Media Releases & Exhibitions
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.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has two new fact sheets available for residents highlighting the dangers of exposure to lead and the risk to both people and the environment from treated timbers.
According to LPSC’s Compliance Officer, Steve Ryder, whilst lead has been removed from many industrial and consumer products it still exists in many forms, including old lead paint and lead dust from historical petrol emissions.
“Exposure to lead is known to cause a range of health problems, even at low levels. This is a particular concern where younger children and pregnant or breast feeding women are exposed to lead and for adults who may be exposed to it while working in lead industries or renovating, especially older homes,” Mr Ryder said.
“Whilst treating timber protects it from pest attack, fungi and wood rot, the chemicals used can be dangerous to people and the environment when working with timber or when it is burnt,” he said.
Mr Ryder said LPSC is working with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to highlight these concerns and to provide valuable information to protect people when faced with these risks.
“Interested persons can obtain copies of the fact sheets on these issues from the Customer Service Desk at Council’s Administration Centre or by calling them on 6746 1755.
“The fact sheet on the dangers of lead and how to deal with it provides information for home renovators, child care workers, parents, industrial users, and the general public”, he said.
“The fact sheet on treated timber provides a range of practical information for retailers, professional and do it yourself timber users on how to choose the right product for the job, work safely and how to dispose of waste responsibly. Resources include a free training module for consumers. This practical, self-paced E-Learning lesson can be accessed via the EPA’s website at www.epa.nsw.gov.au/treated-timber where other detailed information can also be found,” he continued.
“More information about lead can be accessed at www.epa.nsw.gov.au/lead,” he said.
“These resources can help ensure that individuals, families, the wider community and the environment are protected from the dangers of lead and treated timber,” Mr Ryder concluded.
Media contact – Steve Ryder 0429 159 169.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope has welcomed $24,000 in funding the Council has won through the State Government’s Energise Enterprise Fund.
“LPSC has received this funding to progress the Liverpool Plains Economic Development Strategy,” Councillor Hope said.
“Council is determined to work in partnership with its community to deliver economic development and diversification initiatives that support and broaden the Shire’s economic base.
“We are focused on developing ways to best support small business initiatives, skills capability and economic development that leads to clearly actionable and supported outcomes,” he said.
“Council believes this commitment to economic development will help build the strength of our local communities and provide stimulus to the business and tourism sectors,” he continued.
“Council’s building of a friendship relationship with Jimo City in China is exploring opportunities for joint economic development. Our development of a Recreational Vehicle Strategy is focused on building tourism potential and initiatives through 355 Committees are designed to facilitate growth in this sector. These are just some of the ways LPSC is already building for the future,” he said.
Councillor Hope thanked State Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen, for his continued support towards Council’s objectives in these areas.
“We live in an ever changing world. Our future prosperity depends on the ability to diversify, to value add, to work smarter and to get on board and take advantage of opportunities in both the local, the national and global economy,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Media contact – Andrew Hope 0427 687 345.
As part of its ongoing program to keep its community informed and to encourage transparency, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has upgraded its website - www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au and has welcomed the thousandth friend to its Facebook Page.
“Our new webpage is much more user friendly and quicker to operate. The homepage has quick links to many of the services community members require plus news updates,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“There is also a My Community page which includes things like a new resident’s guide, a community services directory, local events calendar and maps of alcohol free zones. Under My Council you’ll find things like contacts for Councillors and Management, Council Policies, plans and reports, the papers for Ordinary and Committee meetings and minutes, fees and charges and details for local preference purchasing,” he said.
According to the Manager Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Visitor Information Centre, Nikki Robertson, the recent overnight stop-over in Quirindi for participants in the Port Macquarie to Perth charity Road Boss Rally is another example of the community going out of its way to make visitors welcome and more evidence of the value of Council’s current development of a long-term Recreational Vehicle Strategy to encourage organisations and travellers to spend a few days checking out what the region has to offer.
