Media Releases & Exhibitions
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.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is concerned about an increasing number of sharps (needles and syringes) that are being placed in recycling bins and then emptied into the collection truck and being delivered to the recycling depot where they pose an unacceptable threat to the workers who have to separate the materials on a conveyor belt.
“From time to time, needles and syringes are being incorrectly disposed of in garbage and recycling bins, resulting in health and safety risks to workers at waste and recycling centres. Under no circumstances should sharps be placed in garbage and recycling bins.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council has been advised that the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is coming to Liverpool Plains Shire from July 1 2016.
The NDIS is a healthcare program initiated by the Australian government for Australians with a disability. The NSW Government, the National Disability Insurance Agency and the Commonwealth Department of Social Services have signed the NSW NDIS Operational Plan. The Operational Plan builds upon the commitments outlined in the NSW NDIS Bilateral Agreement.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is asking local businesses that offer free Wi-Fi to their customers to contact Council's Customer Service Line on 6746 1755 and provide details.
“Council is currently trying to collate some information on this subject that can be used for future tourism/event initiatives. There is plenty of evidence that investment in Wi-Fi helps communities become more tourist-friendly and businesses more attractive to growing numbers of customers,” said Nikki Robertson LPSC’s Visitor Information Centre (VIC) manager.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) first Committee Meeting for 2016 will be held on Wednesday 17 February and the first Council Ordinary Meeting on Wednesday 24 February, both from 2.30pm at the Council Chambers. LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope is encouraging members of the public to attend.
“LPSC holds committee meetings and ordinary meetings each month except January, generally on the 3rd and 4th Wednesday of the month respectively. The schedule of Council Committee and Ordinary meetings is published in Council’s weekly column in the local newspaper, on Council’s website and Facebook page,” Councillor Hope said.