Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Councillors have undertaken an end of year inspection tour of major road and water/sewerage projects that are either currently underway or to be undertaken from early in 2018. These included roadworks on Warrah Ridge Road, Cattle Lane, Williewarina Road and examination of links that may be eligible for State Government funding as part of a bigger regional project for upgrades to roads that are significant as transport arteries.
“The resheeting works about to take place on the unsealed section of Warrah Ridge Road are the biggest project on this road since restoration works in 2013/14 following flood events. To give people some idea of the costs and magnitude of work involved maintaining a road like this the two flood events were covered by Natural Disaster Funding to restore the road to the existing condition prevailing prior to the flood event. This amounted to $206,073.41. Such funding cannot be spent for ’betterment’ of the road, just repairs. The first repair project entailed approximately 8,069 tonnes of new gravel over 23,427m2 or 51% of the unsealed road pavement surface area of Warrah Ridge Road. The second entailed approximately 3,500 tonnes over 11,690m2 or 26% of the unsealed road pavement surface area,” Councillor Hope said.
“The flood damage that we had to repair on Cattle Lane following the two 2013 flood events was even more extensive than we had to carry out on Warrah Ridge Road. Again Natural Disaster Funding was available and amounted to $631,423. The first repair project saw approximately 25,984 tonnes of gravel utilised over 68,600m2 or 49% of the unsealed road pavement surface area on Cattle Lane. The second repair project carried out in January 2015 saw 11,371 tonnes utilised over 53,600m2 or 38% of the unsealed road pavement,” he continued.
“The current resheeting program on these roads is part of one of the biggest roads programs LPSC has ever undertaken. We’ve completed the Bundella Road $160,000 reconstruction, have to date spent $458,000 on the heavy patching project, by the end of January 2018 we’ll have spent $405,000 on the re-sheeting program. Into 2018 work will continue on Williewarrina Road for which we just received a $1.758 million Fixing Country Roads grant, the $613,000 Wheelabarrowback reconstruction on Coonabarabran Road, the Willow Tree to Merriwa Road project, the $230,000 culvert and construction program and a $270,000 Wiles Gully embankment stabilisation,” Councillor Hope concluded.
(L to R) – Councillor Ken Cudmore, LPSC Director Engineering Services Warren Faulkner, Councillor Rob Webster, LPSC GM Ron van Katwyk, Mayor Andrew Hope and Councillors Paul Moules, Virginia Black and Doug Hawkins at McDonalds Creek on Warrah Ridge Road. The first major resheeting of Warrah Ridge Road since the repairs following the 2013 flood events should be completed in January at an estimated cost of $142,000, utilising Roads to Recovery funding.
Councillors also inspected the works currently under way on Cattle Lane. A truck prepares to spread more material as part of the gravel resheeting program on Cattle Lane that will see 7.6kms of new gravel overlay provided between Warrah Ridge Road and Bundella Road also utilising Roads to Recovery funding.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, the continuing efforts of the Spring Ridge Local Advisory Group (LAG), in conjunction with their wider community, to improve the amenity of their village has been one of the Shire’s success stories of the past twelve-eighteen months.
“I am looking forward to joining the Spring Ridge Community on Saturday 16 December when they celebrate the official opening of the Spring Ridge Park Embellishment Project which has seen a makeover of the facilities at Lachlan Campbell Park,” he said.
In a community partnership with Whitehaven Mines and LPSC, the park has had shading installed over the play equipment to permit use during hot weather. To compliment the improvements they’ve installed a new, covered, aluminium picnic table and seat plus purchasing and installing a king size gas BBQ. The original playground border has been removed and has been replaced with new treated timber edgings. Additionally, the electricity supply has been reconnected to the park with a flood light and power points installed. An ‘expression swing’ for use by adults and babies/toddlers has been installed too.
“This has been a big project for the community and they can feel very proud of their achievements,” Councillor Hope said.
