|Interior construction of the new facility – an office, veterinary room and staff room will be located on the left hand side of building while the dog runs and cattery will be to the right.|
According to the Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope, the construction of the Shire’s new Animal Welfare Shelter is proceeding well and weather permitting it should be available for use towards the end of this year or early 2018. The new facility is being built on a site adjacent to the Quirindi landfill and recycling centre.
Construction is well advanced on the exterior of the building.
“Council is pleased that the facility is being constructed by a local contractor in line with its policy to encourage local participation in its projects,” said Councillor Hope.
“This brand new Animal Welfare Shelter will include more dog runs than the old facility. There will be eight larger, better equipped runs which will improve operations,” he said.
“This facility will also include a proper cattery which we haven’t had in the past,” he continued.
“The addition of office space, a veterinary room and staff room is also a plus for improved management of animal welfare,” he said.
“LPSC is responsible for caring for stray animals. It is a core service we provide to our community. The existing shelter located near the Council Works Depot is outdated, thus the need to develop this new complex,” he said.
“Council’s ability to reunite stray pets with their owners is greatly enhanced if micro chip details are kept up to date and I encourage those who love their pets to ensure they are updated when necessary to facilitate our ability to contact you if your animal ends up at the shelter,” Councillor Hope concluded.
|The restoration of the War Memorial Clock Tower has included installaton of an Automatic GPS synchronised system, allowing for daylight saving adjustment, plus a battery backup master clock system, to provide accurate timekeeping. Additionally, a disability access ramp to stage area has been built and maintenance of the monument structure and repairs plus lighting and landscaping have been undertaken.|
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is encouraging community members to attend the official opening ceremony for Quirindi’s newly restored War Memorial Clock Tower, commencing at 2pm on Tuesday October 24. The restoration project has been carried out with $60,000 funding obtained under the War Memorial Grants Program.
“The Minister for Veterans Affairs, the Hon. David Elliott and Member for Upper Hunter, Mr Michael Johnsen will be attending to officially reopen this iconic structure which is the focal point for ANZAC Day, Long Tan and Remembrance Day commemoration events,” Councillor Hope said.
“There will be a community sausage sizzle from 1.15pm followed by the official ceremony at 2pm. People will be able to ‘stick their heads’ inside the clock tower for a look and the Quirindi and District Historical Society’s Historical Cottage and Museum, just across the road from Anzac Square at 44 Station Street, will be open and the community are invited to check out their Quirindi Remembers - ANZAC display and information about the War Memorial Clock Tower,” he said.
“The Quirindi District War Memorial is dedicated to the memory of those who served and died in the Great War 1914-1919 as well as World War II, Korea, Malaya, Vietnam and Lebanon. Over the years many families in the area have lost loved ones in the Nation’s service. The restoration project will help ensure that future generations can also remember the supreme sacrifice they made defending our freedom,” he continued.
“I hope as many people as possible will come along on October 24 and spend a few minutes reflecting on the importance of the War Memorial to the community,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Amongst those who attended a Councillor’s farewell dinner at the Currabubula Hotel were from left Councillor Ian Lobsey, Kerry and Greg, Mrs Ann Lobsey and Mrs Lyn Webster
LPSC wishes Greg and Kerry well as they take up new roles at Lachlan Shire Council.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has announced that Quirindi Caravan Park will be closed from Monday October 23 until re-opening on Monday November 13 2017 for essential maintenance and renovation works to be carried out.
“During the closure period alternate accommodation will be available for caravans and motor homes at the Quirindi Racecourse and bookings can be organised through the Caravan Park booking phone line, 0417 976 796,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“We will be removing the two large overgrown cottonwood trees in the centre of the park, carrying out waterproofing, re-tiling and other maintenance work in the amenities block and replacing the decks on the cabins,” he said.
“These works will greatly add to safety and amenity at the Caravan Park and improve the experience for visitors to the Shire,” he continued.
