Media Releases & Exhibitions
It’s almost blast off ….. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and it’s off to Mars at Werris Creek Library on Wednesday October 3 from 11am to midday.
The role playing survival workshop is for young people 8 to 14 years of age.
“The Werris Creek to Mars Survival Workshop will rocket you from the library to Mars. Participants are guaranteed a smooth landing, getting the crew safely to the Mars One Colony in record time,” said Werris Creek librarian Marilyn Deeks.
“The activity will include building emergency robot rovers, wiring electronic rescue beacons and constructing survival habitats,” she said.
Because of limited places being available, booking is essential.
Please phone Werris Creek Library 6768 7340 during library hours Tuesday 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm.
The final opportunity will be to ring before 11am on the Wednesday to see if any places remain.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, Small Business Month celebrates the vital contribution small business makes towards a vibrant economy.
“To celebrate Small Business Month, Liverpool Plains Shire Council and Liverpool Plains Business Chamber will be holding a free Local Business Networking Breakfast on Friday 26 October. The event will start at 7.30am, the venue is Quirindi TAFE NSW Connected Learning Centre, 123 Hawker Street. The breakfast is sponsored by the Liverpool Plains Business Chamber with catering by Zest Cafe,” Councillor Hope said.
“The event will feature keynote speaker, Lisa Messenger, the vibrant CEO of the Messenger Group, as well as Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Collective Hub. Lisa grew up in nearby Coolah, she previously worked globally in events, sponsorship, marketing, PR and publishing, has authored and co-authored 24 books and is now an authority in the start-up scene.
“Lisa is a vibrant, passionate and sought-after global public speaker known for her on-stage wit, insight and high level of audience engagement. She encourages an entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and lives life to the absolute maximum,” he said.
“Booking to attend this event is necessary to allow for catering purposes and should be carried out through http://quirindilocalbusinessbreakfast.floktu.com/. Your attendance needs to be confirmed by Friday 19 October,” he continued.
“LPSC and Liverpool Plains Business Chamber are grateful to have a figure and presence such as Lisa coming to our Shire to support and help build a community of like-minded people. We are also grateful for the support provided by The NSW Government and Office of Small Business towards staging this event,” Councillor Hope said.
“In today’s fiscal environment it is vital that small business take advantage of the opportunities offered to help them develop new enterprises and further build established ones.
“The different tiers of government can only do so much, and it is up to individuals to grasp what is on offer, to be innovative, to learn from other’s experiences and thrive. When your business prospers our whole community benefits,” he said.
“LPSC recently released the draft Liverpool Plains Enterprise Assistance Program (LEAP) as a blue print for encouraging and assisting local business development. Go to http://lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/my-council/public-exhibition/item/859-notice-of-exhibition-of-a-draft-council-policy to down load a copy. Submissions close Friday 5 October.
“This is just one of a number of initiatives Council is pursuing to stimulate local economic development because we recognise the vital contribution that local businesses play in providing prosperity and quality of life. Only with business working alongside us and keen to grow can we reach our full potential in this area. So please, enthusiastically seize the opportunities being made available to help strengthen our whole community into the future,” he continued.
“For further details, contact Liverpool Plains Business Chamber by text to 0428 474 602 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org,” he concluded.
Werris Creek Swimming Club and Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) are cordially inviting local residents and visitors alike to be part of the events being staged to mark the 50 Year Anniversary Celebration of Werris Creek Swimming Pool. The celebration is taking place from Friday 5 October to Sunday 7 October.
“While these celebrations are to mark 50 years since the pool was first opened, I’m sure the Werris Creek community will also be celebrating the biggest makeover the pool has ever had during that 50 year period, a $480,000+ upgrade,” said LPSC GM, Ron van Katwyk.
“Among the improvements are three new water play features in the toddlers pool, which has also gained its own separate filtration unit. The old gravity filters have been replaced with pressure filters, new pipework has been installed along with new pumps and electricals in the existing plant room, all to improve the water quality in both pools,” he said
Mr van Katwyk said the 50 year celebrations will commence on the evening of Friday 5 October with a meet and greet being held at Werris Creek Bowling and Tennis Club, commencing at 6pm. He said the weekend’s special guest, swimming legend Dawn Fraser AC MBE will join those assembled during the evening. He added that another special guest Gillian Howard (nee, de Greenlaw) was a team mate of Dawn’s at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
“Gillian was only 14 years old and at the time, the youngest person to ever represent Australia at the Olympics. Her visit is particularly special as she visited Werris Creek in 1968 when the pool was opened and donated a Swimming Trophy and is coming back to celebrate 50 years on,” he said.
