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Whether you’re a railway or hotel hobbyist, interested in social history, architecture, a local historian, researcher or genealogist you will find Scott Whitaker’s author talk Railway Hotels of Australia fascinating and informative, at Werris Creek library, Wednesday 7 December at 3.30pm.
Scott Whitaker has journeyed around Australia investigating the life of the Railway Hotel, beginning with his multipart work, Volume One – Railway Hotels of Victoria, and now the newly released Volume Two – Railway Hotels of New South Wales. Scott is a railway enthusiast and part-time historian and the book details the history of every Railway Hotel that trades, or once traded in New South Wales.
Author Scott Whitaker in the cab of a steam locomotive. In addition to detailing the history of the local Railway Hotels, Scott’s talk will cover the coming of the railway, the social development of regional NSW and researching tips.
In the early days, Railway Hotels, along with Terminus, Junction and Station Hotels, were quickly established to service the railway construction workers, or navvies. Some publicans stayed in the new town, others moved on with the navvies to the next camp. Some existing hotels were renamed to celebrate the arrival of the railway, and some were moved to a new site nearer the railway station. Inevitably, the Railway Hotel was the haunt of many of the local railway workforce.
The book, 312 pages in length, contains a wealth of information on the history of railways in New South Wales, and explores the social, economic and political themes that helped to shape the state. It contains hundreds of historic and contemporary images on high quality art paper, and includes a range of advertisements and anecdotes that add interest and establish the mood of the era.
Everyone is welcome to come along and meet Scott and to enjoy afternoon tea provided by the Friends of Werris Creek Library.
It is only fitting that the North West’s major railway centre, Werris Creek, has its own Railway Hotel.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is seeking community comment on a proposed addition to its 2016/17 adopted fees and charges applicable to the Quirindi Recreation Centre (QRC). Council is proposing to introduce a Corporate Program whereby 5 or more new members paid for by a business, sporting-club or organisation will attract reduced rates of $600 each for 12 months or $350 each for 6 months. The proposals will be on public exhibition at Council’s Administration Centre until Monday 12 December and written submissions will be accepted up to 5pm on this day.
According to LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, Council is investigating a number of ideas to assist the QRC attract new members.
“We’ve had some interest shown from business/clubs/organisations for the establishment of a Corporate Fitness Program which can provide staff health and wellness initiatives. An increasing number of businesses have come to understand the strong relationship between healthy employees, a more motivated workforce and increased productivity,” Councillor Hope said.
“QRC provides a fully equipped gym with cardio, weight machines & free weights, squash courts and equipment, group fitness classes including boxing, yoga, aerobics and gym circuits and, by appointment, personal training at a slightly additional cost. It also provides a pleasant social environment for members,” he said.
“Most people spend more hours at work than anywhere else except home and many are putting in more hours than the average twenty years ago. As a result, maintaining a healthy work/life balance is becoming increasingly important. One of the primary benefits of employee wellness programs involves a reduction in the rates of illness and injuries. In addition to preventing illnesses, wellness programs also lead to a reduction in absenteeism. Employees who are stressed, unhealthy or overworked tend to become sick much more often than healthy employees. There is a lot of evidence that the relatively small investment required to get employees into such programs is recouped many times over a twelve month period,” he continued.
“In the longer term, if we can attract new members, flow on benefits will accrue for existing members with the possibility of reduced fees, extension of operating hours, the establishment of a more vibrant and functional QRC environment, seasonal promotions and combined pools/QRC membership,” he said.
“Council has made substantial investments in improving the infrastructure at the QRC over recent years however income still fails to meet expenses. It is prudent we review options now for the Centre’s long-term sustainability,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) General Manager, Ron Van Katwyk, recently visited the Quirindi Aero Club (QAC) to thank them for their ongoing efforts in keeping the airport surroundings neat and tidy and to learn a little more about their operations and the important role the club plays providing a bit of ‘time out’ from busy schedules for its members.
“Sonja Thorneycroft who is Secretary of the QAC as well as having a medical background pointed out to me the importance for the members, many of whom are local farmers, of a past time where they can enjoy one another’s company and relax away from busy work schedules, which provides benefits not only for them but also their families,” Mr Van Katwyk said.
