Media Releases & Exhibitions
Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Development Control Plan (DCP) came into effect in May 2012 and has been amended over the ensuing years. The draft Amendment No. 5 to the DCP proposes changes that have been noted during the assessment of various Development Applications since the last in-depth review of the DCP in 2017. Legislative references have also been amended accordingly throughout the DCP. The proposed amendments to the DCP also align with the actions under Council’s Local Strategic Planning Statement, and Delivery Program and Operational Plan.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM said the draft document is on public exhibition until Wednesday 31 March and that submissions from members of the community on the proposal also close on this date.
He said the draft amendment No. 5 to the DCP, aims to clarify the current provisions and introduce new provisions for developments that have not been previously addressed. Councillor Hawkins said the revised DCP provisions relate to building setbacks and shed sizes, building heights, temporary accommodation, outbuildings, relocated dwellings, pools and spas, private open space, fencing, battle axe lots, vegetation, traffic; and parking.
“New provisions in the DCP pertain to shipping container developments, outbuildings, dual occupancy, letter boxes, detached studios, water sensitive urban design, residential flat buildings and biodiversity,” he said.
The draft policy is available for viewing at LPSC’s Administration Centre between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, on Council’s website at http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/my-council/public-exhibition or an email copy can be obtained by emailing email@example.com.
“LPSC’s strategies, plans and decision making have a strong focus on financial, economic, social and environmental sustainability and recognise that overarching planning guidelines and frameworks need to be adapted to our local needs,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“Council will receive a further report following conclusion of the public exhibition period and consideration of submissions that are received by the closing date.
“If you have further enquiries contact Council’s planning staff via mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone them on 6746 1755 during business hours,” he concluded.
The new canteen/amenities block building at Werris Creek’s David Taylor Oval has been completed following the installation of the stall partitions and the stainless steel storage island equipment in the kitchen to bring the project to fruition.
“This has been a Werris Creek inhouse project with the input of community advise plus local contractors engaged on its construction. Terry Richmond undertook the laying of the concrete slab and Dellar and Roach the construction of the canteen and amenities block,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
"This $145,000 project has been funded through a grant LPSC successfully applied for through the Federal Government's Drought Communities Program. Council thanks Federal Member, Barnaby Joyce, for his support in gaining this funding.
“The amenities include a new canteen, female and men's facilities plus the installation of disabled access amenities in line with LPSC's Disability Inclusion Action Plan,” he said.
“The new facility provides a clean and safe environment conveniently close to the Ron Dellar Grandstand which was completed in 2018. Since then new storage tanks and a pump have been installed as part of an upgrade of the irrigation system for the field. Other work has included the widening of the Oval’s entry gates, a new ticket box, and improved fencing and landscaping works. This has also been complimented by the construction of a new pathway connecting the Werris Creek CBD to the Oval,” he continued.
“Local consultation has informed Council of the importance the Werris Creek community has for recreational and sporting facilities that encourage healthy lifestyles and actives. The improvements that have been made over several years at David Taylor Oval will allow Werris Creek residents of all ages to participate in or be spectators at a wide variety of events.
“This local involvement has resulted in much improved sporting and recreational facilities for Werris Creek district, plus as a bonus it has seen benefits flow to the local economy,” he concluded.
Last week saw the first portion of the bitumen seal project on Blackville Road completed.
“The first 1.7 kilometres of the project, which entails the sealing of 3.4 kilometres of a missing link section between Merriwa Road and Blackville, has now been completed,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
“The remaining 1.7 kilometres should be completed by March 25, weather permitting,” he said.
“Council is undertaking this project with financial assistance it successfully secured through the NSW Government’s Fixing Local Roads Program. All up, Council obtained $984,000 through this program for this project and to undertake the Callaghans Lane bitumen seal project Stage 2 which will commence towards the end of March,” he concluded.
At its February Ordinary meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) received and noted the combined Delivery Program and Operational Plan Progress Report and the Quarterly Budget Review Statement for the first quarter ending 31 December. Council also adopted the revised Budget forecasts and actual year-to-date results as provided.
Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, said the Integrated Planning and Reporting framework contained in the Local Government Act requires Council to develop and adopt an inter-related suite of strategic documents, including a 10-year Community Strategic Plan, four-year Delivery Program and annual Operational Plan.
