Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, is reminding eligible Shire community organisations that applications for funding through Round 2 of Council’s Community Funding Program close on Tuesday 1 December.
“Application forms and a guidelines fact sheet can be downloaded from Council’s website at www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/mycommunity/communityfunding or by calling 6746 1755. Completed application forms are to be emailed to email@example.com or posted to PO Box 152 Quirindi NSW 2343,” he said.
Councillor Hawkins is also reminding the community that nominations for the 2021 Liverpool Plains Shire Australia Day Awards are now open.
“The LPS Australia Day Awards are grassroots and rely on community members to nominate individuals and organisations deserving recognition for the noteworthy contributions or outstanding service they’ve given to our local communities. I encourage you to take a moment and nominate those that make a difference and enrich the social fabric of our Shire,” he said.
“Full details of criteria, eligibility and the nomination process can be found on the official nomination form. Complete the form online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LPSAUS21 or alternatively, hard copies are available from the LPSC Administration Centre, Werris Creek library and the Visitor Information Centre Willow Tree. Details of how to return completed nominations is provided on the forms,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
The Premer CWA building has received a facelift, being repainted utilising $15,000 funding Liverpool Plains Shire Council successfully gained through the NSW Government’s local drought stimulus package.
“The Premer CWA building is an important community asset which also houses the local Health Service,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
“It is vital that investment is made in our smaller Shire communities and this is one of a number of community infrastructure projects being undertaken, following community consultation, in the Shire’s villages, designed to support social and community sustainability,” he said.
“There is more to come in Premer with Council also successfully gaining $30,000 through the same program for the refurbishment of the rotunda area at the Lions Park Premer recreation grounds precinct, a project that is planned to be completed during this financial year,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, is encouraging Shire residents and businesses to join in the spirit of Christmas and enter the LPS 2020 Christmas Lights Competition.
“Entries are now open and close on Monday 14 December at 9am. Already there are some great displays up around the Shire and there’ll be considerably more as we move into December. These displays bring a lot of joy, especially to younger children, as their parents take them out after dark to marvel at the lights and the scenes many portray. The competition is a bit of fun and the winners of each category will be awarded $100 Shop Local Vouchers,” the Mayor said.
There are 4 categories to be being judged -
Best Lights Display
Best All Rounder
Councillor Hawkins said entry forms are available online from the LPSC website at http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/mycommunity/competitions, via survey monkey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/LPSXMAS20, Council’s Administration Centre, Werris Creek library and the Willow Tree Visitor Information Centre. He said judging will take place during the evenings of Monday 14 to Wednesday 16 December.
“Completed entry forms should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered to the facility where the entry forms were picked up from. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 23 December on Council’s Facebook page and in the Quirindi Advocate,” he said.
“Christmas lights are enjoyment that can be delivered in a Covid-safe manner. It adds to community ambience as homes and businesses look stunning at night. They can help brighten us all up after what has been a rather difficult year for many and prepare us for spending holiday time relaxing with family and friends,” he continued.
“I’d like to thank all those who join and share the spirit of the season and encourage others to get into the festive mood, by decorating their homes and businesses and bring extra Christmas cheer to the Liverpool Plains Shire,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
At its November Ordinary Meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) accepted the tender submitted by Best Practice Constructions Pty Ltd to undertake the Quirindi Library Precinct redevelopment.
“This is another significant milestone towards this exciting project and great news for the community which will see the redevelopment of the site into an important community hub serving as a contemporary multi-purpose area with modern facilities and improved activity space,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
“This decision will facilitate the contractor establishing on site immediately and it is anticipated that the project will be completed in approximately 6 months.
“There was considerable interest shown by building contractors in this project and tenders have been assessed in accordance with approved tender assessment guidelines,” he said.
Councillor Hawkins said that the project, being a major one in the heart of the CBD, will cause some disruptions and he requests motorists and pedestrians to be patient and to take extra care when navigating the area.
“The parking bays in front of Service NSW will be closed off for the duration of the construction process and pedestrians are requested to follow the signage instructions in place and to only navigate the area within the delineated walkway area,” he said.
“The public toilets at the library site are also closed with an alternative amenities block available approximately 200 metres south in George Street opposite Fonzies and Unique Rustique,” he continued.
