Media Releases & Exhibitions
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.
In order to efficiently cover the workloads of a number of its 355 Committees and to minimise the number of after-hours commitments for committee members, Councillors and Senior Staff, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) have set a timetable for these meetings for the term of the current Council, taking into account the need to ensure continuity of the governance decision making process.
The various committees will now meet as follow –
- Aboriginal Advisory Committee, prior to the May Council meeting and then bi-monthly with allowance for additional meetings when necessary for project purposes.
- Australia Day Committee, 3 meetings prior to Australia Day and one after event, exact details to be determined following September’s Council elections.
- Fit for the Future Committee, bi-monthly prior to June and August Council meetings.
- Internal Audit Committee, 1st Wednesday Alternate Months.
- Royal Theatre Committee, 2nd Tuesday of each month.
- Sister City Committee, to meet quarterly with next meeting held prior to July Committee of the Whole meeting.
- Sports Council, to meet quarterly with next meeting prior to August Committee of the Whole meeting.
- Summerhill Lodge Committee, will meet 1st Wednesday alternate months.
- Tourism and Economic Development Committee, will meet six monthly, with members using their Basecamp platform for electronic communications between meetings.
- Women’s Focus Committee, will meet before June Committee of the Whole meeting and thence quarterly.
- Youth Scholarship Committee, monthly as required, before Committee of the Whole meetings.
The meeting venue in all cases will be the Council Chambers and any necessary site inspections will be organised separately
The Willow Tree Harvest for the Future Committee normally meets on the 1st Monday of the month and the Werris Creek Development Committee on the 1st Tuesday of the month. Village and hall committees will continue to meet as required.
Community members on these committees will be reminded prior to meetings. LPSC welcomes community members who may wish to join 355 committees covering matters of interest to them. Details can be obtained by calling Council’s Customer Service Desk on 6746 1755.
Media contact – LPSC Mayor Andrew Hope 0427 687 345.
Tender for Liverpool Plains Emergency Services Precinct (Staged Development) Supply and Construct Stage 1 - Tender No T04-16
Supply and Construct Type C Fire Control Centre, Cat 4 Shed/Office,Cat 3 Shed/Office, 2 x 4 Bay storage sheds, 1 Helicopter pad,Perimeter fence and gates and internal roads and parking areas.
Tenders are invited for the application, supply and construction of a new Liverpool Plains Emergency Services Precinct (Staged Development) at Quirindi NSW.
DA approval for the proposal has been granted and CC shall be released on award of tender.
A mandatory on site meeting will take place on Wednesday 4 May 2016 at 11.00 am at 124 Pryor Street Quirindi NSW. For further information contact Aaron Parker on 0427 071503.
Tenders close at 2.00 pm on Thursday 26 May 2016.
A copy of the latest Rural Fire Control Centre (FCC) Relocation Investigation Newsletter is available and provides an overview of the project.
To find out more about this project please email us at: email@example.com.
Tenders have been called and are now open for Supply and Construction Stage One Liverpool Plains Emergency Services Precinct. Tenders will close at 2.00pm on Thursday 26 May 2016. Stage One includes the Fire Control Centre, VRA shed, RFS brigade shed, support brigade shed and a storage shed for vital firefighting equipment.
“This is a major project that is going to be of huge benefit to the staff and volunteers of the vital emergency services that will call the precinct home as well as the wider community,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, says he is looking forward to reports from a number of local representatives who have travelled to China to participate in Australia Week in China (AWiC) and then to Jimo to progress bilateral trade development planning and opportunities. He said LPSC was continuing along the road of strengthening a friendship relationship with the City of Jimo.
“China is the world’s largest agricultural producer and food consumer and with food demand forecast to double by 2050, it is facing significant challenges around food quality, productivity and environmental impact. There are definitely opportunities for a rich agricultural area such as ours to build relationships that will benefit all concerned,” Councillor Hope said.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is encouraging local contractors and building suppliers, located within the LPSC boundaries, to an information session regarding local procurement opportunities and tendering towards the proposed emergency services precinct in Quirindi.
“This information session will be conducted between 3 and 5pm, on Thursday 21 April, at the LPSC Works Depot situated in Davies Street Quirindi.
“Interested parties do not need to make an appointment, you simply drop in when convenient between these times,” Councillor Hope said.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is very pleased with attendances at, and feedback on, the recent Senior’s Week events held around the Shire.
Bowls Day - Feedback has been very positive. Many requests have been received to stage the event again next year. The venue was very suited to older people and the lunch was delicious and plentiful. Approx. 55 people enjoyed the day.
Chair Yoga at Werris Creek - 19 people attended this session and thoroughly enjoyed the class. The instructor, Carly Robinson, was excellent and ensured people were comfortable and worked within their capabilities. Again, feedback has been extremely positive and those attending would like this class to continue on a more regular basis.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is encouraging local businesses to complete a survey, on a Regional Freight Study, which the Namoi Councils Joint Organisation (JO), through Moree Plains Shire Council, has commissioned and which is being conducted by Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC).
LPSC A/Director Engineering Services, Greg Tory, said the JO recognises the importance of the region’s local businesses and their vital role to the future prosperity of the New England and North West region.
“The JO understands that to grow the freight sector and local industries in this region relies on good planning and engagement with all stakeholders,” he said.