Media Releases & Exhibitions

Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Visitor Information Centre (VIC) Manager, Nikki Robertson, is urging individuals and organisations to claim the date for their one-off or major community event to be held around the Shire during 2017.

Claim the date

“Claiming the date is a free and simple way to help you grow your event attendance and maximise its success,” Nikki said.

“With so many events being held each year and people living busier lives than ever, a claim the date is essential. It allows you to see whether another event that might detract from your event is already booked in on a particular date. It can encourage others not to double book a date you’ve already claimed. Obviously, the earlier you claim your date the more successful the process works for you,” she said.       

“The VIC can help promote community events through Council’s media and communication contacts. If we are aware your event is taking place the details can be listed on our websites and social media pages. This can help greatly increase the number of people who are aware of what you’ve planned and what is taking place,” she continued.

Nikki said to claim a date the VIC can be contacted by calling 6747 1226 or emailing info@visitquirindi.com.au.

“In planning an event a few things people should consider include what makes your event stand apart from others in the area? What is your unique selling point? Telling the wrong people about your event is a waste of time, so identify the people likely to be interested in your event and tailor your message accordingly. Depending on resourcing and timing, the pre–event phase can be further broken into long, medium and short term. Remember communication works best as a cycle that builds momentum toward the event,” Nikki said.

“LPSC will continue to grow its RV Strategy during the year and local organisations can benefit from letting visitors know about what is on the calendar during their stay. This strategy has already seen increased numbers utilising our camping areas, patronising local businesses, visiting tourist attractions and attending local events.          

The VIC Shire Events Calendar is helping people/organisations pick the right date and making event clashes a thing of the past. It can help maximise your exposure to locals and tourists alike,’ Nikki concluded.

The VIC events calendar can be accessed at www.visitquirindi.com.au/events.  

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Question to LP Shire businesses and organisations – Can you afford to ignore over $7 billion spent each year by RV travellers, with 30 million domestic visitor nights spent in caravan parks and freedom camping grounds, particularly when around 90% of all visitor nights in the sector are spent in regional Australia?

Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope is urging business owners, organisations and other interested parties from right around the Shire to attend one of the upcoming Recreational Vehicle (RV) Friendly Seminars which will focus on how to best capture the burgeoning RV market.

The seminars, presented by the Australian Caravan Club (ACC), supported by LPSC and with help from a State Government Grant, will be held between 5.30pm and 7.30pm at 1) Quirindi Racecourse dining room on Tuesday January 24 and 2) Spring Ridge Hall on Wednesday 25 January.

He said the seminars will:

  • Raise awareness of the value of the industry to regional communities
  • Discuss how communities and individual businesses and organisations can become RV friendly   
  • Pinpoint opportunities to access this expanding market
  • Examine what the RV market might be looking for when they visit communities and requirements from local businesses
  • Information sources for local businesses
  • Other information the ACC considers pertinent 

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Ever increasing numbers of RVs are utilising the LP Shires camping facilities

“LPSC will be further developing its RV Strategy throughout the year and these seminars are for those interested in driving economic development, wishing to boost business profits and wishing to engage with the continually growing RV community. I encourage people from right around the Shire to attend as Council has plans to expand freedom camping areas to other towns like Werris Creek, Spring Ridge and Blackville. Businesses in Willow Tree, Wallabadah, Currabubula and Premer are already benefiting, as are those in Quirindi as a local hub, and Werris Creek through visitors to the Rail Journeys Museum. Council is working hard to see this success rise exponentially, to benefit the whole Shire.” Councillor Hope said.

 “There’s an old saying that you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. With this in mind I’d like businesses and organisations to consider research which shows there are over 600,000 caravans, motorhomes and other industry products registered in Australia and this figure is growing exponentially with over 5% year on year growth over the last few years. Can your business afford not to get on board? Hope to see you at the seminars,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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Cody the robot and his ball-shaped friend, Sphero, will be visiting Werris Creek library on Wednesday 11 January and Quirindi library on Tuesday 17 January, between 11am and 4pm.

