Media Releases & Exhibitions
Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, is encouraging local small businesses to sign up online for a new $1,500 rebate scheme to help cover the cost of NSW and local government fees and charges.
“The NSW Small Business Commissioner has announced that the Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate is open to small businesses which have a total wages bill below the new 2020-21 $1.2 million payroll tax threshold and have a turnover of at least $75,000 per year,” he said.
“It is available from 1 April 2021 until 30 June 2022, for eligible fees and charges due and paid from 1 March 2021.
“Fees and charges that can be claimed back through the scheme include liquor licences, food authority licences, council rates and outdoor seating fees,” he continued.
Councillor Hawkins said the launch of the rebate scheme coincides with a number of licence waivers coming to an end.
“Council continues to work closely with the Small Business Commissioner, realising the importance of various forms of assistance and support to our local business operators,” he said.
“To register and view more information, including the full guidelines, please visit https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/small-business-fees-and-charges-rebate,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, every winter Council gets phone calls from people with no water due to frozen and broken meters and he is encouraging residents to ensure theirs are properly protected from the elements.
“Not only can frozen water meters and water pipes stop water service, in the worst-case scenario they can also be expensive to repair or replace.
“It isn’t any fun having no hot water on a freezing cold morning. A frozen meter means no water for the household until the meter thaws out, or in the worst case scenario until a damaged meter is replaced. Council is urging residents to pursue the best option, that is ensuring it doesn’t freeze in the first place,” he said.
“Many people use old tyres, and it is timely to check that they, or other forms of insulation, are covering the meter securely and will properly serve the purpose they are intended for.
“LPSC provides ready cut tyre sections free of charge and consumers can call Jo Porter on 6746 1755 to arrange a time when they can call into Council’s Works Depot to pick them up,” he said.
Councillor Hawkins said ice forming in a pipe does not typically cause a break where the ice blockage occurs.
“A broken pipe is not caused by the radial expansion of ice against the wall of the pipe. The problem is the pressure that builds up downstream of the blockage towards the end of the line. This increase in water pressure leads to pipe failure and you’ll often find little or no ice has actually formed at that point.
“Pipes that are adequately protected along their entire length by placement within a building's insulation or insulation on the pipe itself, cause much less problem,” he said.
“At the same time Council encourages residents undertaking these safeguards to also remember the need for Council to be able to read the meters easily. You can greatly assist us speed up this process by having meters readily accessible and this also improves the accuracy of the readings,” he continued.
“Frozen water pipes are inconvenient, broken water pipes are expensive to fix, so please act now to safeguard this important infrastructure, for your own peace of mind” he concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is reminding residents of their obligation to have their cats and dogs microchipped, so owners can be contacted if their pets stray from home and they become lost.
“Council’s Ranger has recently expressed concern and frustration with the number of pets that have ended up at the Companion Animal Facility, and their family being unable to be contacted because the pet isn’t microchipped or the information the chip contains is outdated,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
“For most people, their pets are an important part of the family and it is sad to think they can’t be reunited for want of ensuring they’re microchipped or keeping the microchip details up to date,” he said.
“The owners of dogs and cats have animal welfare-related responsibilities covered under NSW legislation. Except for exempt cats and dogs, all dog and cat owners are required to microchip their pets, and to have them registered on the NSW Pet Registry. Details can be found online at https://www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au/#/.
“All cats and dogs in NSW, other than exempt cats and dogs, must also be registered, cats by 4 months of age and dogs by 6 months of age. The registration fee is a once-only payment for desexed cats and dogs, which covers them for life in NSW, regardless of any changes in ownership. For un-desexed cats an $80 annual fee applies,” he continued.
“Owners are encouraged to have their cat or dog desexed before they are registered. Discounted registration fees apply to desexed cats and dogs. Having your cat or dog desexed prior to registration helps to reduce straying, fighting and aggression and antisocial behaviour, such as spraying to mark territory. It also helps to reduce the number of unwanted pets born each year,” he said.
