Media Releases & Exhibitions

Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is requesting water consumers in Werris Creek to assist by limiting water consumption from midnight, Wednesday 17 January until midnight, Thursday, 18 January, when during the day, which will temporarily interrupt power and affect the Werris Creek town water supply.

“During the period there is no power to the Quipolly Dam pump station, it will be unable to supply water to the town’s water treatment plant. This will result in the water levels in the Werris Creek reservoirs continuing to fall until power is restored,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“Council is requesting Werris Creek residents to be mindful of their water usage during this period to ensure the water storages can return to their normal capacity as soon as possible,” he said.

“With the hot weather being experienced lately, this is a timely reminder for residents to be mindful of their water usage because of the current Werris Creek treatment plant’s capacity limitations. Council is continuing the planning for the construction of new Quipolly Water Treatment Plant which will remedy this problem,” he continued.

“LPSC is committed to working with our community to achieve sustainable water use across the Shire.” he said.

If you have any questions regarding the interruption to the power supply please phone Essential Energy on 13 20 80. For water enqueries, please contact LPSC’s Customer Service Team on (02) 6746 1755 during business hours,” Councillor Hope concluded

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope is inviting and encouraging members of the Shire community to join in Australia Day celebrations to reflect on what it means to be Australian, to celebrate contemporary Australia and to acknowledge our history.

The Shire’s Australia Day Program for January 26 is:

    • 10.30am – Quirindi – The Presentation of the Liverpool Plains Shire Australia Day Awards at the Royal Theatre Quirindi.
    • 10.30am – Warrah Creek – 20/20 cricket Match
    • 2.00pm – Official Australia Day Ceremony at Warrah Creek as well as fun and games for the children
    • 6.30pm – Werris Creek – Australia Day Celebrations with BBQ dinner, fun games and fantastic fireworks to finish the night.
    • ALL DAY – Quirindi and Werris Creek pools will be open FREE OF CHARGE for all patrons. Normal opening times apply. Werris Creek pool will have the inflatable obstacle feature at a cost of $5.00 per person for unlimited rides.

“The Shire’s 2018 Australia Day Ambassador is Professor Maria Kavallaris who will attend the awards ceremony, and the Warrah Creek and Werris Creek events. Australia Day Ambassadors volunteer their time and energy to inspire pride and celebrate in our local communities where they they are our guest of honour and participate in activities as diverse as the communities themselves,” Councillor Hope said.

“Australia Day means different things to different people – and that’s a big part of the rich fabric of the day,” he said.

“The Australia Day theme Everyone, every story is all about acknowledging and celebrating the contribution that every Australian makes to our contemporary and dynamic nation. From our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who have been here for more than 65,000 years, to those who have lived here for generations, to those who have come from all corners of the globe to call our country home,” he continued.

“Some 13 million people. Approximately half the country’s population participate in specific Australia Day celebrations each year. I encourage you to be one of them,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has extended the closing date, for receipt of nominations for the Shire’s 2018 Australia Day Awards, through until 4.30pm, Thursday January 18. 

“We all know someone who gives their all and makes a difference to our community. I encourage all residents to look around and nominate someone who deserves to be recognised through these awards,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“The official nomination form is available HERE from Council’s Customer Service Desk at the Administration Centre, by calling 6746 1755 during business hours, or email a request to angus.fraser@lpsc.nsw.gov.au. Completed forms can be dropped in to the Customer Service Desk or email lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au.

“This year, we’ve added the Emergency Services Community Award, which seeks to recognise and raise awareness of the extraordinary contributions of everyone involved in the Shire’s emergency services sector. The category is open to all emergency service agency personnel who operate in our local government area,” he said.

There are now eight categories seeking nominations;

•         Citizen of the Year

•         Young Citizen of the Year

•         Local Legend

•         Sportsperson of the Year

•         Junior Sportsperson of the Year

•         Marie Maunder Community Service Award

•         Emergency Services Community Award

•         Community Event of the Year

“The LPSC Australia Day Awards celebrate the achievements of individuals who inspire us through their accomplishments, in service to our community, culture and sports. Nominating someone is not only good for the individual. It is also good for the entire community. It encourages other people to follow their example.

“As a community we rely heavily on their commitment and dedication to enriching the fabric of our society and the awards provide an opportunity to say thank you and well done. Be it a friend, family member, workmate or someone you have met while serving the community, nominate them now for a LPS 2018 Australia Day Award,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), has become aware that starting in 2018, NSW TrainLink proposes to trial new coach connections aimed at better linking regional communities. Of particular interest to our region are proposals for new services between Tamworth and Newcastle, Tamworth and Dubbo and Tamworth and Port Macquarie.

According to LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, three Tamworth - Newcastle services are being touted that would allow day return trips with stays in Newcastle of four, six and eight hours utilising Coaches from Tamworth to either Scone or Muswellbrook where passengers would transfer to trains for the remainder of the journey. Similar rail/coach services would be provided on the return journey. Within the Shire the coaches would pick up and set down at Werris Creek, Quirindi and Willow Tree.

