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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) will celebrate the important role Seniors play in the community with numerous events planned between Wednesday April 4 and Tuesday April 17 during the LPS Senior’s Festival 2018.
“There are 7 events planned over the period, some are free, and some are reasonably priced, so Council encourages Seniors to join in as many as they’d like to attend. RSVP for events are required by Friday March 23,” said LPSC Deputy Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins.
“The Senior’s Festival activities are open to all LPS residents who are over 60 years of age, identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and are over 50 years of age and people with a lifelong disability over 50,” he said.
The events programmed, and details are:
- Wednesday April 4 – A Day at the Races from 11am at Quirindi Racecourse – $15 entry at the course with beverage and nibbles on arrival. Wear your most stylish racing attire for Fashions on the Field, prizes for Best Hat and Tie, a delicious two course lunch, music and entertainment, lucky door prizes and raffle. Bus departs Werris Creek at 10.30am, transport available from Willow Tree upon request. The venue is wheelchair accessible.
- Tuesday April 10 – Learn to use your ipad, mobile or laptop – Werris Creek Library commencing at 10am. One-on-one tuition is available (30 minutes per person), covers security, popular websites and any issues you may be having. Contact Werris Creek Library on 6768 7340 to book your spot.
- Wednesday April 11 – Mobility Scooter display, training + health aids – Quirindi Home Support Service from 10am - If you own a scooter or are considering purchasing one you should attend this training. Road rules and safety regulations will be discussed as well as your obligations as a ‘driver’. Scooter servicing by a qualified technician can be done at your home or at the Home Support Centre for a discounted rate of $66. Health Aids and appliances will also be on display and available for trial and purchase. Morning tea and a BBQ lunch will be supplied. Contact Quirindi HSS on 6746 4545 for more information.
- Thursday April 12 – Movie at the Royal Theatre – Free entry commences at 2pm showing Victoria and Abdul with afternoon tea served after movie. Reservations are essential for catering purposes. Book through Quirindi 6746 4545 or Werris Creek 6768 7505 (Home Support Service Offices).
- Friday April 13 – Black Friday Mystery Bus Tour - $30 includes morning tea and lunch. Departs Werris Creek Post Office and Willow Tree VIC at 8.30am, Quirindi Railway Station at 9am, the Marshall McMahon Inn Wallabadah at 9.20am. Book your seat for this day asap as this is always a very popular event. Bookings 6746 4545 or 6768 7505.
- Saturday April 14 – Dustier than Ever, a show in honour of Slim – Royal Theatre 5pm. A tribute show like no other. This show captures the devotion, admiration and love for the songs of Slim Dusty. Tickets $10 and available at LPSC Administration Centre or via www.quirindiroyaltheatre.com/dustierthanever
- Tuesday April 17 – Healthy Living at the Recreation Centre – Commences at 10am, participate in a low impact exercise class all abilities catered for, followed by morning tea and a healthy cooking demonstration with tips on quick, easy meals that are good for you! Phone Quirindi Recreation Centre on 6746 3122 to book a spot.
“There will also be a Senior’s Festival Raffle. Tickets will be available at all events at $1 each. 1st prize will be a food hamper with a smaller food hamper for 2nd and 3rd prizes,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“Please be aware that some venues may not be wheelchair accessible so please check at the time of booking. Also, numbers to some events are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment,” he continued.
“All enquiries and to book transport to the Day at the Races from Werris Creek and Willow Tree,, please call the Home Support Service Office at Quirindi 6746 4545 or Werris Creek 6768 7505,” he said.
“The theme for this year’s festival is Let’s Do More Together. Council looks forward to as many Seniors as possible joining in the celebration of their special place in our society,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
At its recent meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) noted and accepted the relative progress made on the Council’s Operational Plan during the first half of the 2017/18 financial year, and the extent to which the performance targets have been achieved.
The full Second Quarter Operational Plan status report can be found by going to - Here, clicking on 2018-02 February Council Meeting and going to page 113.
Generally, the majority of targets listed in the Operational Plan are on target or ongoing into the second half of the financial year with continued progress subject to adequate staff resources being available and no additional unexpected workloads or disruptive climatic events occurring.
NSW Councils must have an annual Operational Plan, adopted before the beginning of each financial year, outlining the activities to be undertaken in that year, as part of the Delivery Program. The Delivery Program turns the strategic goals found in the Community Strategic Plan into actions. It identifies all the key activities your Council has committed to undertake over its four-year term. All plans, projects, activities and funding allocations of Council are directly linked to the Delivery Program. It spells out the strategies and the actions to be undertaken in a financial year to achieve those strategies.
