Media Releases & Exhibitions

As part of its review of Council policies, to ensure they are up to date and meet relevant statutory obligations, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has updated its Barking Dogs Complaints Policy to reflect changes in the standard practices of the management of barking dog complaints.

“The reviewed policy concisely covers community expectations in this area and achieves Council’s obligations under relevant legislation,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“To start with, dog owners are encouraged to consider the well-being of their neighbours. In the first instance, the best outcomes can often be obtained by neighbours discussing the issue in a courteous manner, between themselves, to find a resolution. The dog's owner may not realise that their dog is bothering you and will often be happy to work with you to solve the problem.

“However, if this is not possible the objective of Council’s policy is to provide an efficient and cost-effective method of dealing with noise complaints relating to barking dogs, and to enable a sufficient level of information and evidence to be obtained to fairly deal with noise control issues.

“Complainants must be willing to provide evidence and appear as witnesses if necessary. They will be requested to complete and sign a Dog Noise Nuisance Complaint to help ensure the claim isn’t vexatious,” he said.

“A seven-day evidentiary diary needs to be completed giving times and duration of barking. Several sets of the diary are provided with a recommendation that the complainant arrange for other affected persons to complete them. On the return of the diaries, Council staff will visit the dog owner to discuss the matter and the owner will be given seven days to consider a course of action.

“After seven days, if the dog owner is co-operative action will be deferred and the complainant will be contacted after thirty days to see if the problem still exists. If the owner is unco-operative a Nuisance Order under the Companion Animals Act may be issued,” he continued.

“If a Nuisance Order is issued, further seven-day evidentiary diaries may be required to secure additional evidence to support the order. Upon completion legal options include the issue of an infringement notice or proceeding by summons to enforce the Nuisance Order. These procedures may be repeated until the noise problem is resolved,” he said.

“If you realise your dog is barking too much you can find helpful information to address the issue at https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/your-environment/noise/neighbourhood-noise/dealing-with-barking-dogs,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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As part of its review of Council policies, to ensure they are up to date and meet relevant statutory obligations, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has updated its Barking Dogs Complaints Policy to reflect changes in the standard practices of the management of barking dog complaints.

“The reviewed policy concisely covers community expectations in this area and achieves Council’s obligations under relevant legislation,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“To start with, dog owners are encouraged to consider the well-being of their neighbours. In the first instance, the best outcomes can often be obtained by neighbours discussing the issue in a courteous manner, between themselves, to find a resolution. The dog's owner may not realise that their dog is bothering you and will often be happy to work with you to solve the problem.

“However, if this is not possible the objective of Council’s policy is to provide an efficient and cost-effective method of dealing with noise complaints relating to barking dogs, and to enable a sufficient level of information and evidence to be obtained to fairly deal with noise control issues.

“Complainants must be willing to provide evidence and appear as witnesses if necessary. They will be requested to complete and sign a Dog Noise Nuisance Complaint to help ensure the claim isn’t vexatious,” he said.

“A seven-day evidentiary diary needs to be completed giving times and duration of barking. Several sets of the diary are provided with a recommendation that the complainant arrange for other affected persons to complete them. On the return of the diaries, Council staff will visit the dog owner to discuss the matter and the owner will be given seven days to consider a course of action.

“After seven days, if the dog owner is co-operative action will be deferred and the complainant will be contacted after thirty days to see if the problem still exists. If the owner is unco-operative a Nuisance Order under the Companion Animals Act may be issued,” he continued.

“If a Nuisance Order is issued, further seven-day evidentiary diaries may be required to secure additional evidence to support the order. Upon completion legal options include the issue of an infringement notice or proceeding by summons to enforce the Nuisance Order. These procedures may be repeated until the noise problem is resolved,” he said.

“If you realise your dog is barking too much you can find helpful information to address the issue at https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/your-environment/noise/neighbourhood-noise/dealing-with-barking-dogs,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Youth Week 2018Ahead of NSW Youth Week, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is encouraging local young people to participate in a t-shirt design competition, open to all aged 12 to 24 years.

LPSC Community Events Co-ordinator Angus Fraser said the link for young people to enter the design competition is -

https://www.acyp.nsw.gov.au/youth-week-2018-design-competition-enter. He said entrants do not need to show their design on a t-shirt, they just have to provide the original image.

