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On behalf of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope has congratulated Quirindi Branch CWA for their ongoing program providing Medical Scholarships to assist young Shire residents pursuing further education to take up roles in the medical profession.

“Quirindi CWA have been running the Medical Scholarship Program for a number of years. It is designed to encourage local people who undertake courses to come back to the region to work within the industry. The CWA volunteers work extremely hard to raise funds and I’d also like to acknowledge Quirindi Community Nursery and Quirindi Arts and Craft who contribute significant donations to assist the CWA achieve these goals,” Councillor Hope said.

The CWA received a record, 10 applications for their 2018 round. Six of these received $500 each to assist them with their courses while 4 who are more advanced in their courses have had their applications forwarded to the Namoi Group CWA for further consideration.

Councillor Hope also congratulated the six successful recipients, Sari Hamblin, Lydia Smith, Zara Constable, Chloe Barwick, Sarah Barton and Bianca Landrigan and wished them every success in their chosen career paths. The successful applicants in 2018 have come from right around the Shire, from Caroona, Blackville, Werris Creek, Willow Tree and Quirindi. The majority of them were students who attended Quirindi High School.

Community members wishing to find out more about the CWA’s Medical Scholarship Program can contact the Quirindi branch secretary, Colleen Wills on 6746 1326.

“The CWA volunteers and their sponsors are the salt-of-the-earth. The whole community should be very proud of their efforts. So far in 2018 they have provided $5,450 in grants, $3,000 for the medical scholarships and $2,450 for other courses from primary school to tertiary. This is a fantastic effort to be applauded,” Councillor Hope said.

CWA Quirindi Medical Scholarship  

At the CWA presentation - (L to R)
Leah Weatherington - Qdi CWA President,
Vivian Hamblin -Sari Hamblin rep,
Amy Pengilley - Lydia Smith rep, 
Leonie England - representing sponsor Quirindi Arts and Craft Shop,
Zara Constable
Helen Pine - representing sponsor Quirindi Community Nursery, 
Kelly Barwick - Chloe Barwick rep,
Robyn Juchau - Quirindi CWA,
Lee-Ann Barton - Sarah Barton rep,
Jenette Atchison - Quirindi Arts and Craft,
Colleen Wills -Secretary Quirindi CWA.

Absent Bianca Landrigan

 

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The Quirindi Bore 6 upgrade is largely complete with only some finishing pipe, instrument and ground shaping to be undertaken.

Progress on Caroona bore replacement continues with the pump shed and fencing in place. There is still a considerable amount of pipework and instrument installation to complete.

Bore 6 QuirindiCaroona Bore upgrade

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Following the Local Government Amendment (Regional Joint Organisations) Act 2017 commencing on 15 December 2017, Councils can now officially voluntarily join new Joint Organisations (JOs) in their planning region. As a result, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has resolved to inform the Minister for Local Government of its endorsement of the Minister recommending to the Governor the establishment of a permanent JO in the region to be known as Namoi Unlimited JO.

“LPSC has been actively involved in the Namoi JO as part of a pilot program which has developed an operational model that is favoured by the Office of Local Government. For LPSC, participation in the JO network addresses the Scale and Capacity deficiencies which were identified during the Fit for the Future process plus providing other advantages such as access to TCorp funds, joint funding opportunities and positive participation in regional strategic planning,’ said LPSC Mayor and current Chair of Namoi Unlimited, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“The JO provides a forum for its local councils and State agencies to collaborate, plan, set priorities and deliver important projects in the region.

“The principal function of the JO will be strategic planning and priority setting, intergovernmental collaboration, and regional leadership and advocacy,” he said.

“We are very proud that our participation and the model we used in the pilot program for JOs has resulted in the NSW Government giving the go-ahead for them to be formed around the State,” he continued.

“LPSC has approved the inclusion of our local government area (LGA) in the Namoi Unlimited JO area and the JO being established to cover our LGA and any one or more of the following Council areas. Gunnedah Shire, Gwydir Shire, Narrabri Shire, Tamworth Regional, Uralla Shire and Walcha Shire.

“The NSW Government is providing $3.3 million in seed funding to establish JOs which will focus on the issues that matter most to regional communities. These include building strong businesses, creating jobs, securing water supplies, improving regional transport, and providing community infrastructure, services and facilities,” he said.

‘The General Manager and myself as Mayor, attend regular Board and JO Leadership Team meetings. In addition, LPSC will host a number of these meetings each year and provide Director or Manager staff resources to each of the sub committees.