The Operational Plan is a sub-set of the Delivery Program and spells out the individual actions to be undertaken in a financial year to achieve its strategies. The framework calls for fully integrated plans, so the Delivery Program and the Operational Plan are wholly complementary. The Operational Plan includes Council’s detailed annual budget and the Statement of Council’s Revenue Policy which includes rates, fees and charges.
Transparency of operations is paramount as LPSC strives to ensure good management and governance of the Shire plus the wellbeing of its residents through the development and application of model policies for the effective delivery of core business activities.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) will place on public exhibition the draft policy - Rural Water Connections to Rising and Trunk Mains, to allow submissions to be made on the issue. The draft policy will be available on Council’s website and from the Customer Service Desk at the Administration Centre. Submissions will close on 26 March 2018.
According to the Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, LPSC has introduced the new policy Rural Water Connections to Rising and Trunk Mains because historically there has been inconsistent guidelines regarding whether it is allowable to connect rural properties to rising and trunk water mains within Council’s water supply networks.
Councillor Hope said the objectives of the policy are to:
- Provide clear direction to which properties are able, and not able, to connect to water supply rising and trunk mains within the Shire.
- Provide appropriate controls and conditions for water connections to protect the intended water quality and supply performances.
- Establish appropriate application of fees and charges for water connections to Rising and Trunk water mains.
“Council’s water supplies are treated to a standard that meets the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. Whilst the production of quality water primarily occurs during the treatment process, transmission and distribution of the treated water can introduce risks to the ongoing quality of a drinking water supply to the consumer. Inherently, rural water connections introduce high levels of hazards and risks to a drinking water supply and because of their location within the distribution system, have the potential to contaminate an entire urban drinking water supply,” Councillor Hope said.
“The operation of rising and trunk water mains introduces a high degree of variability in water pressure and flow. In some cases, extended periods of no supply could occur as part of normal operation. This variability does not facilitate manageable performance levels comparable to those established for a gravity reticulation,” he continued.
“The need for structure around this matter is clear. To address the issues relating to water quality and performance within Council’s potable water supplies, this policy has been developed to provide the framework that will apply to water connections of rising and trunk mains to rural properties. I encourage interested parties to examine the policy and to make submissions in response,” Councillor Hope concluded.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, volunteers are the most important resource local communities and their organizations have.
“The ability of people to work willingly together for the betterment of the community and others is an extremely valuable resource. Volunteers and volunteer organisations strengthen our communities,” Councillor Hope said.
“https://www.volunteering.nsw.gov.au/volunteer-now is the link to find the NSW volunteer recruitment portal, a free online tool for people interested in volunteering and organisations that are looking to recruit volunteers,” he said.
“I encourage local organisations to register and set up a profile. Once registered, organisations can advertise available volunteering opportunities.
“The website also enables volunteers or individuals interested in volunteering to find volunteering opportunities that interest them. This could be for people seeking their first volunteer role or for those looking for new opportunities,” he continued.
“Individuals who are interested in volunteering can search available opportunities, and express interest in the opportunity with the organisation. Once in the portal you can apply filters for the location you wish to volunteer and your availability as well as filter for causes and interests you have.
“It also provides access learning and development resources, you can learn more about the sorts of volunteering possible through volunteer stories, access marketing campaign materials to help local volunteer recruitment campaigns, legal resources and you can nominate a volunteer for recognition through the NSW Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program,” he said.
“In NSW over 2 million volunteers contribute 240 million hours of their time adding $5 billion dollars of value to local communities across the State. Volunteers develop new friendships, networks and skills that can transform their lives.
“The act of giving enriches lives, doing good makes us feel good and that’s a fact. Everyone benefits from volunteering, and each of us can contribute in our own unique way,” he continued.
I encourage everyone to get involved because you can make a difference. Our communities would be much poorer but for the selfless contributions of our volunteers,” Councillor Hope concluded.
As bookings are essential and numbers limited, book lovers are encouraged to reserve their place to meet academic and author Kim Hodges when she talks about her latest book Girl Over the Edge (a new memoir) at Quirindi Library, from 2.30pm, on Friday 13 April.
