Media Releases & Exhibitions
Over recent years the LPSC Visitor Information Centre Manager, Nikki Robertson, has planted sunflowers so travellers can see them growing first hand.
Nikki has now expanded her farming skills and has a small patch of cotton growing with bolls now in evidence. “Last week we had a couple of RVers travelling south who said they’d been looking for cotton since leaving Moree,” Nikki said.
“They were thrilled when I took them out to our little crop and they could get up close.”
As Mayor and on behalf of Councillors and Staff of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) I take this opportunity to wish every citizen and every visitor to the Shire a blessed Easter period,” said LPSC Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope.
With Easter and school holidays upon us, many people will be travelling to and from the Shire and large amounts of through traffic can be expected on the highways of our region. If you’re on the roads please take care and drive safely, and remember double demerit points will be in force Thursday 13 to Monday 17 April inclusive. They will also be in force Friday 21 to Tuesday 25 April inclusive to cover the end of school holidays and Anzac Day.
“Far too many people lose their lives or are injured at this time of year. The demerit point system aims to reduce these accidents by providing incentives for drivers to improve their driving behaviour, obey road rules and comply with traffic laws. The double demerit point scheme applies for the following types of offences, speeding, illegal use of mobile phones, not wearing a seatbelt and riding without a helmet. Try not to lose points and even more importantly your life, or the life of someone else and drive responsibly,” he said.
“The vast majority of Council services and offices – the Administration Centre, Service NSW office, libraries, Eastside Childcare Centre, The REC Centre and Home Support Services (with the exception of Willow Tree which will close at 3.30pm Wednesday 12) - will be closed following their normal hours of operation on Thursday April 13 until normal opening hours on Tuesday 18 April. The Visitor Information Centre will only be closed on Good Friday and open 9am to 5pm on the other 3 days.
“There will no changes to waste and recycling service pick-ups within the Shire over the Easter period. Quirindi Landfill will only be closed on Good Friday and open on the other 3 days, 9am to 4pm. All other landfills and waste transfer stations will be closed on all 4 days,” he continued.
“Further information can be found on Council’s website www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au, on the LPSC Facebook page or by calling 6746 1755,” he said.
“For the Christians in our community, Easter is a solemn occasion marking the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a time to reflect on the importance of life as we live it. Let us use this time to breathe new life into our relationships, our communities, our work and our world,” Councillor Hope concluded.
According to Liverpool Plains Recreation (REC) Centre Manager, Annah Maybury, Tai Chi is often described as meditation in motion.
“The REC Centre is running a 5 week Tai Chi Program commencing Thursday April 27 at 4.30pm. Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise that can help maintain strength, flexibility and balance and for certain people could be the perfect activity as they grow older,” Annah said.
“The cost of the program is $50 upfront for the 5 weeks or $15 per casual class. If you’re interested in participating, call in at the REC Centre or email email@example.com,” she continued.
Annah said there had been a lot of interest shown in the ‘try before you buy’ Muay Thai boxing and self defence class with Ben Burrage. She said that as a result the full 6 week course would now start on May 19.
“Interested persons should note that the course will now run on Fridays rather than the originally planned Mondays. It will cater for 3 – 5yo, 5 – 15yo and Adults. Please contact me at the REC Centre asap if you are interested in being part of this program,” Annah said.
“The REC Centre endeavours to cater for all age groups and abilities. For young people we’re holding special Kids Fit classes on Thursdays 13 and 20 April from 10:30am-12pm. To avoid disappointment parents should register their children for this program,” she said.
We’d love to see more kids come and join in the fun of a full range of different actives that keep them entertained plus at the same time teaching them an improved aspect to health and fitness,” she continued.
“I invite residents to call in at the REC Centre to find out more about programs that are available or give us a call on 6746 3122. We’d love to be able to show you how health and fitness can be good for you and fun at the same time,” Annah concluded.
COUNCIL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE
Council’s Administration Office will close at 5.00 pm on Thursday 13 April 2017 and re-open at 8.30 am on Tuesday 18 April 2017.
**FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY PHONE 6746 1755 AND FOLLOW THE PROMPTS.
SERVICE NSW AGENCY
The Service NSW Agency will close at 3.00 pm Thursday 13 April 2017 and re-open at 8.30 am on Tuesday 18 April 2017.
