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Members of Blacktown community groups - Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has a Sister City relationship with Blacktown City Council - will be visiting the Shire from the 21st to 23rd October. This visit follows a very successful one last year.
“Representatives from Mt Druitt and Riverstone Men’s Shed, Mt Druitt and Blacktown Probus, the Woodworkers Club, Blacktown Community Garden Club, the Historical Society, Blacktown City Band and Blacktown Bowling Club are coming to meet their counterparts in the Liverpool Plains as well as socialising with the wider community,” said the Manager of LPSC’s Visitor Information Centre”, Nikki Robertson.
“We’re very excited that the group will also include two Youth Ambassadors as well as two students visiting from Blacktown’s sister City in Korea and they will visit Quirindi High School. They will be accompanied by Sister City coordinators Gordon Allen and Greg McCallum, Blacktown City Council Events Manager Peter Filmer as well as the Chairman of the Blacktown Sister City Committee Leo Kelly and his wife Janet and a Korean Official accompanying the Korean students,” Mrs Robertson said.
“Blacktown’s Showgirl Emily Kos and her Mum will be meeting the 2015 Quirindi Showgirl Millie Macdonald and 2016 Showgirl Sophie McKenzie,” she said.
“Other events include a Blacktown vs Quirindi Bowling Competition on Friday afternoon. On Saturday we are taking the visitors for a trip around the Liverpool Plains and they are attending the Oktoberfest at the Royal Theatre on Saturday night. After a busy schedule they will head back home on the Sunday,” she continued.
“On behalf of LPSC I’d like to thank all the community groups, the Showgirls plus the High School who will be involved in welcoming our visitors and showing them a good time,” she said.
Mrs Robertson said the aim of the visit was to show our city cousins both the advantages and challenges of living in rural Australia, promoting our region as a good place for tree-change as well as a tourism destination, plus encouraging cooperation between our communities to get the most out of our sister-city relationship.
“If LP community members run into our visitors I encourage them to share a smile and to make them feel welcome,” Mrs Robertson concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is advising residents that it is taking all possible steps to gain the cooperation of the owner of the vacant property at 30 Station Street Quirindi (north of the Commonwealth Bank) to carry out the repairs necessary to the building’s awning to make it safe so the barricades and diversion in place can be removed.
“Currently these barricades are required due to concern that the awning is in immediate risk of collapse as it is in an advanced state of dilapidation. Awnings are part of the buildings to which they are attached and are the responsibility of the owner of the building, even when an awning is located over a public footpath,” said LPSC Regulatory Services Manager, Steve Ryder.
“The NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure outline certain steps Council must undertake in consultation with building owners to identify potential safety issues with awnings and to ensure appropriate action is taken to avoid the risk of collapse.
“A risk assessment has been completed for this property and Council has advised the owner of their responsibility for the safety of their building and their legal liability if the awning fails or collapses,” Mr Ryder said.
“Council is aware that the owner has made enquiries to have works carried out but is concerned at the time this is taking and as a result the continuing inconvenience to pedestrians.
“Whilst there are further legal steps Council can take, we would prefer the owner to move quickly on repairs to avoid the issue ending up in court with associated legal costs,” he continued.
“Council apologises for the inconvenience to the public, is seeking to gain the property owner’s cooperation to expedite repairs and in the meantime the diversion measures in place are considered necessary and appropriate in the interest of community safety,” Mr Ryder concluded.
Awning at risk of collapse in Station St Quirindi
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) and the Willow Tree 355 Harvest Committee are cordially inviting residents and other interested parties to the official launch of the new Willow Tree Freedom Camping Area, located at the Recreation Grounds, end of Recreation Street, commencing at 10.30am on Friday 28 October.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said the new facility was an important part of Council’s Recreational Vehicle (RV) Strategy and will provide toilets and showers which visitors will be able to access via a keypad code.
“The location is pet friendly with potable water available and the ability to cater for large caravans and motorhomes,” Councillor Hope added.
“LPSC’s RV Strategy is designed to promote the Shire as a friendly and attractive region to visit and is already seeing results. We’re now listed amongst the top 10 Shires for RV users in NSW,” he said.
