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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed the completion of infrastructure improvements at Quirindi’s heritage listed Royal Theatre.

Royal Theatre   1“Despite Covid-19 restrictions, Council has been able to continue rolling out infrastructure projects. This project provided a welcome stimulus to the local economy during these difficult times for local contractors,” he said.

“A new internal kitchenette including benches, cupboards, power and lighting, will enable better use of the Royal Theatre facilities by improving the capacity for onsite catering. Additionally, a new spiral staircase has been installed to provide safer access to the projector/control room for staff and volunteers,” he continued.

“The Royal is used for a wide range of purposes, from movies to live stage shows, weddings, banquets, comedy festivals, concerts and events for all age groups. It is a community hub utilised by local organisations and service groups for meetings and guest speakers, for High School performances and presentations, art shows as well as conferences.

“The Theatre is a valuable asset for a rural community. These improvements will further enhance its ability to attract and cater for even more events. At a grass roots level such a facility is part of the glue which binds the community together, plus there’s the bonus of it’s role as an economic driver,” he said.

“A $101,970 investment, with funding obtained from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Program, has facilitated these improvements being undertaken. On behalf of Council I thank member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen, who supported our application for funding for this initiative,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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With so many people feeling anxious and isolated in the face of the Covid-19 crisis, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is undertaking a Be Kind initiative to help lighten the impact of the pandemic and to highlight the efforts of individuals, organisations and businesses supporting the Shire community.

“These are unprecedented times, and they are tough ones, but in tough times, the one thing we can do is to band together as a community and show a little kindness,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

Be Kind Liverpool Plains

“Our community has shown incredible resilience over many months of drought, dust storms, bushfires, smoke, and then a natural disaster resulting from storm events. After all of this, our  community has stepped up to deal with the issues caused by COVID-19,” he said.  

“Be Kind Liverpool Plains encompasses being kind to yourself, to kids, the vulnerable and elderly, local businesses and others plus being creative under the prevailing circumstances. It highlights what is being done around the Shire, the amazing community spirit and the people who are going that extra length to support us through this period,” he continued.

“Shire businesses of all sizes have been hit hard by COVID-19 and continue to be. We can all be proud of the many local businesses that pivoted as the crisis unfolded, responding to the changing guidelines so they could keep operating to serve our community. Be kind and support our Shire  businesses to assist maintaining employment of local people and keeping the local economy afloat.

As social restrictions continue, LPSC is dedicated to providing the community with creative ways to continue to engage with each other, to support the most vulnerable, our social fabric, and to maintain flows of compassion,” he said.

“Now, more than ever is a time to show some neighbourly love. We know some people might be feeling a little alone right now, so if everyone simply knocked on their neighbours door or called over the fence to say hello to their neighbour, it would mean every household maintains some much needed social contact.

“Together we’ll make it through this crisis so be kind to others, be kind to those most in need and be kind to yourself,” he concluded.

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Good progress is being made on the Single Street Werris Creek main street beautification project being undertaken by Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) between Coronation Avenue and Poole Street.
Werris Creek street beautification project AThis section of Single Street is being reconstructed and the work includes paving of the footpath, plus kerb, gutter, and parking lane improvements.

Council has already installed new water supply connections and meters to businesses and residents in the block and is carrying out improvements to provide better storm water management.
The hydrants and stop valves have been upgraded. The excavation of, and concrete pour for kerb and guttering, median island, and the layback for driveways plus earth works for parking bays and road sections has also been completed.

Work is underway on the sealing of the road and construction of pram ramps and intersections. This will be followed by excavation works for footpath and driveways and concrete blinding of the footpath area before work on laying the pavers is undertaken. When completed new street furniture will be installed.

This project is being undertaken following LPSC’s successful application for $275,844 through the NSW Government’s Building Stronger Communities Program, obtained with the support of Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson.

Council thanks motorists and pedestrians for their cooperation during the Single Street beautification project.

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During the COVID-19 shutdowns, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) staff have been hard at work maintaining essential services for the community whilst maintaining safe distancing obligations and adopting new methods of operation to meet those requirements.

