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Work has been completed on the provision of 28 new lawn cemetery plots at Werris Creek including concrete pathway. Expansion has also been made to the existing lawn cemetery at Quirindi with the construction of a new concrete pathway allowing for 140 extra plots. Details of the works and an update on current availability of plots Shire wide was presented to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) by the Director Engineering Services, Warren Faulkner.

Quirindi   Lawn Cemetery Expansion works in progressLPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said the Shire has eight cemeteries with the two largest being Quirindi and Werris Creek. He said Council monitors the availability of plots to ensure expansion takes place as required. He added the need for further expansion at both Werris Creek and Quirindi had been identified while at Willow Tree, Wallabadah, Currabubula and the other much smaller cemeteries there is sufficient available plots for the foreseeable future.

Werris Creek   Completed path in new lawn cemetery section Mr Faulkner reported to Council that the number of plots available in the existing lawn cemetery at Werris Creek meant, at the current rate of burials the available space could be fully extinguished within a few months. An inspection of the Werris Creek cemetery was undertaken, and it was identified the most appropriate approach is to develop a new section. A ground-penetrating radar has been utilised to scan the ground to render the site free from any remains or foreign objects that could hinder future burials.

He reported, at Quirindi, the number of plots currently available in the existing lawn cemetery will soon be exhausted. To provide for requirements in the foreseeable future, a new concrete path will allow for a significant expansion of the lawn section. It is a continuation of a design layout which has catered for extension of the lawn cemetery at Quirindi, over recent years.

“Cemeteries are special places in their communities, firstly as a place of peaceful remembrance. They are memorials, providing a space to share and enjoy time with departed loved ones, removed from your daily responsibilities. More people are visiting these interesting places that offer an insight into local history and their deep historical connection to the various local communities,” Councillor Hope said.  

“Our Community Strategic Plan recognises the requirement for infrastructure, like our cemeteries to be well planned and maintained to meet our needs now and in the future,” he said.

“In any discussion on cemeteries, I would be remiss not to mention the role of community volunteers who contribute substantially to maintain and improving the amenity of these important public assets. Both organisations and individuals have been involved in projects that have greatly added to the attractiveness and functionality at the various precincts. Thankyou. If you’d like to contribute as a ‘friend’ of one of our cemeteries please call the Customer Service Desk, 6746 1755, for more information,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is requesting motorists and pedestrian traffic to take extra caution as work is undertaken to provide three designated parking bays in the Railway Square Carpark, in Quirindi, for use by long (recreational) vehicles. The work will be completed ahead of the Christmas/New Year holiday period. Following public consultation, the Railway Square location was considered to be suitable to provide dedicated parking for recreational vehicles within the Quirindi CBD.

This provision for longer vehicles is being rolled out as part of Council’s Recreation Vehicle (RV) Strategy,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.  

“The proposal for Long (Recreational) Vehicle parking in the Railway Square Carpark was advertised earlier this year seeking public comment over a period of 21 days. Only one submission was received which was supportive of the proposal but wanted to ensure that use of the parking bays is enforced for their intended purpose.

“Following this feedback, the matter was referred to the Local Traffic Committee for their technical advice. Following their meeting they recommended to Council that it approves all signs and markings associated with the installation of the three long vehicle bays. They pointed out that although the signposting is not legally binding under the NSW Road Rules it can be enforced by Council Ranger under the NSW Local Government Act. It was also requested that a review of long vehicle parking use at the site be undertaken over the ensuing year and a further report be placed before Council as experience is gained in its operation and effectiveness,” he said.

“The cost to implement this proposal is estimated at $2000 for line marking and signage and will be funded within the existing traffic facilities budget.

“Council will continue to work with RV and camping groups to promote our community as ‘RV friendly’ and welcoming tourists to share some time with us,” he continued.

Your cooperation in ensuring these works can be undertaken, with safety the prime objective for motorists, pedestrians and work crews, will be appreciated,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Recently, the NSW Minister for Finance and Small Business, Damien Tudehope, launched the trial of the Local Procurement Toolkit Pilot program. The Office of the Small Business Commissioner (OSBC) has invited LPSC to join the Pilot which will run until 31 March 2020. The Local Procurement Pilot comprises ten resources to help Council and their local small businesses do more business with each other, including streamlining tenders and simplifying requirements for small procurements.

Ian George Portrait“This pilot program is designed to help small businesses win work from their local Council. It has been designed to cut red tape and simplify the tender process for small businesses,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope. 

“Every year, Council spends significant funds on goods and services. Earlier this year LPSC adopted an updated Local Preference Purchasing Policy which considered the fact many small businesses couldn’t easily compete with larger competitors for contracts. It gives preference to local suppliers in the interest of promoting local economic development. This pilot program dovetails nicely with these aims,” he said.