“A short, official opening will be held from 5.15pm on Saturday 16. This will be followed by the Christmas Tree and a visit from Santa, organised by the Public School Christmas Tree Committee at 5.30pm. Then, the LAG have organised a BBQ and Chocolate Wheel to be held at the Spring Ridge Hotel from 6.30pm,” he continued.
“I know there is a cordial invitation from the Spring Ridge community for guests from around the Shire to come and share the evening with them. You will be made most welcome,” he said.
“It is success stories such as the achievements of the Spring Ridge community that make me very proud to be Mayor and I look forward to sharing the evening with locals and visitors alike,” Councillor Hope concluded.
2017 is rapidly drawing to a close and folk are starting to think about the celebrations and holidays ahead. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Liverpool Plains Shire community for your support and encouragement throughout the year. I am proud and honoured to serve you and to be involved in decisions, shaping strategies designed to improve community life for current and future local people.
To all the LPSC staff who have contributed so much and helped make a huge difference to Council over the last year I say thanks and congratulations. We have been busy, and I believe as an organisation we’ve come out the other end stronger and in a better position thanks to new structures and staff working to ensure the community’s aspirations and vision are the focus of our endeavours.
These endeavours are greatly assisted by community members who contribute their time through local advisory groups. Grass roots input is essential to good outcomes and the last two years have seen a number of very successful local community/Council/State and Federal Government partnerships resulting in new facilities for organisations and their communities. I’d like to think more community minded people will make it a new year’s resolution to share their ideas and help build an even better lifestyle.
We must not forget the service providers in the community and on behalf of Council and community I thank them for their hard work and dedication to the programs they help deliver throughout the year. Thanks also to all those who selflessly volunteer their time to assist others, often less fortunate than themselves and who enhance the strong sense of community we all enjoy.
In retrospect we have much to be thankful for. As we wind down for the year and look forward to what the Christmas/New Year season has to offer, I’d like to think we can express some gratitude for all the good things that happened during the year and how lucky we’ve been in our little part of the world as we reflect upon the local, national and global events that we have witnessed.
Perhaps more than at any other time of the year we can think of those less fortunate, and share some of our good fortune with someone who needs it; invite someone along to your Christmas event, donate to your favourite charity or volunteer with a local group to spread some goodwill this year and into 2018.
On behalf of my fellow Councillors, LPSC staff, and my family, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy 2018. If you’re driving, stop and rest if you are fatigued. If you’re partying nominate a driver who will not be consuming alcohol and be patient with other road users. Remember too that alcohol can be the cause of holiday tragedies so drink responsibly.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has received a report from the Acting Director of Engineering Services advising of the current position in regards to the number of plots available at the Shire’s cemeteries and endorsed action being undertaken to provide additional plots at the Quirindi facility. LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said Council has seven cemeteries, the three largest being Quirindi, Werris Creek and Willow Tree,
“Quirindi cemetery has functioned since 1870 and is the largest and most used in the Shire. The report indicated a need to provide additional lawn cemetery plots. As a result, work has commenced to upgrade access adjacent to a new lawn section, to provide a concrete pathway between the initial proposed plots, tree planting and ultimately additional pathways and a perimeter access way. The Friends of Quirindi Cemetery volunteer group has been consulted on the issue.
“This first stage will provide an additional 70 plots. Cost is estimated at $12,000 and it is being funded from existing budget provisions. There is space within the precinct for further expansion of the lawn cemetery into the forseeable future,” he said.
“The lawn section of the Werris Creek cemetery was opend in 1988. This section will near capacity in the next few years. Council will monitor the situation and consult with the Werris Creek cemetery volunteers and community to ensure further provision is made in a timely manner,” he continued.
“At Willow Tree and the other smaller cemeteries there are sufficient plots available for the forseeable future,” he said.