“Through Council’s Recreational Vehicle Strategy (RV) it is our aim to provide a range of accomodation for visitors such as our five Freedom Camps at Willow Tree, Wallabadah, Currabubula, Spring Ridge and Premer and a caravan park for those who require additional facilities like washing machines and cabin accomodation. An additional Freedom Camp at Werris Creek is currently going through the planning process and a sewage dump point is available for caravans and motor homes at Rose Lee Park in Quirindi,” Councillor Hope concluded.
|Works have recently been taking place on Seven Creeks Road.|
Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) 2017/18 financial year $458,000 Heavy Patching program continues as does its $1,640,000 Reseal program. Works in these areas are expected to continue through until November.
The removal of hazardous materials and the former Bo-Gas building from the site in George Street Quirindi has been completed ahead of the construction of a public car park.
The removal of hazardous materials and the former Bo-Gas building from the site in George Street Quirindi has been completed ahead of the construction of a public car park.
Council’s demolition contractor has carried out the removal of asbestos and hazardous materials from the site and the removal of
the building has been completed. Work will continue on the site for construction of a public car park with guardrails, a railway boundary fence and street light.
Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope, is urging residents to increase their efforts to reduce unnecessary waste entering the Shire’s landfills through more meticulous recycling efforts, pointing out that unsorted waste costs Council, hence ratepayers, in many ways.
“These costs include waste entering the landfill rather than being recycled leading to added site maintenance costs, which lead to a substantial reduction in the lifespan of facilities, which in turn moves the requirement for new facilities forward, a very a costly process.
“We can slow and ease these cost burdens by residents improving their recycling habits at the landfills and at home with more thoughtful use of the yellow lidded recycling bins used for kerbside collection. Unfortunately much of the material received in these bins is contaminated with other waste when it arrives at the depot and so ends up as landfill. A little more care could see much more material enter the recycling process,” Councillor Hope said.
“Additionally, events like the Garage Sale Trail being held Saturday and Sunday 21 and 22 October (register at www.garagesaletrail.com.au) and the Shire’s Kerbside Bulky Waste Clean Up between October 23 and November 3 are two excellent ways to recycle unwanted items,” he continued.
“In 2009 a study found that total costs for rural landfills are between $41 and $101 per tonne, depending on the level of management controls and prevailing climate. These figures have likely increased since then.
“Apart from the costs incurred for landfill establishment, operation and end of life management, we have to consider the impacts on the environment, human health and social amenity including the impact of releasing methane and greenhouse gases from the decomposition of organic wastes and the potential for impacts from the leaching of toxic metals and compounds into the surrounding soil structure,” he said
“Council’s website provides information as to what can be disposed of at its waste management facilities at Quirindi, Werris Creek and Willow Tree and transfer stations at Wallabadah, Blackville, Caroona, Pine Ridge, Premer and Spring Ridge as well as the opening hours for these facilities at http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/our-environment/waste-management-facilities,” he continued.
“Just a little more thought being given to disposal of waste and recyclables can greatly reduce the costs we will face in coming years and also improve the environmental outcomes we leave for our future generations,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Feature highlights of the new bill include:
“Council has listened to residents requests for bills that are easier to understand and a bonus of the new format is that they are also cheaper to produce than the old style. They have far more consumer information available to help residents manage their water bills,” he said.
Councillor Hope said some of the new features/benefits include;
- Simple listing of the water readings across the page to give consumption, including the meter number the readings are derived from.
- Clear indication of how the bill has been calculated across the page (consumption figure x rate).
- What rate has been applied to the consumption.
- Dates that the meter has been read to indicate the period that the bill covers.
- The actual rate for charging is now on the bill, not some obscure attachment to a rates notice at the start of the year.
- Average Consumption per day graph included so that consumers can compare their consumption on this bill, to the last one, and same time last year.
- More payment options, including electronic banking methods.
- Water saving ideas and consumer information (like links to see how to read your meter) on the back.