Councillor Hope said he was urging residents to look at the proposals for all three propsed routes at https://transportnsw.info/news/2017/trials-of-new-public-transport-options-for-regional-nsw and to take the survey that seeks to find out preferences for departure and arrival times, frequency of travel, and food and drink options. The survey can also be accessed directly via the link http://survey.canvasu.com.au/canvasu/trainlink.

“LPSC acknowledges that this proposal is not quite what Council has lobbied strongly in favour of for some years, but it will fill a badly needed gap and at this stage offers more options to and from Newcastle than previous proposals.”

“Our Visitor Information Centre Manager recently attended an information session regarding the proposals and the question was asked why this service can’t be a train service throughout. The response provided was that at the moment there aren’t any spare rail carriages available before 2020 when the new fleet is ready. They also acknowledged that TrainLink has to compete with the coal trains for rail paths. However, it has not been ruled out that there may be a future for a complete train link after 2020,” Councillor Hope said.

“The most important things at this moment is for people to provide feedback to the proposals via the survey and when instituted that they make good use of the service to improve the chances for a full rail service after 2020,” Councillor Hope concluded.

 

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Over 50 children, their families and other Spring Ridge community members attended Saturday night’s official opening of the embellishment project at Lachlan Campell Park, the Christmas Tree and Christmas Chocolate Wheel.

“The achievements and improvements to amenity at Spring Ridge are the result of the community’s partnering with Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) and Whitehaven Werris Creek Coal to realise their aspirations. The Spring Ridge Local Advisory Group (LAG) displays tremendous drive and determination to get the job done and the way they operate could well serve as a blueprint for other community groups looking for succesful outcomes,” LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said.

“The Lachlan Campell Park Embellishment Project has seen shading installed over the play equipment, installation of a new, covered, aluminium picnic table and seat and a king size gas BBQ. The playground border has been removed and replaced with new treated timber edgings. The electricity supply has been reconnected and a flood light and power points installed. There has also been the addition of an ‘expression swing’ for babies and toddlers,” he said.

Spring Ridge LAG Chair Vicki Donnelly said they are very proud of the Spring Ridge Community’s continuing efforts to improve the village.

“During the last few years the LAG has partnered with LPSC to complete a number of items from our ‘wish list’, including the installation of shower facilities, replacement of the external fence and installation of lights on the oval. This in turn has also allowed the site to be utilised for Freedom Campers which in turn is a stimulus for local economic development,” she said.

“The LAG would like to especially thank Mayor Hope, Donna Ausling and Steve Ryder for their commitment to the Spring Ridge community. They are always available for advice and to discuss the best way to achieve our projected goals,” Vicki said.

“Councillor Hope also acknowleged the work of Donna and Steve, as well as their team members and work crews who have contributed to the project.

“LPSC looks forward to kicking more goals, into the future, in partnership with the Spring Ridge Community,” Councillor Hope concluded.

 Spring Ridge Embellishment Project Steve and Donna Children Emblishment Project

LPSC Property Manager Steve Ryder, LPSC Director Economic Development Donna Ausling, Mayor Andrew Hope, Werris Creek Whitehaven Coal Operations Manager Rod Hicks, and Spring Ridge LAG Chair Vicki Donnelly at the official opening.

The covered playground provides protection from the elements and a variety of activities for the local kids.

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Chilean Needle Grass has been located, and identified on Warrah Creek Road reserve and adjoining private land. While this weed is new to the Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) area, it is known to have been present in a neighboring area for more than twenty years. These infestations have been continually monitored and maintained with a control regime.

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Last Wednesday LPSC Authorised Officers for Weeds, in conjunction with the Upper Mooki Landcare Group, organised a well-attended get together of concerned local landowners/managers, private spray contractors, local Land Services field staff and a chemical supplier at the infested site to discuss ways to identify Chilean Needle Grass and the control options available.

Chilean Needle Grass is recognised and listed as a Weed of National Significance and a Regional Priority Weed under the North West Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan 2017-2022. This plan was developed in line with the new (July 1 2017) Biosecurity Act and applicable for both our Region and Council Area.

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Chilean Needle Grass (Nassella neesiana) is classified as a Priority Weed in LPSC area with a Control Objective of CONTAINMENT: These weeds are widely distributed in the wider region. While broad scale elimination is not practicable, minimisation of the biosecurity risk posed by these weeds is

Chilean Needle Grass (Nassella neesiana) is closely related to another, very problematic weed, Serrated Tussock (Nassella trichotoma) and once established it is unlikely it can be eradicated. However, small newly establishing infestations may be eradicated with a great deal of persistence.

Chilean Needle Grass appears very similar to the native spear grasses (Austrostipa spp). The most diagnostic feature of Chilean needle grass, and only found in this species, is the corona; a raised crown of small teeth, at the junction of the seed body and the seed awn. The awn twists when dry and often has two bends in it. Vegetative, green leafy plants of Chilean Needle Grass can be mistaken for many other winter green species, especially Danthonia and Fescue.

Under the Biosecurity Act, all plants are regulated with a general biosecurity duty to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risk they may pose. Any person who deals with any plant, who knows, or ought to know, of any biosecurity risk, has a duty to ensure the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised, so far as is reasonably practicable.

