Media Releases & Exhibitions
Liverpool Plains Shire (LPSC) Councillor Virginia Black is urging residents to assist Council develop a Disability Inclusion Action Plan by completing a survey which will help gauge what LPSC is currently doing in this area and where improvement may be needed.
“The survey will be available at Council’s Administration Centre, Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries, the Visitor Information Centre at Willow Tree, Home Support Service (the former HACC) offices in Willow Tree, Quirindi and Werris Creek, the Service NSW office in George St Quirindi, The Recreation Centre and on Council’s website. The closing date to have surveys submitted is Friday 17 February,” Councillor Black said.
“Under the Disability Inclusion Act, Council is required to have a Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) in place by July this year. The Disability Inclusion Action Plan will demonstrate Council’s commitment to people with a disability through improving access to services, facilities and jobs. It will assist in ensuring intent is transformed into action,” she said.
“It will set out measures enabling people with a disability to access general support and services and fully participate in the community and importantly assist in changing perceptions about people with a disability,” she continued.
“LPSC recognises that people with a disability have a right to quality facilities and services that enable them to live and fully participate in their communities.
“It is vital that we all remember disability does not mean inability,” Councillor Black concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has resolved to provide $6,000 to carry out repairs and an upgrade to the truck wash controller at the facility located at the old saleyards precinct. The repairs are necessary following damage to the unit which placed the facility out of use.
“LPSC has continued to operate the truck wash facility since the closure of the saleyards some years ago as a service to allow fundamental gross truck washing activities to local truck operators. Council also receives revenue from non-local operators who also utilise the site,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“Looking to the longer term, Council is investigating the availability of grant funding that might be available to relocate and upgrade the present facility. Its current location is within the footprint of proposed Stage 2 works for the Emergency Services Precinct currently being developed,” he said.
“While Council realises the importance of the facility to the truck industry, which is itself vital to the local economy, we will require substantial assistance from other tiers of government to find the $170,000 required for a modern facility.
“This would include easy access for B-doubles, compliant effluent treatment facilities, sealed all weather access, increased water performance and signage on major roads to attract additional external users,” he continued.
“Council staff have put together a good submission to accompany a request for funding. Wash-down facilities play a vital role in vehicle productivity and maintenance, as well as protecting NSW’s biosecurity. Modern facilities remove bottlenecks that constrain logistic businesses and protect NSW against the spread of weeds and disease,” he concluded.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Deputy Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins, individuals, organisations and small business have told him that funding is firmly at the top of the list of concerns they face when trying to initiate projects and events.
“Anyone who has to fundraise knows it can challenge creativity and organisational skills. Tougher economic times mean many people can’t donate as they once did and demands by Federal and State governments that more activity be based on the user pays principle can also make things more difficult,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“Under the circumstances I encourage those seeking funding to investigate the many opportunities to apply for grants made available each year by both State and Federal governments and also by charitable trusts and foundations. Every year, there are literally billions of dollars’ worth of grants handed out around Australia,” he said.
“Unfortunately, many businesses and community organisations don't know what's available, what to look for, or where, or when. LPSC often posts some of the most relevant grants available on its Facebook page but there are many more available. There are a number of sites on the web that provide this information, if you’re a local adjunct of a larger organisation your head office should be able to provide leads and government departments have details on their websites too.
“If you’re a small, local volunteer organisation Council, through its Economic Development Department can often provide limited assistance as to what is available or tips on applying for funding. You’ve got to be in it to win it,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Examples of available grants that may assist local organisations are:
- Grow with NBN - NBN Co has a range of grants available to small/micro businesses, community organisations, and educational organisations. Up to $25,000 is on offer for each grant with a total pool of $150,000. Applications close at 12 noon on Friday 17 February. More information including applications available at www.growwithnbn.com.au.
- Grants of up to $5,000 are available for community groups who are keen to tackle litter in their area and have the local knowledge to make a difference. The grants are easy, accessible, and can be a fun bonding opportunity for groups. They start with a local litter check for which the group receives $500. For more information, visit http://knswb.org.au/our-programs/community-litter-grants/ or call Madeleine on 02 8594 4000.
Werris Creek and Quirindi swimming pools will provide a family fun day with free admission for everyone on Australia Day, January 26. Werris Creek pool will be open from 11am to 7pm and Quirindi pool from 10am to 7pm.
“Free admission to the pools will provide an additional option for the community to celebrate our National Day,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“BBQs will be operational at both pools between 11.30am and 1.30pm and for $2.50 you’ll be able to get a sausage sandwich,” he said.
