Media Releases & Exhibitions
Liverpool Plains Shire Counci (LPSC), has agreed to provide $1,350 from its Community Funding Program to assist Wallabadah Public School’s sesquicentennial celebrations being held Saturday September 30 and Sunday October 1.
“Wallabadah Public School (WPS) has always had strong links to its community and people will be coming from near and far to get together, reminisce and to celebrate its 150 years providing quality education to the local community,” LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said.
“WPS is a caring, community based infants/primary school, one the locals have always taken great pride and interest in. The school motto is Excellence in Learning and the students enjoy an extremely high level of participation in sport, music and leadership opportunities. There are families who have been living in the area for many generations all of whom have received their initial education at WPS,” he continued.
There is a cordial invitation for ex students and teachers to come along and to relive old primary school day
“During the celebrations there will be a street parade, markets, games and guided tours of the school as well as a dinner/dance at the local hall plus lots more. Council is extremely proud to be able to support this initiative.
“For more information regarding the celebration call WPS on 6746 5512, 9am – 3pm on school days,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) and Chair of the Namoi Joint Organisation (JO) of Councils, Councillor Andrew Hope, welcomed representatives from Gunnedah Shire and Tamworth Regional Councils, from other agencies and individual participants to the initial Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) Workshop, held in Quirindi.
“Some 50 people attended this workshop which is an initiative of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet through the Centre for Economic and Regional Development (CERD), which aims to develop consistent regional economic strategies across NSW,” Councillor Hope said.
Attendees at the Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) Workshop which was held at the Quirindi RSL Club.
“I am very pleased to be working closely with the NSW Government to develop the REDS for the Lower North West region and to see the three Councils working closely together for the benefit of all three and our region’s sustainable economic future,” Councillor Hope continued.
“The workshop provided those attending an opportunity to be instrumental in the development of forward-looking, well informed economic strategies for key local industry and business growth across our region.
“It provided up-to-date demographic and economic information about the Lower North West region which will help us further develop the evidence we need to attract future State resources to underpin regionally significant economic projects and create employment in our local government areas,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has welcomed an announcement from Tamworth MP, Kevin Anderson that he and the Government are going to start looking at a daily return service from Tamworth and the the Liverpool Plains to Newcastle.
According to LPSC Deputy Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins, Council has been pushing for a daily return Tamworth/Liverpool Plains – Newcastle service for a number of years and he believes the establishment of such a service would be a great legacy from Mr Anderson’s political career if he can drive the proposal to a succesful conclusion.
“Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey, is correct when she points out the importance of a strong link from the region to Newcastle and as she points out there are a lot of trains to and from Sydney to Newcastle. Connection with these trains would open up further options for travellers from our region .
“People from our part of the world often have to attend medical appointments in Newcastle, a day return service would allow families a day at the beach, it would improve transport options for students and in the return direction it would support tourism potential in our part of the world,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“It is encouraging to hear Deputy Premier John Barilaro say ‘we want to see more people on rail’ and that new trains to be rolled out from 2020, will mean ‘greater flexibility’ in terms of timetabling. However, I’d like to think we can see a day return Tamworth/Liverpool Plains – Newcastle service somewhat sooner than 2020,” he said.
“There is far too much inequity currently surrounding rail travel to regional/rural areas. For example Scone residents can get to Sydney and back for well under $20, while less than 80 kilometres to the north residents of Liverpool Plains Shire pay a minimum of $100 and as much as $140+ for a ticket. Add to that the fact that if you utilise the current Explorer service you must arrange to have two nights accomodation in Sydney, or one night in Newcastle because of the way the train is timetabled.
“Sadly, the current service fails dismally in so many ways as a public transport service, it is costly, badly timetabled and for most people, a last resort when public transport needs to be a real option,” he continued.
Councillor Hawkins said he was encouraged by the findings of a Northern Daily Leader online poll showing support for more regular access to Newcastle.
“Improved links to Newcastle can also open up options for better links to the regular Newcastle – Sydney electric interurban services which in turn offer a much more affordable fare structure. It can also reduce the requirement of two nights accomodation in Sydney to one night which in itself would save people a lot of money,” he said.
“Recent years have seen a massive injection of State funds into the Sydney Rail Network and this Government also introduced the day return Bathurst – Sydney service. Compared to these investments the extension of a train that currently commences and terminates at Scone to the Liverpool Plains/Tamworth area would be minimal in real terms but of huge value to the regions residents,” he continued.