“Saturday 6 is the big day kicking off with a street market at Junction Park from 8am including breakfast from 8.30am cooked by Werris Creek Swimming Club members. Werris Creek Library will stage a ‘Knitted Exhibition’ from 9am,” he said.
“A street parade along Single Street, from North Street to Coronation Avenue, will commence at 10.30am and it will add a lot of spirit to the day if residents who aren’t marching come and line the route.
“The Lions Club and Rural Fire Service will be cooking up a BBQ at the pool from 11.30am and a photo/memorabilia exhibition can be inspected. Then from midday there’ll be live music with Back Trackin’ plus the Signal Singers,” he continued.
Mr Van Katwyk said the Official Ceremony and unveiling of a plaque celebrating the pool’s 50th anniversary will commence at 1.30pm. He said Dawn Fraser will be joined by State MP Kevin Anderson and the LPSC Mayor for the unveiling.
“There will be a free bus running from the Post Office to the Swimming Pool from 11.30am to 1pm to make it easy for patrons to get to the pool. At 3.30pm the bus will take patrons back down to Single Street and to the Bowling and Tennis Club.
“A celebration buffet will be held at the Bowling and Tennis Club from 6pm with the official dinner and presentation night commencing at 6.30pm. There will be live entertainment with Jess and the Gerrys performing,” he said
Mr van Katwyk said the Werris Creek pool is strongly supported by the community and swimming club and collaborations with the State Government and Council has seen massive improvements to the facilities with hot water added to showers, general amenities work, the addition of a disabled amenities room and the entry foyer upgrade completed in 2017 and the latest work to pool facilities completed ahead of the 2018/19 swimming season.
“This is another great example of the power of community at work and I congratulate everyone involved in making a vision a reality,” he said.
“Come along, participate and have some fun at the celebrations,” Mr van Katwyk concluded.
Representatives from Quirindi Lions Club, The Friends of Quirindi Cemetery and Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) attended an official opening ceremony for the new toilet facilities at Quirindi Cemetery.
“This $25,000+ project, which greatly adds to the cemetery’s amenity, is a great example of power of community at work and is a collaborative effort between Quirindi Lions Club, the Friends of the Cemetery and LPSC,” Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said.
“Since they were formed in late 2015, Friends of Quirindi Cemetery have initiated numerous projects and I sincerely thank their volunteers on behalf of the wider community for the improvements they have brought to the precinct. The generous contribution from, and community spirit of Quirindi Lions Club must also be acknowledged and to them I also say thank you,” Councillor Hope concluded.
The Open to Change campaign will be officially launched on Wednesday, 12 September.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is seeking the community’s thoughts about zoning and lot sizes in the Shire. The information obtained will contribute to the review and amendment of the Local Environmental Plan (LEP).
“The review provides a perfect opportunity for anyone to let Council know that they want to promote changes to zoning and lot sizes. Council will review the different options and make any relevant changes. Opportunities for landowners to save time and money like this only present themselves every five years when a LEP review is done. A change outside this timeframe can cost, on average, $80,000 in order to meet all of the State Government requirements,” explains General Manager Ron Van Katwyk.
“The LEP is a legal document containing rules and standards for private and public land use within the Shire. It covers matters such as; what uses and activities are permitted or prohibited on a parcel of land, sets objectives for land within that zone and identifies the height of buildings, heritage considerations and lot sizes.
“This review process will not only save landowners significant money and time, but it also provides the residents, ratepayers, and business owners an excellent opportunity to have a say in the development and growth of our great Shire,” Mr Van Katwyk said.
“If anyone has been thinking about proposing a change to their zoning or wanting a rural dwelling, or if they feel there are areas in our Shire that lend themselves to further development, we want to know,” explains Mayor Andrew Hope. “We also want to know if there are areas that may be prohibiting growth because of zoning or lot sizes,” he added.
The Mayor said that it is important that people make the most of this excellent opportunity.