“To show appreciation to those who have bought season passes, present your pass on entry to the pool, receive a ticket and during the BBQ, all those listed on the pass will be entitled to a free sanger,” he added.
“I would urge those who go along on the day to slip-slop-slap, take a hat and keep up the fluids if the day is a typical, hot Aussie summer day,” he continued.
“Aussies are renowned for our love of water sports so Council hopes as many people as possible will take advantage of the free admission to the pools and have a great day,” Councillor Hope concluded
Swimming lessons, with many options available for ages 2yrs and up, will commence on Monday 30 January at Quirindi Pool. Further information and price structure can be obtained by calling 6746 3122.
LPSC Pools Manager Annah O’Neil Shaw said it is worth noting that Royal Life Saving believes that a rapid increase in drowning in young adults aged 15-24 year olds is undeniably linked to a fall in the swimming and water safety skills of children in Australia over the past 10 years. Of real concern is research showing that many children are leaving primary school without being able to swim 50 metres or float for 2 minutes, skills Royal Life Saving describes as a basic right of every child living in Australia and mandatory if we are to halve drowning by 2020.
Werris Creek and Quirindi swimming pools will revert to off peak opening hours once school returns on January 30.
Werris Creek Pool -
- Monday to Friday 3pm to 6pm
- Saturday and Sunday 11am to 7pm
Quirindi Pool -
- Early Morning Swim Monday Wednesday Friday 6am to 8am
- Monday to Friday 2pm to 6pm
- Saturday and Sunday 10am to 7pm
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed the appointment of well-known multi-media personality and train buff Scott McGregor as the Australia Day Ambassador 2017 for the Shire.
“We look forward to welcoming Scott and his participation in events around the Shire on January 26,” Councillor Hope said.
Scott McGregor is a well-known face from 30 years of work as an actor, presenter and producer in projects ranging from TV home makeovers to railway adventures. His numerous other enterprises include Tourism, Food, Home Renovations and Antiques and Collectables. He is also a regular MC, speaker and host.
Scott’s program credits include The Stamp of Australia, Australian Icon Towns, Better Homes and Gardens and Room for Improvement. He has also presented two series of his own Railway Adventure programs and a regular face on the Lifestyle Channel as the Antiques and Collectables expert and travel guy.
He trained as an actor at NIDA and since 1979 has featured in scores of TV series, films, stage plays and musicals. He cites starring roles in the ABC’s epic mini-series 1915 and the Coral Island and stage shows Bouncers and The Promise as some of his acting career highlights.
Scott has recently released his second book Big Boys Toys, and has been a regular newspaper columnist. He is often found at Mudgee where he owns and operates Ruwenzori Retreat, a luxury mountain top tourist hideaway built from Vintage Railway Carriages.
He is married with 2 girls and lives in Sydney and Byron Bay.
Councillor Hope said Scott will be the main speaker at the Shire’s official Australia Day presentation held at the Royal Theatre.
“His love of all things railway will see him visit the Rail Journeys Museum and Australian Railway Monument at Werris Creek,” he said.
“He will also drop in to the evening’s Australia Day celebrations at The Creek,” he continued.
“We really look forward to having Scott in our midst to celebrate our National Day,” Councillor Hope concluded.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, Australia Day is one of the most important days on the Nation’s calendar when we come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. He is urging Shire residents to attend one of the events being held around the Shire on January 26.
“It's the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation. It's the day for us to re-commit to making Australia an even better place for future generations,” he said.
“Australia Day is much more than barbeques and fireworks. It is more than another public holiday. At its core, Australia Day is a day driven by our communities. The celebrations held around our Shire are united by the celebration of what’s great about Australia and being Australian. It’s very much the foundation of our ongoing success,” continued.
Australia Day around the LPS
- Official Shire Australia Day Awards Ceremony at Quirindi’s Royal Theatre 9.30am. Includes flag ceremony, Australian Citizenship Affirmation, presentation of Australia Day Awards and address by LPS Australia Day Ambassador Scott McGregor.
- A FREE Family Fun Day will be held at both Swimming Pools on Australia Day.
- Warrah Creek – From 10am Fun under the Sun and Annual 20/20 Cricket Match, Warrah Creek Hall and Recreation Ground. Flag raising ceremony at 4pm.
- Werris Creek Lions Club presents Games and Fire Works at David Taylor Park, Werris Creek. Fireworks will commence after dark. Supported by LPSC.
