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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is advising residents that expanded hours of operation are now in force at the Shire’s Werris Creek and Quirindi swimming pools through until the end of the school holidays on January 29 2017

“Werris Creek pool will be open on all days from 11am to 7pm,” said Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“The hours of operation at Quirindi will be 10am to 7pm, 7 days a week during this period while the hours for early morning swimming club remain unchanged.  

“The only exception to these arrangements will be Christmas Day and Boxing Day when both pools are closed,” he continued.

Councillor Hope said that Council had recently considered requests from both the Werris Creek and Quirindi communities for expanded hours at their pools however budgetary constraints meant that expanded hours can only be provided during the school holidays.

“Unfortunately, operational costs far exceed income at the pools. Every person that enters the pools is highly subsidised by other ratepayers. None of the people asking for extended hours have suggested they’d be willing to pay considerably more for entry fees to help cover those costs. At the same time Council can’t justify the cuts to other services that would be necessary if hours were extended outside the school holiday period. There is no simple answer to the dilemma,” he said.

“I do urge as many people as possible to utilise the pools over the holiday period as poor attendances may lead to further cuts in future years as Council tries to operate balanced budgets that are fair and equitable to all,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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Christmas is a time to reflect on and count our blessings. It is a special time to share with family and loved ones. At the same time we must remember for some it can be a particularly lonely time and if the opportunity arises, extending an invitation to someone who would otherwise be alone can make it a brighter Christmas celebration. It is important that we remember the reasons we have to celebrate this festive season and make sure it is safe and enjoyable for the whole community. While indulging is often a part of the holiday season, it is essential that the safety and comfort of everyone is respected.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution made by many in the community who throughout the year generously volunteer their time and energy to many organisations and endeavours that make the Liverpool Plains Shire a better place to live. This year, we saw a number of significant projects undertaken by volunteers and on behalf of the community I say a very big thank you.

Over the past 12 months, your Council has focussed strongly on economic development and an important part of this strategy has been building tourism potential, particularly making the Shire a RV (Recreational Vehicle) friendly destination. If you run into visitors over the holiday period please make them feel welcome and assist them to enjoy their stay. 

I would like to thank Council’s dedicated staff, ably led by General Manager, Ron Van Katwyk, for their hard work throughout the year. In comparison with other Councils, Liverpool Plains Shire has a relatively small staff, but they are still able to maintain a high degree of service delivery to satisfy the Shire’s residents and are continually striving for opportunities to improve. Thank you.

Lastly, on behalf of myself, my family, fellow Councillors and staff, I wish one and all a happy, safe and enjoyable Christmas/New Year period. If you are travelling remember to stop, revive and survive. If you’re out in the sun then its slip, slop, slap. I look forward to sharing 2017 with you and working hard to meet community expectations. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  

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Through until January 31 2017, local children and families can discover heroes, villains, sidekicks and more by participating in the Summer Reading Club at Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries. The libraries will be open until 5pm 23 December, reopening on 3 January.

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“We’re encouraging local kids to join in the fun at both Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries and online at www.summerreadingclub.org.au,” said Werris Creek librarian Marilyn Deeks.   

“The Summer Reading Club is a free online and in-library holiday program and this year it is all about exploring super and everyday heroes and their villainous counterparts.  

We’ll be encouraging our young readers to explore a variety of genres in print and online and to participate in local library activities during the school holidays,” she said.

Because the Summer Reading Club is delivered nationally it provides many opportunities for on-line fun and inspiration and there are great prizes up for grabs! Blog with Australian Children’s Laureate, Leigh Hobbs and popular children’s author, Deborah Abela.  The kids can get their thinking caps on and search for answers to Encyclopaedia Britannica’s sponsored quiz. They can craft a ‘What Happens Next story’ ending to Mick Elliot’s story starter as well as sharing their book raves and artwork, plus lots more.

“Summer Reading Club members can meet new Australian authors and illustrators online, read their helpful creative tips and preview their newly released titles,” Ms Deeks said.

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“The Summer Reading Club is run in partnership with the State Library of Queensland, the Australian Library and Information Association, and the Australian Public Library Alliance and it provides participants the opportunity to connect with readers across the country. Last year over 48,000 Australian children registered for the Summer Reading Club and collectively read more than 333,000 books,” Ms Deeks concluded. 

