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Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope, is urging tradies who may have worked with asbestos before and not been concerned about managing it safely, to rethink their position and to take the warnings seriously and learn where asbestos might be located on the job and how to manage it.
“Tradespersons, workers and labourers can expect to encounter asbestos-containing materials in their day-to-day work and need to think smart, think safe, think asbestosawarness.com.au, because it’s not worth the risk of playing russian roulette with safety,” Councillor Hope said.
“Without knowing where asbestos-containing products might be located in homes and how to manage asbestos safely, tradies risk disturbing asbestos and releasing fibres that could be inhaled and can cause serious asbestos-related diseases that often don’t manifest themselves until many years into the future,” he said
Councillor Hope pointed out that there are two types of asbestos building materials: ‘non-friable’ and ‘friable’.
“Non-friable asbestos cannot be crumbled, pulverised or reduced to a powder by hand pressure when dry. It doesn’t need to be removed if sealed, in a good, stable condition and left undisturbed, because it’s unlikely to release dangerous fibres posing health risks. However, non-friable asbestos can become friable if damaged, unsealed and exposed to weather.
“Friable Asbestos is any material containing asbestos in the form of a powder or can be crumbled, pulverised or reduced to powder by hand pressure when dry. Friable asbestos can be found in fire damaged fibro, loose fill insulation, unpainted and exposed asbestos cement sheeting and powdery tilux. ONLY Class A Licenced Asbestos removalists can remove friable asbestos,” he said.
“Before commencing any work, renovations or refurbishments to residential properties, tradies and workers must determine if asbestos containing materials are present to ensure they minimise the risks to their health and the health of colleagues, families and bystanders.
“Only tradies who’ve undergone asbestos training awareness and management training can work with asbestos material. More information regarding training can be found through Safework NSW - http://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/media/publications/health-and-safety/fact-sheet-asbestos-awareness-training,” he continued.
“A 20 Point Asbestos Safety Checklist and Residential Asbestos Checklists are available via the web at www.asbestosawarness.com.au or contact your relevant trade association for guidelines. If you’re unsure how to identify asbestos this same link also has an online video, Asbestos In Your Home – The Ultimate Renovators Guide. You can also search the Asbestos Products Database for examples of what to look for,” he said.
“Asbestos personal protective equipment (PPE) should be worn at all times when working with asbestos materials. The purpose of wearing PPE when working with asbestos is to create a barrier between you and the fibres. Suitable PPE is made from materials that protect you and your clothes from fibres including coveralls, gloves, safety footwear, shoe covers, gloves and protective eyewear. There should be no tears or breaks in any PPE products. Remember, if products, such as coveralls are damaged or torn, fibres can get in so any damaged or perished PPE must not be used and must be disposed of. Disposable PPE can be used only once then must be disposed of safely just like any asbestos waste. It is recommended that tradies should always keep a PPE kit on hand as part of their regular tool kit in case they come across asbestos materials on the job,” he continued.
“To work safely with asbestos tradies should inform homeowners in advance before commencing work. Homeowners should remove washing from clotheslines and also remove pets and pet bowls from work areas. You should ensure no one else is near the area you are working in unless they’re wearing PPE, close all doors and windows to prevent drafts and turn off all heating or cooling systems including fans and air-conditioning. Cover any surface in the work area that could become contaminated with fibres, dust and debris with plastic sheeting and secure with duct tape. Before starting work wear all your PPE gear then keep asbestos materials wet using a light mist spray. Avoid breaking asbestos materials during work and do not leave the work area once work has commenced. If you must leave while work is underway, you must decontaminate yourself. Remember, think smart, think safe, think asbestosawareness.com.au,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is calling for nominations to eight categories that will be recognised at its Australia Day 2018 Awards Ceremony on 26 January 2018. A new category, the Emergency Services Community Award will recognise the nominee’s contributions to the Emergency Services as well as their contributions to the wider community. Nominations for the eight awards will close on 22 December.
“Council is very pleased to add 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,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
The eight categories seeking nominations are;
- 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,” Councillor Hope said.
“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,” he continued.
All nominations must be made using the official nomination form which also contains details regarding criteria and eligibility, the nomination process plus descriptions of the individual award categories.
“Nomination forms are available on Council’s HERE, from Council’s Customer Service Desk at the Administration, by calling 6746 1755 during business hours, or email a request to email@example.com.
Completed forms can be dropped in to the Customer Service Desk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I encourage people to get their nominations in for people and events they consider worthy of recognition,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is one of six NSW Councils invited to participate in the Outdoor Dining Pilot Program being co-ordinated by the State Government’s Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner.
“This trial will run through until July 2018 and is aimed at streamlining the process for existing restaurants, cafes and other food-based businesses to expand trading on public footpaths,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“As part of the trial process, Council has recently sent letters to businesses in Werris Creek, Quirindi and Willow Tree, that already host outdoor dining, asking them to participate. Application fees will be waived for businesses participating in the interim trial and who obtain a permit during the period of the trial,” he said.
“Simplifying outdoor dining has the potential to improve community life style and vibrancy, generating benefits for businesses plus stimulating employment opportunities and local economies.
“The trial recognises the problem that currently food businesses wanting to offer outdoor dining have to comply with nine pieces of legislation across many government agencies, familiarise themselves with local requirements, and navigate a complex approval process,” he continued.
“LPSC is very pleased to be part of this innovative trial as it is aimed at providing a streamlined and simplified approach for outdoor dining approvals, cutting red tape for both small businesses and Council, providing user-friendly, online assessment and approval and lowering costs and compliance burdens on small business, thus making it much easier for local food businesses to offer outdoor dining to their customers.