- For the Non-Residential consumers, calculation of their sewer usage charges are transparent (including the value of their Sewer Discharge Factor).
“The NSW Government insists on Best-Practice Management of Water Supply by the responsible water utility. As part of the plans Council is implementing under its Best Practice project, this new bill format is an important step forward in regard to education and consumer awareness towards their water consumption and costs. This also helps Council demonstrate its aims to conserve urban water use in accordance with the National Water Intitative,” Councillor Hope said.
“LPSC is continuing its program to improve water security through its Water Supply Strategy which is designed to address high to extreme risks associated with short and long term water supply during extended drought periods, problems associated with capacity of water treatment, pressures from growth and increased demand for water and to overcome the high to extreme risk to supply security caused by reliance on a single water source. We also have to consider impacts of climate change and to address infrastructure funding constraints with the water billing revenue base insufficient to address all requirements.
“Importantly, all consumers need to realise what a valuable commodity water is and for everyone to play their part ensuring we conserve supply to the best of our ability,” he continued.
“If residents have any further enquiries regarding water supply and pricing they can contact Council’s Water Services Manager, during business hours, on 6746 1755,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has resolved to hold a six week trial to determine the demand for an early morning swim session at Werris Creek swimming pool.
According to LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, the trial will take place on Tuesday mornings between 6am and 8am. He said usage will be monitored to determine if the session should be maintained.
“The trial is in addition to extended hours of operation that have been instituted for Werris Creek pool during the 2017/2018 swim season which commences on Saturday October 28. Additionally, hot water is being added to the existing shower facilities, the amenities are being refurbished, a disabled amenities room is being added and the entry foyer is being upgraded. To further enhance the pool experience Council has purchased an ‘inflatable’ feature which will spend time at both the Shire’s pools during the season. We are also investigating movie nights at the pools utilising Council’s pop-up screen,” he said.
“Quirindi pool will again have early morning sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 6am and 8.30am,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said pool season passes will be available at the Recreation Centre from October 3 and will be available at the pools once they open for the season.
“Early bird discounts apply if season passes are purchased prior to November 30 and will cost $195 for families, $120 for an adult and $87 for children. After this date they will cost $230, $135 and $99 respectively.
“The cost for daily entrance will be $5.50 Adult, $3.50 children and pensioners, $16 family and $2 for spectators,” he continued.
“Dates for swimming lessons will be announced shortly and I encourage parents/carers to ensure that their children are safe around water. Children under five are the age group that is most at risk of drowning and the majority occur in and around the home, most commonly in home swimming pools. 5 good reasons your children should undertake swimming classes are; lessons provide your kids with confidence, it is great for self-esteem, your child will learn about safety in and around water, swimming is a great way to exercise, it aids earlier development of physical skills including hand-eye coordination and muscle tone and it enhances social and personal skills,” he said.
“Council hopes as many people as possible will utilise, what are effectively the community’s facilities. Increased patronage will ensue operating costs can be minimised. Council’s 2017/18 budget provides the funding to cover planned operating hours. To ensure we prudently spend rate-payers funds, Council will closely monitor usage and may adjust hours if patronage does not meet expectations,” Councillor Hope concluded.
|Mr Lu Yang, Chief Financial Officer of Shenhua Watermark Coal and LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope inspect the model railway layout|
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, the official opening of the new model railway at Werris Creek’s Rail Journeys Museum is an amazing addition to the superb exhibitions already in place at one of Australia’s finest rail heritage precincts.
Speaking at the official opening, Councillor Hope said the new display is much more than just a model railway, it is a faithful representation of New South Wales Government Railways (NSWGR) infrastructure, locomotives and rollingstock that greatly enhances the experience of visiting the Rail Journeys Museum.
Councillor Hope welcomed Mr Lu Yang, Chief Financial Officer of Shenhua Watermark Coal to officially open the display. It was financed through the Shenhua Watermark Community Fund which provided $97,960 to the Rail Journeys Museum to assist with several projects that have greatly enhanced the experience for visitors to the complex.