“The new facility at Willow Tree will complement the Caravan Park in Quirindi plus existing camping sites at Wallabadah and Premer along with some redevelopment taking place at Currabubula. We are working towards improving more basic sites at Caroona and Spring Ridge with new sites to be established at Werris Creek and Blackville. Visitors can stay for up to 72 hours at each site providing the opportunity to not only discover the LPS from the Great Dividing Range through the Slopes to the magnificent Plains of the Caroona Basin but also to use us as a base to explore adjoining regions,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said Willow Tree is a great place for visitors from the Sydney and Hunter districts to begin their tour of the region with its award winning Visitor Information Centre, Café 2339 and Kamilaroi a People and Highway interpretive walkway. He said Willow Tree also boasts the award winning Graze Restaurant, the recently established gourmet Plains Pantry, and several other eateries.
“We have forged good relationships with the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) and are currently liaising with the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia Ltd (CMCA) for CMCA RV Friendly Destination status. There is no doubt that “word of mouth” endorsement by travellers is also paying dividends for us and we will continue to build on this,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Along with its award winning Visitor Information Centre and Café 2339 Willow Tree also boasts the award winning Graze Restaurant, the recently established gourmet Plains Pantry, and several other eateries to cater for tourist’s requirements.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has held its first meetings since the recent local government elections. To begin the day’s proceedings all seven councillors took an oath/affirmation of office at a signing ceremony to meet legislative requirements.
LPSC Councillors at oath/affirmation ceremony – (l to r) Councillors Paul Moules, Ian Lobsey OAM, Rob Webster, Virginia Black, Andrew Hope, Doug Hawkins and Ken Cudmore.
The oath/affirmation ceremony was followed by an Extraordinary Meeting for the election of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Under the new local government requirements the Mayor is elected for a two year term. Council also resolved to elect the Deputy Mayor for a two year term. In the ballot for Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope was elected. Councillor Doug Hawkins was elected as Deputy Mayor.
Councillor Hope thanked the local community for their support and his fellow Councillors for the honour of re-electing him to the Mayoral position.
“I will be working with my colleagues to ensure LPSC provides strong and effective representation, leadership, planning and decision making that delivers the best possible value for residents and ratepayers. We will encourage community involvement in local government and continue to grow the consultative processes developed during Council’s last term. Council will continue to work co-operatively with the Namoi Joint Organisation
(JO) of Councils, neighbouring Councils and the State Government to achieve desired outcomes and appropriate services for the local community. Importantly, Council will recognise diverse local community needs and will act fairly, ethically and without bias to deliver,” Councillor Hope said.
Councillor Andrew Hope was elected Mayor with Councillor Doug Hawkins elected Deputy Mayor.
Councillor Hawkins said he felt privileged to have been elected to the role of Deputy Mayor and that he would support the Mayor and work closely with fellow Councillors to ensure the best outcomes for the Shire’s residents.
Councillor Hope added that continued economic development was vital and he would be championing the continuation of, and further progress on, the good groundwork put in place during Council’s last term. He also said that Council would continue its Fit for the Future process continuing to build a long term sustainable future for the Shire.
“Our greatest asset is our people, our community members and Council’s dedicated staff. Working together we can build for the future whilst delivering the grass roots services and amenity the community expects and deserves,” Councillor Hope concluded.
It was announced at the meeting that Councillor Hope has also been elected as the Chair of the Namoi JO of Councils.
Following the election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor all Councillors participated in an induction workshop to further outline their roles and responsibilities. This workshop was conducted by Steve Bartlett, Executive Officer of the Namoi JO of Councils.
All LPS Councillors participated in an induction workshop – (l to r around the table) Councillors Ken Cudmore, Doug Hawkins, Virginia Black, Paul Moules, Namoi JO Executive Officer Steve Bartlett standing with Councillor Andrew Hope and Councillors Ian Lobsey OAM and Rob Webster.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Home Support Services (HSS) are asking the wider community to take 1 minute out of their day to offer thanks and show support for our unpaid carers. The theme for National Carers Week (Sunday 16 to Saturday 22 October) says it all Carers Count.