“The China Engagement Project is a strategic priority for Namoi Unlimited designed to build opportunities with Australia’s biggest trading partner for innovators in agriculture and other regional businesses through trade and investment. The Namoi region has the potential to be the food bowl for the world.

“We’ve just endorsed the Namoi Roads Network Strategy that articulates clearly for all levels of Government the works on the region’s roads network required to enhance the ability of producers and businesses to get to processers, markets and consumers. We have identified approximately $117 million worth of works to be done on freight links in and around the Kamilaroi Highway predominately focussed across the Gunnedah Shire, Liverpool Plains Shire, Narrabri Shire and Tamworth Regional Council areas.

“The next step for Namoi Unlimited is to meet with local Members of Parliament, the NSW Roads and Maritime and the Minister to discuss how these priorities can be addressed in the upcoming budget,” he continued.

“Namoi Unlimited is focused on building the scale and capacity of its constituent LGAs and the communities in the region. Building scale and capacity for the region will create jobs in the future,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Each year Library Lovers' Day is held during February. Held nationally it focuses attention on the important role our libraries play in the community and the special place libraries have in many people’s hearts.

Library Lovers“This year we are looking at the love that we hold for our libraries and how they help to shape our identity. The Australian Library and Information Association has sought love letters from prominent Australian authors on how they hold libraries in a special place in their hearts,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s Werris Creek Librarian, Marilyn Deeks.

Werris Creek Library is celebrating with ‘love letters to libraries’. Any Shire resident can collect an entry form from the library during operating hours Tuesday to Friday to go in the draw to win a $50 gift voucher for Werris Creek Pharmacy/Gift Store, courtesy of the Friends of Werris Creek Library. Entries can be made up until Wednesday 28 February,” Marilyn said.

“We know locals support the LPS libraries at Werris Creek and Quirindi resulting in us having amongst the highest per capita borrowing rates of libraries in the Central Northern Region cluster. We are very thankful for the support we are given,” she said.

“Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries provide an extensive collection of books, DVDs, CDs, magazines and audio books. If we don’t have what you are looking for we can often order it in or you can go to the online catalogue to browse and reserve items for collection at your local branch. Library members have access to all items across all branches of Central Northern Regional Library. You can borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks online.

We provide public use computers with free internet access and Wi-Fi. Printing and photocopying facilities are also available and there are seed libraries too. There are also many special library events held, including children's story time, author talks, book clubs baby book time and technology workshops for children.

“There is always something new and exciting happening at your library. Both Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries have Facebook pages where you can check out what we have on or drop in or call Werris Creek on 6768 7340 or Quirindi on 6746 2350. Both libraries have volunteer ‘Friends’ groups that assist in many ways. If you’d like to support them ask your librarian about how you might make a positive contribution,” she continued.

Visit soon and you’ll discover we have much more to offer than simply books on a shelf,” Marilyn concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is encouraging sporting clubs and parents to take advantage of several programs that are currently available,       

“Sports Community is the leading destination for grassroots sports clubs who want to be successful and grow year on year. They have created a community of people all trying to help their clubs. For many clubs, sponsorship is their financial lifeblood. Raising funds through sponsorship doesn’t have to be difficult and Sports Community look at strategies for attracting and maximising sponsorship packages. They also help volunteers by showing the easiest and most effective way to get your tasks done, how to save time, new ways of undertaking tasks, who can help you and how to get them on board, plus all the information and tools you need to keep your club on track and achieving its goals. Sports Community does not get any government assistance. There is membership available for both individuals and organisations. They currently have special introductory offers for both categories. Go to https://sportscommunity.com.au/ for more details,” Councillor Hope said.

“Another great initiative is the NSW Government’s Active Kids program. This program will provide a $100 voucher which families can use for registration and membership costs, as well as fees for activities such as swimming and dance. The annual voucher will not be means tested because the health and wellbeing of our kids is a priority. Within the Shire, many volunteers and parents organise junior sports, across numerous disciplines, and it is to be hoped our kids and local organisations can benefit through this program. More details about the program and how to download your voucher are available at sport.nsw.gov.au/activekids or by phoning Service NSW on 13 77 88,” he said.

ClubGRANTS is another channel through which not-for-profit organisations involved in community or professional sport can seek funding. This scheme also supports community welfare or social services, community development, community health services and employment assistance activities. More details at https://www.clubsnsw.com.au/community/clubgrants/for-applicants#afb65391-a8aa-6a79-a8c7-ff00002bab05,” he continued. 