“LPSC has been successful in obtaining $900,000 funding for the project comprising $200,000 through the NSW State Library, $350,000 through the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program and $350,000 through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Program. The balance of the project costs will be funded from Section 7.12 Developer Contributions and the Local Community Infrastructure Program,” he said.
“I thank Council’s Engineering Department staff for their development of this project to the point where the actual construction work is commencing. When completed the community will have a modern facility that will serve as an important hub in the years ahead,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Mayor, Doug Hawkins OAM, says that he was honoured to participate in several NAIDOC Week events and that he always feels privileged when welcomed to country.
“This year’s NAIDOC message, "Always Was Always Will Be", is an important reminder that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years and are spiritually and culturally connected to this country.
“NAIDOC 2020 provided an invitation to all Australians to embrace the history of this country, a history which dates back thousands of generations. The very first footprints on this continent were those belonging to the First Nation people and it has been recognised they have the oldest continuing culture on the planet,” he said.
“Our Shire is situated in the traditional lands of the Kamilaroi Nation. It was the second largest Nation in Eastern Australia, covering an area of 75,000 square kilometres from around Singleton in the south to the Warrumbungle Mountains, Brewarrina and Walgett in the west, across the North-West Slopes and Plains through to Nindigully in south-west Queensland.
“Council recognises the importance of Kamilaroi history and culture, not only to the 13% of our population that claims Aboriginal heritage, but also to the wider community. It is recognised with an interpretive walkway at the Shire’s Visitor Information Centre information at Willow Tree where there is a welcome to country in both the Gomeroi and English language plus interpretive panels explaining the history and culture, sculptures, as well as traditional groove-stones,” he continued.
“During NAIDOC week I was delighted to visit Walhallow Public School where I made a little presentation to the children on behalf of the Shire of equipment to play rounders, comprising bats, balls and bases plus caps and water bottles. Walhallow is a great little school and when I was invited to address their assembly I pointed out how proud they should be of it. I was also able to share with them a little about the fun I have visiting their community as part of the Clontarf Foundation Quirindi-Walhallow and return bike ride. It was a fitting story for NAIDOC Week because the Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men,” he said.
“Later in the day, I shared afternoon tea with members of the Aboriginal Elders Group at the Quirindi Pavilion. It was a very pleasant occasion, and I got a nice surprise when they presented me with a coffee mug featuring an Aboriginal art design. The gesture was greatly appreciated, thank you,” he continued.
“When I was a young man and growing up near Brewarrina, I was very fortunate to have a number of Aboriginal elders as mentors. They gave their time to teach me boxing, swimming, and a lot of life skills that I am forever grateful for. I am also grateful to the many Aboriginal people I know today who share their friendship with me. We are all Australians, but you have a particularly important place in our culture,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Enrolments for 2021 are now open at Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Eastside Long Day Care Centre and any families wanting to secure a position for their child are encouraged to contact the Centre’s Manager, Carmel Jones, by calling 6746 3015.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM said The Centre prides itself on the quality care it provides to children from birth to five years of age on a full time and casual basis.
“Staff use the National Early Years Framework (EYLF) to develop learning programs for the children who are offered a full educational early childhood program developed around each child’s developmental needs, interests and abilities,” he said.
“The children at Eastside are divided into three aged learning groups. Nursery 0-2 year olds, the two to three year old room and a three to five years Preschool/School Readiness class.
The Centre also offers limited places for school aged children up till twelve years of age for before and after school and vacation care. The Centre operates 51 weeks of the year and is open between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday,” he continued.
Conncillor Hawkins extended his thanks to Carmel and her team at The Centre for the care and education they’ve provided to local children during 2020 and the extra distance they’ve gone to maintain a safe environment for children and families through the pandemic.
Councillor Hawkins said improvements continue to be made at the facility to provide the young attendees with an environment conducive to learning and developing their cognitive skills.
“Earlier in the year a 42 metre permanent tactile surface path was added to the outdoor facilities which already included play equipment and a sandpit. The objects in the pathway and the varied tactile surfaces encourage individual sensory exploration by the children, extending their learning and play opportunities,’ he said.