Most people will be amazed to know that Carers make an enormous contribution to our communities and their caring roles are valued nationally at $60.3 billion annually, that’s more than $1 billion per week! Carers are people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who are frail aged. As such Carers are an integral part of Australia's health system and are the foundation of our aged, disability, palliative and community care systems.
LPSC HSS Services, based in Willow Tree, Quirindi and Werris Creek, will be hosting a Mystery Bus Trip for Carers on Tuesday 18 October departing Werris Creek HSS at 8.45am, Quirindi HSS at 9.00am and Willow Tree HSS at 9.20am, to say thank you and to show appreciation to Carers.
All Carers are most welcome to attend and should call their local HSS Office, Willow Tree 6747 1525, Quirindi 6746 4545 and Werris Creek 6768 7505 to book their seat.
Anyone at any time can become a Carer, and National Carers Week provides an opportunity to raise awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles.
Carers Australia are providing the opportunity for every one of us to say thank you to Carers simply by putting a message on their ‘Thank You Wall’ at http://www.carersweek.com.au/make-a-pledge/. Imagine the impact if there was one ‘thank you’ for every one of Australia’s 2.8 million unpaid carers! Put in perspective that’s 12% of the population. Putting these numbers in the spotlight helps demonstrate how much Australia counts on Carers.
Audrey and Geoffrey Smith of Werris Creek have been caring for their sister Karen for over
20 years and would not have it any other way. (Pictured Karen and Audrey)
LPSC’s HSS is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
Chances are you personally are a Carer,need a Carer or know a Carer. Carers Count so let’s all take a minute and say thank you.
Ratepayers and residents are advised that there will be two Extraordinary Meetings of Council on MONDAY 10 OCTOBER 2016. The meetings are open to all and will be preceded by the affirmation/oath of office ceremony for the Councillors commencing at 9.00 am. The first meeting, commencing at 9.30 am, is for the Election of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for a two (2) year period. This will be followed by a Councillor Induction Workshop. The second Extraordinary Meeting will commence at 2.30 pm to consider matters that have arisen over the preceding six weeks affected by the 2016 Elections. Ratepayers and residents are encouraged to attend both the ceremony and the meetings. For further information please contact Kerrie Tolmie on 6746 1755.
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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has raised concern at the number of people who ignored road closure signs during recent rain events and the number of people who had to be towed out of causeways and gullies.
“It’s been a long time since we had widespread road closures as a result of flooding so it is important people know their responsibilities and obey the law. ‘Road Closure’ signs and barriers across roads are legally enforceable. It is illegal to pass them, to bypass or move them. As waters start to subside the road must be inspected for safety reasons before an authorised officer removes the barriers to reopen the road. From erection to removal it is illegal to use the roadway impacted and people who flaunt the law can face penalty infringements,” said LPSC Director Engineering Services, Greg Tory.
It is illegal to pass road closed signs until such time as they are removed by authorised officers.
“Many people misjudge the depth of fast moving water and are unaware of damage that has been caused to the roadway putting themselves, their families and other motorists at risk. During the recent rain events at least a dozen motorists were pulled out of flood water and not only were they at risk, they also put Council or SES crews at risk when trying to save them. This is unacceptable and Council will have to consider passing details of those who break the law on to police for further action. Safety must be the number 1 priority,” he said.
Mr Tory said that while closure barriers were placed across some main roads not all roads are so treated. He said on many minor and side roads motorists needed to make informed judgements based on the water height indicators and the speed of flowing water.
“Obviously for someone in a small vehicle with water flowing quickly at 0.2 metres it probably isn’t safe to enter a crossing. 4WDs and trucks may be able to go through slightly deeper water provided it is not flowing too rapidly but in all situations Council encourages people to calculate on the side of caution. Remember you may not be able to see damaged roadway that may cause accidents when it is covered by water,” he said.
On many roads motorists need to make decisions based on the water height indicators placed on each side of flood ways. Motorists are encouraged to make decisions calculated on the side of caution.