“Young people are asked to paint, draw or digitally create a design inspired by the 2018 NSW Youth Week theme – Unity Through Diversity,” Angus said.

“We’d love to see the Shire’s young people engage their creative side to create a design that may be printed on the official NSW Youth Week 2018 t-shirt,” he said.

“Entries for the t-shirt design competition close on 28 March and the winner will be invited to attend a presentation on 12 April at the Youth Week 2018 Forum at NSW Parliament House where they will receive their personalised Youth Week t-shirts,” he continued.

“This year’s Youth Week theme was set by young people who said that diversity is an important theme for them. The competition is co-ordinated by the NSW Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People,” he said.

“NSW Youth Week 2018 will run between April 13 and 22,” Angus concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is seeking submissions from sporting and community groups around the Shire, for projects that Council can consider submitting to the State Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund to gain financial support.

Stronger Country CommunitiesThe Stronger Country Communities Fund provides grants to deliver crucial local infrastructure that helps improve the quality of life of people living in regional NSW. Funding is provided to local projects such as parks, community halls, playgrounds and amenity blocks to enhance the attractiveness of these areas as vibrant places to live and work.

LPSC is requesting sporting and other community groups to submit application details to them and will work collaboratively with the applicants to prioritise projects for submission by the Council on behalf of the organisation. The minimum grant amount is $50,000 per project.

The benefit of collaborating with Council can be appreciated with the recent $400,000+ grants for both the Werris Creek Swimming Centre upgrade and the Longfield Park Precinct upgrade in Quirindi.

To allow Council to deliberate on suitable projects and then submit applications on behalf of sporting and other community groups, all information MUST be submitted to LPSC’s Corporate Strategy Officer by 5pm, Friday March 30. All applications will be considered and prioritised at the April Ordinary meeting of Council and successful projects then submitted.

Further information can be obtained at https://www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/regional-nsw/regional-growth-fund/stronger-country-communities/, or LPSC’s Corporate Strategy Officer on 6746 1755 during business hours.

Submissions can be emailed to Ros.tenBrink@lpsc.nsw.gov.au, posted to PO Box 152, Quirindi NSW 2343 or delivered personally to the Administration Centre.

The State Government has $200 million available through the current round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund and LPSC looks forward to working with organisations to obtain a share for projects that will improve local community amenity.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) will celebrate the important role Seniors play in the community with numerous events planned between Wednesday April 4 and Tuesday April 17 during the LPS Senior’s Festival 2018.

“There are 7 events planned over the period, some are free, and some are reasonably priced, so Council encourages Seniors to join in as many as they’d like to attend. RSVP for events are required by Friday March 23,” said LPSC Deputy Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins.   

“The Senior’s Festival activities are open to all LPS residents who are over 60 years of age, identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and are over 50 years of age and people with a lifelong disability over 50,” he said.

The events programmed, and details are:

  • Wednesday April 4A Day at the Races from 11am at Quirindi Racecourse – $15 entry at the course with beverage and nibbles on arrival. Wear your most stylish racing attire for Fashions on the Field, prizes for Best Hat and Tie, a delicious two course lunch, music and entertainment, lucky door prizes and raffle. Bus departs Werris Creek at 10.30am, transport available from Willow Tree upon request. The venue is wheelchair accessible.
  • Tuesday April 10 Learn to use your ipad, mobile or laptop – Werris Creek Library commencing at 10am. One-on-one tuition is available (30 minutes per person), covers security, popular websites and any issues you may be having. Contact Werris Creek Library on 6768 7340 to book your spot.
  • Wednesday April 11 Mobility Scooter display, training + health aids – Quirindi Home Support Service from 10am - If you own a scooter or are considering purchasing one you should attend this training. Road rules and safety regulations will be discussed as well as your obligations as a ‘driver’. Scooter servicing by a qualified technician can be done at your home or at the Home Support Centre for a discounted rate of $66. Health Aids and appliances will also be on display and available for trial and purchase. Morning tea and a BBQ lunch will be supplied. Contact Quirindi HSS on 6746 4545 for more information.
  • Thursday April 12 Movie at the Royal Theatre – Free entry commences at 2pm showing Victoria and Abdul with afternoon tea served after movie. Reservations are essential for catering purposes. Book through Quirindi 6746 4545 or Werris Creek 6768 7505 (Home Support Service Offices). 
  • Friday April 13 Black Friday Mystery Bus Tour - $30 includes morning tea and lunch. Departs Werris Creek Post Office and Willow Tree VIC at 8.30am, Quirindi Railway Station at 9am, the Marshall McMahon Inn Wallabadah at 9.20am. Book your seat for this day asap as this is always a very popular event. Bookings 6746 4545 or 6768 7505.
  • Saturday April 14Dustier than Ever, a show in honour of Slim – Royal Theatre 5pm. A tribute show like no other. This show captures the devotion, admiration and love for the songs of Slim Dusty. Tickets $10 and available at LPSC Administration Centre or via   www.quirindiroyaltheatre.com/dustierthanever   
  • Tuesday April 17 Healthy Living at the Recreation Centre – Commences at 10am, participate in a low impact exercise class all abilities catered for, followed by morning tea and a healthy cooking demonstration with tips on quick, easy meals that are good for you! Phone Quirindi Recreation Centre on 6746 3122 to book a spot.