“Council is open to considering changes to the zoning or lot sizes and reviewing dwelling entitlements so that growth in the Shire is managed responsibly. I strongly encourage everyone to provide their input by completing the short questionnaire before it’s too late,” he concluded.
The questionnaire is available at:
Council website: http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au
Locations: Werris Creek and Quirindi Libraries, Council Chambers and LPSC Fitness Centre
Social Media: Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/LiverpoolPlainsShireCouncil/
Phone: 02 6746 4500 for a questionnaire to be sent to you by post, email or direct to your mobile.
The survey closes on 26 October 2018.
The swimming season will be with us before we know it, so Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is encouraging pool owners to ensure theirs meet all the requirements of NSW State legislation particularly that it is ‘legal’ and on the mandatory NSW Swimming Pool Register at http://www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au/. Pools must also be compliant with this legislation.
Secondly, make sure your child-resistant barrier fences are secure and that all gates are fitted with a device that will return the gate to the closed position, immediately after opening. The closing device should be capable of complying with these requirements with the gate in any position, from resting on the latching mechanism, to fully open. Gates should be fitted with a latching device that will automatically operate on the self-closing of the gate. The latch device must not release the gate from the closed position unless manual force is applied to the release mechanism.
“Kids can drown without a sound! Unfortunately, too many children drown or suffer severe consequences of near drownings in backyard pools. Statistical evidence shows that the majority of drownings in private swimming pools involves children under the age of 5 years and inadequate pool fencing is a major contributing factor to these drownings,” said LPSC Regulatory Manager, Steve Ryder.
“All pool owners are responsible for safety in and around their pool. Surely, nobody would want the death of a child on their conscience simply because their pool wasn’t secure.
“Some simple key actions can prevent a child drowning. Always supervise children, restrict their access to the pool, educate them in water awareness and ensure someone has resuscitation and first aid skills,” he said.
“A reminder that spa pools are covered by the legislation and should be separated by a child resistant pool safety barrier in accordance with Australian Standard AS1926.1-2007. Alternatively, the spa pool must be covered and secured by a lockable child safe structure, such as a door, lid, grille or mesh. Inflatable pools of 300mm or more in height also require child-resistant barriers and a warning sign display,” he continued.
“The NSW State Government has in recent times made some significant and far-reaching changes to the way that ‘back yard’ and tourist-related swimming pools are managed, operated and inspected. Council has prepared Fact Sheets with useful information on Swimming Pool’s Legislation and the Swimming Pool Register relating to these changes. They can be accessed at http://lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/planning-building/fact-sheets, or you can pick them up at the Customer Service Desk.
“Warning notices are compulsory for all swimming pools and spas and can be purchased from Council’s Administration Building,” he said.
“If you have any queries regarding your obligations owning a pool call Council’s Environmental Services Staff on 6746 1755 during business hours,” Steve concluded
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has developed the Liverpool Plains Enterprise Assistance Program (LEAP) which it plans to progressively implement via the Liverpool Plains Business Advisory Group (BAG). The draft of the policy is currently on public exhibition until Friday 5 October and submissions are encouraged and close on the same date.
“LPSC has established the LEAP funding initiative in recognition of the vital contribution that local businesses play in our prosperity and quality of life. It will be a key element of Council’s Business Advisory Group functions and aims to attract and support new business opportunities or existing businesses looking to expand,” said LPSC GM Ron van Katwyk.
“Council is focused on ensuring the foundations are in place to take our economy forward and to realise emerging opportunities. It is about encouraging development and investment, including expansion, diversification and retention of existing businesses, attraction of new businesses, residents and investment into the Shire and the creation of employment and wealth,” he said.
“LEAP outlines a range of benefits which include but are not limited to website costs, infrastructure upgrades, business frontage upgrades, training and support, business succession planning, assistance with sustainability research and in transitioning to larger premises.
“It also provides pathways for assistance in advertising expansion, shop local campaigns, recruitment and retention of staff, developing networks to strengthen business opportunities, supporting initiatives of the LP Chamber of Commerce, business planning, coordination and/or provision of site utilities, charges for provision of services, site establishment and fees and charges,” he continued.
LEAP has been developed through consultation with Council’s Business Advisory Group and the Liverpool Plains Chamber of Commerce. The program will be implemented with the assistance of the BAG and each application for assistance will be assessed by it on a case by case basis.