“Across the raft of services Council provides, staff have adapted to new ways of doing things and getting the job done. Be it providing Customer Service electronically, online or via the phone, adapting to circumstances to allow people to borrow from the libraries, delivering vital services like meals-on-wheels or the engineering services team continuing to deliver projects and maintaining infrastructure, the staff have stepped up to the mark and put our community first. I thank them sincerely for their efforts,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“I’d like to also thank the community for co-operating with these changes to operations. We are all in this together during this pandemic and together we can all get through it while protecting ourselves, our families, friends and wider community,” Councillor Hope said.

“As we make our way through these uncharted waters, Council’s Customer Service staff are still available via email lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au or phone 6746 1755 to assist with enquiries and transacting business. Customer Request Forms can also be submitted via the website www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au where other information is also available. There is also a drop off box outside the Administration Centre where correspondence can be deposited,” he concluded.

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At its April Ordinary Meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council received a report updating progress on the 2019/2020 Roads to Recovery (R2R) works programme and Glenyalla Road Bridge Replacement project. The R2R works programme is an annual grants programme specifically for infrastructure improvements for road related assets.

During the financial year, $867,658 has been budgeted for 7 gravel resheeting projects. Warrah Road Subdivision, Fairview Road, McDonalds Creek Road Roaches Road, and Glen Alpine Road have been completed. Work on Silifants Road is underway and weather permitting Cattle Creek Road will be completed by the end of June.  

An application was made in 2019 for a one off grant from the Bridge Replacement Program (BRP) to replace the Glenyalla Road bridge which has been closed since structural damage made it unsafe for use by traffic. This $865,000 project for a replacement concrete single lane bridge is jointly funded through R2R and BRP. The bridge replacement project has gone out to tender and providing competitive tenders are received within the available budget it is anticipated that the project will be completed in December 2020.

Council’s success in gaining a combined $1,732,658 for these projects allows planning and decision making focussed on financial, economic, social, and environmental sustainability providing infrastructure that is well planned and maintained to meet community needs now and in the future.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is inviting eligible Shire community organisations seeking funding, to apply now through Council’s Community Funding Program.

Applications close on Monday 1 June. Application forms can be downloaded from Council’s website  www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/mycommunity/communityfunding or by calling 6746 1755. Completed application forms are to be emailed to lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au or posted to PO Box 152 QUIRINDI NSW 2343 before June 1st.

“Council’s Community Funding Program recognises the vital contribution that community groups and organisations play in the development of our social capital and quality of life,” Councillor Hope said.

“Seed funding aims to encourage the development of new events across the Liverpool Plains Shire by providing not-for-profit organisations with some initial funding to help support and launch new, or one-off event activities.

“Up to $5,000, is offered to assist organisers improve their existing event and to assist build its strategic capacity.

Local sporting and recreational clubs can apply for assistance for infrastructure improvements, up to $5,000, that will have a lasting impact on the success of an event, or organisation, and provides value for the broader Liverpool Plains Shire community,” he said.

“An organisation applying for community funding from Council must conduct the event within the Shire, be a not-for-profit entity, or have the project auspiced by a not-for-profit entity. The event must be financially viable. The organisation must hold current and relevant public liability insurance to the value of $20 million, commence the activity or project in the financial year in which the funding is being sought and demonstrate environmental, social and economic benefits to the Shire,” he continued.

“If you require further information or assistance, please contact Council on 6746 1755 during business hours,” Mayor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has welcomed the successful introduction of Click and Collect borrowing facilities at the Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries. In the first two weeks of operation 431 books and DVDs have been borrowed.

Libraries   books ready for collectionClick and Collect enables members of Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries to borrow books and DVDs, to refresh their requirements during the COVID19 shutdown. Members can call Werris Creek 6768 7340 or Quirindi 6746 2350 between 10am and 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, Tuesday to Friday at Werris Creek and Monday to Friday at Quirindi. Library staff can also advise how to borrow online.

Borrowers can choose their own material or library staff are happy to put some selections together. When they call, in borrowers arrange a time so items can be left outside the libraries for collection. Items cannot be returned until after COVID19 restrictions are lifted but will be automatically renewed until that occurs.