Senior Festival Logo“There will also be a Senior’s Festival Raffle. Tickets will be available at all events at $1 each. 1st prize will be a food hamper with a smaller food hamper for 2nd and 3rd prizes,” Councillor Hawkins said. 

“Please be aware that some venues may not be wheelchair accessible so please check at the time of booking. Also, numbers to some events are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment,” he continued.

“All enquiries and to book transport to the Day at the Races from Werris Creek and Willow Tree,, please call the Home Support Service Office at Quirindi 6746 4545 or Werris Creek 6768 7505,” he said.   

“The theme for this year’s festival is Let’s Do More Together. Council looks forward to as many Seniors as possible joining in the celebration of their special place in our society,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.

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At its recent meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) noted and accepted the relative progress made on the Council’s Operational Plan during the first half of the 2017/18 financial year, and the extent to which the performance targets have been achieved.

The full Second Quarter Operational Plan status report can be found by going to - Here, clicking on 2018-02 February Council Meeting and going to page 113.

Generally, the majority of targets listed in the Operational Plan are on target or ongoing into the second half of the financial year with continued progress subject to adequate staff resources being available and no additional unexpected workloads or disruptive climatic events occurring.

NSW Councils must have an annual Operational Plan, adopted before the beginning of each financial year, outlining the activities to be undertaken in that year, as part of the Delivery Program. The Delivery Program turns the strategic goals found in the Community Strategic Plan into actions. It identifies all the key activities your Council has committed to undertake over its four-year term. All plans, projects, activities and funding allocations of Council are directly linked to the Delivery Program. It spells out the strategies and the actions to be undertaken in a financial year to achieve those strategies.

The Operational Plan is a sub-set of the Delivery Program and spells out the individual actions to be undertaken in a financial year to achieve its strategies. The framework calls for fully integrated plans, so the Delivery Program and the Operational Plan are wholly complementary. The Operational Plan includes Council’s detailed annual budget and the Statement of Council’s Revenue Policy which includes rates, fees and charges.

Transparency of operations is paramount as LPSC strives to ensure good management and governance of the Shire plus the wellbeing of its residents through the development and application of model policies for the effective delivery of core business activities.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) will place on public exhibition the draft policy - Rural Water Connections to Rising and Trunk Mains, to allow submissions to be made on the issue. The draft policy will be available on Council’s website and from the Customer Service Desk at the Administration Centre. Submissions will close on 26 March 2018.

According to the Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, LPSC has introduced the new policy Rural Water Connections to Rising and Trunk Mains because historically there has been inconsistent guidelines regarding whether it is allowable to connect rural properties to rising and trunk water mains within Council’s water supply networks.

Councillor Hope said the objectives of the policy are to:

  • Provide clear direction to which properties are able, and not able, to connect to water supply rising and trunk mains within the Shire.
  • Provide appropriate controls and conditions for water connections to protect the intended water quality and supply performances.
  • Establish appropriate application of fees and charges for water connections to Rising and Trunk water mains.

“Council’s water supplies are treated to a standard that meets the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. Whilst the production of quality water primarily occurs during the treatment process, transmission and distribution of the treated water can introduce risks to the ongoing quality of a drinking water supply to the consumer. Inherently, rural water connections introduce high levels of hazards and risks to a drinking water supply and because of their location within the distribution system, have the potential to contaminate an entire urban drinking water supply,” Councillor Hope said.