“LPSC looks forward to working co-operatively with Mr Anderson as he starts working out ‘some options for the community’ regarding train services,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is reminding Shire residents that registration to attend the Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) workshop closes at 5pm on Wednesday August 23 whilst submissions on the revised policy Liquid Trade Waste Regulation close at 5pm on Wednesday August 30.
“I encourage everyone who has vision and enthusiasm, who can benefit through economic development and wants to build that better future for our region, to register and attend the REDS workshop which is being held at The Tony Caine Room, Quirindi RSL Club, Station Street Quirindi, on Wednesday August 30 2017, commencing with a light lunch at 12.30pm and followed by a facilitated workshop commencing at 1pm through until 5pm.
“The REDS will help provide the evidence needed to attract future State resources to underpin regionally significant economic projects and create employment in our local government area. LPSC is excited about working together with the NSW Government and our two neighbouring councils, Tamworth Regional and Gunnedah Shire Councils, as part of this important initiative to identify existing economic strengths, new opportunities to enhance the region's development, performance and competitiveness and set the region on a path to sustainable economic development,” he said.
“Those interested in attending should email Melissa.Penrose@dpc.nsw.gov.au or call her on 6766 1360 by 5pm August 23,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said submissions on the revised policy Liquid Trade Waste Regulation, which is on public exhibition until August 30, close at 5pm on this date.
“The policy can be viewed at Council’s Administration Building and also at www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au and following links to Public Exhibition of Documents. Council is currently implementing the Liquid Trade Waste system as part of a best practice compliance project to assist Council in meeting its statutory obligations plus protecting public health and the health and safety of Council employees. It is also designed to protect the environment, to provide an environmentally responsible service to the non-residential sector, to encourage waste minimisation, to promote water conservation, water recycling and biosolids reuse,” he said.
“Council is also encouraging the Shire’s Buisness owners to apply for their liquid trade waste assessment now for free. As of September 29 a minimum cost of $287 will apply for an assessment,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Twenty interested people attended the Connecting Culture: Tracing Indigenous Ancestors workshop, held recently at Quirindi Library. The presentation was delivered by The State Library of NSW Indigenes Service’s Librarians. The presentation promoted The State Library’s resources and other strategies that could be vital for people engaged in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family history research.
The workshop provided an outline of ways to trace ancestors and connect with Aboriginal history. Indigenous Service’s Librarians answered the questions or pointed the right directions in Indigenous Family History research.
Attendees received an overview of available resources and techniques to search the Library collections, and other important resources for Aboriginal family history. This included relevant collection items including language materials, pictures, manuscripts, missionary records and electoral rolls as well as significant collections held at the State Library relating to the local area.
Catering was provided by Zest Café, Quirindi Library’s volunteers and sponsored by LPSC.
A report to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) shows that despite maintenance costs of over $12,000 being expended on a backlog of necessary works at Quirindi Caravan Park, since Council recommenced operation of the facility in January this year, the overall financial picture on operations is improving.
“The accounts show a very small deficit, as a result of the outlays, at the end of the financial year, but these improvements are an investment in the future and are already showing dividends with good feedback from travellers,” said LPSC Deputy Mayor, Doug Hawkins
‘We’ve had good figures for cabin bookings, particularly during the week, with weekends somewhat quieter unless there is a local event on. We are monitoring this situation to see if it is an ongoing trend and if it is we will consider further promotion aimed at boosting numbers on weekends,” he said.
‘We’ve provided upgraded air conditioning in cabins and serviced and repaired washing machines and dryers. Some other issues we will address under the 2017/18 capital budget include replacement of balconies on cabins, levelling of drive through caravan sites required to repair tree root movement, tree maintenance and inspection and where necessary replacement of cabin equipment,” he continued.
“A successful caravan park is an important component of Council’s Recreational Vehicle (RV) Strategy to offer our visitors extra facilities and an alternative to freedom camping sites. The strategy is already paying dividends so far as visitor numbers are concerned,” he said.
“Importantly, it is evident from consumer reviews and comments that the continued improvements at the caravan park are being noticed and the RV community are more than willing to recommend it it to their friends and colleagues,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor and Chair of the Namoi Joint Organisation of Councils (JO), Councillor Andrew Hope, is encouraging residents who belong to a peak industry or business group, or who have an interest in regional economic development and employment to attend a Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) workshop to be held at The Tony Caine Room, Quirindi RSL Club, Station Street Quirindi, on Wednesday August 30 2017, commencing with a light lunch at 12.30pm and followed by a facilitated workshop commencing at 1pm through until 5pm.
