Strategy and the Liverpool Plains Business Directory, which are being launched at the Showcase, are two more examples of Council initiatives designed to build a stronger economic base and employment opportunities. If you haven’t already provided your details for the Business Directory you will be able to do so on the day,” he continued.

“Come along and find out how you can support and benefit through these initiatives, participate in an inspirational thought leader event and understand the range of opportunities and challenges facing small business in rural communities.         

  

“It’s Your Business, Your Future. This free event will provide you with information to predict and harness growth,” Councillor Hope concluded.

To register to attend the free Liverpool Plains Industry Showcase email Council at lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au or contact LPSC’s Community Events Organiser, Angus Fraser, on (02) 6746 1755.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, says it has been pleasing to date, the numbers of people who have shown interest and attended the community roundtable forums to discuss the Shire’s Community Strategic Plan. Councillor Hope said he encourages residents of those communities still to hold forums to attend these meetings and help shape the Shire’s future direction.

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Some 40 Wallabadah locals attended the first of the roundtable
forums, held at the local hall.
Some Walhallow residents took the opportunity of one-on-one
discussions with councillors prior to the forum.

LPSC Strategic Community Plan roundtable forums still to be held are: 

  • Werris Creek (Bowling and Tennis Club) - Wednesday Feb 22 - 6.30 to 8.30pm
  • Spring Ridge (Country Club) – Thursday Feb 23 - 6.30 to 8.30pm
  • Currabubula (Hall) – Monday Feb 27 – 6.30 to 8.30pm
  • Premer (Library) – Tuesday Feb 28 – 6.30 to 8.30pm
  • Willow Tree (Hall) – Wednesday March 1 - 6.30 to 8.30pm
  • Warrah Creek (Hall) – Thursday March 2 – 6.30 to 8.30pm
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The North West Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan is now on display for Public Consultation until March 8.  

An Information Session is planned in Quirindi on Tuesday 21 February, commencing at 9.30am and running through to 12.30pm with morning tea supplied at the Quirindi Jockey Club Dining Room.

The draft Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan has been developed collaboratively with the North West Regional Weed Committees and Local Land Services. The plans contain established strategies and actions to achieve goals that focus on shared responsibility for weed management, sustainable landscapes and collaborative leadership and innovation.

The primary outcome of the weed reform process will be the integration of weed management efforts across the State. For the first time in NSW, there will be a set of agreed priorities and actions which apply across both public and private land. Increased collaboration in the management of weeds will improve biosecurity outcomes and increase agricultural productivity.

Liverpool Plains Shire Council is encouraging all partners in this process to provide input and feedback on the local regional plan.

Copies of the regional plans, factsheets, frequently asked questions, and feedback forms are available on the Local Land Services Open website - http://open.lls.nsw.gov.au/

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According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, the upcoming community roundtable consultation for development of Council’s Community Strategic Plan (CSP) is arguably the most important process Council will undertake during 2017. He said public consultation and scrutiny of local government operations are essential to achieving the best outcomes for residents and he encourages an active citizenry to assist in policy formulation and its

implementation towards building a stronger future. 

“Dates have now been set for Currabubula, Premer, Willow Tree and Warrah Creek, making a total of 10 consultation events being held around the Shire. They provide opportunity for residents around the Shire to attend a local meeting and I encourage everyone to come along. identify main priorities and aspirations that can provide a clear set of strategies to achieve the necessary outcomes for our future,” Councillor Hope said.

The full timetable of consultation events is -  

  • Wallabadah (Hall) - Thursday Feb 16 – 6.30 to 7.30pm
  • Walhallow (Hall) – Friday Feb 17 – Midday to 1.30pm      
  • Quirindi (RSL Club) - Monday Feb 20 - 7.30 to 8.30pm
  • Blackville (Hall) - Tuesday Feb 21 - 5.30 to 7.30pm 
  • Werris Creek (Bowling and Tennis Club) - Wednesday Feb 22 - 6.30 to 8.30pm
  • Spring Ridge (Country Club) – Thursday Feb 23 - 6.30 to 8.30pm
  • Currabubula (Hall) – Monday Feb 27 – 6.30 to 8.30pm
  • Premer (Library) – Tuesday Feb 28 – 6.30 to 8.30pm
  • Willow Tree (Hall) – Wednesday March 1 - 6.30 to 8.30pm
  • Warrah Creek (Hall) – Thursday March 2 – 6.30 to 8.30pm

“These meetings are to develop Council’s CSP, our 10-year service delivery contract with the community. It is about the community telling us their vision to model their Council into the future. The CSG will guide the development of Council’s next four-year Delivery Plan, which sets out medium-term priorities, as well as the 2017-2018 Operational Plan.