Quirindi and Werris Creek Libraries will close at 5.00 pm Thursday 13 April 2017 and re-open on Tuesday 18 April 2017 at 10.00 am.
**PLEASE NOTE there will be no Saturday morning opening on 15 April 2017.
HOME SUPPORT SERVICES
Quirindi CHSP will close at 4.30 pm Thursday 13 April 2017 and re-open at 8.30 am Tuesday 18 April 2017.
Werris Creek CHSP will close at 2.30 pm Thursday 13 April 2017 and re-open at 8.00 am on Tuesday 18 April 2017.
Willow Tree CHSP will close at 3.30 pm Wednesday 12 April 2017 and re-open at 8.00 am on Tuesday 18 April 2017.
QUIRINDI EASTSIDE CHILDCARE CENTRE
Council’s Childcare Centre will close at 6.00 pm on Thursday 13 April 2017 and will re-open at 8.00 am on Tuesday 18 April 2017.
QUIRINDI RECREATION CENTRE
Council’s Recreation Centre will close at 7.00pm Thursday 13 April 2017 and will re-open at 6.00 am on Tuesday 18 April 2017.
LIVERPOOL PLAINS VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE WILLOW TREE
The VIC will be closed on Good Friday 14 April 2017 only. All other days including Easter Sunday (16 April) and Easter Monday (17 April) the Centre will be open from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
DOMESTIC WASTE AND RECYCLABLE BIN COLLECTIONS
There will no changes to waste and recycling service pick-ups within the Liverpool Plains Shire area over the Easter period.
Quirindi Landfill will be closed on Good Friday (13 April 2017) and will be open on all other days over Easter as scheduled (9am – 4pm daily). All other landfills and waste transfer stations will be closed on Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday (14 – 17 April 2017).
For further information regarding any closures, contact Liverpool Plains Shire Council on 02 6746 1755
Road Closure: Milner Parade & Pryor Street Quirindi
It is Council’s intention to close Pryor Street, between Pollock Street and Milner Parade, and Milner Parade, between Henry Street and Pryor Street for
the period 8:00am to 9:30am Sunday 9 April 2017. This closure is for the start of the Quirindi Canter.
Possible Traffic Delays
Motorists are advised that there will be pedestrians using the following roads for the Quirindi Canter between 8:30am and 10:30am Sunday 9 April 2017
and that motorists should plan for possible short delays:
Motorists are advised that there will be cyclists using the following roads for the Quirindi Canter Bike Ride between 8:30am and 10:30am Sunday 9 April 2017
and that motorists should plan for possible short delays:
Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Quirindi Truck Wash is fully operational again with final repairs, required following vandalism of the controller unit, now completed.
An upgrade of the facility was undertaken during the repairs to provide an increased database of users nationwide via the AvData control system, plus improved reliability. Improved lighting for night time operation was also part of the upgrade.
Late last year, Council endorsed expenditure of $6,000 to undertake the repair and upgrade of the controller. LPSC are still waiting for advice as to whether an application for NSW Government funds towards the relocation and upgrade of the facility has been succesful.
Council thanks users who patiently waited for the repairs and upgrade works to be undertaken.
Users are cautioned to be aware of the building activities, part of the Emergency Services precinct construction taking place in the area, and to take extra care when entering or departing the site.
Werris Creek based Liverpool Plains Shire Councillor Paul Moules has welcomed the announcement that the Piallaway Philatelic Society’s 1st Stamp, Coin and Collectibles Fair will be held at Werris Creek Railway Institute Hall on April 22 and 23.
“LPSC has taken on the role of custodian of the former Railway Institute building and would like to see it become an important community asset utilised for various types of events,” Councillor Moules said.
“The Stamp, Coin and Collectibles Fair has the potential to bring visitors to Werris Creek. Apart from the stamps and coins there will be China, vintage toys, glassware, jewellery, railway memorabilia, postcards and books.The entry fee will only be $2 so locals will be able to afford to go and have a look,” he said.
“People interested in being stallholders at the event or requiring more information can contact 0434 027 927 or email firstname.lastname@example.org,” he continued.
