Media Releases & Exhibitions
Following feedback from public consultation and a survey conducted earlier this year, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), has prepared a draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan for public exhibition from Wednesday 3 May until close of business on Wednesday 31 May. The draft will be available at Council’s Administration Centre during business hours. Community members will also be able to view the draft at Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries and the Home Support Services in Werris Creek, Quirindi and Willow Tree.
“The draft plan has been developed to assist in improving the lives of people with disabilities within the LPSC area. It also aims towards creation of a fully inclusive society for all segments of our community,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The primary objectives of the draft plan are to set out the strategies and actions that Council will deliver over the next 4 years to enable people with a disability to have greater access to Council information, facilities and services.
“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 May,” he said.
“There is a need to develop a shared understanding of what it means to make life equitable for people with a disability given that one in three people has or is close to someone with a disability,” he continued.
“The draft outlines types of disabilities, where the plan fits in relation to legislation, strategy and policy, the Shire’s demographics, the purpose for the plan, the process for development and implementation, the consultation process, the results from the community survey on the issue and what is important to our community.
“It also discusses creating an inclusive community and strong economy, creating liveable communities, improving systems and processes, funding the plan and management of risks.
“It is envisaged that the Plan will assist in the management of Council’s resources through the incorporation of appropriate linkages to the Community Strategic Plan,” he said.
“I’d like to thank the community members who contributed through the consultation/survey period and the LPSC staff who have produced a really comprehensive Action Plan. I encourage all interested persons to have a look at the draft while it is on public exhibition and if desired, to present a submission that will be further considered by Council,” Councillor Hope concluded.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Deputy Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins, the school holidays/Easter break has seen record numbers of Recreational Vehicle (RV) campers utilise the Freedom Camping facilities provided by Council at Wallabadah, Willow Tree, Currabubula, Premer and Spring Ridge, as well as the Quirindi Caravan Park.
“Council’s development of an RV strategy over the past 12 months or so is really starting to pay dividends,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“LPSC has invested in upgrading and opening new sites over this period of time. The upgrading of amenities at existing facilities and the new locations has led to an exponential increase in use and we are very happy with these outcomes, he said.
“There have been numerous nights when more than 30 vans/campers have utilised the always popular Wallabadah facility. It has been heartening to see good increases at the Premer site and the newer locations of Spring Ridge and Willow Tree are doing well and we expect this to grow even further,” he continued.
“We upgraded the Currabubula facilities late last year and a local business has reported to us that they were very impressed by the RV Strategy initiated by the Council. The recreation ground in Currabubula was opened in late November and at first it was slow getting the RV to stop but now we’re seeing a consistent flow of traffic which is very exciting. The RV travellers are stopping at the hotel and enjoying the experience which is great for business!
“This traffic gives a very welcome boost to businesses all around the Shire. We look forward to a further site being opened at Werris Creek in the not to distant future. All these facilities allow people to spend a number of days in the Shire taking in the rural grandeur from the Great Dividing Range, down the slopes and out onto the magnificent plains of the Caroona Basin, plus enjoying the attractions we have to offer,” he said.
“Just as importantly we are getting great feedback from the campers themselves. Our initiatives have had great support from the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) who have printed several articles in their magazine that goes out to thousands of campers and we’ve just had a fantastic 5 page story about the facilities in the latest edition of Caravan and Motorhomes on Tour Magazine.
“These articles plus word-of-mouth promotion between campers on the road has greatly assisted our endeavours to build a great relationship with this burgeoning industry and we thank everyone who has helped play a part for their invaluable support,” he continued.
“This upcoming weekend, Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April we look forward to entertaining more campers when the inaugural Magpie Bike and Film Fest will be held in Quirindi. Local and visiting bikers will hold a poker run on Sunday and all proceeds will go to the Quirindi Rotary Club. This rally is a little different because it includes a Film Festival at the Royal Theatre. The program is Friday at 7pm Wild Hogs, Saturday at 1.30pm Closer to the Edge and 5.30pm The World’s Fasted Indian. Sunday offering is 12 o’clock Boys at 3pm and at 5.30pm The Motorcycle Diaries,” he said.
“I encourage locals to join in the fun and of course to ensure our visitors are always made welcome.” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Deputy Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins, the efforts of all the Shire’s volunteers are imprinted on our social fabric.
