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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.RV Industry continues to grow

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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.

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Youth Week   Werris Creek Disco   AA 5
 80 plus people danced away at the disco
Youth Week   Jumping Castle  AA 4
 Smaller kids enjoyed the jumping castle
Youth Week   AAA 2   Skateboard
 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,” 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, 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.

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Spring Ridge   Lights at oval

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.  

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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, or messaging to Liverpool Plains Recreation and Swim Centres Facebook page. 

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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 or call 6746 1755,” Councillor Hope conluded. 

 Visitors participated in numerous gamesRally 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  models

New ablution block installed

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 young and old had a great time at Pigs n Pines with lots to see and do   Chairman of Bikers Australia New England branch Charlie CEEJAY Canham with Mayor Andrew Hope  Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins Bikers Australia from Central West

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 camped in swags and tents big and small Visitors to the Pigs ‘n’ Pine rally camped in swags and tents large and small.

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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


Roadworks 5   Werriston Rd Werris Creek Roadworks 3   South Wandobah Road damage following heavy rain Roadworks 4   Howes Hill Road causeway

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.


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Quirindi War Memorial ClockWork 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.

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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.

Pergola   Quirindi Cemetery

“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.    

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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. 

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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,  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. 

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Great time had by all at Liverpool PLains Shire Seniors Festival events.

A1 Luncheon 2  A3   Eloura  A4   HSS Willow Tree  A5 Mystery Bus tour  A6   Marsupial Park

 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
Support Service (HSS) also enjoyed
the luncheon as did groups from
Werris Creek and Quirindi HSS.

 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
the Marsupial 
Park stop over. 

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Ben Burrage

Following on from a great response and enquiries from residents about a proposed six week Muay Thai Boxing and Self Defence Fitness program, Liverpool Plains Shire Recreation (REC) Centre have organised a ‘come and try before you buy’ session with World Champion Boxing and Muay Thai trainer Ben Burrage on Friday 24 March.

“We’ve had a lot of interest shown and because a lot of people want to know more about what Muay Thai is all about we’ve organised sessions for 3 to 5 year olds from 3.30 – 4pm, 5s to 15s from 4.15 – 5.15pm and 16s+/Adults from 5.30 – 6.30pm,” said REC Centre Manager,Annah Maybury.

“The cost is $6 for 3 – 5yo, $12 for 5 – 15yo and $15 for the Adult session,” she said,

“This event will give people a chance to decide if they want to participate in the full six week program which will run on Fridays, commencing May 19 through until July 30 at the same times as the introductory session.

“Spots are limited for the six week course and must be paid for up front. If you wish to book into the full course message your name, number and which session you wish to attend through the Liverpool Plains Recreation and Swim Centres FB page or email me at,” Annah concluded.

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Seniors Week Opening

Seniors from around the Liverpool Plains Shire attended LPSC’s opening event for Seniors
Week, a meal and entertainment held at Quirindi RSL.

On Wednesday afternoon a free movie and afternoon tea will be held at The Royal
Theatre and on Friday a Mystery Bus Tour will be held.

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Wallabadah sign board 2

Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has erected a new notice board at the Wallabadah First Fleet Gardens and Freedom Camping Ground amenities block.

This is part of our ongoing program to drive economic development, make our Shire as RV friendly as possible and to share opportunities for local attractions and businesses, said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

If you’d like to have something displayed here please contact Nikki at the Visitor Information Centre on 6747 1226 or drop it in at Council’s Administration Centre,” Councillor Hope concluded.

The new notice board at the Wallabadah First 
Fleet Gardens and Freedom Camping Ground

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has agreed to fund improvement works to the entrance of the Quirindi Heritage Village from its section 94 reserve, to a maximum amount of $3,000.

Heritage Village entrance
The entrance to the Quirindi heritage Village as it currently is.