At the Aero Club’s monthly breakfast, (l to r) Ron Van Katwyk, Greg Giblet, Sonja Thorneycroft, Lloyd Whitsed, Lyle Passfield, Ian Carter, Malcolm Alcorn, Craig Charters and Cliff Van Praag
Quirindi Airport covers about 87 hectares and is owned, operated and maintained by the LPSC. Located approximately 20km west of Quirindi, along the Pine Ridge Road (SR1), it is surrounded by open grazing and farming land.
“Council provides the facilities to enable light aircraft operations. The majority or aircraft movements are for pilot training, conducted by the Tamworth based Flying College. Aerial agriculture is another significant component of its use. Charter aircraft, and privately owned aircraft account for a small percentage of movements,” Mr Van Katwyk said.
“The QAC hold a BBQ breakfast the second Saturday of the month at 7.30am followed by flying time. Members love to chat about their common interest in various aircraft and often fly to other Aero Clubs social events. They recently attended Scone Aero Club’s Warbirds and Aerobatic display,” he said.
The QAC is open to the community and they’d welcome anyone who turned up at their monthly get together. They work in partnership with LPSC for the benefit of club members and the general community. Anyone interested in finding out more information can contact Sonja at email@example.com,” he said.
“Council has a 10 year plan to operate and maintain the Airport and facilities network to achieve the following strategic objectives. To ensure it is maintained at a safe and functional standard as set out in the LPSC Airport asset management plan, to provide a safe and functional aerodrome for light aircraft activities and to ensure Quirindi Aerodrome meets all accountability, responsibility and reporting requirements to CASA, whilst maintained in partnership with other levels of government and stakeholders,” Mr Van Katwyk concluded.
“Why does Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) invest so much time during Get to kNOw asbestos this NOvember month? Simply because far too many people are continuing to put themselves and their families at risk from this insidious product with do it yourself renovations and it’s too late if they get the fibres into their lungs. We hope continuously hammering the message home may save lives,” said LPSC Regulatory Services Manager Steve Ryder.
“Despite asbestos having been banned in Australia since 2003, the deadly material is still found across the country and death rates continue to rise. In fact, about 12 Australians die each week from cancer caused by asbestos exposure and the nation has one of the highest rates of asbestos disease in the world. Sadly, asbestos-laced products are still being illegally imported from overseas and ending up in buildings,” he said.
“One of the most insidious things about disease caused by asbestos is the time length between exposure and disease being diagnosed. Most will not become apparent for at least 10 years after exposure and more commonly 15-20 years, in some instances it takes up to 40 or more years to develop. Keeping this is mind I urge people not to put themselves or their families at risk, remember renovating now could see your kids struck down after you’re long gone,” he continued.
“Before renovating or doing maintenance work on your home, find out if it contains asbestos and know what to do to remove and dispose of it safely. If more than 10 square metres of bonded asbestos needs to be removed, you must engage a bonded asbestos removalist who is licensed by WorkCover,” Steve warned.
“Most building or demolition work requires some form of approval. Before erecting or demolishing a building, or making any alterations, find out from the local council if a development consent or complying development certificate is required. Before any asbestos is removed, advise your neighbours of the time and date of removal, and the name of the licensed removalist.
For more information, see WorkCover’s guide, Working with asbestos (catalogue no. WC05484),” he said
“Recently, scientists at Adelaide's Flinders University have found that malignant mesothelioma tumours are able to transform into blood vessels, promoting their own growth. They’ve found that instead of waiting for the outside of the tissue to grow blood vessels in, the tumour cells themselves branch out, growing blood vessels that reach out into surrounding tissues. One of the scientists involved doesn’t think a cure for mesothelioma is on the horizon in the immediate future although this work could eventually lead to finding treatments that will prolong life, with less impacts on quality of life. Keeping this is mind I urge people not to put themselves or their families at risk of a death sentence,” he continued.
“Think Smart. Think Safe. Think www.asbestosawareness.com.au,” Steve concluded.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, he and other Councillors are often asked by ratepayers about how planning is carried out in both the short term and the longer term to get the best results for the community into the future. He said the easiest way for residents to find about these issues is to go to Council’s website where the whole suite of documents is available.
“All NSW councils are required to have an integrated planning and reporting framework, to ensure local government operations and strategic planning are meeting the needs of the community. Under this framework we have a 10+ year Community Strategic Plan, a four-year Delivery Program and an annual Operational Plan,” Councillor Hope said.
“The Strategic Planning Documents identify the long-term aspirations our communities want to see delivered in the Shire. The Strategic Planning Documents stretch beyond the next 10 years, identifying the outcomes and long term strategic responses needed to achieve the agreed directions. It demands strong leadership from Council in working with others to grow our Shire into the future. The documents have been developed through community consultation and written submissions received when drafts of the proposals have been put on public exhibition,” he said.