“LPSC is excited about working together with the NSW Government and our two neighbouring members of the Namoi Joint Organisation of Councils, Tamworth Regional and Gunnedah Shire Councils as part of this important initiative to identify existing economic strengths, identify new opportunities to enhance the region's development, performance and competitiveness and set the region on a path to sustainable economic development,” Councillor Hope said.
“The REDS will help our three Councils provide the evidence we need to attract future State resources to underpin regionally significant economic projects and create employment in our local government areas. As such, this is a wonderful opportunity for industry and business groups, as well as other locals interested in regional economic development to be part of an exciting process to build a better future and to benefit from economic opportunities that eventuate,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said the development of consistent regional economic strategies across NSW is the initiative of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet through the Centre for Economic and Regional Development (CERD).
“CERD is working closely with all regional councils to roll out the preparation of REDS, which involves applying a standardised regional economic development methodology to identify existing economic strengths, identify new opportunities to enhance the region's development, performance and competitiveness and set the region on a path to sustainable economic development,” he said.
“The Regional Economic Development Strategy workshop will provide up-to-date demographic and economic information about the Lower North West region and provide those attending with the opportunity to be instrumental in the development of forward-looking, well informed economic strategies for key local industry and business growth across our region,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said further background information on the REDS project can be found on here.
“Dates will be announced in the future for further workshops that will be held in Gunnedah and Tamworth so we’re looking for positive input from all the events to ensure we get the best possible outcomes for our communities in the years ahead,” he said.
“For further information, ring Emily, at Council, on 6746 1755.
“Our three Councils have a population base of approximately 83,000 people who deserve a bright and prosperous future. I encourage everyone who has vision and enthusiasm, who can benefit through economic development and wants to build that better future for our region to be part of this project,” Councillor Hope concluded.
On behalf of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Deputy Mayor and President of the Quirindi RSL, Councillor Doug Hawkins, has thanked locals for their patience during the works that have been undertaken to return Quirindi’s War Memorial Clock Tower to its full glory.
“A few traffic delays will be more than compensated for in having this iconic landmark of our community restored and paying tribute to those who have served the Nation for future generations,” Councillor Hawkins said.
LPSC Councillors have taken the opportunity to inspect the works that have been carried out.
“We know how much this memorial means to the community and it is great to know that its restoration will ensure its continued role into the future.
“A special ceremony will be held in coming weeks to mark the completion of the works and to provide the opportunity for the community to mark this achievement and to pay their respects,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
LPSC Civil Service Technical Officer Kelvyn Tan, Councillor Ian Lobsey,
Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins, Councillor Paul Moules and Councillor
Rob Webster inspect the works that have been undertaken at
Quirindi’s War Memorial Clock Tower.
BUSINESS owners in the Liverpool Plains Shire are being encouraged to apply for their liquid waste assessment this month to avoid the full fee which will come into effect on September 29. Currently Council is working with local businesses to assess the amount of trade waste they discharge into the sewer, find ways to reduce the waste and determine what levy will apply to their business.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said while Council is one of the last in the state to fall in line with state laws for trade waste, Council wants to give local businesses a fair amount of time to adjust.
“We are working with local businesses to assess how much waste they produce,” Councillor Hope said.
“There is a sliding scale of charges and the more waste a business produces the more they pay to dispose of the waste in the sewer system.
“Until each business has been assessed, we thought the fairest approach was to initially charge all businesses the minimum levy of $100,” he continued.
Rod Batterham, LPSC’s Water Services Manager said his team will be visiting local businesses to assess their trade waste and establish their liquid trade waste agreement.
“All commercial and industrial businesses dispose of some form of liquid trade waste, be it a café with a deep fryer, a car dealership that washes vehicles or a scientific laboratory,” Mr Batterham said.
“The sooner businesses have an assessment the more time they will also have to comply with pre-treatment options or reduce their liquid trade waste and therefore reduce their costs,” he said.
“I’d encourage business owners to take advantage of the waived application fee and complete their application prior to September 29 after which date a minimum $287 application fee will be charged,” he concluded.