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According to Werris Creek librarian, Marilyn Deeks, Cody provides a fun way to get kids thinking like a programmer. She said Cody is 56cm tall, has infrared sensors for eyes, speakers for ears as well as three touch sensors on his head and combined with 25 motors he can perform complicated moves that will impress the young and young at heart alike. She said his offsider Sphero is Bluetooth smart and designed to inspire curiosity through connected play.

“When the kids see Cody do one of his dances, it makes them think about how every little movement is programmed. A lot of thought has gone into Cody and Sphero and introducing children to robotics is just another of the ways our libraries keep up with the times and help to educate young people in interesting ways,” she said.

“Interested persons should ring Werris Creek library on 6768 7340 or Quirindi on 6746 2350 to confirm a place,” Ms Deeks continued.

“I’d also like to remind people that the Australian Inspiration exhibition, which reveals how the unique beauty of Australia's native flora and fauna has long inspired artists and designers, concludes at Werris Creek library on Thursday 12 January,” she said.

“Both libraries are hosting the Summer Reading Club for kids until the end of January. They’ll get to explore the themes and conventions associated with superheroes, sidekicks and villains! For more details contact the libraries,” Ms Deeks concluded. 

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Deputy Mayor, Doug Hawkins, has congratulated the award winners in the 2016 LPSC Christmas Lights Competition whilst thanking all this year’s entrants saying that everyone who entered is a winner for having a go.

“Everyone who puts up Christmas Lights and decorations bring a lot of joy to others, particularly the kids who enjoy their parents driving them around for a look. I’ve heard cries of delight coming from kids in cars as they pass by, surely this happiness is a wonderful part of the Christmas Spirit,” Councillor Hawkins said.

Award winners are:

  • Best Lights Display - Christy Pryor - Snape Street Quirindi        
  • Best Tree - Gail Kelly - North Street Werris Creek        
  • Best Santa - Mark Outerbridge - Centre Street Quirindi
  • Best Shop Front - Julie Green Real Estate
  • Best Nativity Scene - Gail Kelly - North Street Werris Creek
  • Best All Rounder - Gail Kelly - North Street Werris Creek
  • Encouragement - McKenna Family - Lennox Street Quirindi       

“I’d also like to thanks the competition sponsors because without them we couldn’t provide the prizes we do. The support from Quirindi Branch CWA, Quirindi Craft Shop, Quirindi Pharmacy and Emporium, Lois Slade, Hoswell Constructions and Josh Saul Electrical is greatly appreciated,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.

Christmas Lights Winners

Doug Hawkins (LPSC Deputy Mayor), Julie Green – Best Shop Front, Gail Kelly – Best Tree, Best Nativity,
Best All Rounder, Alan, Trevor and Sharon McKenna – Encouragement Award.   
Absent: Christy Pryor – Best Lights Display, Mark Outerbridge Best Santa 

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An aerial view, taken last week that highlights the progress of construction at the new Emergency Services Precinct in Quirindi.

Emergency Presinct

The main Rural Fire Service control centre is nearing completion as is one of the ancillary buildings with three slabs in place yet to be built on. When complete the site will provide a state-of-the-art precinct to accommodate the Liverpool Range Zone Rural Fire Service (RFS) Control Centre, a new shed for the Braefield Dury RFS Brigade, a Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) shed, plus the State Emergency Service (SES) which is already located within the area. The Precinct will also provide training grounds to meet the needs of all emergency service organisations, a car park and provision for shared infrastructure including telecommunications and amenities. The complex will eventually include a helipad suitable for the Westpac Rescue and other helicopters. The RFS Control Centre will co-ordinate all bush fire operations in the Upper Hunter, Gunnedah and Liverpool Plains Shires

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New Emergency Services Precinct being developed in Quirindi is quickly taking shape

An aerial view, taken last week that highlights the progress of construction at the new Emergency Services Precinct in Quirindi. The main Rural Fire Service control centre is nearing completion as is one of the ancillary buildings with three slabs in place yet to be built on. When complete the site will provide a state-of-the-art precinct to accommodate the Liverpool Range Zone Rural Fire Service (RFS) Control Centre, a new shed for the Braefield Dury RFS Brigade, a Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) shed, plus the State Emergency Service (SES) which is already located within the area.