“Council’s Operational Plan for the 2016/17 financial year includes the twelve month Community Strategic Plan, the Delivery Program, the Long Term Financial Plan, the Operational Plan, the WH&S Strategy and a Workforce Plan all of which which were adopted by Council on 29 June following a period of public exhibition.
“Guiding long term planning are the Asset Management Plans for LPSC Airport and Facilities, LPSC Bridges Asset Management Plan, LPSC Buildings and Other Structures Asset Management Plan, LPSC Fleet and Plant Asset Management Plan, LPSC Footpaths Asset Management Plan, LPSC Roads Asset Management Plan, LPSC Sewer Asset Management Plan and LPSC Water Management Plan. These and things like the Liverpool Plains Tourism Plan are living documents that are regularly reviewed and updated where necessary,” he continued.
“However, it is not just a case of having plans for the future, operations are backed up with Annual Reports and Financial Reports for community perusal,” he said.
“Transparency of operations is paramount and all of these documents can be found on our website at http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/my-council/council-plans-reports. If residents require further information please contact Council's Customer Service Desk on 6746 1755 and they will refer you to the appropriate Council Officer,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is encouraging the community to report defects on the road network by lodging a customer action request on 6746 1755 or filling one out on line at http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/liverpool-plains-shire-council-customer-action-request.
In a report to Council, LPSC Engineering Services Manager, Sally Rozemulder said that four years of extremely dry conditions followed recently by several months of exceptionally wet conditions had seen the road network deteriorate in places to standards that are not acceptable to the community.
“During the dry, maintaining gravel roads was impeded due to a lack of water making it difficult and costly to complete maintenance and re-sheeting work on the network. The sealed network also suffered from the inability to access water required for construction and heavy patching programs. To help overcome these problems into the future a 22,000 litre water tanker was purchased recently,” Ms Rozemulder said.
“The rains that have followed caused ‘gully rakers’ with causeways and road pavements being damaged and washed away. The impact of heavy rain has highlighted areas with an inadequate thickness of gravel due to the previous constraints on gravel re-sheeting. Drainage issues, not readily identified during dry periods have also become apparent,” she continued.
Ms Rozemulder pointed out that current funding levels for gravel re-sheeting will only allow the network to be maintained on a 36 year cycle when ideally re-sheeting should be undertaken on a 10 year cycle and even more frequently on heavily trafficked roads. She said that if Federal and State Governments continue to freeze and cut back grant funding the problem will be further exacerbated.
“Road maintenance staff have been working towards rectifying the worst issues based on Council’s roads hierarchy and an informal risk assessment process. To expedite repairs staff are working overtime, contractors have been engaged and some casual labour has been recruited to assist with maintenance. These works are being funded under the existing maintenance budget, however if further events occur and natural disaster funding is not forthcoming Council will have to further consider the financial implications of maintaining the network,” she said.
“In the coming 9 months, staff will be reviewing all of Council’s Asset Management Plans prior to consideration by Council, public exhibition and adoption. This review will include general maintenance of roads, gravel re-sheeting frequency, heavy patching programs and causeway construction program. They will be reviewed to reflect the road hierarchy and to ensure that roads that are important transport routes, such as freight and school bus routes are serviced sustainably. Based on this information Council will need to consider the financial implications, the level of service that is affordable, satisfies community expectations and is sustainable within resource limitations. ” she continued.
“Residents can greatly assist this whole process by lodging a customer action request to help Council develop a better understanding of the damage caused by recent rains and any other concerns. Reality is that with finite resources of funding, staff and machinery we can’t deal with every issue immediately but it will help us prioritise what is required and to plan accordingly,” Ms Rozemulder concluded.
To expedite road repairs staff are working overtime, contractors have been engaged and some casual labour recruited.
Get to kNOw asbestos this NOvember because there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres!
Unfortunately, a lot of people think that exposure to asbestos is something that won’t happen to them or their family. Wrong! If you are thinking about renovating, you must be aware of asbestos simply because there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres!
You must observe safety precautions when removing or working with asbestos, otherwise you risk exposing yourself and your family to long-term health risks. Importantly, if you suspect you have asbestos in your home, Don’t cut it! Don’t drill it! Don’t drop it! Don’t sand it! Don’t saw it! Don’t scrape it! Don’t scrub it! Don’t dismantle it! Don’t tip it! Don’t waterblast it! Don’t demolish it! And whatever you do… Don’t dump it!