There are a number of businesses already licenced to undertake outdoor dining activities and Council would like them to participate in the trial. Application forms, the NSW Outdoor Dining User Guide and Policy are available for download at https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-use-public-land-outdoor-dining. Likewise, other businesses that would like to participate are invited to come on board” he said.
“LPSC staff are available to assist with the application process so anyone requiring assistance, or with questions regarding this matter, are invited to contact Council’s Executive Support Officer, Mrs Brooke Stevenson on 6746 1755 during business hours.
“The trial fits nicely with LPSC’s Economic Development Strategy,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has recently supported two State Government initiatives, Shoosh for Kids and Responsible Gambling Awareness, and according to Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope it is important that the messages they convey are heard.
‘The purpose of Shoosh for Kids is to support grassroots sports in providing positive environments for their members, whilst also addressing issues which arise from poor behaviour including abuse to officials, reduced volunteer numbers and reduced participation rates - due to poor experiences/non-enjoyment/a too competitive atmosphere,” Councillor Hope said.
“Junior sport is important in rural and regional areas with activities promoting a fun, inclusive and safe environment for its participants and encouraging a lifelong commitment to a healthy and active lifestyle. Shoosh for Kids is a collaborative effort between the Office of Sport and State Sporting Organisations to promote positive behaviour to their members, clubs and associations,” he said.
The overriding message is, if you can't say anything nice at junior sporting events, don't say anything at all,” he continued.
“Our community invests quite heavily in junior sport and it is important to remember that it only prospers thanks to the willingness of a small group of volunteers who are prepared to make personal sacrifices for the sake of their broader community. So please remember, if your comment is negative then SHOOSH, reward good effort with applause and if you can’t then SHOOSH. Do not direct negative comments at officials or young sports people,” he said.
The second campaign LPSC has supported is Responsible Gambling Awareness.
The impacts of problem gambling can be devastating. It is recognised it can impair family relationships, cause emotional problems and financial difficulties. Sadly, the children of problem gambling parents are at a much higher risk of developing gambling problems than the children of non-problem gambling parents. Additionally, there is consistent evidence of an association between gambling problems and family violence,” Councillor Hope said.
“I urge anyone with a gambling problem or people impacted by a problem gambler to go to www.gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has hosted an ‘interest day’ for regional water industry operators in conjunction with the Water Industry Operator’s Association (WIOA).
LPSC is very pleased to have been able to facilitate the day as part of a commitment from Council’s in the Namoi Water Alliance to provide ongoing forums for operation’s staff to share ideas, solutions and best practice across their fields. Gunnedah Shire hosted the previous get-together.
Topics covered included LPSC’s Regional Water Supply Scheme design and history, Tamworth Regional Council’s recent filter refurbishment at the Calala water treatment plant, the results of the Bioremediation trial at Werris Creek Sewerage Treatment Plant, WIOA’s operator certification scheme which is a process LPSC is embarking on soon for its operators and pump principles, selection and common faults.
Organisers were pleased to see good networking between operators from the various Councils, one of the main purposes of the event.
Following the presentations, which were made at the Quirindi Jockey Club’s function centre, a site visit was made to Quipolly Dam where participants were able to inspect the award winning works undertaken to upgrade safety and increase capacity as part of LPSC’s visionary Regional Water Supply Strategy.
Presentations were made by LPSC Water Services Manager Rod Batterham (pictured), LPSC’s Water Services Engineer Luke Whitten, Tamworth Regional Council, WIOA and pump suppliers Xylem.
Approximately 30 operators attended from Armidale, Walcha, Gwydir, Tamworth, Gunnedah and Liverpool Plains Councils
Since 2012, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has actively promoted and supported the various campaigns held each November to highlight the dangers of asbestos to the community. Council attempts to provide a focus on the dangers related to asbestos and an opportunity to remember the families affected by asbestos-related diseases.
“Unfortunately too many people still aren’t aware enough on the the dangers of asbestos. The fact that in 2016, 100% of the 563 councils across Australia officially registered their participation in Asbestos Awareness Month, the highest number of council participants since the campaign launched in 2012, underscores the importance of the issue. LPSC is proud to have been part of this campaign from the word go,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“LPSC believes its involvement in this campaign has increased awareness across our Shire resulting in benefits to both our organisation and community by making our public and work areas safer as more people become aware of the dangers posed by illegal dumping of asbestos. Additionally, many renovators of older houses start what they consider a minor renovation without any consideration of the materials which they are removing or sanding. Asbestos Awareness Month brings information to the forefront of people’s minds to help curtail and avoid dangerous activities,” he said.
“This year, safe practices for rural and regional homeowners and farmers repairing or removing small amounts of asbestos materials is being highlighted. With every home and property built or renovated before 1987 likely to contain asbestos a large percentage of the population can be at risk.
“If left undisturbed asbestos generally does not pose a health risk. However, when disturbed during renovations and home maintenance, asbestos fibres can be released into the air and when inhaled, cause life-threatening diseases including lung cancer, pleural disease, asbestosis and mesothelioma,” he continued.
“Thousands of different products remain hidden dangers for 1 in every 3 Australian homes including brick, weatherboard, fibro and clad homes. It could be anywhere! Under floor coverings including carpets, linoleum and vinyl tiles, behind wall and floor tiles, in cement floors, internal and external walls, ceilings and ceiling space insulation, eaves, garages, roofs, around hot water pipes, fences, extensions to homes, garages, outdoor toilets, backyard and farm structures, chook sheds and even dog kennels,” Councillor Hope pointed out.
