Media Releases & Exhibitions
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope is encouraging residents to nominate local woman, who work as volunteers within the Shire, for inclusion in the NSW 2017 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll which acknowledges and celebrates their contributions to NSW rural communities.
“The Hidden Treasures Honour Roll is co-ordinated by the NSW Department of Primary Industries' (DPI) Rural Women’s Network and nominations must be submitted before 28 July 2017,” Councillor Hope said
“Last year three very worthy local women, Linda Fittler, Colleen Wills and Beryl Mannion were honoured and it would be great to see some more local names added to the Roll in 2017,” he said.
“Too often it is taken for granted that many women are the backbone of families and communities. Without their support many groups including charities, emergency services, the arts, environment, social justice, education and sporting organisations would struggle to survive,” he continued.
“The Hidden Treasures project was initiated to promote and archive the work of these remarkable women. It is not an award program but a public tribute to the vast number of women who give their time and energy to help others across rural, regional and remote regions. All rural women nominated will be included in the Honour Roll
“There are now nearly 700 rural women volunteers recognised and it is a testament to the generosity and hard work of so many that they are publicly appreciated by their community. The Honour Roll improves recognition of the important and diverse roles women volunteers play and hopefully their stories will encourage others to take on volunteering roles,” he said
“Examples of previous Hidden Treasures and the link to make nominations can be found at http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/about-us/rural-support/rural-womens-network/hidden-treasures. For more information or if you need help with your nomination call 02 6391 3706,” he continued.
“You can nominate a friend, family member, colleague, community worker, any rural woman who you believe makes our community a better place to live. The 2017 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll will be unveiled at the NSW Rural Women’s Gathering in Narrandera on 28 October,” Councillor Hope concluded.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, information provided by the Heart Foundation showing three-quarters of local adults are overweight or obese and the rate of smoking is also well above the state average, 23 people/100 population, is an urgent wake up call to residents to go and have regular medical check ups and to consider a fitness program to address issues through the Liverpool Plains Recreation Centre (REC).
“Heart disease is the single biggest killer of both men and women, with more than 20,000 deaths attributed to heart disease in Australia per year. Obesity and tobacco smoking are two important risk factors for heart disease, which greatly increase the risk of heart attack.
“Yet, despite these statistics, awareness is the key and much can be done to reduce the burden of heart disease,” Councillor Hope said.
Ms Penny Milson, Heart Foundation Regional Health Promotion Coordinator for New England said heart disease is largely preventable by adopting a healthy lifestyle and paying attention to risk factors like physical inactivity, high blood pressure, smoking and high blood cholesterol. She said nine out of ten Australians have at least one risk factor for heart disease which they can modify to reduce their risk.
“The Heart Foundation is working to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and the importance of seeking medical assistance at the earliest possible time. Heart attack warning signs aren’t always what you think – symptoms are not necessarily sudden or severe and some people don’t experience chest pain at all. But if you experience them, it’s important to get help quickly,” Ms Milson added.
Councillor Hope said residents can find more information by calling the Heart Foundation Helpline on 1300 36 27 87 or by visiting www.heartfoundation.org.au.
“As Ms Milson points out, adopting a healthy lifestyle and paying attention to risk factors like physical inactivity are important aspects in addressing heart issues. I encourage people to call in to the REC Centre to discuss their personal requirements with its professional staff.
“The REC Centre provides both group fitness options as well as personal training. Activities can be tailored to an individual’s comfort level and ability,” Councillor Hope said.
“The REC Centre recently introduced Tai Chi courses and these have been well patronised. On July 17, a six week Yoga with Charlie Abra program will commence providing more options. Other programs include Sculpt and Lengthen and the Young at Heart sessions which has replaced Heart Moves,” he said.
