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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 www.trybooking.com/OWBQ 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 lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au, who may be able to assist in the preparation of an Application to the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

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It was smiles all round, after three years introducing new accounting practices and associated computer software, Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) auditors, Pitcher Partners, signed off on Council’s financial accounts. This huge process was carried out to meet the latest State Government legislative requirements and Council’s obligations under Fit for the Future.  

LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said that all Council staff involved in the massive project had worked diligently, over and above the call of duty, to achieve the required outcomes. He personally, and on behalf of his fellow Councillors, extended congratulations and thanks to all concerned for a job well done.

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(L to R) – Wayne Russel (Chief Auditor Pitcher Partners), Michael Chalmers (LPSC Finance Manager),
Vivien Lightfoot (Auditor), LPSC Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins, Mayor Andrew Hope and GM Ron Van Katwyk.

Achieving this succesful outcome has been the top priority and aim of Councillor Hope since he took on the role of Mayor.

The NSW Audit Office are now overseeing all local government audits and Steven Martin, Assistant Auditor General, Financial Audit Services, has advised Council the department has decided to appoint Pitcher Partners to provide audit services to LPSC for the period ending June 30 2017, with an option to extend a further year.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is delighted to have secured small business marketing expert,  Linda Hailey, as guest speaker at the Liverpool Plains Industry Showcase, to be held Friday March 3, from 11.30am to 1.30pm, at the Quirindi Bowling Club, located at 66 Pryor Street. This free event will also see the launch of the Liverpool Plains Economic Strategy and the Liverpool Plains Business Directory.

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“LPSC is well aware of the importance of supporting local business at every opportunity. The Showcase, is an initiative of Council, in partnership with the State Government’s Back to Business Week, designed to promote and support the critical role small to meduim businesses play in the local economy. If you’re thinking of starting a business or are an established operator who is keen to grow and innovate this Showcase is designed for you,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“Our guest speaker, Linda Hailey, is a business consultant, marketing expert and author who believes it's time we took the mystery and stress out of marketing and strategic planning for small business. She is well known for her practical approach and her ability to relate to the small business market,” he said.

“During an extensive career in advertising and marketing, Linda discovered just how intimidating marketing and planning can be for the small business owner. Since starting her own consultancy in 1990, Linda has worked with a wide range of businesses to develop commonsense customer service and marketing strategies that build reputations and business revenue,” he continued.

“Linda has also worked extensively in rural and regional NSW as a trouble shooter for small communities who are facing challenges similar to those we face on the Liverpool Plains. She has helped communities tap into opportunities such as a growing tourism market or a changing population profile. This work has given her valuable insights into the key issues facing small businesses in areas such as ours which she addresses in her presentation,” he said.

“The Liverpool Plains Economic Strategy and the Liverpool Plains Business Directory, which are being launched at the Showcase, are two more examples of Council initiatives designed to build a stronger economic base and employment opportunities. If you haven’t already provided your details for the Business Directory you will be able to do so on the day,” he continued.

“Come along and find out how you can support and benefit through these initiatives, participate in an inspirational thought leader event and understand the range of opportunities and challenges facing small business in rural communities.         

  

“It’s Your Business, Your Future. This free event will provide you with information to predict and harness growth,” Councillor Hope concluded.

To register to attend the free Liverpool Plains Industry Showcase email Council at lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au or contact LPSC’s Community Events Organiser, Angus Fraser, on (02) 6746 1755.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, says it has been pleasing to date, the numbers of people who have shown interest and attended the community roundtable forums to discuss the Shire’s Community Strategic Plan. Councillor Hope said he encourages residents of those communities still to hold forums to attend these meetings and help shape the Shire’s future direction.

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Some 40 Wallabadah locals attended the first of the roundtable
forums, held at the local hall.
Some Walhallow residents took the opportunity of one-on-one
discussions with councillors prior to the forum.

LPSC Strategic Community Plan roundtable forums still to be held are: 

  • Werris Creek (Bowling and Tennis Club) - Wednesday Feb 22 - 6.30 to 8.30pm
  • Spring Ridge (Country Club) – Thursday Feb 23 - 6.30 to 8.30pm
  • Currabubula (Hall) – Monday Feb 27 – 6.30 to 8.30pm
  • Premer (Library) – Tuesday Feb 28 – 6.30 to 8.30pm
  • Willow Tree (Hall) – Wednesday March 1 - 6.30 to 8.30pm
  • Warrah Creek (Hall) – Thursday March 2 – 6.30 to 8.30pm
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The North West Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan is now on display for Public Consultation until March 8.  