Kim Hodges has lived with mental illness for the last five years: bipolar 2 disorder, severe depression, generalised anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In this follow up to her incredibly successful debut memoir Girl on the Edge (2016) which detailed her adolescent experiences growing up in Coolah, Girl Over the Edge will take the reader into severe episodes of depression, on the road to recovery and everything else in between.
“I had a slight inkling that things were not quite right. I, too, had felt a slender change in me. It was a feeling. I could neither touch nor see it – so how could it be real? I was out of kilter, out of sync.” – Kim Hodges.
When Kim’s psychologist suggests she has depression, she immediately recoils from the idea. She is a mother, a wife, an academic – a functional human being! But it is the only diagnosis that explains the days she can barely lift her heavy limbs out of bed, the sick feeling that moves its way across her body and brain, the isolation, alcohol use, the colour that evaporated and left her world grey. What follows is a five-year journey that involves six lengthy hospital stays, multiple trips to the Emergency Department and innumerable engagements with health professionals.
“This memoir captures the denial, stigma and shame I have in my own mind about mental illness; the debilitating physical and mental agony of the illness; engagements with health professionals and facing my own mortality.” – Kim Hodges.
Girl Over the Edge is a raw and confronting account of mental illness and recovery that strips bare the range of human emotions, struggles and treatment options associated with mental illness, and delivers an overall message of hope and positivity. Kim will talk about her experiences in a raw, honest and confronting way that will strike a nerve with the listener. Kim’s presentation will give you an insight while she will challenge beliefs and attitudes to reduce the stigma in society around mental illness.
Contact Quirindi Library on 6746 2350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place. The book will be on sale for $30 at the presentation and will be available in bookshops on 1 May. Refreshments will be served after the talk.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has been successful in attracting $405,000, from the State Government’s Building Stronger Country Communities Fund, towards the Longfield Oval Precinct Upgrade Project Stage 1. State Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen MP (pictured left) made the presentation at a ceremony in Quirindi to Bev Moran (Quirindi Tennis Club), LPSC Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope, Natalie Eade (Quirindi Basketball Association) and Kim Brett-Moore (Quirindi Netball Association).
“I would like to congratulate Council’s Community Events Team for their efforts in bringing a wide variety of top class entertainment and cultural events to the Shire. We’re looking forward to the world-renowned London Klezmer Quartet appearing at the Royal Theatre on Wednesday February 28. Booking can be made via www.quirindiroyaltheatre.com/londonklezmerquartet. The Shire’s International Women’s Day Celebration will have Wendy Harmer as MC and guest speaker. It’s on at the Royal on Saturday 3 March, commencing at 7.00pm. The evening will include a two-course meal and the bar will be open. Tickets can be obtained at https://www.trybooking.com/UCHK or at the LPSC Administration Centre,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“Council has organised a number of specific platforms to keep the community informed about the Quipolly Water Project. This is one of the largest capital works programs LPSC has ever undertaken. Keep up to date via the website: http://www.lpscwater.com.au and/or https://www.facebook.com/lpscwaterproject/, https://www.instagram.com/quipollywaterproject/ and https://twitter.com/QuipollyWaterPr,” he said.
“Do you have a loved one missing? Do you need help? The Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit (FFMPU) is part of Victims Services, NSW Department of Justice. They are a team of counsellors who are qualified social workers and psychologists. They work closely with both police and non-police tracing organisations. For more information Phone – 1800 227 772, Email – email@example.com or check out www.facebook.com/missing.persons.501.
“Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has teamed up with the NSW Office of Sport to promote positive behaviour at junior sport, by supporting the Shoosh for Kids campaign. We want our junior events to be a positive and happy place for kids so that they want to continue to participate in sport for many years to come. If your comment is negative, then SHOOSH! If your negative comment is directed at a child, then SHOOSH! If your negative comment is directed at an official, then SHOOSH! Reward good work with applause; if you can’t then SHOOSH! It is vital that we all show respect to kids and officials. Remember, sport should be fun!” he continued.
“Council’s first Ordinary meeting for 2018 will be held from 2.30pm on Wednesday 28 February. The agenda and business paper, which set out what will be discussed, are put up on Council’s website prior to the meeting. Attending council meetings is a good way to understand how local government works and makes decisions. LPSC cordially invites and encourages community members to come along,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is seeking the co-operation of homeowners and businesses to ensure their water meters are easily accessible and can be read quickly without any risk of injury to the readers.
“Our water meter readers have been reporting that they’ve been encountering some meters that are getting difficult to access,” said LPSC Water Services Manager, Rod Batterham.