“Jetstar's Flying Start Program also provides funding opportunities for not-for-profit sporting groups to fund projects that will enrich the lives of people in their local community. Go to http://www.jetstar.com/au/en/flyingstart#home,” he said.

“The Liverpool Plains Shire Council Facebook page regularly updates information regarding grants that are available for many community purposes,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Community building, strengthening of local partnerships and economic development has been a key strategic focus for Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Environment and Economic Development Department. One of the areas where local partnerships has benefited economic growth is the development of the Shire’s Freedom Camping Areas and tourism promotion.    

“Our team realised the economic value of embracing the Recreational Vehicle (RV) market and encouraging local businesses to support their needs. As a result, the Shire is seeing strong growth in the touring caravan and RV vehicle markets, attracted by the freedom camping sites. A couple of years ago Destination NSW estimated the Shire attracted 80,300 visitors, with 28,000 spending one or more nights, an impressive 154,500 nights all up, spending an estimated $26.5 million. It is fair to say that in the years since, improved facilities at the camps, strong promotion by our Tourism Manager and importantly recommendations by word-of-mouth and on-line between travellers has seen those numbers rise exponentially,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“We have built strong bonds with organisations like the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) and in May 2017 Spring Ridge Freedom Camp was named their Freedom Camp for the month. Then, Wallabadah was named their Freedom Camp of the Month for November. Considering their magazine is a national one, and the number of camps around the country, we can be extremely proud that our Shire’s facilities were named twice in a year,” he said.

And then there are the comments from visitors –

Ron van Katwyk and Nikki Robertson
LPSC GM Ron van Katwyk congratulates the Shire’s Visitor Information Centre Manager on the Freedom Camping Guide initiative

Hilary & Geoff from Coffs Harbour wrote regarding the Spring Ridge Camp – Thankyou so much for your welcome to the camp facility. We have left a donation with much gratitude. We loved our stay in your peaceful place and think you are very generous with your great facilities. We loved having a koala camp near us!

Miranda wrote in an on-line review regarding Wallabadah Camp - We tent-camped here for one night. Heavily frequented by grey nomads in large campervans, we found a delightful quiet spot amongst the gums, up the little hill to the left as you enter the area. Handy little overnight spot especially if you have kids in tow.

“While the Freedom Camps are free to stay at, our visitors are very generous with the donations they leave, so much so we have been able to undertake substantial investment in infrastructure at the sites using the money. We sincerely thank travellers for showing their thanks in this way,” he said.

“Another initiative is the Liverpool Plains the plains of freedom RV Camping Guide, a 12-page guide detailing the Freedom Camping Grounds at Wallabadah, Werris Creek, Currabubula, Willow Tree, Spring Ridge and Premer. It provides details of the amenities provided at each site plus local things to see and do. The centre pages provide a map highlighting the camping ground communities and connecting roads around the Shire. It has proved very popular and has seen people stay for several days in the Shire at different camps, as they look around,” he continued.

“We were surprised and flattered when Council received the following letter,” Councillor Hope said.

Parramatta and District Historical Society, as part of a New England Heritage Tour, enjoyed a visit to your First and Second Fleet Park at Wallabadah. Our members were pleased to see the memorial and were delighted your Council had the foresight to establish the memorial gardens.

Please find enclosed a donation from the Society and its Family History group for $100. We request this donation be put towards the ongoing maintenance of the memorial park.  

“I must also mention the community members who have supported these initiatives and helped to make them successful. I also congratulate Council staff who have put so much energy into raising the profile of tourism as an additional economic generator for the Shire,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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The Kamilaroi Highway Marketing Group has spent 2 days meeting in Quirindi, working on their Destination Management Plan, marketing opportunities and Touring Route activities. They were joined by Nicola Chandler from Destination Network Country and Outback, who advised the group on grant opportunities through Destination NSW. The Local Government Areas along the Highway joined forces in 1999 to form the Group as a means of promoting it as a touring route.

The Kamilaroi Highway is one of NSW’s most popular inland touring routes, from the Great Divide at Willow Tree to the Outback at Bourke.

“Every town along the Highway has its own challenges attracting tourism so working together as a Marketing Group makes it possible to undertake activities like promoting the whole route at Caravan and Camping Shows and on digital platforms,” said LPSC Tourism Manager, Nikki Robertson.

