Media Releases & Exhibitions
With the Australian Road Safety Foundation’s (ARSF) September Rural Road Safety Month drawing to an end, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is encouraging local residents to be aware of the facts and to take the ARSF’s pledge to promise that they will always be fit to drive, scan the road ahead, know their limits and plan a trip carefully, stay sharp and take regular breaks, not to drive through flooded waters, be alert for wildlife and livestock and drive to suit conditions. He said, you can take the pledge online at https://arsf.com.au.
“Despite smaller population numbers, rural road fatalities make up two thirds of the annual death
count in NSW. Interestingly, when it came to improving city or regional roads, ARSF research shows that NSW drivers believe that a change in attitudes and behaviours would have a greater impact in cities, but not as much in regional areas. This is despite the fact that 71% of both metro and regional drivers admit to dangerous driving behaviour generally, and a similar number of metro and regional drivers confess to being more likely to break a road rule in rural areas,” he said.
“Further, the research shows that speed, distraction and fatigue are the top three dangerous driving behaviours that are more likely to impact rural NSW drivers than metropolitan drivers. There’s also a clear difference between understanding and attitudes with metropolitan drivers wrongly believing that rural roads are safer than city streets and motorways, compared to their country NSW counterparts. Added to this, 53% of the state’s metro drivers wrongly believe more road fatalities occurred in city areas, compared to just 27% of rural drivers,” he continued.
“There are also dangers beyond just the driver’s seat creating added risk in rural areas. Rural NSW residents are also more likely to ride bicycles and scooters without a helmet, as well as riding after a few drinks. It’s also important to note, however, that dangerous road behaviours occur less frequently in rural areas compared to city streets and yet still more fatalities happen in regional areas. This goes to show that even one dangerous choice can have grave consequences.
“Sadly, speed is the number one dangerous driving behaviour that all NSW drivers are prepared to risk on rural roads more than city streets. However, it is pleasing that rural drivers are more mindful of their behaviour causing harm to others, whereas city drivers are more likely to only be concerned with doing harm to themselves. Local regional drivers are most likely to recognise the impact of increased hazards like fallen branches and wildlife which can lead to serious accidents,” he said.
“Rural Road Safety Month reminds us of the dangers on our roads. Even if we are driving safely, bad road behaviour by others can see us involved in serious accidents. I think that subconsciously we all worry a bit when family members are out driving and until they get home safe. Share this information with your family and friends and stay safe on the roads,” he concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council, the National Desexing Network and Quirindi Veterinary Clinic are launching a subsidised desexing program during September to help prevent the birth of unwanted cats and dogs.
The program is designed to assist Shire residents with low incomes. Participants will be required to pay just $55 to desex their male cats and $65 for female cats, with additional female cats in the same household costing $50. To help those who have too many dogs, owners will pay just $50 - $80 toward the desexing cost, depending on size.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said the program offered substantial savings to those who participated. He said desexing would also save owners from the NSW Government’s requirement to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee for non desexed cats over 4 months of age.
“Residents in need of this assistance must phone the National Desexing Network on 1300 368 992 to arrange a voucher which they will then present at the Quirindi Veterinary Clinic to have the procedure carried out,” he said.
“Every year we see many accidental litters of kittens and pups born in this Shire and this innovative program will not only help residents in need but will also help all residents by preventing the nuisance issues that arise from unwanted wandering cats and dogs. It will also assist reduce Council costs having to manage these animals when they are unwanted and dumped,” he continued.
The NDN’s Strategic Director, Dr Verrinder, urges desexing female cats before 4 months of age, when they can get pregnant and pointed out that kittens can be safely desexed from two months of age and one kilogram in weight. She said male cats and dogs also need to be desexed to reduce their desire to roam and help prevent serious injury from fighting or being hit by a car. Those who are feeding strays are also encouraged to take ownership and desex it.
Councillor Hope said the Animal Welfare League Queensland’s (AWLQ) National Desexing Network developed the program and Council thanks them for managing the program free of charge on LPSC’s behalf. He said this program has been running on the Gold Coast over the past ten years and has helped to successfully reduce the number of unwanted animals, so that all stray and surrendered healthy and treatable cats and kittens can now be rehomed.