“Any individual or group who would like to utilise the Railway Institute as a venue can contact LPSC during business hours on (02) 6746 1755 for further details,” Councillor Moules concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has lifted the Level 1 water conservation measures that have been in place in Werris Creek since mid-January this year and returned to Level P (Permanent) restrictions,
“Sustained around the clock operation of the ageing Werris Creek Water Treatment Plant (WCWTP) during the height of summer necessitated Level 1 conservation measures, however cooler conditions mean the plant is now only operating 8 – 12 hours a day allowing the easing to take place,” LPSC Mayor Andrew Hope said.
“It is not anticipated that conditions will be severe enough for demand to exceed production limits in coming months,” he said.
“Level P is now enforce at all 8 of the Shire’s water supplies. It means users are requested to minimise watering during the heat of the day, high pressure houses only should be used to wash down hard/paved surfaces and pool covers should be used to reduce evaporation,” he continued.
“Council is continuing to lobby the State Government to match the Federal Government’s commitment of $10 million to allow construction of a new Water Treatment Plant as part of the Shire’s long-term Water Strategy to drought proof communities,” he said.
“I would ask all consumers to be water wise at all times and help conserve this vital commodity,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council, Councillor Andrew Hope is encouraging the Shire’s Youth to get involved and participate in the numerous events that have been organised for Youth Week 2017.
“Youth Week 2017 runs from Friday 31 March to Sunday 9 April and is an opportunity for young people to express their ideas and views, act on issues that affect their lives, and enjoy activities and events. I hope as many as possible will participate in our local events,” Councillor Hope said.
- Friday 31 March - 7pm - 10pm
All Age Disco at the Werris Creek Bowling and Tennis Club with DJ Leslie Jones
Venue Donated by Werris Creek Bowling and Tennis Club
- Sunday 2nd April - 1pm - 6pm
Youth Fun Day at Rose lee Park, Quirindi
OWN LIFE Skateboarding are returning again this year - Bucking Bull and Jumping Castle
- Friday 7th April - 4:30pm - 7pm & 7pm - 8:30pm
Youth Concert and Outdoor Movie @ Railway Square, Quirindi -
Music from 4.30pm to 7pm and Zootopia on the Big Screen from 7.00pm to 8.30pm
- Saturday 8 April
Inflatable Fun Day at David Taylor Oval Werris Creek
Bubble Soccer – Spaces are limited and bookings essential at www.trybooking.com/PGWW
- Sunday 9th April - Starting 10am
Marvel Movie Marathon at Quirindi Royal Theatre
5 Movies Back to Back - More info go to www.quirindiroyaltheatre.com/marvel
“Our youth are important to society and its functioning. They are our next generation of tradespeople, teachers, doctors, farmers and lawyers, so they need our support. The years of youth can be a time of struggle, dealing with family issues or friends, as well as peer pressures. There are schooling pressures and the looming question of ‘What will I do with my life?’,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said people seeking more information for all events should go to LPSC Youth Week Facebook page or contact council on 02 6746 1755
If you ever wonder what is to become of the next generation, remember many are trying to help themselves and their peers develop into compassionate members of society. Celebrate our youth. They give so much back to all of us,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is partnering with the NSW Government and Environmental Protection Authority during March and April to help clearly communicate the message that littering won’t be tolerated through the Hey Tosser! litter campaign.
“LPSC fully backs moves to drive a change in social norms around litter by raising awareness about littering and its impacts, and reducing littering behaviour. It is estimated it costs NSW $180,000,000+ each year to clean up litter. It costs LPSC ratepayers considerable amounts each year to clean up the mess left by thoughtless individuals in our area, not to mention the environmental impacts, so we are keen to see the NSW Government’s aim to reduce the volume of litter by 40% by 2020 become reality,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“Whilst Council’s Rangers monitor littering all year round, we will be upping the ante in coming weeks with particular attention being focused on this offence,” Councillor Hope said.
“Roadside litter is one of the Shire’s most unnecessary and preventable environmental problems. Our Rangers can only be in one place at a time so it is vital that community members help fight this problem. The NSW EPA can issue fines of $250 for an individual and $500 for a corporation for littering from a vehicle, based on reports from members of the public. By registering to report Tossers littering from vehicles to the EPA, you can be part of the solution to the litter issue.
“LPSC encourages everyone in our region to get on board. Visit Report to EPA to register - http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/reporttoepa/,” he said.