“Council does not undertake estimated readings like the electricity retailers do and can impose a fee for return visits to read meters that were not accessible during a normal reading run,” he said.
Mr Batterham said consumers can take a few simple steps like these below to avoid a return meter reading fee;
- Maintain a clear area with no bushes etc. within 1 metre all round of the meter (including above). Don’t plant thorny bushes, roses etc. near your meter.
- Do not place any items, for example pot plants, on top of meter boxes.
- Dogs should be confined to yards, away from the meter, or on a chain during water meter readings periods.
- If you have a locked yard where the meter is located, make arrangements with Council to gain access, such as setting up a time during business hours to unlock the yard.
“Meter readings are carried out every 3 months, so attention to maintaining access to the meter is an ongoing task.
“Maintaining access also makes it easier for the consumer to monitor their own readings, which can help contribute to keeping water bills down. If anyone needs tips on how to read their meter, or any water saving ideas, Council has a link on its website showing how this can be done.” Mr Batterham concluded.
Liverpool Plains music lovers are in for a cultural treat when the London Klezmer Quartet (LKQ), four of Europe's most talented klezmer musicians, bring their talent to the stage of Quirindi’s Royal Theatre on Wednesday 28 February.
Bookings can be made at www.quirindiroyaltheatre.com/londonklezmerquartet.
“When Buraczewska sang, all the earthiness, profound melancholy and celebratory joy you could desire
The London Klezmer Quartet - Susi Evans (clarinet), Carol Isaacs (accordion), Ilana Cravitz (violin) and Indra Buraczewska (double bass & vocals).
came surging to the fore via her vast, singular contralto.” Sydney Morning Herald
Performing to rave reviews around the world, the LKQ is a dynamic group of performers whose deep understanding of klezmer, the celebratory and soulful music of Eastern European Jews, is reflected in exuberant, passionate and accomplished performances that captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
“A fantastic sound with inventive arrangements, virtuosity, exciting original tunes and soulful playing.” Songlines Magazine
Klezmer is a Hebrew word, a combination of the words kley (vessel) and zemer (melody) that referred to musical instruments in ancient times. It became colloquially attached to Jewish folk musicians sometime in the Middle Ages. Working under various restrictions in different centuries and cultures, Jewish musicians (klezmorim) developed their own unique style out of a variety of local musical styles.
The group plays old and new traditional material guaranteed to move audiences from toe-tapping to tears and back again in moments.
"The real deal, to these ears.” Doug Spencer, The Weekend Planet, ABC Radio National.
LKQ was formed in 2009 by a group of klezmer specialists keen to explore the almost-lost wedding music tradition of Jewish eastern Europe. The band was swiftly picked up by some of the UK’s foremost folk and world music promoters. The band is also one of the few in the world who lead the Yiddish dances that this music would traditionally have accompanied.
Band members are also in demand on other world music stages, recording and touring with The Indigo Girls (US), Sinead O’Connor (Ireland), Natacha Atlas (Egypt), She’Koyokh (UK), and Ahmed Mukhtar (Iraq).
A show not to be missed so book early and avoid disappointment.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council is delighted that Wendy Harmer, one of Australia's best-known humourist who has enjoyed a highly successful thirty-year career in journalism, radio, television and stand-up comedy will be MC and special guest speaker at its 2018 International Women’s Day celebration.
“The Shire’s International Women’s Day Celebration will be held on Saturday 3 March at the Quirindi Royal Theatre, commencing at 7.00pm. We’d love to see as many people as possible come along to share the evening with Wendy,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“A two course sit down meal will be provided on the night. The bar will also be operating,” he said.
“Tickets to the event are Adult - $50, Student and Concession - $45 and Children 12 and Under - $30 and can be obtained at https://www.trybooking.com/UCHK and at the LPSC Administration Centre,” he continued.
“There will also be several local women, yet to be announced, speaking on the night,” he said.
Councillor Hope said the International Women's Day 2018 campaign theme is #PressforProgress.
“With the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away, there has never been a more important time for women, with the additional support of men, to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. With global activism for women's equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp, there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity,” he said.
“As a stand-up comedian, Wendy Harmer has performed her one-woman shows at the Melbourne, Edinburgh, Montreal and Glasgow Mayfest Comedy Festivals, in London's West End and the Sydney Theatre Company. She enjoyed huge popularity leading Sydney radio station 2Day FM's top-rating Breakfast Show for 11 years, winning 84 of the 88 ratings surveys for that period. Wendy was also the first woman to host a TV comedy show, the ABC's The Big Gig in 1989.