If asbestos is disturbed it can release dangerous fine particles of dust containing asbestos fibres. Imbedded asbestos fibres irritate lung tissue around them, causing a number of diseases. Asbestos related diseases can take many years to develop. Most diseases will not become apparent for at least 10 years after exposure to asbestos and more commonly 15-20 years. Some diseases, may take up to 40 or more years to develop.
Breathing in dust containing asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer which most often occurs in the lining of the lung. There is no cure. The rates of malignant mesothelioma, an incurable cancer, are expected to rise in coming years with the average time between exposure and developing mesothelioma being about 45 years.
The risk of contracting asbestos related diseases increases with the number of fibres inhaled and the length of time that you inhaled asbestos fibres, that is the number of years exposed. The risk of lung cancer from inhaling asbestos fibres is greatly increased if you smoke.
What precautions should you take? Firstly, get to kNOw Asbestos and take The 20 Point Asbestos Safety Check at http://asbestosawareness.com.au/20-point-safety-check/.
While some people may ensure they follow the regulations and safety requirements to remove small amounts of asbestos themselves, Liverpool Plains Shire Council recommends retaining a licenced asbestos removal professional who is equipped to protect you and your family from the dangers of asbestos dust.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has congratulated three well-known and respected local women who have been named amongst 90 entries on the NSW 2016 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, congratulates 2016 Hidden Treasures (l to r) Linda Fittler, Beryl Manion and Colleen Wills (Sally Alden Photography).
Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has congratulated three well-known and respected local women who have been named amongst 90 entries on the NSW 2016 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.
“Hidden Treasures is an annual initiative of the Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Women’s Network which recognises the outstanding efforts of women volunteers in NSW and helps to promote the valuable role of volunteering to the community,” Councillor Hope said.
“Linda Fittler has been a volunteer fire fighter with the Werris Creek Rural Fire Service since 1997 and she is also the brigade’s treasurer. Linda organises many fund raising events and open days which have benefited brigade members. She has also supported school and sporting organisations,” he said.
“Beryl Manion has been involved with numerous organisations over many years including school groups, sporting groups, the garden club, the CWA, local arts and crafts, the retirement homes committee, the Lions Club, the show and has been a driving force of the Rural heritage Village and Museum since its inception. Beryl also contributed to the local community by her role as a Councillor with LPSC including several terms as Deputy Mayor,” he continued.
“Colleen Wills has been volunteering and serving the community most of her life. Her role with the CWA has benefited so many people and organisations over many years, she’s helped entertain seniors at both Elmswood and Eloura and supported handicapped people get out and about. Colleen also served as a Councillor for 17 years and she continues her community building today with a community garden,” he said.
“On behalf of the entire community I thank Linda, Beryl and Colleen for their huge contributions over many years and congratulate them on being recognised as Hidden Treasures,” Councillor Hope concluded
Many queries, requests and concerns regarding Council services and infrastructure can be dealt with easily, online at http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/liverpool-plains-shire-council-customer-action-request by completing a customer action request form.
A dementia information morning will be held at Quirindi Home Support Service Wednesday 16 November at 9.30am. Guest speaker will be Anna Debenham from Dementia Educator Carer Support Service.
The second round of industry consultations for the LPSC Economic Development Strategy have been completed by project consultant Jenny Rand.
Despite some initial delays with the Spring Ridge Park Embellishment Project, a project platform has been created, a development application and construction certificate have been processed and Council technical staff have collaborated on the project in conjunction with the Spring Ridge 355 Committee. The concrete footings for the shade structure were poured recently.
Following a request from Werris Creek Trotting Track users, Council has agreed to undertake track maintenance on the facility on Silo Road on a triennial basis using funds from the Parks and Reserves Sportsground Maintenance budget. At other times maintenance is to be undertaken by users and in return they do not pay a fee for use of the facility.
Councillors received a report from the Director of Engineering Services that the upgrading of the Wallabadah First Fleet Garden Amenities building and installation of an underground irrigation system has been completed and within the approved budget. $34,169 was provided by the Department of Crown Lands under the Public Reserve Management Fund Program to install the irrigation system and towards the amenities upgrade. Council provided $34,435 from the Wallabadah First Fleet Reserve fund for additional amenities upgrades and external painting. Improvements to the precinct have seen a further increase in the numbers using the Freedom Camping Ground.
