Media Releases & Exhibitions
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, $6,859,000 has been budgeted for Council’s General Works Program during the 2016/17 financial year.
“It is quite an ambitious project which includes continued construction works on Moreduval Lane to complete works put in hand in the 2015/16 financial year, completion of the Wilkie St Werris Creek and Pollock St Quirindi reconstruction projects, a kerb blister in Single St Werris Creek, heavy patching projects between now and March next year, reconstruction works on the Kamilaroi Highway, the Russell St shared pathway, a resheeting program that will run between September and December and a reseal program between September and March,” he said.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope has congratulated Nikki Robertson and her team at the LPSC Visitor Information Centre who won the Silver Award in the category of Visitor Information Services at the 2016 Regional Tourism Awards, held in Echuca/Moama on Saturday night. The regional awards programs are held annually to acknowledge excellence in tourism across NSW at a regional/local level.
Media contact – Andrew Hope 0427 687 345.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has advised Small Business NSW that work has commenced on the Liverpool Plains Economic Development Strategy with funding provided by the Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Programme.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said in this day and age an economic development strategy is vital to set clear goals to foster future economic growth and the actions needed to be taken to achieve those goals.
“The NSW Government has identified driving economic growth in Regional NSW as a key goal to rebuilding the economy and LPSC is determined to ensure we are prepared to play our small part in this overall process,” he said.
Local Government Week is being held from August 1 to 7 this year and Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is inviting the community to come along and celebrate the event on Friday August 5, between 11am and 2pm, at a BBQ being held at the front of Council’s Administration Centre. LPSC is also running an associated Photographic Competition called Postcards of the Shire.
“This year’s Local Government Week theme is Our Council, Our Community. The theme reflects that councils are closely connected to their communities, and they deliver support and services every day that are important to peoples’ lives,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Acting General Manager and Director Engineering Services, Greg Tory, reported to Council’s July Committee Meeting that weather conditions over the past 9 – 12 months have caused considerable inconvenience and delays in delivering the Works Department’s road maintenance and construction programs.
Mr Tory said it was ironic that for many months extremely dry conditions had curtailed Council’s ability to grade and maintain gravel roads and now rain over the past month or so meant that surfaces were too wet to allow work to proceed including on several streets in the process of being rebuilt.
At its July Committee Meeting Liverpool Plains Shire Council presented $5,000 from its Community Initiative Program to the Quirindi Show Society towards staging its 2016 Spring Show.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said the Quirindi Spring Show was one of the major events on the Shire’s calendar and Council was not only pleased to provide financial backing but also behind the scenes work to ensure the Showground was spick and span and well serviced for the event which will be held Friday 9 to Sunday 11 September 2016. Further details are available at http://www.quirindishowsociety.com/.
Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Andrew Hope, has conveyed Council’s thanks to staff and volunteers who organised and staged events during the school holidays. Events were staged by Quirindi and Werris Creek libraries, The Rec Centre, the Visitor Information Centre and the Royal Theatre which catered to several hundred children and parents.
Some of the kids helped collect a gold coin donation towards the First/Second Fleet Gardens during the Treasure Hunt staged by the VIC at this venue.
Children and parents look for clues during the Treasure Hunt at the First/Second Fleet Gardens.
Quirindi Library held two craft sessions which were fully booked. Both sessions were attended by 33 children and 16 adults. Library volunteers Murine Sepa, Giovanna Hawkins and Julie Yeomans added greatly to the events success.
“It’s great to think that so many opportunities can be provided locally for our kids during the holidays and to all concerned in providing these opportunities our sincere thanks,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Media contact – Andrew Hope 0427 687 345.
Council has allocated a budget of $18,000 from the General Fund to undertake required works and studies by a specialist groundwater consultant to determine requirements for an upgrade of bore water source, pumping and control equipment and associated costs for the Quirindi Racecourse facility. In the meantime Council will continue to irrigate the Racecourse utilising the town water supply following installation of adequate backflow protection.
$200 has been provided through the Community Initiative Program to assist Paige Anderson attend the Tennis hot Shots Junior Development Program in America.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has welcomed on board Sally Rozemulder taking up the position of Engineering Services Manager a position formally known as Works and Assets Manager.
LPSC Director Engineering Services, Greg Tory, said Sally has extensive engineering and local government experience and is a welcome addition to the team.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) General Manager, Ron Van Katwyk, is reminding Shire residents of two important events regarding the upcoming September local government elections which occur on August 1 2016.
