Media Releases & Exhibitions
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is inviting community members to have their say on a draft review of the Naming of Council Assets Policy which is on public exhibition and taking submissions, addressed to the GM, until 5pm on Wednesday 28 June 2017.
According to LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, the policy has been reviewed as part of Council’s ongoing policy review process.
“It has been developed to ensure that Council assets are named in a consistent manner that follows guidelines set out by the Geographical Names Board (GNB).
“It is vital to ensure that assets are easily identifiable, name duplication is reduced and that emergency services are able to locate them with ease,” he said.
“Council’s policy for the naming of its public assets recognises the importance of community input to the process,” he continued.
“Council utilises the GNB guidelines for naming public reserves and natural features in the Shire. With regards to assets such as buildings it is at Council’s discretion to select an appropriate name from a list of nominations received from the community.
“Where a public asset is to be named after a person, they must have made a significant contribution to the Liverpool Plains Shire local government area. Generally, assets will not be named after living persons or after persons who’s contribution is as a result of paid work,” he said.
“The draft policy can be viewed at Council’s Administration Building or online at www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au via Council Links/Public Exhibition Documents,” Councillor Hope concluded.
As one of the steps towards achieving NSW Department of Primary Industries Best Practice Water and Sewer Management (BPM) compliance, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) must implement a Liquid Trade Waste Management framework. Council will shortly be sending out relevant information to all Shire businesses to inform them of the need to implement these changes which will be phased in over time.
LPSC is responsible for preventing contaminants entering the sewerage system and ensuring the health and safety of both the community and the environment is protected and meets its Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) licence requirements. Uncontrolled discharge of liquid trade waste into the sewerage system can cause serious problems to the infrastructure, environment and health and safety of workers.
In some cases, liquid trade waste contains toxic or harmful substances, such as oil, heavy metals, solids, organic solvents and even simple substances such as cooking oils. Uncontrolled or illegal discharge of trade waste causes serious problems in the sewerage system including flooding and overloading, blockages, corrosion, a hazardous work environment and even failure of the sewage treatment process.
The Liquid Trade Waste Management System will be implemented to guarantee compliance with applicable legislation, introducing best practice to protect public health and safety along with that of employees and contractors as well as safeguarding infrastructure and the environment. LPSC is the only Council in the region that is still to implement a liquid trade waste management system for business premises.
To ensure Council is compliant with legislation it must monitor and control liquid trade waste being discharged to the sewer. This will involve a liquid trade waste application/agreement, an inspection and an annual fee relevant to each businesses’ operations.
User pay philosophy requires the framework to involve implemention of Best Practice Pricing, which includes a determination of service and pricing levels based on long term strategic business planning and full cost recovery principles.
LPSC is committed to working with businesses to implement the new Liquid Trade Waste Management System and will keep all stakeholders informed as the process moves forward.
The NSW Government will defer the introduction of the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) to ensure small to medium businesses do not face an unreasonable burden in their contribution to the State’s fire and emergency services, Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced today.
Ms Berejiklian said that in the majority of cases across NSW, fully insured people would be better off under the new system, however it had become clear that some fully insured businesses were facing unintended consequences.
“We are a Government that listens, and we have heard the concerns from the community, and we will take the time to get this right,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“While the new system produces fairer outcomes in the majority of cases, some people – particularly in the commercial and industrial sectors – are worse off by too much under the current model, and that is not what we intended.”
Mr Perrottet said that in a number of cases identified so far, the lived experience has not matched the intention of the reform for commercial and industrial sectors, particularly for small and medium businesses.
“The FESL is a complex reform and we always knew there would be challenges during the transition phase,” Mr Perrottet said.
“It’s not enough for this reform to work on paper – its real-life implementation has real life consequences for families and businesses, and we need to make sure they are not placed under unfair strain.
“We are committed to reducing NSW’s high rates of under insurance and to making the funding of our fire and emergency services fairer – but we want to get this right.”
The NSW Government will work with local government, fire and emergency services, the insurance industry and other stakeholders to find a better and fairer path forward.
The Fire and Emergency Services Levy will continue to be collected via insurance policies until the NSW Government has completed its review of the policy, and the funding requirements of fire and emergency services agencies will be met in full.
