Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed two grants delivered to projects in the Shire during a visit by State Minister for Corrections, Emergency Services and Veterans Affairs, David Elliott MP. Councillor Hope along with Deputy Mayor and RSL President, Doug Hawkins, LPSC Director Economic Development, Donna Ausling, the RSL’s Ray Hatch and Quirindi High School students Wade Clarke, Sari Hamblin and Ben Hope welcomed the Minister and Local State MP, Michael Johnsen, to the Shire.
“It’s great news for the community that $60,000 has been granted to refurbish the Quirindi Town Clock and War Memorial. This memorial is important because it acts as a historical touchstone. It links the past to the present and enables people to remember and respect the sacrifice of those who died, fought, participated or were affected by conflicts,” said Councillor Hawkins.
Councillor Hope said the War Memorial was the focal point for numerous community commemorations throughout the year and that honouring the sacrifices made by so many for freedom needs to be remembered with Quirindi’s memorial playing a vital role in ensuring that continues.
Minister Elliott also presented Braefield/Dury Rural Fire Brigade with an $8,000 grant to fund an electric hose reel for a fire truck as well as other operational equipment.
“The Braefield/Dury RFS volunteers are a very dedicated group who give of their time to protect families, friends, homes and assets, our community, and way of life. It is great to see funding such as this flow to them to assist them in their vital role,” Councillor Hope said.
“This is another great opportunity for me to remind the wider community that the RFS needs all types of people, with a wide range of skills, to keep brigades running and communities safe. It is not only about firefighting they also need people to assist with administration, communications, catering, community education and engagement, training, operational logistics support, welfare support and youth development. If you think you can contribute contact your local rural fire brigade,” Councillor Hope said.“The whole community benefits when local government works in partnership with State and Federal Governments and on behalf of the Shire’s residents I’d like to thank Minister Elliott and our local MP Michael Johnsen for the contributions they’ve made with this funding,” Councillor Hope concluded.
State Minister for Veteran’s Affairs David Elliott shakes hands with Councillor Doug Hawkins (local RSL President) as he announces $60,000 funding to refurbish the Quirindi Town Clock and War Memorial. Representatives from Quirindi High School, the local RSL and LPSC welcomed the Minister and State Member Michael Johnsen to town.
LPSC Mayor Andrew Hope, Ben Hope (QHS), State MP Michael Johnsen, Sari Hamblin (QHS), Minister David Elliott MP, Wade Clarke (QHS), Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins (RSL President), LPSC’s Director Economic Development Donna Ausling and Ray Hatch (RSL).