“Council’s 10-year Community Strategic Plan was adopted at the Ordinary Meeting of Council held In June 2017. The Community Strategic Plan outlines four strategic outcomes, which are supported by a combined total of 18 targets. Council’s combined Delivery Program and
Operational Plan was adopted by Council at its Ordinary Meeting held in June 2020 and details the four-year principal activities and annual actions that will be undertaken to meet those targets.
“In 2020-21, Council has committed to delivering 101 actions focused on achieving the community’s vision across the four key strategic outcome areas set out in the Community Strategic Plan. Each of the 101 actions contained in the combined Delivery Program and Operational Plan has been assigned to a member of Council’s Executive Team for completion. In turn, each member of the Executive Team is responsible for monitoring the actions assigned to their position and providing a progress status report.
“Of the 101 actions contained in the combined Delivery Program and Operational Plan, a combined total of 77.3% have been achieved or are on track to being achieved. A further 13.8% were not scheduled to commence during the reporting period.
Councillor Hawkins said LPSC adopted the original budget included in the Annual Operational Plan for 2020/2021 at the Ordinary Council meeting in June 2020. He said that under section 203 of the Local Government Regulation, Council’s Responsible Accounting Officer must prepare and submit to the Council, no later than two months after the end of each quarter a budget review statement that shows a revised estimate of the income and expenditure for the year.
“The annual budget provides Council with the means to control resources allocation and revenues as per the objectives set out in its Annual Operational Plan. The annual budget forms the basis for future forecasts and gives Council staff the legal authority to commit expenditure. Constant monitoring and budget updates are therefore important for sound financial management.
“At a consolidated level, the net change in budgeted operational result is expected to be $3.67 million as a result of increase in depreciation expenditure due to correct application of Council’s accounting policy, downward projection of interest income as a result of unfavourable interest rates combined with restriction on application of overdue interest on receivables for the period commencing July to December 2020,” he said.
“I extend my congratulations to Council’s Management Team and their staff for their diligence in managing Council finances wisely and to the satisfaction of the auditors.
“Council’s strategies, plans and decision-making process have a strong focus on financial, economic, social and environmental sustainability,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, is urging all residents who utilise the Shire’s waste facilities to only enter them during their normal hours of operation. He is also requesting residents to ensure that general waste is not placed in the recycling walls at these facilities.
“Recently, we’ve seen an increase in the number of occasions that people have illegally entered rural landfills outside opening times and disposing of waste. For both environmental and safety reasons this is not acceptable,” he said.
Councillor Hawkins said the hours of operation at the various facilities are;
- Quirindi - 9am – 4pm, 7 days a week.
- Werris Creek – Monday 9am – 1pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 9am – 12 noon, Thursday and Friday 1pm – 4pm, Saturday 9am – 12 noon and Sunday 1pm – 4pm.
- Willow Tree – Tuesday and Wednesday 1pm – 4pm Thursday and Friday 9am – 12 noon, Saturday 1pm – 4pm and Sunday 9am – 12 noon.
- Wallabadah – Saturday 9am – 1pm.
- Blackville – Wednesday and Saturday 8am – 10am.
- Spring Ridge – Thursday and Sunday 8am – 12 noon.
- Pine Ridge – Wednesday and Saturday 11am – 1pm.
- Caroona – Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm – 4.30pm.
- Premer – Thursday and Sunday 1.30pm – 3.30pm.
- Eligible clean drums can be taken to Quirindi on the 3rd Tuesday of each month or by arrangement by calling 0447 125 173.
- Quirindi Landfill is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day. All other landfills and transfer station sites are closed on ALL public holidays.
“Council is increasing surveillance to identify the persons undertaking this illegal dumping practice of waste and when identified the offenders face prosecution. Any community members that may have information pertaining to this illegal dumping are asked to contact Council’s Works and Waste Manager, Barry Strichen, on 6746 1755 or via email email@example.com,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“There is also a problem with general waste being deposited in the recycling walls. At times the level of general waste scattered amongst the recyclables is too large to separate so everything ends up in the landfill. The recycling walls are designed to divert waste from landfill so please only place items in them that have been properly separated from general waste,” he continued.
It’s not a secret that the way we manage waste is changing Australia wide. LPSC has, in recent years come under increasing legislative and community pressure to change the way waste is dealt with. A study Council carried out a couple of years ago estimated the Shire’s waste generation is projected to grow from 5,751 tonnes per annum in 2017 to 9,427 tonnes per annum by 2027.