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope believes the Shire’s future development as a standalone entity has never been more vital. He said Council considers this with every decision it makes and the actioning of Fit for the Future reforms has put the organisation in a constant state of striving for improvement both in its culture and workplace efficiencies. Councillor Hope stated he did not believe many of the major achievements of the past two years, and particularly the financial year 2015/16, would have been realised if the region had been forced into amalgamation.

“A major highlight has been securing Federal Government funding for the Shire wide water security strategy and I am confident that in partnership with the State Government and the addition of our own resources, we will achieve the completion of this $27 million project, with the final stage, a new water treatment plant and the interconnection by pipeline of our systems to provide that additional security, in the near future,” Councillor Hope said.

He said other achievements include - 

  • Securing the $4.5 million emergency services precinct. The build is well underway with completion expected in the first half of 2017. This has been achieved in partnership with our neighbouring Shires and the State Government.
  • The development of the children’s playground and upgrade of Hoamm Park at Werris Creek in a joint funding project with Whitehaven Coal and the NSW Government Community Building Partnership Program plus the Rural Fire Service Brigade Shed upgrade and Single Street beautification being delivered in Werris Creek.
  • Over $5.4 million spent maintaining and upgrading our rural, regional and urban road networks despite the delays caused by firstly very dry conditions and then several months of heavy rainfall.  
  • Realisation of the $4.85 million Willow Tree Water Supply Transfer System
  • Completion of a joint project with Shenhua Watermark to enhance Quirindi Creek
  • Upgrades at the Wallabadah First Fleet Gardens’ amenities block followed by opening of new Freedom Camping Grounds at Willow Tree and Currabubula.
  • A number of projects driven by advisory committees in our villages.
  • Development of a Recreational Vehicle (RV) Strategy to maximise tourism potential to drive economic development for the entire Shire.

“Council’s focus, as we head into 2017, will remain the same, to ensure the LPS achieves higher levels of growth and generates improved quality of life through expanded opportunities for economic and social development, within an environmentally and financially sustainable framework,” Councillor Hope concluded

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A number of interested persons attended Werris Creek library for an informative and entertaining talk by author Scott Whitaker as he celebrates the release of his new book, Railway Hotels of Australia ~ Volume Two ~ New South Wales.

“It was great to see the interest people had in this topic and Scott did not disappoint as he covered the coming of the railway, the social development of regional NSW and tips on researching genealogy as well as local and state history,” said Werris Creek librarian Marilyn Deeks.

“We have a copy of Scott’s book here at the library so people who missed the talk can still get to see it. I’d also like to thank the Friends of Werris Creek library for providing afternoon tea for the event,” she continued.

“In this day and age it is important that people realise our libraries are places of information. When most people think ‘library’ they think books. And while that is certainly true, these days books take different shapes, such as e-books and audio books. More than just books, libraries are places of information, offering people free access to a wealth of knowledge that they often can't find elsewhere, whether online, in print or in person,” she said.   

“I like to think the Werris Creek library is a centre of the community for our residents. You can keep in touch with what’s going on through our Facebook page or just pop in and say hello.” Ms Deeks concluded.

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Author Scott Whitaker shares his story at Werris Creek library. 

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Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope, has joined with fellow Councillors, members of the Currabubula Pony Club and the wider Currabubula Community, plus a representative of the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) to officially open the Currabubula Freedom Camping Area and the sod turning to commence work on the Currabubula Pony Club Storage Shed. Both facilities are based at the Currabubula Recreation Grounds.

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At the official opening of the Currabubula Freedom Camping Ground, (l to r) Councillor Virginia Black, Mayor Andrew Hope, VIC Manager Nikki Robertson, Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins, Tom Smith from the Caravan Club of Australia and LPSC GM Ron Van Katwyk.

“The opening of the Currabubula Freedom Camping Ground further strengthens LPSC’s Recreational Vehicle (RV) Strategy. Caravans, mobile homes and campers can stay for up to 72 hours at a facility that provides hot showers and toilets. Of course this provides additional opportunities for businesses in Currabubula and local economic development,” Councillor Hope said.

Councillor Hope told the gathering that Council’s RV strategy was already paying dividends for the Shire as a whole. He thanked the ACC and other RV organisations for their assistance in promoting what LPS has to offer. In particular he thanked the individuals who were utilising the facilities and passing on word-of-mouth endorsement to other travellers.