Maitland City and Tamworth RSL Brass Bands are coming to the Royal Theatre to perform on Saturday 5th November 2016. Tickets at $10 will be available at the door with all proceeds going to Quota International of Quirindi Inc. The Sunflower Arts Festival, raising funds for local emergency rescue services will be held at the Royal with opening night on Friday 2 December from 6-9pm with entertainment and canapes for just $10 per person. Saturday and Sunday are open to all at only a gold coin donation for entry. Reminder, the Royal Theatre is available for hire for a range of events including wedding receptions and reunions.
During the preceding month Council’s Water Services crews completed 19 service repairs/renewals in Quirindi, Willow Tree, Werris Creek and Wallabadah, two main repairs in Quirindi and one new service installation in Quirindi. Work commenced on sealing the Willow Tree #2 reservoir. Sewer maintenance crews fixed one service choke in Werris Creek and one mains choke in both Werris Creek and Quirindi.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is in the process of writing to community organisations that successfully received assistance through its Community Funding Initiatives Program in 2015/16 to advise of changes in the way the scheme will be administered. It is anticipated that the new governance framework will make more effective use of resources and limited funds. Council will hold two scheduled assessment rounds per year, in December and July. Applications for December round must be in by Friday 2 December.
“Council has established the Community Funding Program (CFP) in recognition of the vital contribution that community groups and organisations play in the development of the Shire’s social capital and quality of life. The guidelines see the CFP strongly underpinned by a philosophy of partnership and collaboration to assist in making a positive and ongoing contribution to the community’s wellbeing, cultural life and resilience,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The CFP will offer three streams of funding. Seed Funding aims to encourage the development of new events by providing not-for-profit organisations with some initial funding to help support and launch new or one-off activities. Growth Funding is offered to assist organisers to improve their event and to build strategic capacity within it, to expand and prosper, to diversify into new areas, demographics or target audiences. Infrastructure Improvements will provide contributions towards infrastructure upgrades for local sporting and recreational clubs to host activities/events and that provide value for the broader community,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said that organisations applying for funding must conduct the event within the Shire, be a not-for-profit entity or auspiced by one, hold current and relevant public liability insurance to the value of $20million, commence the project in the financial years the funding is sought, demonstrate environmental, social and economic benefits to the Shire and be financially viable.
“LPSC’s Events and Property Maintenance team will be able to assist organisations with completion of documentation and coordination of any internal service quotation requests. Any enquiries regarding the CFP can be directed to the Events Team on 6746 1755 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has resolved to provide up to $10,000 from its Section 94 accounts to assist Currabubula Pony Club with the erection of a shed and partial internal fitout.
According to LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, Currabubula Pony Club is a long-standing, local organisation that progressively and actively seeks grant funding opportunities as they arise. He said they invest resources into the community that improve facilities with a view to attracting future events and expanding current usage opportunities.
“The Club is of the opinion that not only will these improvements benefit their organisation, it will also benefit other patrons who use the facility. LPSC’s Environmental and Economic Development team have been working collaboratively with the Club for some time to facilitate the project and make it a reality. The relevant development approvals have been obtained and the project is shovel-ready. Consultation with relevant stakeholders will be undertaken as part of the delivery process,” he said.
“The facility will be located at the Currabubula Recreation Reserve and will positively contribute to the precinct. It is expected the project will be completed this financial year,” he continued.
“Council is pleased to be able to partner with organisations in our smaller communities in delivering outcomes that drive economic development and district facilities that are safe and built to agreed standards,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Residents of the Liverpool Plains Shire are invited to nominate a friend, family member, colleague, someone you’d like to see recognised for their community input, a community leader and/or event, for the Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) 2017 Australia Day Awards. Nominations close Friday 23 December 2016.
According to LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, the awards are presented to recognise individuals and groups who have contributed above and beyond to the community. He said anyone can be honoured by receiving these awards, but someone has to nominate them first!
Nomination forms are available at Council’s Administration Centre, Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries, the Visitor Information Centre Willow Tree, by calling 6746 1755 or emailing email@example.com.
Categories for the 2017 Awards are -
- Citizen of the Year: open to persons 21 years or older on 26 January 201
- Young Citizen of the Year: open to persons under 21 years of age on 26 January 201
- Sportsperson of the Year: open to persons 21 years or older on 26 January 201
- Junior Sports Person of the Year: open to persons under 21 years of age on 26 January 201
- Marie Maunder Community Service Award
- Community Event of the Year
- Local Legend
“Full details of the eligibility criteria for each category is available on the nomination form,” Councillor Hope said.