An Information Session is planned in Quirindi on Tuesday 21 February, commencing at 9.30am and running through to 12.30pm with morning tea supplied at the Quirindi Jockey Club Dining Room.

The draft Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan has been developed collaboratively with the North West Regional Weed Committees and Local Land Services. The plans contain established strategies and actions to achieve goals that focus on shared responsibility for weed management, sustainable landscapes and collaborative leadership and innovation.

The primary outcome of the weed reform process will be the integration of weed management efforts across the State. For the first time in NSW, there will be a set of agreed priorities and actions which apply across both public and private land. Increased collaboration in the management of weeds will improve biosecurity outcomes and increase agricultural productivity.

Liverpool Plains Shire Council is encouraging all partners in this process to provide input and feedback on the local regional plan.

Copies of the regional plans, factsheets, frequently asked questions, and feedback forms are available on the Local Land Services Open website - http://open.lls.nsw.gov.au/

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According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, the upcoming community roundtable consultation for development of Council’s Community Strategic Plan (CSP) is arguably the most important process Council will undertake during 2017. He said public consultation and scrutiny of local government operations are essential to achieving the best outcomes for residents and he encourages an active citizenry to assist in policy formulation and its

implementation towards building a stronger future. 

“Dates have now been set for Currabubula, Premer, Willow Tree and Warrah Creek, making a total of 10 consultation events being held around the Shire. They provide opportunity for residents around the Shire to attend a local meeting and I encourage everyone to come along. identify main priorities and aspirations that can provide a clear set of strategies to achieve the necessary outcomes for our future,” Councillor Hope said.

The full timetable of consultation events is -  

  • Wallabadah (Hall) - Thursday Feb 16 – 6.30 to 7.30pm
  • Walhallow (Hall) – Friday Feb 17 – Midday to 1.30pm      
  • Quirindi (RSL Club) - Monday Feb 20 - 7.30 to 8.30pm
  • Blackville (Hall) - Tuesday Feb 21 - 5.30 to 7.30pm 
  • Werris Creek (Bowling and Tennis Club) - Wednesday Feb 22 - 6.30 to 8.30pm
  • Spring Ridge (Country Club) – Thursday Feb 23 - 6.30 to 8.30pm
  • Currabubula (Hall) – Monday Feb 27 – 6.30 to 8.30pm
  • Premer (Library) – Tuesday Feb 28 – 6.30 to 8.30pm
  • Willow Tree (Hall) – Wednesday March 1 - 6.30 to 8.30pm
  • Warrah Creek (Hall) – Thursday March 2 – 6.30 to 8.30pm

“These meetings are to develop Council’s CSP, our 10-year service delivery contract with the community. It is about the community telling us their vision to model their Council into the future. The CSG will guide the development of Council’s next four-year Delivery Plan, which sets out medium-term priorities, as well as the 2017-2018 Operational Plan.

“We want your opinion on services Council provides, their importance to you and your satisfaction with them. We know from feedback that roads are important and keeping in mind there are over 1394km of road to maintain, we want your thoughts on road funding. Council requires a shared vision to realise our growth and potential over the next 10 years and even further into the future. To sum it up we want to know  what kind of Shire residents want to live in. Hope to see you at one of the consultation events,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is urging residents to attend community workshops and consultation events towards the development of Council’s Community Strategic Plan (CSP).

Upcoming events include –

  • Wallabadah (Hall) drop-in consultation – Thursday Feb 16 – 6.30 – 7.30pm – (tea, coffee & biscuits provided).
  • Walhallow (Hall) – drop-in consultation – Friday Feb 17 – Midday – 1.30pm (BBQ provided).      
  • Quirindi Community roundtable consultation - Monday Feb 20, 7.30 – 8.30pm, at Quirindi RSL, Station Street. (tea, coffee & biscuits provided).  
  • Blackville roundtable consultation - Tuesday February 21 from 5.30 – 7.30pm at Blackville Hall. (light supper provided).
  • Werris Creek roundtable consultation – Wednesday Feb 22 - Werris Creek Bowling and Tennis Club – 6.30 – 8.30pm. (light supper provided).
  • Spring Ridge roundtable consultation – Thursday Feb 23 - 6.30 – 8.30pm – Spring Ridge Country Club (light supper provided).

