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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) in collaboration with Encore Dance Studio are hosting FREE youth dance lessons with the Shire’s own dance instructor, Erica Lawrence during the July school holidays on Monday 6 and Monday 13 July.

The lessons will be held at the Quirindi Pavilion 50 Henry Street and are split into 3 age groups with separate time sessions:

  • 1:30 - 2:30pm - ages 3-6
  • 2:45 - 3:45pm - ages 7-11
  • 4 - 5pm - age 12+

“Interested parents/carers must book their child’s place into the relevant age group via TryBooking: www.trybooking.com/BIYGV. Online registration is essential as due to COVID-19 restrictions no children who just turn up on the day can be accepted,” said LPSC General Manager, Jo Sangster.

“To meet COVID-19 safety protocols, parents/carers will be requested to drop their child to the event supervisor at the Pavilion, have their name ticked off and the child will be welcomed into the classes. Parents/carers can then pick the child up at the end of the lesson. To facilitate each class starting on time, it is suggested you arrive at the Pavilion 10 minutes before the starting time, but please keep a distance if queues form or wait in the car until it is clear,” she said.

“If you or your child is sick or unwell on the day of the event, please do NOT attend the sessions as anyone who appears unwell cannot be allowed entry. It would be appreciated if parents/carers advise of their inability to attend, for any reason, prior to 10am on the day of the classes so people on the waiting list have the opportunity to attend,” she continued.

“LPSC is pleased to be able to offer these free classes. Children benefit from dance classes through

improved physical health. Dancing is a great form of exercise, and a love of dance from an early age can help motivate kids to stay active as they grow into adults. Dancing enhances emotional development, encourages socialisation, encourages creativity and enhances cognitive development,” Ms Sangster concluded.

For further details on dance lessons, contact Erica Lawrence on 0458 606 248. If you have any questions regarding bookings please contact Andrew Ballard at LPSC on 6746 1755.

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When Plains Fitness Quirindi reopened, following the easing of COVID19 restrictions, the first person through the door, eager to restart her fitness regime, was Judith Barnes who was presented with a special, one-off, Plains Fitness shirt to mark the occasion.

“Judith is an inspiration to all who know her. She’s been attending the gym in Quirindi for over 15 years with a commitment to health and well being that would be the envy of many,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Andrew Hope.

 “Prior to the shutdown, Judith was at the Centre five days a week at 6am for her daily program, working out on the treadmill, bike, and rower, and she is very happy to be back in action again.

“Instructors Lucas and Brody tell me Judith is also a keen gardener and they often find her tidying things up in the Centre’s garden before or after a session,” he continued.

“Plains Fitness provides the opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to stay fit and healthy. I hope Judith will become an inspiration to even more people to find out what the Centre has to offer,” he said.

“Although the Centre is now operating once again, measures are in place to protect attendees and staff with a limit of 10 people per one hour session and a half hour cleaning process between them. Time slots available to make a booking are 6am-7am, 7.30am-8.30am, 9am-10am, 10.30am-11.30am, Midday-1pm, 1.30pm-2.30pm, 3pm-4pm, 4.30pm-5.30pm and 6pm-7pm. Those wishing to attend a session must book online using the MINDBODY app. There is a tutorial available for the use of this app on the Plains Fitness Facebook page.

If you have any further questions or need assistance please message Plains Fitness via their Facebook page, call the Centre on 6746 3122 or email info@plainsfitness.com.au,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council will invest more than $8.2 million in capital works and deliver major infrastructure and improvements to community facilities over the next 12 months, after adopting its combined Delivery Program and Operational Plan at an extraordinary meeting held on 17 June.

Mayor Andrew Hope said the combined Delivery Program and Operational Plan, which was includes Council’s budget and fees and charges for the 2020/21 year, has been designed to support economic development as the region adjusts to the ongoing (COVID-19) pandemic.

