Media Releases & Exhibitions

Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has engaged local Shire contractor Shannon Piggott to undertake the painting of the exterior of the Premer CWA building which also houses the local Health Service. The contractor will commence work on the project in mid-November.

Premer CWA“Council successfully gained funding of $15,000 through the NSW Government’s local drought stimulus package to undertake this project,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.

“The project has been developed in consultation with and guidance from key stakeholders. This is one of a number of community infrastructure projects being undertaken in the Shire’s villages. The projects are designed to support social and community sustainability,” he said.

Premer resident, and member of the Lions Club and Local Advisory Group Jackie Whillock said,” It is important that our local ratepayer owned infrastructure is well maintained. The building is vital for the provision of medical services and as a community meeting space. It is good to see this investment being made in our small community.

“Council staff have recently held discussions with Premer community members regarding refurbishment of the rotunda area at the Lions Park Premer recreation grounds precinct. Council has also successfully gained $30,000 through the same program for this project. It is envisioned that this project will be completed during this financial year,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.

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The Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, has welcomed the completion of upgrades to the amenities block at the Willow Tree Recreation Ground saying the improved facilities will benefit members of the local community as well as visitors to the area.

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“The work undertaken includes an upgrade to the septic tank and rubble drain, the replacement of the water heater to increase capacity for showers, new showerheads, replacing doors and painting walls, timber battens and the floor. A new gutter was installed on the northern side of the building and broken pipe vents were repaired. Additionally new LED light battens were installed as was an underground sub-circuit and safety switch,” he said.

“This project was undertaken with $50,000 Council successfully gained through an application to the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program. The work was carried out by local contractor Hoswell Constructions,” he continued.

“It is really great that Council has been successful in attracting many thousands of dollars in funding that is being invested in projects that provide economic stimulus and long-term infrastructure benefits for our various communities,” Councillor Hawkins concluded

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has received a number of requests for restricted access vehicle (RVA) into the Local Government Area (LGA). The requests have been directed through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) originally to facilitate delivery of hay into drought affected areas however more recently in preparation for carting grain to and from farms and silos when the harvest commences.

A RAV includes a 26 metre B-Double and a longer new vehicle to our LGA known as A-Doubles, which can be up to 36.5 metres long. The width and generally the height remain the same but the ability for it to carry more mass can change. However it’s the length that motorists will notice first and foremost. The B-Double will have the words “LONG VEHICLE’ on the back and the A-Double has the words ‘ROAD TRAIN’ printed on the back of the vehicle.

These vehicles can more efficiently move freight over the road network, reducing the number of heavy vehicles on the road. Further, they reduce the damage to Council’s road for every 1,000t of freight shifted. By reducing the cost to market of the upcoming harvest, local farmers can remain competitive.

To bring these vehicles into the Shire, an applicant must make their application to Council through the NHVR who then refers it to Council for determination. Council takes various things into consideration when assessing RAV routes such as its general road network, various bridge structures and their weight capabilities, vehicle turn paths, public amenity and general road safety. If Council is unable to approve a route, staff will recommend alternatives where ever possible to assist the applicant.

It is important that as road users driving roads within the Shire we are aware that the use of these restricted access/longer vehicles will increase and we’re mindful that they take longer to slow down, longer to accelerate, longer to stop and require more room to turn. If we think about these factors when passing them on our roads, we all contribute to making our roads safer.

A-Doubles are a multiple combination of two semi-trailers linked by a converter ‘dolly’ between the two trailers. The combination works well due to the fact the truck can be operated with one trailer (semi-trailer) or the second trailer can be added using the link or ‘dolly’.

The NHVR is the first point of contact for all restricted access vehicle use across our LGA and the country. For more details go to The NHVR is Australia’s independent regulator for all vehicles greater than 4.5T gross vehicle mass (GVM).

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Sunflowers have long been an emblem of the Liverpool Plains Shire and in recent years have become quite a drawcard for tourists who travel to the Shire specially to see them in bloom. The interest has developed to the point where the LPS Visitor Information Centre (VIC) provides an alert subscription service for tourists interested in seeing the sunflowers.