“Substantial penalties apply if an owner fails to have their cat or dog microchipped and registered. These penalties are much higher in the case of restricted dogs or a declared dangerous dog. More information can be found at https://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/public/dogs-and-cats/information-for-the-community/microchipping-registration,” he continued.
“The NSW pet registry allows cat and dog owners to update their pet’s details. You can also update details in person at Council’s Customer Service Desk. The pet registry enables lost pets to be reunited with their owners, allows them to create an owner profile, update contact details, transfer ownership of pets, report missing pets and to pay most lifetime registration fees online. Paper forms are still available for those who cannot use the pet registry.
“If your cat or dog become lost and ends up in care, you will have to pay to have it microchipped and registered before it can be released,” he said.
“Council posts details of pets that end up at the Companion Animal Facility on its Facebook page in an attempt to locate their family and/or to find them new homes. However, up to date details on the microchip is the best way to ensure pet and owner can be reunited,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council advises that the boil water alert issued at Werris Creek on 14/04/2021, at 5pm, has been lifted and the water supply is now safe to drink.
This action has been taken following ongoing consultation with NSW Health Hunter New England Local Health District and the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (Water).
The boil water alert was issued due to fresh stream flows into Quipolly Dam and a subsequent equipment failure at the Werris Creek Water Treatment Plant that caused problems with water treatment, making drinking water in Werris Creek potentially unsafe.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council has resolved the issue and water testing results over the past 5 days have indicated the water treatment process is under control and the water is now safe to drink.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, has thanked the Werris Creek community for their understanding and patience during this period.
Recent conditions starting with fresh stream flows into Quipolly Dam and more recently a process breach at the Werris Creek Water Treatment Plant have caused problems with water treatment making drinking water in the Werris Creek supply unsafe.
Effective immediately, water used for drinking or food preparation should be brought to a rolling boil to make it safe. Kettles with automatic shut off switches can do this. Water should then be allowed to cool and stored in a clean container with a lid and refrigerated.
Bottled water or cool boiled water should be used for drinking, washing uncooked food (e.g. salad vegetables and fruit), making ice, cleaning teeth, gargling and pet’s drinking water.
Dishes should be washed in hot soapy water or in a dishwasher.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council is working to fix the problem.
This advice should be followed until further notice.
The NSW Health website also includes special considerations for:
- Schools and childcare centres https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/water/Pages/schools.aspx
- Commercial establishments serving food or drinks https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/water/Pages/foodfacts.aspx
- Using water header tanks https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/water/Pages/watertanks.aspx
- Swimming pools and spas https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/water/Pages/pools.aspx
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, is inviting eligible Shire community organisations seeking funding assistance, to apply now through Council’s Community Funding Program, Round 1 2021.
Applications close on Saturday 1 May. Application forms can be downloaded from Council’s website www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/mycommunity/communityfunding or by calling 6746 1755. Completed application forms are to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to PO Box 152 Quirindi NSW 2343 to arrive before May 1.
“Council’s Community Funding Program recognises the vital contribution that community groups and organisations play in the development of our social capital and quality of life,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“Seed funding aims to encourage the development of new events across the Liverpool Plains Shire by providing not-for-profit organisations with some initial funding to help support and launch new, or one-off event activities.
“Up to $5,000, is offered to assist organisers improve their existing event and to assist build its strategic capacity.
Local sporting and recreational clubs can apply for assistance for infrastructure improvements, up to $5,000, that will have a lasting impact on the success of an event, or organisation, and provides value for the broader Liverpool Plains Shire community,” he said.
“An organisation applying for community funding from Council must conduct the event within the Shire, be a not-for-profit entity, or have the project auspiced by a not-for-profit entity. The event must be financially viable. The organisation must hold current and relevant public liability insurance to the value of $20 million, commence the activity or project in the financial year in which the funding is being sought and demonstrate environmental, social and economic benefits to the Shire,” he continued.
“If you require further information or assistance, please contact Council on 6746 1755 during business hours,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has commenced its bitumen roads reseal program.