“The model railway is a great new addition that will help attract further school groups plus tourists from all over Australia and around the world. The Museum’s popularity can be gauged through the fact that in excess of 135,000 visitors, have passed through its doors since it first opened,” Councillor Hope said.
|Plaque marking official opening of model railway layout|
Mr Lu Yang added the aim of the Shenhua Community Funding has been to improve visitor satisfaction by expanding the experience at the Museum through interactive displays that embrace modern technology. He said it would attract an even greater range of visitors to the town and further preserve its railway history.
“I believe this has been achieved and this model railway is a superb addition to the Museum. Shenhua is proud to be able to contribute to this community asset,” he said.
“I would like to thank the Museum’s volunteers for bringing the project to our attention, for their hard work and dedication in seeing it come to fruition and to LPSC for providing assistance throughout its construction,” he continued.
Councillor Hope also paid tribute to Matthew Wilcox who did the design planning and technical works as well as Luke Jenkins who did the fabrication for the layout.
“Importantly, we must never forget the massive contribution of the 40+ volunteers who keep the Museum operating between 10am and 4pm, 363 days per year, a remarkable achievement and one they can be very proud of,” he continued.
President of the Australian Railway Monument Inc (ARM), trading as the Rail Journeys Museum, Chris Holley, also thanked Mr Lu and the Shenhua Community Fund for the investment they have made in the Museum which has facilitated the expansion of exhibits.
“The Museum has also had a productive relationship with LPSC over a period of 12 years, under a Memorandum of Understanding, which has greatly assisted in building the high profile we enjoy today,” Mr Holley said.
“I might add that currently there are some 2,500 historical and heritage rail items in store in Sydney and the Rail Journeys Museum has submitted a request to have 30 major items transferred to Werris Creek to complete the exhibits on the first floor,” he said.
“The Rail Journeys Museum and Australian Railway Monument are not only important reminders of our rail heritage and rail’s importance to the township of Werris Creek it is also an extremely popular tourist attraction for the LPS. I congratulate everyone who has partnered to make the facility what it is today and look forward to many more visitors enjoying what it has to offer in coming years," Councillor Hope concluded.
President of the Australian Railway Monument Inc (ARM) and Rail Journeys Museum, Chris Holley, Shenhua’s Mr Lu Yang, LPSC Mayor Andrew Hope and model railway designer Matthew Wilcox
The locomotive roundhouse, turntable and coal stage are based on the infrastructure in place at Werris Creek during the steam era.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Werris Creek Library will be featuring Robots @ Werris Creek Library on Wednesday October 4. There will be two sessions, Balancing Robots for ages 4 to 7 from 11am to Midday will explore balance and the centre of gravity by creating a balancing robot! The kids are asked to please bring along two 10c pieces to use as part of this experiment. The VEX IQ Robot Challenge for ages 8 to 14 will be held from 2 -3pm. Kids will be given the opportunity to discover hands on how to drive a VEX IQ robot. They will then be able to compete against another VEX IQ robot in a ringmaster challenge. This is a free event but bookings are essential as numbers for each age group are limited. Call 6768 7340 as soon as possible to secure a spot.
Council’s Liverpool Plains Shire Recreation Centre will hold special Kids Fit events on Thursday September 28 and Thursday October 5 commencing at 10.30am. Fun and games for children of all ages with a healthy morning tea to finish off. Please contact 6746 3122 for further information.
Other holiday ideas include Picnics/BBQs at the recreation area Quipolly Dam, Bell Park and the First/Second Fleet Gardens at Wallabadah. Younger kids can have lots of fun at Quirindi’s Bell Park and Werris Creek’s Hoamm Park children’s playgrounds. There are skateboard parks at Hoamm Park Werris Creek and Rose Lee Park Quirindi. There’s a new working model train layout at the Rail Journeys Museum Werris Creek as well as many other interesting exhibits. The Quirindi Heritage Village has many interesting things to see, check out their website for details. Bob’s Shed in Quirindi also can keep you and the kids fascinated for several hours. Call the LPSC Visitor Information Centre for more ideas 02 6747 1226.