“It is also assisted by the Government’s announcement in June, of changes to procurement regulations under the Local Government Act, which increase the threshold for tenders from $150,000 to $250,000, thus improving opportunities for Council to engage businesses without a tender process,” he continued.

LPSC Economic Development Officer, Ian George, said the tools include a guide, Doing Business with your local Council: A guide for small businesses, an easy to understand small business guide. He said it also contains some easy to use forms for small businesses to complete so they can present information about their business and be procurement ready.

“In addition to resources for small business, the pilot has tools specifically for Councils. This includes The Maturity Model, a road map to make it easier for local businesses to win more work, an interactive insurance dashboard to simply calculate required levels of insurance cover, a best practice information fact sheet on local procurement strategies resulting from previous research and a WHS questionnaire to assess the risk associated with procurement,” he said.

“Shire businesses are encouraged to contact me, either by email at or phoning 6746 1755 during business hours, to find out how they can become involved and may benefit through the process. Council will also share details of this pilot program and its potential with the Liverpool Plains Business Chamber,” Ian said.

“LPSC is appreciative to once again be collaborating with the OSBC in developing programs aimed to improve the opportunities for local businesses and the positive flow on to the local economy that can help stimulate. I urge local businesses to get in touch with Ian to determine what procurement opportunities may be available to them and about the Local Preference Purchasing Policy. Let’s turn opportunities into win-wins,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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LPSC GM, Ron Van Katwyk advises interested community members:

The LPS Visitor Information Centre (VIC) has a new website. You can check out their new look at If local not-for-profit organisations, community groups and those associated with tourism promotion have upcoming events, please send details to our VIC Manager, Nikki Robertson, at or call her on 6747 1226 for inclusion in the monthly calendar of up-coming events and promotion through Council’s social media platforms.    

Nominations are now open in seven categories to recognise achievers in our community through the 2020 LPS Australia Day Awards. Details, eligibility and criteria are available for each category on the official nomination form at Obtain a physical copy from Council’s Customer Service Desk, Quirindi and Werris Creek libraries, the VIC Willow Tree or by phoning 6746 1755.

Your Council needs community input to find out exactly what is important to Shire residents and businesses as we prepare the LPS Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS). This planning blueprint will set-out the 20-year vision for land use across the Shire and identify how growth and change will be managed. Please, have your say and complete the online survey at, email LPSC at to request a hard copy or pick one up from the Administration Centre. The survey is open until Friday 6 December.    

To provide further support during the drought, FarmHub has two new features. The Regional Climate Guides at is a tool to help farmers understand and manage their climate risk, by providing regionally focused climate and weather summaries that detail historical observational information available from Bureau of Meteorology weather stations. The Learning and Development Directory at is a directory of learning and development opportunities aimed at all those working in, or intending to work in, the rural sector. Farmers can still access the national directory of assistance and support measures at

Community consultation is vital to ensuring the best outcomes for our communities. Currently the draft Arts and Cultural Plan and the draft Recreation Strategy are on public exhibition and submissions are sought from interested parties. A copy of the draft documents can be viewed at Council’s Administration Centre, on Council’s website at and clicking on the relevant document or request an email copy via Submissions close Wednesday 11 December.

Council has been requested by the Australian Competition and Consumers Commission to draw to the attention of builders and electricians that if you installed Infinity and Olsent-branded Infinity cables in the period 2010 to 2013 you are required to remediate them or alert someone to ensure the cables are remediated under the supplier’s recall. They state that if you fail to do so you could be issued Rectification Orders by the electrical safety or building regulator or sanctioned in other ways, be prosecuted, fined, or possibly lose your licence if you ignore these requirements, be held financially liable for property damage, injuries, or loss of life because you failed to alert the home owner or the appropriate regulator, and be responsible for the loss of a life. Go to the ACCC’s website for more information.

A proposed Housekeeping Amendment Number 4 to the Shire’s Development Control Plan is on public exhibition. This proposed amendment seeks to clarify that notification and advertising procedures for Development Applications are now set-out under Council’s adopted Community Engagement and Participation Plan. The opportunity to provide written submissions and comments closes at 5pm Wednesday 11 December. A copy of the proposed amendment can be viewed at the Administration Centre, by email request to or on Council’s website Submissions can be delivered to the Administration Centre, posted to PO Box 152, Quirindi NSW 2343, faxed to (02) 6746 3255 or emailed to the address above.

Mr Van Katwyk said that if community members have any further enquiries, they can email or call 6746 1755.

