Media Releases & Exhibitions

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.

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Kristy CoxThe 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.

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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.

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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.

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Quirindi High Students learn about Grow Your own initiative

Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has utilised Local Government Week to introduce local High School students to its grow and develop our own initiative which is designed to provide Apprentice/Trainee positions as a pathway to career opportunities within their Shire community.

“At its Strategic Planning Workshop held in May, LPSC recognised the importance of providing as many opportunities as possible, through creating traineeships and entry level positions, that encourage and allow local youth to gain worthwhile training and employment within their own community.

“Strong local communities depend on infrastructure and services while Council requires enthusiastic and motivated people to provide them. Grow and develop our own has been introduced as a medium to long term vision for our community with a strong focus on practical action to achieve these goals,” said LPSC Director Engineering Services,” Warren Faulkner.

At its July 2018 Ordinary Meeting, Council adopted a revised Organisation Structure that included 13 Apprentice/Trainee positions.  They are; 

  • Financial Support Officer
  • Work Health and Safety
  • Building Surveyor
  • Cultural and Tourism Officer
  • Business Support Officer
  • Building Maintenance
  • Electrician
  • IT Services
  • Horticulture
  • Civil Construction (Maintenance and Construction)
  • Civil Construction (Plant Operations)
  • Water Services
  • Mechanic

“The Mechanic apprenticeship is currently filled and not available, but Council is expecting to start all other trainee/apprentice opportunities as a combination of School based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBATs) and in house traineeships/apprenticeships at the start of 2019,” he said.

“LPSC is working closely with Quirindi High School, TAFE and MEGT, an Australian not-for-profit organisation that has been supporting local employers, apprentices, trainees, job seekers and students for 35 years, to implement this initiative,” he continued.

“LPSC believes grow and develop our own is an initiative that will assist provision of efficient services and staff to meet the needs of the community into the future, support succession planning within the organisation, and help Council build its identity focused on unity, enterprise, growth and retention of youth within the LPSC area.

“It will bring together people with the skills, experience and knowledge to facilitate, inspire and mentor local youth, provide them with good local job opportunities and foster economic development within the Shire,” Mr Faulkner concluded.

Further enquiries can be made in relation to this initiative by contacting Council’s Director Engineering Services on 6746 1755.

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“The NSW Government’s Connecting Country Communities Fund is providing for investment in communications infrastructure and delivery of improved regional voice and data connectivity, vitally important issues for the people of rural shires like Liverpool Plains (LP),” according to Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“The Fund is inviting everybody to inform them about problems they experience with mobile or digital services. If you live, work or travel in the LP Shire, I urge you to share your experience with mobile coverage or internet/digital connectivity by completing a questionnaire before August 15 2018.

“Go to https://www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/regional-nsw/regional-growth-fund/connecting-country-communities/ or if you have trouble completing the questions online, print the questions and return them to PO Box 5106 Wollongong NSW 2520 or call 1300 679 673,” he said.  

“On the questionnaire, they want to know where the trouble spot is, a description of your experience, and your primary need for improvements to service, either mobile or digital, at that location. It will only take a couple of minutes to complete,” he continued.

“This initiative by the State Government will build and upgrade mobile base stations, connect businesses to global markets and schools with innovative learning resources. It incorporates the Mobile Black Spots Program and the Regional Digital Connectivity Program. This investment aims to provide the greatest increase in mobile coverage to regional and remote communities delivered by a single public funding program in the history of Australian mobile communications.

“The NSW Government is working with the telecommunications industry to identify opportunities to use existing government assets and install new infrastructure to provide more consistent access to high-speed internet services in regional NSW to enable digital connectivity in the regions that is comparable to the quality of services available in metropolitan areas of the State,” he said.

“People often tell me of their frustration with poor mobile and internet service. Enhanced services stand to benefit our farming sector, transport industry, small business, economic development, health and education as well as social connectivity. We can only improve these things if you provide the necessary information via the questionnaire. Please don’t squander the opportunity being offered,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, says local sporting clubs should consider applying for a grant to purchase a defibrillator.

“Applications are now open for the Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program and will close September 14, 2018,” he said.

