Shire not-for-profit organisations that wish to apply for grant funding through the Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Community Funding Program are reminded that applications for the next round close on Friday 9 June 2017. Council provides support to encourage and assist individuals and groups to make a positive and ongoing contribution to the community’s well being, cultural life and community resilience.
“The way the fund is administered changed recently and applications are now assessed on a six monthly basis by a Council committee,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“LPSC recognises the vital role that community groups play in the strengthening of our social fabric. Our Community Funding Program is underpinned by a philosophy of partnership and collaboration,” he said.
“To be eligible for funding, the event must be held within LPS, be a not-for-profit entity or auspiced by one, hold current and relevant public liability insurance to the value of $20 million, commence the project/activity within the current financial year it is being sought, be financially viable and demonstrate environmental, social and economic benefits to the Shire,” he continued.
“The Community Funding Program provides three streams of funding; seed funding, growth funding and infrastructure improvements. To find out further details go to - http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/my-community/youth-scholarship-scheme. Application forms are also available at this link,” he said.
If additional information/clarification is required call Council’s Events Team on 6746 1755 during business hours,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) wrapped up its Volunteer Week celebrations with workshops and a movie and morning tea event.
The free workshops, held on Thursday, were presented by Community Development Specialist Natalie Bramble. The topics covered were 7 Steps to Grant Success and Social Media Marketing.
Attendees picked up many tips that will help to achieve better results for their organisations and their various endeavours.
On Friday, a movie and morning tea event was held to further thank the Shire’s volunteers.
Wrapping up the week’s proceeding, LPSC Deputy Mayor, Doug Hawkins, said whilst Volunteers Week provided an opportunity to thank volunteers and share their stories with the wider community, their contributions are appreciated 24/7, all year round and make the whole community a better place to live.
On behalf of Council and the wider community -Thank you one all,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Community Development Specialist Natalie Bramble inspired volunteers attending the workshops organised by LPSC as part of Volunteers Week
LPSC Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins dished up sausage sangers for volunteers who attended the movie and morning tea event
Glenn and Therese are volunteers at the Royal Theatre and gave their time to help present the movie and morning tea event for other volunteers, pictured with LPSC Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is urging property owners to monitor their property insurance policies after June 30 2017 to ensure companies reduce premiums after this date to reflect the State Government’s introduction of the Fire and Emergency Services Levy which will be collected as part of the rate collection process through local government.
“This is not a council charge or levy, but will impact your Council rates from 1 July 2017, when the NSW Government removes the Fire and Emergency Services Levy from your home insurance premium, and instead includes it as a line item on your rates notice,” Councillor Hope said.
“The Government has stated that it believes the cost of providing emergency services - Fire and Rescue NSW, Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Service – will be shared more fairly across the community as all landowners, not just those with property insurance will contribute into the future. As everyone benefits from fire and emergency services protection it is only fair that everyone should contribute,” he said.
“The State Government says residential property insurance should drop on average by up to 20% and commercial property insurance by up to 30%. They have also set-up an insurance monitor to oversee the transition and make certain insurers genuinely phase out the insurance-based levy during the changeover to the property-based levy. However, I believe those paying property insurance will also have to be vigilant to ensure all savings are passed back to consumers,” he continued.
“A letter from NSW Treasury was sent out to property owners in our Shire, attached to the fourth quarter rate instalment notice announcing a change to the way the NSW Government will collect the levy.
“As part of this transition, your property has been classified as residential, farmland, industrial, commercial or public benefit, and vacant or non vacant. If you disagree with your property’s classification, you can request a review by contacting LPSC on 6746 1755 or emailing email@example.com. We will notify you of the outcome of the review within 40 days, however requesting a review does not guarantee a change to your property’s classification,” he said.
To find out more about the levy, how it is calculated and how it will impact you visit www.fesl.nsw.gov.au or check their FAQ’s. You can also contact NSW Treasury on 1300 78 78 72, or by email on FESL.firstname.lastname@example.org,” Councillor Hope concluded.
