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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has delegated authority to the Mayor and General Manager to affix Council’s Seal to renew the Central Northern Regional Library (CNRL) Agreement.
“Signing the agreement will see LPSC continue its arrangement with CNRL for a further five years, through until June 30 2021. It will allow Council to continue to provide the high level of service the community expect through Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“CNRL provides regional library services to the residents of Tamworth Regional Council plus Narrabri, Liverpool Plains, Uralla, Gwydir and Walcha Shires. CNRL allows libraries around the region to provide services that would be unaffordable thus unavailable if we were small, standalone units,” he said.
“Modern libraries are much more than shelves of books. These days a library has to be a lot of things to a lot of people and although we still provide an extensive collection of books, DVDs, CDs, magazines and audio books our libraries also provide a 24-hour service online, with e-books and e-audio available. Free internet access is available at both Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries along with public access computers. Wi-Fi is also available for users who have their own portable device.
“There are also special collections including the seed library which is already operating at Werris Creek and will be launched at Quirindi on September 1. Both libraries also have sensory toys as part of the Autism spectrum disorder support collection. Sensory toys can help develop important sensory motor skills, stimulate crucial senses, and promote sensory integration for kids who have autism, developmental delays, sensory challenges, or other special needs. Werris Creek library is an agency of the Department of Human Services for Centrelink.
“Printing, scanning and photocopying facilities are also available. Library events may vary between branches with regular events including children's story time, author talks, book clubs as well as Storytime for Grown-ups, knitting group and school holiday activities for children. Quirindi Library has a special collection, A 10 min a day: Baby book packs aimed at new mothers and to support early childhood development. Visit your local library to find out exactly what they provide or call Werris Creek on 6768 7340 or Quirindi 6746 2350. For more details about the library service provided at Premer call Robyn on 6744 2056,” he continued.
“The importance of our libraries to our community is highlighted by the fact LPS libraries had the highest loans per capita in the region, lending 4.2 items per capita in 2014-15. Quirindi Library has 3,495 members (including Premer Library), Werris Creek Library 1,330. We have more than half the Shire’s population who are members of our libraries!” he said.
“Our libraries are a fantastic community resource and I urge residents to drop in and see what they have to offer. Even if our libraries don’t have a book you’re after on the shelf, through CNRL they can order it in for you. The CNRL catalogue and databases can be accessed online” Councillor Hope concluded.
Werris Creek (pictured) and Quirindi libraries are much more than shelves of books, these days a library has to be a lot of things to a lot of people.
LPSC’s libraries provide services for young and old – pictured are young people involved in craft activities at Quirindi library.
Media contact – Andrew Hope 0427 687 345.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has agreed to provide an additional $44,000, sourced from Federal Financial Assistance Grants (FAG) funding, to complete required road upgrade works adjacent to the Werris Creek Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Community Sheds and Lions Club Park area in Single Street.
“The funding will supplement an existing budgetary allocation of $26,000 currently set aside for this project and will see it through to completion,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The Community Shed and RFS Shed occupy the same parcel of land and both facilities are positive contributors to the local economy and a hub for local volunteers. The Lions Club Park amenities building is well patronised and the Werris Creek 355 Committee has expressed a desire for kerb and guttering here to lessen wear and tear on the area,” he said.
“The estimated cost for the bitumen seal of the Community/RFS Sheds precinct along with kerb and guttering works for the full frontage of the site is $50,000. The work in front of Lions Club Park is expected to cost around $20,000.
“These works will add further to amenity in Single Street along with projects like the Hoamm Park playground,” he continued.
“These projects proceed with ongoing consultation with representatives of the Werris Creek 355 Committee, NSW RFS and Werris Creek Community Shed,” Councillor Hope concluded.
The proposed works will greatly add to amenity at the RFS/Community Shed and Lions Park precinct.
Media contact – Andrew Hope 0427 687 345.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has formally consented to continue its participation in the NSW Grain Harvest Management Scheme (GHMS).
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said the NSW GHMS helps improve the productivity and efficiency of the grain transport task.
“Under the scheme, eligible heavy vehicles may exceed regulated mass limits by up to 5% when delivering grains to participating grain receivers.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has agreed to assist the Warrah Creek Progress Association with the construction of foundations for a community water tank.
“Council received a request from the Progress Association to help prepare a base for a community tank at Warrah Creek which is being supplied by Upper Mooki Landcare,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, $6,859,000 has been budgeted for Council’s General Works Program during the 2016/17 financial year.
“It is quite an ambitious project which includes continued construction works on Moreduval Lane to complete works put in hand in the 2015/16 financial year, completion of the Wilkie St Werris Creek and Pollock St Quirindi reconstruction projects, a kerb blister in Single St Werris Creek, heavy patching projects between now and March next year, reconstruction works on the Kamilaroi Highway, the Russell St shared pathway, a resheeting program that will run between September and December and a reseal program between September and March,” he said.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope has congratulated Nikki Robertson and her team at the LPSC Visitor Information Centre who won the Silver Award in the category of Visitor Information Services at the 2016 Regional Tourism Awards, held in Echuca/Moama on Saturday night. The regional awards programs are held annually to acknowledge excellence in tourism across NSW at a regional/local level.