“They make a huge difference to our lifestyles and we thank them sincerely for it,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“National Volunteer Week (NVW), which this year runs from May 8 to 14, is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of all our volunteers. Because of this invaluable contribution, we're eager to say a big public ‘Thank you volunteers! We salute you!’ to all our volunteers,” he said.
“During Volunteers Week 2017 LPSC is looking forward to showcasing volunteer-driven initiatives from around the Shire. We’ll be endeavouring to profile a success story from all our communities, Blackville, Caroona/Walhallow, Currabubula, Pine Ridge, Premer, Quirindi, Spring Ridge, Wallabadah, Warrah Creek, Werris Creek and Willow Tree.
“It really is quite amazing what volunteers have achieved, in different ways, in all the towns and villages,” he continued.
“Council is approaching the local Advisory Committee in each location to put forward suggestions.
“If other members of the community have suggestions they can email email@example.com or call him on 6746 1755 during business hours,” he said.
“From 8–14 May thousands of events will be staged across the country to say thank you to the 6 million Australians who volunteer. LPSC looks forward to honouring its volunteers with several events over the week. Full details will be announced nearer to the date,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Motorcyclist and Deputy Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council, Councillor Doug Hawkins, is looking forward to the inaugural Magpie Bike and Film Fest being held in Quirindi Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April. Events will be held at the Henry Street Sporting Complex with camping for $10 per person per night, including toilets and showers, adjacent to the Caravan Park and with movies screened at the Royal Theatre.
“I had a great time at the recent rally at Spring Ridge and now I look forward to catching up with old friends and making new acquaintances at what is hoped will become a regular event on the Liverpool Plains Calendar. The community is inviting Bike riders, enthusiasts and groups, along with family, friends and interested locals to enjoy a fun weekend. Autumn is a great time to ride the roads and check out our beautiful region,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“Bikers are a fun and an often charitable group of people and the poker run on Sunday 30 will see all proceeds going to the Quirindi Rotary Club. I encourage locals to donate generously as the money raised will be reinvested in the community. There’ll also be a Show ‘n’ Shine on the Sunday and guided tours around the Liverpool Plains throughout weekend,” he said.
“This rally also adds the Film Festival at the Royal Theatre with all things motor cycle running over three days. The program is Friday 28 at 7pm Wild Hogs, Saturday 29, at 1.30pm Closer to the Edge and 5.30pm The World’s Fasted Indian. Sunday 30’s offering is 12 o’clock Boys at 3pm and at 5.30pm The Motorcycle Diaries,” he continued.
“You can go online at www.magpiebikefest.com.au to book a Full Weekend Pass which includes 3 nights camping, Dinner and Breakfast meals Fri, Sat and Sun for just $120. You can also book a 3 day Food Pass or 3 Day Camping Pass as well as individual meal and day selections. Enquiries can also be made via (02) 6746 1755,” he said.
“The Liverpool Plains looks forward to some great company, good times, supporting a great cause and visitors from both the region and further afield. It’ll be all things motorbike and there’s sure to be something for enthusiasts of all ages.
The autumn weather provides some great opportunities to enjoy nature at its best across one of rural NSW’s most beautiful settings. With the Great Divide to our east, the undulating slopes through to Quirindi and then on to the plains, a ride of about an hour and a half will clearly explain what north-west slopes and plains is about,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
“April 25 is an occasion of national commemoration and I encourage as many locals as possible to join in Anzac Day commemorations where we honour and remember the sacrifice made by so many in defending our freedom down through the years,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“Anzac Day is a day when Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war. This year marks the 102nd anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
“In Quirindi and Werris Creek commemorative services will be held at dawn, the time of the original landings at Gallipoli. Later in the day ex-servicemen and women along with community members meet and join in marches and services. I hope as many community members as possible will participate,” Councillor Hope said.
Anzac Day times around the Shire and associated road closures;
- Quirindi Dawn Service - 5.30am at the War Memorial clock, followed by breakfast at Quirindi RSL club.
Road closures between 5am and 6.30am - Station St between Henry St and Pryor St, Pryor St between Station St and Church Ave and George St between Pryor St and Dalley St.