Non-members can join up online to gain access not only to books and DVDs but also a wide range of Ebooks and eAudioBooks, BorrowBox apps and Story Box Library children’s video books. Also available are Kanopy Videos and Movies and members can stream 10 films and documentaries every month, plus unlimited children’s TV and movies. Membership is free.

To join online go to Central Northern Regional Library website https://cnrl.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/WPAC/HOME.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has welcomed the completion of a new, amenities block at the Quirindi Showground. The showground complex is attracting a growing number of equine events and this facility will cater for the needs of both local and visiting competitors. The $221,940 project has been funded by a grant Council successfully applied for through the NSW Government’s Building Stronger Communities Fund with the help of Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen.

Showground   Amenities Block AShowground   Amenities Block B

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, announced today that Council and Tamworth Broadcasting Society Inc - Radio 88.9fm Tamworth - have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the commencement of broadcast services for Quirindi and the Liverpool Plains Shire.

“The Australian Communications Media Authority (ACMA) has granted Radio 88.9fm a full FM licence to re-broadcast the station’s programming from Council’s communications tower site on Who-A-Thought-It Lookout, west of the Quirindi town centre.   

“Discussions between the parties have been ongoing for over four years but were held up waiting for the ACMA to allocate a frequency and licence for the transmission of 88.9fm across the region,” he said.  

Radio 88.9fm CEO, George Frame, said the station’s Board was pleased with the final result as it has been an arduous process in gaining the licence, even though the region was within the station’s licence area. He said the stations current main transmission site, west of Tamworth, was prevented from providing a clear signal to the region due to mountainous terrain between Tamworth and Quirindi.

Mr Frame said the station would be relaying 88.9fm programming across the Shire and broadcasting on 96.3fm. He said many within the region already listened to the station via iHeart Radio and the stations internet streaming with the new frequency providing a clear signal for new listeners. Mr Frame added that the new service will allow access for Council, local organisations and residents to the 88.9fm regional news service, and some local broadcasting from Quirindi.

Councillor Hope said he and Mr Frame had worked hard to gain the new radio broadcast service and there will be further announcements made in the future when the coronavirus pandemic is over.

Broadcasts on the new frequency 96.3fm will commence in coming weeks after infrastructure has been completed and tested. 

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is encouraging infants, primary and high school students from around the Shire to enter Council’s school holiday’s Art From The Inside Competition. He said that $400 worth of prizes would be shared amongst various age categories.

Wallabadah School activity bags“Due to prevailing circumstances Council has had to cancel events that were planned for the school holidays and have developed several initiatives that students can participate in at home. The prizes will be Shop Local Vouchers which will assist local businesses during these trying times,” he said.

“Entries can be paintings, drawings or photos. We want students to create an original artwork, from inside your home, about the view from your window in the spirit of staying at home during the current restrictions on travelling.

To enter, email events@lpsc.nsw.gov.au (subject: art from the inside) with your name, age and entry attached. Entries close April 25,” he continued.

Councillor Hope said Council was also arranging for the Shire’s schools to distribute free Activity Bags for primary-aged children.

“Each Activity Bag contains a no mess 12 page activity booklet, age appropriate themed activities, 2 Busy Nippers character combat collectible cards, 2 finger puppets, colourful stickers, an easy peel-off sticker scene and 4 colour non-toxic crayons,” he said.

“Although our libraries are closed until COVI-19 restrictions are lifted, young folk can gain access to our online resources and apps. If they aren’t members of the library already you can sign them up at www.cnl.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/WPAC/HOME under my library, join online. There’s a lot available to keep them occupied during the stay-at-home holiday,” Mayor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is urging the community to keep an eye out for the most vulnerable amongst us and requesting that those who are aware of family, friends and neighbours in this position to provide that information to Council, via email lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au or by calling 6746 1755, to have them placed on a Register of Vulnerable Persons.

1“Along with LPSC GM Jo Sangster and other Council staff we have met with representatives from the Police and local service organisations to work together in a co-ordinated approach to provide assistance to the most vulnerable,” Councillor Hope said.