“Council is assisting to subsidise this program and thanks the NDN and the Quirindi Veterinary Clinic for collaborating to provide this community service. I encourage eligible residents to take advantage of this excellent program while funds last,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) will be holding a free microchipping day on Tuesday 1 September. It is essential that those wishing to have their pet microchipped on the day book in advance so that COVID-19 social distancing requirements can be met.
The event will be held at the Companion Animal Facility, Merinda Road Quirindi. It will commence at 10am. Bookings can be made by contacting Council’s Customer Service Team on 6746 1755 during business hours.
“It is very important to ensure your pet cat or dog is microchipped because Section 8 of the NSW Companion Animals Act requires microchipping of cats and dogs prior to sale/transfer and by 12 weeks of age. Furthermore, if your pet cat or dog becomes lost, you are far more likely to be reunited if they are microchipped,” said Mayor, Andrew Hope.
“Once they are microchipped, it is very important to keep your contact details up to date on the NSW database so that if you move to a new house or change your phone number you will still be contactable in the event of your pet becoming lost or straying. If a pet is transferred to a new owner, the new owner must also ensure their contact details are recorded on the database. You can contact Council’s Ranger during business hours on 6746 1755 for advice on how to change microchip details,” he concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Andrew Hope, says 2020 has been a year like no other in recent memory. He said that public health restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have constrained most people’s lifestyles and many are looking for things to do that keep them safe.
“Council had to cancel the normal activities we’d usually do during Local Government Week, so our events team put their thinking caps on and decided to launch two activities that are COVID-19 safe but involve activities that many residents enjoy, photography and gardening.
“Firstly, there’s the LPS Plains Postcard Competition. We've got some great photographers around the Shire, you only have to look at social media posts to see lots of their great work. Council is encouraging locals to enter one of their stunning shots in the comp. You can take photos in your own space and then post them via Facebook and/or Instagram using the #plainspostcards hashtag. This year’s theme is Your 2020. Sum it up in a photo that tells your story. There are prizes for the very best photos that meet the theme, telling your story most effectively. Alternatively, you are welcome to enter by sharing your favourite photos of the Shire again using the same hashtag. Photos must be posted by Sunday 9 August,” Mayor Hope said.
“Secondly, we’re running a Garden Competition this year. This event was suspended for a couple of years due to the drought conditions but with improved conditions and people out bringing their gardens back to life Council is encouraging people to be part of the competition.
“There are 9 categories, Best Residential Garden, Best Rural Garden (properties over 5 hectares), Best Senior Citizens Garden (over 65 years), Best Front Garden, Best Back Garden, Best Native Garden Bed, My Favourite Spot in the Garden, Best Vegetable Garden and Best Water Feature,” he said.
“The LPS Garden Competition is open to all Shire residents. Entries are open and will close on Friday 9 October at noon. Enter online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LPSGC20 or you can pick up hard copies of the entry form at Council’s Administration Centre, Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries and the Visitor Information Centre Willow Tree.
“The judging will take place between October 14 and 16. Each entrant will be advised in advance when the judges are coming. The winners were to be announced during Hangi in the Country 2020, but due to the current situation it has now been cancelled and the announcement and presentation of awards dates will be confirmed later on. There’ll be updates posted on Council’s Facebook page,” he continued.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it's important to take care of yourself and those around you. Doing something you enjoy can distract you from problems and help you cope with life's challenges. So, hashtag a photo that captures Your 2020 for Plains Postcard and share your love of gardening though the Garden Comp,” Mayor Hope concluded.
Rural Road Safety Month runs throughout the month of August. It is a community-based awareness initiative, promoted by the Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF), that calls on everyday road users to jump in the driver’s seat of regional road safety. Rural road fatalities made up two thirds of last year’s national road toll and new research has looked under the bonnet at dangerous driver behaviour and the importance of further education to save precious lives.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said the research, released by the ARSF reveals that a staggering 78% of city and regional drivers admit to risky driver behaviour generally, while one in five confess to being more likely to break a road rule in rural areas.