Council received a letter from the Secretary of the Quirindi Village Minature Railway asking us to consider providing assistance to deliver a smoother, safer entrance for visitors to the facility,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

It is a major tourist attraction within the Shire and its volunteers are continually striving to improve the displays and grounds. These rehabilitation works will provide ease of access to the Village and remove the risk of damage to vehicles. The improvements will benefit visitors all year round but particularly during the annual swap meet when some thousands visit the site.

Council will endeavour to carry out these improvements, which will be assisted by Village volunteers, to have them ready for the 2017 Swap Meet which is scheduled for May 6 and 7. We have selection criteria to be applied to expenditure of section 94 funds in keeping with the relevant legislation. This project has ticked all the necessary boxes to proceed,” he said.

The project has been identified as possessing considerable community merit and will further augment an existing recreational facility and tourist attraction,” Councillor hope concluded.

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Local business operators enjoyed Linda Hailey’s no-nonsense style of practical advice as guest speaker at Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Industry Showcase, held as part of Back to Business Week.

“The attendees saw Linda as a refreshing change as a small business advocate, an expert who understands exactly what small business audiences need to hear. She inspired the audience with enthusiasm, passion and a great sense of humour. No big business examples, no finger wagging, no assumptions that there is a bottomless budget and endless resources, just exciting ‘thought leadership’, practical cost effective ideas and real life, small business examples, useful to operators in rural communities such as ours. Linda inspired all in attendance,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

Back to Business Week 1   Andrew Hope Ray Lamb Linda Hailey Debbie Shaw Steve Payne Gordon Heath
LPSC Mayor Andrew Hope (left) and Linda Hailey (third left) with Liverpool Plains business operators Ray Lamb, Debbie Shaw, Steve Payne and Gordon Heath.

The Showcase also saw the launch of the Liverpool Plains Economic Development Strategy and Liverpool Plains Business Directory. “These are both important steps forward in Council’s activities to drive economic development,” Councillor Hope said.

Back to Business Week 2   rear Scott Teggins Doug Hawkins Ian Lobsey front Virginia Black Donna Ausling  Nikki Robertson
Back row - Scott Teggins (from LPSC Visitor information Centre – VIC), LPSC Councillors Doug Hawkins and Ian Lobsey OAM Front Row – Councillor Virginia Black,
LPSC Director Economic Development Donna Ausling and VIC Manager Nikki Robertson helped launch the
Liverpool Plains Economic Development Strategy and Liverpool Plains Business Directory.

“I’d like to thank the business owners who attended and guest speaker Linda Hailey for making this a very succesful event. I also congratulate LPSC Director Economic Development Donna Ausling and her team for their efforts developing the Liverpool Plains Economic Development Strategy and Liverpool Plains Business Directory. Additionally Council is grateful to State MP for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen and the NSW State Government for the funding that has made this event and the development of the strategy and business directory possible,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Recreation Centre is seeking feedback from residents who would be interested in participating in a six week Muay Thai Boxing and Self Defence Fitness program.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity for Ben Burrage, who is already well known to many REC Centre users, to run this program. Ben is the qualified Boxing and Muay Thai Head Trainer at Tamworth Fighting Arts. He is a World Champion who has fought in Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and Thailand winning several titles,” said Rec Centre Manager Annah O’Neil-Shaw.

Muay Thai, which originated in Thailand, has become increasingly popular as a combat sport in recent years. It uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This physical and mental discipline which includes combat on shins is known as ‘the art of eight limbs’ because it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, shins, being associated with a good physical preparation that makes a full-contact fighter very efficient. It became widespread internationally in the twentieth century, when practitioners defeated notable practitioners of other martial arts,” Annah said.

“If we get the necessary interest we will run a six week program, on Mondays, commencing May 15 through until July 26.
We plan to cater for different ages with the following time slots, 3:30 - 4pm – 3 to 5 years, 4:15 - 5:15pm – 5 to 15 years and 5:30 - 6:30pm – Adults,” she continued.