“While I encourage people to report these incidents I also want them to remember their health and safety are even more important and no risks should be taken. Never use your mobile phone while driving, pull over or ask a passenger to record the details,” he continued.
If it is safe to do so, get your passenger to take a photo of the car, location and litter item. Make as many notes as possible about the observation, such as the time you observed the littering, where you were going at the time, where you were in relation to the offender’s vehicle, for example, in your car behind the vehicle, who was with you and if they also saw the littering, the weather conditions at the time and how you recorded the littering, for example in a note book, voice recording etc. Keep your notes, photographs, videos and any other evidence for one year in case the penalty notice is disputed and you are required to attend court as a witness. This is a fairly rare occurrence as based on the most recent statistics, only around 4% of people that receive a fine have challenged it by electing to have a court hear the case. Submit your report to the EPA as soon as possible, and within 14 days of your observation,” he continued.
“Since February 2015, more than 19,000 people across NSW registered, over 25,000 reports of littering from a vehicle were made, and more than 16,000 fines have been issued by the EPA.
“For a rural Shire such as ours, it is a sobering statistic that over 1,200 grass fires are attributed to littered cigarettes in NSW each year. Over 90 per cent of fines for littering from vehicles are issued for cigarette butts,” he said.
By reporting littering from motor vehicles to the EPA, members of the public are helping to reduce the burden of cleaning it up. To determine how to report other forms of littering visit - http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/pollution/wastelitter.htm.
“Let’s all do our part to stop Tossers. Litter damages our natural environments, harms wildlife and sea creatures, can injure people and makes our spaces less safe,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has thanked the more than 600 people who made a direct contribution towards the formulation of the Community Strategic Plan. This Plan represents the highest level of strategic planning undertaken by Council. It identifies the main priorities and aspirations of the community, to provide a clear set of strategies towards achieving their vision of the future.
“Council organised a robust series of community events and a survey to allow residents to have their say. As a result we achieved good community participation at forums and/or pop up stalls held in 14 locations. Our major population centres, Wallabadah, Walhallow, Quirindi, Blackville, Werris Creek, Spring Ridge, Premer, Currabubula, Willow Tree, and Warrah Creek all hosted events.
“The top three priorities of those surveyed are, construction of roads and maintenance, water and sewer services and economic development. The respondents highlighted health services and attracting new residents as imperatives in ensuring a viable future. In light of this, good health and community facilities along with recreational amenities were considered essential by participants,” Councillor Hope said.
“In assessing the Shire, residents want a sustainable environment, consider our infrastructure as well planned and maintained and able to meet our needs now and into the future. It was recognised that we have access to affordable clean water supplies, actively manage the impact on our natural environment, that our local farming is sustainable and we actively foster renewable energy,” he continued.
“Participants listed our strengths, key priorities and what they value and desire as; a great rural lifestyle with access to quality services, our beautiful landscapes and appreciation for celebrating local events and festivals as a cohesive community. Their vision envisages dynamic towns/villages and safe communities, plus health and education services that can meet our needs and are available locally. They want improvements to our transport and telecommunications options to support our business and lifestyle. They wish for strong community, Council and business leadership. The importance of volunteers is recognised as is the need to build an effective, sustainable, volunteer base for the future. Also important is a desire to encourage our youth to become involved in the community and to evolve as the leaders of tomorrow,” he said.
“Residents obviously appreciate the need for economic development. Our economy is growing and there is a diverse range of job opportunities. As a community we foster new business development towards enhancing future prosperity. Town planning reflects the diversity of our towns and villages and we are seeing benefits from embracing tourism. “Residents indicated that in the event of Council receiving an increase in funding they would prefer it to be spent on roads and recreational facilities,” he continued.
|Ross Kingsley (centre standing) is Manager Corporate Strategy and Economic Development at LPSC’s sister city Blacktown City Council. Ross’s expertise was loaned to Council to assist in pulling together the results from community forums and the survey held to develop the Community Strategic Plan. Also pictured LPSC GM Ron Van Katwyk (standing left) and Mayor Andrew Hope (standing right) and Councillors Virginia Black, Ian Lobsey and Paul Moules. Also present (not in picture) at this meeting were Councillors Doug Hawkins, Rob Webster and Ken Cudmore as well as LPSC Directors Greg Tory and Donna Ausling and forums’ facilitator Cate McMahon.|
“Councillors and Management held a meeting last Thursday to review the feedback from the community events and survey. We welcomed the assistance of our sister city’s, Blacktown City Council, Manager Corporate Strategy and Economic Development, Ross Kingsley, again highlighting the benefits of the relationship between both councils.