The FESL is revenue neutral, raising no more than the amount required to fund the State’s fire and emergency services.
The Insurance Monitor will oversee a smooth continuation of the existing system and ensure insurance companies collect only the amounts necessary to meet fire and emergency services funding requirements.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is urging all Shire residents to examine the draft Strategic Planning Documents that are currently on public exhibition until 4pm Thursday 22 June and for those wishing to make a submission on the documents, to do so by the same time and date.
“The Community Strategic Plan, Operational Plan, Delivery Program, Long Term Financial Plan, Workforce Plan and Work Health and Safety Strategy have been developed following the extensive public consultation process and survey carried out earlier this year,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The Community Strategic Plan represents the highest level of strategic planning undertaken by Council. Public consultation helped us identify the main priorities and aspirations of the community and from them to develop a clear set of strategies to achieve their vision for the future based on the social justice principles of access, equity, participation and rights.
“Now Council would like everyone to have a look at the documents that have evolved through this process and make submissions, if they desire, before the deadline and final consideration for adoption of The Plan and its implementation,” he said.
“The documents can be accessed at the LPSC Administration Office or here on the website”.
“Council feels that the consultation process has allowed for the development of a dynamic, living document that will determine the Shire’s direction well into the future. We thank all who have contributed to the process,” he said.
“Following consideration of public submissions, the Strategic Planning documents will be amended if necessary and formally adopted by Council at a meeting on Wednesday 28 June,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is cordially inviting all Shire residents to come along and celebrate National Reconciliation Week with a flag raising, smoking ceremony and BBQ at the Visitor Information Centre Willow Tree, Friday June 2 at 11am.
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs annually from 27 May – 3 June. These dates mark two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision.
“All Australians are invited to participate in our nation’s reconciliation journey. For us on the Liverpool Plains, traditional land of the Kamilaroi people, it is a particularly important journey. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 10.9% of the Shire’s population, a figure three times higher than the national and state averages of 2.5%,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope
“In Australia we are fortunate enough to have one of the richest and oldest continuing cultures in the world. This is something we should all be proud of and celebrate. As we commemorate the significant milestones gained we should all strive to be a part of the next big steps in our nation’s reconciliation journey.
“Importantly, reconciliation must live in the minds, hearts and actions of us all as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, many of whom experience vast differences in health, education, employment, and standards of living compared to their non-Indigenous counterparts. Understanding these inequalities is the first step to reconciling the differences between us,” he said.
“It may surprise many and is sobering to know that with heart disease the mortality rate for indigenous Australians is 163.4 vs 87.2 others per 1,000 people. For respiratory diseases it is 76.3 vs 25.7, for lung cancer 68.9 vs 32.5, for liver disease 29.3 vs 6.1, for suicide 25.7 vs 9.6 and diabetes 97.9 vs 15.3. The rate for death by assault is 6.7 vs 0.7. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a significantly lower life expectancy, up to 11.5 years for men and 9.7 years for women.
“Only just over 20% complete year 12, unemployment rates are 3.4 times higher than for other Australians, 11% are bullied at school, 25% live in overcrowded housing and the infant mortality rate is 8/1000 live births, double the rate for non-Aboriginal Australians,” he continued.
Understanding these and many other inequalities is the first step to reconciling the differences between us,” he said.
“Please come along to Willow Tree on June 2 to be a part of the process,” Councillor Hope concluded.
In the lead up to Men's Health Week, June 12-18, Liverpool Plains Shire Councillor, Virginia Black, is urging men to make an appointment with their GP for a check-up and to take the time to enjoy the things in life that make them happy. Councillor Black has a long involvement in health issues, including several terms on the local Hunter New England Health committee and she has just been appointed Chair of the Community Drug Action Team.
"Good health happens when we have a sense of balance in our lives and can juggle our obligations, importantly taking time to enjoy family, friends and ourselves. Balancing these challenges means doing things that are nourishing and good. Think about it; your health really is the most important thing in the world. If you don't have your health then the quality and quantity of your life is reduced,” Councillor Black said.
This year’s Men’s Health Week theme HEALTHY BODY – HEALTHY MIND: KEEPING THE BALANCE explores the different ways men and boys are managing to keep healthy, physically and emotionally, in a busy and sometimes challenging world.