“This program will see, weather permitting, 83,000m2 of existing sealed pavement resealed,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
Councillor Hawkins said the reseal sites include:
- Station St, Quirindi Dalley Street – Abbott Street including intersections
- Werris Creek Road 16.26km – 18.58km (approx. 1.5km south Werris Creek to Gordon Street)
- Werris Creek Rd 30.62km – 34.08km (approx. 2kms south Currabubula to North Suttons Road
- Gap Road 2.75km – 4.18km (2.75km from Werris Creek Road)
- Lindsay’s Gap Road - 2.77km – 4.8km (2.77km from New England Hwy to Shire Boundary)
- Coonabarabran Road – various sections from Kamilaroi Highway to 12.00km (recent shoulder rehabilitation works)
- Dewhurst Street, Quirindi – Fitzroy Street to Russell Street (recent drainage works)
- Signal Street, Werris Creek – Coronation Avenue to Poole Street (recent paved footpath construction)
“Substantial pre-reseal pavement maintenance works are being carried on the above sites,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“These are important projects for maintenance of assets. Motorists are requested to drive carefully and to conditions as works are being carried out,” he concluded.
Quirindi Eastside Child Care Centre provides care and quality early childhood education for children from birth to five years of age on a full time and casual basis, operating 51 weeks of the year, between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.
“Eastside is owned by the Shire community and operated by your Council,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
“The Centre strives to provide a quality service, utilising the National Early Years Framework to continually develop learning programs for the children offering a full educational early childhood program developed around each child’s developmental needs, interests and abilities,” he said.
“The safety and wellbeing of the children is a priority and Eastside is recognised as a sun safe early childhood service by the Cancer Council. Centre Management is currently in the process of reviewing its sun safety policy to renew its accreditation in this important area of operation,” he continued.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council has announced that the new Basketball/Netball Court complex at Longfield Park Quirindi will be officially opened by State Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen, on Wednesday 31 March, at a ceremony that will be staged from 5pm, at the new complex.
“Community members are invited to attend, there will be a free BBQ provided by Council and the event will also include some demonstration games by local players. Members of the community wishing to attend need to register to meet COVID-safety requirements, and you can do so at https://www.trybooking.com/BPXBT,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
“We are very grateful to Mr Johnsen for facilitating $415,000 funding through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities program towards the project as well as other contributions.
“The roll out of the LPS Recreational Strategy, which also includes the Milner Parade Tennis Courts, Longfield Oval and the Golland Fields, has seen this new complex brought to fruition as part of LPSC’s massive sport and recreation infrastructure investment program.
“All up, Council has successfully gained funding to the value of $3,117,950 to undertake the Showground Precinct and the Quirindi Sporting Fields Precinct projects,” he continued.
Councillor Hawkins has also extended his thanks to Quirindi Amateur Basketball Association, Quirindi Netball Association and other interested parties who recently attended an update meeting regarding the new basketball and netball courts.
“Community input always results in better outcomes. Through community consultation, a clear direction for their development and utilisation was to support active and socially connected lifestyles for the Liverpool Plains community. The Shire has many keen basketball and netball players, and these new courts will provide better facilities for them to enjoy their sport,” he said.
Councillor Hawkins said that the recent meeting of the interested parties was held to work out the nitty gritty of the complex’s operations.
“All parties were shown how to operate the lights and it was determined that access to the toilet/kitchen building will be provided to the basketball/netball associations. The maintenance of the court surfaces was also discussed.
“A general consensus was reached that the courts should be open to the general public for use. Some concerns were raised that the courts being open throughout the night could lead to vandalism and a final determination on the way to proceed is now being considered. It is important people understand that it is a sporting complex and not a place to just hang out with mates unless they are playing or practicing.
“The associations will work together to compile a requirement plan for both ongoing and specific use such as tournaments with the purpose of avoiding double bookings. The associations will be free to utilise the courts while they are open to the public however they will need to work in with any other members of the public utilising the courts. Once bookings and other requirements are settled an agreement will be drawn up between Council and the associations to cover court and building use,” he continued.
“The courts are now available for use. The posts are set up for 2 x courts for basketball and 1 x court for netball. This combination may change dependent on use demand,” he said.
