Media Releases & Exhibitions
Under the NSW Local Government Act 1993, council elections are held on the second Saturday in September every 4 years. Local Government Minister Paul Toole has said that councils not proposed for a merger should plan for local government elections in September. As Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is not subject to amalgamations, it is now planning to conduct Councillor elections on Saturday 10 September 2016.
According to LPSC General Manager, Ron Van Katwyk, all candidates and groups standing in these elections are subject to the requirements for registration and election campaign finances. He said these requirements are regulated and enforced by the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC).
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has congratulated everyone concerned with the project to relocate the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Liverpool Range Zone Fire Control Centre and development of an Emergency Services Precinct for the professional manner in which this vital project has been considered and developed.
“At the time of preparation of the LPS Long Term Community Strategic Plan (CSP) in 2014, emergency services’ facilities were identified as a key local community priority. In fact a stated objective in the CSP is for Council to assist in in the provision of infrastructure and resources associated with the emergency services’ requirements of the Shire.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Chief Financial Officer, Ann Newsome, is reminding ratepayers experiencing difficulty paying their rates or water accounts to contact Council, sooner rather than later, to discuss suitable payment arrangement to ensure they avoid increasing debt that can lead to further interest and legal fees accruing.
“Council has responsibilities to administer various laws and regulations to help maintain and improve services and facilities for the community. Things like maintaining a large road network, water and sewerage services, community services, sporting and recreation services, environmental planning and protection, economic development, public health, waste collection, treatment and disposal. It is the rates we pay that allow Council to provide these services,” Ms Newsome said.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has resolved to assist Quirindi Canter Incorporated, Currabubula Pre School, the Quirindi Junior Rugby League Committee, Willow Tree Public School, the Willow Tree and District Sheepdog Workers Association and the Australian Red Cross in the latest funding round of its Community Initiative Program.
Up to $1,500 of in-kind support will be provided to back the staging of the 5th annual Quirindi Canter Fun Run which is being held on Sunday 17 April at the oval in Henry Street Quirindi. Proceeds from the day go towards supporting young people in the district with full-time care needs.
At its March Ordinary Meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) resolved to budget $28,000 from the Sewer Reserve to enable renewal of critical pipework within the Quirindi Sewerage Treatment Plan (QSTP) that was found to be in a poor structural condition following CCTV inspection.
LPSC’s A/Director Engineering and Technical Services, Greg Tory, reported that each year sections of Council’s reticulated sewer mains are proactively inspected in accordance with industry best practice and a commitment under the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) licence for the sewer system as part of a pollution reduction program. He said this year the majority of pipes within the QSTP were inspected as a precaution following the collapse of a portion of this pipework which was found to be caused by hydrogen sulphide attack on the pipes.
On welcoming State Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen MLA, to carry out the official opening ceremony for the recently completed Willow Tree Water Supply Transfer System, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said a grateful community was thankful to Mr Johnsen and his colleagues in Government for partnering with Council and providing $4,825,000 through the NSW Water Security for Regions Program, part of the Restart NSW Fund, resulting in provision of a secure water supply for Willow Tree.
Councillor Hope also welcomed Federal Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, to the event and thanked him for his ongoing efforts to help find Federal funding to assist with a further roll out of the Liverpool Plains Regional Water Supply Scheme (LPRWSS).
Water Restrictions in Werris Creek will increase from Level 1 to Level 2 (Medium) effective Wednesday 30 March 2016.
The level in Quipolly Dam has dropped 6% since the start of the year to sit at what would have been approximately 50% of capacity prior to its augmentation or approximately 32% of its current capacity.
Production figures indicate that there has been poor adherence to the Level 1 restrictions introduced last year resulting in the need to introduce Level 2 restrictions earlier than would otherwise have been necessary.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) wishes to advise swimming pool owners of the Government’s announcement concerning the sale or lease of properties with a pool. The Government is proposing to provide further flexibility to the sale and lease process.
From 29 April 2016, properties sold with a swimming pool must have either a relevant occupation certificate, ‘certificate of compliance’ or a ‘certificate of non-compliance’, issued from the NSW Swimming Pool Register.
At its February meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) resolved to contribute the following amounts under its Community Initiative Programs:
Check it Out Community Services Expo - $200 – Being held Friday 11 March at Quirindi High School Hall from 11am until 2pm. A great opportunity to find out what services are available in your community for you and your family including: Transport Services, Children and Family Services, Aged Services, Health Services, Cancer Support Services, Youth Services, Education Services and Disability Services. For further information contact Nicole Harding, Careers Network on 0458 659 666.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has expressed disappointment that work being undertaken to improve safety at the Quirindi swimming pool was vandalised before it was even finished.