“If you take out suicide and reckless death, five men die every hour from a disease that could have been prevented through early detection. Your health not only affects you, but it affects your family, your friends, your work life and an already burdened health care system,” she said.
“Several areas of health continue to be of particular concern for rural men including, mental health management, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, alcohol and other drugs, injury and health literacy. Men take their own lives at four times the rate of women! Cardiovascular diseases are responsible for nearly a third of the elevated male death rates outside major cities. Male death rates from diabetes are 1.3 times as high in regional areas compared to cities. The incidence of head, neck and lip cancers, two groups of cancers associated with increased smoking and alcohol consumption, are higher. Sadly, men in regional/rural areas are 22% less likely than men in major cities to possess an adequate level of health literacy,” she continued.
“Being healthy is more than exercising and eating well. It's also about making the time to pursue the activities you enjoy, whether that's sharing precious time with family, playing and watching sport, connecting with mates or going to the park with the dog. Taking time to pursue simple activities that bring you joy is crucial in modern life, and Men's Health Week 2017 is urging men to take the time to think about how they're managing the different areas of their lives,” she said.
“Although men are getting much better at accessing health services today, there are still many that think that to be male, you wait until an arm or a leg drops off before you go and get medical care,” she continued.
It takes more courage to take ownership of your health than ignoring symptoms and burying your head in the sand. Don't become another statistic, book a check-up with your GP now – it might just save your life,” Councillor Black concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope is reminding community members they have until Wednesday 31 May if they wish to examine the draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan which is on public exhibition until that date.
“Following public consultation, the draft plan has been developed to assist in improving the lives of people with disabilities within the LPSC area. Residents can view the draft at Council’s Administration Centre, at Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries and the Home Support Services in Werris Creek, Quirindi and Willow Tree plus on Council’s website www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au,” Councillor Hope said.
“Members of the community can respond to the draft, via written submission addressed to the General Manager LPSC, up until 4.30pm on Wednesday 31,” he said.
Councillor Hope said local organisations, across the spectrum, were often looking for funding for projects which were outside the parameters of Council’s Community Initiative Program. He said Council is regularly posting information on its Facebook page of opportunities through other funding streams that may be of assistance.
“Some examples are; the Eco Schools Grants Program which closes on June 19 and educators and school communities are encouraged to apply for grants to ignite and nurture their students’ passion to learn about the environment - www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/schools.htm
“NIB Foundation's Community Grant program closes May 31 and supports community initiatives which will make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of Australian communities, with a focus on the health of young people, and carers - http://www.nibfoundation.com.au/Funding/.
“The Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants has ongoing rounds with $500 - $5,000 available to Aboriginal communities and individuals for projects in line with the Foundation’s goals - http://www.aboriginal.org.au/grants.htm.
“The Flying Start Programme has multiple rounds closing 30 Sep 2017 and 31 Mar 2018 with up to $30,000 available for not-for-profit community groups and organisations for projects building or enhancing their local community - http://www.jetstar.com/au/en/flyingstart.
“The Cadbury Fundraiser Community Grants have multiple rounds closing 30 Jun, 15 Sep, 30 Nov with up to $500 available to not-for-profits and schools for community projects in the realm of social inclusion and community engagement - https://www.fundraising.com.au/community-grants.
“Applications for the $50,000 Rural Hero grant can be made until May 31, providing charities the opportunity to pitch their innovative solution to an issue impacting country Australia, using the power of social media - http://www.aussiefarmersfoundation.org.au/…/aussie-farmers…/,” he said.
“Information such as this is posted regularly on Council’s Facebook Page – Liverpool Plains Shire Council - along with other community based material, as we become aware of it,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has decided to utilise $320,000 of outstanding Government payments following completion of the Quipolly Dam Safety Upgrade Project, towards achievement of NSW Department of Primary Industries Best Practice Water and Sewer Management (BPM) compliance.