- Werris Creek Dawn Service - 5.30am at the War Memorial.
Road Closure between 5 and 6.30am - Anzac Pde, between Single St and Henry St.
- Willow Tree - 8.30am assemble at Willow Tree Inn for march to Memorial Hall and 9am service.
Road closure between 8.45 and 9.15am - New England Hwy, between Fairbairn St and Sisson St.
- Currabubula - 9am service at Memorial Hall.
- Quirindi Daytime Service - Form up 10.45am at post office and march to War Memorial for 11.am service.
Road closures between 10.30am and midday - Station St between Thomas St and Pryor St, George St between Pryor St and Dalley St, Pryor St between Station St and Church Ave and Henry St, between Campbell St and Church Ave.
- Werris Creek Daytime Service - Form up at 10.30am at corner Coronation Ave and Single St for march to War Memorial.
Road closures between 10.30am and midday - Single St between North St and Poole St, Anzac Pde between Single St and Henry St and Coronation Ave between Single St and Henry St.
Councillor Hope said motorists are requested and advised to plan their trips around these road closures and to observe the traffic controls.
“As we continue commemoration through the Anzac Centenary 2014–2018, 2017 provides two very different, but important events in our Anzac history, the Third Battle of Ypres and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba.
“It is heartening that in 2017, 100 years after the events, we have young, school children proudly marching, remembering brave deeds performed and supreme sacrifices made by forebears 5 and 6 generations ago. We’re also, remembering those who have served and in some cases fallen in the many conflicts since and those currently serving. Look at the names on the local honour rolls and remember their sacrifice. This is the Spirit of Anzac, Lest We Forget,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Milder temperatures and rainfall over recent weeks has seen a considerable drop in required production levels, compared to just over a month ago, at all 8 Shire water supplies.
Quirindi’s supply, the Borambil bore field, improved significantly during March. (see graph)
The dry weather experienced in January and February caused elevated evaporation from Quipolly Dam which saw the capacity level drop to 85.7%. Over the last month there has been a slight increase in level due to rainfall over the dam. Unfortunately, there was no flow in Quipolly Creek.
Work continues on the upgrade to the Caroona water supply. Drilling work has been completed on the new bore hole.
Level P (Permanent) water conservation measures are currently in force at all 8 of the Shire’s water supplies. Level P means consumers are requested to minimise watering during the heat of the day, high pressure houses only should be used to wash down hard/paved surfaces and pool covers should be used to reduce evaporation. Be water conscious and smart at all times.
Over recent years the LPSC Visitor Information Centre Manager, Nikki Robertson, has planted sunflowers so travellers can see them growing first hand.
Nikki has now expanded her farming skills and has a small patch of cotton growing with bolls now in evidence. “Last week we had a couple of RVers travelling south who said they’d been looking for cotton since leaving Moree,” Nikki said.
“They were thrilled when I took them out to our little crop and they could get up close.”
As Mayor and on behalf of Councillors and Staff of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) I take this opportunity to wish every citizen and every visitor to the Shire a blessed Easter period,” said LPSC Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope.
With Easter and school holidays upon us, many people will be travelling to and from the Shire and large amounts of through traffic can be expected on the highways of our region. If you’re on the roads please take care and drive safely, and remember double demerit points will be in force Thursday 13 to Monday 17 April inclusive. They will also be in force Friday 21 to Tuesday 25 April inclusive to cover the end of school holidays and Anzac Day.
“Far too many people lose their lives or are injured at this time of year. The demerit point system aims to reduce these accidents by providing incentives for drivers to improve their driving behaviour, obey road rules and comply with traffic laws. The double demerit point scheme applies for the following types of offences, speeding, illegal use of mobile phones, not wearing a seatbelt and riding without a helmet. Try not to lose points and even more importantly your life, or the life of someone else and drive responsibly,” he said.
“The vast majority of Council services and offices – the Administration Centre, Service NSW office, libraries, Eastside Childcare Centre, The REC Centre and Home Support Services (with the exception of Willow Tree which will close at 3.30pm Wednesday 12) - will be closed following their normal hours of operation on Thursday April 13 until normal opening hours on Tuesday 18 April. The Visitor Information Centre will only be closed on Good Friday and open 9am to 5pm on the other 3 days.