“We want your opinion on services Council provides, their importance to you and your satisfaction with them. We know from feedback that roads are important and keeping in mind there are over 1394km of road to maintain, we want your thoughts on road funding. Council requires a shared vision to realise our growth and potential over the next 10 years and even further into the future. To sum it up we want to know  what kind of Shire residents want to live in. Hope to see you at one of the consultation events,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is urging residents to attend community workshops and consultation events towards the development of Council’s Community Strategic Plan (CSP).

Upcoming events include –

  • Wallabadah (Hall) drop-in consultation – Thursday Feb 16 – 6.30 – 7.30pm – (tea, coffee & biscuits provided).
  • Walhallow (Hall) – drop-in consultation – Friday Feb 17 – Midday – 1.30pm (BBQ provided).      
  • Quirindi Community roundtable consultation - Monday Feb 20, 7.30 – 8.30pm, at Quirindi RSL, Station Street. (tea, coffee & biscuits provided).  
  • Blackville roundtable consultation - Tuesday February 21 from 5.30 – 7.30pm at Blackville Hall. (light supper provided).
  • Werris Creek roundtable consultation – Wednesday Feb 22 - Werris Creek Bowling and Tennis Club – 6.30 – 8.30pm. (light supper provided).
  • Spring Ridge roundtable consultation – Thursday Feb 23 - 6.30 – 8.30pm – Spring Ridge Country Club (light supper provided).

“Further events, with dates to be announced, will be held at Currabubula, Premer, Willow Tree and Warrah Creek,” Councillor Hope said.   

“Through our Community Strategic Plan Council wants to identify the main priorities and aspirations of residents and ratepayers to provide a clear set of strategies to achieve this vision into the future. The more people who participate the better outcomes we can achieve.

“Through the consultation process we wish to address 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 and how will we know when we have arrived? Different people and communities have different aspirations and by attending these events you will help us get a clearer picture of wishes and desires,” he said.

“Council would also like all residents to complete a quick survey to have your say, to tell us what you think is the best way forward and to help shape a better future for everyone that lives and works in our Shire. It’s online at - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LPSCCommunity and will also be available at workshops and consultation events,” he continued.

“This is vitally important, we really want everyone to participate so as an inducement everyone who completes the survey will go into the draw for the chance to win one of the following three prizes, Royal Theatre tickets to the value of $100, Season pass to the swimming pool at either Werris Creek or Quirindi valued at $135 (for 2017/18 season) and Six month gym membership at the Recreation Centre to the value of $423,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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Liverpool Plains Shire and Blacktown City Council have had a Sister City Relationship since June 2005. This relationship encourages reciprocal exchanges in education, sports, cultural events, economic development as well as staff exchanges.

Blacktown holds an annual Lunar New Year celebration. This year it was held at the Chang Lai Yuan Chinese Gardens in Nurragingy Reserve. LPSC held a stall at the festivities promoting our region for local produce, tourism and as a destination for sea-change.   

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LPSC Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope presents Blacktown City Mayor Stephen Bali with a painting during the Lunar New Year Festival as a mark of the friendship relationship between the two communities.

As part of the Sister City Relationship contingents from Blacktown City visit the Shire on a regular basis. Late in 2016 a visit included representatives from Blacktown Council, Mt Druitt and Riverstone Men’s Shed, Mt Druitt and Blacktown Probus, the Woodworkers Club, Blacktown Community Garden Club, the Historical Society, Blacktown City Band, two Youth Ambassadors as well as two students visiting from Blacktown’s sister city in Korea plus Blacktown’s Showgirl Emily Kos.

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Participating in the “Pou Ceremony” from left Councillors Virginia Black, Doug Hawkins and Ian Lobsey along with LPSC GM Ron Van Katwyk.

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Three local organisations were presented with Community Initiative Funding during Liverpool Plains Shire’s Australia Day celebrations.

 

Organisations Appreciated
Representatives from Quirindi Canter (Susie Proctor), Quirindi Rotary (Rob Lewis) and
Quirindi Poultry Club (Brian McNamara) were presented with Community Initiative
Funding grants and are pictured with LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

 

Quirindi Canter were presented with $650 towards staging their annual event, Quirindi Rotary $300 towards staging their annual Joan Carpenter Music Awards (which support the local music community and encourage participation by local school children) and Quirindi Poultry Club $100 towards staging their long standing community event.

“Volunteers and their organisations play a valuable role in bringing diversity to the Shire and fashioning our social fabric. On behalf of the whole Liverpool Plains Shire community I sincerely thank all our volunteers for their contribution,” Councillor Hope concluded.  

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Sat to Sun: Closed

Public Holidays: Closed

 

Physical Address

60 Station Street

Quirindi NSW

2343

 

Postal Address

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Quirindi NSW

2343

Contact Details

Phone: 02 6746 1755

Fax: 02 6746 3255

Email: lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au