The Precinct will also provide training grounds to meet the needs of all emergency service organisations, a car park and provision for shared infrastructure including telecommunications and amenities. The complex will eventually include a helipad suitable for the Westpac Rescue and other helicopters. The RFS Control Centre will co-ordinate all bush fire operations in the Upper Hunter, Gunnedah and Liverpool Plains Shires.

Emergency Services Precinct Aerial Shot December 2016

Media contact – LPSC Mayor Andrew Hope 0427 687 345.

  

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Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope is reminding residents that Council’s Administration Centre will close for the Christmas/New Year period from 5pm Friday 23 December and reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

“In emergency situations only, residents can call 6746 1755 and follow the prompts but I request all members of the community to only use this service in real emergency situations,” Councillor Hope said.

“All Council operated services close on Friday 23 with the exception of Home Support Services which close on December 21 in the case of Willow Tree and 22 at Quirindi and Werris Creek. The swimming pools are only closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and the Visitor Information Centre which will be closed on Christmas Day only.

“Landfills will only be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. All waste and recycling service pick-ups will continue as scheduled across the Shire throughout the period,” he said.

“The Administration Centre, Service NSW Agency, Libraries, Home Support Services and Eastside Childcare Centre will all reopen on Tuesday 3 January. The Recreation Centre will re-open at 6am on Monday 9 January. Full details are available on Council’s website www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au and on its Facebook page,” he continued.

Councillor Hope is also reminding residents that nominations for LPSC’s 2017 Australia Day Awards close at 4.30pm on Friday 23 December. He said categories are Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year, Junior Sports Person of the Year, the Marie Maunder Community Service Award, the Community Event of the Year and Local Legend.

“Nomination forms, with full criteria for each category, are available at Council’s Administration Centre, Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries, the Visitor Information Centre Willow Tree, by calling 6746 1755 or emailing lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au. Most people know someone who has given outstanding service to the community or been involved in a specific community project which deserves recognition,” he said.

“Again, a safe, happy and Merry Christmas to all and the very best for 2017,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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The children and parents had a most enjoyable Christmas Party at Eastside Childcare Centre including a visit from Santa. 

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LPSC’s Eastside Childcare Centre will close at 6.00 pm on Friday 23 December 2016 and will re-open at 8.00 am on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

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Werris Creek library will proudly host Australian Inspiration, an exhibition which reveals how the unique beauty of Australia's native flora and fauna has long inspired artists and designers, from Tuesday 3 January through until Thursday 12 January 2017.

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Werris Creek librarian, Marilyn Deeks, said “The tour is visiting selected libraries in NSW and Werris Creek is very fortunate to be only one of two Central Northern Regional Libraries to host the display.”

Highlights of the Australian Inspiration display include:

  • some of the earliest known drawings of Australian flora and fauna from 1794
  • first drawings of the koala from 1803
  • Dorothy Wall’s drawing of Blinky Bill and her earlier characters from c.1920
  • a quirky waratah costume design created for the 1938 Sesquicentenary of Australia

Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is encouraging Shire residents to ensure they don’t miss this exciting opportunity to see the evolving story of how the unique beauty of Australia’s native flora and fauna, especially the waratah and koala, has long been a source of inspiration for our artists and designers.

“It really is a great thing when cultural displays such as Australian Inspiration can be viewed locally and I hope as many people as possible will drop in and have a look,” Councillor Hope said.