“To address the many issues faced with responsible waste management and LPSC’s obligations to meet Government legislative requirements, Council has developed a Waste Management Strategy. Within the next few months construction of new Waste Transfer Stations will begin at Caroona, Spring Ridge, Premer and Werris Creek. The existing landfills at these locations will be closed and remediated in accordance with NSW Environmental Protection Authority requirements.
“All general waste taken to these sites, excluding Werris Creek, will be deposited directly into a truck and taken from site, initially to the landfill at Quirindi. Eventually it will be taken to a new landfill which will be developed over the next 2 years near Willow Tree. Werris Creek will be provided with containers that will be removed once full of waste. Recycling facilities for paper, cardboard, glass, plastics etc. will still be retained at these centres. To further protect the environment the Waste Transfer Stations will be security fenced with security cameras installed,” he said.
“Council staff will visit these centres shortly to meet with community members over the proposed changes. Dates will be advised ahead of these meetings,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Another milestone has been reached in the $2.6 million redevelopment of the Quirindi Showground precinct with Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) awarding the contract for the construction of the new pavilion at its February Ordinary meeting.
“The contract has been awarded to Willis Brant and Associates who have extensive capacity in the design and construction of buildings similar to this. The expected delivery time for the project is approximately 16 weeks,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
“This will see the complex ready for use during the Quirindi Show Society’s 2021 Quirindi Spring Show which is scheduled to be held on the 11th and 12th of September,” he said.
“The new pavilion will have amenities/showers, a change room facility, a first aid room, and a new canteen/kitchen. It will provide 960m² open space for the show plus providing modern facilities for any major exhibitions and other events that come to the Shire,” he continued.
Councillor Hawkins said the redevelopment of the showground precinct is being undertaken following extensive consultation with showground user groups. He said many organisations from around the Shire utilise the facilities and it is an important hub for many events.
“Works already undertaken include the replacement of the trotting track fence and installation of a new rodeo arena. A new amenities block has been constructed and an old bore has been recommissioned to provide an additional source of water for irrigation of the precinct,” he said.
“The project also entails construction of new club rooms and a kitchen to service Polocrosse, Pony Club, Campdraft and Rodeo events, plus the redevelopment of fields to provide for campdraft and rodeo plus a new show jumping arena.
“Other aspects of this major redevelopment are the replacement of the PA system, a new all-weather access track to campdraft and rodeo facilities, re-purposing the existing Pony Club building into an office, improved signage, creation of a new pedestrian and spectator entrance, extension of a shared pathway and refurbishment of the ticket box,” he continued.
Councillor Hawkins said the new pavilion along with these other projects are being undertaken with $2.6 million Council secured through the State Government’s Showground Stimulus Funding Program.
“Community interest in this project highlights the fact that the Showground is the heart and soul of a rural community like ours. This redevelopment provides multi-use facilities with improved safety that will enhance community enjoyment bringing people together for a broad range of events. It also provides the additional benefit of boosting the local economy. It really is a community hub that will serve the community well for many years into the future,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Following on from the water main upgrade currently underway in Centre Street Quirindi, roadway reconstruction is scheduled to begin on Monday 1 March.
“Works will be undertaken between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, with the possibility of some works being undertaken on Saturdays,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
“During these works, Centre Street will operate as a one-way traffic movement with entry via Perkins Street and exiting via Cross Street. Pedestrian access will always remain for residences and pedestrians will be diverted around any hazards.
“The works will commence on the western side (Hawker St side) of Centre Street. All residents and their visitors are requested to park their vehicle on the eastern side of the street. During kerb and gutter placement driveways will be inaccessible, for a period of 2-3 days, to allow concrete to cure.
Throughout the duration of the project there will be short-term access restriction to driveways. The project team will provide residents with advance notice as the works get closer,” he said.
Project activities and Timeline
- LPSC Construction crew will establish a work zone and commence work on removal of existing Kerb and gutter followed by installation of stormwater pipes, pits and subsoil drainage.
- Earthworks for new kerb and gutter followed by their installation.
- Backfilling and reinstatement of verges and existing driveways to standard prior to construction work.
- Removal of unsuitable roadway material and pavement reconstruction.
- Final trimming and bituminous surfacing.
“The roadway improvements will improve the long-term sustainability of the assets. Improvements include roadway reconstruction, underground improvements to stormwater and subsoil drainage system and installation of new kerb and gutter.
“The project is expected to be completed by late May 2021, weather and site conditions permitting,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has commenced work on two major road projects; Blackville Road and Coonabarabran Road.