“The Group has produced touring brochures, promotional pens, promoted the route at shows in Newcastle, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, set up a website, ran an ad during the Sydney Film Festival, actively use social media and we’re currently working on trails and touring loops along the Highway and following the Namoi and Darling Rivers,” Nikki continued.

“The meetings were complimented by a tour of the Liverpool Plains’ attractions, which greatly impressed our visitors both quality and potential wise,” Nikki concluded

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NSW Trade and Investment Commissioner Tony Zhang visits LPSCLiverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed a visit to the Shire by NSW Trade and Investment Commissioner for North and East China, Tony Zhang, an eminent trade official working directly to facilitate trade and investment for Australia in China.

Councillor Hope, who is also Chair of Namoi Unlimited (formerly Namoi Joint Organisation {JO} of Councils) said China is Australia’s largest trading partner and there are opportunities to build on this relationship for innovators in agriculture and other regional businesses through trade and investment which can also help grow employment opportunities.

“Namoi Unlimited has undertaken research to better understand how the group can influence economic growth in the region. Engaging in international markets, attracting international investment on the right terms, understanding the impact of global commodity markets, supporting agricultural innovation and leveraging and marketing with a regional brand have been identified as key requirements towards the outcomes we seek,” he said.

“Our JO is seeking to establish a formal relationship with the Agricultural Ministry of Ningbo, one of the largest freight ports in China. A delegation will travel to China in March 2018 and as part of developing relationships, member Councils will meet with potential investors to develop identified business opportunities in Guangzhou, Ningbo and Shanghai. The JO is paying for the Mayors of the seven member councils to undertake this trip which I believe will have long term benefits for our region,” he continued.

Major exports to China are currently iron ore, coal and gold, however with an increasingly wealthy middle class there is huge potential to grow our agricultural products especially if we increase food processing and value-adding in the sector,” he said.

“We must take every opportunity to sell what we have to offer to China and other potential markets if we wish to see rural communities prosper into the future,” Councillor Hope concluded.

LPSC GM Ron van Katwyk, Director Economic Development Donna Ausling, Councillor Virginia Black, NSW Trade and Investment Commissioner for North and East China, Tony Zhang, Mayor Andrew Hope, Director Engineering Services Warren Faulkner, Councillor Ian Lobsey, Councillor Paul Moules and Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins discussed trade and investment opportunities.

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On behalf of Council and the community, Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), congratulated the nominees and winners of Shire Australia Day Awards presented at the official ceremony held at the Royal Theatre in Quirindi.

Councillor Hope said while there can only be one winner for each event announced on the day, all the nominees were indeed winners through the roles they play in the community.

“Our community is richer and stronger through the efforts of people who contribute selflessly in so many ways, those who do us proud in the sporting arena and events that add to our cultural diversity. Thank you one and all,” Councillor Hope concluded.

 1 Citizen of the Year 2  2 Young Citizen of the Year Lacie Quigley 3 Marie Maunder Community Service Award 4 Local legend Award

Citizen of the Year
Chris Owen, Marie Blundell and Wendy Cudmore
Winner; Wendy Cudmore

Young Citizen of the Year
Hanna Davis and Lacie Quigley
Winner; Lacie Quigley

Marie Maunder Community Service Award Marie Blundell, Wendy Cudmore, Kevin Doolan, Lorraine MacDonald, Helen Pine and Kathy Redgrove
Winner; Wendy Cudmore

Local Legend
Bernie Saunders and Wendy Cudmore
Winner; Wendy Cudmore

 

5 Emergency Services Community Award 6 Sports person of the Year 7 Young Sportsperson of the Year 2 8 Community Event of the Year

Emergency Services Community Award
Neville Davies, Colin and Pauline Stewart Winner; Neville Davies

Sportsperson of the Year
Winner; Brodie King

Junior Sportsperson of the Year
Molly Elford, Natasha Holz, Nikola Holz, Lacie Quigley, Tayah Riley,
Charlie Saunders and Lucy Scanlon
Winner; Nikola Holz

Community Event of the Year
Blackville Arts and Markets Day, Liverpool Plains Relay for Life, Quirindi High School P&C Christmas Markets,
Wallabadah Races and Quirindi Rural Heritage Village Rally and Swap Meet
Winner; Liverpool Plains Relay for Life

 

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With the return of students to school, the operating hours at both Quirindi and Werris Creek pools have changed to 12 midday to 8pm Monday to Sunday. The early morning operating hours at the Quirindi pool remain Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6am to 8am.

