“Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has approved assistance of $2,000, from the LPSC Local Heritage Fund, to the Croaker Memorial Church at Caroona, to assist in repairing damage caused by vandalism and problems with rising damp. The decision was made following a recommendation from Council’s Heritage Advisor. Council provides a free heritage advisory service to owners of older buildings. The Heritage Advisor is available to assist with understanding old buildings and to give guidance on how to manage associated issues. Contact our Environmental Services team on 6746 1755 for more details,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“LPSC has adopted a new Smoke Free Policy. Council has an obligation under health and safety legislation to do everything reasonably practicable to provide a safe workplace. Risks to health and accidents are associated with smoking. The policy applies to employees, agents and contractors and outlines no smoking rules. Recognising that some people choose to smoke designated outdoor smoking areas and smoking breaks are outlined. Importantly, Council will provide support to workplace participants wishing to quit smoking through access to Quit programs and subsidising the purchase of products to assist the process,” he said.
“Following a period of public exhibition seeking comments, Council has adopted its new Home Haemodialysis Water Usage Concession Policy. It came into effect for water charges from July 1. There is no clear direction on the application of rebates or concessions available from other government agencies regarding medically derived water usage at home, so our local water utility has had to develop its own policy. Home Haemodialysis Consumers are now charged lower rates for the first 500kL used per annum. This change recognises consumption of a higher magnitude that is incurred through home dialysis, which can account for an additional 50% of a usual household’s usage. Obviously this can be a huge burden for some people so this policy seeks to provide some relief,” he continued.
“Construction work has commenced on Council’s new Animal Welfare Facility. The slab has been completed and the building itself will follow shortly. Many people would be amazed if they knew the numbers of lost and abandoned pets Council has to care for each year whilst seeking their owners or new homes. We wish to do this in the most humane way so welfare of the animals is a priority,” he said.
“I’m asking community members to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police in an attempt to curb vandalism. There have been several incidents lately where public assets have been damaged. These have been wanton acts of stupidity and we have to spend public funding, that could be better used in other areas, to repair the damage,” Councillor Hope concluded.