“I look forward to this complex providing great opportunities for the Shire’s sportspeople for many years to come. Everyone’s cooperation in maintaining the integrity of the facilities will be appreciated. If you see anti-social behaviour taking place, please report it, it is a valuable community asset” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, floodwaters can turn cars into death traps. He is urging motorists not to put themselves, their family or emergency services personnel who may need to rescue them at risk by driving through road closed signs.
“During sustained periods of wet weather, one of the key safety messages is simple, don’t drive through floodwaters.
“As our State Emergency Services (SES) volunteers will tell you, still waters can run deep and the flow in front of you could pack a punch of a tonne per metric metre, which can tear away the road surface and result in a much deeper gully than is apparent,” he said.
“You may be surprised how easily cars weighing more than a tonne quickly become buoyant and unstable. A study by Engineers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has discovered just how easily cars can be washed away by even the smallest currents, making the crossing of floodwaters a dangerous and potentially life-threatening decision.
“A small car weighing 1.05 tonnes, can be moved by water only 15 centimetres deep and with a flow speed of 1 metre/second, or 3.6 kilometres per hour, it completely floats away in 60 centimetres of water. Even a 2.5 tonne 4WD can be rendered unstable by floodwater 45 centimetres high, and a similar flow speed. Once the water reaches 95 cm, the four-wheel drive can completely float, and needs almost zero force to move it by hand,” he continued.
“A further risk is that cars with electrically powered windows and locks are almost impossible to escape from once water finds its way into wiring and motors, disabling switchgear and pressing on bodywork.
“Additionally, even if you have the good fortune to survive getting caught in a flood in your car, the damage your vehicle will suffer will make you regret taking the risk,” he said.
Councillor Hawkins said that even more disappointing is the fact that over the last 14 months, a number of motorists have had to be rescued after driving around, moving, and in a couple of instances running over, road closure signs. He said such actions were totally irresponsible, not only putting the motorist at risk, but also other following motorists and emergency services personnel who had to rescue them.
“The Council of a local government area is the roads authority for all public roads under its jurisdiction and the power to regulate traffic on a public road by means of barriers.
“Signs are erected for the purpose of protecting a public road from serious damage by vehicles or animals and for the purpose of protecting members of the public from any hazards on the public road,” he said.
“In NSW legislation states that a person must not, in wilful contravention of any such notice or in wilful disregard of any such barrier, pass along, or cause any vehicle or animal to pass along, a length of public road, and must not damage, remove or otherwise interfere with a notice or barrier erected for the purposes of this section. It follows that once Council has put out the relevant signs, failure to comply with them is an offence,” he continued.
“During the time of road closure, users are reminded that they may be liable for any damage that they cause to a road that is closed and for costs involved in their rescue if they become stranded,” he said.
“Council works closely with Police and the SES to keep you safe during flood events.
“The temptation is understandable, when you’re within minutes of the comforts of home and you’re confronted with what looks like a relatively shallow and steady flow of water across the road to think I’ll be OK. The statistics show otherwise, so please don’t play Russian roulette with your life, the life of family members and emergency service personnel,” he concluded.
Over a number of years, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has established and renewed Alcohol Free Zones (AFZ) in various areas in response to requests from NSW Police, local businesses, residents and local groups.
“The intention of an AFZ is to combat anti-social behaviour and to address community concern for specific locations. They apply to all streets, footpaths and car parks within the zone and are sign posted. They prohibit the consumption of alcohol in these areas at any time,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins.
“In Werris Creek there are 2 separate AFZ areas. In the CBD the zone is bounded by Single Street from Gordon Street to North Street, North Street to Dewhurst Street, Dewhurst Street to Gordon Street and Gordon Street to Single Street.
“Within that area it takes in North Street, Pikes Place, Anzac Parade, Henry Street, Coronation Avenue, Single Street, Dewhurst Street, Poole Street, Gordon Street, Junction Park, Hoamm Park,
Sunset Park, and Lions Park.
“There is a separate AFZ in Werris Creek that encompasses the Council owned land surrounding the swimming pool from the corner of Punyarra and Leonard Streets up to Coronation Avenue,” he said.