“It is a tragedy that despite smaller population numbers, 835 people lost their lives on the Nation’s regional roads last year and it highlights that the fact that just one dangerous choice can have fatal consequences. The ARSF is calling on every Australian driver, whether city or regional based, to take ownership of their role in reducing the rural road toll,” Councillor Hope said.
“The ARSF research reveals the difference in attitudes and behaviours between rural and city drivers. It shows speed is the number one dangerous driving act that all Australians are prepared to risk on rural roads. Speed, fatigue and drink driving are the top behaviours found to most likely impact rural drivers. Rural drivers are more conscious of their behaviour causing harm to others, whereas metro drivers are more likely to only be concerned with doing harm to themselves and wrongly believe that rural roads are safer than city streets and motorways with almost half incorrectly claiming that more road fatalities occur in city areas.
“Mistakenly, not getting caught was the most common response when it came to reasons for increasing risky behaviour on rural roads, and sadly this mindset is most prevalent amongst regional drivers, he continued.
“Rural Road Safety Month is a community-based awareness initiative that calls on everyday road users to jump in the driver’s seat of regional road safety.
“I’m sure that when we go out driving we all want to get home alive and the last thing we want is that knock on the door or phone call telling us that someone we love has lost their life in a tragic and avoidable accident. With this in mind, I’m asking everyone to consider demonstrating their commitment to saving lives by taking the ARSF’s Rural Road Safety pledge online at https://arsf.com.au/,” Councillor Hope concluded.
At its July Ordinary Meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) received a briefing update on the implementation of Council’s Recreation Strategy Stage 1 regarding the Quirindi Showground Precinct.
“Recently, Council secured $2,567,950 from the NSW Government’s Showground Stimulus Funding to commence the roll out of this important project. I thank Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen, for supporting this project,” said LPSC Mayor, Andrew Hope.
“This is great news for the Liverpool Plains Shire community. Our Showground is used by a wide range of local organisations,” he said.
“In mid-July, a workshop was held on this project and Councillors acknowledged the importance of allowing the Project Management Team to proceed with the implementation of the plans outlined in the LPS Recreation Strategy.
“The LPS Recreation Strategy was adopted by Council in May this year following extensive public consultation. Regarding the plans for the Showground, ongoing engagement has continued with our community partners the Show Society and the Showground Users Group. Council is grateful to all concerned for their valuable input in developing the plans,” he continued.
“Major components of the redevelopment include demolishing pavilions 1 and 2 and replacement with one large multi-purpose facility, construction of new club rooms and a kitchen to service Polocrosse, Pony Club, Campdraft and Rodeo events, construction of new toilet facilities and the redevelopment of fields to provide for campdraft and rodeo plus a new show jumping arena.
“Other aspects of the project are the replacement of the PA system, a new event ring fence,
a new all-weather access track to campdraft and rodeo facilities, re-purposing the existing Pony Club building into an office, installation of a new surveillance tower, improved signage, creation of a new pedestrian and spectator entrance and extension of a shared pathway and refurbishment of the ticket box,” he said.
“Now that funding has been received Council will finalise design details, call for tenders and seek DA approvals ahead of letting the tender,” he continued.
“The Showground is the heart and soul of a rural community. Quirindi Showground is a community hub providing multi-use facilities and this project will improve safety and enhance community enjoyment bringing people together for a broad range of events plus providing the extra benefit of boosting the local economy.
The annual Local Government Week event has traditionally been an opportunity for Liverpool Plains Shire Council to showcase some of the great work it undertakes to support and serve the local community. Like so many other things in the current pandemic environment, Local Government Week 2020 is forced to take a very different format to previous years.
“This year’s Local Government Week theme is Councils Do, which reflects the critical role local government plays in providing infrastructure, services and support and bringing communities together. Never has that role been as important as it is now, in the wake of drought, dust storms, fires, smoke, floods and a pandemic that has rewritten the way we go about our daily business,” said LPSC Mayor, Andrew Hope.