“Council is developing a data base of who and where these vulnerable people are and the requirements they have. LPSC is assuming a co-ordination role, partnering with these organisations and others in the community to achieve the best outcomes,” Councillor Hope said.

LPSC GM, Jo Sangster told the meeting that Council has reassigned staff from normal duties, due to non-essential service’s closures, and is making them available to assist community groups with the delivery of meals on wheels and assisting with other volunteering roles where necessary.

“The way our service organisations and businesses are partnering was highlighted by the CWA representative at the meeting who reported that they have arranged with the pharmacies and IGA to deliver medications and groceries to vulnerable people in the community. They are also arranging vouchers through local businesses for casual workers and others in the community who have lost their job,” Councillor Hope said.

“The CWA are also appealing to any community members who have old mobile phones they are no longer using to donate them for distribution, to elderly and disabled people who are self-isolating, to facilitate their keeping in touch with loved ones. Please call the CWA on 6746 1326 if you can assist,” he said.

“The Quota Club representative advised that their regular market days are cancelled however their food bank will remain open whilst possible, they have volunteers available to unpack and sell. They are also preparing hampers for isolated people,” he continued.

“Although all of the organisations who attended the workshop have cancelled meetings and community gatherings they are still working on projects to assist through these difficult times. On behalf of Council, I sincerely thank them for partnering to assist the vulnerable in the community,” he said.

“Again, I highlight the need for all community members to practice social distancing and to practise good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene. Working together we can prioritise the requirements to protect and support our elderly and vulnerable,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council is reiterating the importance of social distancing as the most effective method to slow the spread of COVID-19 and encouraging everyone to take the necessary steps to ensure less contact between themselves and other people. As part of this process LPSC is developing strategies to enable residents to access services via alternative methods. 

Social Distancing“Social distancing is important because COVID-19 is most likely to spread from person-to-person through direct close contact with a person while they are infectious or in the 24 hours before their symptoms appeared, close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes, or touching objects or surfaces, such as door handles or tables, contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face. The more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

To facilitate social distancing, protect the community and support State and Federal initiatives LPSC has closed the Gym at Plains Fitness, all aquatic facilities, sportsgrounds and showgrounds across the Shire, the Visitor Information Centre, Quirindi Library, the Royal Theatre and all scheduled Council events have been cancelled.

Limited Centrelink services will be available by appointment only at Werris Creek Library during the following hours:

•         Tuesday – Thursday: 10am – 12 noon

•         Friday: 10am – 11:30am

To make any appointment for Centrelink services please phone 6768 7340.

Werris Creek and Quirindi Libraries are operating a telephone service to assist with information requests, and details about available library e-services such as eBooks, e-audio books and film streaming. Other online programs to replace face-to-face events such as Story Time and after-school clubs are currently being developed.

LSPC is providing additional assistance for the Commonwealth Health Support Service Program and volunteer organisations that support those most vulnerable in our community. Vulnerable members within our community are encouraged to phone Council on 6746 1755 to discuss their needs. Additionally, a Register of Vulnerable Persons is being compiled to allow Council to work with other agencies to support the community as part of pandemic response efforts.

“Council is examining all service delivery options to further protect the community and staff in their provision. We will keep the community informed as procedures are developed and implemented,” LPSC GM Jo Sangster said.

“Members of the community choosing to social distance can still carry out business with Council by calling the Customer Service Desk on 6746 1755. If you have other enquiries please direct them to lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au. Concierge are being provided at the LPSC Administration Centre to assist in the management of customer enquiries,” she said.

“I cannot emphasise enough the importance of maintaining social distancing. Health officials recommend a minimum 1.5 metres between individuals. If you are sick, stay away from others, that is the most important thing you can do. Authorities are also urging everyone to practise good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene. These simple, common sense actions help reduce risk to you and to others,” Mayor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is committed to supporting NSW Health as the lead agency responsible for responding to COVID-19. The health and safety of our community and our employees are Council’s highest priorities.