“Further events, with dates to be announced, will be held at Currabubula, Premer, Willow Tree and Warrah Creek,” Councillor Hope said.   

“Through our Community Strategic Plan Council wants to identify the main priorities and aspirations of residents and ratepayers to provide a clear set of strategies to achieve this vision into the future. The more people who participate the better outcomes we can achieve.

“Through the consultation process we wish to address four key questions for the community, where are we now, where do we want to be in ten years’ time, how will we get there and how will we know when we have arrived? Different people and communities have different aspirations and by attending these events you will help us get a clearer picture of wishes and desires,” he said.

“Council would also like all residents to complete a quick survey to have your say, to tell us what you think is the best way forward and to help shape a better future for everyone that lives and works in our Shire. It’s online at - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LPSCCommunity and will also be available at workshops and consultation events,” he continued.

“This is vitally important, we really want everyone to participate so as an inducement everyone who completes the survey will go into the draw for the chance to win one of the following three prizes, Royal Theatre tickets to the value of $100, Season pass to the swimming pool at either Werris Creek or Quirindi valued at $135 (for 2017/18 season) and Six month gym membership at the Recreation Centre to the value of $423,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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Liverpool Plains Shire and Blacktown City Council have had a Sister City Relationship since June 2005. This relationship encourages reciprocal exchanges in education, sports, cultural events, economic development as well as staff exchanges.

Blacktown holds an annual Lunar New Year celebration. This year it was held at the Chang Lai Yuan Chinese Gardens in Nurragingy Reserve. LPSC held a stall at the festivities promoting our region for local produce, tourism and as a destination for sea-change.   

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LPSC Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope presents Blacktown City Mayor Stephen Bali with a painting during the Lunar New Year Festival as a mark of the friendship relationship between the two communities.

As part of the Sister City Relationship contingents from Blacktown City visit the Shire on a regular basis. Late in 2016 a visit included representatives from Blacktown Council, Mt Druitt and Riverstone Men’s Shed, Mt Druitt and Blacktown Probus, the Woodworkers Club, Blacktown Community Garden Club, the Historical Society, Blacktown City Band, two Youth Ambassadors as well as two students visiting from Blacktown’s sister city in Korea plus Blacktown’s Showgirl Emily Kos.

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Participating in the “Pou Ceremony” from left Councillors Virginia Black, Doug Hawkins and Ian Lobsey along with LPSC GM Ron Van Katwyk.

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Three local organisations were presented with Community Initiative Funding during Liverpool Plains Shire’s Australia Day celebrations.

 

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Representatives from Quirindi Canter (Susie Proctor), Quirindi Rotary (Rob Lewis) and
Quirindi Poultry Club (Brian McNamara) were presented with Community Initiative
Funding grants and are pictured with LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

 

Quirindi Canter were presented with $650 towards staging their annual event, Quirindi Rotary $300 towards staging their annual Joan Carpenter Music Awards (which support the local music community and encourage participation by local school children) and Quirindi Poultry Club $100 towards staging their long standing community event.

“Volunteers and their organisations play a valuable role in bringing diversity to the Shire and fashioning our social fabric. On behalf of the whole Liverpool Plains Shire community I sincerely thank all our volunteers for their contribution,” Councillor Hope concluded.  

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The recipients of the 2017 Liverpool Plains Shire Australia Day awards were announced at the Shire’s official ceremony held at the Royal Theatre. Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope congratulated the award nominees and recipients saying that in their different ways they have all made significant contributions to the LPS community.  

  • Citizen of the Year - Laurice McGilchrist
  • Young Citizen of the Year – Wade Clarke
  • Marie Maunder Community Service Award - Margaret Harris
  • Local Legend - Cyril Barwick
  • Sportsperson of the Year - Luke Saul
  • Junior Sportsperson of the Year - Bradley Sadler
  • Community Event of the Year - Quirindi CWA Disability Christmas Party

 

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LPSC Mayor Andrew Hope, Luke Saul, Bradley Sadler, Wade Clarke, Colleen Wills, Laurice McGilchrist, Cyril Barwick, Margaret Harris and 2017 Australia Day Ambassador Scott McGregor. 