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Art lovers from around the region are invited to attend the 2019 Liverpool Plains’ Sunflower Art Festival which gets underway for three days, from Friday night, at Quirindi’s Royal Theatre.

The Grand Opening will take place between 6 and 9pm on Friday 22 November. Tickets will be available at the door. It will be catered with canapes, local musical entertainment, the bar will be open, and the winners of the various categories will be announced. On Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 the exhibition will be open between 10am and 2pm.  

This year's theme is 'Grains of the Plains' recognising the Liverpool Plains as ‘the Grain Crop Capital’ with its rich tapestry of colours throughout the year. This year the exhibition expands from the Sunflower artistic vision to include the key crops of the shire: Sorghum, Cotton, Wheat and Canola.

The Sunflower Art Festival pursues artists of all abilities to present their chosen medium of art to the community through this exhibition. There are $600 in cash prizes available, $250 for the best Grains of the Plains entry in all mediums and $200 for the best Sunflower-themed artwork in all mediums. In addition there is a $150 Viewer’s Choice award which will be decided by all patrons throughout the weekend.

All Saturday and Sunday entrance fees, via a gold coin donation, will be directly donated to local volunteer organisations. Members of the Liverpool Plains’ community are cordially invited and encouraged to get involved in this annual, cultural event.

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Following a very competitive recruitment process involving rigorous assessments and interviews, the seven (7) Councillors of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) have reached a unanimous decision to appoint a new General Manager.

Out of a very impressive field of 20 candidates competing for the role from NSW, Queensland, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory, and a short list selected for interview from NSW, Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, Ms Joanne Sangster has been appointed the new General Manager of Liverpool Plains and will commence in December 2019 when current GM, Ron Van Katwyk, retires.

Joanne Sangster AJoanne is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Victoria Daly Regional Council in Katherine in the Northern Territory.  She demonstrated a significant alignment with the role and an energy which the Council expects will take Liverpool Plains into the next phase of its development. 

Joanne has impressive academic qualifications – a Post Graduate Degree in Social Work from La Trobe University, a Master in Applied Social Research from Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts / Psychology and Youth Affairs from Swinburne University and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Joanne’s work history includes executive roles with the NT Department of Local Government and Community Services, the NT Department of Attorney-General and Justice, as a Ministerial Advisor to the NT Minister for Corrections, with the Australian Attorney Generals Department, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.  She also served for ten years as an Alderman on Darwin City Council, so she brings to Liverpool Plains Shire experience working across Australian, State and Local Government.

LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said, “this is an exciting period for Liverpool Plains Council with so many projects happening in the Shire.  It is also exciting that we have been able to attract a person of Joanne Sangster’s calibre to be our new General Manager.    

“With her appointment being unanimous amongst my fellow Councillors Joanne knows that she will receive support and encouragement in helping us advance in serving our wonderful community.

“Joanne has a strong community development background and whilst this will be of significant value in our efforts to engage with and deliver valuable services to our community, it is her leadership which highly impressed the Council. This gives us confidence she will quickly build a very meaningful partnership with the councillors and staff and become a key part of our community,” he said.

“Joanne has four (4) children of school age and she will bring her four horses to live locally on a property near to Quirindi. 

“I am looking forward to working closely with Joanne to continue to deliver excellent services, facilities and outcomes for Liverpool Plains. I know she will bring a high level of energy to the organisation and work across the community to drive performance and bring an excellence in service delivery,” he continued.

“Whilst we will have other opportunities to do so I want to use this message to also say how fortunate we have been to benefit from Ron Van Katwyk’s leadership and financial management over recent years.  He leaves to his successor a very sound organisation and we are indebted to Ron for his contribution to our community,” Councillor Hope said.

Ms Sangster said, “I am extremely excited by the opportunity Council has given me to lead the organisation into the future and to continue to build on the great work that I can see has been achieved over many years.”

“This is an exciting time for Liverpool Plains with the projects ahead and the goodwill I have already experienced in speaking with business owners and residents.  I have received so much encouragement from the Mayor and Councillors as part of this process and I am grateful for their trust and belief in me. I am really looking forward to meeting the staff team – they have a sound reputation and I am driven to help them achieve their professional goals, aspirations and support their growth.

“One of my first tasks will be to workshop with Councillors to determine their priorities for the future so we can all work together in building a better and stronger Liverpool Plains,” Ms Sangster


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Over recent months, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has developed an Arts and Cultural Plan to provide a framework for Council and the community to support, celebrate and develop creative and cultural life within the Shire plus identifying the overall directions and outcomes necessary to support Council’s commitment to arts and culture over the next ten years.