“If you have any enquiries regarding what is offered at the Centre and/or possible Government subsidies you may be entitled to, please give Carmel a ring for further information,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council recognised the contribution that the Clontarf Foundation’s Quirindi Academy has made in the Shire community at an event held at the Council Chambers. The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and by doing so equips them to participate more meaningfully in society.
“Council has had a relationship with the Clontarf Foundation Quirindi Academy for some years now and as Mayor, I’m extremely impressed with the work they do in partnership with the Quirindi High School and the wider community. Their dedicated team has lifted the school attendance rate of the young men they assist to 90% which is a fantastic result,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“Each year an event for the organisation is run with the Liverpool Plains Reconciliation and Retaining Youth Bike Ride from Quirindi to Walhallow and return. This event allows a close relationship to be built between participants and local organisations including the police, Quirindi TAFE, the RSL Club, and the Commonwealth Bank team who assist the Quirindi Academy program. I’d like to thank the CF’s Quirindi Director, Marcus Thompson, for organising the attendees for the event and to congratulate him and his team on the fantastic work they do in our Shire,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
November is National Asbestos Awareness Month and Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, is urging homeowners, renovators, tradies and property owners to take the warnings about asbestos seriously when renovating or maintaining homes and properties.
“With Australia among the highest consumers of asbestos in the world, and with the wide-spread use of Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) in the construction of homes built or renovated prior to 1987 and in commercial and non-residential structures prior to 31 December 2003, it’s going to be many years, if ever, before all remaining ACM is completely removed from Australian properties so we need to take all the appropriate precautions to manage asbestos safely,” he said.
“Over a 12 month period more than 4,000 Australians die from asbestos-related diseases caused from exposure to asbestos fibres either in the home or in the workplace. Asbestos-related diseases include pleural disease, asbestosis, lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma which can develop 20-50 years after asbestos fibres are inhaled. There is no cure for mesothelioma and the survival time following diagnosis can be as little as 10-12 months.
“To put it into perspective, deaths caused by asbestos related diseases this year have been 4 times greater than those due to COVID-19. As with COVID-19, the most effective means of preventing asbestos-related deaths is to prevent exposure and the inhalation of deadly asbestos fibres through wearing PPE and safe asbestos management practices,” he continued.
“There are thousands of different types of products that contain asbestos including fibro, brick, weatherboard, clad homes and apartments as well as in many commercial and non-residential structures including buildings, fences and farm sheds. The risk of inhaling asbestos fibres can occur during maintenance, so the message is, Don’t cut it! Don’t drill it! Don’t drop it! Don’t sand it! Don’t saw it! Don’t scrape it! Don’t scrub it! Don’t dismantle it! Don’t tip it! Don’t waterblast it! Don’t demolish it! And whatever you do, Don’t dump it!” he said.
Cherie Barber, Australia’s Renovation Queen and Ambassador for National Asbestos Awareness Month lost her Grandfather to an asbestos-related disease. Cherie said, “One of the greatest health threats to families and tradespeople is asbestos fibres during renovations and maintenance so if you’re a renovator or a tradie, when it comes to asbestos Go Slow! Because asbestos is a NO GO!”
Mayor Hawkins said, “whether you’re a tradie or a home renovator there is a wealth of information available at http://asbestosawareness.com.au/
“Renovators can find user-friendly information including a renovators guide video, a 20 point safety check, search Australia’s only online asbestos product database, download fact sheets and a Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying Asbestos-Containing Materials.
“For tradies there are fact sheets and the residential checklist for tradies, A Tradespersons Guide to Asbestos. These are valuable tools for every tradie enabling them to conduct simple visual inspections of properties and to know potential risks ensuring that asbestos is managed safely and in accordance with regulations.
“Living in a rural community we also need to keep in mind that many farm buildings were also constructed from fibro as a cost-effective means of housing equipment and stock and it was also widely used to construct ‘sleep-out’ additions to farmhouses and workers accommodation,” he said.
“There are strict rules pertaining to disposal of asbestos. You can find information regarding this here.
“In the Liverpool Plains Shire the Quirindi Landfill is the only site where asbestos can be disposed of legally. You must call them on 0438 485 677 to make an appointment prior to delivery. They can advise on requirement for packing the asbestos and transporting it,” he continued.