“There will no changes to waste and recycling service pick-ups within the Shire over the Easter period. Quirindi Landfill will only be closed on Good Friday and open on the other 3 days, 9am to 4pm. All other landfills and waste transfer stations will be closed on all 4 days,” he continued.
“Further information can be found on Council’s website www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au, on the LPSC Facebook page or by calling 6746 1755,” he said.
“For the Christians in our community, Easter is a solemn occasion marking the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a time to reflect on the importance of life as we live it. Let us use this time to breathe new life into our relationships, our communities, our work and our world,” Councillor Hope concluded.
According to Liverpool Plains Recreation (REC) Centre Manager, Annah Maybury, Tai Chi is often described as meditation in motion.
“The REC Centre is running a 5 week Tai Chi Program commencing Thursday April 27 at 4.30pm. Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise that can help maintain strength, flexibility and balance and for certain people could be the perfect activity as they grow older,” Annah said.
“The cost of the program is $50 upfront for the 5 weeks or $15 per casual class. If you’re interested in participating, call in at the REC Centre or email firstname.lastname@example.org,” she continued.
Annah said there had been a lot of interest shown in the ‘try before you buy’ Muay Thai boxing and self defence class with Ben Burrage. She said that as a result the full 6 week course would now start on May 19.
“Interested persons should note that the course will now run on Fridays rather than the originally planned Mondays. It will cater for 3 – 5yo, 5 – 15yo and Adults. Please contact me at the REC Centre asap if you are interested in being part of this program,” Annah said.
“The REC Centre endeavours to cater for all age groups and abilities. For young people we’re holding special Kids Fit classes on Thursdays 13 and 20 April from 10:30am-12pm. To avoid disappointment parents should register their children for this program,” she said.
We’d love to see more kids come and join in the fun of a full range of different actives that keep them entertained plus at the same time teaching them an improved aspect to health and fitness,” she continued.
“I invite residents to call in at the REC Centre to find out more about programs that are available or give us a call on 6746 3122. We’d love to be able to show you how health and fitness can be good for you and fun at the same time,” Annah concluded.
COUNCIL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE
Council’s Administration Office will close at 5.00 pm on Thursday 13 April 2017 and re-open at 8.30 am on Tuesday 18 April 2017.
**FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY PHONE 6746 1755 AND FOLLOW THE PROMPTS.
SERVICE NSW AGENCY
The Service NSW Agency will close at 3.00 pm Thursday 13 April 2017 and re-open at 8.30 am on Tuesday 18 April 2017.
Quirindi and Werris Creek Libraries will close at 5.00 pm Thursday 13 April 2017 and re-open on Tuesday 18 April 2017 at 10.00 am.
**PLEASE NOTE there will be no Saturday morning opening on 15 April 2017.
HOME SUPPORT SERVICES
Quirindi CHSP will close at 4.30 pm Thursday 13 April 2017 and re-open at 8.30 am Tuesday 18 April 2017.
Werris Creek CHSP will close at 2.30 pm Thursday 13 April 2017 and re-open at 8.00 am on Tuesday 18 April 2017.
Willow Tree CHSP will close at 3.30 pm Wednesday 12 April 2017 and re-open at 8.00 am on Tuesday 18 April 2017.
QUIRINDI EASTSIDE CHILDCARE CENTRE
Council’s Childcare Centre will close at 6.00 pm on Thursday 13 April 2017 and will re-open at 8.00 am on Tuesday 18 April 2017.
QUIRINDI RECREATION CENTRE
Council’s Recreation Centre will close at 7.00pm Thursday 13 April 2017 and will re-open at 6.00 am on Tuesday 18 April 2017.
LIVERPOOL PLAINS VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE WILLOW TREE
The VIC will be closed on Good Friday 14 April 2017 only. All other days including Easter Sunday (16 April) and Easter Monday (17 April) the Centre will be open from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
DOMESTIC WASTE AND RECYCLABLE BIN COLLECTIONS
There will no changes to waste and recycling service pick-ups within the Liverpool Plains Shire area over the Easter period.
Quirindi Landfill will be closed on Good Friday (13 April 2017) and will be open on all other days over Easter as scheduled (9am – 4pm daily). All other landfills and waste transfer stations will be closed on Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday (14 – 17 April 2017).