Applications can be obtained Here, or from the Customer Service Desk. The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has a list of contaminants with associated charges, which can also be found on Council’s website.
During Local Government Week, LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is reminding residents that Council provides a number of services to facilitate communication with the community, to keep them up to date on activities and to allow on-line processing for a number of services provided.
“LPSC uses a range of channels for communicating information about the Council and the services we provide. This includes distributing media releases via traditional media outlets like the Quirindi Advocate and regional newspapers, TV and radio, a website and Facebook social media. Additionally, consultative workshops and drop-in sessions are regularly held on specific issues and Local Advisory Groups (LAG) provide feedback from our various communities,” Councillor Hope said.
“LPSC’s website, at www.lpsc.nsw,gov.au, has been redeveloped and upgraded over the past 12 months and now provides a much better user-friendly experience for the users. It provides links to services such as Libraries, Home Support, Daycare, Liverpool Plains Recreation Centre (REC), the Visitor Information Centre, Waste Management Facilities and the Royal Theatre.
“The website also provides information about Positions Vacant, payment options, access for making on-line Customer Service Requests, latest news updates and Development Applications (DA). There are links to Council’s Business Papers and minutes, Council policies, the Community Strategic Plan, Asset Management Plans, the Economic Development Strategy, documents on Public Exhibition and Local Government Reform (Fit For the Future), he said.
Councillor Hope said LPSC’s Facebook page, Liverpool Plains Shire Council, provides the latest Council news, community news, links to funding/grant opportunities and other interesting items. He said the page provided notifications when animals are taken in care at the Welfare Shelter to expedite them rejoining their families or to find new homes and the page is invaluable for providing notifications when there are road closures, flooding events or other emergency situations.
“I encourage community members to discover their Council, the diversity of services provided and to become involved in the democratic/consultative processes transparency demands,” he continued.
“In any community a number of different stakeholder groups exist,who have different communication needs and expectations. We try to cater, as far as possible, to those demands but there will always be some who drop under the radar.
“Importantly, if these channels don’t provide a residents requirements they can always discuss issues with me and the other Councillors or call in or phone the Customer Service Desk at the Administration Centre on 6746 1755,” Councillor Hope concluded.
According to LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, Local Government Week promotes the importance of the sector to the community and the 2017 theme Discovery, Diversity, Democracy underpins the very essence of what the third and grass roots tier of Government is about for the community.
“Discovery is about people connecting with their Council, it’s about transparency. Diversity, is much more than rates, roads and rubbish, it’s about discovering and utilising the many other servives Council provides. Democracy takes us back to transparency, community awareness, consultation and working together,” Councillor Hope said.
To celebrate Local Government Week LPSC is holding two discovery events;
- On Friday 28 July, from 5.30pm, Council is inviting community members 18+ to attend a free movie and dinner at the Recreation Centre. The movie is Table 19 and Zest Café and Catering is supplying the dinner. A bar will be operational. To book a place call Annah at the REC on 0400 021 088.
- On Wednesday 2 August, Willow Tree Public School will visit the Council Chambers, undertaking their own “Council Meeting”, inspecting the Administration Centre and undertaking an exercise class at the Recreation Centre.
“There’s a cordial invitation for community members to come along to the event at the Recreation Centre. The Centre is one of those ‘other’ services LPSC delivers. This Local Government Week we’d like more of the community to discover what the Recreation Centre offers by way of fitness and fun for all ages and abilities. Council considers it is important that such facilities are available to Shire residents but they are a significant cost on the budget bottom line, along with other important community amenities like swimming pools and libaries. The more people who discover what the Centre can offer them and utilise it, the more we can attempt to offer and the more sustainable the facility becomes,” Councillor Hope said.
“Council is looking forward to hosting Willow Tree Public School and the opportunity for potential future community leaders to discover what local government is about and how it functions. You’re never too young to take an interest in your community,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said his role as Chair of the Namoi Joint Organisation (JO) of Councils had strengthened his belief about the vital responsibilties Local Government has in maintaining existing, and delivering new infrastructure, efficiently providing services and driving local economic development. He said there are major benefits that can accrue from the region’s Councils partnering together on many issues and projects.
“From me personally, and on behalf of my fellow Councillors, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all Council staff, the General Manager and Directors for the professional manner they deliver for the community. Day-in and day-out they provide invaluable services,” he said.