“Please don’t play Russian Roulette with your life, that of your family, other community members or the environment when dealing with asbestos,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Freedom Camping area at Wallabadah has reopened. Visitors are requested to abide by the COVID-safe requirements that are in place.
“After months of shutdown due to COVID-19 we look forward to welcoming visitors and travellers again and making them welcome as they come to enjoy a stay on the beautiful Liverpool Plains and after recent rains the country is looking absolutely magnificent. Travellers are welcome to stay at the facility, which has amenities including hot showers, BBQ area and children’s playground,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins.
“Maintaining COVID-safety is a priority both to keep travellers safe but also to protect our own community. As part of the arrangement visitors are required to register by scanning the QR code which can be found in the outside area within the amenities block precinct. Instructions on the use of the QR code are provided. Council officers will attend the Freedom Camping Area in the morning and evening and anyone who has not registered with the QR code will be required to register with them. The receipt should be displayed on your vehicle’s dash,” he said.
“Visitors are required to maintain Covid-safety with an emphasis on social distancing. If you are displaying any Covid symptoms please do not enter the precinct and seek medical attention and a COVID-19 test,” he continued.
“Visitors to the Shire can contact the Visitor Information Centre which is located at Willow Tree to find out the many interesting things to do and see on the Liverpool Plains. You can call in or phone them on 6747 1226,” he said.
“The Wallabadah Freedom Camping Area is the first of the LPS’s such facilities to reopen. This is a trial to determine the logistical requirements of maintaining Covid-safety. Results will help determine the process of reopening other facilities in the Shire. The caravan park in Quirindi is also open for visitors.
“Prior to COVID-19 our Freedom Camping areas hosted many visitors and had been developed as part of the Shire’s recreational vehicle (RV) strategy. Not only are we pleased to be able again welcome visitors to our peaceful rural environment, but we also realise the economic boost this can provide local businesses who have done it tough during the pandemic,” he continued.
“Everyone’s co-operation maintaining Covid-safety will be greatly appreciated. It is also appreciated when visitors make a donation in the box provided at the Freedom Camping Area with all proceeds going to maintain and improving facilities,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
With the Liverpool Plains Shire’s swimming pools at Werris Creek and Quirindi reopened for the 2020/21 season, Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, is reminding the community that we all have a shared responsibility to remain COVID-safe and that everyone has a role to play controlling the spread in public gatherings.
“It is great to see many restrictions being lifted and if we want to maintain this ‘new normal’ we must do everything possible to ensure social distancing is observed. Large numbers are likely to congregate at the swimming pools and while we want to see people enjoy themselves there are a few simple rules we can follow to increase safety and abide by Health regulations,” he said.
“Our pools have COVID Safety Plans in place to avoid spreading the virus. Individuals can do their bit by keeping a ‘beach towel’ length between them and other pool users. Groups must remain within the size permitted under the Public Health Orders, under 20 people. Avoid crowded swim areas and stay at least 1.5 metres away from people you don’t live with.
“The usual pool rules continue to apply. Please obey any requests the life guards may make and remember they are also keeping you safe.
“Pool users are encouraged to bring their own gear and in addition to those essentials it is suggested you pack extra hand sanitizer, extra drinking water, and avoid sharing items such as food, equipment, toys, and supplies, with people you don’t live with,” he continued.
“We all want to be able to enjoy our pools, open spaces and parklands but to achieve this it needs to be a different kind of summer. Together, we’ll have to work hard to keep these public spaces open, safe and welcoming places for the community. As is the case for maintaining safety in all public spaces please remember that if you have recently returned from overseas, recognised areas of concern for community transmission or had close contact with a person with COVID-19, you must self-isolate for 14 days.
“To remain COVID-safe there is no room for complacency. Our Shire has remained lucky in recent months with no recorded COVID-19 cases and that’s the way we’d like to keep it. The recent, unfortunate Victorian experience showed us that it only takes a few irresponsible people for the virus to run rampant and the community to find itself in total lockdown, a situation we must avoid by everyone shouldering their responsibilities, so we protect one another. Let’s stay safe and enjoy the warmer weather and upcoming holiday season,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Hours of operation Werris Creek and Quirindi pools 2020/21 season -
- 31 October to 18 December – Monday to Friday 1pm to 6pm – Weekends 11am to 6pm
- 19 December to 31 January – Monday to Sunday 10am to 7pm
- 1 February to 28 February – Monday to Friday 1.30pm to 7pm – Weekends 10am to 7pm
- 1 March to 28 March – Monday to Friday 2pm to 6pm – Weekends 11am to 6pm
- Early morning (Quirindi only) Weekdays 6am to 8am
- Closed – Christmas Day and Boxing Day
For details of daily entry and season pass pricing for adults, children, pensioners and families as well as saving to be made by purchasing early bird passes please go to the Plains Fitness FB page or enquire at the pools.