“The project on Blackville Road entails the sealing of 3.4 kilometres of a missing link section between Merriwa Road and Blackville, approximately 20 kilometres from the Merriwa Road,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
“Council is undertaking this project with financial assistance it successfully secured through the NSW Government’s Fixing Local Roads Program,” he said.
“Road shoulder rehabilitation works have been undertaken between the Kamilaroi Highway and Caroona as part of the Coonabarabran Road pavement repair program. These Stage 1 works were undertaken with funding Council secured via the NSW Government’s Regional Road Repair program.
“Various additional stages of repair work on Coonabarabran Road will be undertaken progressively as funding is secured. Coonabarabran Road repair projects are a priority for Council,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“Towards the end of March, Council will begin the Callaghans Lane bitumen seal project Stage 2. This will result in the completion of the bitumen sealing of Callaghans Lane providing a fully sealed connection between the Kamilaroi Highway and Wallabadah Road.
“This project is also being undertaken through the State Government’s Fixing Local Roads program.”
“All up, Council obtained $984,000 through this program to undertake both the Callaghans Lane and Blackville Road projects,” he continued.
“Council’s annual reseal program will also commence at the end of March. This will entail work on approximately 80,000 square metres of roadway, in various locations throughout the Shire, which equates to some 16 kilometres in total road length.
“LPSC will continue to focus on important road projects such as these as further funding becomes available,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Work commences in George Street next Monday
With work starting on the major road remedial works being undertaken in George Street Quirindi, between Railway Square and Carlos IGA, next Monday 22 February, Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins is urging both motorists and pedestrians to be aware and cautious when in the area.
What you need to know;
- When - Monday 22 and through until Friday 26 February inclusive
- Times - 6.30am and 5.30pm each day, weather permitting
- Line marking – Parking bays and line marking between Dalley and Stations Streets through to William Street in George Street on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 after 6.30pm.
- Detours will be in place under traffic control
- Limited parking along George Street. Park vehicles on the crossroads, Henry, Pryor, Thomas and Dalley Streets
- Quirindi Station carpark will be in operation. Follow the directions of traffic controllers. There will be alterations to the entry and exit points.
- Controlled pedestrian access will always be available
- Detours for heavy vehicle via Hill Street, between Nowland and Whittaker Streets
- Town bus services will be impacted with temporary diversions
- Light vehicle’s accesses will be modified and controlled as work progresses
- Be aware of loose gravel on road
- There are no planned disruptions to water or electrical connections envisaged
Major project underway in Centre Street Quirindi
Rehabilitation works have commenced in Centre Street, Quirindi that include the replacement of the Watermain in Centre Street between Cross Street and Perkins Street to be followed by the rehabilitation of this whole section of the street.
“The watermain is being renewed as part of Council’s watermain replacement program,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins.
“The existing 80mm main is aging making it a high failure risk. Additionally, the current line has limited firefighting capacity and the current alignment within the road formation is difficult to maintain,” he said.
“The new main is expected to serve for 80 years and modern construction practices will result in less road disruption for ongoing maintenance of the water services at this location over its lifetime,” he continued.
Councillor Hawkins said that once the watermain construction is complete, Council’s road construction crew will take over the site and rehabilitate the whole section between Perkins and Cross street.
“This part of the project will include demolition of existing kerb and gutter to be followed by installation of new kerb and gutter including vehicular crossovers. It also includes installation of subsoil drainage, stormwater and pits, and reconstruction of the road pavement,” he said.
“The project is expected to completed by June, weather permitting. During the road construction, which will commence in March, it is planned to operate Centre Street with one way traffic movement with entry though Perkins Street and existing through Cross Street to avoid two way traffic conflicts,” he continued.
Councillor Hawkins thanks residents of Cross Street and motorists for their patience while this important project is undertaken and requests motorists to drive with caution as the work progresses to ensure their own safety and that of the work crews involved.
“When the project is completed it will greatly improve water service provision and the condition of the Cross Street roadway,” he concluded.
Preliminary works get underway in Centre Street
LPSC online Customer Action Requests (05-02-21)
With people living busy lives, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) endeavours to make engaging and transacting business as easy as possible for community members. As one means of achieving this aim Council’s online Customer Action Requests provide an easy and quick way of bringing issues to Council’s attention.
“Many queries, requests and concerns regarding Council services and infrastructure can be dealt with easily, online by completing customer action request forms,” said Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
“Customers can choose the option that best describes their issue including animal complains and Ranger services, noxious weeds, parks and gardens, property mapping, rates enquiries, general information and concerns, water services issues, library services, changes of names and addresses, bridge and culvert concerns, child care services, road problems, sewer services and home support services. if these categories don’t apply there is the ‘Other’ option where details can be left in the comments field.