A nice day, pleasant surrounds and good company made for a most enjoyable Thanks to our Volunteers BBQ event, the first of the events being staged by Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) during National Volunteers Week. It was held at Hoamm Park in Werris Creek, a community well recognised for the efforts of its volunteers in many different areas of daily life.
Still to come during the week will be free seminars for volunteers on Thursday 11. Natalie Bramble will present the workshops in The Tony Caine Room at Quirindi RSL. From 9am to 1pm the topic is 7 Steps to Grant Success then from 1.30pm to 5.30pm Social Media marketing. Morning and Afternoon Tea plus Lunch will be provided. Friday 12 at the Royal Theatre, a free Volunteer’s Movie Charlie and Boots starts at 9.30am with morning tea to follow.
|Hoamm Park Werris Creek made a perfect setting for the first of LPSC’s Volunteer Week events.||In recognition of the volunteer’s efforts a BBQ with drinks was provided by way of thanks|
Author Annette Marfording and her new book Celebrating Australian Writing: Conversations with Australian Authors
Book lovers and fans of Australian literature are invited to attend a free Author Talk, at Quirindi Library, 2pm Tuesday 16 May, when Annette Marfording will discuss her book Celebrating Australian Writing: Conversations with Australian Authors.
“The book features 21 in-depth conversations with contemporary Australian authors, delving into their body of work, central themes, strengths, writing methods and what they perceive as central tips for aspiring writers”, said Quirindi senior librarian Marcela Krasny.
“Authors covered in the book include David Malouf, Charlotte Wood, Alex Miller, Di Morrissey, the late Bryce Courtenay, the late Georgia Blain, Michael Robotham, indigenous authors Larissa Behrendt and Kate Howarth, Robert Dessaix, and many more,” she said.
“Annette is a well-respected writer, blogger and book critic, former Program Director of the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival and creator of a radio program on Australian writers and their work,” she continued.
“The book seeks to promote Australian literature in all its forms as well as the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, which will receive all proceeds from its sale,” she said.
“Light refreshments will be served so an RSVP would be appreciated to either 6746 2350 or email@example.com.
“Books will be available for purchase directly from the author for $25 each at the event. Annette’s passion for Australian writing makes this a deeply rewarding book,” Ms Krasny concluded.
|At the announcement of the additional $5.57 million NSW State Government funding for the Willow Tree – Merriwa Rd sealing project, LPSC Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins, Upper Hunter Mayor Wayne Bedggood, Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen and Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce celebrate the commencement of work by LPSC on this joint project with UHSC.|
Upper Hunter Shire Council (UHSC) and Liverpool Plains Council (LPSC) have welcomed the announcement of an additional $5.57 million State Government funding to upgrade the Willow Tree to Merriwa Road (MR358), as work begins on the Liverpool Plains section of the road this week.
Celebrating the commencement of the work were Deputy PM and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce, Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen, and representatives of the two Councils, including UHSC Mayor Wayne Bedggood and LPSC Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins.
Mr Johnsen announced the additional funding for the project from the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Roads program, adding to the $800,000 NSW Government funding from the Regional Roads REPAIR Program.
In 2016, the Federal Government made $5.5 million available through the Federal Government’s Heavy Vehicle Productivity Funding for the road upgrade.
UHSC Mayor Bedggood and LPSC Deputy Mayor Hawkins thanked the State and Federal Governments for the funding, for the much-needed road upgrade.
“The upgrade will make for a cheaper, faster and safer trip not only for industry operators and farmers but also for tourists, school buses, ambulances, families and individuals,” Councillor Bedggood said.
“This is about helping farmers, truck drivers, and small businesses getting goods to markets. It is about tourists exploring our region, locals accessing education and medical services, and doing so quickly and safely,” he said.
Councillor Hawkins said linking the Golden Highway and the New England Highway would save around 44km each way and provide enormous benefits to both Shires.