“The REC Centre is open 6am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 8am to Midday on Saturdays. Call in, have a look at what is on offer and talk to the staff about programs that may suit your individual needs. They are there to help you feel better in yourself mentally and physically,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is seeking community input towards the formulation of an Industrial Land Use Strategy for the Shire. Interested persons can submit their ideas by either emailing firstname.lastname@example.org/, via the link Industrial Land Use StrategyIndustrial Land Use Strategy or to the Administration Centre. Submissions must be received by close of business Wednesday 28 June 2017.
“The provision of well-located and suitably serviced areas is vital to ensuring land is available for industrial development as required,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“Existing industrial areas within the Liverpool Plains Shire, zoned for industrial purposes, are located within Quirindi and Werris Creek. This strategy will guide the development of vacant industrial land in the Shire and identify the types of industrial development which are desired to achieve economic, environmental and social sustainability,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said the rationale of the strategy will be to:
- Understand the pressures affecting industrial zoned land in the LPS local government area;
- Provide an insight into the future outlook for existing industries and industrially zoned land as well as possible new employment related uses; and
- Offer a clear direction to Council and the community about the long term planning, zoning and redevelopment of industrial land within the Shire.
He said that in particular, Council seeks the community’s ideas in relation to;
- The types of industries LPSC should endeavour to attract to the local government area; and
- What initiatives Council can employ to encourage industrial development in the Shire.
“Industrial development is a distinct class of land use activity. Decisions to allocate land for industrial use and development should seek to satisfy a wide range of planning and land use criteria,” he continued.
“This project evolved from a recommendation of Council's recently adopted Economic Development Strategy and will play an important role in assisting local economic outcomes. Diversity in economic activity and a capacity for adjustment are major determinants in a region’s level of income, the resilience and stability of its economy and its ability to develop and grow. I encourage the community to make their thoughts known,” Councillor Hope concluded.
On 25 May 2016, a letter from the Independent Commission Against Corruption was included in the business paper for an open Council meeting of the Liverpool Plains Shire Council. The letter was subsequently reproduced by the Quirindi Advocate on 22 June 2016.
The Council confirms that its inclusion of the letter in the Council business paper was not intended to harm the reputations of Mr Hunt or Mr Urquhart. The Council has taken steps to remove the letter from the public domain and the letter has now been removed from the Council’s website.
Council confirms that there were no findings of corrupt conduct, misconduct or maladministration on the part of Mr Hunt or Mr Urquhart during the course of their employment with the Council.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, cordially invites members of the media to attend the launch of the newly registered Liverpool Plains Tartan.
“Please join us for the launch and discover how this new design came to life,” Councillor Hope said.
Morning tea will be served following the launch.
Date – Friday June 9 2017
Time – 10am
Location – Visitor Information Centre, New England Highway, Willow Tree.
Event – Crofters Tartan Weavers, Fred and Marie Lawson will officially launch their newly designed and registered Liverpool Plains Tartan.
Nominations have been called for the 2017 NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards and Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope is encouraging the community to nominate a local individual, business or group helping to reshape and inspire the Shire community. Nominations close Wednesday 16 August.
“The NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards are designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout regional and rural NSW and the ACT.
The Awards are all about the passion of people who are committed to making regional New South Wales and the ACT a better place to live. If someone has made an impact or difference in your life or has impressed you with their community spirit, why not nominate them?” Councillor Hope said.
Nominations are now open in the following categories:
- NSW Department of Industry, Lands Crown Reserve Trust, Community Manager's Award
- Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award
- 1st Choice Rentals Volunteering Award
- NSW Department of Industry, Lands Crown Reserve Trust, Corporate Manager's Award
- Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award
- Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award
- Awards Australia Community Group of the Year Award
“Six category winners will be presented with $2,500 from Commonwealth Bank and a trophy, the other category winner will receive Television exposure on PRIME7 and a trophy,” Councillor Hope said.
“To submit a nomination, simply go online to www.awardsaustralia.com/nswactraca and click Nominate Now,” he continued.