Media contact – Andrew Hope 0427 687 345.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has advised Small Business NSW that work has commenced on the Liverpool Plains Economic Development Strategy with funding provided by the Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Programme.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said in this day and age an economic development strategy is vital to set clear goals to foster future economic growth and the actions needed to be taken to achieve those goals.
“The NSW Government has identified driving economic growth in Regional NSW as a key goal to rebuilding the economy and LPSC is determined to ensure we are prepared to play our small part in this overall process,” he said.
Local Government Week is being held from August 1 to 7 this year and Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is inviting the community to come along and celebrate the event on Friday August 5, between 11am and 2pm, at a BBQ being held at the front of Council’s Administration Centre. LPSC is also running an associated Photographic Competition called Postcards of the Shire.
“This year’s Local Government Week theme is Our Council, Our Community. The theme reflects that councils are closely connected to their communities, and they deliver support and services every day that are important to peoples’ lives,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Acting General Manager and Director Engineering Services, Greg Tory, reported to Council’s July Committee Meeting that weather conditions over the past 9 – 12 months have caused considerable inconvenience and delays in delivering the Works Department’s road maintenance and construction programs.
Mr Tory said it was ironic that for many months extremely dry conditions had curtailed Council’s ability to grade and maintain gravel roads and now rain over the past month or so meant that surfaces were too wet to allow work to proceed including on several streets in the process of being rebuilt.
At its July Committee Meeting Liverpool Plains Shire Council presented $5,000 from its Community Initiative Program to the Quirindi Show Society towards staging its 2016 Spring Show.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said the Quirindi Spring Show was one of the major events on the Shire’s calendar and Council was not only pleased to provide financial backing but also behind the scenes work to ensure the Showground was spick and span and well serviced for the event which will be held Friday 9 to Sunday 11 September 2016. Further details are available at http://www.quirindishowsociety.com/.
Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Andrew Hope, has conveyed Council’s thanks to staff and volunteers who organised and staged events during the school holidays. Events were staged by Quirindi and Werris Creek libraries, The Rec Centre, the Visitor Information Centre and the Royal Theatre which catered to several hundred children and parents.
Some of the kids helped collect a gold coin donation towards the First/Second Fleet Gardens during the Treasure Hunt staged by the VIC at this venue.
Children and parents look for clues during the Treasure Hunt at the First/Second Fleet Gardens.
Quirindi Library held two craft sessions which were fully booked. Both sessions were attended by 33 children and 16 adults. Library volunteers Murine Sepa, Giovanna Hawkins and Julie Yeomans added greatly to the events success.
“It’s great to think that so many opportunities can be provided locally for our kids during the holidays and to all concerned in providing these opportunities our sincere thanks,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Media contact – Andrew Hope 0427 687 345.
Council has allocated a budget of $18,000 from the General Fund to undertake required works and studies by a specialist groundwater consultant to determine requirements for an upgrade of bore water source, pumping and control equipment and associated costs for the Quirindi Racecourse facility. In the meantime Council will continue to irrigate the Racecourse utilising the town water supply following installation of adequate backflow protection.
$200 has been provided through the Community Initiative Program to assist Paige Anderson attend the Tennis hot Shots Junior Development Program in America.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has welcomed on board Sally Rozemulder taking up the position of Engineering Services Manager a position formally known as Works and Assets Manager.
LPSC Director Engineering Services, Greg Tory, said Sally has extensive engineering and local government experience and is a welcome addition to the team.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) General Manager, Ron Van Katwyk, is reminding Shire residents of two important events regarding the upcoming September local government elections which occur on August 1 2016.
“The first important point is that August 1 is the Close of rolls, for nominations and roll printing. You can check if you’re enrolled at - https://roll.elections.nsw.gov.au/NSWLookUp/nswelectorlookup.aspx, Mr Van Katwyk said.
After just on ten years’ service with Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) its Workplace Health and Safety Officer Richard Michell is calling it a day.
Richard said he looks forward to spending more time with his wife Jan, gardening and doing a bit of travelling. Prior to working with LPSC Richard had spent 29 years working for Telstra.
A recent meeting of Werris Creek’s 355 Community Committee was able to tick off a large number of projects underway or nearing completion that add greatly to community amenity. Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has thanked Committee members for their dedication to improvements for the township and for bringing forward community ideas.
Water conservation measures in Werris Creek will be eased from Wednesday 13 July, when they will become Level 1 (Green) Low.
“The recent rainfall provided flow into Quipolly Dam for the first time in many months which resulted in a significant rise of over 1.8 metres in level,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Director Engineering Services, Greg Tory.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, upgrades to the amenities block at the Wallabadah First/Second Fleet Gardens will further enhance the experience for travellers who utilise the facilities at what is already one of the New England Highway’s most popular free camping grounds. Following a recent inspection of the site Councillors have approved a further $4,000 for a final spruce up of the amenities building to compliment recent improvements to toilets and washbasins and the installation of new gas powered showers.
Notice is hereby given that an Extraordinary Meeting of Liverpool Plains Shire Council will be held on TUESDAY 12 JULY 2016 commencing at 5.00 pm in the Council Chambers.
Council will consider DA 12/2016 for a Change of Use from Commercial to Retail Premises (Icebox Liquor Store), on Part Lot 392 in DP 1052162, George Street Quirindi. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.