“The operation of rising and trunk water mains introduces a high degree of variability in water pressure and flow. In some cases, extended periods of no supply could occur as part of normal operation. This variability does not facilitate manageable performance levels comparable to those established for a gravity reticulation,” he continued.

“The need for structure around this matter is clear. To address the issues relating to water quality and performance within Council’s potable water supplies, this policy has been developed to provide the framework that will apply to water connections of rising and trunk mains to rural properties. I encourage interested parties to examine the policy and to make submissions in response,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, volunteers are the most important resource local communities and their organizations have.

“The ability of people to work willingly together for the betterment of the community and others is an extremely valuable resource. Volunteers and volunteer organisations strengthen our communities,” Councillor Hope said.

https://www.volunteering.nsw.gov.au/volunteer-now is the link to find the NSW volunteer recruitment portal, a free online tool for people interested in volunteering and organisations that are looking to recruit volunteers,” he said.

Volunteering“I encourage local organisations to register and set up a profile. Once registered, organisations can advertise available volunteering opportunities.  

“The website also enables volunteers or individuals interested in volunteering to find volunteering opportunities that interest them. This could be for people seeking their first volunteer role or for those looking for new opportunities,” he continued.

“Individuals who are interested in volunteering can search available opportunities, and express interest in the opportunity with the organisation. Once in the portal you can apply filters for the location you wish to volunteer and your availability as well as filter for causes and interests you have.

“It also provides access learning and development resources, you can learn more about the sorts of volunteering possible through volunteer stories, access marketing campaign materials to help local volunteer recruitment campaigns, legal resources and you can nominate a volunteer for recognition through the NSW Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program,” he said.

“In NSW over 2 million volunteers contribute 240 million hours of their time adding $5 billion dollars of value to local communities across the State. Volunteers develop new friendships, networks and skills that can transform their lives.

“The act of giving enriches lives, doing good makes us feel good and that’s a fact. Everyone benefits from volunteering, and each of us can contribute in our own unique way,” he continued.

I encourage everyone to get involved because you can make a difference. Our communities would be much poorer but for the selfless contributions of our volunteers,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Kim HodgesAs bookings are essential and numbers limited, book lovers are encouraged to reserve their place to meet academic and author Kim Hodges when she talks about her latest book Girl Over the Edge (a new memoir) at Quirindi Library, from 2.30pm, on Friday 13 April.

Kim Hodges has lived with mental illness for the last five years: bipolar 2 disorder, severe depression, generalised anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In this follow up to her incredibly successful debut memoir Girl on the Edge (2016) which detailed her adolescent experiences growing up in Coolah, Girl Over the Edge will take the reader into severe episodes of depression, on the road to recovery and everything else in between.

“I had a slight inkling that things were not quite right. I, too, had felt a slender change in me. It was a feeling. I could neither touch nor see it – so how could it be real? I was out of kilter, out of sync.” – Kim Hodges.

When Kim’s psychologist suggests she has depression, she immediately recoils from the idea. She is a mother, a wife, an academic – a functional human being! But it is the only diagnosis that explains the days she can barely lift her heavy limbs out of bed, the sick feeling that moves its way across her body and brain, the isolation, alcohol use, the colour that evaporated and left her world grey. What follows is a five-year journey that involves six lengthy hospital stays, multiple trips to the Emergency Department and innumerable engagements with health professionals.

“This memoir captures the denial, stigma and shame I have in my own mind about mental illness; the debilitating physical and mental agony of the illness; engagements with health professionals and facing my own mortality.” – Kim Hodges.          

Girl Over the Edge is a raw and confronting account of mental illness and recovery that strips bare the range of human emotions, struggles and treatment options associated with mental illness, and delivers an overall message of hope and positivity. Kim will talk about her experiences in a raw, honest and confronting way that will strike a nerve with the listener. Kim’s presentation will give you an insight while she will challenge beliefs and attitudes to reduce the stigma in society around mental illness.

Contact Quirindi Library on 6746 2350 or email qliblpsc@tpg.com.au to book a place. The book will be on sale for $30 at the presentation and will be available in bookshops on 1 May. Refreshments will be served after the talk.