“If you know someone that has provided support and made a real difference in your life or who has made a significant contribution to our community, why not give them a pat on the back and nominate them for an award. It would be great for our community contributors to be showcased in these Awards. For assistance please feel free to call the Awards Office on 1300 735 445 or email email@example.com, Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is cordially inviting members of the community to attend the official launch of the Liverpool Plains Tartan by Crofters Tartan Weavers, Fred and Marie Lawson, at the Visitor Information Centre (VIC), Willow Tree, on Friday June 9, at 10am.
“I never cease to be amazed by the many and varied talents I meet around the Shire, each doing their own amazing things, carving out their niche. Fred and Marie exemplify the type of people who create something special. On behalf of the LP community I thank them for their wonderful gesture,” Councillor Hope said.
“Fred and Marie are hobby crofters who live on their little farm at Spring Ridge. You could be excused for thinking you’ve landed in a little piece of Scotland when you arrive at their home. Crofting is derived from a traditional social system in Scotland defined by small-scale production. They weave a variety of materials including wool, cotton and silk and also breed Clydesdales and Donkeys,” Councillor Hope said.
“Tartan is without a doubt one of the most important symbols of Scotland and Scottish Heritage and has a fascination for many people right around the world. For many thousands of years the Celts are known to have woven chequered or striped cloth and a few of these ancient samples have been found across Europe and Scandinavia. It is believed that the introduction of this form of weaving came to the West of Northern Britain with the Iron age Celtic Scoti (Scots) from Ireland in the 5 – 6th century BC,” he continued.
“Fred and Marie’s Liverpool Plains Tartan design is now finished and registered with the Scottish Tartan Registry. At the official launch Fred will explain how the design came about and what it means.
“There will also be a Tartan Display at the VIC, plus on the day items for sale,” he said.
“Everyone is welcome to attend and the launch will be followed by morning tea,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is inviting community members to have their say on a draft review of the Naming of Council Assets Policy which is on public exhibition and taking submissions, addressed to the GM, until 5pm on Wednesday 28 June 2017.
According to LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, the policy has been reviewed as part of Council’s ongoing policy review process.
“It has been developed to ensure that Council assets are named in a consistent manner that follows guidelines set out by the Geographical Names Board (GNB).
“It is vital to ensure that assets are easily identifiable, name duplication is reduced and that emergency services are able to locate them with ease,” he said.
“Council’s policy for the naming of its public assets recognises the importance of community input to the process,” he continued.
“Council utilises the GNB guidelines for naming public reserves and natural features in the Shire. With regards to assets such as buildings it is at Council’s discretion to select an appropriate name from a list of nominations received from the community.
“Where a public asset is to be named after a person, they must have made a significant contribution to the Liverpool Plains Shire local government area. Generally, assets will not be named after living persons or after persons who’s contribution is as a result of paid work,” he said.
“The draft policy can be viewed at Council’s Administration Building or online at www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au via Council Links/Public Exhibition Documents,” Councillor Hope concluded.
As one of the steps towards achieving NSW Department of Primary Industries Best Practice Water and Sewer Management (BPM) compliance, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) must implement a Liquid Trade Waste Management framework. Council will shortly be sending out relevant information to all Shire businesses to inform them of the need to implement these changes which will be phased in over time.
LPSC is responsible for preventing contaminants entering the sewerage system and ensuring the health and safety of both the community and the environment is protected and meets its Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) licence requirements. Uncontrolled discharge of liquid trade waste into the sewerage system can cause serious problems to the infrastructure, environment and health and safety of workers.
In some cases, liquid trade waste contains toxic or harmful substances, such as oil, heavy metals, solids, organic solvents and even simple substances such as cooking oils. Uncontrolled or illegal discharge of trade waste causes serious problems in the sewerage system including flooding and overloading, blockages, corrosion, a hazardous work environment and even failure of the sewage treatment process.