“The results from the community survey will be available on Council’s website, www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au, from this Thursday 16 March.
“The Community Strategic Plan itself is still in the draft stages and it is scheduled to be put on public exhibition and encouraging feedback from late April,” he said. “It is gratifying to myself, fellow Councillors and management that the vast majority of respondents consider LPSC represents the community it serves. We look forward to continue working with the community to obtain the best outcomes for the Shire into the future,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Congratulations to winners of LPSC prizepacks for completing surveys - Kathy Dodd – Pool seasons ticket (Werris Creek Pool), Tony Vereyken - $100 Royal Theatre voucher, Audrey Smith – 6 month Gym Membership.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council is advising local, not-for-profit community organisations that the Federal Government is encouraging them to apply for the Community Heritage Grants Program.
Grants of up to $15,000 are available for community organisations such as public libraries, museums, historical societies, Indigenous and multicultural groups to help preserve and protect nationally significant collections.
The Community Heritage Grants Program is administered by the National Library of Australia, with support provided by the Department of Communications and the Arts, the National Archives of Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Museum of Australia.
Applications can now be made and close on Monday 8 May, 2017.
The guidelines and application form are available at: www.nla.gov.au/awards-and-grants/chg
Whilst Quirindi Library practices the essence of Harmony Day throughout the year, respecting cultural and religious diversity and fostering a sense of belonging for everyone, a special celebration will be held on Tuesday 14 March, between 11am and 1pm, to which members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend. The celebration will include Colourfest Short Films concluding with an international lunch. Attendees are asked to bring a plate of food that showcases their culture. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by Friday 10 March via 6746 2350, emailing email@example.com or on Quirindi Library’s Facebook page.
At Werris Creek library a display of children’s books that feature people from diverse backgrounds and nurture understanding will be featured in the run up to Harmony Day.
“Harmony Day is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home, from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. The message is Everyone Belongs. Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and makes Australia a great place to live”, said Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“Multicultural Australia is an integral part of our national identity. All people who migrate to Australia bring with them some of their own cultural and religious traditions, as well as taking on many new traditions. Collectively, these traditions have enriched our nation. It is important to keep in mind approximately 45% of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was, we identify with about 300 ancestries and since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia. More than 60 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia and apart from English, the most common languages spoken are Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Vietnamese, Tagalog/Filipino, Spanish and Hindi,” he continued.
“Although Quirindi library is running their local event on March 14, Nationally it will be held on 21 March to coincide with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Werris Creek library will feature its display on the run up to this date. 85% of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia and I encourage our community to join the celebrations,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Two family friendly events will see an influx of bikers gather socially on the Liverpool Plains in coming weeks. Both events are proudly supported by Liverpool Plains Shire Council. The first of the events will be the Bikers Australia Pigs ‘n Pines Run which will make Spring Ridge base from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 March. The second, the Magpie Bike Fest, will take place April 28 to May 1.
There will be a bike show, music and meals at The Royal Hotel Spring Ridge
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said he was looking forward to officially opening the proceedings at Spring Ridge. He pointed out that although there would be lots of fun events one of the main aspects of the weekend was as a fundraiser for the Kids With Cancer Foundation and he hoped many people would support this great cause. He said that as with Council’s support for RVers he also looked forward to the economic injection such events bring to the local community.
Chairman of Bikers Australia New England branch, Charlie (CEEJAY) Canham, said the members enjoyed social weekends and mixing with local communities at events such as the one planned for Spring Ridge. He said that local riders are also welcome to come along and be part of the proceedings and families to view events and bikes on display. He said there was a registration $15 donation for bikers which includes a badge and lucky door ticket with proceeds going to the Kids With Cancer Foundation.
The program of events for the weekend starts with registration at the oval and music at the Royal until late on Friday. On Saturday 25 registrations continue with the Bike Show held outside the Royal between 10am and 3pm, the offical opening being at 11am. People events at the oval will include 5 to a team tug-o-war, a rolling pin toss, a gumboot toss, a helmet toss and tyre pull. Bike events will be held next to the oval and include a slow race, a keg roll, witches hat slalom and slalom race between witches hat with pillion to collect tennis balls and drop in bucket. Adult winners will receive a bottle of wine and young winners a gift.