“A former political journalist, Wendy is the author of eight books for adults including her best-selling novel Farewell My Ovaries, Love and Punishment and Nagging for Beginners, a how-to guide for women. Wendy's children's book series about Pearlie the park fairy have sold more than 700,000 copies in Australia and internationally since the first title Pearlie in the Park was published in 2003. Wendy is also a member of the National People With a Disability and Carer's Council and a patron of Interplast,” Councillor Hope said.
“LPSC is proud to annually mark Imternational Women’s Day and all it stands for. We have had many fine guest speakers over the years and this year is no exception. Hope to see you there,” Councillor Hope concluded.
The expression of interest is open for the design and construction of the Quipolly water project including a new water treatment plant and pipelines to Werris Creek and Quirindi.
Mayor Andrew Hope said it was an exciting development in the project.
“The Quipolly water project is one of the largest projects we have undertaken in the Shire and it is good to see we have reached a major milestone in making it a reality,” said Mayor Hope.
“The expression of interest is open and from this process we wil narrow it down to a tender process,” he said.
“It is important for the delivery of the project that we have one contractor or constorium overseeing and being responsible for every detail, so that the whole project is coordinated,” he said.
“So that the community can be kept up to date with progress on the water project we have launched a new website, facebook, twitter and intsgram page and people can fill in their details to reviece emails or sms messages when we publish new information,”
“Information will also be available at the Council Chambers and our libraries; as things progress events will be held at Werris Creek and Quipolly Dam,” he said.
“It is great to see the project starting to take shape,” Mayor Andew Hope said.
- The EOI is open until 2pm, March 14 and can be found on Tenderlink: https://www.tenderlink.com/lpsc/
- Website: http://www.lpscwater.com.au
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/QuipollyWaterPr
Representatives from NSW Trainlink recently visited Quirindi to update Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) on proposed options to improve transport links between Tamworth, Werris Creek, Quirindi, Willow Tree, the Hunter Valley and Newcastle. There are also proposed options for services from Tamworth to Port Macquarie and Tamworth to Dubbo that may benefit Shire residents.
“LPSC has been calling for improved public transport links for a number of years so it is encouraging to see proposals finally on the table,” said Mayor Andrew Hope.
“While we have been seeking the extension of the current Newcastle - Scone service to Tamworth, lack of rollingstock means that option isn’t feasible at least until the order for new country trains is delivered in the early 2020s. While the new proposals do necessitate a change from coach to bus at either Scone or Muswellbrook they stand to provide better opportunities than we currently have. Proposals that are introduced, and I understand they hope to start them around Easter time, will be on trial, so it will be a case of use it or lose it. If it is well used we may have an argument for trains all the way in the future,” he said.
Councillor Hope said that although the survey held to find out people’s preferred services had closed he was encouraging community members to let NSW Trainlink know their thoughts by calling the project team on (02) 9232 9531 during business hours or emailing NSWTrainLinkCommunities@transport.nsw.gov.au.
“If we are to get these services we need to be proactive,” he said.
At the consultation meeting, Councillors Black and Lobsey and Mr Stewart made some positive suggestions and indicated some problems they saw with the proposal.
“We told NSW Trainlink that to be successful they should trial both the 4.57am and 8.25am ex Quirindi services and the trains that depart Newcastle at 4.32pm and 5.59pm on the return. It was also suggested that they must operate Monday to Friday. If they are succesful we can look at weekend services,” Councillor Black said.
“They indicated that they are looking at the same ‘country fares scale’ that apply on the Explorer service, that is $70.94 return for an adult and $48.96 for a child. We told them bluntly that such a fare scale would doom the service to failure, that the coach/train is interurban in nature and passengers should be able to utilise an Opal card, although a small extra charge for the portion Quirindi to Scone would be reasonable. In reality, if people can travel from Bathurst to Sydney and return for $14.50, $70.94 Quirindi – Newcastle return is highway robbery.
“We also requested they provide a stop in Currabubula,” Councillor Black said.
Councillor Hope said that if NSW Trainlink made the fare structure more equitable and affordable the service should prove very popular.
“Additionally, the services from Newcastle northbound also provide ample time for people from the Hunter to do a day return to the Liverpool Plains or Tamworth so providing us with an opportunity to encourage day visits to our region which would help drive economic development through increased tourism,” he said.