The Liquid Trade Waste Management System will be implemented to guarantee compliance with applicable legislation, introducing best practice to protect public health and safety along with that of employees and contractors as well as safeguarding infrastructure and the environment. LPSC is the only Council in the region that is still to implement a liquid trade waste management system for business premises.
To ensure Council is compliant with legislation it must monitor and control liquid trade waste being discharged to the sewer. This will involve a liquid trade waste application/agreement, an inspection and an annual fee relevant to each businesses’ operations.
User pay philosophy requires the framework to involve implemention of Best Practice Pricing, which includes a determination of service and pricing levels based on long term strategic business planning and full cost recovery principles.
LPSC is committed to working with businesses to implement the new Liquid Trade Waste Management System and will keep all stakeholders informed as the process moves forward.
The NSW Government will defer the introduction of the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) to ensure small to medium businesses do not face an unreasonable burden in their contribution to the State’s fire and emergency services, Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced today.
Ms Berejiklian said that in the majority of cases across NSW, fully insured people would be better off under the new system, however it had become clear that some fully insured businesses were facing unintended consequences.
“We are a Government that listens, and we have heard the concerns from the community, and we will take the time to get this right,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“While the new system produces fairer outcomes in the majority of cases, some people – particularly in the commercial and industrial sectors – are worse off by too much under the current model, and that is not what we intended.”
Mr Perrottet said that in a number of cases identified so far, the lived experience has not matched the intention of the reform for commercial and industrial sectors, particularly for small and medium businesses.
“The FESL is a complex reform and we always knew there would be challenges during the transition phase,” Mr Perrottet said.
“It’s not enough for this reform to work on paper – its real-life implementation has real life consequences for families and businesses, and we need to make sure they are not placed under unfair strain.
“We are committed to reducing NSW’s high rates of under insurance and to making the funding of our fire and emergency services fairer – but we want to get this right.”
The NSW Government will work with local government, fire and emergency services, the insurance industry and other stakeholders to find a better and fairer path forward.
The Fire and Emergency Services Levy will continue to be collected via insurance policies until the NSW Government has completed its review of the policy, and the funding requirements of fire and emergency services agencies will be met in full.
The FESL is revenue neutral, raising no more than the amount required to fund the State’s fire and emergency services.
The Insurance Monitor will oversee a smooth continuation of the existing system and ensure insurance companies collect only the amounts necessary to meet fire and emergency services funding requirements.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is urging all Shire residents to examine the draft Strategic Planning Documents that are currently on public exhibition until 4pm Thursday 22 June and for those wishing to make a submission on the documents, to do so by the same time and date.
“The Community Strategic Plan, Operational Plan, Delivery Program, Long Term Financial Plan, Workforce Plan and Work Health and Safety Strategy have been developed following the extensive public consultation process and survey carried out earlier this year,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The Community Strategic Plan represents the highest level of strategic planning undertaken by Council. Public consultation helped us identify the main priorities and aspirations of the community and from them to develop a clear set of strategies to achieve their vision for the future based on the social justice principles of access, equity, participation and rights.
“Now Council would like everyone to have a look at the documents that have evolved through this process and make submissions, if they desire, before the deadline and final consideration for adoption of The Plan and its implementation,” he said.
“The documents can be accessed at the LPSC Administration Office or here on the website”.
“Council feels that the consultation process has allowed for the development of a dynamic, living document that will determine the Shire’s direction well into the future. We thank all who have contributed to the process,” he said.
“Following consideration of public submissions, the Strategic Planning documents will be amended if necessary and formally adopted by Council at a meeting on Wednesday 28 June,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is cordially inviting all Shire residents to come along and celebrate National Reconciliation Week with a flag raising, smoking ceremony and BBQ at the Visitor Information Centre Willow Tree, Friday June 2 at 11am.
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs annually from 27 May – 3 June. These dates mark two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision.