“In Quirindi, the AFZ takes in these streets or parts thereof; Nowland Street, Abbott Street, Railway Avenue, Station Street, Dalley Street, Church Avenue, George Street, Thomas Street, William Street, Whittaker Street, Henry Street, Campbell Street, Pryor Street, Ogle Avenue and Milner Parade,” he continued.
“AFZs promote the safe use of roads, footpaths and carparks without interference from irresponsible street drinkers. They are devised to manage alcohol consumption in public areas, and to make our streets and public areas safer for all members of the community.
“AFZs assist NSW police in reducing alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour in public areas. Any person observed to be drinking in an AFZ may have the alcohol in their possession immediately seized and tipped out or otherwise disposed of. If you fail to comply with a Police Officer’s directive substantial penalties apply. AFZs do not prevent the consumption of alcohol in any footpath dining areas that have a liquor licence,” he said.
“I encourage all members of the community to respect AFZs and to contribute to maintaining public amenity,” he concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) recently resolved to place the draft Managing Contaminated or Potentially Contaminated Land Policy on public exhibition and to seek submissions on the document from the community.
Submissions close on Wednesday 31 March. The draft policy is available for viewing at LPSC’s Administration Centre, 60 Station Street Quirindi, between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, on Council’s website at http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/my-council/public-exhibition or an email copy can be obtained by emailing email@example.com.
“The draft Managing Contaminated or Potentially Contaminated Land Policy aims to provide a framework to assist Council, residents and proponents of development to respond proactively to contaminated land-based hazards and risks,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
“The draft Policy has been designed to enable Council to meet its statutory obligations when carrying out planning and regulatory functions in respect to contaminated lands. Such functions include, but are not limited to the:
- provision of Section 10.7 Planning Certificates;
- assessment of Development Applications;
- rezoning of land;
- reporting of contaminated land;
- regulation of underground petroleum storage systems; and
- release of information in accordance with the requirements of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.
“Additionally, the draft Policy seeks to assist Council to identify, assess, record and manage contaminated land, and educate the community about contaminated land processes and risks,” he said.
“The Policy is an outcome of the Regional Contaminated Land Capacity Building Program funded by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). LPSC participates in the Program through the Namoi Joint Organisation - Namoi Unlimited, which includes the Gunnedah, Gwydir, and Walcha Shire Councils and Tamworth Regional Council. The draft Policy has been developed in consultation with these Councils,” he continued.
“If you have further enquiries please contact LPSC’s Planning staff on 6746 1755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org,” he concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), advise that due to flooding across the causeway On Gap Road, it is closed to through traffic between the Werris Creek Road and The Kamilaroi Highway.
Road closure signs are in place at the junction of Gap Road and both the Kamilaroi Highway and Werris Creek Road.
The safety gates closer to the causeway are both closed and locked preventing access for any vehicles.
Traffic wishing to travel between the Werris Creek Road and Kamilaroi Highway should divert along Taylors Lane which is south of Werris Creek.
At this stage, no estimation can be given of when Gap Road may reopen as the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) are forecasting significant rainfall over the next 5 days.
Motorists are urged to drive with extra care and to conditions during this rain period on all roads.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Development Control Plan (DCP) came into effect in May 2012 and has been amended over the ensuing years. The draft Amendment No. 5 to the DCP proposes changes that have been noted during the assessment of various Development Applications since the last in-depth review of the DCP in 2017. Legislative references have also been amended accordingly throughout the DCP. The proposed amendments to the DCP also align with the actions under Council’s Local Strategic Planning Statement, and Delivery Program and Operational Plan.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM said the draft document is on public exhibition until Wednesday 31 March and that submissions from members of the community on the proposal also close on this date.
He said the draft amendment No. 5 to the DCP, aims to clarify the current provisions and introduce new provisions for developments that have not been previously addressed. Councillor Hawkins said the revised DCP provisions relate to building setbacks and shed sizes, building heights, temporary accommodation, outbuildings, relocated dwellings, pools and spas, private open space, fencing, battle axe lots, vegetation, traffic; and parking.