In view of this interest the VIC is launching Sunny-side up and inviting all Shire residents to join in a COVID19-friendly event. The idea is for residents in the Shire’s towns and villages to plant some sunflowers in their gardens that will allow visitors to follow a ‘sunflower trail’ and admire the sunflower gardens as well as providing them with photo opportunities.

To coordinate and make the event as successful as possible participants will need to plant the seeds between October 12 and 18 so they are all in bloom at the same time. Additionally, the VIC would like participants to share their growing experience by publishing photos and stories on their social media pages and using the hashtag #liverpoolplainssunnysideup. People who don’t use social media are invited to email their photos and stories to The VIC will share the photos and stories on its website and social media pages to encourage more visitors.   

To facilitate this event the VIC will provide free sunflower seeds and entry forms to residents between October 12 and 15 which will be available at the following outlets in the Shire’s towns and villages.Sunnyside Up 1

  • Newsagency, Quirindi
  • Art and Craft Shop, Quirindi
  • Liverpool Plains Shire Administration Centre
  • Werris Creek Library
  • Currabubula Pub and Café
  • Premer Pub
  • Spring Ridge Public School
  • Caroona General Store
  • Walhallow Public School
  • Blackville Public School
  • Visitor Information Centre, Willow Tree
  • Wallabadah Public School 

After several years of drought, the news of an upcoming sunflower crop has potential visitors excited. Local businesses who have been doing it tough through years of drought and then COVID-19 will benefit from visitors coming to see sunflowers and if residents support the Sunny-side up initiative it will add even more to the attraction for visitors and will provide a win-win situation for visitors and local businesses alike.

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LPSC’s Biosecurity Officer – Weeds, is alerting the Shire’s landowners to Fireweed (Senecio madagascariensis), which is one of 32 introduced plants that have been identified as a Weed of National Significance. These weeds are regarded as the worst weeds in Australia because of their invasiveness, potential for spread, and economic and environmental impacts.

FireweedThis is an Extract taken from NSW DPI Fireweed Primefact.

“Fireweed is a serious pasture weed of coastal New South Wales. It is able to grow on most soil types and in all aspects.  It forms a persistent seedbank if not controlled before it flowers and can rapidly take over heavily grazed and neglected pastures, competing strongly with existing pasture plants. It seeds prolifically and grows to maturity quickly. Density is influenced by groundcover and competition, especially in autumn.”

Fireweed has worked its way over the Range and into the LPSC local government area. This has more than likely occurred through the introduction of hay during the last two and a half years of drought or the possibility both feed and seed grain, fertiliser or introduced topsoil from contaminated areas has been delivered to the area.

Fireweed can take over pastures and make grazing animals sick or die. Fireweed is hard to get rid of. Each plant produces up to 30,000 seeds in a season.

Fireweed contains chemicals called pyrrolizidine alkaloids. Livestock that eat it get liver damage. The damage is irreversible and gets worse the more fireweed an animal eats. Hay, silage or grain contaminated with fireweed plants or seeds can poison livestock. Identifying fireweed poisoning is tricky. Other things like mineral deficiencies or internal parasites can cause similar symptoms. If you have affected animals contact your vet.

Fireweed has been identified and assessed as an additional key invasive plant through the North West Local Land Services Invasive Species Implementation Framework 2015.

The aim is to prevent the establishment of new invasive species in the North West Local Land Services region and to manage those identified as Key Emerging at the controllable level before they cross the threshold where control of spread is no longer an option.

Further enquiries can be directed to LPSC’s Biosecurity Officer – Weeds by calling 6746 1755. Go to for more information.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is encouraging water consumers to participate in a water awareness initiative, Water Night, on Thursday 22 October 2020, during National Water Week. The challenge is to not use taps, showers and running water for the night, instead making do with one bucket of water only, from 5pm to 5am. Use of water for hand hygiene and religious reasons is exempt.Water Night

The aim of the event is to get all households to sign up to Water Night to practice water mindfulness and being self-aware when reaching for the tap. If we all discover just how often we reach for our taps and how subconsciously we do it, we can gain a whole new perspective on how we use and save water now and in future. Register now to participate in Water Night at