“Floods can cause inconvenience however being held up or unable to proceed is nowhere near as inconvenient as being caught in rising waters or having a vehicle washaway,” he continued.
“During the last event we had occasions where motorists moved barriers and a case where a large vehicle simply ran over and smashed them. If a smaller vehicle followed and was washed away and a fatality eventuated the offenders could face manslaughter charges.
“Council will be discussing these issues further with our emergency service partners to develop further ways of getting this vital message through to the community. Nobody wants to see vehicles damaged or worse still a loss of life because individuals make the wrong decision,” Mr Tory concluded.
Saturday 22 October is set to be a big day across the Liverpool Plains Shire with Council (LPSC) supporting the National Garage Sale Trail, Australia’s big day with over 10,000 garage sales happening around the country. Then from 6pm till late the Royal Theatre is getting turned into a German Beer Hall with German Beer, German Food and music and fun for everyone to enjoy Oktoberfest. LPSC will also be welcoming visitors from Sister City Blacktown to the event.
“Garage Sale Trail, is now in its sixth year is a free, council-powered day of garage sales that attracts bargain-loving shoppers nationally. With over 2 million pre-loved treasures expected to be up for sale for many, it's Australia’s national day of haggling. Council is proud to support an event that has positive outcomes for the environment,” said LPSC Regulatory Services Manager, Steve Ryder.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) ongoing development of the Werris Creek Community/RFS Shed precinct has been delayed by the long periods of rain over recent weeks.
Council has prepared the site for the bitumen sealing of the car park however with the ongoing wet weather 8 – 10 days of fine weather are required to dry out some wet spots before the sealing can be completed.
Council’s Works Engineer reported that because of this requirement it could still be several weeks until the project can be finalised.
In July, LPSC agreed to provide an additional $44,000, sourced from Federal Financial Assistance Grants (FAG) funding, to complete required road upgrade works adjacent to the Community/RFS Sheds and Lions Club Park area in Single Street.
The final 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 approximately $50,000. In addition the work in front of Lions Club Park is estimated to cost around $20,000.
These projects are an important component of the ongoing rehabilitation of the western side of Single Street.
Local Government NSW (LGNSW) Chief Executive, Donna Rygate, and President, Keith Rhoades, have paid a visit to the Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC).
LGNSW is the peak industry association that represents the interests of NSW general purpose councils, 12 special purpose councils and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council.
The purpose of the visit was to discuss local government issues being faced by LPSC.
(L to R) – LPSC Business Director Steve Potts, LGNSW Executive Director Donna Rygate, Councillor Rob Webster, LPSC GM Ron Van Katwyk, LGNSW President Keith Rhoades, Councillor Ian Lobsey OAM, LPSC Director Engineering Services Greg Tory and Director Environmental Services and Economic Development Donna Ausling.
LPSC Councillors Doug Hawkins and Andrew Hope, State MP for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen, LPSC Councillor Virginia Black, Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Wayne Bedggood and A/Prime Minister and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce gathered at the corner of the New England Highway and Merriwa Road at Willow Tree for the announcement of $5.5 million through the Federal Governments Heavy Vehicle Productivity Funding to upgrade the Merriwa to Willow Tree Road for complete B-Double access. Mr Joyce said the project will reduce operational costs and safety concerns plus improve animal welfare standards. He said travel distances between Merriwa and Liverpool Plains Shire will be shortened by 44km each way, and cattle producers will save 50km to the Killara Feedlot. The project is a collaborative project between the Upper Hunter Shire Council and Liverpool Plains Shire Council.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Director Engineering Services, Greg Tory, says Council is well aware of the condition of numerous unsealed roads around the Shire following recent rains and will commence rehabilitation works as soon as weather conditions permit and requirements are prioritised.
“Council is responsible for the maintenance of just over 800 kilometres of unsealed roads. We need to prioritise works depending on both volumes of traffic and actual conditions. With finite staff numbers and maintenance equipment available some areas will obviously take longer than others to attend to,” Mr Tory said.
“Weather conditions over the past 8 months have not been conducive to best practice maintenance of unsealed roads. Earlier this year we had drought conditions that delayed planned works and since June rainfall has impaired our ability even further,” he said.