“New provisions in the DCP pertain to shipping container developments, outbuildings, dual occupancy, letter boxes, detached studios, water sensitive urban design, residential flat buildings and biodiversity,” he said.
The draft policy is available for viewing at LPSC’s Administration Centre between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, on Council’s website at http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/my-council/public-exhibition or an email copy can be obtained by emailing email@example.com.
“LPSC’s strategies, plans and decision making have a strong focus on financial, economic, social and environmental sustainability and recognise that overarching planning guidelines and frameworks need to be adapted to our local needs,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“Council will receive a further report following conclusion of the public exhibition period and consideration of submissions that are received by the closing date.
“If you have further enquiries contact Council’s planning staff via mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone them on 6746 1755 during business hours,” he concluded.
The new canteen/amenities block building at Werris Creek’s David Taylor Oval has been completed following the installation of the stall partitions and the stainless steel storage island equipment in the kitchen to bring the project to fruition.
“This has been a Werris Creek inhouse project with the input of community advise plus local contractors engaged on its construction. Terry Richmond undertook the laying of the concrete slab and Dellar and Roach the construction of the canteen and amenities block,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
"This $145,000 project has been funded through a grant LPSC successfully applied for through the Federal Government's Drought Communities Program. Council thanks Federal Member, Barnaby Joyce, for his support in gaining this funding.
“The amenities include a new canteen, female and men's facilities plus the installation of disabled access amenities in line with LPSC's Disability Inclusion Action Plan,” he said.
“The new facility provides a clean and safe environment conveniently close to the Ron Dellar Grandstand which was completed in 2018. Since then new storage tanks and a pump have been installed as part of an upgrade of the irrigation system for the field. Other work has included the widening of the Oval’s entry gates, a new ticket box, and improved fencing and landscaping works. This has also been complimented by the construction of a new pathway connecting the Werris Creek CBD to the Oval,” he continued.
“Local consultation has informed Council of the importance the Werris Creek community has for recreational and sporting facilities that encourage healthy lifestyles and actives. The improvements that have been made over several years at David Taylor Oval will allow Werris Creek residents of all ages to participate in or be spectators at a wide variety of events.
“This local involvement has resulted in much improved sporting and recreational facilities for Werris Creek district, plus as a bonus it has seen benefits flow to the local economy,” he concluded.
Last week saw the first portion of the bitumen seal project on Blackville Road completed.
“The first 1.7 kilometres of the project, which entails the sealing of 3.4 kilometres of a missing link section between Merriwa Road and Blackville, has now been completed,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
“The remaining 1.7 kilometres should be completed by March 25, weather permitting,” he said.
“Council is undertaking this project with financial assistance it successfully secured through the NSW Government’s Fixing Local Roads Program. All up, Council obtained $984,000 through this program for this project and to undertake the Callaghans Lane bitumen seal project Stage 2 which will commence towards the end of March,” he concluded.
At its February Ordinary meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) received and noted the combined Delivery Program and Operational Plan Progress Report and the Quarterly Budget Review Statement for the first quarter ending 31 December. Council also adopted the revised Budget forecasts and actual year-to-date results as provided.
Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, said the Integrated Planning and Reporting framework contained in the Local Government Act requires Council to develop and adopt an inter-related suite of strategic documents, including a 10-year Community Strategic Plan, four-year Delivery Program and annual Operational Plan.
“Council’s 10-year Community Strategic Plan was adopted at the Ordinary Meeting of Council held In June 2017. The Community Strategic Plan outlines four strategic outcomes, which are supported by a combined total of 18 targets. Council’s combined Delivery Program and
Operational Plan was adopted by Council at its Ordinary Meeting held in June 2020 and details the four-year principal activities and annual actions that will be undertaken to meet those targets.
“In 2020-21, Council has committed to delivering 101 actions focused on achieving the community’s vision across the four key strategic outcome areas set out in the Community Strategic Plan. Each of the 101 actions contained in the combined Delivery Program and Operational Plan has been assigned to a member of Council’s Executive Team for completion. In turn, each member of the Executive Team is responsible for monitoring the actions assigned to their position and providing a progress status report.