Recent rainfall events have proven beneficial to Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s water supplies.
Quipolly Dam was recharged to 100% capacity and streamflow in creeks across the LPSC LGA should aid in recovering ground water levels that in some locations still haven’t regained pre-drought levels.
Inflow upstream of the new Quipolly Dam saw inflow from the old dam which spilled during the event
The inflow into the new Quipolly Dam saw it regain 100% capacity and spill
The Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, has congratulated Council’s staff who manage the Shire’s Commonwealth Home Support Service (HSS), based out of Werris Creek and Quirindi, for their sterling efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic and welcomed the move to resume some of their normal activities.
“Over the last 7 months, the HSS team, Clare, Kirsty and Jeanette, have maintained support for some of the most vulnerable in our community under difficult circumstances. Lockdowns and health restrictions have meant that their normal activities had to be put on hold and now both the staff and clients are welcoming the resumption of some of these events and the opportunity for social interaction,” he said.
“The HSS staff have developed a COVIDsafe plan for activities that follow guidelines, advice and restrictions in line with NSW Health orders. For the time being, out of town outings are still
on hold,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“During National Carers Week the Werris Creek and Quirindi HSS usually hold a large, combined event to celebrate the important role carer’s play in our society and to raise community awareness about the diversity of carers and their roles. Carers are people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who are frail aged or have a disability, mental health condition, chronic condition, or terminal illness,” he continued.
“The Council managed HSS provide important opportunities for eligible community members to receive support and participate in social activities. They also provide the local Meals on Wheels service. There are activities for both women and men, so if you or someone you know may benefit from the services and social activity provided please call Werris Creek HSS on 0428 113 458 or Quirindi HSS on 6746 4545 to enquire regarding eligibility,” he concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, is advising eligible Shire community organisations that Round 2 of Council’s Community Funding Program is now open with applications closing on Tuesday 1 December. He said LPSC’s Community Funding Program recognises the vital contribution that community groups and organisations play in the development of the Shire’s social capital and quality of life.
“Application forms and a guidelines fact sheet can be downloaded here or by calling 6746 1755. Completed application forms are to be emailed to email@example.com or posted to PO Box 152 Quirindi NSW 2343, to be received by the closing date,” he said.
“An organisation applying for community funding from Council must conduct the event or project within the Shire, be a not-for-profit entity, or have the project auspiced by a not-for-profit entity. The organisation must hold current and relevant public liability insurance to the value of $20 million, commence the activity or project in the financial year in which the funding is being sought, demonstrate environmental, social and economic benefits to the Shire and be financially viable,” he continued.
“Seed funding aims to encourage the development of new events across the Liverpool Plains Shire by providing not-for-profit organisations with some initial funding, up to $5,000, to help support and launch new, or one-off event activities.
“Growth funding, up to $5,000, is offered to assist event organisers to improve their existing event and to build strategic capacity within their event.
“Local sporting and recreational clubs can apply for assistance for infrastructure improvements, up to $5,000 for this round, that will have a lasting impact on the success of an event, or organisation, and provides value for the broader Liverpool Plains Shire community,” he said.
If you require further information or assistance, please contact Council on 6746 1755 during business hours,” the Mayor concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has resolved to disperse $16,000 from its Local Heritage Fund via eleven grants to assist owners of places with heritage significance undertake conservation and restoration works. In making the decision, due consideration has been given to community interest and funding body guidelines
“Items of heritage significance include buildings identified as contributing to the character of the Shire. The aim is to maintain, preserve or restore elements that contribute to the heritage value of a place. Council makes the grants based on the advice of its Heritage Advisor,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
“In July 2020, Council wrote to the owners of private properties listed in the current Schedule 5 of the LPS Local Environmental Plan and the revised Schedule and Heritage Conservation Areas as set out in the adopted LPS Community Based Heritage Study. Owners were invited to obtain an information and application package regarding funding opportunities. Items located on land owned by the State Government, Council, or Public Authorities were not included,” he said.