Drawing on the State Library’s rich collections the exhibition showcases the role of the State Library’s extraordinary collected works in arts and design. For more information please contact Werris Creek library on 6768 7340, visit the CNRL website, and check out the library’s Facebook page for updates. More details - http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/australian-inspiration-tour-nsw.

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State Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen, called into the Liverpool Plains Shire Council Chambers to present certificates to two of the three Shire women named as Hidden Treasures, in the annual initiative of the Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Women’s Network which recognises the outstanding efforts of women volunteers in NSW and to promote the valuable role of volunteering to the community.

Hidden Treasures
(Pictured – seated at front Hidden Treasures Colleen Wills and Beryl Mannion. Standing State MP Michael Johnsen, Colleen’s grandchildren Yolanda and Phoebe with daughter Rebecca, Beryl’s daughter Kerry Challenger and LPSC Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope

“This important tribute captures inspirational stories, documenting and celebrating the unpaid work of women who are ensuring the viability of so many important and crucial community groups and charities such as emergency services, the arts, environment, social justice, education and sport organisation, and so many others within rural and regional communities. Colleen and Beryl are truly worthy recipients,” Councillor Hope said.

“The third of the Shire’s Hidden Treasures, Linda Fittler from Werris Creek, is also a most worthy recipient and resides in the Tamworth electorate. Her certificate will be presented by the Member for Tamworth,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is requesting Werris Creek residents to be water wise, as the warmer weather sets in, as the town’s 1930s water treatment plant is showing its age and battling to meet demand.

“It is ironic that Quipolly Dam is at 97% capacity and yet we have to ask people to conserve water, but until the State Government matches the $10 million Federal funding towards completion of the Regional Water Strategy, which includes a new water treatment plant, we face having to introduce water conservation measures to limit use to enable us to nurse the old plant through peak demand periods for another summer,” Councillor Hope said.

“I know it is frustrating for the people of Werris Creek, and it is frustrating to Council, that we have the Federal money in the bank and LPSC has several million earmarked for the project however failure to date of the State Government to come on board and partner is preventing us from getting on with the job,” he said.

“To try and meet peak demand, since mid-November, Council has extended operating hours of the plant. Now, we’re at a point where it is running 24 hours a day and struggling to meet requirements. Things are only going to get worse as the infrastructure continues to age and current operations leave no time for breakdowns or repairs which are prone to happen as part of what is fast becoming a vicious circle,” he continued.

“Council has appreciated the State Government’s support, to date, towards the safety/augmentation of Quipolly Dam plus the projects to improve reliability of supply to Wallabadah and Werris Creek however, the Regional Water Strategy isn’t completed yet and Werris Creek’s problems can’t be fixed until the final phase, which includes a new water treatment plant, is carried out,” he said.

“I know it is frustrating for Werris Creek residents that Council’s and the Federal Government’s contributions are just sitting there and waiting for the State Government to join the partnership to ensure this vital project is completed sooner rather than later so The Creek has a reliable water supply into the future,” Councillor Hope concluded.

Werris Creek Water Treatment Plant
Werris Creek Water Treatment plant has given good service since the 1930s but is now past its use-by-date.

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Graph showing spike in operating hours of Werris Creek Water Treatment Plant since mid-November.   

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is advising residents that expanded hours of operation are now in force at the Shire’s Werris Creek and Quirindi swimming pools through until the end of the school holidays on January 29 2017

“Werris Creek pool will be open on all days from 11am to 7pm,” said Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“The hours of operation at Quirindi will be 10am to 7pm, 7 days a week during this period while the hours for early morning swimming club remain unchanged.  

“The only exception to these arrangements will be Christmas Day and Boxing Day when both pools are closed,” he continued.

Councillor Hope said that Council had recently considered requests from both the Werris Creek and Quirindi communities for expanded hours at their pools however budgetary constraints meant that expanded hours can only be provided during the school holidays.