By limiting the use of taps for one night we can start the journey of valuing water more. The campaign doesn’t mean you can’t use any water on the night as water is such an essential resource. The caveats to this challenge are that participants are allowed to fill up bottles for drinking, to use the toilet, a half flush is encouraged, and to use water to clean hands, which is crucial in ensuring COVID-safe practices. Find out how to remain COVID-safe through this fact sheet -

Research shows that a quarter of Australians don’t know how water arrives at their taps, 45% of them say they don’t think about using it. Water Night is designed to make people more aware of their usage, that flushing the toilet uses 4.5 litres, brushing teeth uses 7.5 litres, a full load of a dishwasher uses 20 litres, a shower uses 90 litres and a full bath 300 litres, a load of laundry uses 50 to 150 litres, a dripping tap wastes 12,000 litres a year, a leaking toilet uses 96,000 litres a year and filling a backyard pool requires around 42,000 litres. You can find quick and easy tips to save water at

The research further revealed that water is taken for granted and subconsciously used and that water behaviours are deeply habitual and have not improved in the last decade. This situation can improve, and consumers can save money if households become more water use conscious and use it efficiently by understanding the household water cycle, inspiring conscious use through experience and respecting the growing value of water.

Water Night is a collaboration between LPSC and the Australian Water Association.

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Another momentous step has been taken towards the redevelopment of the Quirindi Library Precinct with Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) seeking Tender Submissions from construction contractors experienced in renovating commercial and community building facilities to undertake the project.

Tenders, which are being procured by open tender arrangements, are required to be submitted by 10am on Monday 19 October 2020 in accordance with the documents provided on Council’s Tenderlink portal which can be found at,” said LPSC’s Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“A compulsory pre-tender briefing for interested contractors will be held on Thursday 1 October commencing at 9am at the Quirindi Library site. Council is encouraging local licensed tradies and local sub-contractors to attend the library at 9.45am to offer their trade services and to meet and greet with prospective principal contractors for the project.

“The project includes alterations, additions and refurbishment that require trade works such as earthworks, structural steel works, concreting, carpentry, roofing, flooring, plastering, glazing, landscaping plus the upgrade of electrical, mechanical, hydraulic and fire services,” he said.

“To get to this milestone, a team of engineers and technicians have worked tirelessly developing the plans to ensure the library redevelopment is well engineered utilising sustainable architecture to ensure it is more user friendly. In this regard, Council acknowledges the contribution of Hill Lockart Architects, W.J.Bryan Engineering, Marline Newcastle, G.J.Seib Pty Ltd and Council’s own staff.

“Council successfully secured funding through the NSW State Library, the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program and the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Program,” he continued.

For further information on this project contact Council’s engineering services on 02 6746 1755 during business hours or via email

“The Tender contract will be awarded in November. The redevelopment is focused on attracting more users of all age groups. When completed the Quirindi Library Precinct will be an important community hub serving as a contemporary multi-purpose area with modern facilities and improved activity spaces,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is encouraging local contractors and service providers to provide expressions of interest (EOI) for possible involvement in the Quipolly Water Project (QWP) as it is rolled out.

Local businesses within the LPSC LGA are being requested to get involved by registering their basic information with Council that can be passed onto the lead contractor who under the terms of their contract must where possible engage local businesses to support their work on the QWP.  

The basic information required is first and last name, email and phone number, business name, business location and a description of the services offered. This information should be emailed to LPSC’s Water Services Manager, Rod Batterham, at

There will be roughly 50 staff on the job and while some contractors such as truck and excavator providers, plumbers, electricians, chippies and fencers are obvious there are a lot of non-construction providers that also have opportunities through the project.

These include accommodation providers as well as real estate rentals for longer term occupancy over an approximately 18 month period, caterers who can provide mobile services to the work site,

personal protective equipment (PPE) suppliers, hardware suppliers, suppliers of rental equipment, security, drone footage, seed and or hay for reinstatement and sediment control, plant servicing, particularly mobile mechanics, plant consumables like bucket teeth, fuel and oil supply deliveries, mobile office rental, amenities rental and traffic management.

