Media Releases & Exhibitions
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has congratulated Mayor Janelle Archdale, her fellow councillors and the Walcha Community for their fighting spirit that has seen the announcement that Walcha Shire Council will remain a standalone entity.
“The local government boundary reviews that have been part of the Fit for the Future process have been a challenging time for Councils and their local communities, more so for Councils like Walcha that have had to fight to the bitter end to retain their independence.
“Like LPS residents, Walcha residents realised that losing their local Council would lead to a loss of identity and they were prepared to fight to stand alone. They truly showed determination and took their fight up to the Government for wish they deserve congratulations,” Councillor Hope said.
Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope, says Council will continue to work closely with its community to meet expectations, deliver better services and infrastructure like roads, parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities, partner and share resources with neighbouring Councils where feasible and work to strengthen the regional Joint Organisation of Councils to ensure ratepayers get best value for money into the future.
Councillor Hope made the statement following NSW Local Government Minister Paul Toole’s announcement that 44 councils around NSW will be merged to form 19 new councils, including 7 metropolitan and 12 regional and rural councils as a result of the Fit for the Future (FfF) process.
“The FfF/boundary review process has been a challenging time for Council and the local community. Thanks to community involvement in the process, a major restructuring of Council itself and the hard work of Council staff, LPSC has survived as a standalone entity. Council will continue to build on this base into the future,” Councillor Hope said.
“LPSC is thoroughly committed to the regional Joint Organisation as a vehicle to provide a forum for councils to work together to meet regional priorities. A modernising of the Local Government Act provides the framework for further improving council performance and governance,” he continued.
“Again, I thank the local community who sent a clear message to Government that they desired to standalone and Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen MP, for his support and facilitating meetings with the Minister to deliver the message. I also thank Minister Toole for listening to that message and giving us the opportunity to remain a viable, standalone organisation into the future,” he said.
“LPSC is committed to the broader FfF reforms. Council will continue to build on the consultative process with the local community and maintaining transparency in all of its operations,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Media contact – Andrew Hope 0427 687 345.
In late 2015 and early 2016 the specialist mains cleaning and inspection firm, Fenech Group, undertook mains cleaning and CCTV inspections of the sewer networks in Quirindi and Werris Creek for Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC). Council’s Director Engineering Services, Greg Tory, reported to Council that the inspections are now complete and the Engineering Department is now looking to rectify issues identified through the process.
Mr Tory reported that there were more problems with structural condition of mains in Quirindi than Werris Creek, probably due to the fact that the areas inspected in Quirindi have older sewer mains than those inspected in Werris Creek. Problems detected in Quirindi were largely due to tree roots whilst in Werris Creek there were a mix of tree root issues and a build-up of fats in unused junctions.
“Sixteen sections in Quirindi were identified as needing further on-site investigation for tree root intrusion through junctions, moving connections from an old party line to a sewer main already constructed adjacent and localised repair of isolated defects. Four sections in Werris Creek were identified as needing on-site work, two being minor tree root intrusions, one caused by debris in a junction requiring cleaning and one by debris in a main which sewer operations staff will inspect to see if it has been moved on,” Mr Tory said.
“The most appropriate fix for defects will be identified and these include relining where there are significant structural defects or root ingress, localised relining or digging up and replacement of a localised defect and for the repair of junctions the use of cleaning equipment and chemical treatment for root control. In the worst case scenarios for junctions, excavation and replacement along with various options for relining will be considered. Relining is now common practice and for all intents and purposes provides a new pipe with its own structural integrity and the advantages of being joint less and smoother than the original pipe. CCTV sewer main inspections in Werris Creek have not been able to explain why during wet weather the combined rain water and sewerage flow exceeds the peak capacity of the treatment plant. This suggests infiltration of the system via other causes such as illegal stormwater/rainwater connections which will be better explained by smoke testing of the sewer system,” Mr Tory concluded.
Council has resolved to continue with implementation of works based on the CCTV project findings and to reallocate the remaining funds from the Werris Creek allocation to a smoke testing project to better understand and find solutions to the problem causing pressures on its treatment plant during wet weather events.
Media contact – Greg Tory 0427 073 770.
In order to efficiently cover the workloads of a number of its 355 Committees and to minimise the number of after-hours commitments for committee members, Councillors and Senior Staff, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) have set a timetable for these meetings for the term of the current Council, taking into account the need to ensure continuity of the governance decision making process.
The various committees will now meet as follow –
- Aboriginal Advisory Committee, prior to the May Council meeting and then bi-monthly with allowance for additional meetings when necessary for project purposes.
- Australia Day Committee, 3 meetings prior to Australia Day and one after event, exact details to be determined following September’s Council elections.
- Fit for the Future Committee, bi-monthly prior to June and August Council meetings.