Rules to safeguard human health apply to cartage of water
“It is important that anyone looking to be supplied water for domestic use and drinking water MUST ONLY be supplied by a registered water carter,” Councillor Hope said.
Registration for water cartage is required by the NSW Government under the following Acts;
- Public Health Act 2010
- Food Act 2003
- Local Government Act 1993
“Water for drinking MUST ONLY be supplied from a designated potable supply, such as any LPSC water supply. LPSC has a Drinking Water Management System that ensures rigerous processes for monitoring and responding to water quality incidents, within the water supply, is in place to protect the public’s health. Carting someone else’s rainwater collection, or bore water, for drinking will not achieve the status of potable water,” he said.
“Water carters MUST obtain approval first from LPSC to cart water from any of its supplies and that includes paying for the amount to be drawn,” he continued.
“Ratepayers are reminded that the payment of land rates does not entitle them to access water supply. It is essential people who are seeking supply always contact Council prior to arranging cartage of water, not as a tanker arrives at one of our supply facilities, as they may be turned away until the required processes have been complied with,” he said.
“Water carters can’t be given approval to draw water unless they have a simple Quality Assurance program that is approved by the Department of Health. Go to the Departments website for a template and the necessary guidelines available at - http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/water/Pages/drinkwater-watercarters.aspx
“LPSC also has a Fact Sheet available for Water Carters to refer to on its website at
“Any one carting water for stock use only is still required to make arrangements with LPSC first and to pay upfront, but they won’t have to be registered with the Department of Health. They must, never try to supply drinking water for human consumption if they do not register.”
“These regulations are in place to safeguard human health no matter where you get your drinking water from,” he said.
“For further information, please contact Council’s Water Services Manager, Rod Batterham on 6746 1755,” Councillor Hope concluded.
LPSC has completed an extension to the concrete footpath in Martin Street Wallabadah ahead of the Public School’s 150th anniversary celebrations being held on the weekend of Saturday 30 September, Sunday October 1. This extension now provides a formed footpath from the Marshall McMahon Inn, right through to Elizabeth Street.
“Earlier this year, Council rebuilt the existing footpath outside the Wallabadah Public School and this new extension, from the unnamed laneway eastwards provides all weather pedestrian access the length of Martin Street,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“Council provided $1,350 from its Community Fund to assist with the celebrations being held to mark the school’s 150th anniversary celebrations being held September 30 and October 1 when past and present students will gather and enjoy a weekend of reminiscence and festivity. Council congratulates the school on its long history of providing quality education,” said Councillor Hope.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has adopted the option of a pumped pressure upgrade method as it develops the Spring Ridge Water Supply Pressure Upgrade Project.
“The key objectives of this project are the provision of acceptable pressure to consumers, capacity to ensure fire flow rates to consumers and capacity to handle foreseeable system growth. Council has engaged Hunter H2O to develop the design and their draft concept design has been presented to Council,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The current Spring Ridge system commenced operation in 1967. It comprises two bores, only one of which is currently in use, two reservoirs and a reticulation system. Council is undertaking this upgrade because the system currently only provides minimum standards for water pressure and can only supply fire flows to a minimum standard,” he said.
“Council has budgeted $850,000 towards the pressure upgrade which will utilize a pumped option to increase pressure. This pump station will be located in the vicinity of the Goran Lake and Coonabarabran Road intersection. It will provide a flexible solution that allows onsite adjustments of the pressure range which will be important in preventing mains breaks of the old reticulation pipe system which will need to cope with the higher pressure envisaged.