“As a result of responses and following recommendations by Council’s Heritage Advisor projects at the following sites have been funded:
- $2,000 - The former Australian Joint Stock Bank building, George Street, Quirindi
- $990 - The former Chapman’s Store building, Single Street, Werris Creek
- $1,500 - The former Commercial Bank building, New England Highway, Willow Tree
- $1,300 - Croaker Memorial Church, Coonabarabran Road, Caroona - $1,300
- $2,000 - The former David Taylor Pty Ltd General Store building, Single Street, Werris Creek
- $2,000 - The former Hing Park General Store building, Single Street, Werris Creek
- $1,310 - J.H. Purcell Building, Single Street, Werris Creek
- $500 - Private residence, Hill Street, Quirindi
- $1,500 - Warrah Woolshed, Willow Tree - Merriwa Road, Warrah Creek
- $1,500 - Windy Woolshed, Windy Road, Pine Ridge
“Council also resolved to waive the associated heritage exemption certificate application fee of $85 under in respect of these items.
“There is an established budget of $16,000 for the Local Heritage Fund. Because LPSC manages this fund in accordance with requirements of the Heritage Branch Office of Environment and Heritage NSW it is expected Council will be entitled to a grant of $5,500 at the end of the financial year,” he said
“LPSC provides a free heritage advisory service to owners of older buildings. Council's Heritage Advisor is available to assist with understanding old buildings and to give guidance on how to manage issues associated with these buildings including colour schemes and advice on proposed work. He can be contacted through Council by calling 6746 1755,” he continued.
“Last year Council adopted the LPSC Heritage Strategy 2019-2022. Council acknowledges the importance of and the need to preserve our history and unique heritage where appropriate. The Heritage Strategy and the Heritage Action Plan are important tools, along with the Local Heritage Fund, in achieving this goal,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
At its September Ordinary Meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) resolved to reduce the charges to sporting facility user groups by 50 per cent for the 2020/21 financial year.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, said Council had received several requests from sporting facility user groups seeking a reduction in fees as COVD-19 impacted their clubs ability to run events, thus reducing their capacity to raise funds to pay the fees.
“LPSC acknowledges the importance of sport and recreation to the community and, as such during normal times, user fees are determined on a 30 per cent cost recovery basis with Council providing a significant subsidy to assist the user groups, many of which are organised and run by volunteers. The reduction for the rest of this financial year reduces that cost recovery to fifteen percent,” he said.
“It is important that everything possible is done to assist these organisations to make it through the pandemic, so they continue to operate where possible now and into the future. No club has sought a total waiving of the fees, acknowledging that Council still incurs costs to maintain and operate these facilities even with lower usage,” he continued.
“It is Council policy and part of the Community Strategic Plan to support local groups, including sporting, youth and recreational organisations. Community interest in sport and recreation was evident as Council developed the LP Recreation Strategy.
“Council is now embarking on the biggest investment in its history towards sport and recreation. Funding has been secured to the value of $3,117,950 to commence implementation of the Showground Precinct and the Quirindi Sporting Fields Precinct projects as well as funding from other sources for further developments at David Taylor Oval Werris Creek and recreation grounds in our smaller communities. There are exciting times ahead for sport and recreation in the Liverpool Plains Shire,” he concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, is encouraging The Shire’s small business operators to register now to participate in two free, special online events, Building your brand on social media on Wednesday 21 October between 10 and 11am and Future proof your business on Wednesday 28 October between 2 and 3pm. Both events will be streamed via ZOOM virtual. Registration to participate in these events is essential and interested business operators should email their details to Council’s Economic Development Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange their participation.
“LPSC is collaborating with NSW Small Business to facilitate these events. Council is aware of how tough many local small businesses have been doing it, firstly through drought and now through COVID-19. These two webinars are designed to assist our small businesses to grasp opportunities that can assist you to come back stronger. The events are free, so you have nothing to lose but much to gain by being proactive and participating,” Councillor Hawkins said.