“There is provision for customers to detail the urgency of the matter and to provide contact details such as emails and phone numbers, so where necessary Council staff can follow up the matter with you,” he said.
“Go to https://liverpoolplainsshirecouncil.wufoo.com/forms/za2a8121kb0ely/ to access the Customer Action Requests online form.
“You can also email Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or for further information contact the Customer Service Desk on 6746 1755,” he continued.
“At LPSC we want to make connecting with us as easy as possible. We understand that it is important for you to access our services in a way and at a time that is best suited to you,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
A strong small business sector benefits the whole community
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, Council is delighted with the opportunities that have resulted for local small businesses through LPSC’s partnering with the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner (OSBC).
“Small businesses are the backbone of the economy for rural communities, providing services for local residents and job opportunities for local people. Due to drought and COVID-19 there is no doubt that many of our small businesses have been doing it tough,” he said.
“Council has worked closely with the OSBC on pilot programs to reduce red tape for small business and after successful trials these measures have been introduced state wide. We work with them during events like Small Business Month to bring webinars to our small businesses with advice on many facets of operating their enterprises and how to strengthen them for better outcomes,” he continued.
Councillor Hawkins said that if you’re a small business, the NSW Small Business Commissioner is your biggest ally. He said that as an independent voice, the Commissioner is a passionate supporter and advocate of small businesses while striving to resolve any issues impacting on their day-to-day operation.
“The OSBC produce regular newsletters that are available to local businesses free of charge and I encourage local operators to visit https://www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au/subscribe to sign up.
“Their February newsletter provides information on how to deal with fake online reviews and a link to the new Retail Tenancy Guide, which provides valuable information on the questions to ask before signing a lease and on how to resolve potential disputes. The Chair of the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia, Mark McKenzie, also comments on what small business might expect in 2021,” he said.
“Amongst many issues the OSBC can assist our local small businesses with is advice on assistance if you’re impacted by COVID-19, commercial leasing issues, resolving disputes with another business, applying for mediation, questions about bonds, enquiries about faster payment terms and raising an issue with the Commissioner.
Go to the website https://www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au/ to find out more,” he continued.
“In addition to Council working with the OBSC we also collaborate with the Liverpool Plains Business Chamber and have run campaigns such as ‘Go Local First’ and have recently promoted the Sunny-side Up campaign to bring visitors to our Shire, to assist the local economy.
“All of these initiatives are designed to empower small businesses,” he said.
“Apart from service provision and providing employment opportunities, they sponsor many local organisations and sporting groups. They play a special part in our community. Local, successful small businesses benefit the wider community in so many ways,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
LPSC acknowledges the importance of collaborating to assist small business to succeed
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) along with Walcha, Tamworth, Gunnedah, and Gwydir Councils has been working with Namoi Unlimited Joint Organisation of Councils (JO) and the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) to develop an application for funding under the NSW Safe and Secure Water Program Funding Stream 2 for Regional Town Water Strategies. The JO has recently received a draft funding agreement from the Safe and Secure Water Program Water Group under the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE).
“The Regional Town Water Supply Strategy program provides opportunities for local government to collaborate with their JO to deliver part of the strategic planning required to develop an Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) for Councils. LPSC currently needs an up to date IWCM plan, a key strategic study for completing and instituting necessary best practice management of our water supplies,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins.
“The developed Regional Town Water Supply Strategy scope of works has been agreed with DPIE. Specifically, for LPSC, the provision of Sustainable Yield and Drought Reliability studies for all its
various water sources will provide an invaluable tool for managing the supplies in future drought events,” he said.
“The NSW Safe and Secure Water Program for Regional Town Water Strategies provides funding of up to 75% of the total cost for the Joint Organisations to complete this work. Councils are required to fund 25% of the identified works that are only relative to their Local Government Area. Council has allocated funding for the Namoi Water Alliance Joint IWCM Project from the existing Best Practice Plans restricted reserve.
“Hunter H2O was successful in a services tender coordinated by the JO on behalf of the Water Alliance. This work is being conducted under that agreement. LPSC staff will provide data and review reports, ” he continued.