“The budget includes an ambitious suite of infrastructure projects, including the Quipolly Water Project, Quirindi Library Precinct Renewal and Werris Creek Industrial Precinct Southern Access, plus our planned sealed and unsealed road programs,” Mayor Hope said.

“It also includes improvements to community facilities and public spaces including refurbishment of Eastside Child Care Centre and delivery of public amenity upgrades at David Taylor Oval, Bell Park and Willow Tree Recreation Centre,” he said.

The combined Delivery Program and Operational Plan was placed on exhibition for a month to enable community members to provide feedback on Council’s proposed capital works program and budget, prior to adoption.

Mayor Hope thanked his fellow Councillors, LPSC Management and staff for the many hours they put into developing the budget and community members who responded by providing submissions.  

“Our 2020-21 budget is an ambitious but realistic one focussed on ensuring services and projects are delivered in the best possible way providing best value for money for the communities we serve,” he said.

“In recent times our Shire has been significantly impacted by drought and COVID-19 and we are working hard to support local industry and jobs, and get our economy moving again. We’re determined to ensure that Liverpool Plains Shire continues to be a great place to live, work, visit and do business.”

To view the combined Delivery Program and Operational Plan, including information on rates, fees and charges for the 2020/21 year, visit Council’s website at lpsc.nsw.gov.au.

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With the further easing of COVID19 restrictions, Plains Fitness Quirindi is excited to announce that they are reopening on Monday 15 June, from 6am.

Some changes to operations have been implemented to keep attendees and staff safe:

  • Bookings are essential for 1 hour time slots per person.
  • Maximum of 10 people can attend the Centre at a time
  • If you are able to come outside of peak times please do
  • There will be a half hour cleaning period between each booking slot
  • There will be no organised classes at the moment   
  • There will be free programs for those who usually attend classes and need some guidance
  • PTs will still run with a maximum of 2 people at a time
  • The play area will be closed, therefore parents will be unable to bring their children to sessions

Those wishing to attend Plains Fitness will be required to book in online using the MINDBODY app. There is a tutorial available for the use of this app on the Plains Fitness Facebook page along with more details on operations at the Centre. Once the app is set up it is easy to use.

Time slots available to make a booking are 6am-7am, 7.30am-8.30am, 9am-10am, 10.30am-11.30am, Midday-1pm, 1.30pm-2.30pm, 3pm-4pm, 4.30pm-5.30pm and 6pm-7pm.

Each individual can determine if they use the whole hour or a portion of the time. Anyone unable to attend a booked session is requested to please cancel it through the app so others can utilise the opportunity. PT clients will hear from their trainers regarding their time slots.

“These measures are on trial and with everyone’s cooperation and compliance with safety requirements Plains Fitness staff and Council will continue to review the situation and make changes as necessary,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“It is great news that those who have missed their exercise/fitness regime during the virus shutdowns can once again participate in what they love doing. I can not over emphasise the need for everyone to play their part with best social distancing and hygiene practices. If you are sick please postpone your visit until you are better.     

“Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any further questions please message Plains Fitness via their Facebook page, call the Centre on 6746 3122 or email info@plainsfitness.com.au,” he concluded.

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With the libraries at Werris Creek and Quirindi reopening face-to-face operations, under strict social distancing and hygiene protocols, one of the major tasks being undertaken by librarians is safely returning the books and DVDs borrowed under the click-and-collect system used during the shutdown into circulation.

“Over a 6 week period from mid-April 1,336 items were borrowed and now as they are returned the are put into quarantine for 72 hours after which they are disinfected before going back on the shelves,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“The health, safety and wellbeing of our library staff and visitors to the library is Council’s number one priority and the reopening has taken place following the best advice provided by NSW Health.