For further information regarding any closures, contact Liverpool Plains Shire Council on 02 6746 1755
Road Closure: Milner Parade & Pryor Street Quirindi
It is Council’s intention to close Pryor Street, between Pollock Street and Milner Parade, and Milner Parade, between Henry Street and Pryor Street for
the period 8:00am to 9:30am Sunday 9 April 2017. This closure is for the start of the Quirindi Canter.
Possible Traffic Delays
Motorists are advised that there will be pedestrians using the following roads for the Quirindi Canter between 8:30am and 10:30am Sunday 9 April 2017
and that motorists should plan for possible short delays:
Motorists are advised that there will be cyclists using the following roads for the Quirindi Canter Bike Ride between 8:30am and 10:30am Sunday 9 April 2017
and that motorists should plan for possible short delays:
Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Quirindi Truck Wash is fully operational again with final repairs, required following vandalism of the controller unit, now completed.
An upgrade of the facility was undertaken during the repairs to provide an increased database of users nationwide via the AvData control system, plus improved reliability. Improved lighting for night time operation was also part of the upgrade.
Late last year, Council endorsed expenditure of $6,000 to undertake the repair and upgrade of the controller. LPSC are still waiting for advice as to whether an application for NSW Government funds towards the relocation and upgrade of the facility has been succesful.
Council thanks users who patiently waited for the repairs and upgrade works to be undertaken.
Users are cautioned to be aware of the building activities, part of the Emergency Services precinct construction taking place in the area, and to take extra care when entering or departing the site.
Werris Creek based Liverpool Plains Shire Councillor Paul Moules has welcomed the announcement that the Piallaway Philatelic Society’s 1st Stamp, Coin and Collectibles Fair will be held at Werris Creek Railway Institute Hall on April 22 and 23.
“LPSC has taken on the role of custodian of the former Railway Institute building and would like to see it become an important community asset utilised for various types of events,” Councillor Moules said.
“The Stamp, Coin and Collectibles Fair has the potential to bring visitors to Werris Creek. Apart from the stamps and coins there will be China, vintage toys, glassware, jewellery, railway memorabilia, postcards and books.The entry fee will only be $2 so locals will be able to afford to go and have a look,” he said.
“People interested in being stallholders at the event or requiring more information can contact 0434 027 927 or email email@example.com,” he continued.
“Any individual or group who would like to utilise the Railway Institute as a venue can contact LPSC during business hours on (02) 6746 1755 for further details,” Councillor Moules concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has lifted the Level 1 water conservation measures that have been in place in Werris Creek since mid-January this year and returned to Level P (Permanent) restrictions,
“Sustained around the clock operation of the ageing Werris Creek Water Treatment Plant (WCWTP) during the height of summer necessitated Level 1 conservation measures, however cooler conditions mean the plant is now only operating 8 – 12 hours a day allowing the easing to take place,” LPSC Mayor Andrew Hope said.
“It is not anticipated that conditions will be severe enough for demand to exceed production limits in coming months,” he said.
“Level P is now enforce at all 8 of the Shire’s water supplies. It means users are requested to minimise watering during the heat of the day, high pressure houses only should be used to wash down hard/paved surfaces and pool covers should be used to reduce evaporation,” he continued.
“Council is continuing to lobby the State Government to match the Federal Government’s commitment of $10 million to allow construction of a new Water Treatment Plant as part of the Shire’s long-term Water Strategy to drought proof communities,” he said.
“I would ask all consumers to be water wise at all times and help conserve this vital commodity,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council, Councillor Andrew Hope is encouraging the Shire’s Youth to get involved and participate in the numerous events that have been organised for Youth Week 2017.
“Youth Week 2017 runs from Friday 31 March to Sunday 9 April and is an opportunity for young people to express their ideas and views, act on issues that affect their lives, and enjoy activities and events. I hope as many as possible will participate in our local events,” Councillor Hope said.