“Council welcomes submissions on the draft Policy during the exhibition period. Exhibition locations are the fixed exhibition at the Council Administration Centre during normal business hours with copies available at Werris Creek and Quirindi Libraries, Willow Tree Visitor Information Centre” he said.
“Community economic development means much more than simple economic growth. We are part of a larger global society and are intimately affected by large issues of sustainability. Business leaders and community organizations know that it is important to work at the local level because despite larger issues it is imperative we make the important decisions as to how economic development occurs in our Shire,” he continued.
“Our vision is for a healthy economy, the ability for the community to withstand economic change, to generate local dollars and keep them circulating within the local economy, to build a sense of community pride and loyalty to local business and to capitalize on the strengths and assets that make our community unique so we can attract businesses/industry and create employment,” Mr van Katwyk concluded.
Entries are now open for the Sunflower Art Festival which will be held at Quirindi’s Royal Theatre from Friday 14 through until Sunday 16 December 2018. The entry form is available online at http://www.quirindiroyaltheatre.com/sunflowerart/ or from Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s Customer Service Desk at the Administration Centre. Entry forms should be returned by Thursday 6 December. Completed entry forms can be sent to email@example.com.
There is $1000 in cash prizes available;
- $400 - Best Sunflower themed artwork - painting or sculpture - all mediums
- $250 - Best Painting - all mediums
- $250 - Best Sculpture - all mediums
- $100 Viewer’s Choice (Decided by all patrons throughout the weekend)
Entries must arrive at Quirindi Royal Theatre on Wednesday 12 December between 10am and 2pm. Paintings cannot be removed before 2pm on Sunday 16 December and must be collected between 9am and 12 noon on Monday 17 December. Alternate arrangements may be made with the Art Coordinator.
“An important role of this Arts Festival is to celebrate the sunflower which is a symbol of the Liverpool Plains. It also provides outlets and opportunities for our rural based artists to share their work with others,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The first event was held in 2016 and provides an opportunity for artists to display and sell their works. We are looking forward to lots of entries in 2018 and even bigger crowds than last year to view the works and maybe purchase an item or two.
“Art and culture have the ability to enhance the quality of life for a community bringing about a personal enjoyment, intellectual stimulation plus providing public involvement. As a bonus the arts can also promote economic growth for the community,” he said.
“LPSC believes it is important to support the arts and add to local cultural diversity. When you support the arts, you are supporting all of our respective creative freedom,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) opened the doors of its new Companion Animal Facility to the public with a free micro-chipping session. The facility is situated on Merinda Road Quirindi.
Cathy Ham places the micro-chip in ‘Scotty’ with help from Ranger Christine as owner Erin watches on
According to LPSC Regulatory Manager, Steve Ryder, losing your pet can be a traumatic and even tragic event. To allow the best chance of being reunited, the easiest way is to have it micro-chipped and to ensure the details are kept up to date if you move or there is a change of ownership.
“Microchips are implantable computer chips that encode a unique identification number to help reunite you with your lost pet. They are no bigger than a grain of rice and they are placed under your pet’s skin with a needle and syringe, not much differently than a routine vaccine. Unlike collars and ID tags, they can never break or fall-off,” he said.
Councillor Virginia Black, Mayor Andrew Hope, Director of Environmental Services and Economic Development Donna Ausling, GM Ron van Katwyk, Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins and Councillors Ian Lobsey OAM and Paul Moules came along to watch the micro-chipping event and inspect the new facility
“A 2009 study supports what veterinarians and companion animal facilities have known all along and that is dogs and cats with micro-chips are more likely to be returned to their owners than pets without. Cats with micro-chips are 20 times more likely to be returned home than cats without, while dogs with microchips are 2.5 times more likely. It is a no-brainer, if you love your pet as part of the family you’ll ensure it is micro-chipped and up to date,” Steve concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is delighted to announce that His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Linda Hurley will visit the Shire on Sunday 9 September 2018.
Between 2.30pm and 4.30pm, the NSW Governor and his wife will attend the Family Fun Day, organised by the Quirindi Show Society and being held at the Quirindi Showground. The Family Fun Day is being staged in place of the usual Show that has been cancelled due to the current drought conditions.