“LPSC usually holds numerous events during Local Government Week; however, this year the need for everyone to help suppress the COVID-19 virus through social distancing and other vitally important preventive measures means such events are not appropriate.
“This year, LPSC is featuring several short video clips on its Facebook page that highlight the variety of services Council provides. They focus on childcare, parks, gardens and recreation grounds and local libraries. We’re also utilising the event to launch the Shire’s 2020 Garden Competition and the Plains Postcard Competition,” he said.
“The Garden Competition is open to all residents of the LPS LGA. Entries are now open and will close on Friday 9 October at noon. Enter online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LPSGC20 or you can pick up hard copies of the entry form at Council’s Administration Centre, Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries and the Visitor Information Centre Willow Tree. Official judging will commence from Thursday 15 October and winners will be announced on Saturday 24 October.
“To enter the Plains Postcard Competition, post your photos via Facebook and/or Instagram using the hashtag #plainspostcards. This year’s theme is Your 2020. Sum it up in a photo that tells your story. There are prizes for the very best of those who meet the theme to tell a story most effectively and/or with a strong community feedback. Alternatively, you are welcome to enter by sharing your favourite photos of the Shire again using the #plainspostcards hashtag. Photos must be posted by Sunday 9 August,” he continued.
Local government make decisions about many things that affect our everyday lives and is often described as the sphere of government that is closest to the people: the ‘grass roots’ form of government. LPSC is your Council, with Councillors elected by residents. I encourage all residents to take an interest in your Council’s activities and to be part of the process,” Mayor Hope concluded.
With further easing of COVID-19 restrictions and organised events again starting to take place, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is encouraging organisers to claim the date to have the details included on the Shire’s Visit Liverpool Plains Events Calendar. The events calendar can be viewed online at https://www.visitliverpoolplains.com.au/.
“Provided organisers have a COVID19 Safe Plan in place and events are safely managed many activities can recommence. After several months of shutdowns, many in the community are eager to again be able to participate in events, be they social, cultural, sporting, school and community based,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The Events Calendar can help promote community happenings to a wider audience, both locally and to visitors to the Shire. If we are aware your event is taking place the details can be listed on our websites and social media pages. This can help increase the number of people who are aware of what is on and to make the event as successful as possible.
“There are also positive flow on economic benefits from successful events. They bring people into our towns and villages who spend money at local businesses. Many of them have been devastated over the last few months and we need to harness all available opportunities to strengthen the local economy, retain businesses and employment opportunities,” he said.
“Whatever type of community event you are planning, be it a local fete, a fundraiser for a school, a sporting event, a cultural or artistic event, if you want to attract as many people as possible, please send details to email@example.com or call 6747 1226,” he concluded.
Incidents of illegal dumping of waste material/rubbish continue to occur and Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is reminding those who carry out this activity that they can face hefty fines for offending.
Illegal dumping is the unlawful deposit of waste larger than litter onto land. That is waste materials dumped, tipped or otherwise deposited onto private or public land where no licence or approval exists to accept such waste.
Illegal dumping of waste has many social, financial and environmental implications for both Council and the wider community. Over a twelve month period Council has to expend considerable man-hours cleaning up, resulting in additional expense to ratepayers after these thoughtless and often premeditated acts of vandalism.
Illegal dumping poses a direct threat to the surrounding environment and to human health. Illegally dumped materials can be hazardous, for example asbestos and chemicals create a risk of soil and water contamination, fire and toxicity. Dumping of weeds and garden waste can destroy local bushland by reducing biodiversity and hindering revegetation.
Landfills and transfer stations are located around the Shire with reasonable rates applicable to dispose of a wide range of items including domestic and commercial waste, clean green waste, tyres, metal, building materials, animal waste oils and grease. Asbestos waste can only be disposed of at the Quirindi facility and an appointment must be made prior to delivery by calling Merinda Recycling on 6746 2696.