“Social distancing means that only 4 visitors at a time can be in Quirindi library with 8 visitors the maximum number in Werris Creek. Bookings are essential to use the public computers and visitors are limited to 30 minutes per day. Call Werris Creek 6768 7340 or Quirindi 6746 2350 to make an appointment. Please use hand sanitiser provided and if you are unwell please don’t enter the library. Only Seniors and vulnerable people are allowed access between 10 and 11am,” he said.

“Working together, we can do our best to safeguard library users, the staff and the community. Thanks for your cooperation on this important issue,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has extended his thanks to Council’s cleaning staff for their massive efforts maintaining a safe environment during the COVID19 shutdowns and as restrictions are eased.

“Cleaning supervisor Narda McCrae and team members Sue, Krystal and Karen have done a fantastic job, under trying circumstances, helping to keep others safe over this period,” Councillor Hope said.

“The team undertook extra cleaning of facilities that people were still attending throughout the lockdown. A massive effort, twice a day for over two months, in addition to their usual cleaning schedule, they’ve been committed to maintaining a clean environment to keep people safe.

“As restrictions are further eased and more operations come back on line, the team will continue their vital work to protect the community and Council’s staff. Thank you team for a job well done,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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The staff at Liverpool Plains Shire’s Visitor Information Centre (VIC) at Willow Tree are looking forward to once again being able to assist travellers with information, road advice, free maps and brochures, itinerary planning and advice on booking of accommodation as the Centre reopens with the easing of restrictions from Monday 15 June.

“As each step of easing of restrictions is undertaken the health and safety of everyone is LPSC’s focus of attention and based on the best advice from NSW Health authorities. To facilitate the reopening of the VIC a Covid-safe Plan is in place,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope. 

“Visitors to the VIC are requested to sanitise their hands when entering and to respect the social distancing rules. There will be a registry for visitors to provide contact details when entering as a further safeguard and in line with current public health requirements. This information is only kept for 29 days and is confidential. There will be a limit of 8 people at the VIC at any one time and a 30 minute visit time limit. At this stage the VIC will open on weekdays between 9am and 5pm,” he said.

“During the closure period VIC Manager, Nikki Robertson, has been working hard developing ideas to attract visitors to the Liverpool Plains including a Social Media campaign.” he continued.

“In addition, for Willow Tree residents, most services at the VIC resume including the library drop box, fax and photocopying services. At this stage community computers won’t be available, and the BeConnected Classes will continue by Zoom meetings for the time being,” he said.

“The VIC staff look forward to welcoming visitors through the region once again and assisting them with any queries they may have, plus ideas for things to see and do while in the area 

 “Situated near the junction of the New England and Kamilaroi Highways, Willow Tree is the gateway to the Liverpool Plains and the New England/North West. It’s a great place to stop and stretch your legs. Drop into the VIC to have a look at what’s on offer and to share travel stories with staff. While you’re here check out the informative ‘Kamilaroi A Highway and a People’  interpretative panels, sculptures, a welcome to country in both English and the Gomeroi language and the traditional Aboriginal groove-stones on display. Willow Tree also has a great range of eateries to cater for all tastes as you’re travelling through. We look forward to welcoming you,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has commenced work on two projects which will improve road infrastructure in Quirindi.

Drainage and parking lane improvement works valued at $190,000 are being carried out in Dewhurst Street between Fitzroy and Russell Streets.

On Callaghans Lane, bitumen sealing is being undertaken on a 500 metre section at the northern end, at a cost of $335,000.

Funding for both projects was obtained through the Federal Government’s Financial Assistance Grant (FAG) program.

A contractor is delivering the projects on behalf of Council with, weather permitting, work expected to be finished by the end of the financial year.

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Equipment being delivered to the Callaghans Lane project site

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Work underway on the Dewhurst Street project

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With the easing of restrictions and face-to-face operations recommencing at Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Administration Centre.

ReopeningTosha Bob-lis, the first customer through the door, was presented with a small gift to mark the occasion by Council staff member Ruby Richardson.

Community members attending the Administration Centre are requested to abide by social distancing requirements to maintain safety for staff and other visitors to the facility.