The Governor’s visit comes as a gesture of support to the Liverpool Plains community and to lift local spirits during the current, difficult times.
Entry to the Family Fun Day is by gold coin donation, with a percentage of that going towards drought relief. It will run between 9am and 3pm and provide an opportunity for families and individuals to socialise and enjoy themselves for a few hours away from the problems that so many are facing. It will include The Piece of the Plains Markets, good old fashioned children’s games, a pet show, lolly drop, rain dance, great food, side show alley, live music, security dog display, a Little Miss and Little Master event, raffles and there are entry prizes to be won.
LPSC looks forward to the Vice Regal visit and believes the day provides the opportunity for families and friends to get together and take some time out. Council encourages as many people as possible to attend and help strengthen the community spirit that is so necessary and important to seeing us through these trying times.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has congratulated the State Government for listening to the community following the Government’s announcement that the per capita subsidy for NSW public libraries will increase from $1.85 per capita to $2.85 per capita as part of an extra $60 million investment in public libraries in the 2019-20 financial year.
“LPSC has been part of a statewide campaign calling on the Government to increase its contribution following an 18% reduction in the 2018/19 budget. This resulted in the State Government’s contribution falling from $28.5 million in the 2017/18 budget to $23.5 million. In 1980 NSW Councils contributed 77% of library funding and the 2018/19 cuts resulted in them paying 92.5%. The constant cuts over the last 30 odd years brought the library system to crisis point,” Councillor Hope said.
This turnaround, announced by the Government, is a result of power of the community at work and they are to be commended for listening and acting on this important issue he said,” he said.
“The Government has also announced that all Councils will receive an increase in annual library subsidy funding between 40 to 50% by 2022-23. Additionally, they’ve said they’ll provide a more than $2 million annual boost in funding for libraries in disadvantaged and remote communities, to ensure these libraries receive their fair share of funding,” he continued.
“Thanks to a State Government contribution of $200,000, announced earlier this year, LPSC will expand Quirindi library by incorporating the area formerly occupied by the real estate office. Council will also revamp the overall library precinct area as part of the project,” he said.
Physical and virtual visitation, library borrowing and participation in library programs continue to increase year on year and the additional funding announced will allow us to expand library services into the future. This is a great win for library users,” Councillor Hope concluded.
National Child Protection Week starts annually on Fathers’ Day and this year it runs from Sunday 2 – Saturday 8 September. This year’s theme is Play Your Part.
“Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is proud to support National Child Protection Week and National White Balloon Day on Friday September 7. Both events support the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and remind us that protecting children is everyone’s business,” said LPSC GM, Ron van Katwyk.
“Child protection week is an initiative of the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) and White Balloon Day is an initiative of, and major fundraising event for the Bravehearts Foundation one of Australia’s leading voices on child protection,” he said.
“The fact that 1 in 32 children are the victims of substantiated child abuse each year in Australia, and those are just the high threshold required to be picked up by the statutory child protection system, and one in five children is sexually harmed in some way before their 18th birthday is a national disgrace.
“These rates of abuse are not inevitable. There is clear evidence that much of this abuse is preventable. Children thrive when their families have the support they need and are part of strong connected communities. LPSC encourages the broader community to direct efforts into prevention, so that all children are valued, nurtured and able to live free from violence, abuse and neglect,” he continued.
NAPCAN points out that we need to remember that the little things we do every day can help to create safer environments for children. For instance:
- Be kind to children and parents
- Be a good role model around children
- Get involved in your local community, say ‘hi’ to neighbours
- Look out for signs of abuse or neglect; if you suspect something is wrong talk to an expert
- Always take reports of abuse seriously
- Avoid blame and don’t judge; instead, ask yourself what you can do to help
- Listen to the needs of children and spend time with them
Mr van Katwyk said anyone wishing to know more about NAPCAN and their work can go to the website www.napcan.org.au.
If you’d like to participate in White Balloon Day or make a donation to the Bravehearts Foundation go to www.whiteballoonday.com.au,” he said.
“A key message of the week is Stronger Communities, Safer Children. Research tells us that a strong community is important for children and helps them to thrive and be safe. Remember, we all have a role to play,” Mr van Katwyk concluded.