During February a number of swimming carnivals will be held that will mean the pools will be closed for these events. The applicable dates and times are;

Quirindi Pool

  • February 3 – Midday to 2pm – Quirindi Swimming Club Carnival
  • February 8 – 3pm to 8pm – St Joseph’s School Swimming Carnival
  • February 9 – Midday to 3.30pm – Quirindi Public Swimming Carnival
  • February 15 – Midday to 3.30pm – Quirindi High School Swimming Carnival
  • February 22 – Midday to 2pm – Quirindi Public K to 2 Swimming Carnival

Werris Creek Pool

  • February 2 – Midday 2pm to 2.30pm – Werris Creek Public Swimming Carnival
  • February 8 – Midday to 2.30pm – Wallabadah & Willow Tree Public Swimming Carnival
  • February 9 – Midday to 1pm – Small Schools Carnival
  • February 10 – Closed all day – Werris Creek Swimming Club host Speedo Sprints
  • February 11 – Closed until 3pm - Werris Creek Swimming Club host Speedo Sprints
  • February 16 – Midday to 3.30pm – Zone Swimming Carnival

The Liverpool Plains Recreation Centre has various programs, suitable for all ages and physical condition.

The very popular Yoga with Charlie Abra is back on Mondays at 4pm. Please drop in to the Rec Centre in Station Street Quirindi or call 6746 3122 for further details. If your call goes to the answering machine please leave your name and contact details so staff can get back to you.

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Towards the end of 2017, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), through its Workplace Health and Safety Committee, researched the issue of eye injuries in the workplace and came up with a cost effective

Ian Hughes Justin Scoggin  Noel OBrien
LPSC staff Ian Hughes and Justin Scoggin and their new Prescription Safety Glasses with WHS Advisor Noel O’Brien

solution that is suitable for the nature and duration of the type of work staff carry out and extremely fit for the purpose.

“The WHS Committee made a series of recommendations which Council accepted and consistent with Councils buy local policy, Paul Harvey Optometrists were engaged to design and produce Prescription Safety Glasses for people in the LPSC workforce, who are required to wear prescription glasses as well as safety glasses,” said LPSC Work Health and Safety (WH&S) Advisor,” Noel O’Brien.

Under the WHS Act 2011, LPSC like all employers must manage risks to Health and Safety by; Identifying reasonably foreseeable hazards that could give rise to risks to Health and Safety, Eliminate risks to Health and Safety, so far as is reasonably practicable and If it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate risks to Health and Safety, to minimise those risks as far as is reasonably possibe,” he said.

“All Councils WHS and Risk Management initiatives are evidence based, and have a cost benefit analysis undertaken. Additionally, initiatives like this reduce the risk to our staff and also reduce Council’s liability,” Noel continued.

LPSC has a risk management strategy in place and we are working towards Zero Harm in all the tasks we undertake. This is a great initiative and I congratulate the WHS Committee for coming up with this cost effective solution,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope

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The hot spell in mid-December saw demand climb rapidly in all supplies before settling later in the month.

Quipolly Dam is at 71.3% down 2.7% through December. Rainfall failed to generate any runoff into the dam, however the dam still has more water in storage than was possible prior to the upgrade that took place in 2012.

Werris Creek consumers are reminded to be mindful and careful of water usage on hot days or restrictions will need to be implemented while these conditions persist. This situation will be remedied when the new Water Treatment Plant and pipeline is constructed.

Quirindi Bore level DEC early Jan Werris Creek production DEC early Jan

Quirindi Bore levels remain healthy despite demand increasing in the heat

Werris Creek Water Treatment Plant is struggling to keep pace with consumption when the temperature reaches about 37 degrees

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Following receipt of funding through a grant from the Salvation Army towards provision of lighting at Longfield Oval, as part of the Longfield Oval Precinct Upgrade Project, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) and its partners in the project are now eagerly looking forward to a funding announcement from the State Government, through its Stronger Country Communities Fund, to allow the project to commence in earnest.

The Longfield Oval Precint Upgrade Project is a collaboration between LPSC, Quirindi Amateur Basketball Association, Quirindi and District Tennis Club and Quirindi Netball Association as a progressive partnership of organisations to provide opportunities for all members of the community to participate in sports.

The project involves conversion of 4 unused outdoor clay tennis courts into a multipurpose community asset including full sized basketball courts, tennis courts and netball courts with an all weather synthetic surface and improved lighting facilities.

Longfield Oval Precinct Upgrade 

The site of the proposed multipurpose community sports courts

Although the facility will be utilised by the three partnering sporting organisations for both training and competitions, the intent is for the facility to be available for all community members to help promote health and wellbeing.