“We ask those wishing to nominate to note the earlier, pre-Christmas closing date this year.
“Each 26 January - Australia Day - LPSC hosts a Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremony at the Royal Theatre where the awards are presented and we encourage community members to attend,” he continued.
“Most people know someone who has given outstanding service to the community or been involved in a specific community project which deserves recognition. So please, take a few minutes to nominate someone who you believe makes the Liverpool Plains Shire a better place to live, through an ongoing contribution or an outstanding effort,” Councillor Hope concluded.
November is asbestos awareness month and each year Liverpool Plains Shire Council undertakes educational programs to raise awareness of the dangers to individuals, families and the environment in dealing with this highly dangerous substance. If breathed in, asbestos fibres can be deadly. While the manufacture, use and re-use of asbestos was banned in Australia in 2003, it’s not a problem of the past – its legacy continues to haunt us. Around one in three Australian homes contain asbestos.
Australia has one of the world’s highest rates of malignant pleural mesothelioma, a common asbestos-related lung disease, and with numbers expected to rise between now and 2020 it is important people know the latest information. Asbestos still remains in our homes and buildings and poses a health risk to people’s lungs if it is not maintained or removed properly. Some of the greatest potential asbestos exposure risks are in homes built before 1990, where asbestos materials were used in many products and locations around the home. LPSC provides information and links to other sites at http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/our-environment/asbestos-information-awareness.
According to LPSC’s Regulatory Services Manager, Steve Ryder, there are legal requirements for managing household asbestos waste
“Asbestos waste must be stored on your premises in an environmentally safe manner, this must include wetting down and sealing in heavy-duty plastic prior to transportation. Bonded asbestos material must be securely packaged at all times. Friable asbestos material, that is material that contains asbestos and is in the form of a powder or can be crumbled, pulverised or reduced to powder by hand pressure when dry, must be kept in a sealed container. Asbestos-contaminated soils must be wetted down and all asbestos waste must be transported in a covered, leak-proof vehicle,” Steve said.
“Asbestos must be disposed of at a landfill site that can lawfully receive this waste. In the LPS Quirindi Landfill is the only site so licensed. It is open from 9am—4pm daily, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day , Good Friday and ANZAC Day. Contact 0427 236 081 to book in disposal of your asbestos waste providing at least 24 hours’ notice,” he said.
“It is illegal to dispose of asbestos waste in domestic garbage bins. It is also illegal to re-use, recycle or illegally dump asbestos products and contaminated waste. If you wish to remove friable asbestos or more than 10 square metres of bonded asbestos from your home, you must engage a licensed asbestos removal contractor to do so. As the owner of the waste you must ensure that your asbestos is disposed of at a lawful disposal facility. To ensure this, request that your contractor provides a copy of the disposal receipt. If you have over 100 kilograms or 10 square metres of asbestos waste to transport to the tip a unique consignment number must be created and a report made to the EPA. You should request this consignment number to track the location of the load at WasteLocate - https://wastelocate.epa.nsw.gov.au/,” he continued.
“If you’re unsure about asbestos please contact Council we are here to help. This includes for advice regarding the removal and disposal of more than 10m2 when a license is required.
“The disposal price of asbestos and associated excavation is $47m3 plus an excavation charge of $160 per hour. However, these charges are minimal compared to the fines applicable for illegal dumping of this dangerous substance,” he said.
“Please, always find out if asbestos may be present before cutting, sanding, drilling or dismantling and use appropriate protective equipment. To be on the safe side it is preferable to engage the services of a licensed contractor. They can be found in the Yellow Pages.
“There is also a wealth of asbestos information available from www.asbestosawareness.com.au. Those planning DIY activities at home need to ask am I playing renovation roulette?” Steve concluded.
A recent meeting of the Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) workforce was held to recognise long service to the organisation and to allow General Manager Ron Van Katwyk to bring those in attendance up to date on Council reorganisation that has taken place and ongoing efforts to meet the requirements of Fit for the Future for local government in the longer term.
Mr Van Katwyk said that amongst initiatives being undertaken is the appointment of Cate McMahon as an internal ombudsperson to assist in demystifying processes for staff, to assist them where necessary with policy and procedural paperwork and to ensure due process.