“Unfortunately, operational costs far exceed income at the pools. Every person that enters the pools is highly subsidised by other ratepayers. None of the people asking for extended hours have suggested they’d be willing to pay considerably more for entry fees to help cover those costs. At the same time Council can’t justify the cuts to other services that would be necessary if hours were extended outside the school holiday period. There is no simple answer to the dilemma,” he said.

“I do urge as many people as possible to utilise the pools over the holiday period as poor attendances may lead to further cuts in future years as Council tries to operate balanced budgets that are fair and equitable to all,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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Christmas is a time to reflect on and count our blessings. It is a special time to share with family and loved ones. At the same time we must remember for some it can be a particularly lonely time and if the opportunity arises, extending an invitation to someone who would otherwise be alone can make it a brighter Christmas celebration. It is important that we remember the reasons we have to celebrate this festive season and make sure it is safe and enjoyable for the whole community. While indulging is often a part of the holiday season, it is essential that the safety and comfort of everyone is respected.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution made by many in the community who throughout the year generously volunteer their time and energy to many organisations and endeavours that make the Liverpool Plains Shire a better place to live. This year, we saw a number of significant projects undertaken by volunteers and on behalf of the community I say a very big thank you.

Over the past 12 months, your Council has focussed strongly on economic development and an important part of this strategy has been building tourism potential, particularly making the Shire a RV (Recreational Vehicle) friendly destination. If you run into visitors over the holiday period please make them feel welcome and assist them to enjoy their stay. 

I would like to thank Council’s dedicated staff, ably led by General Manager, Ron Van Katwyk, for their hard work throughout the year. In comparison with other Councils, Liverpool Plains Shire has a relatively small staff, but they are still able to maintain a high degree of service delivery to satisfy the Shire’s residents and are continually striving for opportunities to improve. Thank you.

Lastly, on behalf of myself, my family, fellow Councillors and staff, I wish one and all a happy, safe and enjoyable Christmas/New Year period. If you are travelling remember to stop, revive and survive. If you’re out in the sun then its slip, slop, slap. I look forward to sharing 2017 with you and working hard to meet community expectations. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  

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Through until January 31 2017, local children and families can discover heroes, villains, sidekicks and more by participating in the Summer Reading Club at Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries. The libraries will be open until 5pm 23 December, reopening on 3 January.

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“We’re encouraging local kids to join in the fun at both Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries and online at www.summerreadingclub.org.au,” said Werris Creek librarian Marilyn Deeks.   

“The Summer Reading Club is a free online and in-library holiday program and this year it is all about exploring super and everyday heroes and their villainous counterparts.  

We’ll be encouraging our young readers to explore a variety of genres in print and online and to participate in local library activities during the school holidays,” she said.

Because the Summer Reading Club is delivered nationally it provides many opportunities for on-line fun and inspiration and there are great prizes up for grabs! Blog with Australian Children’s Laureate, Leigh Hobbs and popular children’s author, Deborah Abela.  The kids can get their thinking caps on and search for answers to Encyclopaedia Britannica’s sponsored quiz. They can craft a ‘What Happens Next story’ ending to Mick Elliot’s story starter as well as sharing their book raves and artwork, plus lots more.

“Summer Reading Club members can meet new Australian authors and illustrators online, read their helpful creative tips and preview their newly released titles,” Ms Deeks said.

Summer Reading Club

“The Summer Reading Club is run in partnership with the State Library of Queensland, the Australian Library and Information Association, and the Australian Public Library Alliance and it provides participants the opportunity to connect with readers across the country. Last year over 48,000 Australian children registered for the Summer Reading Club and collectively read more than 333,000 books,” Ms Deeks concluded. 

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope believes the Shire’s future development as a standalone entity has never been more vital. He said Council considers this with every decision it makes and the actioning of Fit for the Future reforms has put the organisation in a constant state of striving for improvement both in its culture and workplace efficiencies. Councillor Hope stated he did not believe many of the major achievements of the past two years, and particularly the financial year 2015/16, would have been realised if the region had been forced into amalgamation.