“I know the health and well-being of their participants is a priority for local sporting clubs and this is a great opportunity for them to obtain an important piece of equipment they may not otherwise be able to afford.

“Cardiac arrest is a silent killer that affects thousands of Australians every year. Only 6-13% of these out of hospital cardiac arrest victims survive for more than a year after the event if defibrillation is delayed. What’s even more disturbing is the fact children and young adults who play sport are at an even greater risk of suffering from sudden cardiac arrest.

“This highlights the importance of each club owning a defibrillator,” he continued.

For more information, including guidelines and how to apply, visit the Office of Sport website - https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/defibrillator.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Incorporated, not-for-profit sports clubs in NSW
  • State or national sporting organisations on behalf of member clubs located in NSW, to a maximum of 10 per Zone
  • Licensed sporting clubs, providing that the project directly benefits sporting activities
  • Sport clubs associated with a school, church or university providing they are an incorporated not for profit club in their own right
  • Service clubs such as Rotary, CWA and Lions, on behalf of sporting clubs.

“Again, I’d like to remind local organisations of the importance of being aware of funding opportunities that can help them grow their activities. LPSC receives information from many government and non-government bodies regarding grant funding. To assist local community groups/organisations interested in receiving information on what’s on offer, Council provides an email address, grants@lpsc.nsw.gov.au, and if they register their details at this address we’ll send out regular updates on what we know is available,” Councillor Hope said.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is cordially inviting community members to participate in free events being staged for Local Government Week, 30 July - 5 August. This year’s theme is The Power of Community and Council is celebrating and demonstrating the power of the shared and individual voice. Events provide the opportunity for people to become more familiar with Council's facilities and services.

  • Monday July 30 - Quirindi – The Recreation Centre will be running their classes free of charge for the day, offering tours of the Centre and doing prize give-aways throughout the day.
  • Tuesday July 31 - Quirindi – 9 to 11am - Pop up shop at former real estate office (Library Precinct) - Showcasing employment in Local Government and career opportunities with LPSC and an outline of strategies to ‘grow and develop our own’.
  • Tuesday July 31 - Werris Creek Library - 1 to 2pm – free sausage sizzle provided by LPSC and cooked by Werris Creek Lions Club. Come along and see what your local library has to offer. 
  • Tuesday July 31 - Quirindi Library Precinct: ‘Meet Your Local Councillors’  2.30 - 4pm. An opportunity for local people to drop in and have their say on a range of local issues plus ask questions of Councillors and staff.
  • Wednesday August 1 - Willow Tree Visitor Information Centre (VIC) – 10am - the launch of ‘Be Connected’, the government-funded program for people 50+ through which you can learn about staying connected with your family on the internet, online banking and shopping safely and how to use Social Media platforms safely.
  • Thursday August 2 - Currabubula – Weeds Project Showcase at the hall, 2 - 3pm. Then between 4 and 6pm, the ‘Currabubula Open’ community tennis challenge between Council staff and the Curra community.
  • Thursday August 2 - Premer Pride community barbecue at the Premer Community Rooms (next to Health Centre) commencing 12 noon.

Friday August 3 - Quirindi – People of the Plains photo competition winners announced. (Entries are currently open for this competition and will close on Wednesday August 1. Entry details and terms and conditions are on Council’s website at competitions, or by emailing postcards@lpsc.nsw.gov.au. There are Junior and Senior Sons sections and prizes will be awarded).

While most people are aware that Council manages rates, roads and rubbish, the breadth and diversity of our work often goes unrecognised. Local Government Week is a great opportunity to explore the ways that your Council is a part of your community so please get to know your Council, how you can get involved and what your Council has to offer.

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Local Government Week is a great opportunity to explore all the ways that your Council is a part of the community. Although residents are welcome to come in to their Council offices at any time, Local Government Week gives them an opportunity to find out more about the programs and services provided.

“Local Government Week will run from 30 July to 5 August this year and the theme is The Power of Community. I hope many people will avail themselves of the opportunities that will be provided during the week to find out more about Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC)”, said Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“This year’s theme is particularly relevant to LPSC’s operations and philosophy. In fact, all our Plans, the Community Strategic Plan, Delivery Program and Operational Plan 2018-2019, are based on extensive public consultation designed to identify the long term aspirations of our communities, and how we want to get there.