“The Shire’s long term management of our water supplies will benefit through working in partnership to explore long term solutions for infrastructure and costs and assist the development of business cases for further funding opportunities,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) recently resolved to incorporate a natural disasters clause in the Liverpool Plains Local Environmental Plan 2011 (LEP) and for the clause to be applied to all land within the RU1 Primary Production zone.
The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) has developed a natural disasters clause to support people whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by natural disasters. The clause aims to make it easier for homeowners to obtain an approval to rebuild or replace their home after it has been damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster.
The natural disasters clause, once inserted into the LEP, will enable the repair and replacement of lawfully erected dwelling houses and secondary dwellings that have been damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster. The supporting guidance material prepared by NSW DPIE defines ‘lawfully erected’, ‘repair and replace’ and ‘natural disaster’ for the purpose of the clause.
Any DA that uses the natural disasters clause will be subject to a merit based assessment and evaluation under Section 4.15 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The requirements under other applicable legislation, such as the bushfire requirements will also remain applicable.
The Project is being undertaken at no cost to Council and will help to remove some of the complexities experienced by homeowners trying to rebuild a home damaged by a natural disaster under the current planning framework.
The natural disasters clause will be inserted into the LEP via an amending State Environmental Planning Policy, which is being facilitated by NSW DPIE.
“LPSC recognises that overarching planning guidelines and frameworks need to be adapted to our local needs,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, has welcomed funding from the NSW Government’s The Festival of Place – Summer Fund supporting the staging of two of the Shire’s popular annual events.
“The State Government’s generous support towards staging the Liverpool Plains Military Tattoo on Saturday 6 March at Longfield Park and the annual International Women’s Day event at the Royal Theatre on Friday 12 March is part of their efforts to bring people back into local centres and supporting a safe economic recovery,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“This support allows us to ensure that both events are free for the community to come along, participate and enjoy,” he said.
State MP for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen, said the State Government was determined to support rural communities to engage during the pandemic and that events will be conducted with Covid-safety a priority.
“The Festival of Place – Summer Fund provides the opportunity for all community members to get out and enjoy themselves. I’m delighted that the Government can support two events with a proven track record. The funding gives your Council the opportunity to build on previous success. It is just one of the many ways the Government is supporting our rural communities during these tough times,” Mr Johnsen said.
Councillor Hawkins said the LP Military Tattoo on March 6 will feature market stalls and entertainment from 3pm, followed by The Military Tattoo performance commencing at 7.30pm and wrapping up with a fireworks display. He said the event provided something for all ages and he’s encouraging as many people as possible to come along to share a great day.
“The International Women’s Day event is always popular. This year it is free, their will be guest speakers, catered food provided, and the bar will be open. Council will announce who the guest speakers are closer to the event date,” he said.
“Put these dates in your diary now. We are looking forward to as many people as possible attending and enjoying themselves. Although the Military Tattoo is a free event, those wishing to attend will have to register and you can do that now at https://www.trybooking.com/BMYOP.
“I hope to see as many people as possible at these events. They are community events so please be part of them,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Pride in being Australian and the local community were evident at the Liverpool Plains Shire Australia Day Ceremony, held at the Royal Theatre in Quirindi. The ceremony included an Acknowledgement to Country by Jason Allen, a welcome by Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, the Australia Day address by Ambassador Ben Farinazzo, a Citizenship Ceremony, the singing of the National Anthem led by Molly Owen, Australia Day Awards Ceremony, the announcement of the Sunny-side Up competition winners, and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ken Cudmore, providing final remarks and thanking attendees to conclude the event.
Councillor Hawkins praised the Australia Day Award nominees and winners who he described as a credit to themselves and the LP Shire.
The winners of the LPS Australia Day Awards are;
- Citizen of the Year – Sally Alden
- Young Citizen of the Year – Faith Green
- Marie Maunder Community Service Award – Madge Martin
- Local Legend – Melissa Stubbs
- Emergency Services Community Award – John Maunder
- Sports Person of the Year – Molly Elford
- Junior Sports Person of the Year – Lucas Percy
Councillor Hawkins said the annual awards ceremony honours and recognised those who give back to the community every day without seeking recognition. He said the awards are grassroots and all involved are nominated by fellow community members.
“While they have all contributed in different ways, the one thing they have in common is that more often than not, they put others ahead of themselves to make things happen,” he said.
“On behalf of LPSC GM, Jo Sangster, my fellow Councillors and the wider LPS community I want to congratulate all our Australia Day Award nominees and the winners. There can only be one winner on the day, but all the nominees are winners all year round. Thank you for what you all contribute to making our Shire a better place to live,” he continued.