“Best practice human resources management can at times be quite involved and Cate’s appointment is to assist in making things equally accessible to all employees and to provide an arm’s length, in confidence person, external to the organisation, to help employees be aware of the processes available to them and assistance in those areas,” Mr Van Katwyk said.
Mr Van Katwyk also reported on a staff survey undertaken recently and actions that would result from findings as well as introducing LPSC’s new Workplace Health and Safety Officer, Larry O’Dea.
New WH and S Officer Larry O’Dea, GM Ron Van Katwyk and ombudsperson Cate McMahon. Larry grew up in Central Victoria, the son of a commercial builder. He has worked in all three level of government; Local, State and Commonwealth, including the Dept. of Defence. He chose a safety career 14 years ago following his brother becoming a workplace fatality. Larry is a passionate lawn bowler.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has officially opened the new Freedom Camping Area in Willow Tree. The facility is situated at the Recreation Ground at the end of Recreation Street. It provides toilets and showers, is pet friendly with potable water available and has the ability to cater for large caravans and motorhomes.
According to LPSC Deputy Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins, the Willow Tree Freedom Camping Ground not only provides another pleasant and affordable area for travellers with caravans and motor homes to stay for up to 72 hours, it complements freedom camping sites at Wallabadah, Premer and Currabubula and more basic sites at Caroona and Spring Ridge, with new sites being planned for Werris Creek and Blackville. “Of course for those desiring a higher degree of facility Quirindi has a caravan park plus a sewage dump point at Rose Lee Park,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“The new Willow Tree facility is another step in implementing Council’s Recreational Vehicle (RV) Strategy which aims to cater for the steadily growing tourism potential of self-contained recreational vehicles, caravans/motorhomes as well as the camping market. This market is an increasingly important contributor to the LPSC economy. Recent research through Tourism Research Australia reveals the average weekly spend of RV tourists is $500. When they stay at rest areas, 78% spend in the order of $80. LPS is investing to provide these travellers with value for money and an experience that won’t cost an arm and a leg,” he said.
Councillor Hawkins added that the best promotion for a region comes via word-of-mouth from travellers who have enjoyed their stay and this had resulted in the LPS being listed amongst the top 10 Shires for RV users in NSW.
The Free Camping Australia FB page has over 35,000 friends. The comments are amongst many LPS has received for its efforts catering for the requirements of RV users.
Part of Willow Tree Freedom Camping Ground and amenities block
There was a large turnout for the official opening of the Willow Tree Freedom Camping Ground with some members of the Australian Caravan Club travelling from as far as Shepparton in Victoria.
Earl Kelaher (right) cut the ribbon to officially open the new Freedom Camping Ground at Willow Tree assisted by Tom Smith (left), past Chair of the ACC and LPSC Deputy Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins (centre).
Tom Smith (left), past Chair of the ACC, presented Nikki Robertson (centre), Manager of LPSC’s Visitor Information Centre at Willow Tree and Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins (right) with a sign from the Australian Caravan Club acknowledging the Willow Tree Freedom Camping Ground as RV Stay friendly.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has resolved to disperse $16,000 from its Local Heritage Fund via five grants to assist owners of places with heritage significance undertake conservation and restoration works.
“Items of heritage significance include buildings identified as contributing to the character of the Quirindi and Werris Creek commercial districts. The aim is to maintain, preserve or restore elements that contribute to the heritage value of a place. Council makes the grants based on the advice of its Heritage Advisor,” said LPSC Deputy Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins.
“Council wrote to owners of private properties listed in the LPSC Environmental Plan heritage schedule and owners of properties within the urban conservation zones earlier this year. They were invited to make applications and were advised that the owner must at least match any contribution made by Council,” he said.
Following recommendations by Council’s Heritage Advisor the following projects have been funded:
- $2,000 for repair storm water drains – McIntyre House 33 Nowland Ave, Quirindi.
- $5,000 for repair roof Pollock Hall – Munro Memorial Uniting Church 2 Hill St, Quirindi.
- $1,500 to manage falling and rising damp – Shop, 76 Single St, Werris Creek.
- $1,500 to paint front gables and improve drainage – WJT Storey Residence 178 Hawker St, Quirindi.
- $6,000 to install platform lift for disability access – Historical Cottage and Museum, 42-48 Station St, Quirindi.
“Two of these projects require substantial financial outlays on buildings that are used by the public and the Heritage Advisor has suggested they be allocated larger amounts than requested. Two others have previously received funding and the recommendation was that they receive slightly less than applied for in this round,” Councillor Hawkins continued.