For larger incidents of dumped waste, if it poses a risk to the environment or to human health, or if the waste has been dumped in water, call the Environment Line on 131 555. For smaller incidents, e.g. one or two trailer loads of dumped waste, contact Council on 6746 1755 during business hours. If you see or are aware of illegal dumping activity call the NSW Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
There are a tiered range of on-the-spot fines and penalties for illegal dumping offences. These range from $7,500 on-the-spot fine for individuals and $15,000 on-the-spot fines for corporations. For Tier 2, strict liability waste dumping offences the maximum penalty for an individual is $250,000 whilst for a corporation the maximum penalty is $1,000,000. The most serious, Tier 1 offences, for wilful or negligent disposal of waste causing actual or likely harm to the environment attract a maximum penalty of up to $1,000,000 and/or a 7 year prison sentence for an individual and a maximum penalty for a corporation of $5,000,000 for wilful offences and $2,000,000 for negligent offences.
Following an easing of COVID-19 restrictions for theatres and auditoriums, The Liverpool Plains Shire’s historic Royal Theatre in Quirindi will again be able to recommence its important community role as a hub for entertainment, social events, conferences, weddings, receptions, public and private functions and more. The Royal Theatre’s new kitchenette was installed during the shutdown and is available to support all functions.
The reopening, from Tuesday 21 July, is subject to a COVID-19 Safety Plan that allows just over 60 patrons in the auditorium abiding by the 4 square metre requirement. For all hiring purposes organisers must also have their own COVID-19 Safety Plan.
“The reopening complements other recent easing of restrictions at libraries, the Visitor Information Centre, Plains Fitness, Quirindi Caravan Park, the Rail Journey’s Museum at Werris Creek and for sporting events. If everyone respects COVID-19 safety requirements in relation to all gatherings of larger numbers, we can again enjoy many of the things that enrich our community. As events in Victoria have highlighted, the whole situation can change very rapidly. Hygienic practices, physical distancing, staying at home if you’re sick and continued vigilance remain of paramount importance if we want to maintain eased restrictions,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Hope.
“It’s planned that movies will again screen at the Royal Pictures by the end of the month. Pencilled in for a little later in the year and when their COVID Safety Plans are in place we can look forward to an interactive production for ages 3 to 11, Snow White and Seven Cool Dudes, Hangi In the Country IV, and the annual Sunflower Art + Craft Festival. More details on these events will be announced as dates draw nearer,” he said.
“Prior to shutdowns, the Royal Theatre was providing an increasingly diverse range of cultural and social events and the last few months have made many realise you don’t miss what you’ve had until it’s gone. The post COVID world is going to operate quite differently, and many people now better appreciate the meaning of local and what we have and can build on to strengthen our future. At 90 years of age, The Royal Theatre will evolve further as an essential community hub catering for local social, cultural, and private events, plus entertainment,” he continued.
“If individuals, organisations or promoters have an event to stage the Plains Events Team can assist. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6746 1755. The Royal Theatre’s website provides updates on movies, events and venue hire and you can also download a hire request form at https://www.royaltheatrequirindi.com/.
“Events provide opportunity for economic flow on to local businesses that provide services and jobs as visitors spend time in town. This in turn underpins the basis of the rural lifestyle we enjoy in the Shire,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Earlier this year, the annual Garage Sale Trail was announced to be held at its usual date towards the end of October, however, due to COVID-19 this date was cancelled, and the organisers have now announced it will be held on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November.
Over the years of its involvement with the annual Garage Sale Trail, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has witnessed more people and organisations coming on board this national, people-powered program. This year the event celebrates its 10th anniversary and I’m encouraging people to put the date in their diary and to start planning now,” said Mayor Andrew Hope.
“Garage Sale Trail is about sustainability, creativity and fun and is good for the environment while generating extra cash for individuals and organisations.
“The new date allows plenty of time, particularly for schools and community organisations, to consider how they can benefit from becoming involved and use the event as a fundraiser. Last year almost $1 million was raised nationally, with the average group topping $1,500 for the day,” he said.
“Individuals and organisations can pre-register now at www.garagesaletrail.com.au. Circle 21 and 22 November on your calendar and start thinking today about how your involvement with Garage Sale Trail can benefit you or your organisation,” Mayor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is reminding motorists and pedestrians to be vigilant at rail level crossings, to be aware of their surroundings and to look and observe all safety signs, boom gates and lights associated with the crossings.