“It is guided by Council’s Community Engagement Strategy and the social justice principles of equity, access, participation and rights. It is informed by extensive consultation on social, economic, environmental and civic leadership issues in the Shire.

Apart from opportunities for individuals and organisations to provide submissions on various subjects, Local Advisory Groups (LAG) in our individual communities are focused on the particular needs within their neighbourhood and encouraged to collaborate on targeted projects. Residents can address Council meetings, they can discuss issues with Council Management, the Mayor and/or individual Councillors. Harnessing the power of the community and encouraging its participation in the decision-making process is what gives local government its unique character of grass-roots democracy,” he said.

“LAGs have driven many improvements to amenities, particularly in the smaller centres, and collaboration with sporting and other organisations has seen the power of community allow Council to successfully gain funding for major projects including the $481,400 upgrade to Werris Creek Pool, $405,000 funding for Quirindi’s Longfield Oval Precinct Upgrade and $200,000 from the Public Library Infrastructure Grant program to expand the library in Quirindi. Together we can build on this success,” he continued.

“Council is currently in the planning stages for, and will soon announce details of events, planned for Local Government Week, at Premer, Willow Tree, Currabubula, Werris Creek and Quirindi. We’ll be encouraging as many people as possible to engage at these events and to find out more about what Council does.

“Council’s services are a big part of people’s lives, whether they realise it or not! Libraries, child care centres, roads, sport’s fields and parks, cemeteries and waste disposal, food safety checks, building and development, water and sewerage services and pet registrations are just part of our operations,” he said.

“We’ll always have our armchair, soapbox and keyboard critics. Unfortunately, most claims are based on ill-informed information and rumour mongering. I urge everyone to utilise the many channels that are available to discuss issues, make suggestions and be part of consultative and collaborative processes to harness the power of community to achieve the best outcomes for our Shire,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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The first initatives in the Premer Pride Program towards cleaning up the illegal storage of vehicles, materials and unwanted articles on the footpaths and road reserves in the village was undertaken last Thursday. The program is being instituted following requests from residents and community consultation and its first objective is to clean up the accumulated rubbish to better ensure the safety of residents and visitors.

Council is requesting all Premer 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 lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au to discuss options.

LPSC Premer Pride team members will be back in town next Thursday. Consultation has revealed that noisy pets, particularly uncontrolled barking, is another problem the community want addressed. The Ranger will be conducting an information session from 10am – 12 noon. Premer residents are invited to bring along their pets and learn more about:

  • Managing nuisance barking
  • How to complete a noise diary
  • Use of equipment such as citronella collars and training techniques to manage barking
  • Microchipping and pet registrations.

A FREE morning tea will also be available.

The Premer Pride Program is a result of the power of the community at work to improve local amenity.

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As part of its commitment to conducting quality consultation and a willingness to actively engage its community, Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC), Councillors and Management Team, travel to all parts of the Shire to discuss issues and collaborate with residents and organisations towards building community fabric, capital and a meaningful, balanced picture of community requirements plus opportunities to drive economic and social development. A recent trip included Spring Ridge and onto Premer, almost 100kms to the west of Quirindi.

Spring Ridge

(L to R) – LPSC GM Ron van Katwyk, Deputy Mayor Councillor Doug Hawkins, Councillors Paul Moules and Ian Lobsey, Director Engineering Services Warren Faulkner with Spring Ridge resident Tom Archer. 

Over the past couple of years, the Spring Ridge Local Advisory Group and community have collaborated with Council on numerous projects, including a new children’s playground and upgrading facilities at the Recreation Ground for locals and allowing the introduction of Freedom Camping. The Spring Ridge community is entrepreneurial, and Council has supported them in endeavours like the Pigs ‘n Pines Bike Run and Rally and other events that bring visitors to the town, cater for the Recreational Vehicle market and generally help stimulate the local economy.

Premer

The LPSC team listen to what Premer residents have to say and collaborate with them to introduce Premer Pride to reinvigorate the community.

Following requests from the Premer community, LPSC has, over recent weeks, been collaborating with them to establish the Premer Pride Program aimed at rejuvenating the aesthetics of the village and building local respect.