Robert Gebert Arts Consulting, through a public consultation process, has prepared the Arts and Cultural Plan and a draft of the proposed plan is currently on public exhibition until Wednesday 11 December, with feedback/submissions welcomed until 4pm on the day. A copy of the draft document can be viewed at Council’s Administration Centre, on Council’s website at and clicking on Draft Arts and Cultural Plan PDF, request an email copy via or call 6746 1755.

The draft document details; aims, vision, values, goals, strategies and an evaluation process plus a draft Royal Theatre Business and Master Plan. These documents provide the blueprint to deliver an ongoing, coordinated program, developed through consultation and collaboration with local individuals and key stakeholders. Thank you to those who contributed and please check out the document you helped design; all community members are invited and encouraged to comment on the draft by November 11,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council takes seriously its responsibilities, as an employer, to protect the health, safety and welfare of its workers and according to GM, Ron Van Katwyk, it has been a bit of a change to run a competition for staff and their families as part of October Safe Work Awareness Month activities that place an extra focus on what we do all year round, pursue our commitment to building and maintaining safe and healthy workplaces for all our staff.

Draw“We held a Safety Quiz Champion Challenge, a Kids Safety Colouring In/Drawing Competition, and a Youth Photography Safety Snapshot. Congratulations to the winners who were announced at the completion of our last Council meeting. Ian Hughes is Safety Quiz champion and wins a $50 IGA voucher. Rebecca Teuma gets a family movie pass for winning the colouring competition and Jacqui Teuma won the Safety Snapshot receiving a swimming pool family day pass.

“LPSC’s objective is to strive for zero harm in the workplace through the belief that all accidents can be prevented, our operations can be performed with minimal negative impact on the environment and this will be of benefit to the greater community,” he said.

“Council meets this objective by promoting a positive culture based on strong WHS leadership and effective consultation with staff and relevant external stakeholders. This includes promoting environmental sustainability as part of our culture, ensuring all personnel have clearly defined and understood responsibilities and accountabilities for the effective implementation of our WHS Policy and Management System. As part of this culture we constantly engage with contractors, industry bodies, equivalent organisations and stakeholders to achieve and improve WHS standards,” Mr Van Katwyk concluded.

Councillor Virginia Black (right) picked out the winners and is pictured with LPSC’s WHS and Risk Business Partner Julie Sipple who Mr Van Katwyk thanked for her enthusiasm and drive with this initiative.

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LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed the commissioning of Telstra’s new Mobile Small Cell Tower erected at Spring Ridge pointing out that it was the result of power of community at work determined to improve an inadequate, yet vital, telecommunications network.

“During 2018, LPSC encouraged Shire residents to provide information about problems with mobile phone reception to both State and Federal Government Programs that provide black spot funding but with no fixes forthcoming, earlier this year, LPSC established its Telecommunications Outreach Program (TOP) to address growing community disquiet at inadequate mobile phone services in its rural communities and the failure to that point of funding materialising to address the issue.

‘Spring Ridge and Blackville communities, in particular, provided valuable information that allowed Council to present hard evidence to Telstra and the Government regarding the problems.

“Thank you to Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, for noting the concerns and lobbying on our behalf, resulting in your announcement in May that new small cell base stations for both Spring Ridge and Blackville would be funded under the Mobile Black Spot Program. Council congratulates both communities for helping drive a campaign that resulted in this successful outcome,” Councillor Hope said.

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Do you know an outstanding community member whose contribution to the Liverpool Plains Shire should be recognised? Nominations are now open in seven (7) categories for the 2020 LPS Australia Day Awards. Criteria and eligibility for each category is available on the official nomination form that can be completed digitally and paper-free via, or physical copies from the Customer Service Desk at the Administration Centre, Quirindi and Werris Creek libraries, the Visitor Information Centre Willow Tree or phoning 6746 1755.

Nominations can be made for:

  1. Citizen of the Year
  2. Young Citizen of the Year
  3. Local Legend
  4. Sportsperson of the Year
  5. Junior Sportsperson of the Year
  6. Marie Maunder Community Service Award
  7. Emergency Services Community Award

Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said every year LPSC hosts an Australia Day Awards ceremony recognising members of our community who make an outstanding contribution to making our Shire a better place to live, work or play. He said these awards are designed to publicly acknowledge and reward the remarkable contributions many individual citizens, groups and organisations make at a local level while inspiring and encouraging others to follow their example.

“Because these awards are grassroots, it is other community members who know who deserves to be recognised and can ensure they are. The drought has seen a staggering amount of volunteer effort supporting our community, our emergency services volunteers give many hours of their time, people supporting both junior and senior sport, aged care, youth support, and across so many other areas are out there enriching the fabric of our lifestyle.

