Deputy Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Doug Hawkins, has thanked all those involved in making the recent cultural exchange event with sister city, Blacktown City, such a spectacular success.
“Council has had nothing but positive feedback from both our visitors and locals who enjoyed the presentation of the Maori Dance Group, the performance by Playschool celebrity Jay Laga’aia and the Hāngi in the Country.
“The cultural exchange was more extensive with interaction between visitors from the CWA, Blacktown Workers Bowling Club, Community Garden, Blacktown Council Nursery, Blacktown Community Radio, Mt Druitt Hospital Auxiliary, Cumberland Zone Rural Fire Brigade, and Toastmasters from Kings Langley, Blacktown City, Koori Mt Druitt and Quakers Hill meeting with locals with similar interests.
“The CWA ladies even knitted some comforter muffs for dementia patients when they got together!,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“A special thanks to Council’s Community Events Team, Nikki Robertson, Angus Fraser and Emily Saul for your stirling effort getting the logistics together to make the event the great success it was. Thanks also to other Council staff who contributed in so many different ways.
“Once again local volunteers were generous with their time in hosting our visitors, helping stage events and so many other roles. Thankyou, you’re contribution resulted in our visitors thoroughly enjoying themselves and many indicating they wish to come and spend more time in our region. Community members who attened events also added to the success,” he said.
“Last but certainly not least, I’d like to thank our sister city, Blacktown City Council, for their contribution. LPSC regards the relationship as important, strong and an important link between city and country. Blacktown City is the second largest city, by population, in NSW with nearly 350,000 residents. Ours’ is a bit of a David and Goliath relationship but one we value highly,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire (LPSC) Councillor, Virginia Black, is urging people utilising, or contemplating obtaining, a mobility scooter to book now for a mobility scooter safety training program, being facilitated by Werris Creek Home Support Service and to be held at the Werris Creek Railway Institute, Anzac Parade, on Wednesday September 27, from 10am.
“Even if you already own a scooter and importantly if you have not driven a scooter before, some basic training is in order, even if you have driven a car. Scooters are far easier to drive than a car, but there are still some pitfalls in driving safely,” Councillor Black said.
“This workshop will look at road rules, your safety, scooter maintenance and other issues associated with ownership,” she said.
“Flinders University, working with a number of user/advocacy groups released a survey on mobility scooter use and safety and their conclusion regarding safety is that scooters are a relatively safe way to travel, especially to local destinations, and that the areas where most improvement can occur are in user training,” she continued.
“This training will be conducted by Tamworth Scooters and Mobility who will also provide scooter servicing, if required, after the workshop.
“If you fail to have your scooter or powerchair serviced regularly, at least every 12 months, you risk the scooter developing problems that may lead to dangerous situations, and the inevitable costs involved. You may also void your warranty,” she said.
“For more information or to book your scooter in for a service please contact Werris Creek Home Support Service on 6768 7505.
“If you ask the question: Are scooters a safer form of transport than cars, or even walking?, then the answer is yes. Research done by Scooters Australia and presented to the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC), points to scooters being around 3 times as safe as driving a car, being a passenger in a car, or walking on the footpath. However, there are still responsibilities in using a mobility scooter to safeguard others using the streets and footpaths and only proper training can really prepare people,” Councillor Black concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has adopted its Revised Debt Recovery Policy. The draft policy was placed on public exhibition earlier this year and no submissions were received.
“Council is required to review and adjust policies from time to time to ensure that they are up-to-date and meet current legislative requirements,” said LPSC Deputy Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins.
“The objective of the policy is to ensure the collection of rates, charges and debtors are carried out in a transparent manner that complies with the Local Government Act and Section 60 of the Trade Practices Act,” he said.
“While Council has an obligation to increase its cash flow while reducing outstanding debts, the policy is designed to provide the flexibility to manage Council debt in a sensitive manner and at minimal expense to both Council and the respective debtor. This is important because Council has no desire to make things harder for people.
“In fact, quite the opposite, which is why I encourage people who may be experiencing difficulty paying rates and charges to get in touch with Council as soon as possible to work out a payment plan.” he continued.