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Michael Johnsen MP Bev Moran Quirindi Tennis Club Mayor Andrew Hope  Natalie Eade Quirindi Basketball Association and  Kim Brett Moore Quirindi NetbalLiverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has been successful in attracting $405,000, from the State Government’s Building Stronger Country Communities Fund, towards the Longfield Oval Precinct Upgrade Project Stage 1. State Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen MP (pictured left) made the presentation at a ceremony in Quirindi to Bev Moran (Quirindi Tennis Club), LPSC Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope, Natalie Eade (Quirindi Basketball Association) and Kim Brett-Moore (Quirindi Netball Association).

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“I would like to congratulate Council’s Community Events Team for their efforts in bringing a wide variety of top class entertainment and cultural events to the Shire. We’re looking forward to the world-renowned London Klezmer Quipolly Water Project 1Quartet appearing at the Royal Theatre on Wednesday February 28. Booking can be made via www.quirindiroyaltheatre.com/londonklezmerquartet. The Shire’s International Women’s Day Celebration will have Wendy Harmer as MC and guest speaker. It’s on at the Royal on Saturday 3 March, commencing at 7.00pm. The evening will include a two-course meal and the bar will be open. Tickets can be obtained at https://www.trybooking.com/UCHK or at the LPSC Administration Centre,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.  

“Council has organised a number of specific platforms to keep the community informed about the Quipolly Water Project. This is one of the largest capital works programs LPSC has ever undertaken. Keep up to date via the website: http://www.lpscwater.com.au and/or https://www.facebook.com/lpscwaterproject/, https://www.instagram.com/quipollywaterproject/ and https://twitter.com/QuipollyWaterPr,” he said.

“Do you have a loved one missing? Do you need help? The Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit (FFMPU) is part of Victims Services, NSW Department of Justice. They are a team of counsellors who are qualified social workers and psychologists. They work closely with both police and non-police tracing organisations. For more information Phone – 1800 227 772, Email – ffmpu@justice.nsw.gov.au or check out www.facebook.com/missing.persons.501.

“Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has teamed up with the NSW Office of Sport to promote positive behaviour at junior sport, by supporting the Shoosh for Kids campaign. We want our junior events to be a positive and happy place for kids so that they want to continue to participate in sport for many years to come. If your comment is negative, then SHOOSH! If your negative comment is directed at a child, then SHOOSH! If your negative comment is directed at an official, then SHOOSH! Reward good work with applause; if you can’t then SHOOSH! It is vital that we all show respect to kids and officials. Remember, sport should be fun!” he continued.

“Council’s first Ordinary meeting for 2018 will be held from 2.30pm on Wednesday 28 February. The agenda and business paper, which set out what will be discussed, are put up on Council’s website prior to the meeting. Attending council meetings is a good way to understand how local government works and makes decisions. LPSC cordially invites and encourages community members to come along,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is seeking the co-operation of homeowners and businesses to ensure their water meters are easily accessible and can be read quickly without any risk of injury to the readers.

“Our water meter readers have been reporting that they’ve been encountering some meters that are getting difficult to access,” said LPSC Water Services Manager, Rod Batterham.

“Council does not undertake estimated readings like the electricity retailers do and can impose a fee for return visits to read meters that were not accessible during a normal reading run,” he said.

Mr Batterham said consumers can take a few simple steps like these below to avoid a return meter reading fee;

  • Maintain a clear area with no bushes etc. within 1 metre all round of the meter (including above). Don’t plant thorny bushes, roses etc. near your meter.
  • Do not place any items, for example pot plants, on top of meter boxes.
  • Dogs should be confined to yards, away from the meter, or on a chain during water meter readings periods.
  • If you have a locked yard where the meter is located, make arrangements with Council to gain access, such as setting up a time during business hours to unlock the yard.

“Meter readings are carried out every 3 months, so attention to maintaining access to the meter is an ongoing task.  

“Maintaining access also makes it easier for the consumer to monitor their own readings, which can help contribute to keeping water bills down. If anyone needs tips on how to read their meter, or any water saving ideas, Council has a link on its website showing how this can be done.” Mr Batterham concluded.

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Liverpool Plains music lovers are in for a cultural treat when the London Klezmer Quartet (LKQ), four of Europe's most talented klezmer musicians, bring their talent to the stage of Quirindi’s Royal Theatre on Wednesday 28 February.

Bookings can be made at www.quirindiroyaltheatre.com/londonklezmerquartet.