“A major highlight has been securing Federal Government funding for the Shire wide water security strategy and I am confident that in partnership with the State Government and the addition of our own resources, we will achieve the completion of this $27 million project, with the final stage, a new water treatment plant and the interconnection by pipeline of our systems to provide that additional security, in the near future,” Councillor Hope said.

He said other achievements include - 

  • Securing the $4.5 million emergency services precinct. The build is well underway with completion expected in the first half of 2017. This has been achieved in partnership with our neighbouring Shires and the State Government.
  • The development of the children’s playground and upgrade of Hoamm Park at Werris Creek in a joint funding project with Whitehaven Coal and the NSW Government Community Building Partnership Program plus the Rural Fire Service Brigade Shed upgrade and Single Street beautification being delivered in Werris Creek.
  • Over $5.4 million spent maintaining and upgrading our rural, regional and urban road networks despite the delays caused by firstly very dry conditions and then several months of heavy rainfall.  
  • Realisation of the $4.85 million Willow Tree Water Supply Transfer System
  • Completion of a joint project with Shenhua Watermark to enhance Quirindi Creek
  • Upgrades at the Wallabadah First Fleet Gardens’ amenities block followed by opening of new Freedom Camping Grounds at Willow Tree and Currabubula.
  • A number of projects driven by advisory committees in our villages.
  • Development of a Recreational Vehicle (RV) Strategy to maximise tourism potential to drive economic development for the entire Shire.

“Council’s focus, as we head into 2017, will remain the same, to ensure the LPS achieves higher levels of growth and generates improved quality of life through expanded opportunities for economic and social development, within an environmentally and financially sustainable framework,” Councillor Hope concluded

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A number of interested persons attended Werris Creek library for an informative and entertaining talk by author Scott Whitaker as he celebrates the release of his new book, Railway Hotels of Australia ~ Volume Two ~ New South Wales.

“It was great to see the interest people had in this topic and Scott did not disappoint as he covered the coming of the railway, the social development of regional NSW and tips on researching genealogy as well as local and state history,” said Werris Creek librarian Marilyn Deeks.

“We have a copy of Scott’s book here at the library so people who missed the talk can still get to see it. I’d also like to thank the Friends of Werris Creek library for providing afternoon tea for the event,” she continued.

“In this day and age it is important that people realise our libraries are places of information. When most people think ‘library’ they think books. And while that is certainly true, these days books take different shapes, such as e-books and audio books. More than just books, libraries are places of information, offering people free access to a wealth of knowledge that they often can't find elsewhere, whether online, in print or in person,” she said.   

“I like to think the Werris Creek library is a centre of the community for our residents. You can keep in touch with what’s going on through our Facebook page or just pop in and say hello.” Ms Deeks concluded.

Railway Talk
Author Scott Whitaker shares his story at Werris Creek library. 

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Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope, has joined with fellow Councillors, members of the Currabubula Pony Club and the wider Currabubula Community, plus a representative of the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) to officially open the Currabubula Freedom Camping Area and the sod turning to commence work on the Currabubula Pony Club Storage Shed. Both facilities are based at the Currabubula Recreation Grounds.

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At the official opening of the Currabubula Freedom Camping Ground, (l to r) Councillor Virginia Black, Mayor Andrew Hope, VIC Manager Nikki Robertson, Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins, Tom Smith from the Caravan Club of Australia and LPSC GM Ron Van Katwyk.

“The opening of the Currabubula Freedom Camping Ground further strengthens LPSC’s Recreational Vehicle (RV) Strategy. Caravans, mobile homes and campers can stay for up to 72 hours at a facility that provides hot showers and toilets. Of course this provides additional opportunities for businesses in Currabubula and local economic development,” Councillor Hope said.

Councillor Hope told the gathering that Council’s RV strategy was already paying dividends for the Shire as a whole. He thanked the ACC and other RV organisations for their assistance in promoting what LPS has to offer. In particular he thanked the individuals who were utilising the facilities and passing on word-of-mouth endorsement to other travellers.