“The first important point is that August 1 is the Close of rolls, for nominations and roll printing. You can check if you’re enrolled at - https://roll.elections.nsw.gov.au/NSWLookUp/nswelectorlookup.aspx, Mr Van Katwyk said.
After just on ten years’ service with Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) its Workplace Health and Safety Officer Richard Michell is calling it a day.
Richard said he looks forward to spending more time with his wife Jan, gardening and doing a bit of travelling. Prior to working with LPSC Richard had spent 29 years working for Telstra.
A recent meeting of Werris Creek’s 355 Community Committee was able to tick off a large number of projects underway or nearing completion that add greatly to community amenity. Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has thanked Committee members for their dedication to improvements for the township and for bringing forward community ideas.
Water conservation measures in Werris Creek will be eased from Wednesday 13 July, when they will become Level 1 (Green) Low.
“The recent rainfall provided flow into Quipolly Dam for the first time in many months which resulted in a significant rise of over 1.8 metres in level,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Director Engineering Services, Greg Tory.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, upgrades to the amenities block at the Wallabadah First/Second Fleet Gardens will further enhance the experience for travellers who utilise the facilities at what is already one of the New England Highway’s most popular free camping grounds. Following a recent inspection of the site Councillors have approved a further $4,000 for a final spruce up of the amenities building to compliment recent improvements to toilets and washbasins and the installation of new gas powered showers.
Notice is hereby given that an Extraordinary Meeting of Liverpool Plains Shire Council will be held on TUESDAY 12 JULY 2016 commencing at 5.00 pm in the Council Chambers.
Council will consider DA 12/2016 for a Change of Use from Commercial to Retail Premises (Icebox Liquor Store), on Part Lot 392 in DP 1052162, George Street Quirindi. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.
Upper Hunter Shire Council and Liverpool Plains Council have welcomed the announcement of federal funding to upgrade the Merriwa to Willow Tree Road.
It was announced today that $5.5 million has been made available through the Federal Governments Heavy Vehicle Productivity Funding for the project.
Both Councils look forward to securing funding to start the upgrade of Willow Tree Road.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) and Service NSW will continue to partner to provide more NSW Government services when the Service NSW Quirindi Agency moves to new premises.
“From Friday 8 July, the Quirindi Agency will relocate to a new location at 191 George Street, Quirindi. The new convenient location, next to the Quirindi Library, will provide easier access to government services for Liverpool Plains Shire residents,” LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said.
At its July Ordinary Meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) formally adopted its 2016/17 Operational Plan, Delivery Program, Long term Financial Plan, Workforce Plan and Work Health and Safety Strategy, the documents that form the basis for the 2016/17 budget. These documents had been on public exhibition for a period of 28 days with Council inviting comment from residents. No submissions were received.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has welcomed recent rainfall which has resulted in a good inflow to Quipolly Dam and good flows in Borambil Creek, a major contributor to the groundwater aquifer that supplies Quirindi’s water requirements.
“Inflow into Quipolly Dam commenced in the early hours of Monday 20 June and water continued to flow in, but at a much reduced rate, through until Sunday 26 with the old dam just overflowing in the middle section of the spillway,” said LPSC Water Services Manager, Rod Batterham.
“During this period Quipolly Dam saw a 1.8 metre rise in level, receiving about 1700 mega litres (ML) and the current level is now back about where it was at the start of 2014/15,” he said.
“If we get more rain while the ground is still saturated we probably need about 100-125mm over the catchment to provide enough water to bring the dam up to the new spillway level,” he continued.
“The really good news is that Council commenced the environmental release from the dam, as per their licence requirements, on Tuesday and the current inflow should provide us with the ability to revert from Level 2 to Level 1 restrictions in Werris Creek. We will consider the options over the next week or so when we have a better overall picture of the situation,” he said.
Mr Batterham said as far as Quirindi and Willow Tree’s water supply is concerned, Borambil Creek a major source contributor to the groundwater aquifer received good flows and the Borambil groundwater system has risen around half a metre,” he said.
“In relation to the Caroona Bore replacement project tenders have been invited and early interest has been shown. The approval assessments underway and licencing requirements are currently being negotiated with adjacent bore owners. As we clear up these matters the actual drilling program should begin in the next few months,” he said.
“Whilst the rainfall is most welcome consumers are still urged to be water wise and to remember what a precious commodity it is,” Mr Batterham concluded.
Media contact – Rod Batterham 0428 923 753.