According to LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, Premer is a small but important community, comparatively isolated, with a small population that is prone to all the ills facing all such small communities in this rapidly developing world. He said isolation brings about social disadvantage, at times a feeling of the world leaving you behind, but Premer residents are ready to reinvigorate their home town.

“We know there is an underlying pride. You only have to look at the way the local Lions Club maintain the Freedom Camping Precinct, their local school is well respected, the way they stick together when the chips are down and the importance of being a wider community hub for social activity plus the presence of the Community Health Centre are factors. What collaboration has shown Council is vital is the need to spruce the village itself up,” he said.    

“To introduce the Premer Pride Action Strategy Council is undertaking weekly visits to focus on specific objectives. Over the next few weeks, staff will work on the footpaths in Premer with the aim of cleaning up the illegal storage of vehicles, materials and unwanted articles on them and the road-reserve. Community consultation has established this to be a prime objective to clean up the current eye-sore and to ensure the safety of residents and visitors.

Council is requesting all local residents to conduct the vehicle/equipment removal voluntarily. We will assist any residents that come forward because for one reason or another they are unable to move items themselves. Please call LPSC’s Compliance Team on (02) 6746 1755 or email lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au to discuss options. Unfortunately, if individuals prove uncooperative further action, including legal action may ensue,” he continued.

“Let’s all work together for great outcomes through Premer Pride,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Back of Beyond is published by Allen and Unwin and can be reserved/borrowed through Quirindi and Werris Creek libraries.

Author Jenny Old spoke about the writing of her book Back of Beyond, a tale of pioneering, but in modern times (1960s-80s), highlighting the importance of the role of the women in the Outback.

The talk was held in the section of the Library Precinct, formerly a real estate agency, and Liverpool Plains Shire Council has secured $200,000 from the Public Library Infrastructure Grant program to expand the current library to incorporate this much needed extra space.

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At Saturday’s official opening and naming of the new grandstand at Werris Creek’s David Taylor Oval, former Magpies President Chris Holley said the naming of the Ron Dellar Grandstand is a most fitting tribute to a man who devoted the majority of his life to playing, coaching and encouraging players old and young alike to enjoy the game of Rugby League.

Ron Dellar’s initial association with the Magpies was as a junior player in 1969. Over the coming years he experienced the highs and lows of the game but his enthusiasm to coach at the highest level never wavered and he reached his goal in 1992. In his first year as coach the team came last but great things were ahead and the following year the Magpies won the premiership, and more were to follow. Another highlight was his guiding the magnificent Clayton Cup winning side in 1996.

One of the great moments in Ron’s career and Magpies folklore was when they played Wee Waa in a grand final and after extra time there was still no winner. The game was replayed, and it was only after 80 minutes, in this second game, that the Magpies snatched victory. Ron also launched the careers of a number of players who went on to great success.

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The new Ron Dellar grandstand is the result of collaboration between Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) and the Werris Creek community.

LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said when the Magpies approached Council to name the new facility The Ron Dellar Grandstand, Council unanimously endorsed the suggestion.

It is great that somebody who has donated so much of their time and energy to the community, and especially an organisation like the Magpies, as Ron has, it is fitting and a pleasure to see this honour bestowed on him, so on behalf of LPSC and the community, congratulations Ron,” Councillor Hope said.

Councillor Paul Moules, a Werris Creek local, and Councillor Ian Lobsey OAM also spoke briefly and congratulated Ron.

“We had a lot of suggestions from the public and Werris Creek organisations when planning for the Ron Dellar Grandstand got underway, there were a few changes made as we proceeded but I think everyone can be very satisfied with the end result, Councillor Hope said.

“This wouldn’t have happened without the strong community support necessary to drive such a project. Local contractors undertook the considerable work involved and Werris Creek now has a facility that befits the Magpies home ground and will also serve other local sporting organisations,” he said.

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Following a 28-day period public exhibition of its draft 2018/19 Operational Plan, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), at its June Ordinary Meeting, considered the one submission received from the public, before adopting the plan for implementation. The Operational Plan identifies the individual projects and activities that will be undertaken in 2018/19 to achieve the commitments made in the Delivery Program. All targets in the Operational Plan are determined through the Community Strategic Planning process.