“Council’s policy is to ensure infrastructure is well planned and maintained to meet our needs now and into the future. On behalf of Council and our communities I thank the volunteers whose contributions at both Quirindi and Werris Creek cemeteries greatly adds to the amenity of the precincts,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is reminding Shire residents they must have nominations submitted for Council’s 2018 Australia Day Awards by close of business on Friday 22 December.
“On Friday 26 January 2018 Australian’s all around the country will celebrate what’s great about Australia. Council would like you to help us celebrate what’s great about the LPS community by nominating someone or an event you think would be worthy of a Local Government Australia Day Award,” Councillor Hope said.
“All of us know someone who contributes above and beyond to enriching the community fabric. You can nominate in eight categories, Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Local Legend, Sportsperson of the Year, Junior Sportsperson of the Year, Marie Maunder Community Service Award, Community Event of the Year and a new category this year, the Emergency Services Community Award.
“The winners will be announced at the LPS Australia Day Awards ceremony. We are in truth all winners by the very fact of having these people in our community,” he continued.
“The theme for 2018 is Australia Day – Everyone, every story. This theme encourages people to commemorate Australia Day in a way that reflects their connection with Australia, whether that be as an Indigenous Australian, as a newly immigrated Australian or as an Australian-born citizen,” he said.
The official nomination form is available here and from Council’s Customer Service Desk at the Administration Centre, by calling 6746 1755 during business hours, or email a request to email@example.com. Completed forms can be dropped in to the Customer Service Desk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pay tribute to someone who makes you proud to be Australian. Be it a friend, family member, workmate or someone you have met while serving the community, nominate them for a LPS Australia Day Community Award,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope, is requesting Shire residents to note the various closing and reopening dates for the services provided by Council over the Christmas/New Year period.
“It is a busy time of year for most people so we’re attempting to provide timely advice so any inconvenience is avoided,” he said.
“Most locations will close on Friday December 22.
The Administration Centre at 2pm,
The Services NSW Agency at 3pm,
The Werris Creek and Quirindi Home Support Services at 2.30pm and 5pm respectively,
Quirindi and Werris Creek Libraries at 5pm,
Eastside Childcare Centre at 6pm and Liverpool Plains Recreation Centre at 7pm.
Willow Tree Home Support Service will close at 3pm on Wednesday 20 December,” Councillor Hope said.
“Council will maintain skeleton work crews throughout the Christmas/New Year period. In cases of real emergency only call 6746 1755 and follow the prompts.
The LP Visitor Information Centre will only be closed on Christmas Day.
“Werris Creek and Quirindi swimming pools will be closed on Christmas and Boxing Days but open all other days from 10am to 7pm.
There will be no changes to waste and recycling service pick-ups, they will continue on their ususal day of the week. All Landfills will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Landfills will be open at all other scheduled times,” he continued.
“Council’s Administration Centre, Quirindi and Werris Creek Libraries, Quirindi, Werris Creek and Willow Tree Home Support Services and Eastside Childcare Centre will reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2018. Liverpool Plains Recreation Centre and The Services NSW Agency will reopen on Monday 8 January,” he said.
“Plans should be made to transact any necessary business prior to or following periods of closure. Any further enquiries about these arrangements can be made to 6746 1755,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Winners are grinners – (l to r) Professor Tony Sorenson (presented the award to the LPSC reps), Councillor Virginia Black, Director Economic Development Donna Ausling, Mayor Andrew Hope, Visitor Information Centre Manager Nikki Robertson and Councillor Ian Lobsey OAM.
“I’m ecstatic over the win and I’m equally as proud of our Director of Economic Development Donna Ausling, her team, and Visitor Information Centre Manager Nikki Robertson who conceived, gave birth to and nurtured the LP RV Strategy. This win is testament to the quality of your work. It is one of the highest commendations possible for it to be recognised at The Northern Inland Innovation Awards,” Councillor Hope said.
“I’d also like to thank the local businesses, organisations and individuals who partnered with Council developing the strategy. Special mention should be made of some of our smaller communities that have embraced the RV Strategy which has helped drive economic stimulus for them. National organisations like the Australian Caravan Club Ltd also deserve recognition for their input,” he said.