“As a preliminary step it is important to ensure asbestos sheeting such as fibro is in good condition. You can seal asbestos sheeting and corrugated asbestos - walls, fences and roofing - with good quality paint to prevent the release of fibres. You should then check from time to time to ensure the paint is still in good condition.
“People also need to take into account that during construction it was common practice for builders and labourers to bury broken pieces of asbestos materials on building sites which can now be exposed when digging, gardening or redeveloping properties or land.
“In rural regions many farm structures were constructed from fibro as a cost-effective means of housing farm equipment and stock including sheds and barns. It was also widely used to construct ‘sleep-out’ additions to farmhouses, workers accommodation for shearers and farm-hands, outhouses and water tanks. Fibro was also commonly used to build community housing throughout much of regional Australia. It needs to be remembered that abandoned homes and farm structures that may be damaged, neglected and unpainted pose real risks,” he said.
“People working on the land or in rural communities need to be aware that naturally occurring asbestos (NOA) could be uncovered. All asbestos-containing materials are made using this mineral. NOA can typically be found in rock, including serpentinite, sediment, or soil. NOA can be white (chrysotile), brown (actinolite, amosite), blue (anthophyllite, crocidolite), tremolite. NOA can be any size and shape and these variations make it difficult to identify. The only way to confirm if soil or rocks contain NOA is testing by a licensed asbestos assessor or an occupational hygienist.
“Go to http://asbestosawareness.com.au/noa/noa-downloads/ for a NOA Asbestos Management Plan Guide. The link also provides templates designed for use when conducting risk assessments in various parts of properties, to itemise the necessary information when conducting a property risk assessment for NOA and to assist managers in recording and maintaining records of training undertaken by workers in asbestos awareness and NOA. You can also find Fact Sheets about Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and information about the importance of personal and equipment decontamination when working with NOA plus the steps for disposal and transportation of NOA,” he continued.
“There are hefty fines for illegal dumping of asbestos waste. Within the LPSC area only the Quirindi Landfill is licensed to receive it. There is a cap on the amount of asbestos that can be removed and disposed of (10m2) without requiring a license. If you need to dispose of more than this amount, please contact Council for more information on 6746 1755, we are here to help. Please contact Quirindi Landfill on 0427 236 081 to book in disposal of your asbestos waste. 48 hours notice is requested,” he said.
“Before commencing any work around the home visit www.asbestosawareness.com.au for examples of products that might contain asbestos and learn where they might be located in your home and in other structures on your property,” Councillor Hope concluded.
National Asbestos Awareness Month is the initiative of the Asbestos Education Committee working in partnership with the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute and is supported by the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia, the Federal Asbestos Safety & Education Agency and various levels of government, nationally.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is currently undertaking further community engagement in relation to the development of its Industrial Land Use Strategy. Existing industrial areas within LPS zoned for industrial purposes are located within Quirindi and Werris Creek. The strategy will guide the development of vacant industrial land in the Shire and identify the types of industrial development which are desired to achieve economic, environmental and social sustainability.
“Staff from our department of Environmental Services and Economic Development have already been consulting with members of the community, for over four months, towards the strategy’s development and we are encouraging our business residents, landowners and ratepayers to continue providing this assistance as we further the project,” LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said.
“This will include one-on-one conversations with industrial zoned businesses and landowners and correspondence with landowners who don’t actually reside in the Shire. Additionally, a questionnaire is being conducted for these people and the wider community to have their say,” he said.
The direct link to the questionnaire is – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LPSCIndustrial. It is requested that interested parties complete this questionnaire by Monday November 6. Councillor Hope said it will only take a few minutes to complete and will provide invaluable information.
“Decisions to allocate land for industrial use and development should seek to satisfy a wide range of planning and land use criteria and the questionnaire seeks your feedback on issues such as the types of industries LPSC should endeavour to attract to the local government area, what initiatives Council can employ to encourage industrial development in the Shire, the suitability of current locations, how the industrial estate areas can improve support for businesses and what we should consider planning for into the future,” he continued.
All responses will form an important part of the review process and be used to inform the development of, and any changes necessary to, the draft Industrial Land Use Strategy, which when completed will go on public display. Diversity in economic activity and a capacity for adjustment are major determinants in a region’s level of income, the resilience and stability of its economy and its ability to develop and grow. More information is available on Council’s website http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/ the Liverpool Plains Shire Council Facebook page. I encourage the community to have their say and thank them for their role in the process,” Councillor Hope concluded.
The Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope, has announced that applications are now open to eligible community organisations to seek grants through the Council’s Community Funding Program.
“Applications for the program close on Friday December 1,” Councillor Hope said.
Council’s Community Funding Program recognises the vital contributon that community groups and organisations play in the development of our social capital and quality of life,” he said.
“Seed funding aims to encourage the development of new events across the Liverpool Plains Shire by providing not-for-profit organisations with some inital funding, up to $5,000, to help support and launch new, or one-off event activites.
“Growth funding, up to $5,000, is offered to assist event organisers to improve their existing event and to build strategic capacity within their event.
“Local sporting and recreational clubs can apply for assistance for infrastructure improvements, up to $10,000, 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 continued.
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, 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 demonstrate environmental, social and economic benefits to the Shire and be financially viable,” he said.
Application forms can be obtained by phoning 6746 1755, downloaded from Council’s website via http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au then click on My Community and then Community Funding, or emailing email@example.com. Completed application forms should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to PO Box 152 QUIRINDI NSW 2343,” he continued.