For the vulnerable and others in the community who are still practicing self-isolation, Council’s Customer Service staff are still available via email lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au or phone 6746 1755 to assist with enquiries and transacting business. Customer Request Forms can also be submitted via the website www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has extended his thanks to Council staff for their commitment to the Shire community during the COVID-19 shutdowns and for maintaining essential services.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has challenged organisations and people everywhere, forcing us to rapidly adapt and rethink priorities,” he said.

“I want to express my appreciation to all LPSC staff, for all of your efforts in dealing with a constantly evolving situation and the way you set an example for others remaining calm and confident during this period of rapid change.

“Unprecedented circumstances have called for unprecedented responses, with every day bringing new practical challenges. Council staff adapted to not only protecting their safety but also that of their work colleagues and the community while at the same time safeguarding ongoing business continuity.

“These challenging times also brought out the best in people. In some instances staff were redeployed to better support delivery of service and in all circumstances had to readapt to a constantly evolving work environment. This team effort greatly assisted everyone to stay motivated through these difficult times,” he continued.

“Overseeing these changes in operations has been a massive task and special thanks are due to Council’s Senior Management team for the long hours they have put in dealing with these issues to obtain the best outcomes,” he said.

“More than ever, as restrictions are eased, we must remain vigilant with the knowledge that COVI19 remains a risk to all. Maintaining social distancing and good hygiene practices are vital ingredients towards keeping everyone safe.

“As face-to-face operations are reintroduced I ask all members of the community to assist by respecting social distancing, when dealing with Council staff, to ensure everyone’s safety is maintained and we can continue to provide essential services as effectively as possible,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Effective from Wednesday 3 June, the Wallabadah town water supply moves to level P water conservation measures. As a result, all of the Liverpool Plains Shire’s (LPS) water supplies, Werris Creek, Quirindi, Blackville, Caroona, Premer, Spring Ridge, Wallabadah, and Willow Tree are now on level P. This milestone marks the end of the impact of the recent drought on LPSC’s town water supplies.

Level P restrictions are permanent conservation measures that encourage common sense water use practices to help maintain a sustainable supply. They encourage conservation of water by avoiding watering during the heat of the day, washing down paved surfaces with high pressure hoses, and using pool covers to reduce evaporation. All town water supply consumers are always encouraged to maintain water conscious practices to ensure supplies remain sustainable.

Wallabadah was placed on Level 5 restrictions following storm events in late January impacting the supplies main source Water Pump Station. In April, the restrictions were reduced to Level 2. Since then, the bore has continued to pass ongoing testing of the water to ensure that it meets the requirements of the Australian Drink Water Guidelines (ADWG).

The Wallabadah bore has recorded significant aquifer recovery and ongoing monitoring has demonstrated this is sustainable at current water usage. In addition, stormwater improvement works at the bore were recently completed to prevent a reoccurrence of this type of event in the future.

In regard to the Shire’s other supplies, Quipolly Dam has remained steady at around 90% of full capacity and has received small inflows almost constantly since late January. The Quirindi groundwater system level has held steady and all village groundwater sources recorded a rise during April and into May.

Infrastructure projects undertaken by Council over the last 10 years have served the community well during the drought allowing lower level water restrictions to be maintained compared to what would have been required had those projects not been undertaken.

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At the Council meeting held on the 27th May, the Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) adopted the LPS Recreation Strategy 2020 - 2050. The strategy was developed in consultation with user groups, young people and the wider community and provides the road map for the Shire’s recreation facilities.

The Recreation Strategy has been developed over two years and has included 2 community workshops, an online survey, the contribution of over 215 school students, 15 public submissions, 26 one-on-one meetings with sporting organisations, user groups and individuals. Overall 324 individuals have had their say on the Shire’s recreation vision.