These people are often quiet achievers, neither asking nor seeking recognition, but their efforts and achievements strengthen our community and the Shire Australia Day awards provide a way of acknowledging their contribution,” he said.

“Nominees must be Australian citizens and residing in the Liverpool Plains Shire area at the time of nomination.

“On Saturday 26 January 2020, Australian's all around the country will celebrate what's great about Australia. Council hopes you will be involved in the LPS events on that day at Quirindi Royal Theatre, Warrah Creek and Werris Creek. Full details will be advised closer to the day.

“To make the official awards ceremony bigger and better, please nominate that person you know who deserves recognition. Help us celebrate what's great about our community and pay tribute to someone who makes you proud to be from the Liverpool Plains Shire,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is encouraging anybody who is experiencing increasing distress, anxiety or depression getting on top of them as the drought continues to bite and take its toll, or people concerned about the mental wellbeing of family or friends to attend a free community event to be held at the Spring Ridge community hall on Wednesday 20 November.

“This event is being organised by Healthwise and the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program

to provide members of the community with the opportunity to talk to professionals, for individuals to raise their own personnel concerns, and for family and friends to learn how to approach and assist others with their mental health struggles or even just how to ask if someone is ok.

“A short course will give people skills to better enable them to have a conversation with those they are worried about and the means to be able to assist in any way they can,” he said.

“It is important to realise there is no stigma attached to needing support. We all know the current drought is impacting not only farmers but also small business operators, in fact all sections of our community in one way or another. It hurts everyone through its significant impact on the economic prosperity of rural communities such as ours. During challenging times, it is more common and natural for people to feel greater stress which in turn can impact on their health, relationships and businesses.

“If you, or someone you know is being impacted by the drought on a personal or business level, then there are services available that can help make a positive difference and I encourage people to find out more by attending this event,” he continued.

“As we quickly approach the holiday season, we also need to recognise it can be an even tougher time for many people, and this year this will be further amplified as the drought continues to impact. It is time now to take the steps to gain the assistance you or a family member or friend can benefit from.

“Healthwise will also provide attendees with a health check if you’d like one including blood pressure and blood sugar tests.

“The event is being catered for and coming together as a community in groups like this also provides a great opportunity to socialise and enjoy an outing whilst gaining knowledge to benefit you and those you care about,” he said.

“LPSC realises that it is often more difficult for people in rural areas to access the help they require so encourages everyone to attend this event that is bringing vital assistance to us,” he concluded.

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Werris Creek librarian, Marilyn Deeks, is encouraging parents, grandparents and carers to call into the library to check out a wide range of beautiful new picture books for young children and chapter books for older children, including short-listed and winning books from the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards.

“Membership of the library is free, and children receive a library bag courtesy of the Friends of Werris Creek Library. The Friends have also purchased some new LEGO to add to the library collection. LEGO Club is conducted at the library every Tuesday afternoon between 3.30 and 4.30pm for children 5-12 yrs. All children are welcome and need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian,” Marilyn said.

Marilyn said that sharing stories, talking and singing every day helps your child’s development in lots of ways.

“Reading and sharing stories can help your child get to know sounds, words and language, and develop early literacy skills. They learn to value books and stories spark your child’s imagination and stimulate curiosity, helping your child’s brain, social skills and communication skills develop and helping your child learn the difference between ‘real’ and ‘make-believe’,” she said.

“Sharing stories with your child doesn’t mean you just have to read. Just by looking at books with your child, you can be a great storyteller and a good model for using language and books. Your child will learn by watching you hold a book the right way and seeing how you move through the book by gently turning the pages. Babies and young children often enjoy books with songs and stories with good rhyme, rhythm and repetition.

“Reading stories with children has benefits for grown-ups too. The special time you spend reading together promotes bonding and helps to build your relationship. Anytime is a good time for a book or story! Try to share at least one book or story each day. Believe it or not, if you start reading a book to your child daily from birth, by the time they are 5 you’ll have shared over 1,800 with them,” she continued.

“Your library provides a safe and peaceful place to visit with your children and for them to develop knowledge and skills that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives. Drop in and see what is on offer or call 6768 7340 for more information. Werris Creek library is open Tuesday to Friday 10am to – 1pm and 2 to 5pm plus Saturday mornings 10am to midday,” Marilyn concluded.

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Hangi in the Country, now in its third year, is a Sister City event held in the Liverpool Plains Shire attended by a contingent of visitors from Blacktown City along with Shire residents. Blacktown City Council (BCC) Deputy Mayor, Julie Griffiths, led a party that included BCC staff, students, youth leaders, and other community representatives as well as performers from Blacktown and overseas. Over three days they participated in a wide range of activities, this year focussed on Youth and Drought assistance.