The community is reminded that the Public Exhibition of Strategic Planning Documents and Council’s draft 2016-17 budget finishes on Friday 24 June. This is also the closing date for written submissions and comments. The documents are available for scrutiny at the LPSC Administration Centre, the libraries in Werris Creek and Quirindi and the Visitor Information Centre at Willow Tree. Please visit Council’s website www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au for further information. Submissions will be considered prior to adoption of the budget at the full Council meeting on June 29.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is asking residents to report any suspected leaks from either water mains or the sewerage system by calling the customer service desk during business hours on 6746 1755.
“Council operates 8 water supply systems and two sewerage systems which involves a lot of infrastructure. Whilst all the systems are regularly monitored small leaks can occur and we may not become aware straight away, so it is appreciated if residents inform us of any problems they detect,” said LPSC Water and Sewer Systems Manager, Rod Batterham.
Unsung heroes of the Liverpool Plains Shire, volunteers providing a mantle of safety to our communities, from left to right, the Vehicle Rescue Association (VRA), the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and State Emergency Service (SES).
The recent sod turning at the Liverpool Plains Emergency Precinct allowed, State MP for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen, VRA Director Craig Barlow, RFS Senior Assistant Commissioner Bruce McDonald and LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope the opportunity to acknowledge and thank these volunteers for their invaluable contributions.
New signage to improve road safety in Quirindi’s Anzac Square precinct has been installed by Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC).
“At LPSC’s last meeting several Councillors raised concern about recent near misses caused when motorists have attempted to exit through the entry point on the northern side of the Square and to enter from the roundabout, around the clock, through the exit on the southern side,” said LPSC’s Director Engineering Services, Greg Tory.
“Both of these scenarios cause conflicting movements and are dangerous. Motorists risk a head on collision if they attempt to use them,” he warned.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, to bring a multi-million dollar project such as the new Liverpool Plains Emergency Precinct from concept to funded and shovel ready in under eighteen months is a remarkable outcome.
“The co-operation between organisations, The RFS, The VRA, The SES, LPSC, Upper Hunter and Gunnedah Shires, The Westpac Rescue Helicopter and State Government Agencies, the will of the Planning Group to succeed and the professionalism of all involved in the project are the ingredients that have seen this vital project ready for construction. I thank and congratulate all involved,” Councillor Hope said.
The Liverpool Plains Emergency Precinct Planning Group (L to R): Col Stewart (VRA), Ross Dalton (VRA), Don Peach (NSW RFS Volunteer Rep), Angelo Baldo (NSW RFS), Bill Crawter (NSW RFS Volunteer Rep), Aaron Parker (Project Manager – Warrumbungle Shire), Donna Ausling (LPSC), Ros ten Brink (NSW RFS Liverpool Range Zone), Rod Batterham (LPSC), Absent - Andrew Luke (NSW RFS Willow Tree), Dave Maunder (VRA Quirindi).
Media contact – Andrew Hope 0427 687 345.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has announced that Council will seal a 480 metre stretch of South Street Quirindi and has allocated $55,000 in the 2016/16 draft budget towards the project which will involve application of a six-metre-wide, bitumen pavement.
“Residents of South Street have raised concerns with Council regarding a real dust problem particularly during long, dry spells that is also exacerbated by increasing numbers of motorists utilising it as an unofficial bypass,” Councillor Hope said.
“Residents and Council also have concerns with traffic accessing the Kamilaroi Highway at several unsafe locations immediately south of the Fitzroy Street/Kamilaroi Highway intersection,” he continued.
Representatives from the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS), Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) and the Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) have joined with the Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen MP, representing the NSW Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott, in the official sod turning ceremony to celebrate the commencement of work on the new Liverpool Plains Emergency Services Precinct in Quirindi.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Director Engineering Services, Greg Tory, has presented a report to Council with a summary of the work completed on the cricket sight screens installed at Longfield Park and associated costs of the project.
“For a number of years local cricketers have campaigned for the installation of cricket sight screens at Longfield Park. As a result LPSC applied for grant funding of $10,775 from the NSW Office of Sport and Recreation to provide the sight screens with matching funding to be provided by Council,” Mr Tory said.
On behalf of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) and the wider community, Mayor Andrew Hope has congratulated the volunteers from Willow Tree, Wallabadah, Braefield/Dury (Quirindi), Big Jacks Creek, Currabubula and Merriwa Rural Fire Service (RFS) Brigades who were recognised for their efforts fighting and controlling the 2015 fire at the Willow Tree Antique store, at the 2016 NSW RFS’s St Florian’s Day internal bravery and service awards.