“All Australians are invited to participate in our nation’s reconciliation journey. For us on the Liverpool Plains, traditional land of the Kamilaroi people, it is a particularly important journey. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 10.9% of the Shire’s population, a figure three times higher than the national and state averages of 2.5%,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope
“In Australia we are fortunate enough to have one of the richest and oldest continuing cultures in the world. This is something we should all be proud of and celebrate. As we commemorate the significant milestones gained we should all strive to be a part of the next big steps in our nation’s reconciliation journey.
“Importantly, reconciliation must live in the minds, hearts and actions of us all as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, many of whom experience vast differences in health, education, employment, and standards of living compared to their non-Indigenous counterparts. Understanding these inequalities is the first step to reconciling the differences between us,” he said.
“It may surprise many and is sobering to know that with heart disease the mortality rate for indigenous Australians is 163.4 vs 87.2 others per 1,000 people. For respiratory diseases it is 76.3 vs 25.7, for lung cancer 68.9 vs 32.5, for liver disease 29.3 vs 6.1, for suicide 25.7 vs 9.6 and diabetes 97.9 vs 15.3. The rate for death by assault is 6.7 vs 0.7. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a significantly lower life expectancy, up to 11.5 years for men and 9.7 years for women.
“Only just over 20% complete year 12, unemployment rates are 3.4 times higher than for other Australians, 11% are bullied at school, 25% live in overcrowded housing and the infant mortality rate is 8/1000 live births, double the rate for non-Aboriginal Australians,” he continued.
Understanding these and many other inequalities is the first step to reconciling the differences between us,” he said.
“Please come along to Willow Tree on June 2 to be a part of the process,” Councillor Hope concluded.
In the lead up to Men's Health Week, June 12-18, Liverpool Plains Shire Councillor, Virginia Black, is urging men to make an appointment with their GP for a check-up and to take the time to enjoy the things in life that make them happy. Councillor Black has a long involvement in health issues, including several terms on the local Hunter New England Health committee and she has just been appointed Chair of the Community Drug Action Team.
"Good health happens when we have a sense of balance in our lives and can juggle our obligations, importantly taking time to enjoy family, friends and ourselves. Balancing these challenges means doing things that are nourishing and good. Think about it; your health really is the most important thing in the world. If you don't have your health then the quality and quantity of your life is reduced,” Councillor Black said.
This year’s Men’s Health Week theme HEALTHY BODY – HEALTHY MIND: KEEPING THE BALANCE explores the different ways men and boys are managing to keep healthy, physically and emotionally, in a busy and sometimes challenging world.
“If you take out suicide and reckless death, five men die every hour from a disease that could have been prevented through early detection. Your health not only affects you, but it affects your family, your friends, your work life and an already burdened health care system,” she said.
“Several areas of health continue to be of particular concern for rural men including, mental health management, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, alcohol and other drugs, injury and health literacy. Men take their own lives at four times the rate of women! Cardiovascular diseases are responsible for nearly a third of the elevated male death rates outside major cities. Male death rates from diabetes are 1.3 times as high in regional areas compared to cities. The incidence of head, neck and lip cancers, two groups of cancers associated with increased smoking and alcohol consumption, are higher. Sadly, men in regional/rural areas are 22% less likely than men in major cities to possess an adequate level of health literacy,” she continued.
“Being healthy is more than exercising and eating well. It's also about making the time to pursue the activities you enjoy, whether that's sharing precious time with family, playing and watching sport, connecting with mates or going to the park with the dog. Taking time to pursue simple activities that bring you joy is crucial in modern life, and Men's Health Week 2017 is urging men to take the time to think about how they're managing the different areas of their lives,” she said.
“Although men are getting much better at accessing health services today, there are still many that think that to be male, you wait until an arm or a leg drops off before you go and get medical care,” she continued.
It takes more courage to take ownership of your health than ignoring symptoms and burying your head in the sand. Don't become another statistic, book a check-up with your GP now – it might just save your life,” Councillor Black concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope is reminding community members they have until Wednesday 31 May if they wish to examine the draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan which is on public exhibition until that date.