Council’s Senior Management Team is meeting regularly to review business operations and the ongoing servicing of the LPS community. Action responses are based on advice provided by NSW Health.   

After considering this advice, Council has suspended a number of activities. All Home Support Service non-essential activities have been postponed and a Risk Management Protocol implemented for Meal on Wheels services. All non-essential activities at Libraries have also been postponed. The Young at Heart program at Plains Fitness has been suspended. NSW Health advice is that Gym classes are currently OK, and appropriate hygiene arrangements have been instituted. Council will regularly review its position and respond to evolving circumstances. 

Council is reiterating the importance of social distancing, hand washing and good hygiene practices to staff. Everyone in the community is encouraged to maintain personal hygiene and make responsible choices for their benefit plus their families and our community.

Council is promoting the NSW Health site www.health.nsw.gov.au and the Facebook page ‘NSW Health’ as the primary source for information and health updates. Council is also sharing NSW Health advisories on its Facebook page. Everybody is encouraged to stay informed.

Council’s objective is to maintain current level of services to residents and businesses during this period based on advice from the State and Federal Health authorities regarding safety protocols. Ensuring we can continue to deliver services safely is a priority and the situation is continually being monitored by staff.

Members of the community choosing to social distance can still carry out business with Council via the website www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au, by emailing lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au or by calling the Customer Service Desk on 6746 1755.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council has confirmed there will no public forum ahead of this week’s ordinary meeting, with residents encouraged to observe social distancing and instead follow Council business online.

Mayor Andrew Hope said the move is in line with how other councils are responding to the spread of coronavirus in the community.

“Council is continuing to monitor the advice from NSW Health and other State and Federal government agencies with respect to COVID-19, and we are actively taking steps to minimise the risk of transmission within the community,” Cr Hope said.

“Despite the current environment, the business of local government must continue, and Council’s ordinary meeting will proceed as planned,” he said.

“We want to ensure this occurs in a way that ensures the safety of our staff, Councillors and community, and are implementing additional measures to reduce the risk to all attendees, including rearranging seating to facilitate social distancing and limiting staff attendance.

“Community members can easily follow Council business online, with the business papers for the meeting, as well an audio recording of the proceedings, to be published to Council’s website.”

Cr Hope said Council will review the public forum arrangements for future meetings, in line with advice from NSW Health and the Office of Local Government.

“Under NSW legislation, all councils must ensure their meetings are open and accessible to members of the public, however, the Office of Local Government is reviewing the operation of these provisions in the current environment,” he said.

“In the meantime, anyone with questions regarding agenda items or general business can email Council and those questions will be addressed during the meeting or by return email.”

For further information about Council meetings, including business papers and audio recordings, visit Council’s website at lpsc.nsw.gov.au.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is inviting and encouraging community members to attend a consultation session on Tuesday 24 March, to be held at Quirindi Royal Theatre from 6.00pm. The consultation will enable the community to have further input into the Council’s 30 year Recreation Strategy and provide the opportunity to learn more about the development of the Liverpool Plains Shire Recreation Strategy.

“Community engagement is vital and integral to the successful development of this Strategy”, said LPSC GM, Jo Sangster. 

“It’s about delivering a sport and recreation vision to guide the delivery of sport and recreation facilities and to support active, healthy and socially connected lifestyles for the long term,” she said.

Community consultation on the Strategy commenced in early 2019. This process has involved a community survey, community workshops and a survey of 17 sporting organisations. Patrons of Plains Fitness Centre have been consulted as have users of various other facilities. The first draft of the Strategy went on public exhibition late last year to gain further community feedback. The consultation session on Tuesday 24 March is a further step in the process.    

“Recreational needs change over time. Council wants the community to think big, look at the big picture, to contribute ideas and guide the development of a robust vision for the future,” Ms Sangster said.  

“As a long term vision our community needs to consider what facilities we want our children and their children to have. Today’s youth are the parents of the future, so their continued input is essential to successful outcomes,” she continued.

“LPSC is eager for all interested parties to be part of the Strategy development process. It will provide the framework to understand the community’s current and likely future sport and recreation needs and to support their provision, management, development and delivery”, Ms Sangster concluded. 