“This project has the potential to provide local economic stimulus with many opportunities for local contractors and suppliers. I urge interested parties to register their EOIs as soon as possible so that they can be passed onto the major contractors who are currently finalising their tender for the project,” LPSC Mayor, Andrew Hope said.

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A $70,000+ project to replace the floors and piers at Spring Ridge Hall will commence shortly, being undertaken by Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) with funding received through a successful application to the NSW Government’s Drought Stimulus Package.

“Council has engaged local contractors Graham and Phillip Batho to undertake the project. The main objective of this package is to deliver economic stimulus by fast-tracking local infrastructure projects that will provide lasting benefits to the community,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“Community halls, like the one at Spring Ridge, are part of the glue that binds rural communities together. Our rural villages are an important part of the Shire’s history and character and also have an exciting role to play in the future so a community hub such as the hall is important,” he said.

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During the school holidays, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is collaborating with Encore Dance Studio to host Youth Dance Classes on Wednesday 9 October at the Longfield Pavilion, Henry St Quirindi.Dance A

Two classes will be held, ages 3 to 8 from 10.30am to 11.30am and ages 9 to 14 from 12 midday to 1pm. LPSC is subsidising these classes and the cost to participate is $5 per child. Bookings at

Any queries regarding bookings should be directed to Andrew Ballard at LPSC on 6746 1755. If you’d like to know more about the lessons please call Erica on 0458 606 248.

The school holiday tennis clinics previously announced, have now been booked out.

“School holiday activities are crafted to provide fun and educational events for school-age children that allow them to explore and immerse themselves along with their peers,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

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According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, as if COVID-19 restrictions aren’t causing enough problems for local businesses battling to remain viable, they also have to contend with a substantial increase in the number of people buying online from businesses that can be based anywhere in the world and those travelling to regional hubs to shop. He said now more than ever it was vital to Go Local First to give local businesses the best opportunity of making it through the pandemic and ensuring our rural community maintains the goods and services they provide.

“From the local baker, saddler or plumber to the local pharmacy, food outlet or fencing contractor, small businesses contribute together to make something far more valuable than anything they do or sell. They help to build and are an important component of the fabric of our local communities.

“They bring income to our towns and villages, provide local jobs, give our kids apprenticeships and work experience. They support local sporting teams, donate to local charities and work as volunteers,” Councillor Hope said.

“LPSC has been supporting the National Go Local First campaign from day 1. In recent weeks we’ve streamlined our social media campaign to focus more on local businesses, their owners, the locals they employ and people who shop there. They are local faces we all recognise and highlight the reasons we should Go Local First; for the convenience they offer, for the jobs they provide and their important role in the local economy.

“If you’ve got a local business in the LPS, whether you have a shopfront or are a contractor or supplier of services, send Council a photo that illustrates what your business does and where possible includes employees and/or customers and we’ll use them as part of the campaign. Send your contact details, the address of you operations and a few words about the nature of your business accompanying your photo via email to Attn Local Business Photo This campaign is about all our local businesses so whether you’re in the towns, villages or based on a property please join in” he continued.

“Our quality lifestyle in a rural community is dependent on convenient availability of goods and services. Any businesses we lose because of COVID-19 may never return. So, support local businesses, keep the Shire economy operating and Go Local First,” he concluded.


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Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Visitor Information Centre (VIC), located on the New England Highway at Willow Tree, is celebrating its 10th birthday, having opened on 14 September 2010.

“The VIC has proven to be a great community asset for the Shire, attracting over 130,000 visitors since its opening, from all over Australia as well as International travellers from New Zealand, England, the U.S., Canada, Europe, China, Japan, Russia, Bolivia and South Africa,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.  

Visitor Information Centre 2“Thanks to the VIC many of the people who are travelling around now spend a couple of days discovering the Shire, its attractions and the splendour of a uniquely beautiful part of rural Australia stretching from the Great Dividing Range to the prime agricultural lands of the rolling plains to the west. The VIC also plays an important role as an economic driver for the whole Shire as visitors spend money with local businesses while they are here.

“Council has continued to develop the VIC site since its opening and the Kamilaroi, a Highway a People display in the forecourt has proven a very popular attraction for tourists. The VIC’s promotion of the sunflower as a symbol of our Shire has also been particularly successful with many people now visiting on an annual basis when they are in bloom. The VIC has also collaborated with the NSW Office of the Small Business Commissioner and local entrepreneurs to develop Agritourism as another economic driver,” he said.   