- Internal Audit Committee, 1st Wednesday Alternate Months.
- Royal Theatre Committee, 2nd Tuesday of each month.
- Sister City Committee, to meet quarterly with next meeting held prior to July Committee of the Whole meeting.
- Sports Council, to meet quarterly with next meeting prior to August Committee of the Whole meeting.
- Summerhill Lodge Committee, will meet 1st Wednesday alternate months.
- Tourism and Economic Development Committee, will meet six monthly, with members using their Basecamp platform for electronic communications between meetings.
- Women’s Focus Committee, will meet before June Committee of the Whole meeting and thence quarterly.
- Youth Scholarship Committee, monthly as required, before Committee of the Whole meetings.
The meeting venue in all cases will be the Council Chambers and any necessary site inspections will be organised separately
The Willow Tree Harvest for the Future Committee normally meets on the 1st Monday of the month and the Werris Creek Development Committee on the 1st Tuesday of the month. Village and hall committees will continue to meet as required.
Community members on these committees will be reminded prior to meetings. LPSC welcomes community members who may wish to join 355 committees covering matters of interest to them. Details can be obtained by calling Council’s Customer Service Desk on 6746 1755.
Media contact – LPSC Mayor Andrew Hope 0427 687 345.
Tender for Liverpool Plains Emergency Services Precinct (Staged Development) Supply and Construct Stage 1 - Tender No T04-16
Supply and Construct Type C Fire Control Centre, Cat 4 Shed/Office,Cat 3 Shed/Office, 2 x 4 Bay storage sheds, 1 Helicopter pad,Perimeter fence and gates and internal roads and parking areas.
Tenders are invited for the application, supply and construction of a new Liverpool Plains Emergency Services Precinct (Staged Development) at Quirindi NSW.
DA approval for the proposal has been granted and CC shall be released on award of tender.
A mandatory on site meeting will take place on Wednesday 4 May 2016 at 11.00 am at 124 Pryor Street Quirindi NSW. For further information contact Aaron Parker on 0427 071503.
Tenders close at 2.00 pm on Thursday 26 May 2016.
A copy of the latest Rural Fire Control Centre (FCC) Relocation Investigation Newsletter is available and provides an overview of the project.
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Tenders have been called and are now open for Supply and Construction Stage One Liverpool Plains Emergency Services Precinct. Tenders will close at 2.00pm on Thursday 26 May 2016. Stage One includes the Fire Control Centre, VRA shed, RFS brigade shed, support brigade shed and a storage shed for vital firefighting equipment.
“This is a major project that is going to be of huge benefit to the staff and volunteers of the vital emergency services that will call the precinct home as well as the wider community,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, says he is looking forward to reports from a number of local representatives who have travelled to China to participate in Australia Week in China (AWiC) and then to Jimo to progress bilateral trade development planning and opportunities. He said LPSC was continuing along the road of strengthening a friendship relationship with the City of Jimo.
“China is the world’s largest agricultural producer and food consumer and with food demand forecast to double by 2050, it is facing significant challenges around food quality, productivity and environmental impact. There are definitely opportunities for a rich agricultural area such as ours to build relationships that will benefit all concerned,” Councillor Hope said.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is encouraging local contractors and building suppliers, located within the LPSC boundaries, to an information session regarding local procurement opportunities and tendering towards the proposed emergency services precinct in Quirindi.
“This information session will be conducted between 3 and 5pm, on Thursday 21 April, at the LPSC Works Depot situated in Davies Street Quirindi.
“Interested parties do not need to make an appointment, you simply drop in when convenient between these times,” Councillor Hope said.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is very pleased with attendances at, and feedback on, the recent Senior’s Week events held around the Shire.
Bowls Day - Feedback has been very positive. Many requests have been received to stage the event again next year. The venue was very suited to older people and the lunch was delicious and plentiful. Approx. 55 people enjoyed the day.
Chair Yoga at Werris Creek - 19 people attended this session and thoroughly enjoyed the class. The instructor, Carly Robinson, was excellent and ensured people were comfortable and worked within their capabilities. Again, feedback has been extremely positive and those attending would like this class to continue on a more regular basis.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is encouraging local businesses to complete a survey, on a Regional Freight Study, which the Namoi Councils Joint Organisation (JO), through Moree Plains Shire Council, has commissioned and which is being conducted by Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC).
LPSC A/Director Engineering Services, Greg Tory, said the JO recognises the importance of the region’s local businesses and their vital role to the future prosperity of the New England and North West region.
“The JO understands that to grow the freight sector and local industries in this region relies on good planning and engagement with all stakeholders,” he said.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, responses to a survey prepared by Australian Caravan Club (ACC), following the organisations week long stay in the Shire, from late February to early March, is a real pat on the back for the community, local businesses, the team at the Visitor Information Centre and other Council staff.