During the Australia Day Ceremony three Shire residents participated in a citizenship ceremony where they made the citizenship pledge.
“I was honoured to officiate at the ceremony that saw Dr Robert McEwan, originally from Canada, and Mrs Josmy Joseph and her son Aiden Shinu Dominic, originally from India, become dinki-di Aussies,” he said.
“Australian citizenship is a privilege offering enormous rewards. It is a moving event and an important step in participant’s migration story. Those participating are making an ongoing commitment to Australia and our shared values. It is also the beginning of their formal membership of the Australian community and a step that enables them to proudly say ‘I am Australian',” he continued.
“I’d also like to thank Australia Day Ambassador Ben Farinazzo for joining us on the day. I’m sure everyone in attendance was inspired by his story as an army veteran, husband and father, facing significant mental and physical challenges, then as a survivor winning gold medals at the Invictus Games Sydney in 2018, as well as his many other contributions to society. Ben epitomises everything that is great about being an Australian. Ben and his wife Jodie participated in all the Shire’s Australia day events, mingling and talking with community members and helping to make it a day to remember,” he said.
Councillor Hawkins also extended his thanks to everyone who attended the various events around the Shire with special mention for the organisers and volunteers who facilitated others participating and enjoying themselves.
“Australia Day allows us to celebrate the values and freedoms we enjoy in this great Nation. Whether we celebrate at community events or BBQs in the backyard with family and friends, enjoying a beer with mates and proudly flying the flag it allows us to reflect, respect and celebrate the Australian spirit and the best of this country, our mateship, our sense of community and our resilience. As the Australian flag flutters in the breeze we find optimism and hope as we look to the future. Advance Australia Fair,” he concluded.
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has advised Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) that it will commence level crossing road surface renewal and track reconditioning at Waverley Road level crossing between Kamilaroi Highway and Mystery Road, Caroona.
The project is scheduled to occur from 7am Monday 8 February to 6pm Thursday 11 February, weather permitting. The works will be continuous, both day and night. Site preparation works will commence approximately 3 days prior to commencement. The preparation works will occur within standard hours.
During the actual maintenance works, Waverley Road, between the Kamilaroi Highway and Mystery Road will be closed to all traffic with detours in place. Light vehicle access will be provided for residents and emergency services by way of pilot escort around the worksite via a temporary bypass road.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, is requesting that motorists who use Waverly Road as a through route be aware of the project taking place and to allow extra time to travel via the detours provided. He is also urging local traffic to drive with extra caution, to drive to conditions and to ensure the safety of work crews.
This maintenance work will involve the removal of the existing bitumen level crossing. The level crossing will be reconstructed with a concrete road surface. ARTC will also be carrying out track maintenance either side of the level crossing.
ARTC have advised that these works will be noisy, may generate dust, will utilise light towers for night work which will be positioned to shine away from residences. The project will be under traffic control. ARTC will implement measures to manage their impacts on the community.
ARTC have also advised they will schedule noisy work for daytime hours where possible and turn off machinery when not in use to minimise noise. Water carts will be used to reduce dust generated from site traffic and carry out visual inspections to help manage dust impacts.
Councillor Hawkins said the works are being undertaken to maintain a safe and reliable rail network. He said the timetable for the works is subject to change due to unplanned or unexpected events such as operational changes or heavy rain. He added that anyone requiring more information can email enviroline@ARTC.com.au or call 1300 550 402.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has called for tenders for the new Quirindi Showground pavilion. Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, said interested parties should go to www.tenderlink.com/lpsc for more details.
“The new pavilion will have amenities/showers, a change room facility, a first aid room, and a new canteen/kitchen. It will provide 960m² open space for show and other events,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“The tenders close February 2, 2021 at 10am,” he continued.
Councillor Hawkins said the new pavilion is being funded, along with other projects at the precinct, as part of the $2.6 million Council secured through the State Government’s Showground Stimulus Funding Program.
“The redevelopment of the showground precinct is a major project being undertaken following extensive consultation with showground user groups. Many organisations from around the Shire utilise the facilities and it is an important hub for many events,” he said.
“During the past week replacement of the trotting track fence and installation of a new rodeo arena has commenced.
“A new amenities block has already been constructed and an old bore has been recommissioned to provide an additional source of water for irrigation of the precinct,” he continued.