Also under the Act, a Tenure Neutral Obligation applies for all land Owners/Managers, as a shared and equal responsibility, including Councils and all Public Authorities, alike.

Find out more at the NSW DPI Weeds Website www.weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au/.

Please report any findings to LPSC’s Weeds Officers Peter Scott 0428 961 982 or Mike Whitney 0427 961 980, or contact them for further advice.

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Water Report Werris Creek Production Summary December 2017 2

Red line indicates 2016/17 production requirements. Shaded blue indicates comparison with 5 year average. Green line indicated production demands to date for 2017/18.

According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, it was at the end of November, early December 2016 that Werris Creek Water Treatment Plant (WTP) experienced the first of six spikes in water production requirements. These spikes ran through until late March 2017, pushing the ageing plant beyond its capacity.

“The six spikes were well above the average usage, over a 5 year period, for the particular time of the year. The need to remove pressure on the plant necessitated the introduction of Level 1 and later Level 2 water conservation measures,” Councillor Hope said

“As the weather warms up Council urges residents to be wise with water consumption. Production levels have remained relatively stable since September and are currently below average. At current production levels the old WTP can meet demand, however, if demand levels similar to recent summers are experienced in the coming weeks, water conservation measures may need to be introduced,” Councillor Hope said.

“Although last week’s announcement that the State Government has committed $10 million as their share towards completing the Regional Water Supply Strategy, in partnership with the Federal Government and Council, it will be around two years before the $27 million project is completed. In the interim, the Werris Creek community must endeavour to conserve water usage, to maintain supply from the old plant, during the hotter days.

“Quipolly Dam is down 1.9%, compared to last month, at 75.3%. This is despite good rainfall in November which failed to generate stream flow. The only water received to the dam was via direct rainfall over the dam surface,” he continued.

“The Quirindi supply bore levels have improved slightly with the recent rain and a drop in water demand caused by milder conditions. Production has stabilised at a level typical of recent years through November. Progress on Bore 6 remains on track for production from the new bore to commence prior to Christmas.

“Council’s other village supply bore levels remain normal,” he said.

“All consumers, through all systems, are requested to ensure that water is not wasted. While our supplies are in a healthy position, we are never guaranteed rainfall so we should all endeavour to make every drop count,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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“Thankyou for partnering to make a vision a reality,” Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said, following the announcement the State Government will provide $10 million and join with Council and the Federal Government to complete the Shire’s Regional Water Supply Scheme (RWSS).

Werris creek Water treatment

Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen MP, LPSC Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson at the announcement of a $10 million commitment by the State Government to allow completion of the Regional Water Supply Scheme.  They are pictured atop Werris Creek’s current Water Treatment Plant which will become redundant when the new facility is commissioned. 

“This partnership has seen a safety upgrade plus capacity augmentation at Quipolly Dam, completion of the Wallabadah Alternate Water Supply project and completion of the Quirindi to Willow Tree water pipeline and its associated infrastructure. The State Government announcement will allow the erection of a new Water Treatment Plant to help overcome Werris Creek’s water supply issues and to address future supply requirements. Additionally, we’ll construct the pipelines necessary to connect up the Shire’s water supply network to help safeguard supply and drought proof our major population centres,” Councillor Hope said.

To get to our current position constructing the RWSS the following grant money has been utilised:

$480 thousand - Murray Darling Basin fund to study water supply adaption to less water (Federal Gov)
$400 thousand - Development of study for water supply adaption to provide Concepts - RWSS Shovel Ready work (Federal Gov)
$2.1 million - Safety Upgrade for Flood capacity works at Quipolly Dam (NSW Gov)
$2 million - Increased storage works for Quipolly Dam (NSW Gov - via CMA)
$380 thousand - Wallabadah Alternate Water Source drought proofing project (NSW Gov)
$4.8 million - Willow Tree Pipeline drought proofing project (NSW Gov)

LPSC has also received a commitment of $10 million dollars towards this project facilitated by Federal MP Barnaby Joyce, which is dependent upon a funding partnership with the NSW State Government.

“On behalf of Council and the Shire’s residents I sincerely thank State MPs Michael Johnsen and Kevin Anderson for their efforts towards achieving this support from the State Government and Federal MP Barnaby Joyce for his commitment to it,” Councillor Hope said.

“This project has had its share of detractors and pessimists who claimed it would never come to fruition. Over 11 years, since its conception, LPSC has stayed focused on ensuring it did become a reality and I think it is a wonderful legacy to leave future generations, a safe, dependable water supply,” he said.

“Major thanks must go to the commitment of Council’s Water Services Manager, Rod Batterham, and his team who developed a concept beginning in 2006, and through many hours of dedicated work have developed plans, developed business cases and sought and gained funding to bring the many parts of the project together until now we see the final pieces fall into place. In many ways, the RWSS is to the LPS a mini version of what the Snowy Mountains Scheme was for the Nation,” he continued.

“Apart from the obvious benefits of a safe, reliable water supply for consumers, it also provides opportunities for economic development through the ability to offer a secure supply to industries looking to relocate,” Councillor Hope concluded.