“Council is extremely proud of the fact that the VIC has also been recognised through numerous awards including a Highly commended in the 2012 Payce Communities Local Government Excellence in Property Awards, the 2015 Regional Tourism Awards Encouragement Award, the 2016 Regional Tourism Silver Award and a Highly Commended at the NSW State Tourism Awards, the 2017 Northern Inland Innovation Award, Professional and Government Services Winner for the Liverpool Plains Recreational Vehicle (RV) Strategy and the 2018 Regional Tourism Bronze Award.  

“The VIC is also an important hub for the Willow Tree community providing a library drop box,  free use of computers, printing and fax services, internet classes for Seniors, events promotion and as a drop-off point for all sorts of things,” he continued.

“This year also marks the 10th anniversary of VIC Manager Nikki Robertson’s association with the Centre. Nikki started off working weekends in 2010, from 2012 she worked part-time three days a week and since 2013 she’s proven to be a very competent full-time manager. Much of the VIC’s success can be attributed to her warm, friendly personality, her knowledge of tourism locally and in the wider region plus the rapport she develops with visitors,” he said.

Nikki says she has never had a bad day at the VIC, meeting so many interesting people and always learning more about this beautiful country and our wonderful area in particular.

She said there are many people who have been involved over the years in building the success of the VIC and that every one of them, no matter how big or small their effort is appreciated.

“Nikki’s work also entails organising pop up VIC’s at events like the Currabubula and Blackville Markets, the Quirindi Show and Sister City events in Blacktown. She also collaborates with neighbouring areas, the AVIC network Accredited Visitor Information Centres, as well as the Kamilaroi Highway Group and Destination Country and Outback in promoting LP as a destination.

“Happy 10th Anniversary to the VIC and to Nikki on reaching this milestone. You’re being in Willow Tree has supported the evolution of a vibrant main street with entrepreneurial businesses catering for the hungry traveller with a wide range of options available. I look forward to the VIC achieving much more success in the future. Your role during and when we come out of COVID-19 restrictions will be vitally important in supporting regeneration of the Shire economy,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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“Demand for upgrades has been established through consultation with user groups and peak bodies. The move follows on from recommendations in the LPS Sport and Recreation Strategy for relocation and colocation of activities to increase overall capacity and enhance the flexibility of activity spaces as outlined in the Quirindi Sport and Recreation Precinct Master Plan,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

The Liverpool Plains Shire’s vision to develop its sporting precincts, to provide for optimal use of facilities for sport and recreation groups and the wider community, is taking another exciting step forward with redevelopment taking place at the Harold Golland Sporting Fields to provide a shared base for soccer and junior cricket.    

“The work includes 2 new synthetic cricket pitches that will allow junior cricket to relocate to the Golland Fields, allowing for an increased number of players to register with Quirindi Junior Cricket Association to participate in one of the region’s favourite sports. It is a project that benefits young people from all areas of the Shire who come in to participate,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

President of the Quirindi Junior and District Cricket Associations Mick Sevil said, “for junior cricket it will give us the ability to continue to expand. We ran out of room at Longfield Park last year and had to close registrations. The move to Golland Fields will provide more opportunity to foster cricket amongst the region’s juniors. The new synthetic pitches will allow juniors to be better prepared as they transition to the older age groups”.

The project is being funded through LPSC’s successful application to the NSW Government’s Drought Stimulus Program that has provided $900,000 to fund a number of projects to upgrade infrastructure that provides economic stimulus. $550,000 has been budgeted for the redevelopment of the Quirindi Sporting Precinct, a project that will benefit sportspeople, young and old, from all over the Shire. In addition, other projects are being undertaken at Premer, Spring Ridge and Warrah Creek,” Councillor Hope said.

“This project at Golland Fields compliments the development of the sporting precinct that includes Longfield Park and the neighbouring tennis facilities. It will enhance the opportunities that are available for Shire sportspeople to enjoy their chosen sport and provides for our various sporting organisations to expand and grow their operations into the future,” he concluded.