“Following public consultation, the draft plan has been developed to assist in improving the lives of people with disabilities within the LPSC area. Residents can view the draft at Council’s Administration Centre, at Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries and the Home Support Services in Werris Creek, Quirindi and Willow Tree plus on Council’s website www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au,” Councillor Hope said.
“Members of the community can respond to the draft, via written submission addressed to the General Manager LPSC, up until 4.30pm on Wednesday 31,” he said.
Councillor Hope said local organisations, across the spectrum, were often looking for funding for projects which were outside the parameters of Council’s Community Initiative Program. He said Council is regularly posting information on its Facebook page of opportunities through other funding streams that may be of assistance.
“Some examples are; the Eco Schools Grants Program which closes on June 19 and educators and school communities are encouraged to apply for grants to ignite and nurture their students’ passion to learn about the environment - www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/schools.htm
“NIB Foundation's Community Grant program closes May 31 and supports community initiatives which will make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of Australian communities, with a focus on the health of young people, and carers - http://www.nibfoundation.com.au/Funding/.
“The Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants has ongoing rounds with $500 - $5,000 available to Aboriginal communities and individuals for projects in line with the Foundation’s goals - http://www.aboriginal.org.au/grants.htm.
“The Flying Start Programme has multiple rounds closing 30 Sep 2017 and 31 Mar 2018 with up to $30,000 available for not-for-profit community groups and organisations for projects building or enhancing their local community - http://www.jetstar.com/au/en/flyingstart.
“The Cadbury Fundraiser Community Grants have multiple rounds closing 30 Jun, 15 Sep, 30 Nov with up to $500 available to not-for-profits and schools for community projects in the realm of social inclusion and community engagement - https://www.fundraising.com.au/community-grants.
“Applications for the $50,000 Rural Hero grant can be made until May 31, providing charities the opportunity to pitch their innovative solution to an issue impacting country Australia, using the power of social media - http://www.aussiefarmersfoundation.org.au/…/aussie-farmers…/,” he said.
“Information such as this is posted regularly on Council’s Facebook Page – Liverpool Plains Shire Council - along with other community based material, as we become aware of it,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has decided to utilise $320,000 of outstanding Government payments following completion of the Quipolly Dam Safety Upgrade Project, towards achievement of NSW Department of Primary Industries Best Practice Water and Sewer Management (BPM) compliance.
“NSW local water utilities (LWU) are being strongly urged to conform to the NSW BPM. It is the key driver for reform of planning and management and for continuing performance improvement. There are 19 requirements of the framework which involve Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM), strategic business planning, regulation and pricing of water supply, sewerage and liquid trade waste. It also includes, developer charges and other considerations such as water conservation, drought management and performance monitoring,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“To achieve BPM, Council needs to complete the IWCM, including a 30 year Strategic Business Plan (SBP) and 30-year Total Asset Management Plan (TAMP) which helps LPSC to review and update its long term financial planning. This plan must allow for the provision of appropriate, affordable and cost effective water supply and sewerage services to meet community needs, while protecting public health and the environment” he said.
“These plans and processes also involve the implemention of Best Practice Pricing, which include a determination of service and pricing levels based on long term strategic business planning and full cost recovery principles. This is a significant responsibility, it means changes to the way things have operated in the past and ensuring water supply security through infrastructure provision, demand management and integrated water cycle management.
“There is a cost to meeting all these requirements, but the catch is probably a bigger cost if we fail to implement them as soon as possible. Compliance with the NSW BPM framework is a prerequisite for payment of this $320,000 as well as an 'efficiency dividend' from any surplus of a utility's water supply or sewerage business to the Council's general revenue,” he continued.
“Compliance with the framework is also a requirement for receiving financial assistance from the NSW Government towards the capital cost of future water service infrastructure,” he added.
“These changes to pricing will not increase Council’s overall water income by more than CPI, however they will have an impact on the costs to individual water users, depending on their water usage. Generally low water users will be paying less and higher water users face a cost increase. Revised pricing structures will be implemented from July 1 2017.