“Again, this year, the Blacktown community shared their friendship and generosity with us lifting local morale during the current drought crisis. I extend my thanks to BCC, their community representatives as well as our own LPSC staff, local youth and community members and organisations who contributed to making the event such a resounding success,” said Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“It was an extremely busy time with our visitors arriving on Friday afternoon, enjoying miniature train rides and a look around the exhibits at the Quirindi Rural Heritage Village. This was followed by a visit to Windy Station Woolshed. The trip out there allowed them to see first-hand how the drought is ongoing and impacting the region and they enjoyed their experience at the Windy Woolshed learning a little about life on the land and how agritourism is being developed in the Shire. On their return to Quirindi, they went to the Quirindi Racecourse Function Centre for the official welcome and a meal,” he said.

“Also, on Saturday two free concerts were staged at the Royal Theatre. Elvis entertainer David Cazalet performed a special show for older members of the community and Jay Laga’aia, well known for his role on Play School, was a huge hit with the young people who attended his special children’s show.

Councillor Hope said the climax of the weekend’s events is the Hangi Dinner.

“The Hangi meal is prepared by Blacktown based Maori Wardens Australia. There was also a taste of Korean food and storytelling by Korean cook, Heather Jeong, plus entertainment with performances by Jay Laga’aia, David Cazalet and local Liverpool Plains talent. It was a great night, enjoyed by all,” he said.

“Rawiri Iti, the President of Maori Wardens Australia, on his third visit to Quirindi for the Hangi, really summed up the friendship between our two communities when he explained his feelings for and connection with the Liverpool Plains,” he continued.

He said, “on my way here, I was shocked to see how dry it is, and I thought to myself, how can you as people deal with the trauma you are facing with this horrid drought? The only thing we can do is to come here and hug you and spread some hope and raise some awareness back in the city of your situation and continue to raise funds to donate to assist you. The symbolic thing about a Hangi is that it means we are no longer strangers, we are at one with each other, and as Sister Cities, we are!” 

“Following all these wonderful events we farewelled our Sister City friends as they headed back home, tired but knowing they had shared something very special. Again, thank you Blacktown City community. You have shown your kindness and generosity to our community over and over again and we are extremely grateful,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Rawiri Iti (Maori Warden), LPSC Mayor Andrew Hope, and entertainer and TV personality Jay Laga'aia at the welcoming ceremony held at the racecourse function centre

Saturday saw the staff and youth leaders from Mitchell, Blacktown Girls, Plumpton and Glenwood High Schools, along with the Korean youth delegation, take part in an International Youth Connect Forum with a series of youth focussed workshops with young leaders from Quirindi High School and the surrounding district.
(Photo courtesy Quirindi Advocate)

At the Hangi Dinner, Blacktown City Council, Deputy Mayor, Julie Griffith, presented LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope with the National Sister Cities Australia award won jointly by the 2 councils for their drought relief and youth combined projects in 2018.
(Photo courtesy Sally Alden Photography).

Jay Laga’aia proved a huge hit singing many of the songs children learn on Play School and getting them to join in with him

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), in conjunction with Rural Fit, is inviting Shire community residents to participate in a free 6-week Strength and Balance class run by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am at Plains Fitness. The classes will commence on Wednesday 6 November.

"These classes will be open to all community members and the exercises and activities performed during the class will be individually tailored to each participant’s needs and ability. They are designed to help improve posture, flexibility, agility and balance as well as develop muscle tone and core strength, using a variety of equipment and techniques. Each week you will be guided through exercises to work on your strength and stamina, as well as challenge your balance. At the end of the session you will do some stretches and relaxation,” said Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

Sarah Onus an accredited Exercise Physiologist from Rural Fit said the class is for anyone and everyone regardless of fitness level or health concern. She said there will be plenty of time to ask questions and advice from the Exercise Physiologist and that attendees will be given an exercise sheet so they can continue their exercises at home.

“Research shows that exercises to work on stamina, strength and balance reduce people’s risk of falling and improve confidence. Increased weekly physical activity levels has been proven to reduce the incidence of chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

“Exercising in a group is a great way to keep you motivated; discussing your experiences with other people can also help you to feel more confident and improve mental wellbeing especially during this time of drought,” Sarah said.

Councillor Hope said considering the benefits these classes offer and that they are free he is hoping that many people will take advantage of them and attend. He said Plains Fitness, in Station Street Quirindi, is a community owned asset and all involved look forward to seeing you there.