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The concrete bed has been laid for the 2nd pitch 

Work gets underway on new synthetic cricket pitch at Golland Fields

Terry Cohen (Quirindi Veterans Cricket), Mick Sevil (Quirindi District Cricket Association)
and Neil Wilcox (Quirindi Football Club) 


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The Spring Ridge community has welcomed the completion of the re-decking of the village’s pedestrian footbridge that provides a safe walkway for pedestrians in Darby St. The initiative has been funded as part of a raft of projects to be undertaken with $900,000 Council successfully obtained through the NSW Government’s Drought Stimulus Package.

The project was undertaken following close consultation with key stakeholders the local community advisory group,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“The upgrade to community infrastructure has the objective of providing economic stimulus to Liverpool Plains Shire by engaging local contractors while improving infrastructure that positively influences social and community sustainability,” he said.

Councillor Hope said that through the same funding the replacement of the flooring and piers at Spring Ridge Community Hall will be undertaken with contractors Graham and Phillip Batho engaged to undertake the project.

“As defined in our Community Strategic Plan LPSC aspires to have a great rural lifestyle with access to quality services, strong community, Council and business leadership, while encouraging a thriving economy and a sustainable environment to carry us on to the future,” he said.

“The funding through the Drought Stimulus Package has allowed Council to expedite projects that will have long term benefits for our smaller communities, and we are grateful for the support given by State Member, Michael Johnsen MP, in gaining the funding that will allow us the opportunity to do so,” he concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is collaborating with the Perform With Power Tennis Academy’s coach Mitch Power to provide tennis clinics during the upcoming school holidays held over three days on Monday 28, Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 September. The clinics will be held at the Milner Parade courts in Quirindi, which have recently been upgraded, between 2 and 4pm.

Tennis Clinics Photo courtesy Quirindi Advocate‘Interested parents/carers can sign up now for their children between the ages of 4 and 14 to join in the fun, fitness and friendship the clinics provide. To sign up go to,” said Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“The cost to participate is $55 per child which entitles them to attend the clinics on all three days. These clinics usually cost $75 however LPSC is subsiding each child’s participation by $20 to help make it more affordable for families,” he said.

“The clinics will have special guidelines in place due to COVID-19 and numbers will be capped at 40 players, so I urge interested parents/carers to reserve a place as soon as possible,” he continued.

“Tennis provides an opportunity for kids to be independent in a safe but challenging environment. Through tennis they learn respect, discipline and that success comes with perseverance. They learn to win with humility, accept losses with grace and develop the resilience to get back up and try again,” he concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed the introduction of the live streaming of Council’s meetings saying it ushers in a new era allowing community members additional opportunities to interact with their Council. He said it further strengthens the transparency of local government and its democratic process.

“Council had been working towards introducing new protocols in respect to how meetings are conducted in line with NSW Government directives prior to COVID-19. The pandemic restrictions initially necessitated LPSC facilitating its meetings using an online platform, Microsoft Teams. However, it also provided the opportunity to redesign the Council Chambers and introduce modern technology to facilitate physical distancing within the room and make it simple for members of the public to access meetings online to remain engaged in the decision-making process,” he said.

“Council trialled the new arrangements at July’s Ordinary meeting and successfully live streamed its August meeting. For some people meetings times may not be convenient and the system allows them to watch the proceedings at a time of their choosing after the event.

“It is simple to access the live meeting, usually held on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm and the archived meetings. Go to YouTube and type in Liverpool Plains Shire Council. You are encouraged and welcome to subscribe to the channel. On meeting days, get online a few minutes before 2.30pm and you’ll see the meeting listed and ready to stream when it commences. If you’d like to have a look at the August meeting there are 3 parts you can click on, an Australian Citizenship Ceremony held on the day and the meeting parts 1 and 2. Any changes to meeting dates or times are posted on Council’s website and Facebook page,” he continued.        

“COVID-19 is rightly leading many organisations to rethink how they provide services, just as it is influencing how customers prefer to do business.