 

 

“Thanks go to Robert Lewis for acting as Master of Ceremonies for the Shire’s Australia Day Presentation ceremony. Also, thanks to Jim White for performing the Welcome to Country. On our National Day I importantly and humbly recognise the Kamilaroi people as the traditional custodians of the Liverpool Plains and the unique status of the Aboriginal people.” Councillor Hope said. 

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                                           MC Rob Lewis                             Welcome to Country Jim White

 

“I thank our Australia Day Ambassador, Scott McGregor, for his stirring address and participation in various Australia Day events around the Shire and the residents who attended our official ceremony,” he continued

“It was also fitting that as part of our ceremony we were able to recognise Col Stewart for his many years of service to the community, through local government. Col was first elected to Quirindi Shire Council in 1983, he served until 1991, then stood again in 2006 for Liverpool Plains Shire serving until 2016, making a total of 18 years’ service to local government and residents. Col served one term as LPSC Deputy Mayor.

“Col and his wife Pauline have and continue to contribute to our society in many different ways and on behalf of the community I extend sincere thanks to them both,” he said. 

 

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 2017 LPS Australia Day Ambassador Scott McGregor
and Mayor Andrew Hope
Col Stewart was recognised for his service to 
local government by Councillor Ian Lobsey OAM      
100 year old Cyril Barwick was named Local Legend, being congratulated by Ambassador Scott McGregor
and Councillor Paul Moules

 

“On behalf of all residents and Council, I offer sincere thanks and congratulations to our award recipients for 2017 and hope it inspires them to continue their good work and others to achieve great things for themselves and our community. 

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The Official Party singing the National Anthem, Ambassador Scott McGregor,
Councillors Ian Lobsey OAM, Virginia Black, Paul Moules, LPSC GM Ron Van Katwyk,
Councillor Ken Cudmore, Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins and Mayor Andrew Hope 

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) launched its campaign to obtain community input towards the development of its Community Strategic Plan with Have Your Say pop up stalls in action at Werris Creek and Quirindi pools on Australia Day. These are just the first of many similar events that will be held at venues around the Shire in coming weeks.      

“We want every resident and ratepayer to tell us what their vision for the Shire’s future is. The Community Strategic Plan represents the highest level of strategic planning undertaken by your Council. It identifies the main priorities and aspirations of the community, providing a clear set of strategies to achieve this vision of the future. It is the basis on which our Delivery Program and Operational Plan are developed,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

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“The LPSC Community Strategic Plan will be based on the social justice principles of access, equity, participation and rights,” he said.

The Plan essentially addresses four key questions for the community:

  • Where are we now?
  • Where do we want to be in ten years’ time?
  • How will we get there?
  • How will we know when we have arrived?

“To achieve the best results we will be conducting more pop up stalls around the Shire where people can discuss issues with staff and note their thoughts on our Have Your Say Sunflower. We are encouraging all residents/ratepayers to participate in a short survey which will be available at the stalls or online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LPSCCommunity.

“We really want everyone to participate and as an inducement everyone who completes the survey will go into the draw to win one of these prizes,” he continued. 

  1. Royal Theatre tickets to the value of $100
  2. Season pass to the swimming pool at either Werris Creek or Quirindi valued at $135 (for 2017/18 season).
  3. Six month gym membership at the Recreation Centre to the value of $423

“Building the Community Strategic Plan takes time and must involve a whole-of-community engagement process. It is important to note that while Council is the custodian of the Plan, it may not be responsible for the delivery of all of the activities the Plan identifies. It is important that the Community Strategic Plan identifies who is responsible for its implementation, including other partners such as State agencies,” he said.

“At the end of each council term a report is prepared for the community examining what progress has been made towards the achievement of outcomes identified in the Community Strategic Plan,” he continued.

“If you care about your Shire and where it is heading in future years I encourage you to complete the survey. Please have your survey submitted by Tuesday 14 February for a chance to win one of the prizes,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

Have Your Say 

START SURVEY HERE

 

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has presented the Quirindi Advocate with a certificate of appreciation for their valuable role in communicating Council, as well as other local news and sport, to the Liverpool Plains community. LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope has also highlighted the importance of supporting locally based media so it can continue to provide its vital service well into the future.

“On behalf of myself, fellow Councillors and staff of the LPSC, I extend sincere thanks and appreciation to QPP Media for its continued support in communicating local government news and other important issues to the Liverpool Plains Shire community,” Councillor Hope said. 