Longfield Oval Precinct Upgrade Working Group spokesperson Natalie Eade, from the Quirindi Amateur Basketball Association, said they were very pleased and thanked the Salvation Army for the grant funding towards the project and now were very hopeful that the State Government would make a contribution through its Stronger Country Communities Fund to expedite the project. She said the new facilities would improve the opportunity for players to hone their skills, assist local sporting clubs to compete on a more equal playing field in regional and state competitions and improve the opportunity for Quirindi to host visiting teams which would provide a stimulus to local economic development.

“This project is a great concept and I congratulate the organisations that are partnering with Council to improve sporting facilities within the Shire. On behalf of the community I thank our local State MPs, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson and Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen, for lobbying on our behalf. Grant money from the Stronger Country Communities Fund will certainly strengthen our community through the opportunities it provides our local sportspeople plus increasing the opportunities for healthy lifestyles and personnel well being,” LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said.

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Following delays with the galvanisation process for the frames, the construction of the new grandstand at Werris Creek’s David Taylor Oval in now underway. The next stage of the project will be the external cladding, followed by the installation of seating.  

“This is another community driven project that LPSC has been proud to parnter on. It will prove to be an excellent piece of infrastructure that will serve the Magpies, other sporting organisations and school carnivals for many years to come,” said LPSC Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope.

Werris Creek   Grandstand under construction Werris Creek   Grandstand under construction 2

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In a further move to maximise the tourism and economic development potential of the Shire and to facilitate increased growth and sustained development, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has endorsed participation in the Easy to Do Business Program being administered by the NSW Small Business Commissioner and Service NSW.

According to LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, Council is already registered as a Small Business Friendly Council and is currently participating in the Outdoor Dining Pilot Program administered by the NSW Small Business Commissioner with this initiative forming part of the broader Easy to Do Business Program.

Councillor Hope said that advances in technology and changes to the way government interacts with business is creating new opportunities for small business growth.

“The Easy to Do Business Program is designed to lead the way small business engages with all levels of government, removing barriers and making it faster and easier to start, grow and run a small business,” Councillor Hope said.

“The LPSC General Manager and Director of Environmental and Economic Services recently attended a workshop on this initiative and after consideration of likely local benefits we’ve decided to expand Council’s current collaborative activities with the Office of the Small Business Commissioner/Service NSW by formally participating in the Easy to Do Business Program.

“The program focuses on coordination and navigation through all of the government approvals required to be obtained by a new business owner in respect of a particular development sector. Service NSW provides a digital platform and detailed information upfront of what is required by a potential new business owner from all of the approval authorities, including Council,” he said.

“LPSC has been advised by Service NSW that it plans to roll out Easy to Do Business during 2018. It will be administered through a Service Partnership Agreement between Council and Service NSW,” he continued.

“Participation is commensurate with a number of strategic actions contained within Council’s adopted Economic Development Strategy including positioning and promoting LPSC as a leader and driver of economic development, strengthening relationships with government agencies, regional organisations, infrastructure and service providers, providing and promoting information and resources relevant to local business and raising awareness of and increased access to the business advisory and support services and programs available,” he said.

“By formally endorsing this program, Council meets its legislative requirements to empower a Service Partnership Agreement. Through this process Council will delegate the relevant customer service functions related to the administration of the Easy to Do Business Program to the Chief Executive Officer, Service NSW, in accordance with this agreement.

“By participating in the program Council further recognises the contribution that small business makes to the local economy,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Maria KavallarisProfessor Maria Kavallaris, a National Health and Medical Research Council Principle Research Fellow and Program Head of Tumour Biology and Targeting, at the Children’s Cancer Institute, has been named as the 2018 Australia Day Ambassador to the Liverpool Plains Shire.

“We are thrilled to have such an internationally recognised and innovative senior research scientist named as our 2018 Ambassador and look forward to her joining us on January 26 to help celebrate our National Day,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“Professor Kavallaris is an internationally recognised authority in cancer biology research and therapeutics. Her research has identified clinically important mechanisms of resistance to cancer therapies, with her discoveries having led to patents as well as industry and clinical linkages in NSW for the development of cancer treatments and devices, including a gene silencing cancer therapeutic,” Councillor Hope said.

“Her belief that approaches to cancer therapeutics and diagnostics must converge in order for disease survival rates to improve drove her to team up with leading researchers in Engineering and Science to establish the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine at the University of NSW in 2011.