“Changes to legislation no longer provide for an interest free period for outstanding rates and charges. To help remind people with outstanding rates and charges to contact Council, after 7 days of an instalment being due a reminder notification will be issued. 7 days grace is given for electronic payments paid but not received. This is the time to contact Council if you are experiencing difficulty because following this Council has an obligation to send a final reminder which if not responded to in 7 days will result in legal action being initiated to recover the debt along with any statutory interest and legal charges,” he said
“Why is it important to pay your rates in a timely manner? The money is part of what Council has to budget towards maintaining and improving services and facilities for the whole community. These services include community services, sporting and recreation services, road repairs, environmental planning, public health, environmental protection, waste collection, treatment and disposal, water and sewer,” he continued.
“So please, if you’re having problems contact Council as soon as possible on 6746 1755 so that Council can discuss other options that may be available to help you,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Manager Regulatory Services, Steve Ryder, has welcomed the recent announcement that more supermarket chains will begin phasing out single-use plastic bags over the next 12 months.
“Far too much waste is ending up in landfill. We must all realise and act on our shared responsibility for reducing the environmental, health and safety footprint of products and materials across the manufacture-supply-consumption chain and at end-of-life. The problem is growing exponentially. The nature of waste has changed, with more complex goods now a significant component of landfill and the changing nature of the waste stream is affecting our capacity to recover materials from discarded products. If we don’t act now we are courting disaster,” Steve said.
“The reduction in plastic bags is a small start. It is estimated, as a nation, we use up to four billion throwaway plastic bags each year. Now we need to take further steps to reduce landfill. We need to avoid the generation of waste, reduce the amount of waste, including hazardous waste, for disposal to allow us to better manage waste as a resource in a safe and environmentally sound manner. It is vital we contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, energy conservation and production, water efficiency and the productivity of our land,” he said.
“There is also the economic cost we face as a community in efficiently disposing of waste. Landfill should be the least preferred option because it costs the most to residents and to Council. These costs include both costs for landfill establishment, operation and end of life management, environmental fees, as well as impacts on the environment, human health and social amenity. The non-market/external costs are greenhouse gas emissions from the decomposition of organic wastes, other air emissions, emissions to soil and groundwater,” he continued.
“Unfortunately, a lot of material received through recycling is contaminated before it arrives at the waste management facility and ends up in landfill as a result. It is essential that items placed in recycling bins are clean and not contaminated with other waste. Food waste itself is also a big issue. People should consider charities in town that may be able to use food that would otherwise be sent to waste or the option of composting.
“Plastics are another big problem. It is not even exactly known how long plastic takes to break down, but it is believed in some cases it may be thousands of years. It is not just the accumulation of plastics that harms the environment, it is also the fragments and toxins released during photo-decomposition that pollute our soil and water. So, reducing plastic waste would be another big plus,” he said.
“The first thing we must try to do is reduce the amount of waste we generate in the first place and if each person changes the way they think and act, it can be reduced. Reducing waste also reduces litter. Remember, everything dropped can find its way to roads, waterways, bush land and parks. Avoid waste, look for ways to produce and use goods that stop waste being generated. Reduce waste, choose products that can be used productively, recycled locally, and have minimal packaging and where possible, re-use containers and packaging. You can find lots of tips for reducing waste online,” he continued.
“LPSC operates waste management facilities and transfer stations in Quirindi, Werris Creek, Willow Tree, Wallabadah, Blackville, Caroona, Pine Ridge, Premer and Spring Ridge. The services available at each of these locations can be found online at - http://lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/our-environment/waste-management-facilities,” Steve concluded.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, cordially invites members of the media to attend the arrival of the Maroi Express and welcome to approximately 100 visitors from Sister City, Blacktown City Council.
This event is a Local Government Week 2017 cultural exchange initiative of both Councils.
“Please join us for the arrival of the train, official welcome, a Haka and the Maori Dance Group performing,” Councillor Hope said.
Date – Friday August 4 2017
Time – Train is timetabled to arrive Quirindi Railway Station at 2.37pm.
Location – Anzac Square, Station Street Quirindi.
As part of Local Government Week 2017 celebrations, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) hosted Willow Tree Public School’s Years K through to 6 at the Council Chambers for an overview of what Council does and how its works. They also attended a session at Liverpool Plains Recreation Centre where they had a lot of fun.
“They are a great bunch of kids, possibly some of our future leaders, and both LPSC GM Ron Van Katwyk and I were very impressed with the interest they showed and in fact they were already more aware of the role of Council than we expected. Both Ron and I were honoured to be able to further broaden their knowledge,” said LPSC Deputy Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins.