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According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, over the years of its involvement with the annual Garage Sale Trail, Council has witnessed more people and organisations coming on board this national, people-powered program. He said that Garage Sale Trail is about sustainability, creativity and fun plus good for the environment while generating extra cash for individuals and organisations.

“It has just been announced that Garage Sale Trail 2020 will take place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October 2020. The event will celebrate its 10th anniversary and I’m encouraging people to put the date in their diary and to start planning now. This allows plenty of time, particularly for schools and community organisations, to consider how they can benefit from becoming involved and use the event as a fundraiser. Last year almost $1 million was raised nationally, with the average group topping $1,500 for the day,” he said.

“Individuals and organisations can pre-register now at www.garagesaletrail.com.au. Circle October 17 and 18 October 2020 on your calendar and start thinking today about how your involvement with Garage Sale Trail can benefit you,” Mayor Hope concluded.

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The draft Liverpool Plains Shire (LPS) Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) is on public exhibition until Wednesday 1 April 2020 and written submissions are welcome up to 5pm on that date.

Local Strategic Planning Statement Image“Council is required to prepare and adopt a LSPS by June 2020, as a part of the suite of reforms to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 that came into effect in March 2018. This LSPS has been drafted in consultation with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) as well as a number of other stakeholders,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

The purpose of the LSPS is to provide a ‘line of sight’ between global, State, Regional and local strategic planning matters. It also identifies the community’s 20 year vision for land use in the Shire, and how future growth and change will be managed through Planning Priorities and actions.

“Stakeholder consultation has been a key component in the preparation of the draft LSPS. To date, this has included a survey, consideration of the community feedback previously received from the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) review and the preparation of the Community Strategic Plan, meetings with the Local Aboriginal Land Councils, and ‘Drop-In’ sessions held in Werris Creek and Quirindi,” he said.

“The draft LSPS also seeks to facilitate the Expressions of Interests (EOIs) from the LEP review that were deferred due to the absence of strategic justification under Council’s existing Growth Management Strategy. The provision for the EOIs is currently contained under Action 6.4 in the draft LSPS,” he continued.

Mayor Hope said the draft LSPS is available for inspection at Council’s Administration Centre and at the Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries. The draft LSPS can also be downloaded from Council’s website http://lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/my-council/public-exhibition or obtained by emailing lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au.

“Planning staff are available throughout the duration of the exhibition period to answer questions via telephone, email and face-to-face interviews and copies of all documentation is available free of charge,” he said.

“Informed by the strategic planning work and community consultation undertaken across regions, districts and local government areas, the LSPS will be the key resource to understand how strategic and statutory plans will be implemented at the local level,” Mayor Hope concluded. 

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The draft Community-Based Heritage Planning Study of the Liverpool Plains Local Government Area (LGA) has been finalised and proposes a number of amendments and future actions. At its February Ordinary Meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) resolved to place the draft Study on public exhibition.

“The Study has been prepared in accordance with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) guidelines and seeks to provide a Thematic History of the Liverpool Plains LGA based on the NSW historic themes framework. As such, it has worked with community groups to identify places and items of heritage significance in the LGA. These items will be recorded in the State Heritage Inventory database and will include a Statement of Significance for each. The Study will be used to develop an updated list of heritage items for inclusion in Schedule 5 of the Liverpool Plains Local Environmental Plan,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“The draft Study is on public exhibition until Wednesday 1 April 2020 and I encourage interested parties to look at what is a very interesting document which investigates the history of our LGA. The Study also explains why items are significant, and recommends ways to manage and conserve this significance,” he continued.

“If you wish to advise Council of your views, you should prepare a written submission, to be made prior to 5pm on Wednesday 1 April 2020. The Study is available for inspection at the LPSC Administration Centre between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, and at the Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries during opening hours. A copy of the Study can also be viewed on Council’s website http://lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/my-council/public-exhibition or by emailing lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au. Copies of all documentation will be available free of charge and planning staff will be available to answer questions via telephone, email and face-to-face interviews,” he said.