“Despite extremely hazardous conditions the Willow Tree crews performed an outstanding job to preserve life and limit property damage prior to the other units arriving to assist in bringing this massive blaze under control. There’s no doubt the other crews were welcome arrivals and provided much needed support and all up the incident was a great example of firefighting and interagency teamwork,” Councillor Hope said.
“The individuals and units awarded the Commissioner’s Unit Citation for Service and Commissioner’s Certificate of Commendation richly deserve this recognition and we add our congratulations and thanks for their efforts.
“It is important to remember the RFS is made up of volunteers from within our communities and that they risk their lives to keep us and our property safe. We need to remember all the time that they are unsung heroes, not just when they tackle a blaze like the one in Willow Tree but also when they fight bush and grass fires, house and structure fires and assist in cases of storm damage, search and rescue, motor vehicle accidents and bush fire mitigation,” he continued.
“Becoming a volunteer with the NSW RFS is easy and I encourage people to consider a role in helping safeguard our families and property. To make an application, contact your local rural fire brigade,” he said.
“LPSC is proud to be partnering with the NSW RFS in establishing the new Liverpool Plains Emergency Services Precinct which will be of huge benefit to the staff and volunteers as well as the wider Liverpool Plains community.” Councillor Hope concluded.
Attached Photo - Left to right are:
Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, Will Peach, Justin Honner, Brad Feddersen, Tim Honner, Ken Thornton, Tom Smith, Sonia Broadbent, Nik Ramin (back), Paul Fahey, Don Peach, Damein Busby, Kristie Barnes, Inspector Mark Murphy, Brian Taylor, Ron Bradley and Lachlan Peach.
Media contact – Andrew Hope 0427 687 345.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is encouraging community members to nominate volunteers and volunteer managers for the annual NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.
Individuals can be nominated in the student, youth, adult and senior categories.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) preliminary draft Recreational Vehicle Strategy (ReVS) has been presented to Councillors, seeking feedback from them, prior to the document being placed on public exhibition.
“Council has seen significant community interest and support for the preparation of this strategy from a broad range of stakeholders within the Shire. We’ve completed data collection and site visits as well as the preliminary draft strategy for initial stakeholder feedback. We’re encouraging initial responses to be in by June 3, then we’ll complete a copy for Council to adopt for public exhibition which hopefully will take place from the end of June until mid-July. Council will then consider submissions and following any amendments endorse the strategy.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has congratulated State MP for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson, following his recent appointment as the Parliamentary Secretary for the Deputy Premier, Troy Grant, and for Regional Roads and Rail.
“I hope this appointment will open the way for the introduction of a daily return inter-urban style train service between Tamworth, the Liverpool Plains, Upper Hunter and Newcastle, a train that allows a day return trip and plenty of time in Newcastle for medical and other appointments. A train people can utilise for a day at the beach. A train that connects with electric inter-urban services to Sydney rather than duplicating their role. Most importantly it needs to provide an affordable fare structure that attracts families and younger people to public transport,” Councillor Hope said.
“It was heartening to hear the Deputy Premier say that Regional Rail has been added to the Parliament Secretary role, that Mr Anderson is filling, as the rollout of a new regional rail fleet is a key focus of the government this term. The NSW Government only has to look at what has been achieved in Victoria attracting people back to regional rail and be prepared to try new ideas,” he said.
“I am pleased that the Namoi Joint Regional Organisation of Councils (JO) will be working at improving rail services to the region and hope they can successfully team with Mr Anderson to achieve these goals,” he continued.
“With roads becoming more clogged and for environmental reasons, giving rural and regional people more options for transport is vital and long overdue. This is the 21st century and yet our rail transport options are much poorer than they were 60 years ago. Hopefully, the stars have aligned for us, and all working together we can improve the situation,” Councillor Hope concluded.
LPSC are looking for improved rail services from Tamworth through Werris Creek, Quirindi, Willow Tree and the Upper Hunter to Newcastle.