Project Timeline

  • Oct-06 - First Concept of RWSS scoped by Water Services Manager
  • Apr-07 - First presentation and report to LPSC Councillors of RWSS project (No Willow Tree pipeline in scope)
  • Jul-08 - Design Brief let for Design of Quipolly Dam upgrade
  • Mar-09 - Design commenced on Quirindi 5ML Reservoir off Callaghan’s Lane
  • Jul-09 - Commencement of Design for Upgrade, and Increased Storage of Quipolly Dam
  • Sep-09 - NSW Dam Safety Committee endorses with LPSC's Design for the Upgrade of Quipolly Dam
  • Jan-10 - Commenced construction of Quirindi 5ML Reservoir
  • Jan-10 - Commenced seeking approvals for Quipolly Dam upgrade
  • Feb-10 - Completion of Quipolly Dam Early Warning System
  • Jun-10 - LPSC receives grant seed funding from the Federal Government to study adaption to water supply issues in the Murray Darling Basin
  • Oct-10 - Completed construction of Quirindi 5ML Reservoir
  • Dec-11 - Approvals required for Quipolly Dam upgrade completed
  • Jun-12 - Commenced construction of Quipolly Dam upgrade works
  • Apr-13 - Completed construction of Quipolly Dam upgrade works
  • Apr-13 - Commencement of Quipolly Dam Recreation Area Stage 1 works
  • Nov-13 - LPSC receives grant funding from the Federal Government to undertake Concept Design work on RWSS
  • Mar-14 - Commenced RWSS Concept Study report to achieve "Shovel Ready" status
  • Jun-14 - Funding applications for the Willow Tree pipeline and Wallabadah alternate water supply submitted
  • Aug-14 - Commencement of the Wallabadah Alternate Water Supply project
  • Dec-14 - RWSS is "Shovel Ready"
  • Dec-14 - Completion of the Wallabadah Alternate Water Supply project
  • May-15 - LPSC completes its section of the works for the Willow Tree pipeline project (Duke and Russell Streets water mains)
  • Jun-15 - Commencement of the major works for the Willow Tree pipeline
  • Dec-15 - Completion of the major works for the Willow Tree pipeline
  • Aug-16 - Federal Government writes to LPSC committing to $10M for the Upgrade of the Liverpool Plains regional water supply project
  • Sep-16 - Quipolly Dam fills to new increase capacity for first time since upgrade
  • Apr-17 - NSW Government announces RWSS is one of 8 shortlisted projects for new Safe & Secure funds
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The Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope, is advising community members that the LPSC 2016-17 Annual Report has just been released.

“I encourage interested parties to check out the report either via Council’s website here or via hard copy available at the Customer Service Desk at the Administration Centre, the Libraries in Werris Creek and Quirindi and the Visitors Information Centre in Willow Tree,” Councillor Hope said.

“The Annual Report is a key element of Council’s Integrated Planning and Reporting framework. It reports back to the community about our progress implementing the Delivery Program, progress towards achieving the Community Strategic Plan and it measures financial performance against the annual and longer-term budgets,” Councillor Hope said.

“The report outlines the communities vision for our Shire as well as Council’s corporate values.  It provides a review of LPSC’s achievements and the challenges we’ve faced over the past 12 months as well as setting out our goals for 2017-18,” he said.

“It provides details of our organisational structure, policy, finance and strategy, the implementation of our delivery program, as well as reports on Environmental Services, Community Services, Economic Development and Technical Services plus financial statements,” he continued.

“Some of the highlights and major achievements for the past 12 months have been over $7.5 million spent maintaining and upgrading our rural, regional and urban road networks, completion of stage 1 of the outdoor interactive learning pathway at Eastside Childcare Centre, near completion of the $4.5 million Liverpool Range Emergency Services Precinct, the Quirindi Memorial clock tower refurbishment plus winning silver at the Regional Tourism Awards and achieving highly commended at the NSW Tourism Awards. Promotion and tourism continues to be a significant priority,” he said.

“Council’s focus remains ensuring the Liverpool Plains Shire achieves higher levels of growth and generates improved quality of life through expanded oportunities for economic and social development, within an environmentally and financially sustainable framework. We remain committed to continually improving financial viability and customer service while delivering outcomes for the community.

“I thank fellow Councillors, the General Manager and Directors and all staff for their efforts and dedication over the past 12 months and look forward to achieving more for our communities in coming years,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Councillor Virginia Black, has welcomed the official announcement the State Government’s $100 Active Kids rebate for sporting and fitness related costs will commence from 31 January 2018.

“Over recent years, Council has heard the community’s concerns that things like swimming lessons, a basic right for all kids, can be unaffordable for families with multiple children and/or tight budgets. Unfortunately, Council does not have the financial resources to subsidise such activities so we’re very happy to see the State Government address this issue,” Councillor Black said.    

“Active Kids will see every child, 4.5 - 18 years’ old and enrolled in school from Kindergarten to Year 12, eligible for an Active Kids Voucher. These vouchers will not be means tested with one available for every child in a family, annually, for the next four years, including home-schooled kids and those enrolled in secondary school education at TAFE NSW,” she said.