“NSW local water utilities (LWU) are being strongly urged to conform to the NSW BPM. It is the key driver for reform of planning and management and for continuing performance improvement. There are 19 requirements of the framework which involve Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM), strategic business planning, regulation and pricing of water supply, sewerage and liquid trade waste. It also includes, developer charges and other considerations such as water conservation, drought management and performance monitoring,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“To achieve BPM, Council needs to complete the IWCM, including a 30 year Strategic Business Plan (SBP) and 30-year Total Asset Management Plan (TAMP) which helps LPSC to review and update its long term financial planning. This plan must allow for the provision of appropriate, affordable and cost effective water supply and sewerage services to meet community needs, while protecting public health and the environment” he said.
“These plans and processes also involve the implemention of Best Practice Pricing, which include a determination of service and pricing levels based on long term strategic business planning and full cost recovery principles. This is a significant responsibility, it means changes to the way things have operated in the past and ensuring water supply security through infrastructure provision, demand management and integrated water cycle management.
“There is a cost to meeting all these requirements, but the catch is probably a bigger cost if we fail to implement them as soon as possible. Compliance with the NSW BPM framework is a prerequisite for payment of this $320,000 as well as an 'efficiency dividend' from any surplus of a utility's water supply or sewerage business to the Council's general revenue,” he continued.
“Compliance with the framework is also a requirement for receiving financial assistance from the NSW Government towards the capital cost of future water service infrastructure,” he added.
“These changes to pricing will not increase Council’s overall water income by more than CPI, however they will have an impact on the costs to individual water users, depending on their water usage. Generally low water users will be paying less and higher water users face a cost increase. Revised pricing structures will be implemented from July 1 2017.
“Council has determined a four year strategy to implement all the required changes for BPM and the necessary pricing structure to ensure compliance with all State Government requirements,” he said
“It is vital we keep these utilities under local control and not give cause or allow them to be swallowed up as has happened to electricity assets in recent years,” Councillor Hope concluded.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, the Shire’s libraries can be viewed as social and cultural institutions that offer an ever changing range of resources for the community.
“Libraries are particularly important in rural communities. Unfortunately, this role for our public libraries often remains unrecognized and a major challenge is how to capitalize on their potential
contribution to community development and empowerment. Of course one of the best ways is for as many people as possible to utilise the facilities and to let your members of Parliament know how important you consider sufficent, ongoing funding to the service is,” Councillor Hope said.
A display for Law Week at Werris Creek library. Both Quirindi and Werris Creek library contributed displays for this event.
“I think it’s fair to say no other Council agency has the breadth of role, the user range, diversity and potential impact that our libraries do. They provide free public access to computer and information technology resources, they help people to locate information allowing better informed communities, they run programs that promote lifelong learning and literacy in the community and they build connections between individuals, groups and other institutions,” Councillor Hope continued.
Author Annette Marfording visited Quirindi library for an ‘author talk’ about her book Celebrating Australian Writing: Conversations with Australian Authors. Both Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries provide opportunities such as this during the year.
“It is important our libraries are recognised for their roles in helping both children and adults to maintain and build knowledge. They provide tools allowing us to understand the country’s social, political and economic endeavours and nation building efforts. They play an important role in the development of wholesomefamily life, providing materials about social, economic and health care development and inspiring members of the community to read, to use books, information and knowledge access, and to enjoy all materials in the library for education and recreation,” he said.
The Shire’s libraries are part of the Central Northern Regional Library (CNRL) network. All libraries in the State are overseen by the State Library of NSW. Representatives from the State Library’s Public Library Services, Acting Manager Philippa Scarf (2nd from right) and Consultant Kate O’Grady (right) visited both Quirindi and Werris Creek libraries during the week. They are pictured with (from left) LPSC Business development Manager Craig Orvad, CNRL GM Kay Delahunt and Senior Quirindi librarian Marcela Krasny.
“I encourage any resident who hasn’t visited the library lately to call in and see what it has to offer,” Councillor Hope concluded.
The Australian Government Mobile Service Centre is supporting rural communities by providing convenient access to Australian Government payments and services.
This specialised vehicle offers a wide range of face to face and self service assistance for rural families, older Australians, students, job seekers, people with disability, carers, farmers and self-employed people
Experienced staff travel with the Mobile Service Centre and provide friendly, face-to-face service, information and support. On this trip, the Australian Taxation Office will be available to assist with advice and information about tax and superannuation. If the assistance you’re after is not available, arrangements will be made for someone from the relevant organisation to contact you.