“We have fought long and hard for improved transport links and it would be a crying shame if the trials failed because what is provided is too expensive for it to be an attractive option,” he continued.
“I’d like to thank member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson, for the effort he has made to reach this point. I’ll update him on our concerns and hopefully he can help us achieve a succesful outcome,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Proposed timetables can be found here https://transportnsw.info/news/2017/trials-of-new-public-transport-options-for-regional-nsw
Following the success of the inaugural Quirindi Military Tattoo held in 2017, the sounds of pipes and drums and the colour and entertainment of marching bands will return to Longfield Oval on Saturday February 3.
“A lot of people contacted Council after last year’s event saying how much they enjoyed the entertainment and asking if it could become an annual event. We are very pleased to say it is back in 2018 and it will be even bigger and better this year,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Community Events Coordinator Angus Fraser.
“There will be free entry and the event is open to all ages. There will be market stalls at Longfield Oval from 2pm ahead of the Military Tattoo which will commence at 7pm, so it provides the opportunity for a great family fun day,” he continued.
Angus said the bands performing will include the Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band and the Australian Air League Riverwood Hornets, the RSL Corps of Guards will be marching plus there will be a group of Scottish dancers and a folk band.
“The Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band played with Paul McCartney at his Sydney concert in 2017. The Riverwood Hornets are a squadron within the Australian Air League, an organisation for boys age 8 to 18. The band has had many successes over recent years and has been undefeated as ‘The Best Band’ within the Australian Air League since 1986. Outside of the AAL the band has won numerous titles including holding the title of world number 3 in the Drum & Bugle category. The RSL Corps of Guards are a prestigous group of volunteers, who provide support with commemorative events at the ANZAC Memorial in Sydney and in upholding the ANZAC Spirit,” Angus said.
“A tattoo is based on a military performance of music. The term comes from the early 17th century Dutch phrase doe den tap toe (turn off the tap), a signal sounded by drummers or trumpeters to instruct innkeepers near military garrisons to stop serving beer and for soldiers to return to their barracks!” he said.
The Quirindi Military Tattoo is a joint initiative of the Quirindi RSL Sub Branch and LPSC,” he continued.
“We look forward to the community coming along to enjoy a great musical and cultural event,” Angus concluded.
Australia Day – Members of the community are encouraged to attend Australia Day events that will be held around the Shire. At 10am the official Australia Day presentation ceremony will be held at The Royal Theatre, at Warrah Creek the annual 20/20 cricket match will start at 10.30am with the official ceremony at 2pm and at Werris Creek the BBQ dinner and games will start at 6.30pm with fireworks to finish the night. There will be free admission to both Quirindi and Werris Creek pools. Werris Creek pool will have the inflatable obstacle feature at a cost of $5.00 per person for unlimited rides.
Council Meeting – the first Ordinary Meeting of Council for 2018 is scheduled to be held on Wednesday 21 February from 2.30 pm. Council encourages residents to attend meeting.
The 2018 Quirindi Military Tattoo - will be held on 3 February 2018 at Longfield Oval. The event will be free entry and open to patrons of all ages. The days proceedings will commence with Market Stalls, music and food from 2pm. The official proceedings and bands will commence at 7pm and will conclude at around 9pm. There will be no charge for stalls holders, however, an application form still needs to be completed and confirmation of booking given by the organisers. To apply fill out an application form and return via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by mail to PO Box 152, Quirindi NSW 2343 or drop it in at the LPSC Administration Building. Application forms can be downloaded from https://quirindimilitarytattoo.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/stallholder-application-form-quirindi-military-tattoo-2018.pdf.
Quirindi and Werris Creek Swimming Pools – From Monday January 29 operating hours of both pools will be Midday to 8pm, Monday to Sunday. These hours will operate through until February 25. From February 26 hours will be Monday to Sunday 2pm to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday 11am to 6pm. Throughout this period Council will maintain flexibility with operating hours and if considered necessary due to heat wave conditions, pools will remain open later if the weather and patronage demand.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Councillors recently inspected the Sewerage Treatment Plants (STP) at Quirindi and Werris Creek for an update on the planned upgrades that will progress through 2018.
Quirindi STP upgrade is now stepping into the next phase with the engagement of consultants to undertake the detailed design of the upgrade.
Prior to the engagement of consultants, LPSC staff had met with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to consult the design concept before proceeding. Council received qualified agreement for its concept.