“In order to improve the existing non-slip surface of the bathrooms at the Quirindi Pool LPSC staff commenced priming and painting the floors with a non-slip paint on Monday night February 15,” Councillor Hope said.
“To finish the job a final coat was required. Prior to this going ahead, staff noted that some areas of paint did not adhere to the surface, resulting in those areas of paint being ‘scuffed’ off, apparently by a shoe, or a blunt object. This in turn allowed the colour of the original tile to show through,” he said.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is proud to partner with and provide support to the volunteer Quirindi Local Health Committee in their endeavours to improve community engagement, as well as the development and establishment of effective two-way communication strategies and channels with the local community.
According to LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, there have been many reports highlighting the fact that people living in rural areas have higher mortality rates for some diseases and higher rates of hospitalisation. He said these reports indicate certain barriers to rural Australians accessing services and emphasise the importance of local health committees in improving community engagement.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) A/Director Environmental Services and Economic Development, Donna Ausling, along with representatives from the Rural Fire Service, Ros ten Brink and Mark Murphy, reported to Council’s Committee regarding the current status of the proposed Liverpool Plains Fire Control Centre (FCC) relocation project and proposed Quirindi Emergency Services precinct.
Investigations originally commenced in January 2015 and out of this process, the former Quirindi Saleyards site was established as the preferred candidate site.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is reminding pet owners and prospective owners that in addition to their responsibilities relating to microchipping and registering dogs or cats, updating a dog or cat's details on the NSW Companion Animals Register, ensuring that their dog or cat does not threaten or harm a person or animal and does not cause a nuisance, there are other responsibilities pet owners have to consider.
One of the highlight’s of Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) annual International Women’s Day dinner is the high calibre of interesting women who attend as guest speakers.
2016’s event will be no exception with the confirmation that consultant and enlivened life coach Shayne Miller will address those in attendance.
Shayne Miller returned to the black soil plains of Moree five years ago to manage her own Consultancy and Training business, having spent 20 years working in sales and marketing roles in Sydney, Moree and Tamworth.
As 2016 kicks into full swing Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) isn’t resting on its laurels. The news that LPSC would be able to continue as a standalone entity, without being impacted by the Fit for the Future (FfF) amalgamations sweeping the state, was a welcome relief for all involved.
“We all worked very hard to make sure our Shire was FfF, but we have no time to rest, we need to keep that momentum going and prove beyond doubt we can remain standalone long-term,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Councillor Andrew Hope is encouraging community members who would like to contribute more to local government to consider joining a Council 355 Committee.
“Under the Local Government Act 1993 Section 355, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), is able to delegate some of its functions to a committee of Council. Council uses this delegation and appoints community people to manage its facilities or functions through a committee of management. 355 committees provide a mechanism by which interested persons can have an active role in the provision and management of LPSC facilities or services. This provides a twofold benefit by giving protection to the committee operating under Council’s banner, and by providing Council with assistance in the care, control and management of various facilities. Memberships consist of a Councillor and community representatives,” Councillor Hope said.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Health Services Co-ordinator, Brooke Stevenson, it may surprise residents to know Australia is the second biggest producer of rubbish in the world and that every year each of us throws out almost 700 kilos of stuff, a lot of which ends up in landfill where it can take hundreds of years to break down.
For many years, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has proudly supported International Women’s Day and in 2016 will be holding its annual dinner on Tuesday 8th March 2016, at the Quirindi Royal Theatre, from 6.30pm.
“International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. 2016’s Campaign theme is Pledge for Parity,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
A $165,000 investment from the Shenhua Watermark Community Enhancement Fund (2013) has led to the successful completion of the Riverine project: Quirindi Creek rehabilitation upstream of Henry Street Bridge, adjacent to Milner Parade and The Harold Golland Sporting Fields.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope, A/GM Ron Van Katwyk, Councillors and staff along with Shenhua Project Manager Paul Jackson and Community Liaison Officer Debbie Watson attended an official opening of the completed area and the complimentary Environmental Signage provided with an additional $5,500 from the Shenhua Watermark Community Enhancement Fund.
The NSW Local Government Minister Paul Toole has indicated he is set to act on the illegal use of backyard blow-up paddling pools following a report which included statistics from the NSW Child Death Review Team showing that between 2007 and 2014 nearly a fifth of drownings, 19%, occurred in above-ground portable pools and that all those pools were unfenced.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Compliance Officer, Steve Ryder, many people are unaware or ignore regulations which require even small inflatable pools with a water depth of 30 centimetres to be surrounded by a fence that is 1.2 metres high and fitted with a self-closing and latching gate.