For the visit, the school was divided into two groups, Year K – 2 and Years 3 –6. While one group attended the Council Chambers the others attended the Recreation Centre. After lunch they swapped around for the afternoon session. Years 3 – 6 did the morning session in the Council Chambers
“I think it fair to say we all had a very enjoyable day. The interest the students showed was very encouraging and I’d like to thank them for their interaction, great behaviour and good manners. Council is pleased that this Local Government Week we are providing a wide range of social and cultural events that cater for all the Shire’s age groups,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
| Yrs 3-6 with teacher Kate Ramage, LPSC Community Events Co-ordinator
Angus Fraser, Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins and GM Ron Van Katwyk.
| Willow Tree Public School group photo of Years K to 6
outside the Council Chambers.
| Willow Tree Public School Years K – 2 had a great time
trying out the equipment and exercise program at the Recreation Centre.
LPSC GM Ron Van Katwyk explaining how Council operates
|The treadmills at the Recreation Centre proved very
popular with the students from Willow Tree Public School
The Willow Tree Public School students also undertook
LPSC has seven elected councillors. (L to R) Backrow – Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins, Mayor Andrew Hope, Councillors Paul Moules, Ken Cudmore and Rob Webster. Front – Councillors Virginia Black and Ian Lobsey OAM.
Once a month Council holds its Ordinary Meeting. The meeting is chaired by the Mayor who sits at the head of the meeting along with the GM, Directors and other council officers. Councillors deliberate around the table before determining policy which is then implemented by the GM and his team.
“Being a councillor is a significant privilege and challenge that demands ethical and responsible conduct. As democratically elected representatives, councillors are advocates for their communities, helping to protect their interests whilst looking at ways to improve the local area through community consultation and engagement. Councillors need to carefully weigh up a wide range of matters and make balanced decisions that are beneficial for the community as they oversee the prudent running of a significant and complex business at the heart of the community,” Councillor Hope said.
“Councillors are elected for four year terms by the people who live in, or own property in, the local government area. The mayor chairs council meetings and represents the council on formal occasions. Whilst councillors determine policy, it is the role of the General Manager to implement those policies, employ council staff, ensure that the money council receives and spends is accounted for plus safeguarding council records and keeping them maintained. LPSC’s GM is Ron Van Katwyk who is supported by two Directors, Greg Tory Engineering Services and Donna Ausling Environmental Services and Economic Development.
“These departments then have business units that provide a diverse range of services from waste disposal and management, local roads, public buildings, parks and sports grounds, libraries, child care, home support services, swimming and recreational facilities, water and sewerage systems, animal welfare facilities, social planning, the local environment in general and financial management as well as numerous other resident services,” he continued.
“LPSC encourages its community to pro-actively work with their elected representatives to build a stronger Shire. We actively encourage people to attend meetings, to participate in Local Advisory Groups (LAG), to have their say at workshops and through the consultative process. The more people who care, the stronger society we become. If you have a problem, don’t let the local rumour mill misinform you, contact me or any councillor of your choice to discuss the issue. Contact details for all Councillors, the GM and Directors are available Here or by calling the Customer Service Desk on 6746 1755 during business hours,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Following several weeks of public consultation, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has resolved to place its revised policy Liquid Trade Waste Regulation on public exhibition for a period of 28 days which will conclude on Wednesday August 30. Further feedback from the community is sought on this document through until this date. The policy will be on display at Council’s Administration Building and also Here. Council is currently implementing the Liquid Trade Waste (LTW) system as part of a best practice compliance project.
Liquid trade wastes can exert much greater demands on sewerage systems than domestic sewage and, if uncontrolled, can pose serious problems to public health. Impacts of poor liquid waste regulation include grease, oil, solid material, if not removed on-site can cause sewer chokes and blockages and the discharge of untreated sewage to the environment, as well as odour problems and corrosion of sewer mains, pumping stations and the treatment works.
As defined in the Local Government Regulation 2005, Liquid Trade Waste discharges to the sewerage system include business/commercial premises, community/public premises, industrial premises, trade activities, any commercial activities carried out at residential premises, saleyards, racecourses, stables and kennels not associated with domestic households as well as septic tank waste, chemical toilet waste, waste from marine pump-out facilities and established sites for the discharge of pan content from mobile homes/caravans to the sewerage system.
It excudes toilet, hand wash basin, shower and bath wastes from all the premises and activities mentioned, wastewater from residential toilets, kitchens, bathrooms or laundries (domestic sewage) and residential swimming pool backwash.