The Operational Plan includes the annual budget, along with Council’s Statement of Revenue Policy, which includes the rates, fees and charges for the financial year 2018/19. The NSW Local Government Act contains specific steps and requirements in relation to the making and levying of each rate and charge. Full details of the Operational Plan, rates and charges are available on the LPSC website or at the Administration Centre Customer Service Desk.

LPSC GM, Ron van Katwyk said meticulous work by Councillors and staff, formulating the budget, has once again allowed Council to avoid seeking a special rate rise variation, the only variation being restricted to the State Government’s Rate pegging.

He said he was extremely appreciative of the extra effort put in by all staff involved with the budget process.

Mr van Katwyk said enquiries from the community on any budgetary or other issue can be emailed to lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au or posted to LPSC PO Box 152 Quirindi NSW 2343. He requested that people clearly outline their enquiry, so it can be forwarded to the relevant Council Officer for investigation and response.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, says he is disappointed that patronage figures to date, for the trial, day return Tamworth-Newcastle coach rail service don’t justify its long-term retention in its current form. He said he is pleased that NSW Trainlink is offering the community, the opportunity to suggest options that may be more suitable for a viable service, however he is concerned at the rather short timeframe people have to complete it.

“I urge everyone who lives in the catchment of this vital transport corridor to get online asap at www.transportnsw.info/NSW-TrainLink-trials and follow the link to a short questionnaire that will only take a couple of minutes but help provide valuable information about whether people consider public transport as an option and if they do what service they require,” Councillor Hope said.

“Trainlink are offering the chance for one participant to win a six-month adult Economy Discovery Pass, valued at $420, for completing the details. The catch is, you need to be quick as they want responses in within a week.  

Our Visitor Information Centre (VIC) Manager can also provide a copy of the questionnaire, call Nikki on 6747 1226 to arrange delivery. You can also return completed forms to the VIC, the Administration Centre in Quirindi and Werris Creek library. Collected forms will be forwarded to Trainlink,” he continued.

The disappointing results of the trial to date became apparent at a recent event in Quirindi attended by a Trainlink representative.

“Council has long fought for a day return service, primarily to give people the opportunity to attend medical and other appointments, but also for the convenience of a day out, visiting family and friends plus the additional link it provides for connections to and from Sydney.

“Council and the community’s first preference has always been the extension of the current rail services to and from Scone, to and from Tamworth. We have been told that the rollingstock is currently not available to achieve this, however, if we can’t make the current trials successful, we will have no chance of a train providing the service in the future when new rollingstock is finally delivered,” he said.

Issues raised in Quirindi included how many people are aware of the current trial, finding out how many people consider public transport an option, what might be better timetable options, would people prefer a direct coach service rather than changing to or from a train mid journey? What time do people want to depart and return to our region, optimal times, would a weekend service provide better options?

“A return adult fare on the trial service is $44.41 from Quirindi compared to $89.92 on the Explorer. Pensioners can utilise their special concessions on some of these services and children can travel for $1 when accompanying a full fare adult ticket holder. Is this pricing structure competitive? Let’s hope that this questionnaire can answer these questions,” he continued.

“It basically comes down to whether the community wants better transport options, what requirements are and how they can be best serviced. I commend this questionnaire and urge interested people to participate,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has welcomed four students from Quirindi High School (QHS) into the workplace undertaking work experience.

LPSC GM, Ron Van Katwyk, said Council welcomed the young people on board and was pleased to provide the opportunity for them to experience some of the many jobs that exist in local government.

Work Experience   L to R   Luke Fechner Town Planning Georgea Quayle Ranger Mitchell Anderson IT Joseph Trengrouse Parks and Gardens

“Preparing for life after school is a critical time in any young person’s life, a moment when decisions taken can set a course for the future. There are a wealth of opportunities that working for councils can open as career paths both locally and nationally,” he said.

The students are working in four very different areas with Luke Fechner working in Town Planning, Georgea Quayle experiencing the role of Ranger, Mitchell Anderson in IT, and Joseph Trengrouse in Parks and Gardens,” he continued.