“To the other finalists in the Professional and Government Services category, one of which was the Liverpool Plains Emergency Services Precinct where Council partnered with the State Government, Rural Fire Service, SES and VRA, you all set a very high benchmark and congratulations, we are certainly in good company,” he continued.
“In fact. I’m very proud of the Shire as a whole with five nominations that have resulted in two wins, two final five spots and a highly commended award. Apart from the RV Strategy’s win, Farming for Kids won the Innovative Community Contribution award and in the Retail, Tourism and Leisure category the Wallabadah Art Shack was a finalist and the Australian Rail Monument was highly commended,” he said.
“Friday was a great day for LPSC and its RV Strategy because prior to the awards win the Australian Caravan Club named our Wallabadah Freedom Camping Area freedom camp of the month! We also have to thank the visitors to our Shire because their word-of-mouth endorsement of our facilities, to other travellers they meet along the way, is invaluable,” he continued.
“Rural areas across the world in both OECD and non-OECD countries are going through a period of profound economic and demographic change. The capacity of communities to support learning and innovation processes is a key source of competitive advantages, a multiplier of economic activity, employment and development. LPSC is focused on driving economic development and in this context, rural areas like ours must re-invent our role in the global economy and the capacity to innovate is fundamental,” Councillor Hope concluded.
|(L to R) Russell Lloyd, Warren Faulkner, Mayor Andrew Hope and GM Ron Van Katwyk|
Warren previously worked for LPSC as Director Works between 2003 and 2006. Since that time he has worked for Tamworth Regional Council 2006 to 2014 and for Roads and Maritime Services 2014 to 2017.
Councillor Hope and Mr Van Katwyk have also thanked Russell Lloyd for recently acting as a locum in the position of Works Director. Russell has worked in local government for 50 years, retiring from a role at Sydney City Council in 2010. Since then he has been part of a consultancy firm specialising in providing people experienced in local government to Councils, as locums, for short periods of time while they recruit staff.
“On behalf of Council I thank Russell for his valuable input over recent weeks and welcome Warren on board and look forward to his experience contributing to the Shire’s programs into the future,” Councillor Hope said.
At LPSC’s November meeting, Mayor Andrew Hope (left) and GM Ron Van Katwyk (right) presented certificates recognising 10 years of service to two of Council’s Home Support Services (HSS) staff.
Jeanette Marr (2nd left) is based at the HSS Werris Creek office, while Carole Taylor (2nd from right) is the Willow Tree HSS co-ordinator.
Entry forms are now available for the Liverpool Plains Shire 2017 Christmas Lights competition and residents and businesses are encouraged to join in the festive fun.
Entries are free and to be received at the Council Administration Office, 60 Station Street, Quirindi, or by email to email@example.com by 5pm Wednesday 6 December 2017. Judging will take place on December 7 and 8.
There are three categories for this year’s event:
- Best House - (Prize is a $200 Shop Local voucher)
- Best Business – (Prize $200 Shop Local voucher)
- Best Street – (Prize $300 Shop Local voucher – shared between participating home owners)
The winners will be announced at the Chamber of Commerce Christmas in Quirindi event on Saturday 9 December. All competitors are invited to attend the event for the award presentation.
“Christmas is a time for celebration and our homes and businesses can look stunning at night, when people take the time to join the spirit of the season,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“So, get into the festive mood, decorate your house, street or business and bring extra Christmas cheer to the Liverpool Plains Shire,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is reminding the community about closing dates to make applications for funding and several events coming up.
“Applications for assistance through Council’s Community Funding Program close on Friday December 1. The Community Funding Program recognises the vital contribution that community groups and organisations play in our society. It is strongly underpinned by a philosophy of partnership and collaboration. If you require further information please contact Angus or Emily on 6746 1755. You can call the Customer Service Desk on the same number to request an application form, download one from Council’s website via http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au then click on My Community and then Community Funding, or email firstname.lastname@example.org,” Councillor Hope said.