Whether you’re a railway or hotel hobbyist, interested in social history, architecture, a local historian, researcher or genealogist you will find Scott Whitaker’s author talk Railway Hotels of Australia fascinating and informative when he visits Quirindi Library on Thursday 20 September at 10.30am. Bookings are essential so either call in to the library or call 6746 2350 to book your place.
Scott Whitaker has journeyed around Australia investigating the life of the Railway Hotel. His books to date include Railway Hotels of Victoria, Railway Hotels of New South Wales and Railway Hotels of Queensland. He is currently working on Volume 4 covering the remaining States. Scott is a railway enthusiast and part-time historian and his books detail the history of every Railway Hotel that trades, or once traded.
In the early days, Railway Hotels, along with Terminus, Junction and Station Hotels, were quickly established to service the railway construction workers, or navvies. Some publicans stayed in the new town, others moved on with the navvies to the next camp. Some existing hotels were renamed to celebrate the arrival of the railway, and some were moved to a new site nearer the railway station. At one time there were over 600 Railway Hotels in Australia. Inevitably, the Railway Hotel was the haunt of many of the local railway workforce.
Scott’s books also contain a wealth of information on the history of railways more generally and they explore the social, economic and political themes that helped to shape Australia. They contain hundreds of historic and contemporary images on high quality art paper and include a range of advertisements and anecdotes that add interest and establish the mood of the era.
Whether you’re a book lover, train buff or historian, book now to join Scott at Quirindi Library to hear his remarkable stories.
Following the success of the Premer Pride Project, members of the Spring Ridge community, through the Local Advisory Group (LAG), have requested that Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) co-ordinate a similar program in Spring Ridge to ensure the amenity and liveability of the streets.
It is illegal to have unregistered vehicles or containers on a road or road related area and such items should be removed immediately to private property. If a vehicle is left unregistered or unattended it may be classified as an abandoned vehicle and impounded,” said LPSC Property and Regulatory Services Manager, Steve Ryder.
“In the case of a shipping container, they must not be left on the road reserve. Additionally, they are considered to be a building and you require development approval to place it on your property. People commonly purchase or hire shipping containers to use on their land for storage purposes on either a temporary or permanent basis. Regardless of how long you plan to utilise the container a development approval for building work is required to be issued prior to establishing the container onsite,” he said.
“Council is requesting all Spring Ridge residents to conduct the vehicle/equipment removal voluntarily and will assist any residents that come forward because they are unable to move items themselves. Unfortunately, if individuals prove uncooperative further action, including legal action, may ensue. Residents wanting more information or help are asked to call LPSC’s Compliance Team on (02) 6746 1755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options,” Mr Ryder concluded.
A local community advisory group has raised concerns with Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) that that the carcasses of dead feral pigs have been dumped illegally at the Caroona Truck Rest Stop.
“There are severe penalties for illegal dumping of carcasses,” said LPSC Manager Regulatory and Property Services, Steve Ryder.
“Improper carcass disposal can have significant impacts on environmental, human and animal health. Poor carcass disposal can result in contamination of soil, ground water, waterways and pollution of stock and domestic water supplies. Access to poorly disposed carcasses can also allow for significant disease spread through scavengers, mosquitoes and vermin leading to public health risks.
“There are several diseases that require particular consideration when disposing of carcasses. These diseases can pose considerable threats to human and/or animal health and include hendra virus, anthrax and botulism,” he said.
“People have a legal responsibility to ensure that disposal of carcasses does not adversely affect the environment. The NSW EPA has guidelines to minimise environmental contamination and should be consulted for advice when considering options for disposal. Council can also provide advice on how environmental impacts can be managed
when considering options for carcass disposal,” he continued.
“Considering the health risks illegal dumping of carcasses can cause, members of the community are asked to report suspicious behaviour or sites where illegal dumps are found to LPSC on 6746 1755,” Steve concluded.
According to the Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope, whilst the effects of drought on the farming sector are sadly evident, the impacts also reverberate through farming related businesses, the rural towns that service their surrounding areas plus their employees, filtering right down to individual households.
“The recently developed LPSC Drought Relief Strategy, designed to assist the whole community through the drought crisis, identifies the importance of shopping locally as a fundamental requirement under the drought assistance banner,” Councillor Hope said.