If you require further information or explanation please contact Angus or Emily on 6746 1755 during business hours,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Deputy Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins, has welcomed the news that the Pigs ‘n Pines Bike Run and Rally will return to Spring Ridge in 2018, to be held March 16 to 18.
“The Pigs ‘n Pines event is a fundraiser for Kids with Cancer, initiated by Bikers Australia and supported by the Royal Hotel Spring Ridge, Liverpool Plains Shire Council and the Spring Ridge Community,”
“Their inaugural event held in March this year was a huge success raising $11,000 for a really good cause,” he said.
Councillor Hawkins said the planning for the 2018 event is already underway with the organisers expecting the event to grow following the announcement that the Western Ranges Motorcycles and Indian Powersports groups are coming on board.
“A highlight of all bike rallies is The Show and Shine which gives motorbike enthusiasts a chance to show off their pride and joys and often encourages new enthusiasts to follow their dreams and become part of the fun,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“One of the great things about events such as the Pigs ’n Pines Run is that they provide fun and entertainment and are real family affairs, attended by young and old.
“There will be family entertainment all weekend, musical entertainment as well as the fun games that everyone enjoyed so much in 2017,” he continued.
“The Bikers also challenge the local Cricket team for a match. The Bikers won in 2017 but the Spring Ridge team will be looking to even the score in 2018.
“A big part of the atmosphere is the fact that camping is available for the duration of the event allowing families to enjoy the whole weekend. There will be a band and bar facilities, food and market stalls available too,” he said.
“Anyone interested in having a stall at the 2018 event should contact Ceejay at Bikers Australia on 0459 614 274 or email email@example.com for more information or to book a site,” he continued.
“LPSC is proud to support this event and congratulates both Bikers Australia and the Spring Ridge community for their enthusiasm and partnership towards making this event a resounding success,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) adopted a new Workplace Health and Safety policy at its recent Ordinary meeting.
“The Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) Act imposes a general duty of care on Council as an employer to protect the health, safety and welfare of its workers,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“LPSC’s objective is to strive for zero harm through the belief that all accidents can be prevented, our operations can be performed with minimal negative impact on the environment and this can be of benefit to the greater community,” he said.
“Council will meet this objective by promoting a positive culture based on strong WHS leadership and effective consultation with staff and relevant external stakeholders. This includes promoting environmental sustainability as part of our culture, ensuring all personnel have clearly defined and understood responsibilities and accountabilities for the effective implementation of its WHS Policy and Management System. As part of this culture we will engage with contractors, industry bodies, equivalent organisations and stakeholders to achieve and improve WHS standards.
“To achieve these standards Council will apply risk management principles to identify, assess and control hazards, work practices and behaviours that can cause incidents, injuries, illness or environmental harm. We will comply with all relevant WHS legal and regulatory requirements, Council policies, standards and procedures. LPSC will provide appropriate information, training, supervision and resources to assist all personnel to implement and maintain the WHS Management Systems that meet our legal obligations and requirements.
“To achieve best practice we’ll manage WHS incidents, close calls and hazardous conditions consistently through early identification, notification, methodical investigation and the sharing of learnings across the organisation. Our policy encourages personnel to maintain a healthy balance between work, family and friends and will inform and educate on the potential impacts of medication, illicit drugs, alcohol, fatigue, stress and other issues relating to their wellbeing and fitness for work. As part of this program Council will provide confidential employee assistance and counselling services for the benefit of all employees,” he continued.
“Consultation regarding this policy was undertaken with Council’s WHS Committee. It is LPSC’s objective to ensure our staff work in a safe, happy and satisfying environment at all times,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Recreation and Swimming Centres has announced that the first round of Learn to Swim classes for the 2017/18 season will commence at Quirindi Pool, on Monday November 6. They will held between the hours of 2 and 6pm, on Monday to Friday. Each lesson is of half hour duration, at a cost of $25 per lesson. Details of a second round of classes in 2018 will be announced at a later date.
According to the Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope, the most recent figures released by Royal Life Saving Australia, showed nearly 300 people drowned over a 12 month period. He said this should be a wake up call to the importance of ensuring that our children are trained to be competent swimmers so they can safely enjoy a favourite Australian pastime.
“We have a responsibility to commit to the idea that all Australian children have the right to a comprehensive swimming and water safety education. The skills of swimming, survival swimming, and basic rescue are all life savers, yet there are many barriers including cost, distance and the simple awareness that far too many people drown each year that must be recognised and addressed,” Councillor Hope said.
“Thanks to greater awareness and more parents committing to their children’s safety, the number of children aged 0-4 years who drowned in the 12 month period decreased by 30% against the 10 year average of 30 drowning deaths, with a decrease of 38% against the 10 year average recorded for children aged 5-9 years. However, the death of any child that could be prevented by greater care/supervision being exercised and giving a child the skills necessary to be competent around water is one too many,” he said.
“The vast majority of drowning deaths in children under five resulted from a fall into water while 14% drowned while bathing. Swimming and recreating were the most common activity prior to drowning among children aged 5-14 year. This highlights the importance of a basic level of swimming skills and water safety knowledge in this age group.
“Of real concern is the fact that between 2002 and 2015, 83 children under 5 drowned in private swimming pools. These findings serve as an important reminder of the need to supervise and the need to be within arms’ reach of your child. They require all of your attention, all of the time. It is vital to restrict a child’s access to water by installing and maintaining a barrier, such as a pool
fence with a gate which self-closes and self-latches,” he continued.
“Laws in NSW designed to protect children from drowning require even small inflatable pools with a water depth of 30 centimetres to be surrounded by a fence that is 1.2 metres high and fitted with a self-closing and latching gate. Additionally, all private pools must be registered and this can be done on line at - www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au.