“Council is fully aware of the importance of the road network to the general community and particularly our agricultural sector. However, trying to improve the situation before conditions are dry enough amounts to throwing away part of our finite roads budget,” he continued.
“I ask the community to take all of these factors into account, to understand that these matters can’t be addressed overnight, that there is a finite budget to operate within and importantly that individuals must drive in a safe, responsible manner for the prevailing conditions until works can be undertaken,” Mr Tory concluded.
The first meeting of the Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) elected for the 2016-20 term will be held on Monday 10 October commencing at 9am. Four councillors from the previous term, Andrew Hope, Ian Lobsey, Ken Cudmore and Rob Webster have been re-elected and will be joined by first termers Virginia Black and Doug Hawkins as well as Paul Moules who has served previously on both LPSC and Parry Shire Council.
The first item of business from 9am will be for each councillor to affirm or swear an oath of office declaring and affirming they will undertake the duties of the office of councillor in the best interests of the people of the Shire and that they will faithfully and impartially carry out the functions, powers, authorities and discretions vested in them under the Local Government Act or any other Act to the best of their ability and judgment. This will be followed at 9.30am by the election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor in a formal meeting.
Councillors will then be required to take part in an induction workshop that sets out their duties and responsibilities. This workshop is held because although councillors come from a range of diverse backgrounds and bring different and valuable skills to the role, few new councillors have extensive knowledge of the system of local government, how a council works, the full range of their roles and responsibilities or the very recent changes to the Local Government Act arising out of the Phase One reforms.
From their first meeting councillors are required to make important decisions on behalf of their community and take responsibility for those decisions. Those decisions often involve significant use of public money, assets or natural resources. Even experienced councillors admit they can find it challenging to keep abreast of changes to the legislative and policy context for local government as well as changes to a council’s policies and procedures.
The induction and election process will be followed by another meeting of the new Council which will commence at 2.30pm and is necessary to consider matters that have arisen over the preceding six weeks.
Members of the community are cordially invited and encouraged to attend the morning swearing in and election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor and the afternoon’s meeting.
The Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Ordinary Meeting set down for September 28 has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.
The inaugural meeting of the new Council will now be held as soon as can be arranged. From 8.30am this meeting will address the affirmation or swearing an oath of office for the Councillors. This will be followed by the election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Councillors will then be required to take part in an induction workshop that sets out their duties and responsibilities. This workshop will be followed by an Ordinary Meeting of Council which will commence at 2.30pm on the nominated day. Members of the community are cordially invited and encouraged to attend both the morning and afternoon sessions.
Council has received advice from Essential Energy that there will be an extended power outage on Wednesday 28 September. Please note that during this planned electricity outage all telephone calls will remain diverted to the after-hours call service. Emergency calls will be attended to immediately and all other enquiries of a non-urgent nature will be responded to the following business day.
Final results for the 2016 elections for Council were posted by the Electoral Commission of NSW on Saturday.
Recent rains have seen Quipolly Dam overflow for the first time since the completion of its capacity augmentation in early 2016.
A grand sight indeed as Quipolly Dam overflows for the first time since its capacity augmentation.
Storage now stands at over 8000 ML, up from the original capacity of 5200 ML.
As can be seen from this graph the recent fill has commenced from the lowest LPSC recorded level of the dam to now the highest.
Filling of Quipolly Dam since rains commenced in June has occurred after approximately 350mm of rainfall and 6 distinct inflow events. This has saturated the ground with inflows now resulting from as little as 10mm rainfall.
Continued spilling has produced flows in the Quipolly Creek well downstream of the dam topping up groundwater systems.
Overflow from the dam making its way down to Quipolly Creek.
At its opening the $6.4 million Quipolly was Council’s single biggest ever capital project and the first major step towards its Regional Water Supply Strategy. Since then, another stage, the Quirindi to Willow Tree pipeline has been opened. Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce MP, pledged $10million, prior to the Federal election, to further advance the project and Council is currently awaiting a response from the State government for matching funding. Along with a contribution from LPSC this money will allow the construction of a new water treatment plant plus associated pipelines to connect the Werris Creek and Quirindi water supply systems to provide enhanced water security and opportunities for economic development into the future.