“Council has determined a four year strategy to implement all the required changes for BPM and the necessary pricing structure to ensure compliance with all State Government requirements,” he said
“It is vital we keep these utilities under local control and not give cause or allow them to be swallowed up as has happened to electricity assets in recent years,” Councillor Hope concluded.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, the Shire’s libraries can be viewed as social and cultural institutions that offer an ever changing range of resources for the community.
“Libraries are particularly important in rural communities. Unfortunately, this role for our public libraries often remains unrecognized and a major challenge is how to capitalize on their potential
contribution to community development and empowerment. Of course one of the best ways is for as many people as possible to utilise the facilities and to let your members of Parliament know how important you consider sufficent, ongoing funding to the service is,” Councillor Hope said.
A display for Law Week at Werris Creek library. Both Quirindi and Werris Creek library contributed displays for this event.
“I think it’s fair to say no other Council agency has the breadth of role, the user range, diversity and potential impact that our libraries do. They provide free public access to computer and information technology resources, they help people to locate information allowing better informed communities, they run programs that promote lifelong learning and literacy in the community and they build connections between individuals, groups and other institutions,” Councillor Hope continued.
Author Annette Marfording visited Quirindi library for an ‘author talk’ about her book Celebrating Australian Writing: Conversations with Australian Authors. Both Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries provide opportunities such as this during the year.
“It is important our libraries are recognised for their roles in helping both children and adults to maintain and build knowledge. They provide tools allowing us to understand the country’s social, political and economic endeavours and nation building efforts. They play an important role in the development of wholesomefamily life, providing materials about social, economic and health care development and inspiring members of the community to read, to use books, information and knowledge access, and to enjoy all materials in the library for education and recreation,” he said.
The Shire’s libraries are part of the Central Northern Regional Library (CNRL) network. All libraries in the State are overseen by the State Library of NSW. Representatives from the State Library’s Public Library Services, Acting Manager Philippa Scarf (2nd from right) and Consultant Kate O’Grady (right) visited both Quirindi and Werris Creek libraries during the week. They are pictured with (from left) LPSC Business development Manager Craig Orvad, CNRL GM Kay Delahunt and Senior Quirindi librarian Marcela Krasny.
“I encourage any resident who hasn’t visited the library lately to call in and see what it has to offer,” Councillor Hope concluded.
The Australian Government Mobile Service Centre is supporting rural communities by providing convenient access to Australian Government payments and services.
This specialised vehicle offers a wide range of face to face and self service assistance for rural families, older Australians, students, job seekers, people with disability, carers, farmers and self-employed people
Experienced staff travel with the Mobile Service Centre and provide friendly, face-to-face service, information and support. On this trip, the Australian Taxation Office will be available to assist with advice and information about tax and superannuation. If the assistance you’re after is not available, arrangements will be made for someone from the relevant organisation to contact you.
For more information, go to humanservices.gov.au
and search for Mobile Service Centre or call 132 316.
You can visit the Mobile Service Centre:
Railway Station car park, Station Street
Tuesday 13 June 2017
9:30 am to 3pm
Near Tourist Information Centre, New England Highway
Friday 9 June 2017
9am to 3:30pm
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, the Shire has a wide range of cultural events happening over coming weeks, with something for everyone.
“Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries will celebrate National Law Week through until Friday 19 May, an annual event raising public awareness about the law, the legal system and the legal profession as well as educating the community about the legal services available in NSW. Both libraries will have displays and promotion of relevant resources. All community members are invited to call in and have a look,” Councillor Hope said.
“With opening night on Thursday 18 and running through until 21 May, the Currabubula Art Show is always a popular event on the Shire’s calendar. Held in the Currabubula Hall, this amazing event is organised by the volunteers of the local Red Cross. This year it is also featuring the Small Schools Art Show. There will be a wide range of paintings and crafts available for purchase,” he said.