“The upgrade will encourage more commerce, including tourism, across the entire region as well as improving safety for both people and livestock,” he continued.
The Willow Tree to Merriwa road upgrade is due to be completed, including full sealing, by 2019, at a cost of over $12 million. The first stage of 1.4 kilometres is being carried out by LPSC at an estimated cost of $600,000 and should be completed by the end of June, weather permitting.
Members of Quirindi Rotary Club with LPSC Mayor Andrew Hope were grateful to participants in the weekend’s Magpie Rally and Film Festival who took part in a Poker Run to raise funds to assist the good work of Quirindi Rotary.
Liverpool Plains Shire (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope is extending an invitation to all the Shire’s volunteers to attend one or all of the events being held celebrating National Volunteer Week, running from May 8 - 14 2017.
|All the Shire’s communities have amazing volunteers. A prime example are the volunteers of the local Red Cross who will stage the 54th Currabubula Red Cross Art Show from the 18- 21 May.|
“Believe me, I think of and give thanks on a daily basis to the Shire’s many volunteers and the myriad roles they play making our communities a far better places to live in. On behalf of Council and our citizens please know that we genuinely appreciate and value your commitment of time to volunteering, and for this, we thank you sincerely,” Councillor Hope said.
“Events will include a ‘thank you’ lunch, a movie/morning tea and some free workshops where volunteers and their organisations can learn more about succesfully applying for grants and how social media can assist their groups,” he said.
- Tuesday 9 May - Volunteer thank you lunch at Hoamm Park Werris Creek - 12 noon
- Thursday 11 May - FREE SEMINARS: Natalie Bramble Workshops at Quirindi RSL in the Tony Caine Room. Attend 1 or both sessions, Workshop 1 from 9am Seven Steps to Grant Success and Workshop 2 from 1.30pm Social Media Marketing - Morning and Afternoon Tea plus Lunch provided.
- Friday 12 May - Royal Theatre - Volunteer Movie Charlie and Boots starts at 9.30am with morning tea to follow.
“Additionally, LPSC is looking forward to showcasing volunteer-driven initiatives from around the Shire. We’ll be endeavouring to profile a daily success story from our various communities.”
“Volunteers give of themselves as well as sharing life experiences, skills and abilities, compassion, intellect and humor. They ask for nothing in return yet receive satisfaction, appreciation and friendship. People volunteer for many different reasons but for whatever reason, they provide support that gives hope and strength and others the courage to face another day. They give their time generously without any expectation of reward or accolades.” Councillor Hope said.
“Whether you are a current volunteer or are thinking of joining over 6 million Australians who already give of their time, this information from Volunteering Australia may be useful - https://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/volunteering-resources/volunteers/. You can also contact Council’s Community Events team on 6746 1755 to discuss the many options available,” he continued.
“Our volunteers prove there is still good in this world and there are still good people as well. Without them our world and lifestyle would be so much the poorer. Again, Thank you!! Well Done you are all amazing people,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed figures released by Tourism Research Australia showing significant increases in nights spent in both commercial and non-commercial caravan parks and camping grounds by Australians for the year ending December 2016.
“The figures reveal caravan parks and commercial camping grounds saw an increases of 12% to 33.3 million nights over the last twelve months while non-commercial caravan parks and camping grounds increased by 22% to 18.3 million nights,” Councillor Hope said.
“Over the past eighteen months or so, LPSC has invested time and resources in developing RV friendly strategies and improving both facilities and the number of Freedom Camping Grounds available around the Shire. These new figures released certainly justify the direction Council has taken in regards to providing resources for and welcoming these travellers,” he said.
“This increase in caravan park and camping ground usage is reflected locally with an increase in RVers on our roads and utilising our facilities. Nationally the figures are huge with over 620,000 registered RVs in Australia and an an estimated 120,000 on the road at any one time. This figure has been growing steadily at around 9% per year and we look forward to this growth continuing well into the future,” he continued.