 “When Buraczewska sang, all the earthiness, profound melancholy and celebratory joy you could desire 

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The London Klezmer Quartet - Susi Evans (clarinet), Carol Isaacs (accordion), Ilana Cravitz (violin) and  Indra Buraczewska (double bass & vocals).

came surging to the fore via her vast, singular contralto.” Sydney Morning Herald

 

Performing to rave reviews around the world, the LKQ is a dynamic group of performers whose deep understanding of klezmer, the celebratory and soulful music of Eastern European Jews, is reflected in exuberant, passionate and accomplished performances that captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

 

“A fantastic sound with inventive arrangements, virtuosity, exciting original tunes and soulful playing.” Songlines Magazine

 

Klezmer is a Hebrew word, a combination of the words kley (vessel) and zemer (melody) that referred to musical instruments in ancient times. It became colloquially attached to Jewish folk musicians sometime in the Middle Ages. Working under various restrictions in different centuries and cultures, Jewish musicians (klezmorim) developed their own unique style out of a variety of local musical styles.

The group plays old and new traditional material guaranteed to move audiences from toe-tapping to tears and back again in moments.

 "The real deal, to these ears.” Doug Spencer, The Weekend Planet, ABC Radio National.

 

LKQ was formed in 2009 by a group of klezmer specialists keen to explore the almost-lost wedding music tradition of Jewish eastern Europe. The band was swiftly picked up by some of the UK’s foremost folk and world music promoters. The band is also one of the few in the world who lead the Yiddish dances that this music would traditionally have accompanied.

Band members are also in demand on other world music stages, recording and touring with The Indigo Girls (US), Sinead O’Connor (Ireland), Natacha Atlas (Egypt), She’Koyokh (UK), and Ahmed Mukhtar (Iraq).

A show not to be missed so book early and avoid disappointment.

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Wendy HarmerLiverpool Plains Shire Council is delighted that Wendy Harmer, one of Australia's best-known humourist who has enjoyed a highly successful thirty-year career in journalism, radio, television and stand-up comedy will be MC and special guest speaker at its 2018 International Women’s Day celebration. 

“The Shire’s International Women’s Day Celebration will be held on Saturday 3 March at the Quirindi Royal Theatre, commencing at 7.00pm. We’d love to see as many people as possible come along to share the evening with Wendy,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.   

“A two course sit down meal will be provided on the night. The bar will also be operating,” he said.

“Tickets to the event are Adult - $50, Student and Concession - $45 and Children 12 and Under - $30 and can be obtained at https://www.trybooking.com/UCHK and at the LPSC Administration Centre,” he continued.

“There will also be several local women, yet to be announced, speaking on the night,” he said.

Councillor Hope said the International Women's Day 2018 campaign theme is #PressforProgress.

“With the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away, there has never been a more important time for women, with the additional support of men, to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. With global activism for women's equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp, there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity,” he said.

“As a stand-up comedian, Wendy Harmer has performed her one-woman shows at the Melbourne, Edinburgh, Montreal and Glasgow Mayfest Comedy Festivals, in London's West End and the Sydney Theatre Company. She enjoyed huge popularity leading Sydney radio station 2Day FM's top-rating Breakfast Show for 11 years, winning 84 of the 88 ratings surveys for that period. Wendy was also the first woman to host a TV comedy show, the ABC's The Big Gig in 1989.

“A former political journalist, Wendy is the author of eight books for adults including her best-selling novel Farewell My Ovaries, Love and Punishment and Nagging for Beginners, a how-to guide for women. Wendy's children's book series about Pearlie the park fairy have sold more than 700,000 copies in Australia and internationally since the first title Pearlie in the Park was published in 2003. Wendy is also a member of the National People With a Disability and Carer's Council and a patron of Interplast,” Councillor Hope said.

“LPSC is proud to annually mark Imternational Women’s Day and all it stands for. We have had many fine guest speakers over the years and this year is no exception. Hope to see you there,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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The expression of interest is open for the design and construction of the Quipolly water project including a new water treatment plant and pipelines to Werris Creek and Quirindi.

Mayor Andrew Hope said it was an exciting development in the project.

“The Quipolly water project is one of the largest projects we have undertaken in the Shire and it is good to see we have reached a major milestone in making it a reality,” said Mayor Hope.

“The expression of interest is open and from this process we wil narrow it down to a tender process,” he said. 