For more information, go to humanservices.gov.au
and search for Mobile Service Centre or call 132 316.
You can visit the Mobile Service Centre:
Railway Station car park, Station Street
Tuesday 13 June 2017
9:30 am to 3pm
Near Tourist Information Centre, New England Highway
Friday 9 June 2017
9am to 3:30pm
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, the Shire has a wide range of cultural events happening over coming weeks, with something for everyone.
“Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries will celebrate National Law Week through until Friday 19 May, an annual event raising public awareness about the law, the legal system and the legal profession as well as educating the community about the legal services available in NSW. Both libraries will have displays and promotion of relevant resources. All community members are invited to call in and have a look,” Councillor Hope said.
“With opening night on Thursday 18 and running through until 21 May, the Currabubula Art Show is always a popular event on the Shire’s calendar. Held in the Currabubula Hall, this amazing event is organised by the volunteers of the local Red Cross. This year it is also featuring the Small Schools Art Show. There will be a wide range of paintings and crafts available for purchase,” he said.
“On Sunday 21 May, the Newcastle Variety Bash will visit Blackville Primary School. Everyone is invited to join the Blackville community at lunch-time. Lunch will be available along with lots of fun!
The Quirindi Races will feature the John "Mouse" Sinclair Plate on Wednesday June 7 with races from 12.30pm to 4.30pm and the gate opening at 11.00am,” he continued.
“On Friday June 9, every one is invited along to what is a rather special event for the Shire, the official launch of the Liverpool Plains Tartan. A creation of Fred and Marie Lawson from Spring Ridge, their newest design is now finished and registered with the Scottish Tartan Registry. The official launch will be held at the Visitor Information Centre Willow Tree from 10am and will be followed by morning tea. Fred will talk about how the design evolved and what it means. There will also be a Tartan Display at the VIC,” Councillor Hope said.
“Both Men’s Health Week and Carers Week will run from June 12 to 18. Suicide continues to be one of the top 10 causes of death amongst men and they are less likely to seek help. Men's health week draws attention to this issue with Council’s Home Support Services organising events to make men aware that help is there when they need it. Carers Week is the national awareness raising week for Australia's 2.6 million carers. We want all Shire residents to know about carers and their massive contributions and Council has planned a number of activities to show our appreciation to them,” he said.
“Last year, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow proved one of the most popular events staged at the Royal Theatre. It is returning for 2017 on Wednesday 14 June at 7.30pm. Featuring everything from stand-up to sketch, slapstick to song, each individual line-up presents the best of the Festival in one hilarious show. The tremendous cast that will be gracing the Royal Theatre are Daniel Connell, Adam Hess (UK), David Quirk, Dilruk Jayasinha and Tessa Waters. Tickets are $40.00 per person with discounts applying to groups of 6 or more. VIP Tables are also available and include entry, tapas food and 10% discount on canteen and bar purchases. Get in early to book at https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=270843 to avoid missing this fun show,” he continued.
“These events provide opportunities for participation, volunteering and social, cultural and economic development. Of course, the most important thing is that as many people as possible participate and take advantage of what is on offer to ensure we continue to build our cultural diversity in the coming years,” Councillor Hope concluded.
“The completion of road rehabilitation projects on Warrah Ridge Road (Old Warrah) and Moreduval Lane (Bundella) have been completed by Council’s Engineering Department with savings of over $300,000 realised on the original estimates, allowing this money to be redirected to our local road gravel re-sheeting program,” a jubilant Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has announced.
“This result has allowed us to focus on repairs to the extensive damage caused by several extreme rain events over the past 9 months. Council staff have identified many pavement defects that require gravel re-sheeting to ensure that the local road network is as safe as possible for the travelling public within Council’s resource constraints. The savings realised on the two projects are really a god-send as the 2016/17 re-sheeting program had already utilised most of the funds budgeted with just $70,000 retained for any necessary repairs caused by any further storm damage up until June 30,” he said.
“The saving of $158,698 on the Warrah Ridge Road project and $150,600 on Moreduval Lane were realised because when the budget for the current year was formulated, pavement investigation and survey and design work had not been completed and estimates were based on similar earlier work at other locations. Completion of design and pavement requirements and changes to the proposed construction method led to the savings on the works which were completed within the programmed timeframe,” he continued.