 “We have had substantial increases in use of Freedom Camping Grounds at Wallabadah, Willow Tree and Premer. We have just had a group of 23 vans, members of the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia, spend a weekend at Willow Tree Ground. They held their Christmas Party at the Willow Tree Bowling Club where they spent over $2,000. They also spent money in other local businesses so these couple of days provided a great boost to Willow Tree’s economy. We recently posted a short video clip of the Willow Tree facility on Council’s Facebook Page and it has been viewed by over 15,000 people. We expect to host increased numbers over the Christmas/New Year period and during the Country Music Festival and again I encourage local businesses and community members to ensure they are welcomed and treated with country hospitality,” he said.       

Councillor Hope said the sod turning for the new Currabubula Pony Club storage shed is another progressive move by the long-standing community organisation that progressively and actively seeks grant funding to invest resources into the grounds to improve facilities, expand their use and attract future events. He said Council was proud to partner with the group and to provide financial assistance of $10,000 from Section 94 levies.

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At the sod turning for the Currabubula Pony Club storage shed (l to r) Anthony MacBeth (Pres Currabubula Pony Club {CPC}), Brenda Keech (CPC Treasurer). Jude Alston (Zone 5 Chief Instructor and Life Member CPC), Mel Jarrett (CPC Senior Instructor), Mayor Andrew Hope, Councillor Virginia Black, LPSC GM Ron Van Katwyk and Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins.      

“This project is a unique example of asset based community development (ABCD) which is a methodology for the sustainable development of communities based on their strengths and potentials. It involves assessing the resources, skills, and experience available in a community, organising the community around issues that move its members into action and then determining and taking appropriate action,” Councillor Hope continued.

A spokesperson for the Currabubula Pony Club, Secretary Margo Bettington said the organisation anticipates the project will directly benefit the Club, the LPSC and the local community. She said special thanks were due to Chief Instructor Mrs Mel Jarrett for the enthusiasm she instilled in the Club and for driving the project forward. 

“The Currabubula Pony Club are thrilled with the assistance provided by Council’s Director of Environmental Services and Economic Development, Donna Ausling, and her team leading to LPSC partnering to build much needed new infrastructure at the Currabubula Recreation Ground,” she said.

“The Currabubula Pony Club meet the first Sunday of each month, excluding January, as well as holding inter-club competitions throughout the year, and an annual pony camp in the term 3 school holidays. We welcome new members and encourage interested persons or families to contact the club directly on 0429 077 709 or email currabubulaponyclub@hotmail.com,” she continued.

Councillor Hope said proceeds raised from people utilising the Freedom Camping Ground will ultimately be reinvested back into the Recreation Reserve to the benefit of the campers, the Pony Club and other users of the Recreation Grounds.

“LPSC welcomes the opportunity to encourage and build economic development for the Currabubula community and looks forward to partnering with other communities in 2017 to improve their potential too,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, says he is pleased that drier conditions have allowed good progress to be made on the Spring Ridge Park Embellishment Project and the completion of the sealing of the carpark at the Werris Creek Community Shed/Rural Fire Service (RFS) precinct.

“These are important local projects that improve amenity for Spring Ridge and Werris Creek communities, largely driven by volunteers, and LPSC is proud to partner with them to achieve positive outcomes,” he said.

“LPSC technical staff have collaborated on the Spring Ridge project in consultation with local advisory committee representatives. The shade shelter structure has been erected by the contractor and the final work on the playground equipment/park embellishment is expected to be completed soon,” Councillor Hope continued.

Spring Ridge Project
The shade shelter is now in place at Spring Ridge.

“In Werris Creek, the Community Shed and RFS Shed precinct are important components of the makeover that has been taking place to the western side of Single Street as well as being very important community assets.