“I urge everyone to discover how they can benefit from a wide variety of Council programs, services and activities. It is your Council, so be part of our consultative processes, utilise our local assets and remember the importance of Discovery, Diversity, Democracy, Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire (LPSC) Councillor Virginia Black, is urging parents and carers to consider taking their kids along to Storytime at the Quirindi and Werris Creek libraries to help enhance their language proficiency.
“We all know the value and importance of reading to children and allowing them to explore books on their own. Sadly, a study of 1,000 parents has shown that 34% never read with their kids. It is unfortunate that in today’s busy world, many parents often struggle to find the time to read to them,” Councillor Black said
“Language helps us understand ourselves and make sense of the world. Books and stories help children develop language and thinking. Children who enjoy reading are likely to become confident learners. It can become a favourite hobby they go on to enjoy all their lives. Stories can even help children deal with the problems and fears they face in everyday life,” she said.
“Attending Storytime at Quirindi Library (Mondays at 10.30am) or Werris Creek Library (Tuesdays 11.30am) can provide a lot of benefits for your children. During the first few years, a child’s brain undergoes significant development. To provide a strong brain structure for future learning, children need experiences such as sharing books and talking together.
“There are many other benefits as well, including,enhancing language proficiency,growing literary insight, promoting communication skills, boosting listening skills and assiting to make future academic learning easier.
“Additionally, it can broaden horizons by exposing children to different cultures and countries. Diverse stories give children a broader understanding of the world. It can also help them face difficult situations with Storytime a non-threatening way to introduce topics dealing with conflict and creating real world connection. Importantly it encourages imagination and creativity,” she continued.
“Children watch others become engaged in a storytime and learn from each other. They are exposed to a wide variety of authors and writing styles, learn vital school readiness skills like sitting still for a period of time, how to pay attention to an adult other than a parent, how to take turns, and how to be reasonably quiet!” she said.
“Do your child a favour and introduce them to the library at an early age, they’ll have a friend for life. There is more to the library than just books, so let them discover this special world. Even if you don’t enjoy reading or find it a struggle, you still need to show children that reading is important and Storytime at your library is a great place to start. Call in and have a chat to Marcela at Quirindi or Marilyn at Werris Creek about the benefits the library offers your kids,” Councillor Black concluded.
Over coming weeks, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) will be holding workshops, with key stakeholders and other interested persons, to further explore options as Council develops an Industrial Land Use Strategy for the Shire.
“Council wants feedback to understand the community’s views on the types of industries LPSC should be trying to attract to the local government area and the types of initiatives Council should employ in order to encourage industrial development in the Shire,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“We want as many people as possible to participate, so if you’d like to be involved in the workshops you are encouraged to get in contact with our planning staff on (02) 6746 1755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can inform you of times and dates,” he said.
“Alternately, interested persons can check out the discussion paper and submit their ideas via the website link Industrial Land Use Strategy at http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/planning-building/industrial-land-use-strategy, dropping it off at the Administration Centre or emailing email@example.com.
Submissions must be received by close of business Wednesday 9 August 2017,” he continued.
“All feedback and submissions will be reviewed and the results will be used to inform the development of, and any changes necessary to, the draft Industrial Land Use Strategy,” he said.
“Diversity in economic activity and a capacity for adjustment are major determinants in a region’s level of income, the resilience and stability of its economy and its ability to develop and grow. I encourage the community to have their say,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is reminding residents they have until 5pm Wednesday 2 August 2017, to view and make submissions on draft documents to amend the Liverpool Plains Local Environmental Plan 2011 (LEP), the Liverpool Plains Shire Council Development Control Plan (DCP) and Section 94A Contributions Plan.
“The LEP amendment seeks to facilitate the orderly development of the Quirindi North Rural Residential Area (QNRA), and to allow the construction of farm buildings in the R5 Large Lot Residential zone. It will also allow boundary adjustments in certain rural, rural- residential and environmental zoned areas.
“Council’s planning team have already achieved receipt of a Gateway Determination from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. They have also completed additional environmental studies and consulted with other Government agencies, as requested in the Gateway Determination,” Councillor Hope said.
The documents are on public exhibition at Council’s Administration Office, between 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, Quirindi Library, 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and, 10am to 12pm Saturday and Werris Creek Library, 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Friday, and, 10am to 12pm Saturday. Copies are also available Here
“The proposed amendments have been drafted in accordance with legislative requirements and best practice guidelines and a plain-english fact sheet is available. Affected landowners have been advised. All submissions will be considered before Council makes a final determination on the issue,” Councillor Hope concluded.
“Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has approved assistance of $2,000, from the LPSC Local Heritage Fund, to the Croaker Memorial Church at Caroona, to assist in repairing damage caused by vandalism and problems with rising damp. The decision was made following a recommendation from Council’s Heritage Advisor. Council provides a free heritage advisory service to owners of older buildings. The Heritage Advisor is available to assist with understanding old buildings and to give guidance on how to manage associated issues. Contact our Environmental Services team on 6746 1755 for more details,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“LPSC has adopted a new Smoke Free Policy. Council has an obligation under health and safety legislation to do everything reasonably practicable to provide a safe workplace. Risks to health and accidents are associated with smoking. The policy applies to employees, agents and contractors and outlines no smoking rules. Recognising that some people choose to smoke designated outdoor smoking areas and smoking breaks are outlined. Importantly, Council will provide support to workplace participants wishing to quit smoking through access to Quit programs and subsidising the purchase of products to assist the process,” he said.
“Following a period of public exhibition seeking comments, Council has adopted its new Home Haemodialysis Water Usage Concession Policy. It came into effect for water charges from July 1. There is no clear direction on the application of rebates or concessions available from other government agencies regarding medically derived water usage at home, so our local water utility has had to develop its own policy. Home Haemodialysis Consumers are now charged lower rates for the first 500kL used per annum. This change recognises consumption of a higher magnitude that is incurred through home dialysis, which can account for an additional 50% of a usual household’s usage. Obviously this can be a huge burden for some people so this policy seeks to provide some relief,” he continued.
“Construction work has commenced on Council’s new Animal Welfare Facility. The slab has been completed and the building itself will follow shortly. Many people would be amazed if they knew the numbers of lost and abandoned pets Council has to care for each year whilst seeking their owners or new homes. We wish to do this in the most humane way so welfare of the animals is a priority,” he said.
“I’m asking community members to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police in an attempt to curb vandalism. There have been several incidents lately where public assets have been damaged. These have been wanton acts of stupidity and we have to spend public funding, that could be better used in other areas, to repair the damage,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has welcomed an initiative that will see Healthwise present a Heart Health Awareness event at Werris Creek Library, on Wednesday 16 August, between 11am and 1.30pm.
Guest speakers will include a dietitian, exercise physiologist and primary health care nurse. Healthcare checks will also be available on the day. An RSVP is required by Wednesday August 9. To register your attendance please call Werris Creek Librarian Marilyn Deeks on 6768 7340 during library hours Tuesday to Friday”.
“According to a study by the National Heart Foundation Australians living in regional areas have a much higher risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attack and stroke, so this is a great opportunity to address the issue,” said LPSC Councillor Virginia Black.
“Risk factors for heart disease include hypertension, cholesterol, obesity, smoking and physical inactivity,” she said.
“Women living in rural areas are also at much greater risk of heart disease. They are 50% more likely to have ischaemic heart disease, 20% more likely to have high cholesterol, 32% more likely to be obese, in fact 16% of women in regional/remote area are severe obese compared to 11% in major cities,” she continued.
“There is obviously a need for greater focus on prevention and management of heart disease in rural Australia. The reality is, if cardiovascular disease rates for Australians living outside capital cities were identical to those of our city cousins, 350,000+ fewer adults would have the disease,” she said.
“Heart related diseases kill one Australian every 12 minutes, the leading cause of death in Australia. Simple early detection and heart health checks by doctors and programs such as this one by Healthwise, can help identify your risk of heart attack or stroke It’s vital, as individuals, we take steps to protect our own health,” Councillor Black concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope has welcomed the latest research showing rapid and continuing market growth, significant economic value and environmental and social benefits through partnerships with the Recreational Vehicle (RV) industry.
“This meshes nicely with our experience across the Shire as we’ve rolled out new and upgraded Freedom Camping areas/caravan park, while partnering with several RV organisations to promote what’s on offer. The Australian Caravan Club (ACC) is focused on good outcomes for its thousands of members https://www.australiancaravanclub.com.au/ and has provided invaluable assistance to Council understanding the requirements of campers,” Councillor Hope said.