“We are also assessing alternative energy options to run the pump station during the day and whether future application of solar power is feasible,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said that Council has also been investigating options to improve water quality. He said while the water supplied meets health standards its palatability for drinking leaves a lot to be desired due to its elevated levels of hardness, sodium and chloride, because the groundwater source is at a high level in relation to the natural surface of the bore field.
“Unfortunately, our studies have found there are no new options available to cost effectively improve the levels of hardness and dissolved solids. It is estimated we would require an extra $1.9 million for water treatment options and this estimate does not include land acquisitions that would be necessary to build evaporation ponds to handle brine solutions generated by such a treatment process.
“If, at a later date water treatment options are to be further considered, Council would instigate a full community consultation process to measure support and to explain the implications for water pricing into the future,” he said.
“LPSC strives to improve water supply by adopting better water utilization practices that support cost effective, well maintained supplies,” Councillor Hope concluded.
A review of Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Procurement of Goods and Services Policy has been undertaken as part of Council’s ongoing review process.
According to LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, the purpose of the policy is to provide consistency and control over procurement practices, demonstrate accountability to ratepayers, guide ethical behaviour in purchasing and increase the probability of obtaining best value for money.
“The revised policy has been written having regard to the State Government’s Procurement Policy Framework for NSW Government Agencies and ICAC’s Corruption Risks in NSW Government Procurement.
“The policy applies to all contracting and procurement activities at Council and is binding upon Councillors, Council employees, contractors and consultants while engaged by Council. This policy is the primary reference point for how all procurement should be performed,” Councillor Hope said.
“Council’s contracting, purchasing and contract management activities aim to support LPSC’s corporate strategies, aims and objectives, including those related to sustainability, environmental protection and corporate social responsibility. It takes a long-term strategic view of our procurement needs while continually assessing, reviewing and auditing our procedures, strategy and objectives. It is important to provide a robust and transparent audit trail which ensures that procurement projects are delivered on time, within cost constraints, and ensuring the needs of end users are fully met,” he said.
“Other aims include achieving value for money and quality in the acquisition of goods, services and works by Council, that procurement is conducted, and seen to be conducted, in an impartial, fair and ethical manner and ensuring that risk is identified, assessed and managed at all stages of the process.
“We will use strategic procurement practices and innovative procurement solutions to promote sustainability and best value, in particular making use of collaboration and partnership opportunities and use social procurement to enhance sustainable and strategic procurement to effectively contribute towards building stronger communities and meeting our wider social objectives,” he continued.
“Council’s Procurement Policy is a critical ingredient in the overall suite of policies and controls designed to achieve best practice and protect Council from loss,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Did you know, 1 in 5 children witness or experience cyber bullying?
The Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) libraries at Quirindi and Werris Creek are proudly helping build a cyber safe community and as part of the process have participated in National eSmart Week, an initiative of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.
“Our libraries have a commitment to cyber safety, wellbeing and digital inclusion. National eSmart Week is about creating awareness and education to encourage smart, safe and responsible use of digital technology. However, it is important that we continue to build this awareness throughout the year. Working with Shire residents we can build cyber safe communities,” said Werris Creek librarian, Marilyn Deeks.
Ms Deeks said that over the past two decades, our lives have been transformed by a digital revolution, opening up a world of possibilities.
“Children are the greatest beneficiaries of the digital era and are learning to navigate the online world at a younger and younger age. We need to ensure our communities are equipped to teach children, and the whole community, how to benefit from online technology whilst being savvy and prepared for the pitfalls - cyber bullying, scams, fraud, exposure to predators and inappropriate content,” she said.
“Partnering with our communities we can create an eSmart Australia, where everyone knows how to be smart, safe and responsible online and passes this information onto their children,” she continued.
“Our libraries are knowledge centres, they are the place where all members of the community can find information, resources and identify local services. Being eSmart means having the knowledge to guard against security and privacy risks, to research and download content in an ethical and legal manner, and manage reputation and relationship-based issues online,” she said.