To secure a spot you will need to pay for the six weeks up front. Spots are limited so if you’re interested contact us asap by messaging your name, number and which session you wish to attend through the Liverpool Plains Recreation and Swim Centres FB page or email me at Annah concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is extending an invitation to interested persons to attend a very special International Women’s Day celebration from 7pm on Thursday March 9 at the Quirindi Jockey Club Dining Room. Tickets are $30 and include substantial canapes, music and entertainment and are on sale now at or at the LPSC Customer Service Desk.

According to LPSC Councillor, Virginia Black, International Women's Day provides an important platform to celebrate the contributions women make to our community. She said the March 9 celebration will be a fun, inspirational, social evening for women.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Kerryn Harvey, Founding Director of START Foundation, as our guest speaker and 2016 Toyota Starmaker Finalist Allison Forbes providing entertainment,” Councillor Black said.

“Kerryn Harvey’s inspirational story saw the START Foundation established in 2013. Kerryn contracted a life threatening flesh eating bacteria as a result of a seemingly minor cycling accident. Radical surgery was required and a right forequarter amputation, arm and shoulder was performed.  Kerryn repeatedly battled against the odds and survived. She has been able to manage the challenges of her disability through the support of her family, friends and sporting networks, to once again participate in the sports she is passionate about,” Councillor Black continued.

“Kerryn is the founding director of START Foundation, created to assist Amputees to achieve their sporting dreams. It recognises the key benefits for Amputees participating in sport, including a sense of achievement, improvement of health, social interaction and community engagement. The generous support of sponsors, donors and volunteers enables START to provide grants for a new limb, limb modification or equipment modification, to enable Amputees to participate in sport,” she said.

“Our guest entertainer, Allison Forbes, is also an inspirational young woman. She grew up just outside Tamworth and watching the stars gather every year for the CM Festival she yearned to be a part of it. She has worked hard at her craft, been a Starmaker Grandfinalist and won ‘Best EP’ award from the Nimbin Roots festival as well as touring her music all over the country”, she continued.

Councillor Black said the theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is #BeBoldForChange.

“International Women's Day is a vehicle for change aiming to forge a better working world, a more gender inclusive world. Each one of us, women and men joining forces, can be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold, pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity. Through purposeful collaboration, we can help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over,” she said.

“Sadly, the World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won't close entirely until 2186. I’m sure everyone acknowledges this is far too long to wait. Around the world, International Women’s Day can be an important catalyst and vehicle for driving greater change for women and moving closer to gender parity,” she continued.

“I’m looking forward to MCing this evening of celebration and being joined by many of the women who contribute on a daily basis to making the Liverpool Plains Shire a better place, who wish to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding, who make a difference, think globally and act locally,” Councillor Black concluded.

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Kerryn Harvey, founding director of START Foundation will be guest speaker at Liverpool Plains Shire’s International Women’s Day celebration

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The NSW Government, through the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, have developed the Heritage Near Me Incentives Program, which runs from 2016 to 2019. There are three grant stream opportunities available including Heritage Activation Grants.

If you are the owner or manager of a heritage item that is listed in Liverpool Plains Local Environmental Plan 2011 and you would like to begin a project in the 2017–18 financial year that will increase public enjoyment of local heritage then you may be eligible to receive a grant.

Eligible projects include:

  • Physical construction, reconstruction and conservation works necessary for public access and activation;
  • Fire, safety, access or building services upgrades, compliance and upgrading works to meet current Building Code Australia, the Disability Discrimination Act and Work Health and Safety Act requirements;
  • The professional development of strategic, business, marketing and programming plans to support community-based, participatory, sustainable and sympathetic works; and
  • One-off events or projects that will initiate, support or promote on-going heritage activities.

The funding available under the Heritage Activation Grants scheme will be up to $100,000 per application and applications close on Friday 21 April 2017. Matching funding from Applicants is not required although it is expected that successful applicants will be able to demonstrate some contribution to the cost of the project, at least in-kind.

Should the above apply to you, you are encouraged to get in contact with the planning staff at Liverpool Plains Shire Council on (02) 6746 1755 or email, who may be able to assist in the preparation of an Application to the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

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