Work has now commenced on the design with the work being carried out by Hunter H2O.
The biological sludge reduction process is continuing at Werris Ck STP. LPSC water services staff have refined the application method of the agent to become an efficient process, saving costs.
Planning for the future upgrade concept for Werris Creek STP was also outlined to the EPA during the Quirindi STP meeting. LPSC’s proactive consultation on these issues with the EPA were well received.
LPSC Director Engineering Services, Warren Faulkner, explains the plan for the multmillion dollar upgrade of the Quirindi STP to Councillors and staff during an inspection of the facility.
|LPSC Councillors had the the biological sludge reduction process explained to them during an inspection of the Werris Creek STP|
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is requesting water consumers in Werris Creek to assist by limiting water consumption from midnight, Wednesday 17 January until midnight, Thursday, 18 January, when during the day, which will temporarily interrupt power and affect the Werris Creek town water supply.
“During the period there is no power to the Quipolly Dam pump station, it will be unable to supply water to the town’s water treatment plant. This will result in the water levels in the Werris Creek reservoirs continuing to fall until power is restored,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“Council is requesting Werris Creek residents to be mindful of their water usage during this period to ensure the water storages can return to their normal capacity as soon as possible,” he said.
“With the hot weather being experienced lately, this is a timely reminder for residents to be mindful of their water usage because of the current Werris Creek treatment plant’s capacity limitations. Council is continuing the planning for the construction of new Quipolly Water Treatment Plant which will remedy this problem,” he continued.
“LPSC is committed to working with our community to achieve sustainable water use across the Shire.” he said.
If you have any questions regarding the interruption to the power supply please phone Essential Energy on 13 20 80. For water enqueries, please contact LPSC’s Customer Service Team on (02) 6746 1755 during business hours,” Councillor Hope concluded
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope is inviting and encouraging members of the Shire community to join in Australia Day celebrations to reflect on what it means to be Australian, to celebrate contemporary Australia and to acknowledge our history.
The Shire’s Australia Day Program for January 26 is:
- 10.30am – Quirindi – The Presentation of the Liverpool Plains Shire Australia Day Awards at the Royal Theatre Quirindi.
- 10.30am – Warrah Creek – 20/20 cricket Match
- 2.00pm – Official Australia Day Ceremony at Warrah Creek as well as fun and games for the children
- 6.30pm – Werris Creek – Australia Day Celebrations with BBQ dinner, fun games and fantastic fireworks to finish the night.
- ALL DAY – Quirindi and Werris Creek pools will be open FREE OF CHARGE for all patrons. Normal opening times apply. Werris Creek pool will have the inflatable obstacle feature at a cost of $5.00 per person for unlimited rides.
“The Shire’s 2018 Australia Day Ambassador is Professor Maria Kavallaris who will attend the awards ceremony, and the Warrah Creek and Werris Creek events. Australia Day Ambassadors volunteer their time and energy to inspire pride and celebrate in our local communities where they they are our guest of honour and participate in activities as diverse as the communities themselves,” Councillor Hope said.
“Australia Day means different things to different people – and that’s a big part of the rich fabric of the day,” he said.
“The Australia Day theme Everyone, every story is all about acknowledging and celebrating the contribution that every Australian makes to our contemporary and dynamic nation. From our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who have been here for more than 65,000 years, to those who have lived here for generations, to those who have come from all corners of the globe to call our country home,” he continued.
“Some 13 million people. Approximately half the country’s population participate in specific Australia Day celebrations each year. I encourage you to be one of them,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has extended the closing date, for receipt of nominations for the Shire’s 2018 Australia Day Awards, through until 4.30pm, Thursday January 18.
“We all know someone who gives their all and makes a difference to our community. I encourage all residents to look around and nominate someone who deserves to be recognised through these awards,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The official nomination form is available HERE from Council’s Customer Service Desk at the Administration Centre, by calling 6746 1755 during business hours, or email a request to email@example.com. Completed forms can be dropped in to the Customer Service Desk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This year, we’ve added the Emergency Services Community Award, which seeks to recognise and raise awareness of the extraordinary contributions of everyone involved in the Shire’s emergency services sector. The category is open to all emergency service agency personnel who operate in our local government area,” he said.