“100% of respondents said they’d come back to the Shire, 49% gave us 8/10 for friendliness while 51% gave us 10/10. It was great to see the word friendly pop up in response after response because that is the Shire’s tourism aim to provide ‘RV to RV’, relaxing vacations to recreational vehicles. Be it grey nomads touring Australia or families looking for a weekend break LPS can provide that friendly, peaceful, rural experience, and we will continue to build on this,” Councillor Hope said.
Tenders will be open shortly for the proposed Liverpool Plains Emergency Services Precinct.
A copy of the latest Rural Fire Control Centre (FCC) Relocation Investigation Newsletter which also provides an overview of the project is now available.
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Under the NSW Local Government Act 1993, council elections are held on the second Saturday in September every 4 years. Local Government Minister Paul Toole has said that councils not proposed for a merger should plan for local government elections in September. As Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is not subject to amalgamations, it is now planning to conduct Councillor elections on Saturday 10 September 2016.
According to LPSC General Manager, Ron Van Katwyk, all candidates and groups standing in these elections are subject to the requirements for registration and election campaign finances. He said these requirements are regulated and enforced by the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC).
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has congratulated everyone concerned with the project to relocate the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Liverpool Range Zone Fire Control Centre and development of an Emergency Services Precinct for the professional manner in which this vital project has been considered and developed.
“At the time of preparation of the LPS Long Term Community Strategic Plan (CSP) in 2014, emergency services’ facilities were identified as a key local community priority. In fact a stated objective in the CSP is for Council to assist in in the provision of infrastructure and resources associated with the emergency services’ requirements of the Shire.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Chief Financial Officer, Ann Newsome, is reminding ratepayers experiencing difficulty paying their rates or water accounts to contact Council, sooner rather than later, to discuss suitable payment arrangement to ensure they avoid increasing debt that can lead to further interest and legal fees accruing.
“Council has responsibilities to administer various laws and regulations to help maintain and improve services and facilities for the community. Things like maintaining a large road network, water and sewerage services, community services, sporting and recreation services, environmental planning and protection, economic development, public health, waste collection, treatment and disposal. It is the rates we pay that allow Council to provide these services,” Ms Newsome said.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has resolved to assist Quirindi Canter Incorporated, Currabubula Pre School, the Quirindi Junior Rugby League Committee, Willow Tree Public School, the Willow Tree and District Sheepdog Workers Association and the Australian Red Cross in the latest funding round of its Community Initiative Program.
Up to $1,500 of in-kind support will be provided to back the staging of the 5th annual Quirindi Canter Fun Run which is being held on Sunday 17 April at the oval in Henry Street Quirindi. Proceeds from the day go towards supporting young people in the district with full-time care needs.
At its March Ordinary Meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) resolved to budget $28,000 from the Sewer Reserve to enable renewal of critical pipework within the Quirindi Sewerage Treatment Plan (QSTP) that was found to be in a poor structural condition following CCTV inspection.
LPSC’s A/Director Engineering and Technical Services, Greg Tory, reported that each year sections of Council’s reticulated sewer mains are proactively inspected in accordance with industry best practice and a commitment under the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) licence for the sewer system as part of a pollution reduction program. He said this year the majority of pipes within the QSTP were inspected as a precaution following the collapse of a portion of this pipework which was found to be caused by hydrogen sulphide attack on the pipes.
On welcoming State Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen MLA, to carry out the official opening ceremony for the recently completed Willow Tree Water Supply Transfer System, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said a grateful community was thankful to Mr Johnsen and his colleagues in Government for partnering with Council and providing $4,825,000 through the NSW Water Security for Regions Program, part of the Restart NSW Fund, resulting in provision of a secure water supply for Willow Tree.
Councillor Hope also welcomed Federal Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, to the event and thanked him for his ongoing efforts to help find Federal funding to assist with a further roll out of the Liverpool Plains Regional Water Supply Scheme (LPRWSS).
Water Restrictions in Werris Creek will increase from Level 1 to Level 2 (Medium) effective Wednesday 30 March 2016.
The level in Quipolly Dam has dropped 6% since the start of the year to sit at what would have been approximately 50% of capacity prior to its augmentation or approximately 32% of its current capacity.
Production figures indicate that there has been poor adherence to the Level 1 restrictions introduced last year resulting in the need to introduce Level 2 restrictions earlier than would otherwise have been necessary.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) wishes to advise swimming pool owners of the Government’s announcement concerning the sale or lease of properties with a pool. The Government is proposing to provide further flexibility to the sale and lease process.
From 29 April 2016, properties sold with a swimming pool must have either a relevant occupation certificate, ‘certificate of compliance’ or a ‘certificate of non-compliance’, issued from the NSW Swimming Pool Register.