“You can find more information regarding your responsibilities in regard to swimming pools on Council’s website at http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/planning-building/swimming-pools,” he said.
“It may surprise many to know that 83% of drownings are males and that the average age of those who drowned is 43.1 years. Sadly, the largest number of drowning deaths occurred among people aged 25-34 years, with the age group recording a 27% increase against the 10 year average. The 35-44 years age group recorded the second highest number of drowning deaths with an increase of 11% against the 10 year average. Swimming lessons at an early age may well have prevented many of these deaths.
“When you think about those nearly 300 people who lost their lives you need to put it into the reality that each is a story of real people impacted in a most tragic way. It is not just the person who lost their life but also the families they left behind, the rescuers who may have attempted to save their lives, and the communities that are reminded each time they pass the causeway, swimming pool, rock platform, river swimming hole or beach where the tragedy occurred,” he continued.
“Please don’t live to regret a failure to make your child water aware and enrol them for swimming classes to familiarise them with water and to introduce them to water safety rules. Call the REC Centre on 6746 3122 for further details and to book a place,” Councillor Hope concluded.
The NSW Government in collaboration with local councils is working to develop Regional Economic Development Strategies (REDS) for regions in NSW. The REDS will be used to inform regional development policy and identify actions that can be undertaken to support economic growth in your region. An important component of the REDS is to ensure that regional communities, business and industries have a say.
Sapere Research Group has been engaged by the NSW Government to assist developing the REDS for the Lower North West region which encompasses the Gunnedah Shire, Liverpool Plains Shire and Tamworth Regional council areas. Sapere is conducting this survey to gain a better understanding of the economic development issues and opportunities in the region. The results of this survey will provide valuable inputs into the analysis that forms the basis of the new economic development strategy. Please complete the survey providing as much detail as possible.
The survey should take about 15 minutes. Your responses are strictly confidential and will only be used to determine group responses and specific industry suggestions for improving regional economic development opportunities. Thank you in advance for taking the time. If you have any questions with regard to this survey please contact Richard Tooth at firstname.lastname@example.org
Economic development strategies have historically been developed by councils for individual Local Government Areas (LGAs) using a variety of methods. This approach has not typically allowed comparison between LGAs, and does not often consider the broader region.
In addition, given the cost and resources required to develop economic development strategies, smaller local governments have limited capacity to develop comprehensive plans. Recognising these limitations, the NSW Government is offering to assist local councils to develop Regional Economic Development Strategies (REDS) based on the concept of a Functional Economic Region (FER), which usually incorporates more than one LGA.
The following frequently asked questions provide additional information. For further information please contact your local Office of Regional Development Regional Director.
Are councils required to participate in developing a REDS under this process?
No. Participating in the development of a REDS, while desirable, is voluntary. However, REDS will be produced for each FER and will be used to guide NSW Government investment decisions. Therefore, councils will best be able to influence REDS content through participation in the process.
Who will develop the REDS?
The NSW Government has engaged a panel of expert contractors to work in collaboration with councils and local stakeholders. These contractors have experience developing REDS in Australia and internationally.
What if a council has recently developed its own economic development strategy?
If requested, an existing strategy can be reviewed by an expert contractor. There is no obligation to amend or update any content of the existing strategy after this review, and its content can be incorporated into the overarching REDS for that FER.
How will the REDS be developed?
Regions are different across NSW and contractors will take a region-specific approach as required. However, the overall methodology will be similar to ensure consistency across regions and that the individual REDS represent best practice.
What is a Functional Economic Region (FER) and how does it relate to the REDS?
Local government boundaries are an artefact of history rather than reflecting the boundaries of regional economies and economic interaction. REDS will be based on FER boundaries, which may include multiple LGAs, to better target investments aimed at growing or establishing regional competitive advantage. The size and nature of the FER will differ across the State and will be informed by economic data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Can a REDS be developed for a single LGA?
Only where a FER is comprised of a single LGA, which is uncommon. However, each REDS can contain sections specific to each constituent LGA, with this information contributing to the overall strategy.
Will the NSW Government have influence or control over the REDS?
No, REDS are local government documents and ownership and control of their development will rest with participating councils. However, they must clearly identify the FER’s strengths, articulate a long term economic vision and describe the key priorities and associated enablers that are required to deliver the vision so they can be used to inform NSW Government investment decisions. This minimum content is expected to be developed by stakeholders participating in the REDS process. The NSW Government’s involvement will
be limited to providing advice and support where it is requested.
Who can be involved in developing the REDS?
The REDS should reflect community preferences and their vision for the regional area. A comprehensive consultation process with local stakeholders would typically be undertaken during the development of the REDS. These would include, but may not be limited to, local businesses and peak bodies, community organisations, government bodies and representatives as well as other interested stakeholders.
How will the REDS benefit participating councils?
The REDS will provide a clearly articulated economic development strategy for the region which can be used to inform and guide the economic development activity of councils and business. In addition, the REDS will enable faster access to dedicated State funding, such as the Growing Local Economies Fund, while ensuring compliance with the legislation that governs the NSW Government’s infrastructure investment funds. Further, the strategy may also be used to support other types of grant applications to the NSW and Commonwealth
How much will the REDS cost a participating council?
The NSW Government recognises the importance of regional planning as well as the limited resources available to some local government areas. Therefore, the cost of the contractors made available to help develop the FER-based REDS will be met by the NSW Government.
When will the REDS be completed?