The innovative use of Hydroplus Fuse gates during the augmentation process allowed LPSC to make the project economically feasible and this was recognised when Council was named the best small council in Australia for asset and financial management in the prestigious National
Awards for Local Government.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Eastside Childcare Centre has limited places available for the December/January school holiday period and 2017. Parents interested in gaining a position are encouraged to call the Centre Manager, Carmel Jones, on 6746 3015 to discuss options.
The Centre prides itself on the quality care it provides to children from birth to five years of age on a full time and casual basis. Staff use the National Early Years Framework (EYLF) to develop learning programs for the children who are offered a full educational early childhood program developed around each child’s developmental needs, interests and abilities.
Some of Eastside’s 3-5 year class enjoy a song .
The children at Eastside are divided into three aged learning groups. Nursery 0-2 year olds, two to three year old room and three to five years Preschool/School Readiness class.
Eastside also offers limited places for school aged children up till twelve years of age for before and after school and vacation care. The Centre operates 51 weeks of the year and is open between 8am and 6 pm Monday to Friday.
There are two main subsidies offered by the Australian Government for which families may be eligible for a fee reduction. These are the Child Care Benefit (CCB) and the Child Care Rebate (CCR). To find out more about eligibility for these subsidies contact the Family Assistance Office on 13 61 50.
Learning programs are balanced with fun outdoors for children at Eastside.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Director of Business, Steve Potts, is reminding people over 65 and those with a disability that the Council managed Quirindi Home Support Service (QHSS) provides a local Quirindi shopping bus on Thursday mornings and a bus to Tamworth for medical and shopping purposes on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
“These buses provide a valuable service for the elderly and those with a disability but like all such things they need to be patronised to be maintained. I encourage people who could utilise them to ring the QHSS Co-ordinator, Kay Wheeler, on 6746 4545 to check eligibility,” Steve said.
“The Thursday Morning shopping bus serves the Quirindi town area only. It leaves the QHSS Centre at 8.30am and returns at approximately 11.45am. It is a door to door service that picks people up at their front door and delivers them and their parcels back home.
“Carers are on the bus to assist you if you require help and the bus stops at the Commonwealth Bank, Chemist, Shaw’s Fruit and Vegetable, IGA, near the Newsagency and if required the Post Office. The cost is $5,” he said.
“The medical/shopping bus to Tamworth departs QHSS Centre on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 8.30am, can pick up in Willow Tree, Quirindi, Werris Creek and Currabubula at a person’s front door and deliver you and your shopping home on return.
“This bus also has carers to assist where necessary and is able to transport two wheel chairs. In Tamworth the bus stops at Kmart until midday where morning tea can be obtained and then goes to Shopping World where you can have lunch. It departs Shopping World at approximately 2pm. If you have a medical appointment you need to make sure it is between the hours of 10.30am and 1.30pm. The bus will take you to your appointment and pick you up after. The cost for transport is $12,” he continued.
“LPSC administers Home Support Services with funding provided by the Federal Government. Council wants to ensure we provide the best service available with the funding available so please utilise these buses to ensure their continued operation into the future,” Steve concluded.
A number of interested gardeners have attended the launch of the new collection Quirindi Seed Library. A seed library is where gardeners can share seeds they have saved from plants they have grown. It’s a great way to help conserve plant varieties, increase your gardening knowledge and get free seeds.
(l to r) Julie Yeomans (standing), Tina Carter (President Quirindi Garden Club), Mary Roberts, Martha Snape, Marcela Krasny (Quirindi Library Senior Librarian), Giovanna Hawkins and Pat Wallace (Quirindi Community Nursery) attended the launch of the new selection Seed Library
Quirindi Library Senior Librarian, Marcela Krasny, said that to ‘borrow’ seeds people needed to be a library member.
“Seed packets will be ‘issued’ just like a book but of course you don’t have to bring them back. Hopefully, at the end of the season people will be able to save seeds themselves and donate them back to the seed library for others to use. Donations are welcome at any time simply drop them into the library and staff will provide packets for the donor to fill and label,” Ms Krasny said.