“Council has been witnessing a shift towards more community members desiring to access Council services from home and their mobile devices. Over the coming months we will investigate and introduce improvements to our corporate website making it easier for members of the public to interact with their Council when undertaking transactions, providing feedback and accessing information online,” Councillor Hope said.  

“Your Council comprises local people, elected by you to represent the views of the community while making decisions in your interests, demonstrating conduct that the community expects and deserves, and who plan and oversee the running of a significant and complex organisation. The new live streaming of meetings will further connect the community to this important process,” he concluded.

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According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, child abuse and neglect is preventable and if we all work together as a community we can create a society where all children can grow up safe and well.

“National Child Protection Week is celebrating its 30th anniversary. It runs between September 6 and 12 and the theme this year is Putting Children First. Putting children first means prioritising the safety and wellbeing of children. To grow up well children need to feel safe and loved, have a chance to play and explore, have a say in decisions that affect them, and access to essential things like food, shelter and healthcare,” Councillor Hope said.

National Child Protection“Child abuse and neglect refers to any behaviour or treatment by parents, caregivers, other adults or older adolescents that results in the actual and/or likelihood of causing physical or emotional harm to a child or young person. Such behaviours may be intentional or unintentional and can include acts of omission like neglect and commission such as abuse. It is commonly divided into five subtypes: physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, sexual abuse and exposure to family violence,” he said.

“During National Child Protection Week, a series of free webinars celebrating the theme of Putting Children First will be streamed. More information and to register for participation can be found at

“Of particular interest for children and their schools will be a live Virtual Classroom event for middle-upper primary students that explore what privacy and personal information means, understanding what an online ‘stranger’ can be, developing strategies and skills to secure accounts and learning where to go for help and support.

“The other is for parents/carers, eSafety’s parent guide to popular apps taking a look at TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube. It will include case studies, research, and targeted advice so you can support the young people in your life to have safe, enjoyable online experiences.

“Both of these webinars will be streamed on several days during the week so scroll through the program to  choose the most convenient date, time and then register,” he said.

“The NSW Department of Family and Community Services is responsible for handling reports of child abuse and neglect in New South Wales. Information about the process of reporting child welfare concerns can be found on the department’s Reporting a Child at Risk webpage You can also contact the Child Protection Helpline phone 13 21 11, available 24/7,” he continued.

“Parents and other family members may disclose to you concerns about not coping with their parenting responsibilities. Listening and providing support and practical help is important, while assessing whether there is a child at risk of abuse or neglect. Contact details and links to helplines and telephone counselling services that provide information, counselling support and service referral can be found in the resource sheet Helplines and Telephone Counselling Services for Children, Young People and Parents

“Everyone has a part to play, put children first and provide them with the best possible opportunity to grow up happy and safe,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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The replacement of Liverpool Plains Shire’s current incandescent streetlights by far more energy efficient LED lighting will be undertaken following a resolution at Council’s August Ordinary Meeting. This decision will result in a significant reduction per year in power use and deliver savings each year in both maintenance and electricity costs.

“Council is responsible for the ongoing operations, maintenance, and replacement of streetlights and with changes in technology, it is now widely accepted that LED’s are more suitable for streetlighting,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“Essential Energy has offered Council a bulk replacement of all current streetlighting to convert them to LED. At the meeting, Council considered a report from the Director Engineering Services that considered two options available to fund this upgrade. The two options are that Council fund the capital cost itself, or Essential Energy fund it and Council pay it back in user fees over a 10-year period.

“If Council were to fund it, our net capital cost is estimated at $391,082. This includes the sale of Energy Saving Certificates (ESC) that are generated by switching to LED’s. We would then expect an annual operational saving of $45,786, providing a payback period of 8.5 years. 

“If Council accepted Essential Energy’s funding offer, we would receive $38,530 in ESC in the year of installation, and have annual operational savings of $3,345 over the 10-year payback period, reverting to the same $45,786 pa savings from the 11th year onwards,” he said.

“The Director of Engineering Services analysis of both options showed the Essential Energy funded option provides a far greater benefit to Council than funding the works, through savings of $69,500 over the 10-year period.