Completion of the REDS will be determined by the timeline of Councils but there is a preference to complete the REDS as soon as practical and by the end of 2017 at the latest. Once commenced, it is hoped that the process can be finalised within 4 – 8 weeks
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed the completion of the building project for the new, state-of-the-art Liverpool Plains Emergency Services Precinct which includes the Liverpool Range Fire Control Centre (FCC).
“The building contractor has handed the site back to Council, the furniture has largely been installed, phone lines are scheduled to be installed by October 5 and staff plan to move in from October 16,” Councillor Hope said.
The brand new Liverpool Range Fire Control Centre as viewed from the entrance.
Close up of entrance to new Liverpool Range Fire Control Centre
“The site includes the Liverpool Range FCC and is the new headquarters for the local NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS). It also provides new sheds and homes for the Liverpool Plains Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) and Braefield/Dury RFS Brigade while the existing State Emergency Service (SES) building is also within the site boundaries,” he said.
“The FCC is not only important to LPS with its ability to provide combined Emergency Management which will enhance public safety but also as the control centre for the RFS area which covers Gunnedah and Upper Hunter Local Government Areas as well.
“The precinct provides for combined emergency response and will also enhance the opportunities for combined emergency services training,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said congratulations were due to everyone concerned with this important project, for the professional manner in which it was conceived, considered and developed.
“It was conceived during preparation of the LPS Long Term Community Strategic Plan (CSP) in 2014 when emergency services’ facilities were identified as a key local community priority.
“Following initial discussions with the NSW RFS thorough investigations commenced in January 2015 and out of this process, the former Quirindi Saleyards site was established as the preferred candidate site.
Operations Room for new Liverpool Range Fire Control Centre
Training room at new Fire Control Centre
Some of the office space at the new Fire Control Centre in Quirindi.
“Staff from the NSW RFS, the VRA and LPSC worked on a Project Master Plan to provide a clear direction for the development of the site in the short, medium and long term. Significant community consultation ensued to ensure general support for the project and the Development Application (DA) was submitted in December 2015. The first sod was turned in June 2016 and 15 months later the site is ready for staff to occupy, a great result for all concerned.
“The new facilities will prove a huge benefit to the staff and volunteers of these vital emergency services as well as the wider community, including future generations,” he said.
“This new FCC replaces the old facility at Willow Tree which no longer meets practical and everyday working needs and has been substantially damaged by two significant storm events in recent years. Willow Tree will retain their local NSW RFS brigade and appliances as the new precinct in Quirindi comes into use,” he continued.
“On behalf of the community I thank the State Government and NSW RFS for their financial contribution to this mult-million dollar project towards which Council contributes approximately 11.7% of the total,” he said.
“After staff and volunteers have had a chance to settle in and fully commission the new precinct an official opening ceremony is planned for April 7 2018,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) says that recent reports that Quirindi will face water restrictions in the near future are not true and that reserves are in fact in a very healthy position.
“Groundwater levels in Quirindi are in the highest band of the last 10 years of historical records and despite rainfall for the last 3 months only registering 33mm, 19mm of which fell on one day in August, there is no need for water restrictions apart from the Level P (Permanent) restriction that applies to all Shire supplies at all times,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
Level P (Permanent) restrictions encourage people to conserve water by avoiding watering during the heat of the day, washing down paved services with high pressure hoses and using pool covers to reduce evaporation.
“The warmer, dryer weather we’ve experienced of late has seen production in Quirindi up on average for this time of year, more like an early summer average rate of production, but this is no cause for concern,” Councillor Hope said.
“Council is currently working on the replacement of Bore 6 however the current production requirement is being met by the remaining two bores and Bore 6 should be back on line shortly,” he continued.
“In Werris Creek, the warmer weather has meant we’ve already had to boost running times at the water treatment plant to approximately 12 hours per day. As such, we ask Werris Creek residents to be water wise and conscious of the fact that unnecessary use and wastage may require us to introduce a higher water conservation regime to maintain supply sooner than would otherwise be necessary.
“Werris Creek’s problem is not available water, Quipolly Dam currently sits at around 80% of its new level capacity, rather the old treatment plant which has limitations on the amount of water it can produce. When the plant is nearing 24 hours per day operation to meet requirements we have no choice other than to up conservation measures to try and meet demand,” he said.
“Negotiations with the State Government continue, to get them to match the $10 million Federal funding that has been provided towards a new water treatment plant that will overcome the problems currently faced in Werris Creek. We have put a lot of work into our applications for assistance and are hopeful we will be successful in receiving funding through their next round of announcements,” he continued.
“Water is a valuable commodity and while all of Council’s 8 supplies are currently in a healthy position I urge all consumers to be water wise at all times as we can never be sure of when the next rains that will top up supplies will occur,” Councillor Hope concluded.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope there are several funding opportunities currently available that may be of interest to local groups through the Local Sport Grant Program and the Safe Shooting Program.
“Applications close on October 6 for The Local Sport Grant Program which provides four project types with funding available as follows; Sport Development: $250 - $2,000. Community Sport Events: $250 - $5,000. Sport Access: $250 - $5,000 and Facility Development: $1,000 - $20,000.
Funding is available to incorporated, not-for-profit grassroots sport clubs, from licenced sporting clubs providing the project directly benefits the sport and is not located within the licenced premises and sport clubs associated with a school, church or university providing they are an incorporated not for profit club in their own right,” Councillor Hope said.
“An organisation may apply for more than one project but must register separate projects for different project types and they may only apply for one project under each project type. $50,000 has been allocated for successful projects within each NSW electorate. Full details can be found at https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/localsport,” he continued.