Amongst those who took part in the consultation process, 59% believed improvements are needed for our recreational facilities and 92% believe a new swimming facility is required. There is no agenda to close the swimming pool but there is community enthusiasm for a new facility to meet future requirements,” said LPSC Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope.

In Quirindi, Council is seeking to secure investment through grants to develop the Longfield Oval precinct, the Showground, the Swimming Centre, Golland Fields and Milner Park tennis facilities to support current and future user groups as well as service the needs of the broader community. Funding opportunities are also being progressively sought to improve facilities across the entire Shire in line with the Strategy’s recommendations.

Council would like to acknowledge all those who engaged in the community consultation process and would like to reassure the community that Council will be seeking further input as it secures funding to implement the strategy precinct by precinct.

Council has already submitted a funding application to the State Government to revitalise the Showgrounds and activate the Recreation Strategy for this precinct in line with the community feedback it has received from all user groups. As always, if the Council is successful in securing this funding further engagement to operationalise the aspirations of all showground users will be vital.

Councillor Hope stated he was pleased about the opportunities the adoption of the Recreation Strategy provided for Council to renew and reinvigorate our recreation facilities.

“I am particularly pleased about the level of engagement we received from our young people and would like to thank Principal Ian Worley for facilitating this, and for those that are unaware the High School significantly contributes to operational cost of both the swimming centres and Plains Fitness, a partnership that has served the community very well for several years” said Councillor Hope 

“Thank you to all who have contributed to date and Council looks forward to your further involvement as we progress. The implementation of the strategy will ensure a strategic, economically sustainable approach to the provision of open space and recreation facilities for all Shire residents and visitors who utilise our facilities, Councillor Hope concluded

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed the announcement by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack MP and Minister for Regional Communications and Local Government, Mark Coulton MP, that Council will receive $2.88m funding to enable delivery of priority projects with a focus on local road and community infrastructure upgrades and maintenance.

“Council will shortly receive a pre-payment of $2m on next year’s Financial Assistance Grant allocation. This Commonwealth support is untied, to be spent on locally-determined priorities and projects. In addition, we’ll also receive $866,772 from the new Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program,” he said.

“This is welcome news that will support jobs and the resilience of our local economy, assisting community bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic,” he continued.

“By using the Roads to Recovery program as a basis, there will be minimal burden on Council administering the funds while also providing a level of accountability that the funds are used to deliver the additional economic activity and job creation the community urgently requires.  

“The Financial Assistance Grant payment will be made to the State Government and we have an expectation that the funds will be passed on to Council as quickly as possible,” he said.

“As the closest tier of government to the community, local government has a critical role in delivering vital services and maintaining quality of life for the community, through good times and bad. This funding will help facilitate LPSC’s efforts in this regard.

“Council recently unveiled its proposed budget for 2020/21 of $24.77 million providing investment of more than $8.2 million in capital works plus delivering a range of projects and programs across the Shire. This additional funding to add to this program is most welcome as we steer a recovery path forward from drought, natural disasters and COVID-19,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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With COVID-9 restrictions requiring the cancellation of Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) usual events to mark National Volunteers Week, Mayor Andrew Hope, is encouraging residents to wave their appreciation for local volunteers via social media.

LPSC Mayor Andrew Hope“You can wave your appreciation for volunteers by sharing a photo of yourself waving your hand of thanks using the hashtags #NVW2020 and #waveforvolunteers,” Councillor Hope said.

“Council traditionally holds events at Werris Creek and Quirindi to recognise the Shire’s volunteers who give their time and talents making our community a better place to live. Engaging with volunteers from across the Shire is one of the great pleasures associated with my role as Mayor,” he said.

“A handshake, a hug and a few words to each of the volunteers to personally express appreciation for the selfless act of volunteering they undertake has always been a cherished part of these get-togethers,” he continued.

“We’ll have to wait until the current crisis has passed to get together again, but this year I wave my appreciation to all our volunteers for your fantastic contribution,” Mayor Hope concluded.