- Friday 31 March - 7pm - 10pm
All Age Disco at the Werris Creek Bowling and Tennis Club with DJ Leslie Jones
Venue Donated by Werris Creek Bowling and Tennis Club
- Sunday 2nd April - 1pm - 6pm
Youth Fun Day at Rose lee Park, Quirindi
OWN LIFE Skateboarding are returning again this year - Bucking Bull and Jumping Castle
- Friday 7th April - 4:30pm - 7pm & 7pm - 8:30pm
Youth Concert and Outdoor Movie @ Railway Square, Quirindi -
Music from 4.30pm to 7pm and Zootopia on the Big Screen from 7.00pm to 8.30pm
- Saturday 8 April
Inflatable Fun Day at David Taylor Oval Werris Creek
Bubble Soccer – Spaces are limited and bookings essential at www.trybooking.com/PGWW
- Sunday 9th April - Starting 10am
Marvel Movie Marathon at Quirindi Royal Theatre
5 Movies Back to Back - More info go to www.quirindiroyaltheatre.com/marvel
“Our youth are important to society and its functioning. They are our next generation of tradespeople, teachers, doctors, farmers and lawyers, so they need our support. The years of youth can be a time of struggle, dealing with family issues or friends, as well as peer pressures. There are schooling pressures and the looming question of ‘What will I do with my life?’,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said people seeking more information for all events should go to LPSC Youth Week Facebook page or contact council on 02 6746 1755
If you ever wonder what is to become of the next generation, remember many are trying to help themselves and their peers develop into compassionate members of society. Celebrate our youth. They give so much back to all of us,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is partnering with the NSW Government and Environmental Protection Authority during March and April to help clearly communicate the message that littering won’t be tolerated through the Hey Tosser! litter campaign.
“LPSC fully backs moves to drive a change in social norms around litter by raising awareness about littering and its impacts, and reducing littering behaviour. It is estimated it costs NSW $180,000,000+ each year to clean up litter. It costs LPSC ratepayers considerable amounts each year to clean up the mess left by thoughtless individuals in our area, not to mention the environmental impacts, so we are keen to see the NSW Government’s aim to reduce the volume of litter by 40% by 2020 become reality,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“Whilst Council’s Rangers monitor littering all year round, we will be upping the ante in coming weeks with particular attention being focused on this offence,” Councillor Hope said.
“Roadside litter is one of the Shire’s most unnecessary and preventable environmental problems. Our Rangers can only be in one place at a time so it is vital that community members help fight this problem. The NSW EPA can issue fines of $250 for an individual and $500 for a corporation for littering from a vehicle, based on reports from members of the public. By registering to report Tossers littering from vehicles to the EPA, you can be part of the solution to the litter issue.
“LPSC encourages everyone in our region to get on board. Visit Report to EPA to register - http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/reporttoepa/,” he said.
“While I encourage people to report these incidents I also want them to remember their health and safety are even more important and no risks should be taken. Never use your mobile phone while driving, pull over or ask a passenger to record the details,” he continued.
If it is safe to do so, get your passenger to take a photo of the car, location and litter item. Make as many notes as possible about the observation, such as the time you observed the littering, where you were going at the time, where you were in relation to the offender’s vehicle, for example, in your car behind the vehicle, who was with you and if they also saw the littering, the weather conditions at the time and how you recorded the littering, for example in a note book, voice recording etc. Keep your notes, photographs, videos and any other evidence for one year in case the penalty notice is disputed and you are required to attend court as a witness. This is a fairly rare occurrence as based on the most recent statistics, only around 4% of people that receive a fine have challenged it by electing to have a court hear the case. Submit your report to the EPA as soon as possible, and within 14 days of your observation,” he continued.
“Since February 2015, more than 19,000 people across NSW registered, over 25,000 reports of littering from a vehicle were made, and more than 16,000 fines have been issued by the EPA.
“For a rural Shire such as ours, it is a sobering statistic that over 1,200 grass fires are attributed to littered cigarettes in NSW each year. Over 90 per cent of fines for littering from vehicles are issued for cigarette butts,” he said.
By reporting littering from motor vehicles to the EPA, members of the public are helping to reduce the burden of cleaning it up. To determine how to report other forms of littering visit - http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/pollution/wastelitter.htm.
“Let’s all do our part to stop Tossers. Litter damages our natural environments, harms wildlife and sea creatures, can injure people and makes our spaces less safe,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has thanked the more than 600 people who made a direct contribution towards the formulation of the Community Strategic Plan. This Plan represents the highest level of strategic planning undertaken by Council. It identifies the main priorities and aspirations of the community, to provide a clear set of strategies towards achieving their vision of the future.