The objectives of the policy are to assist Council to meet its statutory obligations, protect public health and the health and safety of Council employees, to protect the environment , to provide an environmentally responsible service to the non-residential sector, to encourage waste minimisation, to promote water conservation, water recycling and biosolids reuse, to ensure compliance of liquid trade waste dischargers, to provide operational data on the volume and composition of industrial and commercial effluent and to ensure commercial provision of services and full cost recovery through appropriate sewerage and liquid trade waste fees and charges.
LPSC is advising that its Quirindi Truck Wash facility is once again operational following repairs to the system after damage caused by construction works on an adjacent site.
“We’ve had a number of issues including vandalism and damage over recent months which have disrupted operation of the Truck Wash. The final repairs have been completed, it is operational again and we are hopeful that no more issues arise,” said LPSC Water Services Manager, Rod Batterham.
“The facility is available 24/7 and is well lit. We have installed upgraded control equipment for better reliability and convenience of use plus a full flow 2 litres per second allowing for quick washing timeframes.
“The Truck Wash is part of the Nationwide AVDATA truck wash system providing a convenient monthly billing process and it is competitively priced against other nearby truck washes. Council thanks users for their patience and understanding during the the outages,” Mr Batterham said.
“LPSC is looking forward to developing a completely new facility in the not to distant future following a successful grant application to upgrade it,” he continued.
“This is an important service that Council provides to the local trucking industry and those from further afield. It is both convenient and an important tool for protecting the environment,” Mr Batterham concluded.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is encouraging members of the community to be at Quirindi Station to greet the Maori Express when it arrives at 2.37pm on Friday August 4. Two of the Explorer’s carriages will be full of visitors from Council’s Sister City, Blacktown City Council.
“It will be quite spectacular with a Haka and the Maori Dance Group performing at the official welcome. It’s free to attend and we’d like to show our visitors a warm Liverpool Plains welcome. Amongst the entourage will be Blacktown City Councillors and staff, Sister City and community group members, Maori Elders, the Blacktown Youth Ambassadors, the Showgirl plus Blacktown community members. The Dance Group is doing performances and workshops with local schools. There will also be other cultural exchanges between visitors from our Sister City and Shire residents,” he said.
The Hāngi in the Country, at the Royal Theatre from 5pm on Saturday 5 is a climax to the weekend and includes Maori Dancers, traditional food cooked in a Hāngi and other entertainment. A number of tickets are available at $20 per head via the link www.quirindiroyaltheatre.com/hangicountry. I’m looking forward to visitors and locals having a great time. This cultural exchange is an initiative of the Liverpool Plains/Blacktown Sister-City Community Exchange Program,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said submissions would soon close on several important draft documents that are on public exhibition and have been the subject of public consultation.
Comment closes for the Footpath Asset Management Plan on Wednesday 2 August. Also on that date submissions close for the draft amendments to the LP Local Environmental Plan 2011, the LPSC Development Control Plan and Section 94A Contributions Plan. Submissions on the Industrial Land Waste Use Strategy close Wednesday 9 August. Info on all can be found at Council’s website, www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au,” he said.
Councillor Hope said Council has reviewed and adopted changes to its Kerb and Gutter Policy as part of its current policy review process. He said it aims to ensure the network is expanded and maintained to meet community requirements and guides the community in the construction and maintenace of kerb and gutter infrastructure, including contributions for kerb and gutter construction.
“Further information on these topics and any other Council matters can be obtained by calling 6746 1755 or calling in at the Customer Service Desk,” Councillor Hope concluded.
A few of the kids who enjoyed the school holidays Skateboard event in Quirindi pictured with members of the Ownlife team who facilitated the event on behalf of LPSC.
Both Quirindi and Werris Creek libraries held Mystery Makerspace Workshops as part of their school holiday programs. Local kids enjoyed an hour of creative making, using science and engineering problem solving skills as well as enjoying some of Central Northern Regional Library’s latest technology. Sessions were held at both libraries for ages 5+ and 8+.
The programs at both libraries involved Imaginative play, team work and developing 3-dimensional intelligent abilities.
Both branch librarians thanked the staff from Central Northern Regional Library who attended and helped make the day so successful.