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As some COVID-19 restrictions on activities are relaxed from Friday 15 May, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is urging everyone to remain vigilant and respect social distancing requirements so as not to put themselves or others at risk, especially those who are vulnerable and in high risk groups.

“Playgrounds and skateparks will reopen as part of the process. Advice from NSW Health is that you can use outdoor exercise and playground equipment but do so with caution. They suggest you wash your hands before and after you use this equipment and should act as though the person who has used the equipment before you has the virus. You must exercise social distancing remaining at least 1.5 metres apart. There is a limit of 10 people at any one time in such areas and you must not touch equipment if you are sick,” he said.

“The new rules allow people to train outdoors with up to 10 people and you can also have a picnic outdoors again with a maximum of 10 people, in all instances maintaining social distancing,” he continued.

“We cannot afford to be complacent, so it is extremely important that we all stay vigilant and maintain the rules around social distancing. The Premier has indicated that NSW Police will continue to work with the community to help maintain the gains we have made together,” he said.

“If we want to maintain those gains and move forward rather than backwards, I encourage everyone to download the COVIDSafe app because when you do you’re taking an important step to protect yourself, your friends, family and wider community against a second wave of the virus. Your information and privacy are strictly protected and can help prevent a second wave which I’m sure none of us want to see,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Work is continuing on improvements to facilities at Werris Creek’s David Taylor Oval and the Freedom Camping Area which is part of the precinct.

Werris Creek bore project“To date, an amenities block with toilets and showers, a picnic table and associated shading have been completed. Council has also widened the entry gates and improved the fencing to the area,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“Over the past week, the contractors have been in to rehabilitate a bore at the site which necessitated the drilling of a new borehole. As the project advances the water from this bore will be utilised for the amenities block and an irrigation system for the oval,” he said.

“To further improve amenity for locals and visitors landscaping of the area will be undertaken and include additional trees and shrubs and raised garden beds which will also enhance separation between the BBQ area and public amenities,” he continued.

“Council was successful in gaining $247,549 funding for these projects through the State Government’s Stronger Country Communities Program and we’re grateful to Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson, for his support facilitating the funding,” he concluded.

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At its Ordinary April meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) received and noted the third quarter combined Delivery Program 2017-2021 and 2019-2020 Operational Plan progress report.

The Delivery Program identifies all of the key activities Council has committed to undertake over its four-year term. All Council’s plans, projects, activities, and funding allocations are directly linked to the Delivery Program.

The Operational Plan, which includes the annual budget, is a one year plan that spells out the detail of Council’s Delivery Program, identifying the individual projects and activities that will be undertaken during the financial year to achieve the commitments made in the four year Delivery Program.

For the 2019-20 financial year, LPSC committed to delivering 93 actions focussed on achieving the community’s vision contained in Council’s Community Strategic Plan which describes the community’s vision and aspirations for a period of ten or more years.

Of the 93 actions contained in the combined Delivery Program and Operational Plan, a total of 86 per cent have been achieved or are on track to being achieved. A further 1 per cent were not started during the reporting period being scheduled to commence in the last quarter of the financial year. A total of 6 actions have been deferred due to lack of external funding or not commenced due to Covid-19.

LPSC will continue to ensure Council planning is guided by the community’s aspirations as identified through the community consultation process.

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Economic development, roads and infrastructure, and community facility improvements are front and centre of Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s draft combined Delivery Program and Operational Plan, which is on public exhibition until Monday, 8 June 2020.

Mayor Andrew Hope encouraged interest community members to provide feedback on the draft Delivery Program and Operational Plan, which outlines Council’s 2020/21 budget and details the projects, services and programs Council plans on delivering over the coming financial year.

“In 2020/21, Council is proposing to deliver a Budget totalling $24.77 million, investing more than $8.2 million in capital works and delivering a range of projects and programs across the Liverpool Plains Shire,” Cr Hope said.