“The NSW Government’s Business Connect Bus will be in Quirindi on Monday December 4, between 9am and 3pm, situated in the Anzac Square carpark. The bus delivers highly subsidised face-to-face business advice. The experienced Business Connect advisors are able to provide personalised support on how to start, grow or innovate your business in the comfort of the dedicated advisory bus. Call 1300 134 359 to book an appointment,” he said.
Nominations are now open for LPSC’s Australia Day 2018 Awards. There are eight categories including a new one introduced to recognise contributions to the Emergency Services. Nomination forms are available on Council’s website www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au, from our Customer Service Desk at the Administration Centre, by calling 6746 1755 during business hours, or email a request to email@example.com. Nominations close on December 22,” he continued.
“Any person wishing to discharge liquid trade waste to the Shire’s sewerage system must, under section 68 of the Local Government Act 1993, obtain prior approval from Council. Discharging liquid trade waste without approval is an offence. All non-residential sewer connected properties in Quirindi and Werris Creek who haven’t already applied should do so now to avoid penalties for not having an agreement in place. Further enquiries can be directed to Council’s Water Services Department on 6746 1755,” he said
“The 2018 Quirindi Military Tattoo will be held on February 3 2018 at Longfield Oval. The event is a joint initiative of the Quirindi RSL Sub Branch and LPSC. The day will feature Market Stalls and music from 2pm with the official proceedings and bands commencing at 6pm and concluding at around 9pm. There will be free entry for all ages. In 2018 stall sites are also free. However, this does not mean that you can just turn up on the day. An application form still needs to be completed and confirmation of booking given by the organisers. Application forms can be obtained online at – www.quirindimilitarytattoo.com.au,” he continued.
The NSW Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program allocates $4 million over four years to assist sporting clubs across NSW in the purchase and maintenance of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). Go to https://sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/OOS-Local-Sport-Defibrillator-Grant-Program-20171114.pdf to find out if your organisation is eligible. Applications must be made by December 20,” Councillor Hope concluded.
A sunny afternoon ensured a good roll up to the official celebration marking the upgrades to Werris Creek swimming pool which became a reality through a Werris Creek Swimming Club (WCSC) / Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) partnership to enhance the centre’s amenity.
LPSC’s new inflatable obstacle course made its debut during the afternoon providing lots of fun for lots of people
WCSC volunteers Dominic Paris, Kaye Beaton, Debbie Faulkner, Sarah-Jane Bonner and Skye Davis. The club raised over $6,000 towards the rejuvenation project whilst LPSC provided $45,000.
|Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins and WCSC Life member Kaye Beaton cut the ribbon marking the project’s completion.||
Lots of families enjoyed the afternoon and WCSC and LPSC look forward to strong community use of the facility during the swimming season.
At its Ordinary Council meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) received, noted and accepted a report from the General Manager advising of the status of the First Quarter Operational Plan’s targets and relative progress made during the first quarter of the 2017/18 financial year.
“Section 405 of the Local Government Act requires Council to adopt an Operational Plan. This report comments on the status of the Operational Plan as at 30 September 2017 and the extent to which the performance targets have been achieved,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“This report on the targets set and actions to date, as set out in the Operational Plan, helps ensure Council planning is guided by identified community aspirations and that the review is in line with providing efficient services and the staff to meet the needs of the community. It also investigates opportunities to streamline Council processes,” he said.
“It examines lifestyle, access to services, community, council and business leadership, developing and maintaining a sustainable environment, economic development and the way LPSC organises the supporting structures required,” he continued.
“Generally the majority of targets relevant to the quarter have been achieved and it is expected that all ongoing targets will receive additional attention during the life of 2017/18 Plan. Progress as always will be subject to adequate staff resources being available and no additional unexpected workloads or disruptive climatic events occurring,” he said.