“Council also takes its duty of care for our employees’ safety, both physical and psychological, extremely seriously. We are doing all we can to ensure we all work safely and look out for one another. We have also put programs in place to assist employees who are facing problems, either in the workplace or personally. Recently, Andrew Mahony from Rural Fit conducted workshops for all our staff sharing real life stories and talking about the important role exercise can play in both our physical and mental wellbeing. LPSC will continue to provide support enabling staff access to the tools they need to help them stay safe and well for their families and loved ones,” he said.

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Councillor Andrew Hope, Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), has thanked Sister City, Blacktown City Council, and popular Blacktown group Rap 4 Change, for enabling students from Currabubula, Wallabadah, Willow Tree, Spring Ridge, Walhallow, Blackville and St Josephs  primary schools, plus Quirindi High School, to participate in the free workshops performed by the group that teach students important life skills.                                          

“The ongoing drought crisis impacts everyone in our community, including our children, so it was a wonderful opportunity for them to escape the day-to-day struggle for a time thanks to Rap 4 Change’s positive involvement with them,” Councillor Hope concluded.  

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Do you know someone that could benefit from joining the Liverpool Plains Shire’s Home Support Service (HSS) for some fun, socialisation, and making new friends? The Quirindi and Werris Creek units both organise extensive events for eligible clients and provide services that assist aged residents to remain in their own homes.

HSS Mens Day Out Oct 1“The HSS coordinates meals on wheels services and have busy monthly calendars that include lunch days for ladies, carers and men, day outings for ladies and men, movie days, craft days, shopping and medical appointment buses and weekly trips to the hydro pool,” said Quirindi HSS unit coordinator, Kirsty Power.

“If you know someone or you yourself may be eligible to be part of the HSS program drop into the Quirindi or Werris Creek office or call us on 6746 4545 or 6768 7505 respectively to find out more,” she said.

Quirindi HSS October men’s day out visited Gunnedah Rural Museum and then had lunch at the Grand Elixxa Hotel

Kirsty said that the HSS is available to support residents from anywhere in the Shire and is not restricted to those in the urban areas.

“The service also organises annual trips away, Christmas parties and other events that provide activity and social connection, improving quality of life for clients,” Kirsty concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council is providing a Kerbside Bulky Waste Clean Up for all residents currently receiving a waste and recycling collection service and will take place as follows:
Zone 1 – Currabubula, Quirindi, Wallabadah, Willow Tree, Werris Creek & Braefield.

Collections will commence for residents on Monday 21 October and will take approximately one week. Residents are requested to put their Bulky Waste out the Sunday before their commencement date.
Zone 2 – Caroona, Premer, Spring Ridge, Blackville, Borambil, Pine Ridge & Walhallow.

Collections will commence for residents on Monday 28 October and will take approximately one week. Residents are requested to put their Bulky Waste out the Sunday before their commencement date.

Please place your Bulky Waste neatly next to the edge of the kerb directly in front of the premises, not blocking the footpath and secure items to avoid windblown littering.

The volume of Bulky Waste collected from any one property shall not exceed two (2) cubic metres or more than one standard (6’x4’) level box trailer and which can be reasonably removed by two people.

• Bulky Waste includes larger items of household waste
• Household appliances & whitegoods (must be degassed and all doors must be removed)
• Household furniture, painted wooden products and fittings
• Mattresses, pottery, ceramics, chinaware & minor building products
• Metal Waste (sorted separately and tins must be empty of any liquid)
• Small items must be boxed or bagged

UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS: These materials will NOT be collected.
• Trade industrial and shop waste, such as plumbing fixtures, water tanks and tiling
• Wrecked motor vehicles, motor vehicle parts & tyres
• Liquids, fuel, oil, panes of glass, food scraps & household garbage
• Household hazardous wastes such as paints, asbestos sheeting, solvents, chemicals, cleaners & unwanted medicines
• Lengths of material longer than 1.8 metres (excluding mattresses, lounges etc)
• Building and demolition materials, concrete, tiles & bricks
• Garden Organics such as grass clippings, prunings etc
• Items normally containing ozone depleting gasses such as fridges, freezers &

The Contractor and Council have the right to reject any material they consider unacceptable.

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Melinda Schneider will return to the Royal Theatre stage on Friday 8 November. Doors will open at 7pm for her 8pm show, A Farewell to Doris, paying tribute to the legendary Doris Day, who died earlier this year, aged 97. Go to for ticket bookings.

Melinda Schneider Doris Tribute“Melinda’s Great Women of Country concert, back in March, was one of the biggest shows of the year to date staged at The Royal so we’re really looking forward to her returning with this all new show,” said LPSC’s Events Officer, Andrew Ballard.