Mr Van Katwyk said that in recent years, it has become more difficult to attract qualified staff to vital local government positions. He said LPSC is working proactively to address this situation, in what he believes will be a win-win situation, offering secure, local job opportunities to our youth, while future planning for Council’s employment requirements. 

“A little later this year, Council will, in collaboration with QHS, be offering apprenticeships and traineeships to students. We recognise, that to provide the diverse range of services and functions LPSC delivers we need to prepare people with the right skills, qualifications and/or experience to fill those roles,” he said.

“We encourage our youth to discover that local government opportunities are more wide-ranging, and interesting than they probably realise and in fact may well be the right employment path for them.

“We wish Luke, Georgea, Mitchell and Joseph well as they transition from school into the workforce and thank them for their time with us,” he continued.     

“LPSC is full of people who have chosen to work in local government because they want to help others and make a difference to their community or the environment in which we live. Council looks forward to encouraging and mentoring our own youth to take on these roles into the future,” Mr Van Katwyk concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), has received a report from the Director Engineering Services, Warren Faulkner, regarding correspondence from NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research, Brad Hazzard, urging Council to consider fluoridation of the Liverpool Plains regional water supply and offering his support to progress the issue.

Mr Faulkner told Council that NSW Health offer assistance towards promoting Fluoridation including public health education and information programs, feasibility studies, the provision of design consultants for Fluoride systems and a 100% capital cost subsidy.

“The introduction of fluoridation systems can be a contentious issue within a community. Accordingly, any consideration of the issue will naturally depend on, and be influenced by public consultation and feedback.

“To enable Council to make an informed decision on the possible health benefits and the feasibility of introducing fluoride, it is necessary to investigate preliminary studies on current town water drinking habits, community sentiment, and conceptual installations of fluoride systems,” he said.

In a presentation to Council, NSW Health pointed out that in 2016-17, Quirindi residents visited Gunnedah and Tamworth public dental clinics for 144 dental examinations, receiving 291 tooth restorations and 242 extractions. Many more people would have had dental treatment from private practitioners based in Quirindi or other centres.

“On the basis of the presentation and the report, Council resolved to engage with NSW Health to undertake feasibility studies and develop a community information and consultation program to inform a future decision on the introduction of Fluoridation into the Shire’s drinking water supplies,” Mr Faulkner concluded.

For further information in regards to fluoridation of water supplies, The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recently published an information paper based on an extensive analysis of published evidence on water fluoridation. This can be accessed at https://www.nhmrc.qov.au/quidelines-publications/eh43-0.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council has adopted its Heritage Advisory Service and Local Heritage Fund 2017/18 report plus the 2018-2021 Heritage Strategy. The Strategy has been submitted to the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

The LPSC Heritage Strategy was developed by Council’s appointed Heritage Advisor, Ray

Christison, and contains a series of objectives designed to ensure the future effective management of the Shire’s cultural heritage.

The report for 2017/18 outlines a range of achievements which demonstrate LPSC’s Heritage Program’s positive contribution to the local community from a social, environmental and economic perspective. Much of the focus has been on providing heritage advice to property owners including management needs of buildings across the Shire. Particular attention has been focused on ongoing restoration works on the War Memorial Clocktower in Quirindi, preparation of a Conservation Management Strategy for the Werris Creek Cenotaph War Memorial, and the provision of advice regarding stabilisation works and adaptive re-use of Windy Woolshed. Ongoing liaison has continued regarding State Heritage Register listing of Windy and Warrah woolsheds.

Twenty five sites around the Shire, largely in Quirindi and Werris Creek but also at Caroona, Currabubula, Willow Tree, Wallabadah, Walhallow and Jacks Creek were inspected and advice provided. The Local Heritage Fund provided assistance totalling $11,500 to five projects, with the completed projects having a combined value of $85,633.90 The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has approved a grant of up to $6,000, on a $1:$1 basis to LPSC towards the funding.

A review of previous community-based heritage studies has been undertaken to identify anomalies, duplications, location errors, and to revise statements of significance. An Historic Themes gap analysis was also prepared to identify opportunities for further recording of the cultural heritage of the Shire.

The Local Heritage Fund continues to be a key mechanism to protect and enhance the Shire’s heritage for future generations.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) currently has its draft Industrial Lands Strategy on public exhibition and interested persons are invited to make submissions, with the closing date being Wednesday July 4.