“Train drivers continue to report near misses at these sites and people need to remember it can take up to well over a kilometre for a loaded freight train to stop in an emergency. The trains are travelling on a track and cannot swerve or move out of the way of objects fouling the tracks,” he said.
“It is vital that both pedestrians and motorists obey the control measures in place, that they don’t try to beat the boom gates as they start to lower and don’t queue through the crossing as they may be caught across the tracks if the boom gates are activated. After a train goes through wait until lights stop flashing before proceeding. At crossings that only have giveway or stop signs, stop, listen, and look in both directions for approaching trains before proceeding.
“Ensure that you are not distracted by your mobile phone and headphones as they may prevent you from hearing an approaching train. Pedestrians must never jump gates, or barriers as this is extremely dangerous and it is very likely the oncoming train is close to the crossing. Don't ride skateboards, skates or roller-blades on the crossing as they could become stuck in the track,” he continued.
“One train driver said to me that if there is one message to motorists, it would be ‘value your life, your families life and consider the trauma caused to loco drivers involved in collisions and worse still a fatality and value their lives too’. Apart from the risk to life there are substantial penalties if Police detect people ignoring control measures,” Councillor Hope concluded.
During the July school holidays, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) and E.Rose Art will present two FREE youth art workshops.
“The free art classes will be held on Wednesday 8 July. The first, for ages 7 - 12 years will run between 10.30am and midday. The second, for ages 12 years+ will be held between 1pm and 2:30pm. Both classes will be held at the Quirindi Pavilion, in Henry Street,” said LPSC General Manager, Jo Sangster.
“Registrations are essential, and parents/carers are encouraged to book as soon as possible as spaces are very limited and walk-ins on the day can’t be accepted. Go to www.trybooking.com/BJEFQ to reserve a place for your child,” she said.
“COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place. To meet these requirements, parents will not be allowed to stay in attendance for the duration of the session. Parents/carers are urged to arrive at the venue 10 minutes before the starting time for their chosen session. You are requested to maintain social distancing upon arrival and if there is a queue it is suggested you wait in your car until it is clear to enter.
“If you or your child is sick or feel unwell on the day of the event, please do NOT attend the sessions as entry and participation must be refused in such circumstances. If prior to the event you become aware that your child shouldn’t or can’t attend for any reason please advise so the space can be made available for someone on the waiting list,” she continued.
“If you’d like to find out more about the workshop facilitator you can find details or contact Emily at www.facebook.com/erosearted. If you have any questions regarding bookings contact the Plains Events team at LPSC on 6746 1755.
“Through age appropriate, structured activities children gain hands on practice, learn foundation art skills, a bit of art theory and can explore art making mediums all while developing confidence, imagination and creative thinking,” she said.
“During the school holidays LPSC is pleased to be offering these art classes as well as free tennis clinics and dance classes for the young people of the Liverpool Plains,” Ms Sangster concluded.
The Liverpool Plains Shire, has over recent years, built an excellent reputation amongst travellers as a great place to visit and stay on their journey. Following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions the Shire is again looking forward to welcoming visitors with the reopening of the LPSC Quirindi Caravan Park on Monday 22 June.
The Caravan Park is being reopened in line with current restrictions and a COVID safety plan is in place which includes routine cleaning several times a day. As a further safeguard all visitors will be requested to provide their relevant contact details. Bookings are essential and can be made by calling 0417 976 796 or via the Caravan Park Netbookings website.
At this stage the Shire’s Freedom Camping Areas will remain closed due to the difficulties meeting legal requirement to maintain a register of all visitors at these sites which are largely unsupervised.
“Liverpool Plains Shire will make visitors welcome and provide them with the opportunity to see and do things in one of Australia’s most beautiful rural settings,” said LPSC Mayor, Andrew Hope.
“Many local businesses have done it very tough during the shutdowns and I welcome the relaxing of restrictions that will allow the important tourism market to again recommence with its flow-on benefits to the local economy,” he concluded.