“When interacting in an online environment children need to be educated on what to do if they are exposed to age-inappropriate content; encounter cyber bullying; or when they might be putting their privacy at risk.
“Parents can help equip their children with digital skills to protect them online through the Digital Licence for Parents at https://www.digitallicence.com.au/parents/. It has been created by cyber safety experts, teachers and psychologists to keep children safe online. It features an online challenge which uses quizzes, videos and games to teach school aged children how to play, learn and socialise online in a smart, safe and responsible way.
“It also includes learners guides to assist parents knowledge on this important issue and to help provide the confidence to communicate, assist and support your children online. There is a cost associated with the licence but interested persons can trial it before deciding if it is suitable for their requirements,” she continued.
“Cyber safety can be complicated and there are now apps available to protect your family and help provide peace of mind when they're online, no matter what device the kids are using and no matter where they're using it. More details can be found online by going to - https://www.familyzone.com/au/,” she said.
“You can find more tips on the Quirindi and Werris Creek library Facebook pages or call in and find out more from your librarian,” Ms Deeks concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Business Services Division manages Council’s business and community service functions such as libraries, childcare facilities, Recreation Centre, swimming pools and Home Support Services. Council has commenced a review process, initially focussing on the Recreation Centre, Home Support Services and the Shire’s two libraries, to ensure the services delivered are provided in an appropriate, effective and efficient manner.
“Council acknowledges that these business units provide key services that are important to many residents and add to the well being and social fabric that help underpin a vibrant community,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The reviews are being held to inform Council of ways to provide a higher quality of service, to better align services to actual community needs, leading to a more engaged community and to achieve the best outcomes from often limited resources,” he said.
“To date, Council has held preliminary discussions with staff at the three business units under review to inform them of the process, the reasons behind the review and the long term benefits it will provide.
“Additionally, a definitive strategy has been developed for the review process, co-ordinated through a steering group, project teams and community advisory group. A review team will facilitate and oversee the entire process leading to the final recommendations that will be presented to Council,” he continued.
“The review process is anticipated to take approximately six months for each business unit. Staff are enthusiastic about potential improvements that can flow from the review and improved efficiences that can provide more bang for each dollar, within a limited budget framework.
“Residents interested in finding out more about the operations of business units can find monthly reports online at http://lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/my-council/council-papers-meeting-minutes and finding the Business Services Works Report within the monthly Council business paper,” he said.
“Any community members who have suggestions regarding the operations of the three business units in question can address them to the Business Services Manager LPSC, PO Box 152, Quirindi NSW 2343, for consideration by the review panel,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has endorsed a recommendation from the State Emergency Service (SES) Regional Controller for the re-appointment of Frank Turner as Local Controller of the Liverpool Plains Unit.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said the NSW SES Act requires the appointment of all Unit and Local Controllers every two years. All NSW Controllers are appointed by the Commissioner of the NSW SES upon the recommendation of Council and Regional Controller.
“We are very fortunate to have Frank as the Local Controller. He is one of the longest serving NSW SES volunteers and earlier this year he was recognised with the presentation of his 50 year long service award.
“Frank joined the SES as a young teen in Dubbo in 1966 and came to Quirindi in 1986. He has been the SES Local Controller since 1989. His experience and commitment is outstanding. Amongst other things he was part of a relief team that went to Darwin after Cyclone Tracy in 1975 and in 1986 he rescued 27 people from the river during the Nyngan flood.
“He played an important role developing procedures for flood boat rescue operations, when flood boats were introduced into the NSW SES. As Local Controller he has been heavily involved in developing flood response plans and communication strategies to warn communities about emergencies across the Shire,” Councillor Hope said.
“Frank has a couple of dedicated volunteers on his team but could certainly do with some more local people joining the SES. Anybody who cares about their community can find a role in the organisation. There are many roles that a NSW SES volunteer can do, from on-the-ground work to operational support roles including media liaison and community engagement.