A special event will be a bikers vs locals cricket match, 4 – 7pm, and riders who would like to participate should let the organisers know when registering so teams can be formed. There will be meals at the Royal between 6.30 and 9.30pm, with trophy presentation, major auction and lucky door prize drawn between 7 and 8pm.
There will be free camping plus showers and toilets at the campground, with free breakfast Saturday and Sunday.There will be some eskys provided for those who wish to keep a cold drink at the oval and a bus running between the oval and the hotel. Those wanting more info can call CEEJAY on 0459 614 274.
Councillor Hope said the Magpie Bike Fest at the end of April is an inaugural event to be held in Quirindi.
“The majority of the events will be centred around the Caravan Park Precinct and will include events such as a Show and Shine and Poker Run raising money for a local charity plus guided tours around the Liverpool Plains. Camping sites which include showers and toilets will cost $10 per person per night. Another feature of the weekend will be a Motorcycle Film Festival at the Quirindi Royal Theatre. You can book for this now at www.trybooking.com/PBEE or call 6746 1755. We’ll have lots more info available as the event draws closer,” he continued.
“Council is proud to support both of these events so they can be kept low cost or free. The more people we attract to the area who have a good time, the more word of mouth promotion we receive that helps encourage people to return to the area during quieter times,” he concluded.
The Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council, Councillor Andrew Hope, invites media to Council’s major Back to Business Week event the Liverpool Plains Industry Showcase being held Friday 3 March between 11.30am and 1.30pm at Quirindi Bowling Club, 66 Pryor Street.
Media are invited to discuss the issues and proceedings with Mayor Hope, LPSC Director of Economic Development Donna Ausling and guest speaker Linda Hailey from 11.10am prior to commencement of formalities.
The Showcase will see the launch of the Liverpool Plains Economic Development Strategy and Liverpool Plains Business Directory.
The guest speaker, Linda Hailey, is a business consultant, marketing expert and author who believes it's time we took the mystery and stress out of marketing and strategic planning for small business. She is well known for her practical approach and her ability to relate to the small business market.
LPSC is grateful to the NSW State Government for financial assistance to help drive local economic development.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, he and fellow Councillors are truly gratified that so many residents have attended the community consultation forums, towards the development of the Community Strategic Plan, revealing their main priorities and aspirations and providing the input that will greatly assist Council produce a clear set of strategies to achieve their vision for the future.
“Thankyou to the residents of Wallabadah, Walhallow, Quirindi, Blackville, Werris Creek, Spring Ridge, Currabubula and Premer who have contributed to this project and we look forward to catching up with the people of Willow Tree and Warrah at their local halls, from 6.30 to 8.30pm, on Wednesday March 1 and Thursday March 2 respectively,” he said.
Councillor Hope said the other important part of the project is the Community Strategic Plan survey that residents have been completing on-line and at the various consultative forums. He said the information gained from the survey compliments the face-to-face meetings.
“The survey will close on Friday March 3 and I urge people who have not yet completed one to do so, so their voice is also heard. The survey can be found on Council’s website at - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LPSCCommunity. There are three prize packs available that all entrants will be in the draw for,” he said.
“Following the closure of the survey, all of the information will be analysed and compiled to produce a robust, draft Community Strategic Plan document that will be presented to Council and then put on public exhibition so people can see the outcome of the consultative process and comment before it is amended if necessary and finally adopted,” he continued.
Liverpool Plains Shire communities large and small made great contributions at community forums, this one at Blackville.
An enthusiastic group of Werris Creek residents made good contributions to the process.
“Again, on behalf of my fellow Councillors and Council staff, congratulations to all our communities for their interest and constructive input through the forums and survey. The LPSC Community Strategic Plan will be all the more effective for your efforts,” Councillor Hope concluded.
“It’s time to bite the bullet and make a decision on a site for a Freedom Camping area in Werris Creek, so the town can share in the benefits other Shire communities are experiencing through the burgeoning RV industry, to attract more visitors to the Australian Railway Monument and Rail Journeys Museum and the opportunities it can present for local business,” Councillor Paul Moules told the February Ordinary meeting of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC).