“Applications for the Safe Shooting Program close on October 13. The primary focus for the 2017-2018 round of funding is to enable clubs and ranges to connect with the new Firearms and Licensing Communications Online Network (FALCON) system being developed by the NSW Firearms Registry. Grants are available from $500 to $20,000. NSW incorporated, community based not-for-profit shooting, hunting and collecting clubs and shooting ranges in NSW approved and administered by the NSW Firearms Registry are eligible to apply by going online at - https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/safeshooting. The Office of Sport administers the Safe Shooting Program on behalf of the Office for Police, Department of Justice,” he said.
Councillor Hope said local arts groups may find an Arts Grant Writing Basics workshop, to be held at the Royal Theatre Quirindi on 22 November between 1.30 and 4.30pm and run by Arts NorthWest very useful. He said the cost is $25 per person and the workshop will offer handy tips to individuals and community organisations applying for arts grants plus the tools and techniques provided will increase the chance to win the support needed to get good ideas off the ground. Book online at www.trybooking.com/RKKT or call 6732 4988 for more information.
“It really is important that local organisations take advantage of all opportunities available that can help them gain funding for their projects,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) will provide its 2017 Bulky Waste Clean Up between October 23 and November 3. This service is provided for all residents currently receiving a waste and recycling collection service It will allow collection of larger items and importantly enable items suitable for recycling to be diverted from landfill.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said the collection would be carried out with the Shire divided into two zones.
“Zone 1 includes Currabubula, Quirindi, Wallabadah, Willow Tree, Werris Creek and Braefield and collections will commence on Monday October 23. Zone 2 includes Caroona/Walhallow, Premer, Spring Ridge, Blackville, Borambil and Pine Ridge with collection commencing on Monday October 30,” he said.
“In both zones, residents are requested to put their Bulky Waste out on the Sunday before their commencement date. The task in each zone will take approximately one week to complete.
“Residents are requested to place their Bulky Waste neatly, next to the edge of the kerb, directly in front of their premises, ensuring it doesn’t block the footpath. It is important to separate metals from all other Bulky Waste and small items should be boxed or bagged. Please take special care securing items to avoid windblown littering.
“Each premises is allowed up to two (2) cubic metres, approximately equivalent to one standard 1.8288 x 1.2192 metre (6’x4’) level box trailer. It must be able to be reasonably removed by two people,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said items acceptable for collection are household appliances and whitegoods which must be degassed with all doors removed, household furniture, painted wooden products and fittings, mattresses, pottery, ceramics and chinaware, minor building products, metal waste ensuring tins are empty of any liquid and other bulky household items.
He said items which are unacceptable for collection are trade industrial and shop wastes including plumbing fixtures, water tanks and tiling, wrecked motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts, tyres, building and demolition materials, concrete and bricks, household hazardous wastes such as paints, asbestos, solvents, chemicals, cleaners and unwanted medicines, lengths of material longer than 1.8 metres excluding mattresses, lounge suites etc., batteries, panes of glass, food scraps or household garbage, items still containing ozone depleting gasses such as fridges, freezers and air-conditioners, paint or liquids of any sort, fuel or oil and garden organics such as grass clippings, prunings etc.
“Council, through our contractor JR Richards and Son, have the right to reject any material that is considered unacceptable,” he said.
“Our landfill is a valuable community asset and diverting as many of these items for recycling as possible helps maximise its life,” he continued.
“If you have further queries please call JR Richards and Sons on 1800 836 118,” Councillor Hope concluded.
All carers in the Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) area are cordially invited to attend a High Tea, to be held from 11am on Tuesday October 17. The venue for the event will be the Werris Creek Pharmacy, Single Street Werris Creek.
“The theme for National Carers Week 2017 is Carers Count and LPSC would like as many carers from the area to come along to the High Tea so we can say thank you, on behalf of Council and Shire residents, for the extremely important role you play,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“To help ensure as many people as possible can attend, transport will be available for any carer that resides in the Shire, wherever you live, be it Premer, Warrah, Blackville, Wallabadah, Willow Tree, Quirindi, Currabubula, in fact any location, if you’d like to attend we’ll help make it happen,” he said.
“RSVP’s are essential and required by Tuesday October 10. You can RSVP by phoning LPSC’s Customer Service Desk on 6746 1755 or by dropping in at Council’s Administration Centre in Station Street Quirindi. Alternatively you can contact Quirindi (6746 4545), Werris Creek (6768 7505) or Willow Tree (6747 1525) Home Support Services. When you RSVP please make sure you let us know if you require transport and the necessary information to pick you up,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said that at the 2016 census, 12.3% of Shire residents, approximately 770 people, identified themselves as carers. He said nation wide there are over 2.8 million carers, providing 36 million hours of care and support every week to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental illness, drug and/or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail.
“It is a sobering realisation that the replacement value of that unpaid care is $1.1 billion per week. The theme for National Carers Week, Carers Count, highlights these figures,” he said.
“Commonly, carers are responsible for the management of medications. They also provide emotional, social or financial support. Caring may also involve helping the person they are caring for to be organised, reminding them to attend appointments and dealing with emergencies,” he continued.
“Carers are in fact, an integral part of Australia's health system and are the foundation of our aged, disability, palliative and community care systems. LPSC is proud to once again support Carers Week and for the opportunity to hold an event to say thank you. If you are a carer please come along, we’d love to see you, so get that RSVP in as soon as possible,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is again proudly promoting, and a part of, the Garage Sale Trail in 2017. Garage Sale Trail is a national, people-powered program that’s about sustainability, creativity and fun and this year will be held over two days, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October 2017.