“It is often a challenge ensuring that residents and ratepayers are kept up to date and made aware of the many happenings taking place in their community, however having a local newspaper such as we have in the Liverpool Plains is such a great asset for everyone,” he continued.

Advocate Certificate of Appreciation

Councillor Hope said many people don’t think about how important their local newspaper is and it is not until it is bought by outside interests and loses its local touch or worse still ceases publication they realise its true value.  

“The local newspaper plays a complex role embracing civic life for the community’s citizens. Rural journalists are jack of all trades, not one-issue writers. One or two journalists cover all aspects of community life and also help with the paper being physically published,” he said.

“Don’t take your local paper for granted. When you think about it the growth of social media has turned us all into citizen reporters with the ability to make news to share with friends. When you take that picture of something interesting on your mobile phone have you ever thought about emailing it to the local paper and sharing with others in the community? The paper can’t be everywhere but they are interested in localism, be it photos or what your organisation or sporting group are up to, but you have to let them know in the first instance so they can share it with others,” he continued.

“Many surveys have shown that among most adults, local newspapers are still the most relied-upon source for community/neighbourhood events, arts events, school news, local social services, local government activities, police roundups and local sport. The internet remains well down the list when considering where people get their local news,” he said.

“I think the local paper strives to maintain a relationship with local readers that many say mainstream journalism has lost, a relationship that only intimacy and proximity can deliver. I hope, with community support, it can continue to deliver for many years to come,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has resolved to continue the trial of a bacteria dosing agent to deal with algal growth in the tertiary pond at the Werris Creek Sewer Treatment Plant (WCSTP) and a dense sludge layer which provides an ongoing nutrient source for the algae to grow.

“There have been ongoing issues with algal growth in the tertiary ponds and it is an issue we are trying to address to meet our environmental protection responsibilities,” said Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“Over time, the accumulation of sludge in the ponds provides nutrient for algal growth making it difficult to meet the stringent quality requirements. Council staff decided on trials of the bacteria dosing method to remove the sludge which commenced in June last year. To date results have been inconclusive but encouraging so we’ve extended the trial and hope it will provide more positive outcomes,” he said.

“Initially, staff considered direct sludge removal, however the logistical problems for this option were considerable, not to mention the cost of hiring a sludge pump to carry out the works. Just to establish the equipment on site would be in the vicinity of $28,000 with hire costs for the pump on top pushing the cost up considerably higher. As a consequence the bacteria dosing option was chosen for trial,” he continued.

“There are various products available that generally consist of several species of harmless bacteria that breed on the nutrient in the sewerage, therefore enhancing the operation of the treatment process. This product was selected based on its measured success in the U.S.A particularly with controlling sludge and algae and its ability to be manually dosed for the trial. Most of the other products considered required the installation of a dosing system which would have added extra cost to the project,” he said.

“To date, bacteria dosing has seen a reduction in sludge moving throughout the treatment process which ultimately ends up in the tertiary pond. Monitoring has also shown a steady improvement in key indicators in the tertiary pond showing overall biological nutrient removal. There is also some indication that the top layer of sludge has softened and may have slightly reduced its depth. The trial has been extended until the end of the financial year to determine whether the sludge that has built up over all those years will still need to be manually removed. Throughout the remainder of the trial staff will assess the cost of other sludge removal techniques in case it demonstrates this is necessary,” he said.

“LPSC takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously and will continue to take the necessary steps required to address the issues at the WCSTP as quickly, efficiently and cost effectively as possible,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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Cody and Sphero visited Werris Creek library as part of a program that introduces young people to robotics and makes them think about how every little movement is programmed.

At 56cm tall, he has infrared sensors for eyes, speakers for ears as well as three touch sensors on his head and combined with 25 motors he performs complicated moves.

 

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An admirer chats with Cody the Robot at
Werris Creek Library. 

Kate explaining how Sphero works 

The kids took turns driving Sphero through
obstacle courses

Cody takes Kimberley for a stroll

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According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, LPSC has a number of substantial road projects to complete during the remainder of the financial year. Staff are also continuing to seek any grant funding that becomes available for further road projects and through careful management and budgeting Council has been able to provide an additional $289,894 to the Regional Road heavy patching program.

“Projects underway or to be undertaken in the next few months include the $800,000 Williewarina Rd sealing program, the $121,500 Werris Creek footpath construction between Coronation Ave and Anzac Pde through the Hoamm Park precinct, the $485,000 reconstruction of Moreduval Lane and the $601,000 Merriwa Rd upgrade.