“The Historical Cottage and Museum is a local tourist attraction and supporting their $35,000 project sits nicely with Council’s economic development strategy to build tourism potential in the Shire,” he said.
“By managing the fund in accordance with the requirements of the Heritage Branch Department of Planning, Council can be reimbursed up to $8,000 via a grant at the end of the financial year. This seed funding will assist in maintaining sustainable, long-term heritage benefits,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Quirindi’s Historical Cottage and Museum was built in 1887 utilising locally made bricks. At one time it was the home of Quirindi’s first Mayor and Mayoress Mr and Mrs William Hawker. It was opened as a museum in April 1970.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has recognised numerous staff for their long service records with Council at a meeting held to bring the work force up to date on changes to the organisation over the past twelve months.
LPSC GM Ron Van Katwyk and Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, congratulated and thanked those recognised for their service to Council while Councillors Virginia Black, Ken Cudmore, Doug Hawkins and Ian Lobsey OAM presented certificates marking the milestones.
Awards were made to –
- 10 Years’ Service - Robert Hartin, Ian Hughes, Jo-Ann Jones, Daniel Peterson, Sonya Stimson, Trixie Stockdale and Marcus Tickle
- 15 Years’ Service - John Easey, Mark Lewin, Stanley Nean and Scott Ryman
- 25 Years’ Service - Penelope Andrews and Stephen Robinson
- 30 Years’ Service - Kerrie Tolmie and Gary Wheatley
- 35 Years’ Service - Cameron Smith
“Any organisation is only as good as the people who work for it and these people have helped make LPS a better community and place to live. On behalf of the community I say thank you,” Councillor Andrew Hope said.
(L to R at the back) - Ian Hughes, Mark Lewin, Marcus Tickle, Bob Hartin, John Easey, Cameron Smith, Daniel Peterson, Gary Wheatley, Penny Andrews, Sonya Stimson, Kerrie Tolmie, Ron Van Katwyk
(L to R) at the front - Scott Ryman, Trixie Stockdale and Jo-Ann Jones
Absent: Steve Robinson and Stan Nean
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has resolved to dispense with their former meeting procedure of Committee meetings on the third Wednesday and Ordinary meetings on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Council will have a six month trial of a full day on the fourth Wednesday, except for December and January, which will include workshops and presentations in the morning followed by the Ordinary meeting from 2.30pm. The changes are being trialled to achieve organisational efficiencies and cost savings.
“It is important we observe the statutory requirements of the Local Government Act and other relevant legislation and there have been new provisions listed in a recently distributed Code of Meeting practice. As a result Council is going to make a six month trial of dealing with all governance activities on the one day,” said Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
As a result, Council has adopted the following meeting schedule for the next three months:
- Wednesday November 23
- Wednesday December 14
- No Ordinary Meeting in January 2017
“To round out the six month trial, meetings for February, March and April 2017 will be held on the fourth Wednesday of each month,” Councillor Hope said.
“As we continue to implement our Fit for the Future process, Council is determined to ensure the good management and governance of the Shire and the well-being of its residents as we develop and apply model policies for the effective delivery of core business activities,” he continued.
“LPSC aims to be transparent in all of its operations. Business papers for Ordinary meetings will be available for perusal at the Administration Centre as well as on-line and Council encourages members of the community to attend meetings and to engage with local government activities,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Local residents as well as visitors from Liverpool Plains Shire’s Sister City, Blacktown City, joined together to have a great night when Quirindi’s inaugural Oktoberfest was held at the Royal Theatre.
The inaugural Oktoberfest at Quirindi’s Royal Theatre was a huge success.
Angus Fraser, Kris Hope, Emily Saul and LPSC Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope got into the spirit of Oktoberfest.
Blacktown City Youth Ambassadors Patrick Gleeson and Kieran Haggarty with Blacktown Showgirl Emily Kos
Part of the crowd at Oktoberfest getting ready for a beer, a feed and good entertainment.
Visiting from Blacktown’s sister City in Korea these two students enjoyed their evening at Oktoberfest.
Champions from the Anglican Guild Flower Show at Wallabadah over the weekend.
Visitors from Liverpool Plains Shire’s Sister City, Blacktown City, visited the Anglican Guild Flower Show at Wallabadah.
Champion Arrangement at Flower Show winner Mary Lewis.
Champion Cut Flower winner Mary Lewis.
Champion Rose winner Lois Slade.