“As Council continues to build its economic development strategy we will be mindful of the the economic value of having affordable and accessible caravan parks and budget freedom camps in our various communities. We will continue to encourage local businesses to get onboard, and to provide for the needs of these visitors with friendly and affordable service. Surveys amongst the RVers themselves indicate they spend an average of just over $100 per day when on the road. Multiplying that by 120,000 RVs on the road at any given time highlights the potential value of the RV industry to the local economy,” he said.
“We have worked closely with the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) and other organisations to determine what requirements their members have and are endeavouring to meet these where possible. We greatly appreciate the input and co-operation of these groups and will continue to work with them for mutual benefit. Improvements have been carried out at our original freedom camping areas at Wallabadah, Premer and Currabubula with additional sites already, or coming online soon, at Willow Tree, Spring Ridge and Werris Creek plus works being undertaken at the caravan park in Quirindi. We look forward to these visitors becoming even more important parts of our friendly, rural lifestyle,” Councillor Hope concluded.
According to Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, because of the way the Easter break and Anzac Day have fallen this month, Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) April Ordinary Meeting will be held on Wednesday 26, at the Council Chambers, commencing at 2.30pm. “As always members of the public are encouraged to take an interest in their local government and are cordially invited and encouraged to attend,” Councillor Hope said.
“Recents directives from the State Government have necessitated changes in the way Council interacts with its community. Section 355 Committees are no longer the preferred method for individual communities to partner with Council. As part of our restructure Council is fostering new local advisory groups. The Currabubula Advisory Group met on Tuesday and other groups will meet in coming weeks. Council encourages interested persons to join advisory groups and to add their input to local community development initiatives. Call Council’s Community Development Team on 6746 1755 during business hours for more information,” he said.
“David Taylor Oval at Werris Creek will have a new storage shed operational in the near future. Council has recently gone through the process of receiving final quotes to allow the project to get underway asap. It’s a similar situation with the Currabubula Pony Club Shed which will be a valuable addition to their infrastructure. These projects and similar improvement projects at Spring Ridge are great examples of communities partnering with Council for positive outcomes.
“Facilities at Quirindi Racecourse are also being improved with the installation of ‘café’ type blinds on two sides of the tote area beneath the dining room. Once again the project has been carried out by a local contractor,” he continued.
“Final reports have been received from the consultants engaged to complete additional studies on noise, Aboriginal heritage and contamination for the proposed Quirindi North Rural Residential project. Feedback on the planning proposal has been received from other government agencies. Council staff are working on finalisation of the planning proposal and Development Control Plan (DCP) chapter for the Quirindi North Rural Residential project following on from the feedback,” he said.
“LPSC promotes transparency with its communities and welcomes increased community participation,” Councillor Hope concluded.
|80 plus people danced away at the disco|
|Smaller kids enjoyed the jumping castle|
|Skateboarding was a winner for all|
“It has been very satisfying to see the Shire’s youth involve themselves and have a good time as we celebrate their importance within our community”, said Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor,
Councillor Andrew Hope, referring to the events staged so far for Youth Week. “I look forward to them participating in the events still to come,” he said.
“The all age Disco held in Werris Creek on Friday was Council’s opening event for Youth Week. I’d like to thank the Werris Creek Bowling and Tennis Club’s community spirit in donating the venue. On Sunday, the Youth Fun Day at Quirindi’s Rose Lee Park provided a variety of things to do and enjoy, “ he continued.
“The Youth Concert and Outdoor Movie is coming up on Friday in Quirindi with music from 4.30pm to 7pm and Zootopia on the big screen from 7.00pm to 8.30pm, all at Railway Square. Then on Saturday it’s Inflatable Fun Day at David Taylor Oval Werris Creek including Bubble soccer, sumo suits, gladiator joust and inflatable bucking bull. As numbers are limited for Bubble soccer bookings for this are essential at www.trybooking.com/PGWW,” he said.