“Community members can access the report on Page 120 of Council’s October Business Paper at http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/my-council/council-papers-meeting-minutes,” Councillor Hope concluded.
An invitation is extended to Werris Creek and district residents to attend the official ceremony to mark the extensive refurbishment program that Werris Creek Swimming Club and Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) have recently undertaken in partnership at Werris Creek swimming pool.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said the refurbishment includes hot water added to shower facilities, general amenities work, the addition of a disabled amenities room and the entry foyer upgrade.
“Council would like the community to join together to have some fun on Saturday November 11, from 4pm, to celebrate the completion of this major refurbishment program at Werris Creek pool, an investment in an important community asset,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“From 4pm to 6.30pm, the new Giant Inflatable Obstacle Course will set some challenges for those attending. Unlimited Ride Passes will cost $5 per person or $15 for a 2+2 family pass.
“The official opening ceremony will take place a little later in the evening and between 7.30pm and 9.pm those attending can enjoy the free ‘dive in movie’ when Moana will be shown on the new Inflatable Movie Screen,” he said.
“The pool inflatable and pop-up screen will be featured at Werris Creek Pool at different periods of the 2017/18 season to help improve the pool experience, along with the refurbishments and extended pool operating hours.
“Council is grateful to members of the swimming club and members of the community who have advised and partnered with us towards achieving these outcomes,” he continued.
“Food will be available on the night with a BBQ, full canteen and popcorn for the movies. Normal pool entry fees will apply,” he said.
“We’d like to see as many people as possible join the fun and celebrate the achievements at Werris Creek swimming pool,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s Recreation and Swimming Centres has announced the dates for blocks 2 and 3 Learn to Swim classes for the 2017/18 season.
Block 2 will commence at Quirindi Pool on Tuesday January 2 and Block 3 on Monday January 15 2018.
Both blocks will consist of nine days intensive coaching with both group and one-on-one individual classes available.
Interested persons can call 6746 3122 (if it goes to answering service leave your name and phone number and the call will be returned) or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details or to make bookings.
Shire residents are reminded they can use the same contact details to discover the many programs available at the Liverpool Plains Recreation Centre.
At the official reopening of Quirindi’s iconic War Memorial Clock Tower, on behalf of Councillors and Shire residents, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, thanked NSW Minister for Veterans
|Mayor Andrew Hope (left) Michael Johnsen MP and Veterans Affairs Minsiter David Elliott (centre) and students from Wallabadah PS, Quirindi PS, Quirindi High and St Josephs Quirindi|
Veterans Affairs Minister David Elliott MP, LPSC Deputy Mayor and RSL President Doug Hawkins and LPSC Mayor Andrew Hope examine the official trowel used to commence the Tower’s building in 1924.The trowel is part of the Quirindi and District Historical Society’s exhibition Quirindi Remembers – ANZAC.
Affairs, David Elliott, and Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen, for the State Government’s provision of $60,000 through the Community War Memorials Fund towards the restoration, maintenance and improvements to the 92 year old landmark.
“The War Memorial Town Clock was first opened in 1925 as a focal point to commemorate those who served and those who paid the supreme sacrafice during World War I. Little were they to know back then that by the time this second reopening, following its renewal 92 years on, would also be the place of rememberance for those who served in World War II, Korea, Malaya, Vietnam and Lebanon,” Councillor Hope said.
“From the end of WWI in 1918, a lot of local discussion took place about providing a suitable memorial. “Funding a new operating theatre at the hospital was suggested as was a Memorial Hall. By 1922 two enemy guns were on display as a memorial and the name Anzac Park was bestowed on the area which had been known as Railway Square.