“We will be drawing on reserves and considerable government funding to deliver an ambitious suite of infrastructure projects, including the Quipolly Water Project, Werris Creek Industrial Precinct Southern Access and Quirindi Library Precinct Renewal, as well as our planned sealed and unsealed road programs.

“Council will also be delivering some long-overdue improvements to community facilities and public spaces around the region, including refurbishing Eastside Child Care Centre and delivering public amenities upgrades at David Taylor Oval, Bell Park and Willow Tree Recreation Centre.”  

Other key projects include the remediation of rural landfill sites, basketball and netball court resurfacing works, and a review of Council’s Destination Management Plan to help boost tourism.

Cr Hope said the combined Delivery Program and Operational Plan aims to support economic development, as the region adjusts to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Just like any other business, Council has been significantly impacted by COVID-19, and as with the State and Federal Governments, we are working hard to support local industry and jobs, and get our economy moving again,” he said.

“However, Council’s long-term financial sustainability remains a key priority, and in 2020/21, we will be starting a conversation with the community around service levels and investigating whether a special rate variation is required to maintain our current levels of service.

“I encourage all interested residents to review these documents and comment on our proposed program of works before the close of the exhibition period.”

The draft combined Delivery Program and Operational Plan can be accessed from Council’s website at lpsc.nsw.gov.au.

Feedback and submissions can be made via email at lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au or in writing addressed to the General Manager at PO Box, Quirindi NSW 2343.

Submissions and feedback close at 5.00pm on Monday, DD June 2020. Following the close of the exhibition period, a final report considering submissions will be presented to Council.

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At its April Ordinary Meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) adopted the Arts and Cultural Plan and supporting Action Plan as presented.

Work on the development and preparation of the Plan commenced in February 2019 when Council engaged Robert Gebert Arts Consulting to undertake the project.

The Arts and Cultural Plan provides a framework for Council and the community to support, celebrate and develop creative and cultural life within the Liverpool Plains Shire. It identifies the overall directions and outcomes necessary to support Council’s commitment to arts and culture over the next 10 years in a coordinated action plan developed in consultation and collaboration with key stakeholders.

An extensive process of community engagement was undertaken with external stakeholders and various government agencies, four community workshops in May 2019 followed up by two community update briefing sessions in September 2019. Feedback received through the consultation process was taken into account and incorporated into the final documentation wherever practicable.

The draft Plan was placed on public exhibition for 28 days between November and December 2019. One written submission was received which resulted in further one-on-one consultation being undertaken, feedback further reviewed and associated recommendations adopted into the final document.

The Arts and Cultural Plan is a living document that will be reviewed and updated as necessary to meet changing community requirements.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is urging the Shire’s landholders to be vigilant and on the lookout for Parthenium weed. It is a Class 1 (State Prohibited) noxious weed in NSW.

Parthenium weed has recently been detected in several NSW local government areas. It has been introduced from Queensland in stock feed. Taking into account the amount of stock feed that has been brought in to the Shire from other states and due to improved seasonal conditions all Biosecurity Weed Officers in the region are monitoring the situation.

If found, it requires immediate eradication. Please report any sightings in the Shire, on properties or roadsides, to Council’s Authorised Biosecurity Officer-Weeds by calling 6746 2859 or mobile 0427 961 980. A PDF with more details is available. Email michael.whitney@lpsc.nsw.gov.au to obtain a copy.

The NSW Department of Primary Industry considers Parthenium the greatest weed threat to NSW. It spreads rapidly. Contact with the plant or pollen can cause serious allergic reactions in people. It is dangerous to grazing animals and reduces crop and land values.

Please help protect our rich agricultural lands and stay on the lookout for these plants that are not normally located in this region. It will help in the process of quick and precise identification and assist in ensuring that nothing can get established and vitally eradication can be achieved.

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Quirindi NSW

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Quirindi NSW

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Contact Details

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Email: lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au

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