“Many people are saying this current drought crisis is the worst they have ever experienced. It is very demoralising. When our farmers are doing it so tough, it obviously filters on to our businesses and consequently, the resulting negative economic impacts are felt through significant financial hardship of families and the deterioration of household incomes resulting in a reduced economic base for our towns.
“Research shows that households in severely drought-affected areas, have rates of financial hardship that are at least 4 to 5 percentage points higher than in below - or above - average rainfall areas. For the sake of social cohesion, through the drought itself and what will be a long recovery period, it is vital we are focused on and committed to a whole of community approach that includes the farming sector, the local business community and individual families. To get through the crisis, as unscathed as possible, we must harness the power of community for its own long-term good and survival,” he said.
“Shopping locally is an essential ingredient towards maintaining our social cohesion. During normal times, outshopping is a phenomenon that particularly affects retailers in rural communities. During periods of drought outshopping is disastrous for local businesses, the local economy and local employment prospects.
“There is a very clear and substantial link between drought and the loss of services from a local area. As a community we need to ask how our social landscape will change if we lose businesses and will we ever get them back in the future. Exacerbating the problem, we may well see increased rates of people moving away from the area as the drought bites deeper due to financial effects, loss of services and in some cases because of the social effects and impact upon the general outlook of the community,” he continued.
For many parts of rural NSW, decline and depopulation have been destabilising factors since the 1970s. In more recent times structural adjustment and an economic rationalist focus on service and infrastructure support have added to the loss of services, jobs and population. The drought crisis is an added factor in an evolving story of inland destabilisation and only as a united community can we attempt to deal with these issues and mitigate the long-term impacts.
“I urge people to spend locally and support businesses that support families, the local community and economy. If we don’t all pull together I fear our community will be the poorer and look vastly different in the years to come,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Ranger will host a Companion Animals Information Session at the Werris Creek Railway Institute, Anzac Parade, on Monday August 27 from 10am to 12 noon. A free morning tea will be available, and you can bring your pets along provided they are on a leash or otherwise suitably restrained.
The Ranger will provide helpful information about managing barking, roaming dogs and companion animals in general. Topics will include techniques to control your dog’s barking and/or roaming, the importance of companion animal registration and micro chipping and completing a noise complaint diary.
The Ranger can explain the law applying to noise from dogs and provides information that is intended to make life better for dogs, dog owners and their neighbours. Compassion and common sense can eliminate many causes of excessive barking. A well cared for dog will generally not bark unreasonably and disturb neighbours.
The Ranger can explain several things you can do if you are annoyed by the noise from your neighbour’s dog. These include talking to the dog’s owner, if the problem persists you may contact a Community Justice Centre (CJC), a government-funded but independent centre that specialises in settling differences between neighbours without entering into complicated legal processes.
If mediation is unsuccessful Council has statutory powers, under the Companion Animals Act, whereby an officer can issue a nuisance order to the owner declaring the dog a nuisance if it barks or makes another noise that keeps occurring or continues to such a degree that it unreasonably disturbs neighbours. However, there are steps that must, by law, be undertaken and it is important people properly understand what this entails.
If the owner does not comply with an order, the offender is liable for a fine of up to $880 for the first offence and $1650 for the second and each subsequent offence. If you want to take action independently of Council, you can seek a noise abatement order from the local court. The court may issue this order when a person satisfies them that a neighbour’s dog is making an offensive noise.
Council has had numerous requests from Werris Creek residents to provide this information session and looks forward to people taking the opportunity to come along and find out more about the responsibilities of owning a companion animal.
The Liverpool Plains community is in for a great treat when Kristy Cox and The Weeping Willows appear at Quirindi’s Royal Theatre on Thursday 23 August at 7.30pm. Tickets for the event are now available at https://bit.ly/2Jxv1dr.
“Kristy Cox is the new voice in Australian bluegrass. Adored for her youthful energy infused acoustic country/bluegrass, she has been awarded with radio success and accolades for her talent. She has been based in the USA since 2013 but returns to Australia regularly to tour her music,” said LPSC’s Community Events Officer, Andrew Ballard.