“Council is using a systematic risk management approach to ensure that defects are identified and repaired as funds allow. This includes ensuring that sections of road proposed for gravel re-sheeting over the next eighteen months are in a condition suitable to maximise the benefit of the program. Current available allocations for gravel re-sheeting aren’t sufficient to cover needs identified in the Roads Asset Management Plan review so the reallocation of this funding will reduce the resource gap for these works,” he said.
“The reallocated funding comes from grants provided under the Federal Government’s Roads to Recovery Program. I congratulate all engineering department staff who have worked on these projects and made this reallocation of funding possible,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has welcomed the choice of its latest Freedom Camping facility, at Spring Ridge, as the Australian Caravan Club’s (ACC) Freedom Camp for the month of May.
“The Spring Ridge Freedom Camping area only started operations at the start of April, when an ablution block was erected along with lighting. It was driven by community support for becoming the latest addition to the Shire’s Recreational Vehicle (RV) Strategy and to boost local economic development. The Spring Ridge community are very pro-active, through their Local Advisory Group, and they’ve achieved some great improvements to local assets through the Spring Ridge Park Embellishment Project which has resulted in a covered playground area with a table and chairs plus a BBQ. It’s a small community with a big heart,” said LPSC Mayor, Andrew Hope.
An ACC Facebook Post said; The Spring Ridge Sports Ground on the Liverpool Plains NSW is our Freedom Camp for the month of May. Located on Darby Road, it is a great place to stay for a night or two. The campground has grassy, flat sites, with picturesque views to distant mountains. There are flushing toilets, recently installed hot showers, and a few powered sites. The Royal Hotel at Spring Ridge, run by ACC members Tom and Robyn, offers all ACC members 10% off meals and a complimentary standard drink with each meal. To read the full article, go to www.australiancaravanclub.com.au.
“Council is grateful to the ACC for sharing this story with its thousands of members and FB friends. We also are welcoming the ever increasing number of visitors and look forward to giving them an RV friendly experience,” Councillor Hope concluded.
The new Spring Ridge Freedom Camping Area is proving popular with campers and receiving great reviews
|LPSC Deputy Mayor, Doug Hawkins (centre), welcomed Bridge2Bridge cyclists to the Liverpool Plains Shire|
Cyclists on the seventh Bridge2Bridge Cycle Charity Ride were welcomed to the Liverpool Plains Shire by LPSC Deputy Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins, when they arrived in Quirindi. Earlier they had stopped in Werris Creek and they also stopped in Willow Tree after leaving Quirindi The Bridge2Bridge, from the Story Bridge in Brisbane to the Harbour Bridge in Sydney aims to raise community support for research into the management of, and ultimately a cure for, the dreadful disease of brain cancer.
One of the event organisers, cyclist Mark Driver, told Councillor Hawkins that at this stage, with no known cure, brain cancer has probably the greatest impact upon society of all the cancers. He said the Australian Institute of Health statistics indicate that the disease’s impact is massive as it is a leading cause of cancer deaths in most age groups.
Councillor Hawkins told the group of the plans to build a 22km memorial Kokoda Trail path/cycleway between Werris Creek and Quirindi and they said they’d like to include the track as part of their ride when its comes to fruition.
The rides are conducted under the auspices of the brain cancer charity - the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. Funds raised from the ride are directed towards supporting the foundation’s collaborative efforts in developing effective treatments for brain cancer by the next decade.
Donations can be made at - http://www.curebraincancer.org.au/my-fundraising/10338/bridge-2-bridge-cycle-charity-ride-2017.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has endorsed the creation of a sub-committee to the LPSC Cultural and Events Advisory group to support the delivery of the proposed Kokoda Trail project. The purpose of the sub-committee is to provide the necessary governance frameworks to effectively manage funds received for the project and to establish a direct link with Council and its staff to assist in the effective delivery of the project.