“In addition, the $655,000 resheeting program, $745,000 resealing program and $230,000 culvert and causeway construction program are continuing,” Councillor Hope said.

“A real bonus is the additional $289,894 we’ve been able to add to the original budgeted $458,000 for the heavy patching program. We’ve been able to achieve this through savings realised from projects already completed from Block Grant funding. This funding is restricted for use on the regional road network on roads such as Werris Creek Rd, Gap Rd, Coonabarabran Rd, Merriwa Rd, Waverly Rd, Wallabadah Rd and Lindsays Gap Rd. It cannot be used on our local road network,” he continued.

As part of LPSC’s ‘Fit for the Future’ planning, efficiency and productivity are important factors. Additionally, tackling local infrastructure needs and backlogs is one of Council’s highest priorities,” he said.  

“We will continue our efforts to make more efficient use of available resources and at the same time will seek all available grant funding possible to carry out additional works. However, the underlying issues of local government revenues, or lack thereof, still need to be addressed by the other tiers of government to allow us to carry out these tasks to fully meet community expectations,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has instituted Level 1 water conservation measures in Werris Creek effective immediately. Level 1 means that sprinklers are restricted to two hours a day, wash down of hard/paved surfaces can only be done with high pressure hoses and only top up of pools is allowed with a permit required for filling amounts over 2,000 litres. 

“Sustained around the clock operation of the Werris Creek Water Treatment Plant (WCWTP) has resulted in the requirement for this declaration to ensure continued supply to all consumers in Werris Creek,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

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Graph shows the spike in operational hours at WCWTP this week

“Long operating hours leave limited room for movement if operational issues at the plant arise. An unforeseeable issue on Sunday January 8 left the plant behind in operation just at the start of the current heat wave. Another issue in the next few days will very likely leave a significant number of consumers without water. This could be caused by issues as simple as a blackout at either the WCWTP or Quipolly Dam Pump Station.  

“WCWTP is a small plant and suffers further capacity limitations due to its age,” he continued.  

Councillor Hope urged all consumers to be vigilant of leaks both within properties and in the streets. He said internal leaks should be dealt with by a licensed plumber as soon as possible while leaks external to properties should be reported to LPSC on 6746 1755.

“All water carts should seek alternative sources or utilise other water supplies by arrangement with LPSC,” Councillor Hope said.

“I ask all consumers to respect these conservation measures to ensure continuity of supply. Failure to do so will force Council to further increase them which hopefully we can avoid if all people play the game fairly,” he said.

The need to institute these measures when we have plenty of water in actual storage highlights the problems we experience with the aging WCWTP and strengthens our argument for the State Government to fund our Regional Water Supply Strategy, which includes a new water treatment plant, as quickly as possible. The Federal Government has provided $10 million, Council has its share of the funding organised, we are shovel ready to go as soon as the State Government makes a commitment,” Councillor Hope concluded.     

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According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, the fire at the Willow Tree Bowling Club was a tragedy, destroying a building that was much more than just a club that was in fact a central pillar of life in the community. He said it was built by the community, used by the community and run by the community.

“Although the building, and particularly the contents and memories that were destroyed are in many ways irreplaceable, I will be discussing with community members how we can look to the future and hopefully see new premises erected to continue the club’s vital role in Willow Tree. I am confident that with the drive and spirit within the community we’ll see the club rise phoenix like from its own ashes, reborn, renewed and again very much a thriving hub of the district,” Councillor Hope said.

“The town has had its ups and downs but it always fights back and comes out a winner. Two years ago we were trucking water in to maintain supply and with community support were able to convince the State Government to provide $4,825,000 for a pipeline from Quirindi and new reservoirs to drought proof the community. It has been a great investment for the town’s future,” he said.

“In fact if one thing came out of this disaster it was proof of the efficiency of the new water supply. The system easily provided water for the duration of the fire and drew the water down to just above 70% when the normal operational level is just below 80%. The pump at Quirindi operated for around 9 hours to maintain supply, when it normally runs for 3 to 4 hours at this time of year but by 3am the system had fully recovered even with the Rural Fire Service continuing mopping up operations. We experienced no drop in pressure and the Quirindi Supply was not affected by the extra demand to draw water down to Willow Tree,” he continued.