“Council organised a robust series of community events and a survey to allow residents to have their say. As a result we achieved good community participation at forums and/or pop up stalls held in 14 locations. Our major population centres, Wallabadah, Walhallow, Quirindi, Blackville, Werris Creek, Spring Ridge, Premer, Currabubula, Willow Tree, and Warrah Creek all hosted events.
“The top three priorities of those surveyed are, construction of roads and maintenance, water and sewer services and economic development. The respondents highlighted health services and attracting new residents as imperatives in ensuring a viable future. In light of this, good health and community facilities along with recreational amenities were considered essential by participants,” Councillor Hope said.
“In assessing the Shire, residents want a sustainable environment, consider our infrastructure as well planned and maintained and able to meet our needs now and into the future. It was recognised that we have access to affordable clean water supplies, actively manage the impact on our natural environment, that our local farming is sustainable and we actively foster renewable energy,” he continued.
“Participants listed our strengths, key priorities and what they value and desire as; a great rural lifestyle with access to quality services, our beautiful landscapes and appreciation for celebrating local events and festivals as a cohesive community. Their vision envisages dynamic towns/villages and safe communities, plus health and education services that can meet our needs and are available locally. They want improvements to our transport and telecommunications options to support our business and lifestyle. They wish for strong community, Council and business leadership. The importance of volunteers is recognised as is the need to build an effective, sustainable, volunteer base for the future. Also important is a desire to encourage our youth to become involved in the community and to evolve as the leaders of tomorrow,” he said.
“Residents obviously appreciate the need for economic development. Our economy is growing and there is a diverse range of job opportunities. As a community we foster new business development towards enhancing future prosperity. Town planning reflects the diversity of our towns and villages and we are seeing benefits from embracing tourism. “Residents indicated that in the event of Council receiving an increase in funding they would prefer it to be spent on roads and recreational facilities,” he continued.
|Ross Kingsley (centre standing) is Manager Corporate Strategy and Economic Development at LPSC’s sister city Blacktown City Council. Ross’s expertise was loaned to Council to assist in pulling together the results from community forums and the survey held to develop the Community Strategic Plan. Also pictured LPSC GM Ron Van Katwyk (standing left) and Mayor Andrew Hope (standing right) and Councillors Virginia Black, Ian Lobsey and Paul Moules. Also present (not in picture) at this meeting were Councillors Doug Hawkins, Rob Webster and Ken Cudmore as well as LPSC Directors Greg Tory and Donna Ausling and forums’ facilitator Cate McMahon.|
“Councillors and Management held a meeting last Thursday to review the feedback from the community events and survey. We welcomed the assistance of our sister city’s, Blacktown City Council, Manager Corporate Strategy and Economic Development, Ross Kingsley, again highlighting the benefits of the relationship between both councils.
“The results from the community survey will be available on Council’s website, www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au, from this Thursday 16 March.
“The Community Strategic Plan itself is still in the draft stages and it is scheduled to be put on public exhibition and encouraging feedback from late April,” he said. “It is gratifying to myself, fellow Councillors and management that the vast majority of respondents consider LPSC represents the community it serves. We look forward to continue working with the community to obtain the best outcomes for the Shire into the future,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Congratulations to winners of LPSC prizepacks for completing surveys - Kathy Dodd – Pool seasons ticket (Werris Creek Pool), Tony Vereyken - $100 Royal Theatre voucher, Audrey Smith – 6 month Gym Membership.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council is advising local, not-for-profit community organisations that the Federal Government is encouraging them to apply for the Community Heritage Grants Program.
Grants of up to $15,000 are available for community organisations such as public libraries, museums, historical societies, Indigenous and multicultural groups to help preserve and protect nationally significant collections.
The Community Heritage Grants Program is administered by the National Library of Australia, with support provided by the Department of Communications and the Arts, the National Archives of Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Museum of Australia.
Applications can now be made and close on Monday 8 May, 2017.