“It is important for the delivery of the project that we have one contractor or constorium overseeing and being responsible for every detail, so that the whole project is coordinated,” he said.

“So that the community can be kept up to date with progress on the water project we have launched a new website, facebook, twitter and intsgram page and people can fill in their details to reviece emails or sms messages when we publish new information,”

“Information will also be available at the Council Chambers and our libraries; as things progress events will be held at Werris Creek and Quipolly Dam,” he said.

“It is great to see the project starting to take shape,” Mayor Andew Hope said.

 

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Representatives from NSW Trainlink recently visited Quirindi to update Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) on proposed options to improve transport links between Tamworth, Werris Creek, Quirindi, Willow Tree, the Hunter Valley and Newcastle. There are also proposed options for services from Tamworth to Port Macquarie and Tamworth to Dubbo that may benefit Shire residents.  

NSW Trainlink consultation“LPSC has been calling for improved public transport links for a number of years so it is encouraging to see proposals finally on the table,” said Mayor Andrew Hope.

“While we have been seeking the extension of the current Newcastle - Scone service to Tamworth, lack of rollingstock means that option isn’t feasible at least until the order for new country trains is delivered in the early 2020s. While the new proposals do necessitate a change from coach to bus at either Scone or Muswellbrook they stand to provide better opportunities than we currently have. Proposals that are introduced, and I understand they hope to start them around Easter time, will be on trial, so it will be a case of use it or lose it. If it is well used we may have an argument for trains all the way in the future,” he said.

Councillor Hope said that although the survey held to find out people’s preferred services had closed he was encouraging community members to let NSW Trainlink know their thoughts by calling the project team on (02) 9232 9531 during business hours or emailing NSWTrainLinkCommunities@transport.nsw.gov.au.

“If we are to get these services we need to be proactive,” he said.

At the consultation meeting, Councillors Black and Lobsey and Mr Stewart made some positive suggestions and indicated some problems they saw with the proposal.

“We told NSW Trainlink that to be successful they should trial both the 4.57am and 8.25am ex  Quirindi services and the trains that depart Newcastle at 4.32pm and 5.59pm on the return. It was also suggested that they must operate Monday to Friday. If they are succesful we can look at weekend services,” Councillor Black said.

“They indicated that they are looking at the same ‘country fares scale’ that apply on the Explorer service, that is $70.94 return for an adult and $48.96 for a child. We told them bluntly that such a fare scale would doom the service to failure, that the coach/train is interurban in nature and passengers should be able to utilise an Opal card, although a small extra charge for the portion Quirindi to Scone would be reasonable. In reality, if people can travel from Bathurst to Sydney and return for $14.50, $70.94 Quirindi – Newcastle return is highway robbery.

“We also requested they provide a stop in Currabubula,” Councillor Black said.

Councillor Hope said that if NSW Trainlink made the fare structure more equitable and affordable the service should prove very popular.

“Additionally, the services from Newcastle northbound also provide ample time for people from the Hunter to do a day return to the Liverpool Plains or Tamworth so providing us with an opportunity to encourage day visits to our region which would help drive economic development through increased tourism,” he said.

“We have fought long and hard for improved transport links and it would be a crying shame if the trials failed because what is provided is too expensive for it to be an attractive option,” he continued.

“I’d like to thank member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson, for the effort he has made to reach this point. I’ll update him on our concerns and hopefully he can help us achieve a succesful outcome,” Councillor Hope concluded.

Proposed timetables can be found here https://transportnsw.info/news/2017/trials-of-new-public-transport-options-for-regional-nsw

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Following the success of the inaugural Quirindi Military Tattoo held in 2017, the sounds of pipes and drums and the colour and entertainment of marching bands will return to Longfield Oval on Saturday February 3.

“A lot of people contacted Council after last year’s event saying how much they enjoyed the entertainment and asking if it could become an annual event. We are very pleased to say it is back in 2018 and it will be even bigger and better this year,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Community Events Coordinator Angus Fraser.

“There will be free entry and the event is open to all ages. There will be market stalls at Longfield Oval from 2pm ahead of the Military Tattoo which will commence at 7pm, so it provides the opportunity for a great family fun day,” he continued.

Angus said the bands performing will include the Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band and the Australian Air League Riverwood Hornets, the RSL Corps of Guards will be marching plus there will be a group of Scottish dancers and a folk band.