The aim of the Industrial Land Strategy is to create sustainable and resilient industrial precincts in Werris Creek and Quirindi. The need was originally outlined in Council’s Economic Development Strategy (EDS) to assist the marketing of the Shire’s industrial and commercial land.

Prior to preparing this strategy, LPSC undertook consultation with key stakeholders. The main priorities they identified were:

  • To actively encourage business and offer assistance in order to attract a diverse range of land uses to the Werris Creek and Quirindi industrial areas;
  • To improve the aesthetics of the existing industrial areas through the provision of gateway signage, landscaping and regular maintenance of public areas;
  • To create industrial areas that are easily accessed by a wide variety of heavy vehicles;
  • Introduce varying allotment sizes to attract businesses that do not require large sites;
  • Promote what’s available in the region, including lifestyle, shopping, housing and business opportunities.

The have all been considered as part of the process.

After considering the strengths, challenges, opportunities and threats to a viable strategy there is a recommendation that focus be placed on the Werris Creek South Industrial Area and the Quirindi Industrial Estate which have viable prospects for future development and the advantage of high accessibility and visibility characteristics, that is highway locations on the town centre fringe areas. This also affords industry with opportunities to reduce land use conflict and to occupy cheaper and larger sites. Other overarching recommendations detailed throughout the strategy have the potential to benefit all industrial zoned land within the Shire.

The rationale for the development of this strategy and its recommendations are contained in this comprehensive 20-page document. During the period of public exhibition, it can be viewed during business hours at the LPSC Administration Centre, Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries, The Visitor Information Centre at Willow Tree and here http://lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/my-council/public-exhibition/item/783-notice-of-exhibition-of-a-draft-council-strategy.

Submissions can be posted to LPSC, PO Box 152, Quirindi NSW 2343, emailed to lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au or faxed to 02 6746 3255 to be received by close of business July 4. All submissions will be considered before the final draft is presented again to Council.  

In order to capitalise on all available opportunities, it has been recommended that the Industrial Land Strategy and the Economic Development Strategy be implemented concurrently.

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Back of Beyond   Jenny FKeeping in mind the popularity of past author talks and the limited spaces that are available, interested persons are urged to ring Quirindi Library on 6746 2350, as soon as possible, to secure a spot for when author Jenny Old visits to discuss her book Back of Beyond on Friday 6 July at 10.30am.

Back of Beyond“Jenny’s story will appeal to many Australians. It is a tale of pioneering, but in modern times, the 1960s through till 80s, highlighting the importance of the role of the women in the Outback,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Acting Business Services Manager, Angus Fraser.

Jenny Bull grew up in the Riverina and at 22 fell in love with Rick Old, married and went to live and work with him developing the cattle property ‘McAllister’ in the Gulf Country. She had no idea of the primitive conditions she'd find herself in, living in a shed with a 44-gallon drum for the stove and a shower hose and a bucket in a tree for the bathroom. Often her only contact with the outside world was through her two-way radio. Stretched to the limits, she achieved more than she ever thought herself capable of. With every setback and in the toughest of times, when the odds seemed insurmountable, she learnt to dust herself off, find a smile and just keep on going.

With no telephone, Jenny’s only means of communication with her family was hand-written letters. Like many bush families before and after them, Jenny and Rick battled through many trials and tribulations during their eighteen years at ‘McAllister’. Yet their world was a big as the landscape in which they lived, filled as it was with generosity, wonderful characters and the joy of life. There, they established an oasis for their family and friends.

Jenny, who is now 70, Survived fires, floods, Cyclone Ted and the 1970s Beef Crash. She used the letters she had sent her mother as the timeline for this remarkable story in this her first book Back of Beyond, which is published by Allen & Unwin.    

Jenny Old says the message in her novel is that determination, commitment, dealing with the difficult times with optimism and a sense of humour and love will conquer all!

“Quirindi Library looks forward to having Jenny sharing her tale with locals. Light refreshments will be available after the talk,” Angus concluded.

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Quirindi NSW

2343

 

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Quirindi NSW

2343

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Fax: 02 6746 3255

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