“Council welcomes this initiative not only because every dollar counts in the household budget but also because there are many benefits of sport participation for children and youth.

“These include reduced risk of obesity, increased cardiovascular fitness, healthy growth of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons, improved coordination and balance, a greater ability to physically relax and, therefore, avoid the complications of chronic muscular tension such as headache or back ache, improved sleep, mental health benefits, such as greater confidence, improved social skills and improved personal skills, including cooperation and leadership,” she said.

“The voucher will be able to be used for registration or membership fees for structured activities, of no less than eight weeks’ duration, that provide a moderate to vigorous level of physical activity like swimming lessons, structured fitness programs, outdoor education programs, approved active recreation such as dance, for equipment ordinarily provided by the provider on registration for competition and other sporting pursuits,” she continued.

From 31 January 2018, parents/guardians/carers of an eligible child resident in NSW will be able to download vouchers from the online platform or at our local Service NSW Centre. I urge people to keep this in mind and to make use of this program which will help facilitate sporting activities for our young folk,” Councillor Black concluded.

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Liverpool Plain Shire (LPS) residents will have the opportunity to meet one of Australia’s greatest cricket legends, when A Night with Doug Walters is held at the Royal Theatre Quirindi on Friday 15 December commencing at 6.30pm.

Doug Walters 5Tickets are $30 which includes the night with Doug, dinner by Firey Cook with beef, pork and chicken with salads and bread roll plus acoustic music provided by Ryan Sampson. Tickets are available at www.quirindiroyaltheatre.com/dougwalters or at Council’s Administration Centre.

“The night will kick off with drinks and the bar will be open throughout the evening. Doug Walters will tell stories from his incredible career before dinner, with more tales and a Q & A section to follow. Doug has also donated a bat and ball which will be raffled and several items will also be auctioned. All proceeds over the reserve prices will go to the Quirindi Cricket Club,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“Doug Walters MBE, the legendary larrikin of Aussie sport, is the man that made the game of test cricket look easy, with graceful and quick footwork he made it look effortless as he dispatched fast and slow bowlers to all parts of the ground. Doug is admired not only for his great batting and bowling, but for the sense of humour he brought to a very serious sport. Doug Walters typifies what it is to be an Aussie. He has even been described by Dennis Lillee as the coolest man in cricket!” he said.  

Doug made his First Class debut for New South Wales against Queensland in the 1962-63 season. His highest score was 253 and his best bowling was 7/63, both against South Australia in the 1964-65 season. In the domestic Sheffield Shield competition he played 91 matches, scoring 5,602 runs at 39.73 and taking 110 wickets at 32.81. He retired  from all forms of cricket in October 1981,” he continued.

Doug is full of stories and keeps his audiences giggling about everything from stories of cricketing folklore to the trip to the function! This will be a popular evening so I advise interested persons to get their tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment,” Councillor Hope concluded.  

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Visitor Information Centre (VIC) recently organised a familiarity trip to show staff and volunteers from Tamworth, Nundle, Manilla, Murrurundi, Quirindi and Narrabri VICs the attractions the Shire has to offer tourists.

We had a great day, the weather was perfect for the occaision. On the bus between stops the LPSC staff also informed our visitors about our other attractions, accommodation on offer, the sunflower alerts issued by the VIC, local history, the Shire’s villages, freedom camping and our events calendar,” said LPSC VIC Manager, Nikki Robertson.      

“The Austin Tourist Park in Tamworth is a great ambassador for the Liverpool Plains and we were stoked when they also sent along one of their staff members,” she said. 

“During the day we had morning tea at Willow Tree, took in the scene from Who’d-A-Thought-It lookout, visited Bob’s Shed, the Rural Heritage Village and Miniature Railway, Werris Creek’s Rail Journeys Museum and Australian Railway Monument, had lunch at the Marshall McMahon Inn Wallabadah and had a guided tour of the First and Second Fleet Memorial Gardens,” Nikki continued.

“All of our visitors thoroughly enjoyed the day and were amazed at just how much the Liverpool Plains has to offer. The Shire’s attractions are impressive and I always enjoy introducing visitors to them.

“Additionally, the day provided a great opportunity for networking and conversation between the VICs towards further progress working together to promote this wonderful region,” she continued.

“I’d like to thank Bob’s Shed, The Rural Heritage Village, the Miniature Railway and the Rail Journeys Museum for the interesting tours they provided, and the Marshall McMahon Inn for a delicious lunch. Lastly, a big thanks to all the visitors who made the day a resounding success,” Nikki said.

LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, congratulated Nikki for her initiative in organising the days events.

“Promoting tourism and Council’s Recreational Vehicle (RV) Strategy are vital components of our economic development program to assist local businessess and attractions prospser,” Councillor Hope said.

Werris Creek Railway Narrabri VIC employees Visiting visitor info employees Visiting visitor info employee Train Ride

Rail Journeys Museum and Australian Railway Monument President, Chris Holley, showed the visitors all facets of the museum’s operations.

Narrabri VIC girls pictured at Who’d-A-Thought-It lookout with Narrabri Tourism Manager Penny Jobling (centre).

The visitors were surprised at the amazing collection at Bob’s Shed.