“On Sunday we’ll have the Youth Week finale with the Marvel Movie Marathon at the Royal Theatre. This will feature 5 movies back to back. Kicking of at 10am with Captain America – The First Avenger and followed by The Avengers at 12.20pm, Captain America – The Winter Soldier at 3pm, Avengers – Age of Ultron from 5.30pm and Captain America – Civil War at 8.10pm.
“All of these movies are rated M. Tickets are $10 for one movie or $25 to watch them all and are available at the door. You can bring a blanket and mattress or sit in the chairs. More info is available at www.quirindiroyaltheatre.com/marvel, he continued.
“Council’s libraries and Rec Centre are also holding school holiday events that will further compliment the Youth Weeks ones.
“The message for Youth Week 2017 is get involved, be heard and make a difference and I encourage the Shire’s youth to do exactly that and show the community what you have to offer. In a few years time you will be our community leaders so get involved now and make that difference,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has congratulated the Spring Ridge community on its pro-active vision for their town’s future and successful outcomes achieved through partnerships with Council.
“Strong and vibrant communities are underpinned by robust social connection, a diverse array of local interest groups, and services that respond to specific local needs. With Council facing increasing service-delivery pressures the need to identify how we build vibrant, resilient communities is more urgent than ever. Partnerships are critical to successful regional economic development efforts,” Councillor Hope said.
“The Spring Ridge Park Embellishment Project is a good example of Council consulting and collaborating with Spring Ridge Advisory Group representatives to determine the desired outcomes and partnering to achieve them.
“Recently a BBQ was installed at the facility. Finalisation of work on the playground equpment, including the border for the softfall, along with the purchase and installation of swings is expected to be completed in the near future,” he said.
“The community also collaborated with Council to ensure the recent Pigs ‘n’ Pine Motorcycle Rally was a success both for its organiser Bikers Australia and also as an economic driver for the town. With a vision for the possibilities an improved Freedom Camping precinct can bring to the town’s economy, there has also been support to expedite these improvements. As a result a new ablution block was opened at the Spring Ridge Recreation Ground in time for the rally and this will also cater for visiting RVers,” he continued.
“The Spring Ridge community also raised over $3,000 to collaborate with LPSC for the installation of lighting at the recreation ground. Special mention should be made of generous, individual contributions of $500 each by the Spring Ridge Royal Hotel and the Merrilong Pastoral Company.
Again, this was installed in time for the rally and will also be of benefit to the Freedom Camping precinct, he said
“I might add, the community never give up. On rally day, they were fundraising at the grounds, providing first class sausage and steak sandwiches to hungry visitors.
“Local input into community services strengthens communities by expanding the sense of ownership that residents feel and increasing social inclusion. Not only does such engagement contribute to more resilient communities, it also results in more efficient use of resources, better information about local needs and more successful planning outcomes. Council looks forward to continuing to work with the Spring Ridge community and achieving further good results,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Generous donations by the Spring Ridge community facilitated collaboration
with LPSC towards installation of lighting at the Recreation Ground.
Quirindi and Werris Creek libraries as well as the Liverpool Plains Recreation (REC) Centre have events scheduled during the school holidays and Council encourages parents to get their kids involved.
Both Quirindi and Werris Creek libraries will hold 3D Printing and Electronics Workshops for ages 11+.
The Quirindi workshop will be held on Monday April 10 commencing at 11am and running through until 2pm. The Werris Creek event will be held during the same hours but on Thursday 13 April.
If your kids are curious about how 3D Printing works send them along and they’ll learn how to create digital designs in online software that are ready to be printed into 3D physical objects. They’ll also be able to experiment with electronics including vibrating motors, LEDs, Makey Makey and more.
Places are limited at these events and interested persons should ring Quirindi library on 6746 2350 or Werris Creek library on 6768 7340 to secure a spot at the appropriate location.
The Liverpool Plains Recreation Centre is running a Kids Fit holiday program, comprising a variety of games and fitness exercises on Thursdays 13 and 20 April from 10:30am-12pm with all ages welcome and a healthy morning tea provided. The program will show kids how regular physical activity can be fun as well as an important part of getting and staying healthy.