“People are asked to save seeds from healthy plants only, save from open pollinated plants, don’t save from hybrids and clean and dry seeds before storing in a cool, dry place,” she said.
“There are books available on seed saving as well as other gardening books that members can borrow and we’d like to see as many people as possible involved. There is also a seed library available at Werris Creek library,” Ms Krasny concluded.
Seeds as well as gardening books can be borrowed from both Quirindi and Werris Creek libraries.
Continuing rainfall over recent weeks has seen improvements for all of Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) water supplies.
The Borambil Bore field, which supplies Quirindi and Willow Tree, continued its steady recovery through August and is at a 12 month high.
The Quipolly Dam, which supplies Werris Creek, has again experienced strong inflows through August. The Dam now sits well above its previous high level mark of 6000ML at 7500ML and rising. The dam now sits at 92% of capacity which is equivalent to 145% of the capacity prior to the 2012 upgrade. Reports from the Quipolly valley indicate that the creek flowed through to the confluence with the Quirindi Creek for the first time in many years recently.
The systems serving Wallabadah, Caroona, Spring Ridge, Premer and Blackville have also reacted well to the wide spread rainfall in the region.
In further news, the bore driller has been appointed for the replacement of the Caroona Bore and will be beginning onsite in the near future. This will result in some short term service changes to Caroona consumers. Further details of this will be provided when finalised.
All 8 of the Shire’s supplies are currently on the P Permanent conservation level which mean, minimising watering in the heat of the day, wash down of hard pavements/services and washing of vehicles with high pressure hoses only, use swimming pool covers to reduce evaporation.
All consumers are asked to be water wise at all times.
Quipolly Dam now sits well above its previous high level mark of 6000ML at 7500ML and rising.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has endorsed the LPSC Recreational Vehicle Strategy, as recently put on public exhibition, and will begin to follow through with an Action Plan to implement the strategy’s recommendations.
“The strategy sets an objective to promote the Shire as a friendly and attractive region for RV (Recreational Vehicle) users by proactively encouraging enhanced visitation, protecting and preserving the environment with effective site management and regulatory requirements while at the same time maximising the economic benefit for the Shire and local businesses. The strategy identifies gaps in provision that currently exist and measures required to meet those needs whilst also taking local issues into account,” said LPSC Mayor, Andrew Hope.
“The development of this comprehensive strategy has involved both community and RV industry liaison. It examines current and future potential for freedom camping areas plus ensuring visitors are aware of the established caravan park where they can restock with water, use laundry facilities and experience the higher level shower facilities they provide.
“The strategy also investigates infrastructure requirements such as potable water, RV dump points, long vehicle parking, signage, Wi-Fi, and pets plus donation boxes and promoting the facilities as well as linkages to broader regional strategies and initiatives,” he said.
“The development of the strategy has allowed analysis of the current RV market within the Shire which in turn has identified the series of actions required to follow up. These actions align to objectives in LPSC’s Delivery Plan and will greatly aid development of Council’s Economic Development Strategy.
“It is expected that Baby Boomers will reach their peak in 2021 and the domestic RV market will continue to grow as it is a very popular retirement activity. To ensure the Shire benefits from its share of visitors it is important the demographic is adequately and appropriately provided for,” he continued.
“By taking and involving the community in a Shire-wide approach we can ensure effective methods are in place so the visitors can enjoy a few days of interesting, low cost adventure, with local businesses able to meet their requirements, plenty of information available on what’s on offer and within a friendly, inviting environment,” he said.
“Additionally, we are examining expanding the freedom camping areas available throughout the Shire and we will continue to consult with the community on this issue and as other parts of the strategy are rolled out. We will also continue to liaise with RV organisations and are thankful for the input they have provided to date.
“Council welcomes feedback from community members and encourages businesses/organisations who have something to offer, as well as the chance to benefit from the strategy, to ensure we have all available information to use in promotional material. We intend to make this a win/win for both the RV market and the local economy, so the more involvement and input the better,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Media contact – Andrew Hope 0427 687 345.