“1924 saw agitation increase for a permanent memorial and a suggestion by Mayor William Waterford for a memorial clock tower was adopted. Although not quite finished, it was ‘unveiled’ on December 16 1925. The tower cost £1,100 ($2,200) and the clock and bell cost £465 ($930). The clock was erected by the same man that built Sydney Town Hall and Sydney GPO clocks, Henry Daly. The architect of the 30’ tower was P. Ranclaud. It was constructed with brick facing of Hawkesbury sandstone. The actual sandstone base was not built until 1935 following complaints unattractive surroundings detracted from the tower and its purpose,” he continued.
“Although the tower had panels on three sides to carry the names of those from the district who enlisted they were not engraved at the time as organisers couldn’t agree on a full list. A roll of honour had been unveiled in 1916 but hadn’t been brought up to date by 1929 when the Quirindi Court House burnt down and the original roll was lost. It was 1989 before the names of those who paid the supreme sacrifice in all wars since 1914 were added to the tower,” he said.
“A hundred years since local volunteers faced the horrors of the Western Front and sacrificed their lives for King and Country, it is fitting that this memorial, that honours them and those who followed, is given another lease of life so we can continue to pay our respects into the future.
“The restoration of Quirindi’s War Memorial Clock Tower has included installaton of an Automatic GPS synchronised system, allowing for daylight saving adjustment, plus a battery backup master clock system, to provide accurate timekeeping. Additionally, a disabled access ramp to stage area has been built and maintenance of the monument structure and repairs plus lighting and landscaping have been undertaken,” Councillor Hope said.
“I’d like to acknowledge members of the RSL, school students and community members who have attended the reopening event for what has become, and will continue to be, an iconic landmark for rememberance in Quirindi.
Also, congratulations and thanks to the Quirindi and District Historical Society and their band of dedicated volunteers for presenting their exhibition Quirindi Remembers – ANZAC. The Historical Society plays a very important role in recording, preserving and displaying local history and their museum is a credit to them. The Museum is open Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am – 2pm, at 44 Station Street and is well worth a visit,” he said.
“War Memorials such as Quirindi’s clock tower are important and hold special significance because they act as historical touchstones. They often represent ‘surrogate graves’ for soldiers whose bodies are buried in overseas war cemeteries or haven’t been located. Our War Memorial allows us to remember, interpret and understand the local perspective and experience of war and its enduring impact on our community,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Following extensive coverage through both traditional and social media outlets and ongoing public consultation, followed by the public exhibition of its draft Liquid Trade Waste Policy, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has formally adopted the revised Policy 2.11 – Liquid Trade Waste Regulation. No submissions or enquiries were received following the 28 days of public exhibition.
“The policy sets out how LPSC will regulate sewerage and trade waste discharges to its sewerage system in accordance with the NSW Framework for Regulation of Sewerage and Trade Waste. It has been developed to ensure the proper control of such discharges to protect public health, worker safety, the environment and a community asset, the sewerage system. The policy regulates the approval, monitoring and enforcement process for liquid trade wastes discharged to the sewerage system and the levying of commercial sewerage and liquid trade waste fees and charges,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“A person wishing to discharge liquid trade waste to the sewerage system must, under section 68 of the Local Government Act 1993, obtain prior approval from Council. Discharging liquid trade waste without approval is an offence under section 626 of the Act.
“Liquid trade waste exerts much greater demands on sewerage systems than domestic sewage. Impacts include grease, oil and solid material, if not removed prior to discharging into the sewer system, can cause sewer chokes and blockages which in turn can lead to discharge of untreated sewage to the environment. Additionally, strong waste may cause sewage odour problems and corrosion of sewer mains, pumping stations and sewage treatment works,” he said.
“The procedure for approval is governed by Chapter 7 of the Local Government Act and under clause 28 of the Local Government General Regulation where a council must not grant an approval under section 68 of the Act to discharge trade waste, whether treated or not, into a sewer unless the Secretary, NSW Department of Industry or their nominee has concurred with the approval,” he continued.
“Council staff will now process the applications already received to prioritise the sites that require inspections as part of the process of preparing an agreement for the purpose of liquid trade waste. All non-residential sewer connected properties in Quirindi and Werris Creek who haven’t already applied should do so now to avoid penalties for not having an agreement in place.