“Professor Kavallaris has made seminal contributions to understanding the mechanisms of action and resistance to cancer therapy. Her studies have identified how some tumours can grow and spread in the body and she has applied this knowledge to develop effective and less toxic cancer therapies using nanotechnology,” he continued.

“The innovation and quality of her research has been recognised many times, including via receipt of an Australian Museum Eureka Prize and the AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence in the innovation category. Professor Kavallaris was recently recognized when she received the 2017 Premier’s Science and Engineering Award for Leadership in Innovation in NSW. She was also named as one of the inaugural Knowledge Nation 100, the ‘rock stars’ of Australia's innovation-driven new economy, and is an elected fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

“As a Life Member and past-President of the Australian Society for Medical Research, the peak professional society representing Australian health and medical research, Professor Kavallaris has a long track record of service to, and advocacy for, medical research in Australia,” he said.

Councillor Hope said the 2018 Australia Day theme is Australia Day – Everyone, every story.

“The theme encourages people to commemorate Australia Day in a way that reflects their connection with Australia, whether that be as an Indigenous Australian, as a newly immigrated Australian or as an Australian-born citizen. No matter where people come from or their experience of Australia, our national day is a day for everyone to observe and celebrate,” he said.

“We look forward to Professor Kavallaris joining with the LPS community on January 26, commencing with the Australia Day Awards Ceremony at the Royal Theatre, to celebrate our National Day and to recognise people who have contributed to making the Shire a better place to live,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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In conjunction with Central Northern Regional Library (CNRL), LPSC’s Werris Creek Library will be running two school holiday workshops on Wednesday January 17

Library   Sphero
A sphero robot that can be controlled with a smartphone or tablet .
designed to get the grey matter working whilst having fun at the same time.

The first, from 11am to Midday, will be a coding based workshop using the Sphero robots and has been designed for age 8 and up.

 

“Our school holiday events that feature robots are always popular and this one will set the kids a bit of a challenge,” said librarian Marilyn Deeks.

“The second workshop will run from 2 to 3pm and is for ages 9+. In this littlebits electronics prototyping session students will be asked to design a prototype for a new and improved torch using the littlebits electronic components and some craft materials,” Marilyn said.

“In this workshop they will also need to think about who their target market is and come up with a marketing strategy,” she continued.

“The ages are set at 8+ or 9+ respectively for these events as attendees must have a certain level of mathematical understanding and comprehension,” she said.

“It is vital that enrolments are made, by calling 6768 7340, as places are limited at both workshops.

“I encourage interested parents/carers to call as soon as possible to avoid disappointment,” Marilyn concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Councillors have undertaken an end of year inspection tour of major road and water/sewerage projects that are either currently underway or to be undertaken from early in 2018. These included roadworks on Warrah Ridge Road, Cattle Lane, Williewarina Road and examination of links that may be eligible for State Government funding as part of a bigger regional project for upgrades to roads that are significant as transport arteries. 

“The resheeting works about to take place on the unsealed section of Warrah Ridge Road are the biggest project on this road since restoration works in 2013/14 following flood events. To give people some idea of the costs and magnitude of work involved maintaining a road like this the two flood events were covered by Natural Disaster Funding to restore the road to the existing condition prevailing prior to the flood event. This amounted to $206,073.41. Such funding cannot be spent for ’betterment’ of the road, just repairs. The first repair project entailed approximately 8,069 tonnes of new gravel over 23,427m2 or 51% of the unsealed road pavement surface area of  Warrah Ridge Road. The second entailed approximately 3,500 tonnes over 11,690m2 or 26% of the unsealed road pavement surface area,” Councillor Hope said.

“The flood damage that we had to repair on Cattle Lane following the two 2013 flood events was even more extensive than we had to carry out on Warrah Ridge Road. Again Natural Disaster Funding was available and amounted to $631,423. The first repair project saw approximately 25,984 tonnes of gravel utilised over 68,600m2 or 49% of the unsealed road pavement surface area on Cattle Lane. The second repair project carried out in January 2015 saw 11,371 tonnes utilised over 53,600m2 or 38% of the unsealed road pavement,” he continued.