Again, numbers are limited so parents are encouraged to book spots by calling in at the REC Centre, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or messaging to Liverpool Plains Recreation and Swim Centres Facebook page.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Hope, said following the success of the Pigs ‘n’ Pine Rally Council is now looking forward to April 28, 29 and 30 when the inaugural Magpie Bike Fest will be held in Quirindi.
“The majority of the events will be centred around the Caravan Park Precinct and will include events such as a Show and Shine, a Poker Run raising money for the Rotary Club of Quirindi, plus guided tours around the Liverpool Plains. Camping sites which include showers and toilets will cost $10 per person per night. Another feature of the weekend will be a Motorcycle Film Festival at the Quirindi Royal Theatre. Movies featured will be Wild Hogs, Closer to the Edge, The World’s Fastest Indian, 12 O’clock Boys and The Motorcycle Diaries. More details and bookings at www.trybooking.com/PBEE or call 6746 1755,” Councillor Hope conluded.
Rally attendees participated in many events and games including nail driving and gum boot
throwing competitions. Lighting was erected at the oval prior to the event.
There were bikes of many makes
and models at Spring Ridg
Prior to the rally local contractors erected a new ablution block at
Spring Ridge Oval which will also serve Freedom Campers into the future.
Visitors came from far and wide and young and old had a great time with plenty to see and do.
Chairman of Bikers Australia New England branch, Charlie (CEEJAY) Canham with LPSC Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope and Deputy Mayor Councillor Doug Hawkins. Councillors Hope and Hawkins rode their own bikes to the rally. Councillor Hope said a great time was had by all and thanked Bikers Australia for choosing Spring Ridge as a rally destination.
Bikers Australia members from the Central West attended the rally.
Visitors to the Pigs ‘n’ Pine rally camped in swags and tents large and small.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, Council is currently completing its reseal program for the 2016/17 financial year. He said that recent storms have played havoc with the program and additional work, to ensure the program is completed this financial year, is being undertaken.
“Council had spent $350,000 on resealing to the end of February, and we’re aiming, weather permitting, to complete the remainder of the approximately $1,000,000 worth of works by Easter,” he said.
“Council has also invested over $1,000,000 and completed a major heavy patching program on its road network including sections of Blackville Road and Coonabarabran Road, through this important road maintenance technique. Several rail crossings have also received attention,” he continued.
“Work has also commenced on the construction and sealing of Williewarrina Road,” he said.
“Parts of the Shire’s western portion received up to 120mm of rain in one night last week and damage to roads in these circumstances adds extra costs to Council’s maintenance programs and is an unfortunate drain on limited resources,” Councillor Hope said.
“Construction of and maintenance of roads was amongst residents top three priorities in our recent Community Strategic Plan survey. Council will continue to seek grants from Federal and State authorities to augment its own budgetary provision for this important work,” Councillor Hope concluded
Work in the last week has included Deeks and Werriston Roads (pictured) in Werris Creek and portions of Dewhurst Street and Milner Parade in Quirindi.
Damage caused on South Wandobah Road following last week’s heavy rain.
The Howes Hill Road causeway that was constructed this year is functioning well. Councillor Hope said staff did a fantastic job on this project.
Work commenced on the weekend towards the restoration of the Quirirndi War Memorial clock and tower.
LPSC has successfully secured $60,000 funding under the War Memorial Grants Program for the works. Master Clockmakers from Sydney are installing an Automatic GPS synchronised system, allowing for daylight saving adjustment, plus a battery backup master clock system, to provide accurate timekeeping.
The upgrade is being carried out in two stages, firstly repair and replacement of the master clock and its mechanism and then later this year construction of a disability access ramp to stage area, maintenance of the monument structure and repairs plus lighting and landscaping.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said the Quirindi War Memorial Clock Tower is an important element of the community. He said it is the focal point for ANZAC Day, Long Tan and Remembrance Day activities and must be conserved and maintained to protect the integrity and heritage values of the memorial.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, Council has agreed to partner with Quirindi Lions Club to construct a toilet block at Quirindi Cemetery.