The Kokoda Trail project plans to create a new Kokoda Track memorial walk and cycleway, 22 kilometres long, linking Quirindi War Memorial with the Werris Creek War Memorial. As the path wanders through the peaceful countryside, there will be markers, approximately each kilometre, showing details of towns and significant historical battles on the original Kokoda Track,” said LPSC Deputy Mayor, Doug Hawkins.
“The proposed track will play an important educational role, providing a tangible reminder of the events and conditions our soldiers faced. It will provide students and the wider community an ongoing opportunity to learn, acknowledge, remember, commemorate and honour the service personnel, many of whom paid the supreme sacrifice on this battlefield during the darkest days of WWII,’” he said.
“The proposed track also has incredible potential for employment opportunities and economic benefits through tourism. We expect it will attract regional, state, interstate and international visitors plus providing another attraction for the increasing numbers of Recreational Vehicle (RV) users who stay at the Shires Freedom Camping Areas and are looking for things to do,” he continued.
“We’ve received encouragement for this project from the Returned and Services League of Australia NSW State Branch and Australia Remembers Ltd,” he said.
“Some very capable members of the community have offered to serve on the sub-committee. It will examine funding options and grant availability towards this project which is estimated will cost $6,000,000+ to put the infrastructure in place. We believe there will be an immediate financial benefit to the community as soon as construction commences,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has expressed both his gratification and admiration for the way local communities and organisations have transitioned to Local Advisory Groups in a restructure of the way Council works with its citizens to meet their aspirations.
“Amongst the ramifications of Fit for the Future are restructuring to obtain the best results with limited resources as well as more accountability in governance, protecting volunteers from possible liability and dialogue with individual communities to build their strengths and meet their aspirations.
“Into the future, Local Advisory Groups will play a vital role in achieving those objectives. I thank those who already give of their time to benefit their communities and organisations and I encourage more people to take an interest in and play their part in developing the Shire’s future,” Councillor Hope said.
The wide-ranging round of community consultations earlier this year led to the development and public exhibition of a draft Community Strategic Plan which was adopted, in effect, Council’s 10-year service delivery contract with the community,” he said.
“As Mayor, I feel very proud when I look around and see what communities and organisations have achieved working proactively with Council. Recent achievements have been the ongoing Spring Ridge Park Embellishment with the covered table and chair setting being the latest addition. The addition of an ablution block at Spring Ridge Recreation Ground will allow the town to benefit from visiting RV travellers at a Freedom Camping Ground. Work on the Currabubula Pony Club Shed and the new storage shed at David Taylor Oval in Werris Creek will commence shortly, projects both driven by the respective communities. I look forward to all our communities working closely with us for more great outcomes into the future,” he continued.
“Lastly, but certainly not least, I thank all the volunteers who contribute in so many ways, be it maintaining and improving our cemeteries, assisting at our libraries, supporting the theatre, doing small maintenance jobs in the villages and in many other roles.
“I encourage others to actively participate in their communities. The more people who contribute their thoughts and volunteer their services, the better will be our environment and way of life,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), is seeking public comment on its draft Assistance for Water Consumption costs associated with Home Haemodialysis Machines policy, which will be on public exhibition until Wednesday 31 May at Council’s Administration Centre or online via Council’s website at http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/my-council/public-exhibition.
“Council has formulated policy on this issue because consumers who use home haemodialysis machines can use much more water than in a normal residential situation. In fact, usage can vary from 100kL to 150kL,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“Consumers are charged lower rates for the first 300kl used per annum under normal circumstances. Consumption of the magnitude incurred through home dialysis can account for 50% of that allowance which effectively means they can end up paying for it at the rate for higher usage,” he said.
“There is no clear direction on the application of rebates or concessions available from other government agencies regarding medically derived water usage at home, so local water utilities have to develop their own policy, which is what this process is about,” he continued.
“The State Government demands our local water utility pursue best practice pricing to achieve ongoing full cost recovery for service. The draft policy is designed to recognise the increased cost burden of the home dialysis treatment process while at the same time providing a system of charging that still recognises Council’s obligations to best practice cost recovery,” he said.
“Anyone wishing to make a submission on the draft documents should forwarded such to LPSC’s General Manager prior to 5pm on Wednesday 31 May,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Following feedback from public consultation and a survey conducted earlier this year, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), has prepared a draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan for public exhibition from Wednesday 3 May until close of business on Wednesday 31 May. The draft will be available at Council’s Administration Centre during business hours. Community members will also be able to view the draft at Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries and the Home Support Services in Werris Creek, Quirindi and Willow Tree.