“The current resheeting program on these roads is part of one of the biggest roads programs LPSC has ever undertaken. We’ve completed the Bundella Road $160,000 reconstruction, have to date spent $458,000 on the heavy patching project, by the end of January 2018 we’ll have spent $405,000 on the re-sheeting program. Into 2018 work will continue on Williewarrina Road for which we just received a $1.758 million Fixing Country Roads grant, the $613,000 Wheelabarrowback reconstruction on Coonabarabran Road, the  Willow Tree to Merriwa Road project, the $230,000 culvert and construction program and a $270,000 Wiles Gully embankment stabilisation,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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(L to R) – Councillor Ken Cudmore, LPSC Director Engineering Services Warren Faulkner, Councillor Rob Webster, LPSC GM Ron van Katwyk, Mayor Andrew Hope and Councillors Paul Moules, Virginia Black and Doug Hawkins at McDonalds Creek on Warrah Ridge Road. The first major resheeting of Warrah Ridge Road since the  repairs following the 2013 flood events should be completed in January at an estimated cost of $142,000, utilising Roads to Recovery funding. 

Councillors also inspected the works currently under way on Cattle Lane. A truck prepares to spread more material as part of the gravel resheeting program on Cattle Lane that will see 7.6kms of new gravel overlay provided between Warrah Ridge Road and Bundella Road also utilising Roads to Recovery funding.  

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has considered the attendance figures for the six week trial of an early morning session at Werris Creek Swimming Pool and determined that the very small number of people who utilised the opportunity makes it financially unviable to continue the session.

“Sadly, the numbers just did not stack up and on several of the trial days only two or three people were in attendance. Council believes it can better invest the limited pools’ budget, to benefit larger numbers of people, by utilising the inflatable obstacle course, holding ‘dive-in’ movie nights, and partnering with the swimming clubs to continue improving facilities. Werris Creek pool in particular has had a considerable extension to operating hours this season based on suggestions received from the community, plus its amenities makeover,” LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said.     

“Additionally, later in the season if we have extended heatwaves like last season, we want to be in a position to again extend hours if necessary,” he said.

“During the school holidays both pools will be open between 10am and 7pm, 7 days, except  for Christmas and Boxing Days when both will be closed. Another small exception will be at Quirindi Pool when on Tuesdays, from January 9 2018, the pool will only be open for use by the swimming club after 6pm,” he continued.

“Looking ahead, proposed Inflatable Days for the pools are Friday 5 January - Werris Creek Pool - 12-3pm, Saturday 20 January - Quirindi Pool - 12-3pm and Friday 26 January - Australia Day – Werris Creek Pool 12-3pm..

“Block 1 learn to swim will run from January 2 to 12 and Block 2 between the 15th and 25th. For more information or to book a place ring the REC Centre on 6746 3122 and leave your details if it switches to the answering machine,” he said.

“As a nation we love our water activities. However, it is sobering to remember that this time last year, through until January 3, 18 people in NSW lost their lives in drowning accidents. That is a figure that was on par with road fatalities.

“It is obvious that fun can turn to tragedy very quickly so please look out for one another around water and keep babies and toddlers within arms reach at all times,” Councillor Hope concluded.  

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According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, the continuing efforts of the Spring Ridge Local Advisory Group (LAG), in conjunction with their wider community, to improve the amenity of their village has been one of the Shire’s success stories of the past twelve-eighteen months.

“I am looking forward to joining the Spring Ridge Community on Saturday 16 December when they celebrate the official opening of the Spring Ridge Park Embellishment Project which has seen a makeover of the facilities at Lachlan Campbell Park,” he said.

In a community partnership with Whitehaven Mines and LPSC, the park has had shading installed over the play equipment to permit use during hot weather. To compliment the improvements they’ve installed a new, covered, aluminium picnic table and seat plus purchasing and installing a king size gas BBQ. The original playground border has been removed and has been replaced with new treated timber edgings. Additionally, the electricity supply has been reconnected to the park with a flood light and power points installed. An ‘expression swing’ for use by adults and babies/toddlers has been installed too.

“This has been a big project for the community and they can feel very proud of their achievements,” Councillor Hope said.

“A short, official opening will be held from 5.15pm on Saturday 16. This will be followed by the Christmas Tree and a visit from Santa, organised by the Public School Christmas Tree Committee  at 5.30pm. Then, the LAG have organised a BBQ and Chocolate Wheel to be held at the Spring Ridge Hotel from 6.30pm,” he continued.

“I know there is a cordial invitation from the Spring Ridge community for guests from around the Shire to come and share the evening with them. You will be made most welcome,” he said.

“It is success stories such as the achievements of the Spring Ridge community that make me very proud to be Mayor and I look forward to sharing the evening with locals and visitors alike,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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