Building your brand on social media will be presented by Damian Morgan, a respected speaker and advisor to corporate Australia on branding, advertising, and
Damian will explain how throughout history when transformational shocks to the economy occur, they always create opportunities too and how it’s times like this we need to make calm, clear headed decision and look for opportunity. It may seem counter-intuitive, but there has never been a better or more important time to work on your next marketing move. business development strategies. Damian consults to several leading Australian companies and government departments, and over the past 5 years he has also presented to more than a two thousand small businesses making him one of Australia’s most seasoned and sought-after business speakers.
Future proof your business will be presented by Dr. Connie Henson, the author of BrainWise Leadership, the founder and Managing Director of Learning Quest, and the creator of Learning Quest’s science-based Mind Management methodology. Connie has extensive international and local experience facilitating cultural change and business transformation, and diverse industry experience including corporate, small medium enterprise, not-for profit and government.
Business acumen and strategic thinking are no longer sufficient to achieve business results in today’s volatile, uncertain and complex workplace. Successful leaders know how to shift mindsets, behaviour and habits enabling businesses to adapt to a changing business environment. Any challenge or change creates a certain amount of disruption, but that does not mean the disruption itself can’t be a catalyst for growth.
Webinar attendees will gain insight into the brain’s natural reactions when dealing with changes and challenges and why people react the way they do and how to respond effectively. You’ll learn about neuroscience-based, practical techniques to increase self-awareness and facilitating mindset and behaviours to avoid unhelpful/reactive behavioural patterns when dealing with uncertainty in the business environment plus practical science-based tools to maintain and enhance your own and your team’s performance and wellbeing.
“Council is delighted to be able to provide local business operators with the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business. I urge you to register your interest now so you can benefit from the knowledge the presenters are offering that can assist you to strengthen your business operations into the future,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
At its Ordinary monthly meeting, held on 30 September, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) conducted elections, by Ordinary ballot, for the positions of Mayor and Deputy Mayor.
There were 2 nominations for the Mayor’s position being Councillors Paul Moules and Doug Hawkins OAM. Councillor Hawkins was elected as the Mayor.
There were 4 nominations for the position of Deputy Mayor being Councillors Virginia Black, Paul Moules, Ken Cudmore and Ian Lobsey OAM. Councillor Cudmore was elected as the Deputy Mayor.
Councillors Hawkins and Cudmore were elected for a one year period through until the deferred general Council election is held in September 2021.
At Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) September Ordinary Meeting, Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope, officially retired from his role as Mayor and as a Councillor. Councillor Hope was first elected to Council in 2012, became Deputy Mayor in 2013 and then Mayor in 2014
“It has been an honour and privilege to serve the LPS community over the past eight years as a Councillor and as Mayor,” the retiring Mayor said.
“I’ve been pondering retirement for some time with mixed emotions. Being Mayor is quite a taxing role that demands a lot of time and commitment. That has to be weighed against having a wife and family I want to spend more time with, running my own small business and maintaining my health. Somewhere along the line you have to make a tough decision and I decided now is the right time to retire. I thank my wife and family for their support during my time serving on Council,” he said.
“I’ve always believed that harnessing the power of community achieves the best outcomes for the Shire. Thank you to all who show an interest in your local government and its operations. The individuals, organisations and volunteers, community members who serve on Council’s advisory groups, those who contribute through the consultation process, making submissions and attending workshops on issues, you underlie your Council’s success in gaining grant funding for projects that drive our economic and social development.
“As Mayor one is the captain of a team, but it is all seven Councillors who through the democratic process determine Council policy. I acknowledge my fellow Councillors I’ve served with, both past and present, for their contributions.
“Once Council makes decisions, it is the role of the General Manager, Directors and staff to implement them. During my time on Council I have worked with various people in these positions, all of whom have shown great dedication to our community by successfully gaining funding and rolling out projects that benefit us now and into the future. Thank you one and all for a job well done.
“Thanks are also due to our Federal Member Barnaby Joyce and State Members Michael Johnsen and Kevin Anderson for their commitment to our communities and support that has resulted in Council successfully gaining many millions of dollars in funding to undertake projects that will provide benefits Shire wide,” he continued.