“Of the 101 actions contained in the combined Delivery Program and Operational Plan, a combined total of 77.3% have been achieved or are on track to being achieved. A further 13.8% were not scheduled to commence during the reporting period.
Councillor Hawkins said LPSC adopted the original budget included in the Annual Operational Plan for 2020/2021 at the Ordinary Council meeting in June 2020. He said that under section 203 of the Local Government Regulation, Council’s Responsible Accounting Officer must prepare and submit to the Council, no later than two months after the end of each quarter a budget review statement that shows a revised estimate of the income and expenditure for the year.
“The annual budget provides Council with the means to control resources allocation and revenues as per the objectives set out in its Annual Operational Plan. The annual budget forms the basis for future forecasts and gives Council staff the legal authority to commit expenditure. Constant monitoring and budget updates are therefore important for sound financial management.
“At a consolidated level, the net change in budgeted operational result is expected to be $3.67 million as a result of increase in depreciation expenditure due to correct application of Council’s accounting policy, downward projection of interest income as a result of unfavourable interest rates combined with restriction on application of overdue interest on receivables for the period commencing July to December 2020,” he said.
“I extend my congratulations to Council’s Management Team and their staff for their diligence in managing Council finances wisely and to the satisfaction of the auditors.
“Council’s strategies, plans and decision-making process have a strong focus on financial, economic, social and environmental sustainability,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, is urging all residents who utilise the Shire’s waste facilities to only enter them during their normal hours of operation. He is also requesting residents to ensure that general waste is not placed in the recycling walls at these facilities.
“Recently, we’ve seen an increase in the number of occasions that people have illegally entered rural landfills outside opening times and disposing of waste. For both environmental and safety reasons this is not acceptable,” he said.
Councillor Hawkins said the hours of operation at the various facilities are;
- Quirindi - 9am – 4pm, 7 days a week.
- Werris Creek – Monday 9am – 1pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 9am – 12 noon, Thursday and Friday 1pm – 4pm, Saturday 9am – 12 noon and Sunday 1pm – 4pm.
- Willow Tree – Tuesday and Wednesday 1pm – 4pm Thursday and Friday 9am – 12 noon, Saturday 1pm – 4pm and Sunday 9am – 12 noon.
- Wallabadah – Saturday 9am – 1pm.
- Blackville – Wednesday and Saturday 8am – 10am.
- Spring Ridge – Thursday and Sunday 8am – 12 noon.
- Pine Ridge – Wednesday and Saturday 11am – 1pm.
- Caroona – Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm – 4.30pm.
- Premer – Thursday and Sunday 1.30pm – 3.30pm.
- Eligible clean drums can be taken to Quirindi on the 3rd Tuesday of each month or by arrangement by calling 0447 125 173.
- Quirindi Landfill is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day. All other landfills and transfer station sites are closed on ALL public holidays.
“Council is increasing surveillance to identify the persons undertaking this illegal dumping practice of waste and when identified the offenders face prosecution. Any community members that may have information pertaining to this illegal dumping are asked to contact Council’s Works and Waste Manager, Barry Strichen, on 6746 1755 or via email email@example.com,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“There is also a problem with general waste being deposited in the recycling walls. At times the level of general waste scattered amongst the recyclables is too large to separate so everything ends up in the landfill. The recycling walls are designed to divert waste from landfill so please only place items in them that have been properly separated from general waste,” he continued.
It’s not a secret that the way we manage waste is changing Australia wide. LPSC has, in recent years come under increasing legislative and community pressure to change the way waste is dealt with. A study Council carried out a couple of years ago estimated the Shire’s waste generation is projected to grow from 5,751 tonnes per annum in 2017 to 9,427 tonnes per annum by 2027.
“To address the many issues faced with responsible waste management and LPSC’s obligations to meet Government legislative requirements, Council has developed a Waste Management Strategy. Within the next few months construction of new Waste Transfer Stations will begin at Caroona, Spring Ridge, Premer and Werris Creek. The existing landfills at these locations will be closed and remediated in accordance with NSW Environmental Protection Authority requirements.