There are now eight categories seeking nominations;
• Citizen of the Year
• Young Citizen of the Year
• Local Legend
• Sportsperson of the Year
• Junior Sportsperson of the Year
• Marie Maunder Community Service Award
• Emergency Services Community Award
• Community Event of the Year
“The LPSC Australia Day Awards celebrate the achievements of individuals who inspire us through their accomplishments, in service to our community, culture and sports. Nominating someone is not only good for the individual. It is also good for the entire community. It encourages other people to follow their example.
“As a community we rely heavily on their commitment and dedication to enriching the fabric of our society and the awards provide an opportunity to say thank you and well done. Be it a friend, family member, workmate or someone you have met while serving the community, nominate them now for a LPS 2018 Australia Day Award,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), has become aware that starting in 2018, NSW TrainLink proposes to trial new coach connections aimed at better linking regional communities. Of particular interest to our region are proposals for new services between Tamworth and Newcastle, Tamworth and Dubbo and Tamworth and Port Macquarie.
According to LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, three Tamworth - Newcastle services are being touted that would allow day return trips with stays in Newcastle of four, six and eight hours utilising Coaches from Tamworth to either Scone or Muswellbrook where passengers would transfer to trains for the remainder of the journey. Similar rail/coach services would be provided on the return journey. Within the Shire the coaches would pick up and set down at Werris Creek, Quirindi and Willow Tree.
Councillor Hope said he was urging residents to look at the proposals for all three propsed routes at https://transportnsw.info/news/2017/trials-of-new-public-transport-options-for-regional-nsw and to take the survey that seeks to find out preferences for departure and arrival times, frequency of travel, and food and drink options. The survey can also be accessed directly via the link http://survey.canvasu.com.au/canvasu/trainlink.
“LPSC acknowledges that this proposal is not quite what Council has lobbied strongly in favour of for some years, but it will fill a badly needed gap and at this stage offers more options to and from Newcastle than previous proposals.”
“Our Visitor Information Centre Manager recently attended an information session regarding the proposals and the question was asked why this service can’t be a train service throughout. The response provided was that at the moment there aren’t any spare rail carriages available before 2020 when the new fleet is ready. They also acknowledged that TrainLink has to compete with the coal trains for rail paths. However, it has not been ruled out that there may be a future for a complete train link after 2020,” Councillor Hope said.
“The most important things at this moment is for people to provide feedback to the proposals via the survey and when instituted that they make good use of the service to improve the chances for a full rail service after 2020,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Over 50 children, their families and other Spring Ridge community members attended Saturday night’s official opening of the embellishment project at Lachlan Campell Park, the Christmas Tree and Christmas Chocolate Wheel.
“The achievements and improvements to amenity at Spring Ridge are the result of the community’s partnering with Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) and Whitehaven Werris Creek Coal to realise their aspirations. The Spring Ridge Local Advisory Group (LAG) displays tremendous drive and determination to get the job done and the way they operate could well serve as a blueprint for other community groups looking for succesful outcomes,” LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said.
“The Lachlan Campell Park Embellishment Project has seen shading installed over the play equipment, installation of a new, covered, aluminium picnic table and seat and a king size gas BBQ. The playground border has been removed and replaced with new treated timber edgings. The electricity supply has been reconnected and a flood light and power points installed. There has also been the addition of an ‘expression swing’ for babies and toddlers,” he said.
Spring Ridge LAG Chair Vicki Donnelly said they are very proud of the Spring Ridge Community’s continuing efforts to improve the village.
“During the last few years the LAG has partnered with LPSC to complete a number of items from our ‘wish list’, including the installation of shower facilities, replacement of the external fence and installation of lights on the oval. This in turn has also allowed the site to be utilised for Freedom Campers which in turn is a stimulus for local economic development,” she said.
“The LAG would like to especially thank Mayor Hope, Donna Ausling and Steve Ryder for their commitment to the Spring Ridge community. They are always available for advice and to discuss the best way to achieve our projected goals,” Vicki said.
“Councillor Hope also acknowleged the work of Donna and Steve, as well as their team members and work crews who have contributed to the project.
“LPSC looks forward to kicking more goals, into the future, in partnership with the Spring Ridge Community,” Councillor Hope concluded.
LPSC Property Manager Steve Ryder, LPSC Director Economic Development Donna Ausling, Mayor Andrew Hope, Werris Creek Whitehaven Coal Operations Manager Rod Hicks, and Spring Ridge LAG Chair Vicki Donnelly at the official opening.
The covered playground provides protection from the elements and a variety of activities for the local kids.