Media contact – Andrew Hope 0427 687 345.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has congratulated Mayor Janelle Archdale, her fellow councillors and the Walcha Community for their fighting spirit that has seen the announcement that Walcha Shire Council will remain a standalone entity.
“The local government boundary reviews that have been part of the Fit for the Future process have been a challenging time for Councils and their local communities, more so for Councils like Walcha that have had to fight to the bitter end to retain their independence.
“Like LPS residents, Walcha residents realised that losing their local Council would lead to a loss of identity and they were prepared to fight to stand alone. They truly showed determination and took their fight up to the Government for wish they deserve congratulations,” Councillor Hope said.
Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope, says Council will continue to work closely with its community to meet expectations, deliver better services and infrastructure like roads, parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities, partner and share resources with neighbouring Councils where feasible and work to strengthen the regional Joint Organisation of Councils to ensure ratepayers get best value for money into the future.
Councillor Hope made the statement following NSW Local Government Minister Paul Toole’s announcement that 44 councils around NSW will be merged to form 19 new councils, including 7 metropolitan and 12 regional and rural councils as a result of the Fit for the Future (FfF) process.
“The FfF/boundary review process has been a challenging time for Council and the local community. Thanks to community involvement in the process, a major restructuring of Council itself and the hard work of Council staff, LPSC has survived as a standalone entity. Council will continue to build on this base into the future,” Councillor Hope said.
“LPSC is thoroughly committed to the regional Joint Organisation as a vehicle to provide a forum for councils to work together to meet regional priorities. A modernising of the Local Government Act provides the framework for further improving council performance and governance,” he continued.
“Again, I thank the local community who sent a clear message to Government that they desired to standalone and Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen MP, for his support and facilitating meetings with the Minister to deliver the message. I also thank Minister Toole for listening to that message and giving us the opportunity to remain a viable, standalone organisation into the future,” he said.
“LPSC is committed to the broader FfF reforms. Council will continue to build on the consultative process with the local community and maintaining transparency in all of its operations,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Media contact – Andrew Hope 0427 687 345.
In late 2015 and early 2016 the specialist mains cleaning and inspection firm, Fenech Group, undertook mains cleaning and CCTV inspections of the sewer networks in Quirindi and Werris Creek for Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC). Council’s Director Engineering Services, Greg Tory, reported to Council that the inspections are now complete and the Engineering Department is now looking to rectify issues identified through the process.
Mr Tory reported that there were more problems with structural condition of mains in Quirindi than Werris Creek, probably due to the fact that the areas inspected in Quirindi have older sewer mains than those inspected in Werris Creek. Problems detected in Quirindi were largely due to tree roots whilst in Werris Creek there were a mix of tree root issues and a build-up of fats in unused junctions.
“Sixteen sections in Quirindi were identified as needing further on-site investigation for tree root intrusion through junctions, moving connections from an old party line to a sewer main already constructed adjacent and localised repair of isolated defects. Four sections in Werris Creek were identified as needing on-site work, two being minor tree root intrusions, one caused by debris in a junction requiring cleaning and one by debris in a main which sewer operations staff will inspect to see if it has been moved on,” Mr Tory said.
“The most appropriate fix for defects will be identified and these include relining where there are significant structural defects or root ingress, localised relining or digging up and replacement of a localised defect and for the repair of junctions the use of cleaning equipment and chemical treatment for root control. In the worst case scenarios for junctions, excavation and replacement along with various options for relining will be considered. Relining is now common practice and for all intents and purposes provides a new pipe with its own structural integrity and the advantages of being joint less and smoother than the original pipe. CCTV sewer main inspections in Werris Creek have not been able to explain why during wet weather the combined rain water and sewerage flow exceeds the peak capacity of the treatment plant. This suggests infiltration of the system via other causes such as illegal stormwater/rainwater connections which will be better explained by smoke testing of the sewer system,” Mr Tory concluded.
Council has resolved to continue with implementation of works based on the CCTV project findings and to reallocate the remaining funds from the Werris Creek allocation to a smoke testing project to better understand and find solutions to the problem causing pressures on its treatment plant during wet weather events.
Media contact – Greg Tory 0427 073 770.