- Quirindi RSL is holding a thong throwing contest in the carpark at 1pm. BBQ lunch available Midday – 2pm and entertainment 2 – 6pm.
“As a nation our challenge is to embrace Australia’s diversity. We need to appreciate our stable and peaceful system of governance, treasure the different cultures and faiths who have arrived since 1788 and importantly respect and value our 50,000+ years of First Nation history,” Councillor Hope said.
“Join in and help celebrate Australia Day. Take the opportunity to commemorate the founding of a great nation, which has improved the lives of, and given hope to so many,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Visitor Information Centre (VIC) Manager, Nikki Robertson, is urging individuals and organisations to claim the date for their one-off or major community event to be held around the Shire during 2017.
“Claiming the date is a free and simple way to help you grow your event attendance and maximise its success,” Nikki said.
“With so many events being held each year and people living busier lives than ever, a claim the date is essential. It allows you to see whether another event that might detract from your event is already booked in on a particular date. It can encourage others not to double book a date you’ve already claimed. Obviously, the earlier you claim your date the more successful the process works for you,” she said.
“The VIC can help promote community events through Council’s media and communication contacts. If we are aware your event is taking place the details can be listed on our websites and social media pages. This can help greatly increase the number of people who are aware of what you’ve planned and what is taking place,” she continued.
Nikki said to claim a date the VIC can be contacted by calling 6747 1226 or emailing email@example.com.
“In planning an event a few things people should consider include what makes your event stand apart from others in the area? What is your unique selling point? Telling the wrong people about your event is a waste of time, so identify the people likely to be interested in your event and tailor your message accordingly. Depending on resourcing and timing, the pre–event phase can be further broken into long, medium and short term. Remember communication works best as a cycle that builds momentum toward the event,” Nikki said.
“LPSC will continue to grow its RV Strategy during the year and local organisations can benefit from letting visitors know about what is on the calendar during their stay. This strategy has already seen increased numbers utilising our camping areas, patronising local businesses, visiting tourist attractions and attending local events.
The VIC Shire Events Calendar is helping people/organisations pick the right date and making event clashes a thing of the past. It can help maximise your exposure to locals and tourists alike,’ Nikki concluded.
The VIC events calendar can be accessed at www.visitquirindi.com.au/events.
Question to LP Shire businesses and organisations – Can you afford to ignore over $7 billion spent each year by RV travellers, with 30 million domestic visitor nights spent in caravan parks and freedom camping grounds, particularly when around 90% of all visitor nights in the sector are spent in regional Australia?
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope is urging business owners, organisations and other interested parties from right around the Shire to attend one of the upcoming Recreational Vehicle (RV) Friendly Seminars which will focus on how to best capture the burgeoning RV market.
The seminars, presented by the Australian Caravan Club (ACC), supported by LPSC and with help from a State Government Grant, will be held between 5.30pm and 7.30pm at 1) Quirindi Racecourse dining room on Tuesday January 24 and 2) Spring Ridge Hall on Wednesday 25 January.
He said the seminars will:
- Raise awareness of the value of the industry to regional communities
- Discuss how communities and individual businesses and organisations can become RV friendly
- Pinpoint opportunities to access this expanding market
- Examine what the RV market might be looking for when they visit communities and requirements from local businesses
- Information sources for local businesses
- Other information the ACC considers pertinent
Ever increasing numbers of RVs are utilising the LP Shires camping facilities
“LPSC will be further developing its RV Strategy throughout the year and these seminars are for those interested in driving economic development, wishing to boost business profits and wishing to engage with the continually growing RV community. I encourage people from right around the Shire to attend as Council has plans to expand freedom camping areas to other towns like Werris Creek, Spring Ridge and Blackville. Businesses in Willow Tree, Wallabadah, Currabubula and Premer are already benefiting, as are those in Quirindi as a local hub, and Werris Creek through visitors to the Rail Journeys Museum. Council is working hard to see this success rise exponentially, to benefit the whole Shire.” Councillor Hope said.
“There’s an old saying that you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. With this in mind I’d like businesses and organisations to consider research which shows there are over 600,000 caravans, motorhomes and other industry products registered in Australia and this figure is growing exponentially with over 5% year on year growth over the last few years. Can your business afford not to get on board? Hope to see you at the seminars,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Cody the robot and his ball-shaped friend, Sphero, will be visiting Werris Creek library on Wednesday 11 January and Quirindi library on Tuesday 17 January, between 11am and 4pm.