The guidelines and application form are available at: www.nla.gov.au/awards-and-grants/chg
Whilst Quirindi Library practices the essence of Harmony Day throughout the year, respecting cultural and religious diversity and fostering a sense of belonging for everyone, a special celebration will be held on Tuesday 14 March, between 11am and 1pm, to which members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend. The celebration will include Colourfest Short Films concluding with an international lunch. Attendees are asked to bring a plate of food that showcases their culture. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by Friday 10 March via 6746 2350, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or on Quirindi Library’s Facebook page.
At Werris Creek library a display of children’s books that feature people from diverse backgrounds and nurture understanding will be featured in the run up to Harmony Day.
“Harmony Day is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home, from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. The message is Everyone Belongs. Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and makes Australia a great place to live”, said Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“Multicultural Australia is an integral part of our national identity. All people who migrate to Australia bring with them some of their own cultural and religious traditions, as well as taking on many new traditions. Collectively, these traditions have enriched our nation. It is important to keep in mind approximately 45% of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was, we identify with about 300 ancestries and since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia. More than 60 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia and apart from English, the most common languages spoken are Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Vietnamese, Tagalog/Filipino, Spanish and Hindi,” he continued.
“Although Quirindi library is running their local event on March 14, Nationally it will be held on 21 March to coincide with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Werris Creek library will feature its display on the run up to this date. 85% of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia and I encourage our community to join the celebrations,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Two family friendly events will see an influx of bikers gather socially on the Liverpool Plains in coming weeks. Both events are proudly supported by Liverpool Plains Shire Council. The first of the events will be the Bikers Australia Pigs ‘n Pines Run which will make Spring Ridge base from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 March. The second, the Magpie Bike Fest, will take place April 28 to May 1.
There will be a bike show, music and meals at The Royal Hotel Spring Ridge
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said he was looking forward to officially opening the proceedings at Spring Ridge. He pointed out that although there would be lots of fun events one of the main aspects of the weekend was as a fundraiser for the Kids With Cancer Foundation and he hoped many people would support this great cause. He said that as with Council’s support for RVers he also looked forward to the economic injection such events bring to the local community.
Chairman of Bikers Australia New England branch, Charlie (CEEJAY) Canham, said the members enjoyed social weekends and mixing with local communities at events such as the one planned for Spring Ridge. He said that local riders are also welcome to come along and be part of the proceedings and families to view events and bikes on display. He said there was a registration $15 donation for bikers which includes a badge and lucky door ticket with proceeds going to the Kids With Cancer Foundation.
The program of events for the weekend starts with registration at the oval and music at the Royal until late on Friday. On Saturday 25 registrations continue with the Bike Show held outside the Royal between 10am and 3pm, the offical opening being at 11am. People events at the oval will include 5 to a team tug-o-war, a rolling pin toss, a gumboot toss, a helmet toss and tyre pull. Bike events will be held next to the oval and include a slow race, a keg roll, witches hat slalom and slalom race between witches hat with pillion to collect tennis balls and drop in bucket. Adult winners will receive a bottle of wine and young winners a gift.
A special event will be a bikers vs locals cricket match, 4 – 7pm, and riders who would like to participate should let the organisers know when registering so teams can be formed. There will be meals at the Royal between 6.30 and 9.30pm, with trophy presentation, major auction and lucky door prize drawn between 7 and 8pm.
There will be free camping plus showers and toilets at the campground, with free breakfast Saturday and Sunday.There will be some eskys provided for those who wish to keep a cold drink at the oval and a bus running between the oval and the hotel. Those wanting more info can call CEEJAY on 0459 614 274.
Councillor Hope said the Magpie Bike Fest at the end of April is an inaugural event to be held in Quirindi.
“The majority of the events will be centred around the Caravan Park Precinct and will include events such as a Show and Shine and Poker Run raising money for a local charity plus guided tours around the Liverpool Plains. Camping sites which include showers and toilets will cost $10 per person per night. Another feature of the weekend will be a Motorcycle Film Festival at the Quirindi Royal Theatre. You can book for this now at www.trybooking.com/PBEE or call 6746 1755. We’ll have lots more info available as the event draws closer,” he continued.
“Council is proud to support both of these events so they can be kept low cost or free. The more people we attract to the area who have a good time, the more word of mouth promotion we receive that helps encourage people to return to the area during quieter times,” he concluded.