When asked about his accomplishments as Mayor, Councillor Hope laughs and says it’s not about my accomplishments, its about what the community and its Council has achieved through working together as a team. I am proud though of what that team work has achieved, the projects we’ve rolled out and the exciting projects that are in the pipeline.
“As a result of teamwork we staved off the threat of amalgamation and through restructuring we continue to make Council Fit for the Future. We’ve progressed our vision for water security through the Quipolly Dam Safety Upgrade and Augmentation, the construction of the Willow Tree pipeline, a new bore at Wallabadah and the Quirindi Reservoir project. We secured $20 million funding from the Federal and State Governments for the Quipolly Water project and now tenders have been called to undertake this massive project which should be completed in 2022.
“The Emergency Services Precinct established in Quirindi in partnership with the RFS and State Government has given us a state of the art facility to protect our communities. Various tourism and event initiatives including the RV Strategy and Hangi in the Country, a partnership with Sister City Blacktown City Council, have assisted economic development and will have an important role to play when we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said
“Major road infrastructure projects such as the sealing of Willewarina Road, the Merriwa Range upgrade and the Mystery Road bitumen seal project will greatly assist our agricultural sector and the transport industry, again assisting economic development. Through community consultation and support we’ve initiated a wide range of projects to benefit our villages with new playgrounds for kids, investment in local halls and amenities including sporting and recreational facilities.
“The ongoing redevelopment of David Taylor Oval in Werris Creek and construction of a pathway connecting the precinct to the CBD provides the town with a sporting facility that will serve the town well in the years ahead. The completion of Stage 2 of the Single Street beautification project has also improved amenity in the town.
“In Quirindi, major works at the Showground, Longfield Park and Golland Fields will transform them into a hub that caters for the Shire’s long term sporting and recreational needs and the redevelopment of the Quirindi Library precinct will provide a much more user friendly community hub in the main street,” he continued.
“These are great developments for LPS, a result of teamwork and just a part of the achievements of the community and its Council that will benefit us all into the future. I do feel privileged to have been a Councillor and Mayor during this exciting period of the Shire’s development and I wish the community, councillors and Council staff much more success into the future,” he concluded.
The 2020 Sunflower Art and Craft Festival will be held at the Royal Theatre Quirindi on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 November. To get locals excited about and involved in this year's festival Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is collaborating with E.Rose Art to hold a two hour adults art workshop at the Royal Theatre’s greenroom, entry via Q Mural door, from 6pm on Friday 16 October.
“During this workshop participants will learn how to draw sunflowers using visuals to support their understanding. Participants will then learn colour theory to support their ability to use acrylics to colour their sunflowers. Participants will use this knowledge to create their own canvases that they will be encouraged to enter in the Sunflower Art Festival,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The cost of the workshop is $40 and includes materials and a canvas to each participant. To book go to https://ticketing.oz.veezi.com/purchase/253?siteToken=d83r4gh8g3h84pttrtb3yg79mc. Spaces are limited so book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. No walk-ins can be accepted on the night. COVID- 19 safety will be enforced so please adhere to COVID-Safe protocols while attending,” he said.
“Arts, culture, and heritage are increasingly viewed not only as amenities to improve the quality of life, but as one of the foundations upon which the future of rural and small communities rests,” he concluded.
The Royal Theatre Quirindi will resume screening movies on Thursday 1 October following a period of enforced closure due to COVID-19 restrictions. Sessions will now be screened every Thursday at 6pm and every Sunday at 2pm.
To meet current COVID-19 restrictions, each session will be limited to 40 patrons. Patrons are encourage to book online prior to their chosen screening session at https://ticketing.oz.veezi.com/sessions/?siteToken=d83r4gh8g3h84pttrtb3yg79mc. Details are also available via the Royal Theatre’s website https://www.royaltheatrequirindi.com/.
“The first movie session will feature The New Mutants on Thursday 1 and Sunday 4 October. Trolls World Tour 2 will be the feature the following week on October 7 and 11. Both of these movies are well suited for youth during the school holidays,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
It’s great to see movies returning to the Royal Theatre. The COVID-19 safety measures in place will be strictly enforced and because it is an indoor venue patrons may choose to wear a mask. If we all respect the restrictions in place and social distancing measures it provides the best opportunity for us to continue to enjoy an outing, such as to the movies, in the weeks ahead,” he concluded.