During the July school holidays, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) have teamed up with Perform with Power Tennis Academy to offer two free tennis clinics for young people who want to learn or pick up tips about the game.
The first clinic will be held at Currabubula tennis courts on Tuesday 7 July. The second clinic will be held on Thursday 9 July at the Milner Parade courts in Quirindi. Both clinics will be held between 2 and 4pm. The clinics are being facilitated for Council by the Perform with Power Tennis Academy and open to young people 4+ years of age.
“Tennis is an excellent sport for young people and these clinics offer the opportunity for beginners to get a taste for the game and for those already playing to pick up extra tips. Tennis offers several hidden benefits, from its low injury risk to a guarantee of good social fun plus great exercise,” said LPSC Mayor, Andrew Hope.
“Registration for the clinics is now open. Due to ongoing COVID-9 restrictions numbers are limited so I encourage parents to register as soon as possible by emailing coach Mitch Power at email@example.com or calling him on 0434 211 461,” he said.
“The Currabubula and Milner Parade Quirindi courts have recently been rehabilitated and resurfaced thanks to funding gained through the State Government’s Building Stronger Communities Fund. These projects have been community driven, improving the ability for local people to enjoy their sport, to socialise and gain exercise in a fun way,” Mayor Hope concluded.
From 1 July 2020, the NSW Government is introducing annual permits for owners of non-desexed cats, restricted dog breeds, and dogs declared to be dangerous.
These changes will require the owners of cats not desexed by four months of age to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.
Owners of dogs of a restricted breed or formally declared to be dangerous will be required to pay a $195 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.
The owners of pets in these categories can pay for annual permits via the NSW Pet Registry website https://www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au/#/. Alternatively, payment can be made at Council’s Administration Centre. Annual permit fees will go directly to the NSW Government’s Companion Animals Fund.
The aim of the permits is to create a stronger incentive to desex cats and help to address community concerns about feral, stray, and roaming cats and their effect on wildlife. In the case of dangerous and restricted dogs the aim is to improve community safety by helping to reduce ownership of high-risk dogs and encouraging owners to better manage the behaviour of their pet.
Restricted dog breeds are the pit bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, Japanese tosa, Argentinian fighting dog, Brazilian fighting dog, and canary mastiff. A dog can also be declared to be one of, or a cross-breed of, one of these restricted breeds. Dogs of any breed can be formally declared dangerous if the dog, without provocation has attacked or killed a person or animal, repeatedly threatened to attack or repeatedly chased a person or animal or is kept or used for hunting.
To avoid the need for an annual permit desex your cat by four months of age, register your cat before 1 July, don’t own a restricted dog, manage your dog’s behaviour to ensure that it’s not declared dangerous and if you are a breeder, join a recognised cat breeding body. Cats that cannot be desexed, either temporarily or permanently, are exempt from paying an annual permit. A certificate from your vet is required to qualify for this exemption.
Pet owners who fail to obtain an annual permit risk an on-the-spot fine of $700 for restricted or dangerous dogs and $400 for non-desexed cats. If taken to court, maximum penalties of $6,600 for restricted or dangerous dogs and $5,500 for non-desexed cats may apply.
At its May Ordinary Meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) adopted the Liverpool Plains Community-Based Heritage Study. The heritage study investigates the history of the local government area and identifies then assesses items and places of heritage significance that demonstrate this history and recommends ways to manage and conserve this significance.
It is Council’s statutory responsibility under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act to take appropriate action to list and manage heritage items within the Shire. The Study will assist inform future heritage-allied amendments to the Liverpool Plains Local Environmental Plan, the Development Control Plan, and is consistent with Council’s Local Strategic Planning Statement.
In 2018, LPSC received funding from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to undertake the study and Highground Consulting were commissioned to prepare it.
The Study was prepared based on input from internal and external stakeholders. The draft Study was placed on public exhibition for a period of 28 days from March 4 this year. 6 written submissions were received by Council during the public exhibition period. Other feedback regarding the Study was also received via face-to-face meetings and telephone calls during this time. The submissions were examined and addressed prior to the adoption of the Study.