According to Werris Creek librarian, Marilyn Deeks, Cody provides a fun way to get kids thinking like a programmer. She said Cody is 56cm tall, has infrared sensors for eyes, speakers for ears as well as three touch sensors on his head and combined with 25 motors he can perform complicated moves that will impress the young and young at heart alike. She said his offsider Sphero is Bluetooth smart and designed to inspire curiosity through connected play.
“When the kids see Cody do one of his dances, it makes them think about how every little movement is programmed. A lot of thought has gone into Cody and Sphero and introducing children to robotics is just another of the ways our libraries keep up with the times and help to educate young people in interesting ways,” she said.
“Interested persons should ring Werris Creek library on 6768 7340 or Quirindi on 6746 2350 to confirm a place,” Ms Deeks continued.
“I’d also like to remind people that the Australian Inspiration exhibition, which reveals how the unique beauty of Australia's native flora and fauna has long inspired artists and designers, concludes at Werris Creek library on Thursday 12 January,” she said.
“Both libraries are hosting the Summer Reading Club for kids until the end of January. They’ll get to explore the themes and conventions associated with superheroes, sidekicks and villains! For more details contact the libraries,” Ms Deeks concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Deputy Mayor, Doug Hawkins, has congratulated the award winners in the 2016 LPSC Christmas Lights Competition whilst thanking all this year’s entrants saying that everyone who entered is a winner for having a go.
“Everyone who puts up Christmas Lights and decorations bring a lot of joy to others, particularly the kids who enjoy their parents driving them around for a look. I’ve heard cries of delight coming from kids in cars as they pass by, surely this happiness is a wonderful part of the Christmas Spirit,” Councillor Hawkins said.
Award winners are:
- Best Lights Display - Christy Pryor - Snape Street Quirindi
- Best Tree - Gail Kelly - North Street Werris Creek
- Best Santa - Mark Outerbridge - Centre Street Quirindi
- Best Shop Front - Julie Green Real Estate
- Best Nativity Scene - Gail Kelly - North Street Werris Creek
- Best All Rounder - Gail Kelly - North Street Werris Creek
- Encouragement - McKenna Family - Lennox Street Quirindi
“I’d also like to thanks the competition sponsors because without them we couldn’t provide the prizes we do. The support from Quirindi Branch CWA, Quirindi Craft Shop, Quirindi Pharmacy and Emporium, Lois Slade, Hoswell Constructions and Josh Saul Electrical is greatly appreciated,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Doug Hawkins (LPSC Deputy Mayor), Julie Green – Best Shop Front, Gail Kelly – Best Tree, Best Nativity,
Best All Rounder, Alan, Trevor and Sharon McKenna – Encouragement Award.
Absent: Christy Pryor – Best Lights Display, Mark Outerbridge Best Santa
An aerial view, taken last week that highlights the progress of construction at the new Emergency Services Precinct in Quirindi.
The main Rural Fire Service control centre is nearing completion as is one of the ancillary buildings with three slabs in place yet to be built on. When complete the site will provide a state-of-the-art precinct to accommodate the Liverpool Range Zone Rural Fire Service (RFS) Control Centre, a new shed for the Braefield Dury RFS Brigade, a Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) shed, plus the State Emergency Service (SES) which is already located within the area. The Precinct will also provide training grounds to meet the needs of all emergency service organisations, a car park and provision for shared infrastructure including telecommunications and amenities. The complex will eventually include a helipad suitable for the Westpac Rescue and other helicopters. The RFS Control Centre will co-ordinate all bush fire operations in the Upper Hunter, Gunnedah and Liverpool Plains Shires
New Emergency Services Precinct being developed in Quirindi is quickly taking shape
An aerial view, taken last week that highlights the progress of construction at the new Emergency Services Precinct in Quirindi. The main Rural Fire Service control centre is nearing completion as is one of the ancillary buildings with three slabs in place yet to be built on. When complete the site will provide a state-of-the-art precinct to accommodate the Liverpool Range Zone Rural Fire Service (RFS) Control Centre, a new shed for the Braefield Dury RFS Brigade, a Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) shed, plus the State Emergency Service (SES) which is already located within the area.
The Precinct will also provide training grounds to meet the needs of all emergency service organisations, a car park and provision for shared infrastructure including telecommunications and amenities. The complex will eventually include a helipad suitable for the Westpac Rescue and other helicopters. The RFS Control Centre will co-ordinate all bush fire operations in the Upper Hunter, Gunnedah and Liverpool Plains Shires.