Train driver Brian prepares to take the contingent for a ride on the miniature railway at the Heritage Village.

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Asbestos Roulette

Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope, has extended thanks to the media who have given coverage to the dangers associated with asbestos during November, National Asbestos Awareness Month. At the same time he is urging do it yourself home renovators  and tradies carrying out renovations to be mindful of the dangers all year round.

“Why have 100% of Council’s around NSW got behind supporting this campaign? Simply because it is a silent killer. Statistics published last year by the Public Health Research and Practice journal show six out of every 10 mesothelioma sufferers today were involved in major home renovations involving asbestos. We want people to be aware of the dangers and to take the necessary steps to safeguard themselves, their families, others in the community and the environment,” he said.

“With 13 Australians dying of asbestos-related diseases and another 13 being diagnosed with mesothelioma every week it is a time-bomb in our midst. Australia has the second-highest mesothelioma death rate in the world. Once known as an old man's disease, it is now being diagnosed in people in their 40s. More than 10,000 people have succumbed to the disease since the early 1980s. Medical models point to a peak in deaths from mesothelioma between now and 2021. The number of cases in the country is expected to reach 18,000, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. According to cancer experts, an additional 25,000 people are expected to die from it over the coming decades,” he continued.

Councillor Hope said this is how one asbestos victim described his circumstances, first I took aspirin, then I inhaled steam, then my doctor gave me some antibiotics but there was no relief from the pain and the shortness of breath, so one day after I found myself gasping for air, after the exertion of picking up a parcel from the floor, I went for a CAT scan and learnt a new word mesothelioma. I couldn’t believe it, I couldn’t believe it was happening to me. The doctor said I might have only six weeks, or I might get lucky and last for two years.

“The occupations with the highest exposure risk include asbestos mining and jobs that produce a lot of dust such as sawing, sanding, drilling, grinding or handling asbestos-contaminated materials. The workers who filed the most compensation claims over recent years included carpenters, electricians, power plant workers, plumbers, metal workers and telecommunication workers. The dangers can be in many occupations and are expected to rise amongst tradies and do it yourself renovators as homes built prior to 1987 are refurbished or demolished,” he said.

“There is no known safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres so without knowing what to look for or how to manage and dispose of asbestos safely, homeowners, renovators, tradies and handymen are playing a risky game of Renovation Roulette and putting their lives and the lives of others at risk.

“What we have to remember is, if you understand the dangers of asbestos, you can manage the risk. Before even starting renovations go to www.asbestosawareness.com.au for lots of useful information. The Bernie Banton Foundation website also provides a lot of valuable information www.berniebanton.com.au/ and they also have a 24/7 Support Helpline on freecall 1800 031 731. Whatever you do, make sure you or a loved one don’t become another statistic,” Councillor Hope concluded.  

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Tar Patching

(L to R) – Brent Moffat, WHS Advisor Noel O’Brien, Garry Fechner, Cameron Smith and Joe Robertson provided the recommendations to Council that have vastly improved safety standards and efficiency handling tar at LPSC’s Works Depot. They are pictured at the Emoleum tank along with the new access stairs to the platform where the workplace has been decluttered and electrical systems upgraded.

Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope, has congratulated staff associated with introducing new tar handling and application operations for Council.

“As a result of a risk assessment, undertaken by LPSC’s Work Health and Safety (WHS) section, of the provision of road sealing and patching operations at the Council’s Works Depot, recommendations were put to Council to improve the design and operation of the tar handling plant.

Tar Patching Truck

“LPSC WHS and Risk Management Advisor, Noel O’Brien, along with the workplace health and safety committee considered the operations and the requirements to find solutions to streamline the decanting operations. Their work led to improvements in both safety standards and efficiency,” Councillor Hope said.

In a move that paralleled and complimented these works Council has recently taken delivery of a state of the art Paveline tar patcher and resealer.

“This is cutting edge technology that again improves safety for staff and improves efficiency. No more do we have crew with tar pots working out of the back of trucks, at risk on the side of roads. As a sign of this unit’s efficiency, one person achieves more than what three people could achieve under the old methods. Staff estimate it has tripled the speed of operation. Last week it used 58 tonnes of stone and 14,000 litres of emulsion getting its work done,” Councillor Hope said. 

“Improved management and safety practices result in efficency increases from the delivery of the tar to the tanks to provisioning of the Paveline through to the application of tar on the roads. This in turn leads to better use of ratepayer funds and better utilisation of human resources and equipment, freeing them up for other important projects,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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NOvember is national Asbestos Awareness Month culminating in Asbestos Awareness Day on Friday 24 NOvember when support groups including the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia hold Asbestos Remembrance Day Services. Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) supports all initiatives to make the community aware of the dangers of asbestos and to prevent locals becoming an asbestos statistic.