“It’s a satisfying feeling and highlights the economic potential when you get a message from the Administrator of the https://www.facebook.com/groups/CountryPubsOzCamping Facebook Page saying on behalf of the group I would like to extend our gratitude for implementing the Freedom Camps within your catchment. We are more than 22,000 members, and grateful for the opportunity to stay over in our RV or tents in a safe and convenient location. I have personally visited Currabubula, Wallabadah, Willow Tree and hope to see more soon. You will be aware that travellers, Grey Nomad or otherwise, make a point of spending money in the townships where they stay. It is this group’s credo to support country pubs and the campsite must be within an easy stroll. The ones I mentioned fit that criteria.
“There is no doubt word of mouth recommendation is priceless! RVers know where they’re made to feel welcome, because travellers talk to fellow travellers. They need to spend their money on the daily essentials and as ACC research shows they return to spend their money at friendly towns and attractions, to support those communities that support them. In fact, RV travellers spend patterns, an ACC survey says just over $100 per day, are more like residents, they spend directly into the community, mainly on day-to-day needs,” he said.
“Figures released by Tourism Research Australia show significant increases in nights spent in both commercial and non-commercial caravan parks and camping ground. They reveal that in the year ending December 2016, caravan parks and commercial camping grounds saw increases of 12% to 33.3 million nights and non-commercial caravan parks and camping grounds increased by 22% to 18.3 million nights.
“The industry is the fastest growing domestic tourism sector in Australia and has been for the past 19 years. It is forecast it will increase rapidly as the Baby Boomer generation commences retirement travel, with this segment identified as a major growth market with a preference for drive holidays. The Australian Caravan Club says there are about 120,000 recreational vehicles on the road at any given time and RV tourists are set to dominate tourism activity in regional Australia,” he continued.
“I’m pleased to see that numerous other Councils are discovering the benefits of catering to the RV market. There’s plenty to go around. Research conducted by the Campervan and Motor Home Club of Australia (CMCA) with 65,000+ members has also shown that the RV market relies on various types of facility. 33% will only stay in a commercial caravan and camping grounds, 16% will only stay in non-commercial RV friendly sites and 51% will stay in a mixture of commercial and non-commercial caravan and camping grounds,” he said.
When you consider the RV tourist spends around 163 days travelling annually, with an estimated 120,000 RVs on the road at any one time and this figure growing at around 9% per year and on average they spend three days at each stop that they make, the potential is enormous. A lot of business is available simply maintaining their replenishment cycle.
“It would be great if we could see them spend as many as possible of their 163 days exploring what the New England / North-West has to offer by way of natural beauty, history, friendly communities and affordable stop overs,” Councillor Hope concluded.
At its June Ordinary Meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Plains (LPSC) adopted its 2017/18 Budget when it adopted the Community Strategic Plan, Operational Plan, Delivery Program, Long Term Financial Plan, Workforce Plan and Work Health and Safety Strategy.
“The final adoption of these documents followed several months of public consultation, development of the package and a 28 day period of public exhibition. Following this process there were no submissions received by Council. I would like to take this opportunity to thank community members and organisations who participated in the consultation process and the Council Management and staff who developed the plan based on community aspirations and requirements of Fit for the Future. There is only a finite budget but we have attempted to make every dollar go as far as possible,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The result is a balanced budget, with no rate rises apart from those allowed through the rate pegging process, resulting in a $28.5 million operational program for the 2017/18 financial year,” he continued.
“Careful budgeting has allowed us to increase our Community Fund to $50,000. This is in recognition of the vital contribution that our newly constituted Local Advisory Groups (LAG) and organisations play in the development of our social capital and quality of life. Council has a philosophy of partnership and collaboration whereby we provide support to encourage and assist individuals and groups in the community to make a positive and ongoing contribution to its wellbeing, cultural life and resilience,” he said.
“We have also been able to factor in the unfreezing of Financial Assistance Grants (FAG) by the Federal Government meaning more money for our gravel road maintenance program. This budget continues our program to maintain and improve our road network and to address back logs. We have also budgeted to complete the sealing of the Willow Tree - Merriwa Road, within the Shire boundaries, by 2019.
“Money has been provided for the upgrade of facilities at Werris Creek Swimming Pool including adding hot water in the showers and disabled/wheel chair access, completion of the Emergency Services Precinct in Quirindi, the purchase of an inflatable movie screen for use at events around the Shire, particularly for libraries, The REC and swimming facilities plus other Shire attractions,” he sai
“Importantly we’re carrying out a Local Environmental Plan (LEP) Review to investigate zoning specific parcels of land to allow redevelopment and ensuring this vital planning instrument meets community requirements. We will also commence examination of the best way to expand the facilities at Quirindi Library,” he continued.