“It’s great to see how this event has expanded over the past couple of years and I encourage more residents of the Liverpool Plains Shire to get on-board and be part of the fun,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
He said Garage Sale Trail is organised by the Australian, not-for-profit, Garage Sale Trail Foundation which is on a mission to create positive social and environmental change. They believe that big change begins with small actions and that sustainability is best when it's fun and social.
“In the past decade Australians have doubled the amount of waste generated from 22.7 million tonnes to 43.8 million tonnes per annum. An estimated 30% could be reused or recycled but is currently sent to landfill. Our Shire shares this problem with the rest of the nation and we must all realise and act on our shared responsibility for reducing the environmental, health and safety footprint of products and materials across the manufacture-supply-consumption chain and at end-of-life. Garage Sale Trail is a good way for us to do something about it,” Councillor Hope said.
I encourage our households, community groups, charities and local businesses to join an estimated 350,000+ Australians as a part of this year’s Garage Sale Trail.
“Registration is open now via www.garagesaletrail.com.au,” he continued.
“Registration is free, you can host your sale on Saturday 21, Sunday 22 October or over both days, it is forecast 10,000+ garage sales and stalls will be held nationally, 2 million items are projected to be listed and $3million plus is expected to change hands nationally,” he said
“When you register your garage sale on the website you’ll get a heap of promo materials and support to help you be successful. You’ll be provided with everything from blogs and tips from some of Australia’s best thrift shoppers and sellers to ready-made posters and social media tools to get the shoppers flocking to your sale!” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is reminding Quirindi and Werris Creek businesses that they only have until close of business, Friday September 29, to apply and have their Liquid Trade Waste Assessment carried out for free.
“All Councils are required by law to implement a Liquid Trade Waste Management System. LPSC is one of the last Councils in the region to implement their system,” said Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
Councillor Hope said he was concerned that to-date less than half the estimated businesses that need to comply with liquid trade waste obligations had applied for their assessment. He said that unless businesses wanted to pay more than necessary they need to apply by September 29 to avoid application fees and that further delaying the inevitable could lead to penalties under the Protection of the Environment Operations (POEO) Act.
“We realise that businesses already have many operating costs and in an attempt to keep these to a minimum, as we introduce the system, we have waived application fees until September 29. However, after this date applicants will have to pay the relevant fee which currently is between $287 and $394 depending on the discharge category,” he said.
“If your business generates liquid trade waste and discharges it into the Quirindi or Werris Creek sewer system, you are required to enter into a trade waste agreement designed to protect people, our infrastructure and our environment. The Liquid Trade Waste Agreement allows Council to monitor and control the liquid trade waste discharged into the sewer. Once your agreement is set up with Council, there will be an inspection process, and an annual fee relevant to your businesses’ operations,” he continued.
“Businesses and individuals who produce liquid trade waste will be charged on a ‘polluter pays’ system. Put simply, the more water you discharge to sewer, and the more contaminants in that water, the more money it will cost your business. It’s therefore important you understand the relationship of the volume of water that you use, and the volume and quality of liquid trade waste you discharge to the sewerage system.
“Following receipt of your application Council will undertake an inspection, to better understand your business and the trade waste involved, and identify any pre-treatment devices needed to ensure compliance with the legislation. We then enter into a trade waste agreement with you. Council understands that in some cases, you need to invest time and money to become compliant with the legislation.
“We will work with you to establish a timeframe that works for both your business and Council. Our Water Services team will be able to assist during this process,” he said.
“Application forms can be downloaded from Council’s website at - http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/water-services-2/liquid-trade-waste, by emailing a request to email@example.com or calling in at the Customer Service Desk at the Administration Centre.
“If, after looking at the details available on our website you have further queries you can contact a member of the Water Services team during business hours on 6746 1755,” he continued.
“At this stage, Council is aiming for all liquid trade waste sites to have an agreement in place by July 1 2018 so you are encouraged to apply now, both to save money and also to allow time for you to introduce measures that can help lower your liability,” Councillor Hope concluded.
The Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) libraries at Quirindi and Werris Creek are currently conducting a survey, in conjunction with Central Northern Regional Libraries (CNRL), to assess the services provided and to help ensure they are performing well and remaining relevant to the needs of their community
“We’d like as many people as possible, both members and non-members, to do this survey as it will help us plan for the future and community requirements. Children 12+ are also encouraged to submit the survey,” said Quirindi’s senior librarian Marcela Krasny.
“Things the survey looks at include whether the hours of operation suit your current needs, which methods you usually use to access services from your library, which online/social media platforms you would prefer the library used to engage with you, what type of events you would be interested in attending at your local library, rating the value of library collections, facilities, services and resources you’ve used in the past 12 months, what library programs/events you’ve attended over the past year and how valuable they are to you, rating the staff at your library, comments on ease of finding books and information, usefulness of the CNRL website, access to digital library resources, provision of computer/internet access, satisfaction with turnaround of reservation requests, presentation of the library buildings, availability of parking and availability of quiet spaces,” she said.
“Over the past decade or so libraries have become much more than just books and we are particularly interested in finding out which library services/resources are you aware of, including books for loan, DVDs & CDs for loan, online magazines, online eAudio and eBooks, newspapers to read, the seed library, author events, children's programs, science and technology maker programs (STEM), computers, printers, scanners, internet access / WiFi, loans from Libraries outside CNRL area and photocopying,”
“Your libraries encourage you to take a few minutes to complete the survey and let us know your thoughts via the link - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7JN5PWV. Data from the survey will also be used to support LPSC’s application for a State Library Infrastructure Grant to assist the redevelopment of the Quirindi Library precinct,” Ms Krasny concluded.