“On Sunday 21 May, the Newcastle Variety Bash will visit Blackville Primary School. Everyone is invited to join the Blackville community at lunch-time. Lunch will be available along with lots of fun!
The Quirindi Races will feature the John "Mouse" Sinclair Plate on Wednesday June 7 with races from 12.30pm to 4.30pm and the gate opening at 11.00am,” he continued.
“On Friday June 9, every one is invited along to what is a rather special event for the Shire, the official launch of the Liverpool Plains Tartan. A creation of Fred and Marie Lawson from Spring Ridge, their newest design is now finished and registered with the Scottish Tartan Registry. The official launch will be held at the Visitor Information Centre Willow Tree from 10am and will be followed by morning tea. Fred will talk about how the design evolved and what it means. There will also be a Tartan Display at the VIC,” Councillor Hope said.
“Both Men’s Health Week and Carers Week will run from June 12 to 18. Suicide continues to be one of the top 10 causes of death amongst men and they are less likely to seek help. Men's health week draws attention to this issue with Council’s Home Support Services organising events to make men aware that help is there when they need it. Carers Week is the national awareness raising week for Australia's 2.6 million carers. We want all Shire residents to know about carers and their massive contributions and Council has planned a number of activities to show our appreciation to them,” he said.
“Last year, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow proved one of the most popular events staged at the Royal Theatre. It is returning for 2017 on Wednesday 14 June at 7.30pm. Featuring everything from stand-up to sketch, slapstick to song, each individual line-up presents the best of the Festival in one hilarious show. The tremendous cast that will be gracing the Royal Theatre are Daniel Connell, Adam Hess (UK), David Quirk, Dilruk Jayasinha and Tessa Waters. Tickets are $40.00 per person with discounts applying to groups of 6 or more. VIP Tables are also available and include entry, tapas food and 10% discount on canteen and bar purchases. Get in early to book at https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=270843 to avoid missing this fun show,” he continued.
“These events provide opportunities for participation, volunteering and social, cultural and economic development. Of course, the most important thing is that as many people as possible participate and take advantage of what is on offer to ensure we continue to build our cultural diversity in the coming years,” Councillor Hope concluded.
“The completion of road rehabilitation projects on Warrah Ridge Road (Old Warrah) and Moreduval Lane (Bundella) have been completed by Council’s Engineering Department with savings of over $300,000 realised on the original estimates, allowing this money to be redirected to our local road gravel re-sheeting program,” a jubilant Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has announced.
“This result has allowed us to focus on repairs to the extensive damage caused by several extreme rain events over the past 9 months. Council staff have identified many pavement defects that require gravel re-sheeting to ensure that the local road network is as safe as possible for the travelling public within Council’s resource constraints. The savings realised on the two projects are really a god-send as the 2016/17 re-sheeting program had already utilised most of the funds budgeted with just $70,000 retained for any necessary repairs caused by any further storm damage up until June 30,” he said.
“The saving of $158,698 on the Warrah Ridge Road project and $150,600 on Moreduval Lane were realised because when the budget for the current year was formulated, pavement investigation and survey and design work had not been completed and estimates were based on similar earlier work at other locations. Completion of design and pavement requirements and changes to the proposed construction method led to the savings on the works which were completed within the programmed timeframe,” he continued.
“Council is using a systematic risk management approach to ensure that defects are identified and repaired as funds allow. This includes ensuring that sections of road proposed for gravel re-sheeting over the next eighteen months are in a condition suitable to maximise the benefit of the program. Current available allocations for gravel re-sheeting aren’t sufficient to cover needs identified in the Roads Asset Management Plan review so the reallocation of this funding will reduce the resource gap for these works,” he said.
“The reallocated funding comes from grants provided under the Federal Government’s Roads to Recovery Program. I congratulate all engineering department staff who have worked on these projects and made this reallocation of funding possible,” Councillor Hope concluded.