Both libraries run regular events to stimulate children’s imaginations. Ring Werris Creek Library on 6768 7340 or Quirindi Library on 6746 2350 to find out more details or call in and talk to the staff.
|A side of the clock tower seldom seen - the inside, showing the clock master controller and mechanism|
|The climb up the centre of the tower itself|
The Memorial, built from sandstone, is the centrepiece of the round-about at Anzac Square. It is an important element of the community and the focal point for ANZAC Day, Long Tan, Remembrance Day and honouring other conflicts that locals have served in. It is great to see it being conserved and maintained to protect the integrity and heritage value of the memorial for future generations,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
The work has been carried out with the assistance of $60,000 funding LPSC secured under the War Memorial Grants Program.
“It is a moving experience walking around the memorial and its Dedication stone, inscriptions and the names of fallen service-men and women engraved on the glazed marble tablets. It is pause for reflection as you read the words Paid The Supreme Sacrifice - Lest We Forget,” he continued
“Installation of a safety handrail should take place about the 19/20/21 of July and then the fencing and traffic control measures can be removed. A re-turf and planting will commence after the handrail installation,” Councillor Hope concluded.
The Australian Government Mobile Service Centre is supporting rural communities by providing convenient access to Australian Government payments and services. This specialised vehicle offers a wide range of face to face and self service assistance for rural families, older Australians, students, job seekers, people with disability, carers, farmers and self-employed people.
Experienced staff travel with the Mobile Service Centre and provide friendly, face-to-face service, information and support. On this trip, the Australian Taxation Office will be available to assist with advice and information about tax and superannuation. If the assistance you’re after is not available, arrangements will be made for someone from the relevant organisation to contact you.
For more information, go to www.humanservices.gov.au and search for Mobile Service Centre or call 132 316.
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With an estimated value of $4,521,828, Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) footpath network requires a comprehensive Footpath Management Plan to deliver capital works as outlined in its 2016-26 Long Term Financial Plan and sustainability of the network with current resource allocations. As a part of Council’s full review of asset management plans a detailed draft Footpath Asset Management Plan 2017 has been developed and is currently on public exhibition, until Wednesday 2 August. Public submissions are invited and the document is available at Council’s Administration Centre and online at www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au.
“The plan details footpath assets and actions required to provide an agreed level of service, in the most cost effective manner as well as associated risks. It defines what services will be provided, how they’ll be provided and the funds required to achieve this over a 20 year planning period, particularly focusing on the next 10,” said LPSC Deputy Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins.
“Of note is that Council is able to maintain its network, at the current condition, including the addition of works proposed for 2018 and 2019, in a sustainable manner based on the Long Term Financial Plan.
“The footpath network comprises concrete, paved and bitumen sealed infrastructure. The majority of the network is in good condition and in order to ensure that this is maintained, Council has allocated sufficient resources for operational maintenance and renewal works over the next 10 years. Council is able to demonstrate that the current management of the network has ensured it is able to sustain the network over that time period,” he said.
“To ensure the Plan meets community requirements, consideration has been given to community expectations outlined through consultation, in the Strategic Plan, the Disability Inclusion Action plan, the Bike Plan and the Pedestrian Access Management Plan,” he continued.
“I urge interested persons to examine the plan and if they desire to make a submission. All submissions will be considered, and the Plan amended if necessary, before Council adopts the final document,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
|A new notice board has been erected at Currabubula Recreation Ground. An LAG initiative, it has been provided to inform RV users, community and Pony Club members of what's going on in the community and surrounding areas.|
Liverpool Plains Shire (LPSC) Councillor, Ian Lobsey OAM, is reminding the Currabubula Community that the next meeting of their Local Advisory Group (LAG) will be held at the Currabubula Hotel, on Tuesday July 25, at 6.30pm.
“There is an open invitation to Currabubula residents who are interested in the future of their community to come along and be part of a team investigating ways to make it an even better place to live, work and play.
“The LAG has kicked a lot of goals recently and are looking to broaden their community/Council partnership to achieve even more good outcomes. The more people contributing the more robust the efforts can be,” Councillor Lobsey said.
The LAG is about grass roots involvement in planning and developing local aspirations. Together we explore ways to achieve funding for projects and apply for grants to underwrite them. If you have passion for your community join in deliberations. Contact Veronica Filby on 0427 000 633 and come on board the team,” Councillor Lobsey concluded.
NAIDOC Week Story Time at Qdi Library
|NAIDOC WEEK Family Fun Day
The official cake cutting to celebrate NAIDOC Week and commence the Family Fun Day. (L to R) - Tash Allan from Tamworth Family Support Service, Local Aboriginal Elder Stella Lamb and LPSC’s Community Events Co-ordinator Angus Fraser.
(Photo - Sally Alden)
The littlies really enjoyed the jumping castle.
NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. Liverpool Plains Shire Council acknowledges the traditional owners of the land, the Kamilaroi People, and their special place in our society.
To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2017, the NSW Environmental Trust is launching its revamped Protecting Our Places grant program. Aboriginal organisations are invited to submit applications to the 2017 round of the program. Applications close 3pm Monday 4 September. Guidelines, application forms and a range of resources are available on the Trust's website: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/pop.htm.
On Wednesday 9 August, Quirindi Library will host the Indigenous Services Librarian from The State Library of NSW. There will be a presentation about The State Library’s resources that will be of great assistance to people engaged in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family history. Beginning at 2pm it will run for approximately two hours. This event is already attracting interest so to avoid disappointment, secure a spot by calling 6746 2350.
LPSC extends its thanks to the organisations and individuals who contributed to making the Family Fun Day such a great success.
The Gomeroi Dance Company performing at the Liverpool Plains Shire official NAIDOC Week ceremony. (Photo – Sally Alden)
Bubble Soccer was a winner with many kids who attended the Liverpool Plains NAIDOC Week Family Fun Day.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is excited about an upcoming event, to be held
4 - 6 August, that will offer cultural diversity as well as the opportunity to enrich the Shire’s Sister City relationship with Blacktown City Council.
“The Hāngi in the Country, on Saturday August 5, at the Royal Theatre Quirindi, will be the climax of several days of celebration. The Hāngi will kick off at 5pm. Tickets are $20 and are available at www.quirindiroyaltheatre.com/hangicountry.Tickets include Polynesian Dancers, traditional food cooked in a Hāngi and other entertainment.
“The Polynesian Dance Group is doing performances and workshops with local schools. There will also be other cultural exchanges between visitors from our Sister City and Shire residents. There will be meetings between the community groups and we’re looking forward to sharing life on our beautiful Liverpool Plains with them,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The Maori Express will be arriving at Quirindi Station on Friday, 4th August, with two train carriages full of visitors from Blacktown. Amongst the entourage will be Blacktown City Councillors and staff, Sister City and community group members, Maori Elders, the Blacktown Youth Ambassadors, the Showgirl plus Blacktown community members,” he said.
“I’m encouraging members of the community to be at Quirindi Station to greet the Maori Express when it arrives at 2.37pm. Everyone is invited to welcome the visitors at ANZAC Square. It will be quite spectacular with a Haka, the Polynesian Dance Group performing and the official welcome. It is free to attend and is an initiative of the Liverpool Plains/Blacktown Sister-City Community Exchange Program,” he continued.
“Rugby Union fans well know what the Haka is but for others the best description I have heard is to think of it as a kind of symphony in which the different parts of the body represent many instruments. The hands, arms, legs, feet, voice, eyes, tongue and the body all combine to express courage, annoyance, joy or other feelings relevant to the purpose of the occasion. I’m sure the one to be held at Anzac Square will be the welcoming type!” Councillor Hope assured.
“The Hāngi is a traditional New Zealand Māori method of cooking food. To lay a hāngi involves digging a pit in the ground, heating stones in the pit with a large fire, placing baskets of food on top of the stones, and covering everything with earth for several hours before lifting the hāngi and feasting. It will be a night to remember so I encourage people to get their tickets asap to avoid disappointment,” Councillor Hope concluded.
|State MP Michael Johnsen turned the first sod on
June 6, 2016
|A dozer prepares the entrance roadway outside the new RFS Control Centre.|
|Support buildings for the RFS, SES, VRA and Braefield Dury brigade are now constructed.|
Just twelve months after the turning of the first sod towards construction of the new Quirindi Emergency Services Precinct construction is almost complete and Rural Fire Service’s (RFS) staff are now expected to move into their new headquarters in late September.
Apart from the RFS Headquarters, the State Emergency Service (SES), the Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) and the Braefield Dury RFS brigade will call the new precinct home.
Staff from the RFS, the VRA and LPSC developed the Project Master Plan to provide for the development of the site in the short, medium and long term.
The new facilities will prove a huge benefit to the staff and volunteers of these vital emergency services as well as the wider community, including future generations. The complex will include a helipad suitable for the Westpac Rescue and other helicopters.
Significant community consultation also took place to ensure general support for the project. Update newsletters have been produced throughout the project to keep residents up-to-date.
The latest was issued recently and anyone wishing to obtain a copy can contact the LPSC Customer Service Desk on 6746 1755.