“Applications to become a NSW SES volunteer can be found online at;
https://eforms.ses.nsw.gov.au/public/forms/index.html?formname=ZSES_MEMBERSHIP_APPL#page|%7B%22id%22%3A%22Form%22%7D|id-1503883743958-5|0. For further information on volunteering, you can call 1800 201 000 or contact your local NSW SES volunteer unit and arrange a time to drop in and discuss your interest,” he continued.
“On behalf of Council and the wider community I’d like to congratulate Frank on his reappointment as Local SES Controller and to thank him for the years of service and dedication he has put in to helping keep our Shire safe,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Werris Creek Home Support Service (HSS) has been presented with a new sewing machine and an urn by members of the Werris Creek Country Women’s Association (CWA).
The goods were purchased with monies raised through their recent fundraising efforts.
The HSS express their thanks to Werris Creek CWA President, Mrs Wendy O’Brien, and her members for their valuable contribution.
The Werris Creek HSS is funded by the Federal and State Governments, and managed locally by Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC).
Following discussion at its monthly meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has resolved that both Quirindi and Werris Creek swimming pools will open on Saturday October 28 and close on Friday March 30 for the 2017/18 swimming season.
“During the 2017/18 season both Quirindi and Werris Creek swimming pools will operate for the same hours. From 28 October to 19 November the operating hours will be 2pm to 6pm (weekends 11am to 6pm), from 20 November to 17 December 11am to 6pm (seven days per week), from 18 December to 28 January (school holidays) 10am to 7pm (seven days a week), from 29 January to 25 February Midday to 8pm (seven days per week) and 26 February to 30 March 2pm to 6pm (weekends 11am to 6pm),” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The cost to operate both pools exceeds the income received, however Council understand their importance as recreational facilities and have taken on board community feedback received during formulation of the Community Strategic Plan in setting the hours, particularly hours of operation during the hotter months and school holidays, to better meet community aspirations,” he said.
“Between the end of October 2016 and March 2017 approximately 14,850 used Werris Creek pool and 18,280 used Quirindi pool. These figures include season and non-season pass holders, school groups, swim clubs and families. Because of the improved figures at Werris Creek we have extended their hours in-line with Quirindi’s and hope even better numbers can be achieved,” he continued.
“To further improve amenity at Werris Creek pool hot water is being added to the existing showers facilities, the amenities are being refurbished, a disabled amenities room is being added and the entry foyer is being upgraded. Quotations for the work have been sought from local contractors and we hope to have it completed for the opening of the swimming season,” he said.
“Council management and staff are continualy reviewing the figures and investigating ideas to improve patronage, pool facilities and the aquatic experience to assist in reducing the operational deficit.
“To further enhance the pool experience Council recently purchased an ‘inflatable’ feature which will spend time at both pools during the season. It will be anchored in the deeper section of the pool, is able to be barricaded off and is accesible from the edge of the pool. Because it has to be managed by a lifeguard there will be a slight additional cost associated with it but that will allow a person to use it for the entire hours it is in the pool on any given day,” he continued.
“Council has also been discussing the requirements of both pools’ swimming clubs as well as the needs of local schools. We will do our best to meet their expectations and will have further information on this process before the season opens,” he said.
“Council hopes as many people as possible will utilise, what are effectively the community’s facilities, that increased patronage will ensue and operating costs can be minimised. Council’s 2017/18 budget provides the funding to cover the hours outlined, we will closely monitor usage and may adjust hours if patronage does not meet expectations to get the best value for ratepayers funds,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed the completion of a new storage shed for use by the local rugby league club at David Taylor Oval, Werris Creek.
“This new shed is part of an ongoing redevelopment of facilities at David Taylor Oval. Once again community input has been vital and appreciated on this issue. It is another example of the Local Advisory Group (LAG) working closely with Council to achieve good outcomes for the community,” Councillor Hope said.
“Work will continue on the redevelopment of David Taylor Oval as funds become available through the budget process,” Councillor Hope concluded.