The Study, as adopted, is on Council’s website here
LPSC provides a free heritage advisory service to owners of older buildings. Council's Heritage Advisor, Ray Christison is available to assist with understanding old buildings and to give guidance on how to manage issues associated with them. Interested parties can call Council’s Customer Service Desk on 6746 1755 to make arrangements or for further information.
At the Council meeting held on May 27, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) adopted the Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS).
The LSPS is a strategic land use document, prepared by Council in order to meet legislative requirements as a part of the suite of reforms to the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). It aims to provide a ‘line of sight’ between global, State, Regional and local strategic planning matters. The LSPS also identifies the community’s twenty year vision for land use in the Shire, and how future growth and change will be managed through Planning Priorities and actions.
The LSPS was prepared in consultation with a range of stakeholders, finalised in February, and placed on public exhibition for twenty-eight days. Ten written submissions were received by Council during the public exhibition period, two of which were from the local community, and the remaining eight from other Government agencies and organisations. The feedback received from stakeholder consultation has been incorporated into the LSPS where appropriate and relevant.
The LSPS, as adopted by Council, will be published on the NSW Planning Portal . It needs to be reviewed at least every seven years, however, as identified in the LSPS, it is proposed that the review be conducted every four years in line with the Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) framework.
Council planning is guided by community aspirations and its strategies, plans and decision making have a strong focus on financial, economic, social, and environmental sustainability.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed the completion of trials and training that has resulted in the Westpac rescue helicopter now being able to utilise the helipad at the Liverpool Plains Emergency Services Precinct, better servicing the Quirindi Hospital.
“This is great news that allows the aircraft’s trained medical and operational crews to respond quickly and effectively to emergencies threatening the life, health and safety of people caused through medical emergency, illness, natural disaster, accidents or mishap,” Councillor Hope said.
Councillor Hope said community consultation had identified the need for a 24/7 accessible helipad to serve both the health system and emergency services during dire situations.
“As a result, Council was able to obtain funding through the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program towards this project which was also supported by the Rural Fire Service and NSW Government,” he said.
“It is a great outcome that the Emergency Services precinct can now be utilised for this critical community service. On behalf of Council I thank our partners, the Federal Government, Rural Fire Service and NSW Government for their commitment to our community,” he concluded.
The Westpac Rescue helicopter undertaking trials at the Emergency Services Precinct heliport
With a further easing of COVID-19 restrictions in place from Monday 1 June, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is urging everyone to respect physical distancing requirements, to maintain the 4 square metre rule, plus hygiene and safety requirements.
“Under the eased restrictions, the LPSC Administration Centre, Werris Creek and Quirindi Libraries, and Public amenities will reopen. For the safety and protection of the whole community and Council staff resuming face-to-face operations, it is vital we all play our part to ensure minimum risk to all concerned by common sense, responsible application of safety guidelines,” he said.
“LPSC is taking guidance from NSW Health to ensure the affected facilities operate in a COVID-19 safe way. This will include exclusion of staff and visitors who are unwell, limiting the number of visitors to allow for the 4 square metres per person rule, providing distance markers for people queuing at service points, ensuring adequate handwashing facilities and/or sanitiser, and enhanced cleaning.
“At the libraries, 10am to 11am each day will be reserved for Seniors and other vulnerable members of the community to visit in safety. Those who borrowed from the libraries via click and collect can return books and DVDs when convenient. Books will then be quarantined for a period of 72 hours. Bookings are essential to use the public computers at the libraries and will be limited to 30 minutes maximum per person per day,” he continued.
“The changes being introduced will also allow travel to regional NSW for a holiday, visits to museums, galleries and libraries, with pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants being allowed up to 50 customers provided distancing requirements can be maintained and beauty and nail salon operators can begin treatments under strict COVID-safe guidelines,” he said.
“This is a big step towards getting the economy up and running again so we need to mitigate risk as far as possible by sensible and responsible application of safety measures. If you are sick and have symptoms please come forward and get tested. Together, we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
“For further information about the dos and don’ts please go to https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules,” Councillor Hope concluded.