“Additionally, the works to be undertaken include construction of new club rooms and a kitchen to service Polocrosse, Pony Club, Campdraft and Rodeo events, and the redevelopment of fields to provide for campdraft and rodeo plus a new show jumping arena.
“Other aspects of the project are the replacement of the PA system, a new all-weather access track to campdraft and rodeo facilities, re-purposing the existing Pony Club building into an office, improved signage, creation of a new pedestrian and spectator entrance, extension of a shared pathway and refurbishment of the ticket box,” he said.
“The Showground is the heart and soul of a rural community. It is a community hub providing multi-use facilities and this redevelopment will improve safety and enhance community enjoyment bringing people together for a broad range of events plus the extra benefit of boosting the local economy,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
At its last meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) adopted its 2019-20 Annual Report. The report is available on Council’s website here.
As part of its Integrated Planning and Reporting framework, Council is required under section 428 of the Act and clause 217 of the Regulation to prepare an Annual Report detailing its achievements in implementing its Delivery Program. The Annual Report contains a copy of Council’s audited Financial Reports and such information prescribed by the Regulation or the Office of Local Government’s Integrated Planning and Reporting Guidelines.
In 2019-2020, Council committed to delivering an ambitious program of works, projects and programs and despite the impact of COVID-19, close to 85% per cent of actions contained in the Operational Plan were either successfully delivered or are on track to being completed during 2020-2021.
This result is testament to the effort and energy of Council’s staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to make the Liverpool Plains an even better place to live, work, invest and visit.
LPSC has remained firmly focussed on delivering positive outcomes for the community. In addition to delivering a $4.3 million Capital Works Program, Council has completed a series of grant-funded projects across the region, including improvements to the Currabubula Recreation Reserve, Quirindi Showground, Werris Creek Swimming Pool, and Spring Ridge Oval.
Through extensive engagement and consultation with the Shire community, Council completed a series of strategic documents to guide its long-term decision-making, including the Recreation Strategy, Arts and Culture Strategy and Waste Management Strategy. Council thanks all members of the community who participated in consultation activities to shape these strategies.
Establishing strong foundations for success is one of LPSC’s key priorities. Through working collaboratively across all levels of government, including with the NSW and Commonwealth Governments plus the Namoi Joint Organisation of Councils, Council has succeeded in progressing matters of local significance and securing the funding needed to improve local infrastructure.
At its December Ordinary Meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Council adopted its Schedule of Ordinary Meetings for 2021 as required under clause 3.1 of Council’s Code of Meeting Practice.
Meetings in 2021 will be held at the Council Chambers, commencing at 2.30pm, as follows;
- Wednesday 3 February
- Wednesday 24 February
- Wednesday 24 March
- Wednesday 28 April
- Wednesday 26 May
- Wednesday 23 June
- Wednesday 21 July
- Wednesday 25 August
- Wednesday 22 September
- Wednesday 27 October
- Wednesday 24 November
- Wednesday 15 December
“Council meetings are open to the public with strict COVID-19 safety measures in place. If you wish to attend a Council meeting, please read the COVID-19 Safety Plan here and register your details by emailing email@example.com,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins.
“All Council meetings are webcast live via YouTube. It is simple to access the live meeting and they are archived so if the meeting time is inconvenient you can access them at a time of your convenience. Go to YouTube and type in Liverpool Plains Shire Council. You are encouraged and welcome to subscribe to the channel. On meeting days, get online a few minutes before 2.30pm and you’ll see the meeting listed and ready to stream when it commences,” he said.
“Council holds a Public Forum prior to the commencement of each meeting, during which members of the public may address Council on a matter or issue listed on the meeting agenda for consideration. To speak at a Public Forum, you must first apply using the Approved Form here” he continued.
“Each meeting follows an order of business and a Business Paper is produced and placed on Council’s website several days before the scheduled meeting. These can be accessed at http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/my-council/council-meetings.
“Each item to be discussed is supported by a written report. These reports detail the issue and any matters that are to be considered to arrive at a recommendation,” he said.
“On occasions, due to unforeseen circumstances, meeting dates may need to change, and the community will be advised accordingly.
“Sometimes meetings need to be held outside the adopted schedule to allow Councillors to meet other commitments. If this happens the meeting is called an Extraordinary Meeting of Council. An Extraordinary Meeting can also be called if a matter needs to be determined urgently. Again, the community will be advised when this occurs,” he continued.
“Council meetings are a vital part of the decision-making process of LPSC. I invite residents and encourage them to attend to familiarise themselves with the way Council makes decisions,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.