Media Releases & Exhibitions
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.
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.