Media contact – LPSC Mayor Andrew Hope 0427 687 345.
Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope is reminding residents that Council’s Administration Centre will close for the Christmas/New Year period from 5pm Friday 23 December and reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 3 January 2017.
“In emergency situations only, residents can call 6746 1755 and follow the prompts but I request all members of the community to only use this service in real emergency situations,” Councillor Hope said.
“All Council operated services close on Friday 23 with the exception of Home Support Services which close on December 21 in the case of Willow Tree and 22 at Quirindi and Werris Creek. The swimming pools are only closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and the Visitor Information Centre which will be closed on Christmas Day only.
“Landfills will only be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. All waste and recycling service pick-ups will continue as scheduled across the Shire throughout the period,” he said.
“The Administration Centre, Service NSW Agency, Libraries, Home Support Services and Eastside Childcare Centre will all reopen on Tuesday 3 January. The Recreation Centre will re-open at 6am on Monday 9 January. Full details are available on Council’s website www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au and on its Facebook page,” he continued.
Councillor Hope is also reminding residents that nominations for LPSC’s 2017 Australia Day Awards close at 4.30pm on Friday 23 December. He said categories are Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year, Junior Sports Person of the Year, the Marie Maunder Community Service Award, the Community Event of the Year and Local Legend.
“Nomination forms, with full criteria for each category, are available at Council’s Administration Centre, Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries, the Visitor Information Centre Willow Tree, by calling 6746 1755 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Most people know someone who has given outstanding service to the community or been involved in a specific community project which deserves recognition,” he said.
“Again, a safe, happy and Merry Christmas to all and the very best for 2017,” Councillor Hope concluded.
The children and parents had a most enjoyable Christmas Party at Eastside Childcare Centre including a visit from Santa.
LPSC’s Eastside Childcare Centre will close at 6.00 pm on Friday 23 December 2016 and will re-open at 8.00 am on Tuesday 3 January 2017.
Werris Creek library will proudly host Australian Inspiration, an exhibition which reveals how the unique beauty of Australia's native flora and fauna has long inspired artists and designers, from Tuesday 3 January through until Thursday 12 January 2017.
Werris Creek librarian, Marilyn Deeks, said “The tour is visiting selected libraries in NSW and Werris Creek is very fortunate to be only one of two Central Northern Regional Libraries to host the display.”
Highlights of the Australian Inspiration display include:
- some of the earliest known drawings of Australian flora and fauna from 1794
- first drawings of the koala from 1803
- Dorothy Wall’s drawing of Blinky Bill and her earlier characters from c.1920
- a quirky waratah costume design created for the 1938 Sesquicentenary of Australia
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is encouraging Shire residents to ensure they don’t miss this exciting opportunity to see the evolving story of how the unique beauty of Australia’s native flora and fauna, especially the waratah and koala, has long been a source of inspiration for our artists and designers.
“It really is a great thing when cultural displays such as Australian Inspiration can be viewed locally and I hope as many people as possible will drop in and have a look,” Councillor Hope said.
Drawing on the State Library’s rich collections the exhibition showcases the role of the State Library’s extraordinary collected works in arts and design. For more information please contact Werris Creek library on 6768 7340, visit the CNRL website, and check out the library’s Facebook page for updates. More details - http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/australian-inspiration-tour-nsw.
State Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen, called into the Liverpool Plains Shire Council Chambers to present certificates to two of the three Shire women named as Hidden Treasures, in the annual initiative of the Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Women’s Network which recognises the outstanding efforts of women volunteers in NSW and to promote the valuable role of volunteering to the community.
(Pictured – seated at front Hidden Treasures Colleen Wills and Beryl Mannion. Standing State MP Michael Johnsen, Colleen’s grandchildren Yolanda and Phoebe with daughter Rebecca, Beryl’s daughter Kerry Challenger and LPSC Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope
“This important tribute captures inspirational stories, documenting and celebrating the unpaid work of women who are ensuring the viability of so many important and crucial community groups and charities such as emergency services, the arts, environment, social justice, education and sport organisation, and so many others within rural and regional communities. Colleen and Beryl are truly worthy recipients,” Councillor Hope said.
“The third of the Shire’s Hidden Treasures, Linda Fittler from Werris Creek, is also a most worthy recipient and resides in the Tamworth electorate. Her certificate will be presented by the Member for Tamworth,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is requesting Werris Creek residents to be water wise, as the warmer weather sets in, as the town’s 1930s water treatment plant is showing its age and battling to meet demand.