“It is important that non-residential sewer dischargers do not self assess their situation as all people in this category must apply in accordance with the regulations,” he said.
“Anyone seeking more information can view the policy on Council’s website or contact the Water Services Department on 6746 1755,” Councillor Hope concluded.
To celebrate Carers Week, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) and its Home Support Services hosted a High Tea held at Werris Creek Pharmacy.
Carers from around the Shire were invited to attend the event to recognise their contribution. Nationally, the replacement value of unpaid care is $1.1 billion per week.
The event provided the opportunity for Carers to get together and to share their experiences. At the 2016 census, 12.3% of Shire residents, approximately 770 people, identified themselves as carers.
Carers were treated to a delightful High Tea prepared and served by staff at Werris Creek Pharmacy.
The Shire’s Carers provide many hours of care and support every week to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental illness, drug and/or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail.
As well as the High Tea, LPSC and its Home Support Services division presented all Carers attending with a small memento in recognition of their contribution.
Advice for Carers can be found on Carers NSW website at https://www.carersnsw.org.au/advice. LPSC provides Home Support Services, with financial assistance from the Federal Government, at Quirindi (6746 4545), Werris Creek (6768 7505) and Willow Tree (6747 1525). If phone goes to answering service please leave a message and they will return your call.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council operates Summerhill Lodge which provides social housing with small, self contained units where residents live independently.
“Council’s unit refurbishment program has recently gained momentum with fire separation works now complete.
“Additionally, two units that were vacant have had new kitchens installed. Painting, floor coverings and bathroom upgrades will be finalised by early November. A further three units will begin refurbishment works around mid November,” Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor and Chair of Namoi Unlimted (the new title for the Namoi Joint Organisation (JO) of Councils, Councillor Andrew Hope reports that progress on strategic regional priorities was endorsed at a recent Board meeting of the seven member Councils.
Namoi Unlimited is a collaboration of Uralla Shire Council, Walcha Shire Council, Tamworth Regional Council, Liverpool Plains Shire Council, Gunnedah Shire Council, Narrabri Shire Council and Gwydir Shire Council encompassing over 100,000 people across almost 60,000 square kilometres.
Councillor Hope said that in 2015, the Namoi JO undertook research with the Regional Australia Institute to understand how as a collaboration, the group could influence economic growth in the region.
Six levers were identified and included:
- Engaging in international markets;
- Attracting international investment on the right terms;
- Understanding the impact of global commodity markets;
- Supporting agricultural innovation;
- Leveraging and marketing with a regional brand; and
- Understanding the impacts of urbanisation.
Through the International Engagement Project Namoi Unlimited is seeking to establish a regional relationship with the Agricultural Ministry of Ningbo one of the largest freight ports in China.
Board Members also endorsed a direction to prioritise road infrastructure via an integrated network plan. The Namoi Roads Network Plan identifies the freight inhibitors on regional road networks on the Fossickers Way, New England Highway, Kamilaroi Highway and the Oxley Highway. Consultation with industry is expected to commence in November.
The Namoi JO was chosen as one of five pilot regions to assist the NSW Government with developing an industry approach to skill shortages. Over 25 opportunities for young people to undertake apprenticeships and traineeships with member Councils have been identified.
Key to driving the organisations objectives, member Councils endorsed and launched the new brand for the JO. Namoi Unlimited reflects the strengths of the collaboration and reflects the focus on developing opportunities for agriculture and agri-business. It also illustrates the organisation’s strategic location on the eastern seaboard.
“Namoi Unlimited exists to create scale and capacity, to deliver practical and collaborative regional initiatives. The new name and brand reflects the organisations desire to create real positive change and a prosperous future for our communities in regional NSW,” Councillor Hope said.
“Our communities want the region to work together to grow jobs, address infrastructure, services and population in the region – and that’s what we are doing,” he concluded.