Following extensive discussion Council unanimously voted to establish the Werris Creek Freedom Camping Precinct on land adjacent to the LPSC Works Depot on Deeks Road.
LPSC Councillor Paul Moules at the site where the Werris Creek Freedom Camping Area will be developed
“For more than two years there have been attempts to gain concensus on a suitable site for a Freedom Camping Ground. More recently a site on Single Street was suggested however this is on Australian Rail Track Corporation land and the need to install sound barriers and security fencing makes the location unviable. Furthermore, the RV industry itself did not favour this site because of its limited scale with a main road on one side and rail marshalling yard on the other,” Councillor Moules said.
“Council officers have had a number of meetings with RV organisations and in particular the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) and they have all indicated a preference for a site away from the constraints of the railway line. Keeping their views in mind the Deeks Road location is far more suitable for their member’s requirements. I think it’s vital we respect the wishes and views of these organisations if we are going to succesfully cater to their needs,” he said.
“There are many rail enthusiasts amongst the grey nomads who will welcome the opportunity to conveniently camp and visit the Australian Railway Monument and Rail Journeys Museum and many more amongst their numbers who just like to visit attractions in the towns they visit,” he continued.
“These visitors will also spend money with local businesses. ACC research shows their members spend $100-120 a day. They estimate 180,000 campers on the road at any given time. There are 30 million domestic visitor nights spent in caravan parks and freedom camping grounds each year and 90% of all visitor nights in the sector are spent in regional Australia. These numbers are growing and I want to see Werris Creek share in the benefits these travellers bring to a town,” Councillor Moules concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is encouraging the Shire’s Seniors to join in the Seniors Festival activities being held locally to celebrate their important role in the community. The them for this year’s Seniors Festival is Let's Do More Together. For 2017 events include;
- SENIORS FESTIVAL OPENING EVENT – Cost $10 - Tuesday 7 March at Quirindi RSL Club. Commencing at 11am, with music and entertainment, a Roast Lunch and Dessert included with a free bus departing Werris Creek at 10.30am and free transport departing Willow Tree at 10.30am.
- A FREE MOVIE AND AFTERNOON TEA – Wednesday 8 March will commence at 1.30pm in the comfortable Quirindi Royal Theatre. It will feature the screening of the award winning movie Florence Foster Jenkins followed by a light afternoon tea.
- MYSTERY BUS TOUR – Cost $30 - Friday 10 March with buses departing Willow Tree Visitor Information Centre at 8.30am, Quirindi Railway Station at 8.30am and Werris Creek Post Office at 9am.
- LAUNCH OF STAYING STRONG PROGRAM AT REC CENTRE - Starts Thursday 9 March at 10.30am for an hour –Program runs for 6 weeks - A local qualified physio, from total care physiotherapy, will be running the program - Only 15 spots available – Make a booking by calling 6746 3122 or calling into the Rec Centre.
Councillor Hope pointed out that numbers to some events are strictly limited and encouraged people to book early at the Werris Creek, Quirindi and Willow Tree Home Support Service offices or the Customer Service Desk at Council’s Administration Centre. He said activities are open to all residents of Liverpool Plains Shire who are aged 55 years and over. He requested that anyone with mobility issues discuss these with Council staff when booking and that people who require a carer make a booking for them to attend as well.
“We’ve also arranged a Senior’s Festival Raffle. Tickets are $1 each with a 1st Prize of 6 months free movies at the Quirindi Royal Theatre, 2nd Prize is Gourmet Hamper from Plains Pantry and the 3rd prize a $50 Lolliebox from Quirindi Florist and Lolliebox. Tickets can be purchased from any of the LPSC Home Support Offices or the Administration Building. Tickets will also be on sale at each of the Senior’s Festival events,” he said.
Councillor Hope said persons over 55 years of age made p 35% of the LPS population in the last available census figures. He said like many rural areas the percentage of seniors is growing and will continue to do so into the future.
“Many of our seniors are still active on the land, in business and in many other areas of Shire life. A large number of the Shire’s volunteers are seniors and in this role alone they play a vital part in enhancing the social fabric of our communities,” he said.