Willow Tree Fire Reservoir Levels
Graph shows impact of tragic Willow Tree fire on town’s new water supply

“Obviously we’d rather not have seen the ability of the new water supply proven under such tragic circumstances but it does provide confidence it can deliver a safe and secure provision into the future,” Councillor Hope concluded

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Congrats to winners of the Liverpool Plains Shire Christmas Light Competition

Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Deputy Mayor, Doug Hawkins, has congratulated the award winners in the 2016 LPSC Christmas Lights Competition whilst thanking all this year’s entrants saying that everyone who entered is a winner for having a go.

“Everyone who puts up Christmas Lights and decorations bring a lot of joy to others, particularly the kids who enjoy their parents driving them around for a look. I’ve heard cries of delight coming from kids in cars as they pass by, surely this happiness is a wonderful part of the Christmas Spirit,” Councillor Hawkins said.

Award winners are:

Best Lights Display - Christy Pryor - Snape Street Quirindi

Best Tree - Gail Kelly - North Street Werris Creek

Best Santa - Mark Outerbridge - Centre Street Quirindi

Best Shop Front - Julie Green Real Estate

Best Nativity Scene - Gail Kelly - North Street Werris Creek

Best All Rounder - Gail Kelly - North Street Werris Creek

Encouragement - McKenna Family - Lennox Street Quirindi

“I’d also like to thanks the competition sponsors because without them we couldn’t provide the prizes we do. The support from Quirindi Branch CWA, Quirindi Craft Shop, Quirindi Pharmacy and Emporium, Lois Slade, Hoswell Constructions and Josh Saul Electrical is greatly appreciated,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.

Christmas Lights Winners 2016

Doug Hawkins (LPSC Deputy Mayor), Julie Green – Best Shop Front, Gail Kelly – Best Tree, Best Nativity, Best All Rounder, Alan, Trevor and Sharon McKenna – Encouragement Award.
Absent: Christy Pryor – Best Lights Display, Mark Outerbridge Best Santa

 

 

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COUNCIL OFFICES / WORKS STAFF
Council's Administration Office will close at 5.00 pm on Friday 23 December 2016 and re-open 8.30 am on Tuesday 3 January 2017. 
IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS ONLY PHONE 02 6746 1755 AND FOLLOW THE PROMPTS. 
There will be skeleton crews operating in Council's Works Department throughout the Christmas/New Year period.

SERVICE NSW AGENCY
The Agency will close at 3.00 pm on Friday 23 December 2016 and will re-open at 8.30 am on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

DOMESTIC WASTE AND RECYCLABLE BIN COLLECTIONS
There will be no changes to waste and recycling service pick-ups within the Liverpool Plains Shire area over the Christmas/New Year period.

LANDFILLS
All Landfills will be closed on 25 December 2016 (Christmas Day), 26 December 2016 (Boxing Day) and 1 January 2017 (New Year's Day).  Landfills will open for all other scheduled times during the holiday period.

SWIMMING POOLS
Council's Swimming Pools in Quirindi and Werris Creek will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, with normal school holiday opening hours applying at all other times.

SHIRE LIBRARIES
Quirindi and Werris Creek Libraries will close 5.00 pm on Friday 23 December 2016 and will re-open on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

HOME SUPPORT SERVICES
The Quirindi and Werris Creek Home Support Services will close on Thursday 22 December 2016 and will re-open on Tuesday 3 January 2017.  Willow Tree Home Support Service will close on Wednesday 21 December 2016 and will re-open on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

QUIRINDI EASTSIDE CHILDCARE CENTRE
Council's Childcare Centre will close at 6.00 pm on Friday 23 December 2016 will re-open at 8.00 am on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

LIVERPOOL PLAINS VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE
The Visitor Information Centre in Willow Tree will be closed on Christmas Day only.

QUIRINDI RECREATION CENTRE
Quirindi Recreation Centre will close at 7.00 pm on Friday 23 December 2016 and re-open at 6.00 am on Monday 9 January 2017.

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Opening Hours

Mon to Fri: 8.30AM - 5.00PM

Sat to Sun: Closed

Public Holidays: Closed

 

Physical Address

60 Station Street

Quirindi NSW

2343

 

Postal Address

PO Box 152

Quirindi NSW

2343

Contact Details

Phone: 02 6746 1755

Fax: 02 6746 3255

Email: lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au