“The Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band played with Paul McCartney at his Sydney concert in 2017. The Riverwood Hornets are a squadron within the Australian Air League, an organisation for boys age 8 to 18. The band has had many successes over recent years and has been undefeated as ‘The Best Band’ within the Australian Air League since 1986. Outside of the AAL the band has won numerous titles including holding the title of world number 3 in the Drum & Bugle category. The RSL Corps of Guards are a prestigous group of volunteers, who provide support with commemorative events at the ANZAC Memorial in Sydney and in upholding the ANZAC Spirit,” Angus said.

“A tattoo is based on a military performance of music. The term comes from the early 17th century Dutch phrase doe den tap toe (turn off the tap), a signal sounded by drummers or trumpeters to instruct innkeepers near military garrisons to stop serving beer and for soldiers to return to their barracks!” he said.

The Quirindi Military Tattoo is a joint initiative of the Quirindi RSL Sub Branch and LPSC,” he continued.

“We look forward to the community coming along to enjoy a great musical and cultural event,” Angus concluded.

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Australia Day – Members of the community are encouraged to attend Australia Day events that will be held around the Shire. At 10am the official Australia Day presentation ceremony will be held at The Royal Theatre, at Warrah Creek the annual 20/20 cricket match will start at 10.30am with the official ceremony at 2pm and at Werris Creek the BBQ dinner and games will start at 6.30pm with fireworks to finish the night. There will be free admission to both Quirindi and Werris Creek pools. Werris Creek pool will have the inflatable obstacle feature at a cost of $5.00 per person for unlimited rides.

Council Meeting – the first Ordinary Meeting of Council for 2018 is scheduled to be held on Wednesday 21 February from 2.30 pm. Council encourages residents to attend meeting.

The 2018 Quirindi Military Tattoo - will be held on 3 February 2018 at Longfield Oval. The event will be free entry and open to patrons of all ages. The days proceedings will commence with Market Stalls, music and food from 2pm. The official proceedings and bands will commence at 7pm and will conclude at around 9pm. There will be no charge for stalls holders, however, an application form still needs to be completed and confirmation of booking given by the organisers. To apply fill out an application form and return via email to quirindimilitarytattoo@gmail.com, by mail to PO Box 152, Quirindi NSW 2343 or drop it in at the LPSC Administration Building. Application forms can be downloaded from https://quirindimilitarytattoo.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/stallholder-application-form-quirindi-military-tattoo-2018.pdf.

Quirindi and Werris Creek Swimming Pools – From Monday January 29 operating hours of both pools will be Midday to 8pm, Monday to Sunday. These hours will operate through until February 25. From February 26 hours will be Monday to Sunday 2pm to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday 11am to 6pm. Throughout this period Council will maintain flexibility with operating hours and if considered necessary due to heat wave conditions, pools will remain open later if the weather and patronage demand.    

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Councillors recently inspected the Sewerage Treatment Plants (STP) at Quirindi and Werris Creek for an update on the planned upgrades that will progress through 2018.

Quirindi STP upgrade is now stepping into the next phase with the engagement of consultants to undertake the detailed design of the upgrade.

Prior to the engagement of consultants, LPSC staff had met with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to consult the design concept before proceeding. Council received qualified agreement for its concept.

Work has now commenced on the design with the work being carried out by Hunter H2O.

The biological sludge reduction process is continuing at Werris Ck STP. LPSC water services staff have refined the application method of the agent to become an efficient process, saving costs.

Planning for the future upgrade concept for Werris Creek STP was also outlined to the EPA during the Quirindi STP meeting. LPSC’s proactive consultation on these issues with the EPA were well received.

Quirindi STP   Councillor Inspection Werris Creek STP

LPSC Director Engineering Services, Warren Faulkner, explains the plan for the multmillion dollar upgrade of the Quirindi STP to Councillors and staff during an inspection of the facility.

LPSC Councillors had the the biological sludge reduction process explained to them during an inspection of the Werris Creek STP

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Opening Hours

Mon to Fri: 8.30AM - 5.00PM

Sat to Sun: Closed

Public Holidays: Closed

 

Physical Address

60 Station Street

Quirindi NSW

2343

 

Postal Address

PO Box 152

Quirindi NSW

2343

Contact Details

Phone: 02 6746 1755

Fax: 02 6746 3255

Email: lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au