“It is ironic that Quipolly Dam is at 97% capacity and yet we have to ask people to conserve water, but until the State Government matches the $10 million Federal funding towards completion of the Regional Water Strategy, which includes a new water treatment plant, we face having to introduce water conservation measures to limit use to enable us to nurse the old plant through peak demand periods for another summer,” Councillor Hope said.
“I know it is frustrating for the people of Werris Creek, and it is frustrating to Council, that we have the Federal money in the bank and LPSC has several million earmarked for the project however failure to date of the State Government to come on board and partner is preventing us from getting on with the job,” he said.
“To try and meet peak demand, since mid-November, Council has extended operating hours of the plant. Now, we’re at a point where it is running 24 hours a day and struggling to meet requirements. Things are only going to get worse as the infrastructure continues to age and current operations leave no time for breakdowns or repairs which are prone to happen as part of what is fast becoming a vicious circle,” he continued.
“Council has appreciated the State Government’s support, to date, towards the safety/augmentation of Quipolly Dam plus the projects to improve reliability of supply to Wallabadah and Werris Creek however, the Regional Water Strategy isn’t completed yet and Werris Creek’s problems can’t be fixed until the final phase, which includes a new water treatment plant, is carried out,” he said.
“I know it is frustrating for Werris Creek residents that Council’s and the Federal Government’s contributions are just sitting there and waiting for the State Government to join the partnership to ensure this vital project is completed sooner rather than later so The Creek has a reliable water supply into the future,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Werris Creek Water Treatment plant has given good service since the 1930s but is now past its use-by-date.
Graph showing spike in operating hours of Werris Creek Water Treatment Plant since mid-November.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is advising residents that expanded hours of operation are now in force at the Shire’s Werris Creek and Quirindi swimming pools through until the end of the school holidays on January 29 2017
“Werris Creek pool will be open on all days from 11am to 7pm,” said Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The hours of operation at Quirindi will be 10am to 7pm, 7 days a week during this period while the hours for early morning swimming club remain unchanged.
“The only exception to these arrangements will be Christmas Day and Boxing Day when both pools are closed,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said that Council had recently considered requests from both the Werris Creek and Quirindi communities for expanded hours at their pools however budgetary constraints meant that expanded hours can only be provided during the school holidays.
“Unfortunately, operational costs far exceed income at the pools. Every person that enters the pools is highly subsidised by other ratepayers. None of the people asking for extended hours have suggested they’d be willing to pay considerably more for entry fees to help cover those costs. At the same time Council can’t justify the cuts to other services that would be necessary if hours were extended outside the school holiday period. There is no simple answer to the dilemma,” he said.
“I do urge as many people as possible to utilise the pools over the holiday period as poor attendances may lead to further cuts in future years as Council tries to operate balanced budgets that are fair and equitable to all,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Christmas is a time to reflect on and count our blessings. It is a special time to share with family and loved ones. At the same time we must remember for some it can be a particularly lonely time and if the opportunity arises, extending an invitation to someone who would otherwise be alone can make it a brighter Christmas celebration. It is important that we remember the reasons we have to celebrate this festive season and make sure it is safe and enjoyable for the whole community. While indulging is often a part of the holiday season, it is essential that the safety and comfort of everyone is respected.
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution made by many in the community who throughout the year generously volunteer their time and energy to many organisations and endeavours that make the Liverpool Plains Shire a better place to live. This year, we saw a number of significant projects undertaken by volunteers and on behalf of the community I say a very big thank you.
Over the past 12 months, your Council has focussed strongly on economic development and an important part of this strategy has been building tourism potential, particularly making the Shire a RV (Recreational Vehicle) friendly destination. If you run into visitors over the holiday period please make them feel welcome and assist them to enjoy their stay.
I would like to thank Council’s dedicated staff, ably led by General Manager, Ron Van Katwyk, for their hard work throughout the year. In comparison with other Councils, Liverpool Plains Shire has a relatively small staff, but they are still able to maintain a high degree of service delivery to satisfy the Shire’s residents and are continually striving for opportunities to improve. Thank you.
Lastly, on behalf of myself, my family, fellow Councillors and staff, I wish one and all a happy, safe and enjoyable Christmas/New Year period. If you are travelling remember to stop, revive and survive. If you’re out in the sun then its slip, slop, slap. I look forward to sharing 2017 with you and working hard to meet community expectations. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.