“The key message is Get to kNOw asbestos this NOvember! Visit www.asbestosawareness.com.au to learn where asbestos might be located in and around homes and how to manage it safely,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

Asbestos Healthy House Checklist

“Through this website you can view Asbestos In Your Home – The Ultimate Renovators Guide,  search Australia’s only online Asbestos Product Database, download Fact Sheets for Homeowners and Renovators on how to manage asbestos safely, download a Healthy House Checklist to help identify and safely manage asbestos products, download Fact Sheets and Checklists for Tradies to learn the locations of asbestos products and what to do to manage asbestos safely and take the 20 Point Safety Check  to learn what you need to know about asbestos in homes,” he said.

“Reported exposure statistics from a study by A/Professor Eun-Kee Park into Asbestos exposure during home renovation in NSW showed that exposure to asbestos fibres is common during do-it-yourself (DIY) home renovations with more than 60% of DIY renovators reporting exposure to asbestos dust. The scary thing about exposure to asbestos fibres is that it may be many years before symptoms appear.

“Asbestos is the only known cause of malignant mesothelioma. an incurable asbestos-related cancer. When people don’t know the risks or how to protect themselves or families and release fibres during renovations and maintenance, they put their health and the health of families and bystanders at risk,” he emphasised.

“Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world. Many wrongly believe that ONLY fibro homes contain asbestos. Asbestos can be found in multiple products in ANY home built or renovated before 1987 including brick, weatherboard, fibro and clad homes, because it was used in multiple products that can still be found in and around many homes today. Asbestos may be found in every room inside as well as outside homes including; under floor coverings such as carpets, linoleum and vinyl tiles, behind wall and floor tiles, in cement floors, internal and external walls, ceilings and ceiling space, eaves, garages, around hot water pipes, fences, extensions to homes, outdoor toilets, dog kennels, chook sheds and backyard sheds. Basically it can be found anywhere,” he said.

“Asbestos removal is one job that’s best done by a licensed professional. Professional removal of asbestos is affordable, you must ask yourself if in the longterm can I afford not to use a professional,” he continued.

Unless homeowners take the warning seriously, the number of Australians diagnosed with mesothelioma is likely to continue to rise. As a community we need to be aware of the dangers of asbestos in and around homes, particularly when renovating or doing maintenance,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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Nikki Robertson  Ron Van Katwyk RV brochureIn a further development of its Recreational Vehicle (RV) Strategy, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has produced the Liverpool Plains the plains of freedom RV Camping Guide.

The 12 page guide lists and details the Freedom Camping Grounds at Wallabadah, Werris Creek, Currabubula, Willlow Tree, Spring Ridge and Premer with a key to each site providing details of the amenities provided plus local things to see and do. The centre pages provide a map highlighting the camping ground communities and connecting roads around the Shire.

VIC Manager Nikki Robertson, recently attended the caravan, camping, lifestyle expo in Sydney to promote the Shire at the Kamilaroi Highway stand. Over 21,000 people attended the event.

The Shire has seen a steady growth in the number of RVers utilising facilities including overnight stayers who have come back to spend a few days discovering attractions and taking in the rural beauty that stretches from the Great Dividing Range to the bountiful agricultural plains to the west. 

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is seeking funding through Roads and Maritime Services’ (RMS) Active Transport Program Grants towards extension of two existing shared pathways plus a new pathway to benefit students from Quirindi High School and the new TAFE learning centre.

“The State Government’s Transport Plan encourages greater emphasis on walking and cycling and aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan for the provision, maintenance and enhancement of infrastructure that is environmentally friendly and minimises risk to the community. If we can attract some funding it will be a win-win-win for the Government, Council and the Community,” said Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“The three projects we are putting forward have been identified within LPSC’s Pedestrian Access, Mobility Plan and Bike Plan which was adopted in 2015 following extensive public consultation,” he said.

“Over the past seven years, Council has constructed some 5kms of shared pathway connecting southern and eastern Quirindi to the town centre. By completing a 520m long section in Duke Street, walkers and cyclists will have a fully paved circuit around town.

“The shared path recently constructed at Hoamm Park Werris Creek has the potential to be extended an additional 560m at its southern end .

“Both projects accord with Council and the State Government’s objective of encouraging a healthy life-style,” he continued.

“The new project recognises a clear demand for an all weather pathway along the frontage of Quirindi High School and connecting across Station Street to the new TAFE learning centre and the High School’s agricultural facility. This proposal entails a length of approximately 275m,” he said.

“If grants can be obtained for these projects they will add to an expanding network of off-road shared pathways providing additional opportunities for recreational cycling, jogging and walking. Such projects provide ideal infrastructure that helps increase the liveability of Liverpool Plains Shire,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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The Chair of Namoi Unlimited and Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed the announcement from the Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro, along with Minister for Local Government Gabrielle Upton on the future of joint organisations of councils (JOs).

“The announcement about the future of groups of councils working together is exciting news for the members of Namoi Unlimited.  We have been working hard to develop a new model for regional development, collaboration and leadership in Local Government,” Councillor Hope said.

“The Deputy Premier and the Minister for Local Government Gabrielle Upton announced that the NSW Government will introduce new laws to allow councils in regional NSW to voluntarily create new Joint Organisations in 2018,” he said.

Mr Barilaro said Joint Organisations would transform the way the NSW Government and local councils collaborate, plan, set priorities and deliver important projects in regional NSW.

