Media Releases & Exhibitions

Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) libraries at Werris Creek and Quirindi have hosted visits from the NSW State Librarian and Chief Executive Dr Alex Byrne who was accompanied on his visit by Central Northern Regional Library (CNRL) Manager Kay Delahunt and CNRL Chairman Councillor Bill Heazlett. The visit allowed LPSC to discuss the importance and future direction of libraries with Dr Byrne.

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Following the draw by the Returning Officer, the 10 candidates for election to the 7 available positions on Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) will be listed in the following order.

• Lobsey, Ian
• Laurie, Andrew
• Cudmore, Ken
• Roberts, Mary
• Webster, Rob
• Moules, Paul
• Nelson, Kerry-Anne
• Black, Virginia
• Hope, Andrew
• Hawkins, Doug

The election will be conducted on Saturday 10 September between 8am and 6pm.

Polling booths will be at –
• Caroona Hall
• Currabubula Public School
• Quirindi High School
• Spring Ridge Public School
• Wallabadah Public School
• Werris Creek Public School
• Willow Tree Hall

Postal Votes will be issued from Monday 15 August and postal vote applications close on Monday 5 September at 6.00pm.

Pre-Poll Voting opens on Monday 29 August at the LPSC Administration office – daily 8.30am – 5.00pm - until Friday 9 September 2016 when it closes at 6.00 pm.

Media contact – LPSC GM Ron Van Katwyk 0428 667 159.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) was pleased to host a visit from the NSW Office of Local Government’s Director Policy and Sector Development, Melissa Gibbs and her colleague from the Policy and Sector Development Group, Grant Campbell.

“Melissa and Grant were in the region to attend a meeting of the Namoi Councils Joint Organisation and called in on their way back to Sydney to reconnect and see if there are any ways they can assist LPSC as we move ahead within the Fit for the Future Framework, to provide the best outcomes for our local community,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“The role of the Office of Local Government includes preparing legislation, providing advice and information to the State Government and local councils, regulating financial management and monitoring financial reporting practices of councils, and improving local government performance through provision of standards and guidelines.

“Council welcomed this opportunity to discuss issues in an informal manner. LPSC will continue to work closely with the Office as we continue to introduce best practice operations across the organisation,” Councillor Hope concluded.

Office of Local Government   visit

(L to R) – Donna Ausling (LPSC Director Environmental Services and Economic Development), Greg Tory (LPSC Director Engineering Services), Grant Campbell (Office of Local Government Policy and Sector Development Group), Melissa Gibbs (Director Policy and Sector Development), Andrew Hope (LPSC Mayor), Ron Van Katwyk (LPSC GM) and Steve Potts (LPSC Director of Business).

Media contact – Andrew Hope 0427 687 345.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) General Manager, Ron Van Katwyk, has announced that at the close of the nomination period for the September 10 2016 local government elections 10 candidates have nominated for the 7 available positions on LPSC.

Mr Van Katwyk said in alphabetical order the nominees are -

1. Virginia Black
2. Ken Cudmore
3. Doug Hawkins
4. Andrew Hope
5. Andrew Laurie
6. Ian Lobsey OAM
7. Paul Moules
8. Kerry-Anne Nelson
9. Mary Roberts
10. Robert Webster

“Postal Votes will be issued from Monday 15 August and postal vote applications close on Monday 5 September at 6.00pm,” Mr Van Katwyk said.

“Pre-Poll Voting opens on Monday 29 August at the LPSC Administration office – daily 8.30am – 5.00pm - until Friday 9 September 2016 when it closes at 6.00 pm,” he continued.

Mr Van Katwyk said there will be 7 polling places around the Shire on election day and these will be open from 8.00 am – 6.00 pm. They are -

• Caroona Hall
• Currabubula Public School
• Quirindi High School
• Spring Ridge Public School
• Wallabadah Public School
• Werris Creek Public School
• Willow Tree Hall

“The draw for positions on the ballot paper will take place this afternoon at 4.00pm and LPSC will announce those positions as soon after this time as possible,” Mr Van Katwyk said.

Media contact – Ron Van Katwyk 0428 667 159.

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A Development Application (DA) has been prepared for the Werris Creek Freedom Camping Area and its preferred location on the western side of Single Street south of Poole Street. The proposed site was presented to, and agreed on at the August meeting of the town’s 355 Committee. The proposed site is on land owned by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), the plan has been submitted to them and Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is awaiting Owner’s Consent before proceeding further with the plan. If consent is received, an initial 12 month trial will be conducted and if successful the area will be developed in two stages.

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Proposed site for Freedom Camping Area in Werris Creek

According to LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, a Freedom Camping Grounds are planned in the Shire for both Werris Creek and Willow Tree to complement the existing facilities at Wallabadah, Currabubula and Premer.

“These developments are an integral part of Council’s long term plans to attract larger numbers of tourists who are travelling in caravans and mobile homes to spend a couple of days looking around the Shire that stretches from the Great Dividing Range, down the slopes and across the plains taking in some of the most picturesque and productive rural areas of NSW. The proposal for Werris Creek Freedom Camping Area will assist travellers who’d like to take a day looking around NSW’s first railway town and its Rail Journeys Museum and Australian Railway Monument,” he said.

“A draft Recreational Vehicle Strategy has been on public display for the past month, we will consider any submissions and it will be submitted to the August Council Meeting for formal adoption.

“We are determined to provide travellers with the opportunity to spend a couple of days enjoying what the Shire has to offer without it costing an arm and a leg. We’ve recently made a significant investment at the Wallabadah Camping Ground providing hot showers and we have a sewage dump point in Quirindi for the convenience of travellers. It is our intention to make travellers welcome, to feel at home and to make it as easy as possible to check out things like the Kamilaroi a Highway and People display at the Visitor Information Centre at Willow Tree, the spectacular views from Who-A-Thought-It Lookout at Quirindi as well as the Heritage Village, the Recreation Area at Quipolly Dam and the drive across the bountiful plains through Caroona, Spring Ridge and Premer,” he continued.

Freedom Camping Ground

Freedom Camping Ground at Premer, the western gateway to the LPS.

“Already, word of mouth recommendations from travellers, who have noted our improvements, to others they meet on the road has seen visitor numbers increase. We won’t be resting on our laurels and will continue taking steps to promote what we have to offer,” Councillor Hope concluded.

Media contact – Andrew Hope 0427 687 345.

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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.

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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.

Kids   Quirindi Library Round 2

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.

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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.

RFSCommunity Shed

The proposed works will greatly add to amenity at the RFS/Community Shed and Lions Park precinct.

Media contact – Andrew Hope 0427 687 345.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Regional Tourism Awards 2016

Media contact – Andrew Hope 0427 687 345.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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/.

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SATURDAY, 10TH SEPTEMBER 2016

Thinking of nominating as a candidate for your local Council?

If you are considering nominating you should read this notice. As a candidate you have certain obligations and responsibilities under law. Check the website www.votensw.info for further details.

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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.

Kids Treasure Hunt 1 1

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.

Kids Treasure Hunt 2

Children and parents look for clues during the Treasure Hunt at the First/Second Fleet Gardens.

Kids   Quirindi Library Round 2

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Opening Hours

Mon to Fri: 8.30AM - 5.00PM

Sat to Sun: Closed

Public Holidays: Closed

 

Physical Address

60 Station Street

Quirindi NSW

2343

 

Postal Address

PO Box 152

Quirindi NSW

2343

Contact Details

Phone: 02 6746 1755

Fax: 02 6746 3255

Email: lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au