“There is no doubt that Doris Day, often billed as the ‘girl next door’, had millions of fans around the world and none bigger than chart-topping Australian singer songwriter Melinda Schneider, who has recorded two albums of Doris’ songs plus co-writing and staring in a theatre show based on Doris’ life,” he said.

“This nostalgic concert celebration will feature the wonderful Young At Heart Orchestra and include such timeless hits as Que Sera, Sera, Sentimental Journey , Everybody Loves a Lover and Secret Love plus classic songs from the movies Calamity Jane , Love Me or Leave Me and The Pajama Game , as well as a number of Doris’ big band standards,” he continued.

Melinda said, “I was so saddened to hear the news of the passing of the amazing Doris Day. When I saw Calamity Jane, I thought she was the best of everything a woman can be, and when I grew up, I wanted to be just like her. Whenever I revisit some of her old movies, I’m transported back to that place, a place of happiness and pure joy.”

“Who knew there was so much more to Melinda Schneider than just being an extremely talented multi Golden Guitar Award winning Australian country music singer? In Doris, Melinda Schneider gets to show a whole other side to her talents by capturing the essence of Doris Day, managing to exude all of the warmth, sincerity and sweetness that was the real Doris” – Stage Whispers review 

“When Melinda released the acclaimed tribute album Melinda Does Doris – A Tribute to Doris Day, it debuted at #1 on the ARIA Jazz and Blues chart, remaining there for 9 weeks. In 2016, Melinda released her second Doris album, Melinda Does Doris … Again – The Movie Songs. Melinda has also starred in her own hugely successful original theatre show, DORIS, Doris Day – So Much More Than the Girl Next Door, which she wrote with David Mitchell of Dusty/Shout fame. Before the show was staged, Melinda sent Doris the script to ensure she was happy with the way they portrayed her, so you can imagine when Doris personally gave her the thumbs up, it made her very happy,” Andrew said.

“This is going to be a great night with a huge talent who adores Doris Day bringing the music to life, so book your tickets asap. More event details can be found at on the Royal Theatre website at,” Andrew concluded.

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On Sunday 3 November, Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Projects and Works Support Officer, Craig Orvad, is embarking on a 6-day ride on a Postie Bike to raise money for Variety - the Children’s Charity NSW/ACT. During this period, Craig and approximately 70 other riders will journey from Tamworth to Tingha, Tenterfield, Tabulam, Casino, Lismore, Coutts Crossing, Glen Innes, Bald Blair, Armidale and back to Tamworth. The event goes off the beaten track, travelling through the bush and countryside, stopping in at rural towns and schools for meals and entertainment along the way.

Craig OrvardAccording to LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, Craig is one of many Council staff who not only serve the community through their work but also as volunteers across many organisations. He said entrants in the Postie Dash must raise a minimum of $2,000 for Variety – the Children’s Charity to join the adventure and the funds raised will help to provide practical equipment and experiences to kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. He added that anyone who would like to support Craig can do so online at

“Variety’s work allows children to gain mobility and freedom, to get out and about in the community, be able to communicate, enhance their education, achieve independence and increase self-esteem, and where possible the assistance helps them integrate into mainstream school and activities. I congratulate Craig on volunteering his time for this great cause and wish him a safe trip,” Councillor Hope concluded.


Craig said whilst jumping off his own Honda 1100cc with approximately 170 horsepower onto a Honda 110cc Postie Bike with 4.5 horsepower will be ‘interesting’, it’s all for a good cause and he’s looking forward to the comradery with the other participants.

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Last week, Liverpool Plains Shire Council and its Home Support Service (HSS) team recognised the Shire’s Carers during National Carers Week at events to celebrate the diversity of carers and caring roles.

Carers Week

“Not only is National Carers Week a great opportunity to show carers how much they are appreciated but also to raise awareness within our community of their contributions. 12.3% of Shire residents, that’s 771 residents, listed as carers providing unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, or who are frail/aged at the last census. That is a considerable section of the Shire community,” said Quirindi HSS Coordinator, Kirsty Power.

The Shire’s HSS is managed by LPSC and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health’s Home Support Program. It provides services to assist aged folk to remain in their own homes. The HSS facilitates numerous activities including craft days, lady luncheons, men’s outings, movie days, shopping buses, an appointment bus and weekly trips to the hydro pool. To find out more call Werris Creek HSS on 6768 7505 or Quirindi HSS on 6746 4545,” Kirsty concluded.


From front left – Jeanette Marr and Clare Stewart (Werris Creek HSS) and Kirsty Power (Quirindi HSS) joined carers from Werris Creek and Quirindi to celebrate their commitment at the Sugar Plum Tea and Coffee House

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