“During recent discussions, the Lions Club indicated to Council that they had an opportunity to receive funding of $5,000 from the Australian Lions Foundation towards the project, which they would match, plus $1,000 they have already donated previously towards the project, making a total of $11,000,” Councillor Hope said.
“Council has carried out its mandatory assessment process for the project to determine if it is suitable for funding through Section 94 levies and it has met all criteria. As a result Council has agreed to fund the project to a maximum of $17,295” he said.
“Quotations for the project have been sourced indicating a total cost of $28,295 which will include the block and onsite sewage management system,” he continued.
“This project possesses considerable community merit and will further augment this important community facility which has already benefited recently from additional projects instigated by the Friends of Quirindi Cemetery.
“These projects include the recent erection of a pergola and Council has also agreed to provide $3,000 towards a concrete base for this structure,” he said.
“Both the Quirindi and Werris Creek communities owe thanks to the volunteers at their respective cemeteries who do so much to enhance the aesthetics of the precincts. On behalf of Council I extend our thanks to them too,” Councillor Hope concluded.
The recently built pergola at Quirindi Cemetery.
A partnership with Lions Club Quirindi will see a toilet added at the cemetery precinct.
Unless unseasonally hot weather occurs, that is several days of 35º+, the Quirindi and Werris Creek swimming pools will close after normal operation on Friday March 31.
“Historically, the pools have closed at the end of March and anecdotal evidence suggests we won’t have heatwaves, with temperatures of 27-29º the norm, said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“Should the weather become unseasonaly hot around this date, 35º+, we will keep the pools open up until Easter Sunday provided they are well patronised and the weather remains hot,” he said.
“We have held discussions with the Swimming Clubs advising them of our intentions. We are aware there are occasions they like access to the pool, after official closing, to continue their training particularly if they have a representative squad about to compete. We will co-operate with their requirements where possible,” he continued.
“I’d like to thank the people who have patronised the pools during the 2016/17 season. The pools are not cheap to run and income falls far short of expenses. State and Federal governments continue to apply pressure on councils to operate facilities on the user pays principle so we do our best within budget constraints to operate the pools as effectively as possible,” Councillor Hope concluded.
A Kids Fit holiday program, comprising a variety of games and fitness exercises will be run at the Liverpool Plains Recreation (REC) Centre during the April School Holidays.
According to REC Centre Manager, Annah Maybury, the sessions will be held on Thursdays 13 and 20 April from 10:30am-12pm with all ages welcome and a healthy morning tea provided.
“Kids and teens require at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. They can get even more health benefits from doing a couple of hours of physical activity every day. Sadly, in NSW, only about 25% of children aged between 5 and 15 years achieve that minimum target of at least 60 minutes,” Annah said.
‘On these Kids Fit days we’ll show the kids how regular physical activity can be fun as well as an important part of getting healthy and staying healthy,” she continued.
“As numbers are limited for this program we’d appreciate parents letting us know if they’d like their kids to attend. They can call in at the REC Centre, email email@example.com, or message us on the Liverpool Plains Recreation and Swim Centres Facebook page. If applications greatly outnumber places we will consider extra programs,” she said.
“Encouraging kids and teens to be active from a young age sets good habits early on and helps them develop the skills they need to stay active throughout their lives,” Annah concluded.
Great time had by all at Liverpool PLains Shire Seniors Festival events.
| Just over 120 Seniorsfrom all over
the Shire attended a luncheon held
at Quirindi RSL.
| Residents from Eloura enjoyed
the Seniors Festival luncheon.
A group from Willow Tree Home
| Two busloads appreciated the Mystery
bus tour which had morning tea at
the Longyard and
lunch at the View Restaurant.
A group from the Mystery tour at