The objectives of the week long Senior’ Festival are to encourage older people to live healthy and active lifestyles all year round, to demonstrate that older age can be a time of learning and adventure and to celebrate older people and their continuing contribution to family, friends, workplaces and communities, and across generations,” he continued.
During the Seniors Festival we celebrate the valuable contribution seniors make to our community. Here on the Liverpool Plains, it is our way of saying thank you to seniors and a great opportunity for all the generations to join with older people to celebrate,” he said.
“So, Let's Do More Together as we celebrate the role of seniors in our society. On behalf of Council and the wider community I say thanks for a job well done. Please participate in and enjoy the events that have been organised,” Councillor Hope concluded
Apart from events scheduled in the Liverpool Plains Shire there are events scheduled State wide and many major events in Sydney. Details can be obtained through www.nswseniorsfestival.com.au
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Deputy Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins, there is a pressing need for all the Shire’s businesses and organisations to come-on-board and partner with Council in driving economic development. He said while Council is undertaking many activities aimed at achieving positive outcomes real success can only be obtained if everyone is contributing and singing from the same hymn sheet.
“Let’s be honest, smaller rural communities like ours face many difficult social and economic issues into the future. Many businesses have been doing it tough but we have to face up to reality and find solutions. Competition from access to goods and services through the internet is a growing problem while economic opportunities leaking out of our towns to larger service centres is another,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“Our region has always had a strong agricultural base and now more than ever we must strive to ensure the town community can depend on the farming community for business and that our farmers can depend on our towns for their services and social connection. At the same time, high dependence on one industry can have its downsides. Rural towns hurt badly during expanded drought periods which cause economic downturn. On the other hand the whole local economy can benefit if producers can value add on their base product,” he said.
“Looking to the future, and with the aim of providing greater economic security, it is vital we diversify through building on opportunities like the burgeoning RV industry and tourism potential. Continuing steps to build trade links and partnerships with countries in Asia, particularly China is also important.
“The development of the Liverpool Plains Business Directory and the Liverpool Plains Economic Development Strategy are amongst the ways LPSC is striving to address these issues. Finding solutions will require multiple service/support strategies, increased agency inter-connection and proactive approaches envisioning, planning for and adapting to future socio-economic requirements.
“Council understands it is vital to work with local people to gauge and utilise the practical knowledge, experiences and insights available to tackle the future in real and locally specific ways,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has thanked the NSW Government and local MP, Michael Johnsen, for the financial and other support they have provided to Council and the local community to assist drive economic development across the Liverpool Plains Shire.
“They have provided funding to assist us stage Back to Business Week events, to develop a Local Business Directory and vitally to create an economic development strategy. We’ve also received funding for tourism projects whilst a number of local organisations have received funding for projects that stimulate economic growth and improve the social fabric.
“Given the importance of partnerships to regional economic development I am grateful for their effective and ongoing engagement with rural communities like ours that underpins commitment to localism and achieving long-lasting change. This partnership allows local and regional stakeholders to provide insight into the challenges and opportunities facing their communities and to work towards developing and implementing local solutions. Incorporating local decision-making helps achieve a shared commitment and sense of responsibility and ownership,” he said.
“These partnerships provide many opportunities for local businesses. The Business Connect program for example provides business advisory services and business skills training. It supports small businesses to startup, create jobs through growth, help established small to medium enterprises become sustainable and assists to increase business confidence. More information is available at http://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/business-and-industry-in-nsw/businessconnect/about-the-business-connect-program. Additionally, The Business Connect Bus visits the Shire a couple of times a year and delivers highly subsidised face-to-face business advice,” he continued.
“Other support comes through the Jobs Action Plan (JAP), Small Business Employment Incentives, The Small Business Rebate, Accelerating Growth Loans, the Export Capability Building Program, Austrade’s TradeStart Network, and the Boosting Business Innovation Program (BBIP). More information on these and other programs that may assist your business can be found at http://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/business-and-industry-in-nsw/businessconnect/grow-your-business.
“Also during Back To Business Week a free webinar The Power of Positioning will be held on Wednesday 1 March from 10am. You’ll learn proven yet simple marketing ideas and business strategies to stand out from the crowd and attract profitable long-term customers. Register https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3761257035822288386,” he said.
“The reality is there is a great deal on offer to support business development and growth but it will only aid local economic development if people seize the initiative and build on it,” Councillor Hope concluded.