“To give you some idea of her success, when she released the album Ricochet it debuted on 6 different Billboard charts including #1 for Bluegrass Album. The first single from the album the title track ‘Ricochet’ hit #1 on the US Bluegrass Radio Chart and #1 on the Australian Country Radio Chart. The second single Can Almost Smell the Smoke also recently hit #1. In doing so she knocked off her idols Dolly Parton and Rhonda Vincent from the #1 slot on the Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Songs. Kristy has had a strong presence in the charts in 2018 with her name only missing from the Top 20 in two weeks,” he said.
“Kristy netted the Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year gongs at the Australian Independent Country Music Awards in 2013, before taking out the inaugural Bluegrass Recording of the Year Award at the 2015 Golden Guitars. She picked up the Bluegrass Recording of the year again in 2017. She has also been shortlisted in the International Bluegrass Music Awards the past two years for New Artist of the Year.
“From a young age, Kristy captured attention with her distinct singing style and positive outlook, seeing her go on to open shows for major acts, including Iris Dement, Kinky Friedman, Shane Nicholson and Bill Chambers, and appearing on Television and major Festivals across Australia, Europe and the USA, including an official showcase at the International Bluegrass Music Convention in the USA,” he continued.
“We look forward to having this bright, young Australian talent, who has made such an impact on the world music scene, coming to perform in Quirindi,” Andrew concluded.
On Tuesday August 14, a team from Macquarie University will bring a planetarium and a solar telescope to Werris Creek, providing locals with the opportunity to come along and get an up close look at planets, take a tour of the Solar System, and peer into the depths of the galaxy.
This free event is part of National Science Week and is hosted by Macquarie’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. It will be held at the Railway Institute, Anzac Parade, Werris Creek. The timetable for the event is:
Midday - 5pm: Planetarium shows lasting approximately 45 minutes each, along with Solar Telescope Viewing
6 pm: Public Talk about Astronomy and Dark Skies
7:30- 9:30pm: Telescope viewing though two portable telescopes
During the day, a solar telescope will let visitors look directly at the sun and observe its flares and features, and in the evening the portable telescopes will come out for night-sky viewing.
Interested persons need to go to www.facebook.com/macquarieastronomy for bookings.
“Werris Creek is one of only four communities in the north of the State that this program, Pocket Astronomy in Pocket-sized Towns, is visiting and it will provide a wonderful opportunity for Shire residents to find out more about the fascinating science of astronomy,” said the manager of Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Visitor Information Centre, Nikki Robertson.
“Star Gazers will have the opportunity to visit the planetarium, try the solar telescope, and hear a talk about Australian astronomy and the value of dark skies. Visitors will also be offered the opportunity to get involved in Macquarie University’s citizen science project exploring light pollution. This is run in collaboration with the Warrumbungle National Park, Australia’s first Dark Sky Park and contributes to ongoing research into light pollution levels and impacts in urban and rural NSW.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said Council is very excited about the opportunity to partner and network with Macquarie University for this visit and he paid tribute to Councils economic development team for their efforts in gaining the event for Werris Creek.
“The Macquarie Uni team will also be presenting a telescope to the Werris Creek library as well as training for the locals on how to use it. This is a wonderful gesture on their part and will be greatly appreciated A big thanks to Macquarie Uni and their team for bringing this wonderful opportunity for hands-on science to Werris Creek,” Councillor Hope said
“It is important that rural communities have the opportunity to partake in events that are often restricted to major metropolitan areas and I encourage as many people as possible to make a booking and to support this initiative that brings real science at work to our community,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Be Connected, an online course for people 50+, that focuses on using the internet to keep families connected, was launched in Willow Tree during Local Government Week.
According to Nikki Robertson, Manager of Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Visitor Information Centre (VIC) the program helps reduce isolation and empowers the older generation by opening the world wide web and its opportunities to them.
“Eight Shire residents signed up for the free, government sponsored program and took their first steps towards getting to know their tablets, mobile phones or computers. We still have several positions vacant, which people can do online from the comfort of their home or at the VIC, on Thursdays between 10 and 11am, where they can enjoy a cuppa and help each other out in the learning process,” Nikki said.
“We still have several places available, so I encourage anyone who wants to learn about staying connected with their family on the internet, online banking and shopping safely, plus how to use Social Media platforms safely, to call the Visitor Information Centre on 6747 1226 to claim a place,” she said.
“Nobody should ever think they are too old to learn how to master this technology, the course is simple to understand, and we’ll help them along the way,” Nikki concluded.