“Council’s policy is for infrastructure that is well planned and maintained and will meet our needs now and in the future. The Shire’s new LED streetlighting, when rolled out, will provide a more reliable, better quality street lighting service with less outages plus significant savings in energy consumption as well as benefits for the environment. I think, considering all the benefits, it’s a great and sensible decision to undertake this project,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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The NSW Police Force Rural Crime Prevention Team has launched Operation Stock Check, an ongoing, proactive operation to prevent livestock theft by disrupting the movement of stolen stock in NSW.

Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Andrew Hope is urging anyone with information about livestock theft to contact their local police, a member of the Rural Crime Prevention Team, Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or He said all information is treated in strict confidence.

“Following the difficulties our farming sector has faced through drought and the COVID-19 pandemic, the last thing they need is crooks stealing their livestock. I applaud high visibility policing to address this issue and offenders are on notice that officers are out and about inspecting vehicles carrying livestock to identify and target loads which may have been stolen,” he said.

“NSW Police report that some $4.3 million worth of livestock, 20,300 sheep and 1800 cattle, have been stolen in western NSW through 368 incidents reported over the last two years.

“I was pleased to hear NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller announce that this operation is one of a number of steps the NSW Police Force is taking to ensure they can protect the livelihoods of our farmers.

“Police Officers will also be interacting with farmers and engaging with members of their rural communities to ensure they are protecting their stock in every way they can. Education is a key tool towards preventing this problem,” he continued.

“Police are requesting that legitimate carriers, along with farmers that convey their stock in smaller vehicles and trailers have their paperwork in order so they can quickly identify those who are doing the wrong thing. This is not about targeting legitimate truckies, it is all about targeting criminals,”

“The Rural Crime Prevention Team now comprises 52 specialist officers and they have made good inroads in dealing with rural crime since the unit was established in 2017. It is important that our community supports them in their endeavours to apprehend offenders,” Mayor Hope concluded.

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With the Australian Road Safety Foundation’s (ARSF) September Rural Road Safety Month drawing to an end, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is encouraging local residents to be aware of the facts and to take the ARSF’s pledge to promise that they will always be fit to drive, scan the road ahead, know their limits and plan a trip carefully, stay sharp and take regular breaks, not to drive through flooded waters, be alert for wildlife and livestock and drive to suit conditions. He said, you can take the pledge online at

“Despite smaller population numbers, rural road fatalities make up two thirds of the annual death

count in NSW. Interestingly, when it came to improving city or regional roads, ARSF research shows that NSW drivers believe that a change in attitudes and behaviours would have a greater impact in cities, but not as much in regional areas. This is despite the fact that 71% of both metro and regional drivers admit to dangerous driving behaviour generally, and a similar number of metro and regional drivers confess to being more likely to break a road rule in rural areas,” he said.

“Further, the research shows that speed, distraction and fatigue are the top three dangerous driving behaviours that are more likely to impact rural NSW drivers than metropolitan drivers. There’s also a clear difference between understanding and attitudes with metropolitan drivers wrongly believing that rural roads are safer than city streets and motorways, compared to their country NSW counterparts. Added to this, 53% of the state’s metro drivers wrongly believe more road fatalities occurred in city areas, compared to just 27% of rural drivers,” he continued.

“There are also dangers beyond just the driver’s seat creating added risk in rural areas. Rural NSW residents are also more likely to ride bicycles and scooters without a helmet, as well as riding after a few drinks. It’s also important to note, however, that dangerous road behaviours occur less frequently in rural areas compared to city streets and yet still more fatalities happen in regional areas. This goes to show that even one dangerous choice can have grave consequences.

“Sadly, speed is the number one dangerous driving behaviour that all NSW drivers are prepared to risk on rural roads more than city streets. However, it is pleasing that rural drivers are more mindful of their behaviour causing harm to others, whereas city drivers are more likely to only be concerned with doing harm to themselves. Local regional drivers are most likely to recognise the impact of increased hazards like fallen branches and wildlife which can lead to serious accidents,” he said.

“Rural Road Safety Month reminds us of the dangers on our roads. Even if we are driving safely, bad road behaviour by others can see us involved in serious accidents. I think that subconsciously we all worry a bit when family members are out driving and until they get home safe. Share this information with your family and friends and stay safe on the roads,” he concluded.

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