“The draft plan has been developed to assist in improving the lives of people with disabilities within the LPSC area. It also aims towards creation of a fully inclusive society for all segments of our community,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The primary objectives of the draft plan are to set out the strategies and actions that Council will deliver over the next 4 years to enable people with a disability to have greater access to Council information, facilities and services.
“Members of the community can respond to the draft, via written submission addressed to the General Manager LPSC, up until 4.30pm on Wednesday 31 May,” he said.
“There is a need to develop a shared understanding of what it means to make life equitable for people with a disability given that one in three people has or is close to someone with a disability,” he continued.
“The draft outlines types of disabilities, where the plan fits in relation to legislation, strategy and policy, the Shire’s demographics, the purpose for the plan, the process for development and implementation, the consultation process, the results from the community survey on the issue and what is important to our community.
“It also discusses creating an inclusive community and strong economy, creating liveable communities, improving systems and processes, funding the plan and management of risks.
“It is envisaged that the Plan will assist in the management of Council’s resources through the incorporation of appropriate linkages to the Community Strategic Plan,” he said.
“I’d like to thank the community members who contributed through the consultation/survey period and the LPSC staff who have produced a really comprehensive Action Plan. I encourage all interested persons to have a look at the draft while it is on public exhibition and if desired, to present a submission that will be further considered by Council,” Councillor Hope concluded.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Deputy Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins, the school holidays/Easter break has seen record numbers of Recreational Vehicle (RV) campers utilise the Freedom Camping facilities provided by Council at Wallabadah, Willow Tree, Currabubula, Premer and Spring Ridge, as well as the Quirindi Caravan Park.
“Council’s development of an RV strategy over the past 12 months or so is really starting to pay dividends,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“LPSC has invested in upgrading and opening new sites over this period of time. The upgrading of amenities at existing facilities and the new locations has led to an exponential increase in use and we are very happy with these outcomes, he said.
“There have been numerous nights when more than 30 vans/campers have utilised the always popular Wallabadah facility. It has been heartening to see good increases at the Premer site and the newer locations of Spring Ridge and Willow Tree are doing well and we expect this to grow even further,” he continued.
“We upgraded the Currabubula facilities late last year and a local business has reported to us that they were very impressed by the RV Strategy initiated by the Council. The recreation ground in Currabubula was opened in late November and at first it was slow getting the RV to stop but now we’re seeing a consistent flow of traffic which is very exciting. The RV travellers are stopping at the hotel and enjoying the experience which is great for business!
“This traffic gives a very welcome boost to businesses all around the Shire. We look forward to a further site being opened at Werris Creek in the not to distant future. All these facilities allow people to spend a number of days in the Shire taking in the rural grandeur from the Great Dividing Range, down the slopes and out onto the magnificent plains of the Caroona Basin, plus enjoying the attractions we have to offer,” he said.
“Just as importantly we are getting great feedback from the campers themselves. Our initiatives have had great support from the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) who have printed several articles in their magazine that goes out to thousands of campers and we’ve just had a fantastic 5 page story about the facilities in the latest edition of Caravan and Motorhomes on Tour Magazine.
“These articles plus word-of-mouth promotion between campers on the road has greatly assisted our endeavours to build a great relationship with this burgeoning industry and we thank everyone who has helped play a part for their invaluable support,” he continued.
“This upcoming weekend, Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April we look forward to entertaining more campers when the inaugural Magpie Bike and Film Fest will be held in Quirindi. Local and visiting bikers will hold a poker run on Sunday and all proceeds will go to the Quirindi Rotary Club. This rally is a little different because it includes a Film Festival at the Royal Theatre. The program is Friday at 7pm Wild Hogs, Saturday at 1.30pm Closer to the Edge and 5.30pm The World’s Fasted Indian. Sunday offering is 12 o’clock Boys at 3pm and at 5.30pm The Motorcycle Diaries,” he said.
“I encourage locals to join in the fun and of course to ensure our visitors are always made welcome.” Councillor Hawkins concluded.