“Throughout the year we will continue to lobby hard for extra funding towards community amenities such as paths, cycle ways and other infrastructure. Where succesful we will include such projects within the budget. We will also continually monitor opportunities for funds and grants that can enhance our ability to bring projects forward,” he said.
“One of a Councillor's greatest responsibilities is deliberating, approving and regularly monitoring the Shire’s budget that provides the money to implement the community’s visions. Effective financial management will transform our area into a better place to live and work. Members of the community know what services they would like to have in their area and our consultation process endeavours to involve them as much as possible in deciding what should be the spending priorities over coming years.
“If it weren’t for local government, many of the services that we take for granted simply would not be there.It must not be forgotten that a wide range of critical functions, such as planning, waste disposal and infrastructure provision, including roads and footpaths, parks and sporting grounds, sewerage and water, are delivered by local government. LPSC will continue to work closely with its community to deliver the best outcomes into the future. Copies of all the budget papers are available for perusal at the Administration Centre,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is encouraging all Shire residents to come together and join in local celebrations to mark NAIDOC WEEK 2017 on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 July.
“There will be a special story times at our libraries, Quirindi on Monday 3 at 10.30am and Werris Creek on Tuesday 4 at 11.30am. Both will feature a NAIDOC week theme with Aboriginal children’s stories and books on display from the Central Northern Regional Library’s collection,” Councillor Hope said.
“From 10am – 2pm on Monday 3, a NAIDOC Week Family Fun Day will be held at Longfield Park, Quirindi which will feature a BBQ, activities and prizes, fairy floss, slushies, crafts, games and the Gomeroi Dance Company.
“It would be great to see as many people as possible come along to celebrate our First Australians, the custodians of the land,” he said.
“This event is possible because of collaboration between numerous government and non-government agencies, regional businesses and LPSC. I thank them for supporting the initiative,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said that although not being staged during NAIDOC Week, on Wednesday 9 August, there is an invitation to join the Indigenous Services Librarian from The State Library of NSW in a presentation about The State Library’s resources and other strategies that could be vital for people engaged in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family history research. It will be held at Quirindi Library beginning at 2pm and run for approximately two hours. More details will be available prior to the date. Interested persons can secure a spot by calling 6746 2350, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Quirindi Library Facebook page.
“NAIDOC Week 2017 will highlight the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and the theme is Our Languages Matter. It has been great to see the great steps taken in recent years to revitalise the Gomeroi language and more people learning their traditional tongue. It helps to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope is encouraging residents to nominate local woman, who work as volunteers within the Shire, for inclusion in the NSW 2017 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll which acknowledges and celebrates their contributions to NSW rural communities.
“The Hidden Treasures Honour Roll is co-ordinated by the NSW Department of Primary Industries' (DPI) Rural Women’s Network and nominations must be submitted before 28 July 2017,” Councillor Hope said
“Last year three very worthy local women, Linda Fittler, Colleen Wills and Beryl Mannion were honoured and it would be great to see some more local names added to the Roll in 2017,” he said.
“Too often it is taken for granted that many women are the backbone of families and communities. Without their support many groups including charities, emergency services, the arts, environment, social justice, education and sporting organisations would struggle to survive,” he continued.
“The Hidden Treasures project was initiated to promote and archive the work of these remarkable women. It is not an award program but a public tribute to the vast number of women who give their time and energy to help others across rural, regional and remote regions. All rural women nominated will be included in the Honour Roll
“There are now nearly 700 rural women volunteers recognised and it is a testament to the generosity and hard work of so many that they are publicly appreciated by their community. The Honour Roll improves recognition of the important and diverse roles women volunteers play and hopefully their stories will encourage others to take on volunteering roles,” he said
“Examples of previous Hidden Treasures and the link to make nominations can be found at http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/about-us/rural-support/rural-womens-network/hidden-treasures. For more information or if you need help with your nomination call 02 6391 3706,” he continued.
“You can nominate a friend, family member, colleague, community worker, any rural woman who you believe makes our community a better place to live. The 2017 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll will be unveiled at the NSW Rural Women’s Gathering in Narrandera on 28 October,” Councillor Hope concluded.