“All general waste taken to these sites, excluding Werris Creek, will be deposited directly into a truck and taken from site, initially to the landfill at Quirindi. Eventually it will be taken to a new landfill which will be developed over the next 2 years near Willow Tree. Werris Creek will be provided with containers that will be removed once full of waste. Recycling facilities for paper, cardboard, glass, plastics etc. will still be retained at these centres. To further protect the environment the Waste Transfer Stations will be security fenced with security cameras installed,” he said.
“Council staff will visit these centres shortly to meet with community members over the proposed changes. Dates will be advised ahead of these meetings,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Another milestone has been reached in the $2.6 million redevelopment of the Quirindi Showground precinct with Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) awarding the contract for the construction of the new pavilion at its February Ordinary meeting.
“The contract has been awarded to Willis Brant and Associates who have extensive capacity in the design and construction of buildings similar to this. The expected delivery time for the project is approximately 16 weeks,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
“This will see the complex ready for use during the Quirindi Show Society’s 2021 Quirindi Spring Show which is scheduled to be held on the 11th and 12th of September,” he said.
“The new pavilion will have amenities/showers, a change room facility, a first aid room, and a new canteen/kitchen. It will provide 960m² open space for the show plus providing modern facilities for any major exhibitions and other events that come to the Shire,” he continued.
Councillor Hawkins said the redevelopment of the showground precinct is being undertaken following extensive consultation with showground user groups. He said many organisations from around the Shire utilise the facilities and it is an important hub for many events.
“Works already undertaken include the replacement of the trotting track fence and installation of a new rodeo arena. A new amenities block has been constructed and an old bore has been recommissioned to provide an additional source of water for irrigation of the precinct,” he said.
“The project also entails construction of new club rooms and a kitchen to service Polocrosse, Pony Club, Campdraft and Rodeo events, plus the redevelopment of fields to provide for campdraft and rodeo plus a new show jumping arena.
“Other aspects of this major redevelopment are the replacement of the PA system, a new all-weather access track to campdraft and rodeo facilities, re-purposing the existing Pony Club building into an office, improved signage, creation of a new pedestrian and spectator entrance, extension of a shared pathway and refurbishment of the ticket box,” he continued.
Councillor Hawkins said the new pavilion along with these other projects are being undertaken with $2.6 million Council secured through the State Government’s Showground Stimulus Funding Program.
“Community interest in this project highlights the fact that the Showground is the heart and soul of a rural community like ours. This redevelopment provides multi-use facilities with improved safety that will enhance community enjoyment bringing people together for a broad range of events. It also provides the additional benefit of boosting the local economy. It really is a community hub that will serve the community well for many years into the future,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Following on from the water main upgrade currently underway in Centre Street Quirindi, roadway reconstruction is scheduled to begin on Monday 1 March.
“Works will be undertaken between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, with the possibility of some works being undertaken on Saturdays,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
“During these works, Centre Street will operate as a one-way traffic movement with entry via Perkins Street and exiting via Cross Street. Pedestrian access will always remain for residences and pedestrians will be diverted around any hazards.
“The works will commence on the western side (Hawker St side) of Centre Street. All residents and their visitors are requested to park their vehicle on the eastern side of the street. During kerb and gutter placement driveways will be inaccessible, for a period of 2-3 days, to allow concrete to cure.
Throughout the duration of the project there will be short-term access restriction to driveways. The project team will provide residents with advance notice as the works get closer,” he said.
Project activities and Timeline
- LPSC Construction crew will establish a work zone and commence work on removal of existing Kerb and gutter followed by installation of stormwater pipes, pits and subsoil drainage.
- Earthworks for new kerb and gutter followed by their installation.
- Backfilling and reinstatement of verges and existing driveways to standard prior to construction work.
- Removal of unsuitable roadway material and pavement reconstruction.
- Final trimming and bituminous surfacing.
“The roadway improvements will improve the long-term sustainability of the assets. Improvements include roadway reconstruction, underground improvements to stormwater and subsoil drainage system and installation of new kerb and gutter.
“The project is expected to be completed by late May 2021, weather and site conditions permitting,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.