Councillor Hope said “Namoi Unlimited is clear about its strategic priorities; those priorities are to build the economies, the infrastructure and job opportunities in the Namoi region.”

“We realised early in the pilot process that by working together on strategic opportunities around investment, roads, as well as skills, we can support each others individual goals and deliver on our ambition to be a prosperous region and economy,” he said.

The organisation formerly known as Namoi Councils Joint Organisation is now know as Namoi Unlimited. Councillor Hope said the new brand reflects the vision of the region and their ambitions.

“We have been collaborating with the NSW Government to focus on the issues that matter most to our communities.

“Funding is recognition of the work being undertaken to engage in international markets to attract investment on the right terms, supporting infrastructure that will drive agricultural innovation, and developing the skills of people who work in Local Government and want to work with us,” Councillor Hope concluded..

Namoi Unlimited is a collaboration of seven regional Councils; Gunnedah Shire, Gwydir Shire, Liverpool Plains Shire, Narrabri Shire, Tamworth Regional, Uralla Shire and Walcha Shire. The Councils encompass over 100,000 people in the region across almost 60,000 square kilometres. Namoi Unlimited exists to create scale and capacity to deliver practical and collaborative regional initiatives.

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Asbestos DontsAccording to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, a plea posted to Council’s Facebook page sums up why Council promotes the annual Asbestos Awareness Month; Everyone needs to take this message seriously...legacy asbestos is contaminating so much of Australia. Sadly many people ignore the dangers to themselves and others and inhale the deadly fibres. There is a third wave of asbestos diseases, so the numbers of people dying a slow painful death is rising. Listen to the message and don’t become one of the sufferers.

“Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world. Unfortunately, people still have the attitude ‘this won’t affect me’ and continue to gamble with a silent killer. With asbestos-related diseases continuing to increase among Australians as a direct result of exposure to asbestos fibres during home renovations and maintenance, the importance of raising awareness about the dangers of asbestos and how best to manage it in and around homes, cannot be overstated!” Councillor Hope said.

“Over the past two weeks, Council’s ‘Get to kNOw Asbestos this NOvember’ messages have focussed on asbestos in rural buildings, advice for tradies and hammering home the message before you take any risks visit www.asbestosawareness.com.au to learn how to protect yourself, family and environment from exposure to dangerous asbestos fibres,” he said.

“It is a myth that only fibro homes contain asbestos. Asbestos products can be found in any Australian home built or renovated before 1987 including brick, weatherboard and clad homes.

“Most of us can’t tell whether building materials contain asbestos just by looking at them.  Asbestos can be under floor coverings such as carpets, linoleum and vinyl tiles, behind wall and floor tiles, in cement floors, internal and external walls, ceilings and ceiling space insulation, eaves, garages, around hot water pipes, fences, extensions to homes, outdoor toilets and backyard sheds – asbestos can be anywhere,” he warned.

“Through asbestosawareness.com.au you can obtain a Healthy House Checklist to make you much more aware of possible locations where asbestos may be found. It will help you better understand the types of asbestos-containing products that may be in homes, better monitor these products to ensure they remain sealed and in good condition, avoid disturbing products when maintaining or renovating homes and provide tradespeople with a list of possible locations when planning home renovations before work commences to ensure asbestos is managed safely,” he continued.

Councillor Hope said there are a lot of don’ts where asbestos is concerned;

“Remember, the rule is, if you think it might be asbestos, treat it as if it is asbestos and take all the necessary precautions ensuring you manage it safely. There is no ‘safe’ level of asbestos exposure for any type of asbestos fibre. Asbestos exposures as short in duration as a few days have caused mesothelioma. Every exposure to asbestos can cause injury and contributes to the risk of getting an asbestos related disease. Don’t play russian roulette,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed the formal gazettal of amendment No.4 to the Liverpool Plains Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 

“LEP Amendment No.4 rezones a significant amount of land north of Quirindi for rural and environmental living purposes and introduces a rural boundary adjustment clause to permit farm buildings with consent on land zoned R5 Large Lot Residential,” Councillor Hope said.

“The need for an area to cater for this type of development was identified in Council’s economic development strategy. The local business community has also been supportive of the need to provide such life style opportunities,” he said.

“LPSC listened to what the community had to say on this issue and undertook the substantial work required to have the necessary amendments made to the LEP, to allow the proposal to proceed. It speaks highly of the commitment of our Environmental Services Department that it was only at the August Council meeting that the planning proposal was adopted. This allowed our staff to exercise the delegated authority of the NSW Minister of Planning under Section 59 of the Environmental Planning Assessment Act 1979 to make the Plan resulting in Council receiving  the final gazettal notice from the State Government on the first day of November.  

“The land that has been rezoned caters for a range of lot sizes and choice, is level, close to town and is able to be serviced by town water,” he continued.

“Council has written to landowners involved informing them of the gazettal,” he said.

“There is no doubt that there is a big demand for this type of lifestyle choice and LPS looks forward to welcoming new residents looking to swap the rat race for a quieter, country life style.

“LPSC’s economic development strategy aims to build the population base, encourage businesses, and ensure that we are doing well economically. The Shire is open for business!” Councillor Hope concluded.

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