“Council has allocated some $70,000 over the past 12 months to allow work to be undertaken to seal the shared carpark as well as associated kerb and guttering works and improvements in front of Lions Club Park,” he said.     

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The newly sealed carpark at the Community Shed/RFS precinct at Werris Creek.

“On behalf of Council I would like to thank both the Spring Ridge and Werris Creek locals whose visions have seen projects developed and realised. Council looks forward to working closely with all its communities in 2017 to further enhance infrastructure that helps make the Shire an even better place to live and raise families,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope, wishes to remind the community of a number of issues from the local calendar heading towards Christmas and 2017.

“Council’s final Ordinary Meeting for 2016 will be held on Wednesday 14 December commencing at 2.30 pm. As always we invite and encourage members of the community to attend. Council’s Administration Centre will close at 5pm on Friday 23 December and re-open at 8.30am on Tuesday 3 January 2017. We will have skeleton crews on duty over this period but we do request that only real emergency situations are called through to the holiday/out of hour’s answering service through 6746 1755 and following the prompts,” Councillor Hope said.

“Free entry to the LPSC 2016 Christmas Lights Competition closes at 4.00pm on Monday 12 December. Entry forms are available from the Administration Centre, the Shire libraries, the Visitor Information Centre, calling the Customer Service Desk on 6746 1755, from the website or emailing lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au. A lot of people go to the trouble of adding cheer to the Festive Season and this is an opportunity to be recognised for the joy you bring to others,” he said.

“Please nominate someone you’d like to see recognised for their community input, a community leader and/or event, for LPSC’s 2017 Australia Day Awards. Nominations close Friday 23 December. Nomination forms are available from the same locations as entries to the Christmas Lights Competition. Winners will be announced at the Australia Day Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremony at the Royal Theatre,” he continued.

“Excitement is building as we get closer to the inaugural Quirindi Military Tattoo which will be staged at Longfield Oval on Saturday 28 January 2017. The Tattoo is a joint initiative of the Quirindi RSL Sub Branch, the Quirindi and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Council. The event will be free entry and will showcase military bands in both a competition and exhibition format. The organisers are looking for stalls of all types from Food, Markets and Charities to attend. The cost per stall is $50 a site with discounts for recognised charities. Application forms for stalls and further information about the Tattoo is available online at https://quirindimilitarytattoo.com.au/ or by calling 6746 1755 during business hours. There is also a Facebook page Quirindi Military Tattoo. This is going to be one of the Shire’s major events for 2017 when the sounds of pipes and drums and the colour and entertainment of marching bands will bring a fantastic atmosphere to town,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has resolved to construct a shared pathway in Hoamm Park, Werris Creek to improve facilities and provide disabled access to the precinct. The path will run from the northern end of Hoamm Park, near the access road to the rail line, to the area adjacent to the playground. It will also provide approximately 230 metres of cycleway.  

 “The recently built Hoamm Park Playground was constructed to facilitate disabled play so it makes a lot of sense to improve access. Not only will this assist people with a disability, it will also make it safer for families and young people heading to the park,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“The funding will be provided through the redistribution of $121,500 in Federal Assistance Grants (FAG) money that was originally allocated to match an application to Roads and Maritime Services for funding to reconstruct the Gap Road Shared pathway on a 50%-50% basis. Unfortunately, the application was unsuccessful thus making the original $121,500 component available for other works,” he said.

“The Werris Creek Advisory Committee was advised at a meeting earlier this year that the funding application had failed and discussed alternative projects and they were generally supportive of the Hoamm Park proposal,” he continued.

“Council recently received a donation of $2,756 from the Werris Creek Sporting Complex Committee to construct a bridge across the stormwater outlet in the park so this pathway will also compliment that project,” he said.

“Hoamm Park has become an increasingly popular area with locals and travellers and the construction of a shared pathway will assist with the further beautification of Werris Creek as well as encouraging healthy lifestyles plus improving disabled access,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Quirindi NSW

2343

 

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Quirindi NSW

2343

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