“The Study has been proudly funded by NSW OEH and the Heritage Council of NSW. I would also like to thank the community members and groups who have contributed to the Study and encourage others to examine it and provide comment during the public exhibition period,” Mayor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is advising residents that effective Wednesday 4 March, Wallabadah water supply will be placed on a higher Level 5 water restriction.

Water restrictions March 2020

Other water supplies at Quirindi, Werris Creek, Willow Tree, Spring Ridge, Caroona, Premer and Blackville are moved to Level P water conservation measures due to improved capacity in their water sources. Level P restrictions are permanent conservation measures that encourage common sense water use practices to help maintain a sustainable water supply.

Wallabadah has been moved to Level 5 due to the main bore being unavailable since a storm event in late January impacting the bore. Water is currently being carted to Wallabadah from Quirindi to supplement a limited supply currently available from Wallabadah’s alternate water source at the WPS 1 well. Works to return the Wallabadah main source back into operation are ongoing, with staff undertaking checks and testing of recent works to ensure the water source is safe before bringing it back online.

The Level 5 measures being introduced at Wallabadah include no-outdoor town water usage at all except for safety or regulatory purposes. Pools cannot be filled or topped up from the town water supply. Target water usage under Level 5 is 150L per person per day, and residents are requested to watch their household water usage and maintain usage below this target.

For all other supplies, Level P measures allow the use of sprinklers and other fixed surface watering systems from 6pm to 8am (Daylight Saving Time). Handheld hoses and buckets and watering cans can be used anytime except during the heat of the day.

Water supplies that are reverting to Level P have all benefited from the rain events. Quipolly Dam continues to receive inflow and is currently at around 90% of full capacity. Recovery has also been recorded in the groundwater supplies and there should not be a need for changes in restrictions in the near future.

The weather outlook is still forecasting below average rainfall over the next 3 months so consumers should continue to remain conscious of their water usage despite the easing of restrictions in most supplies.

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Councillor Andrew Hope, Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), has extended thanks to those members of the community who attended and addressed their Council’s February Ordinary meeting on a number of topical issues. He said he also welcomed the opportunity to publicly rebut misinformation that has been circulating in the community about the future of Quirindi swimming pool.

“Council is not planning to shut down the current pool in Quirindi. What Council is doing is examining, in consultation with the community, options to replace a 90 year old pool that is reaching the end of its viable continued operation, both structurally and economically.

“Public consultation on sport and recreation commenced early in 2019 when sporting groups and community members were invited to be part of the development of the LPS Recreation Strategy. The Strategy is being developed so Council better understands the community’s current and likely future sport and recreation needs plus what is required to provide, manage, develop, finance and deliver them,” he said.  

“It is disappointing that discussion points regarding swimming pools within the Strategy have been misconstrued by some people leading to rumours that Council simply intends to shut down swimming facilities in Quirindi. I understand the angst such rumours cause to others in the community who value their pool, but I am thankful it has brought more people into the debate and I hope they, and other interested people, will continue to provide input as the Strategy is further developed, not only on swimming but also all the other areas of sport and recreation it examines,” he continued.  

“The Strategy is at this stage still a discussion paper to stimulate debate and feedback from the community. It provides background and facts as well as an overview of recreation in the Shire, current supply of facilities, emerging trends, a recreation analysis and all this is designed to provide an action plan to meet future requirements. It is based on community input through the consultation process over the past 12 months.

“Their will be more public consultation on the Strategy during 2020 and the more community input the better. In regard to Quirindi pool, responsible management of assets dictates Council examine all the options for the replacement of the old pool. It is estimated replacement will have a minimum capital cost of between $3.5 and 4.5 million. As such it is imperative to ensure any new infrastructure meets the current and future needs of the community,” he said.

Already community input has suggested ideas like an indoor heated pool, a water park and a hydrotherapy pool into a mix of options to be considered by the community. Public consultation in coming weeks will provide the opportunity for others to have their say and in the wrap up allow all the options to be put before the community so Council can be guided by what the majority of residents desire by way of a replacement pool in Quirindi,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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