 “We have had substantial increases in use of Freedom Camping Grounds at Wallabadah, Willow Tree and Premer. We have just had a group of 23 vans, members of the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia, spend a weekend at Willow Tree Ground. They held their Christmas Party at the Willow Tree Bowling Club where they spent over $2,000. They also spent money in other local businesses so these couple of days provided a great boost to Willow Tree’s economy. We recently posted a short video clip of the Willow Tree facility on Council’s Facebook Page and it has been viewed by over 15,000 people. We expect to host increased numbers over the Christmas/New Year period and during the Country Music Festival and again I encourage local businesses and community members to ensure they are welcomed and treated with country hospitality,” he said.       

Councillor Hope said the sod turning for the new Currabubula Pony Club storage shed is another progressive move by the long-standing community organisation that progressively and actively seeks grant funding to invest resources into the grounds to improve facilities, expand their use and attract future events. He said Council was proud to partner with the group and to provide financial assistance of $10,000 from Section 94 levies.

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At the sod turning for the Currabubula Pony Club storage shed (l to r) Anthony MacBeth (Pres Currabubula Pony Club {CPC}), Brenda Keech (CPC Treasurer). Jude Alston (Zone 5 Chief Instructor and Life Member CPC), Mel Jarrett (CPC Senior Instructor), Mayor Andrew Hope, Councillor Virginia Black, LPSC GM Ron Van Katwyk and Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins.      

“This project is a unique example of asset based community development (ABCD) which is a methodology for the sustainable development of communities based on their strengths and potentials. It involves assessing the resources, skills, and experience available in a community, organising the community around issues that move its members into action and then determining and taking appropriate action,” Councillor Hope continued.

A spokesperson for the Currabubula Pony Club, Secretary Margo Bettington said the organisation anticipates the project will directly benefit the Club, the LPSC and the local community. She said special thanks were due to Chief Instructor Mrs Mel Jarrett for the enthusiasm she instilled in the Club and for driving the project forward. 

“The Currabubula Pony Club are thrilled with the assistance provided by Council’s Director of Environmental Services and Economic Development, Donna Ausling, and her team leading to LPSC partnering to build much needed new infrastructure at the Currabubula Recreation Ground,” she said.

“The Currabubula Pony Club meet the first Sunday of each month, excluding January, as well as holding inter-club competitions throughout the year, and an annual pony camp in the term 3 school holidays. We welcome new members and encourage interested persons or families to contact the club directly on 0429 077 709 or email currabubulaponyclub@hotmail.com,” she continued.

Councillor Hope said proceeds raised from people utilising the Freedom Camping Ground will ultimately be reinvested back into the Recreation Reserve to the benefit of the campers, the Pony Club and other users of the Recreation Grounds.

“LPSC welcomes the opportunity to encourage and build economic development for the Currabubula community and looks forward to partnering with other communities in 2017 to improve their potential too,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, says he is pleased that drier conditions have allowed good progress to be made on the Spring Ridge Park Embellishment Project and the completion of the sealing of the carpark at the Werris Creek Community Shed/Rural Fire Service (RFS) precinct.

“These are important local projects that improve amenity for Spring Ridge and Werris Creek communities, largely driven by volunteers, and LPSC is proud to partner with them to achieve positive outcomes,” he said.

“LPSC technical staff have collaborated on the Spring Ridge project in consultation with local advisory committee representatives. The shade shelter structure has been erected by the contractor and the final work on the playground equipment/park embellishment is expected to be completed soon,” Councillor Hope continued.

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The shade shelter is now in place at Spring Ridge.

“In Werris Creek, the Community Shed and RFS Shed precinct are important components of the makeover that has been taking place to the western side of Single Street as well as being very important community assets.

“Council has allocated some $70,000 over the past 12 months to allow work to be undertaken to seal the shared carpark as well as associated kerb and guttering works and improvements in front of Lions Club Park,” he said.     

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The newly sealed carpark at the Community Shed/RFS precinct at Werris Creek.

“On behalf of Council I would like to thank both the Spring Ridge and Werris Creek locals whose visions have seen projects developed and realised. Council looks forward to working closely with all its communities in 2017 to further enhance infrastructure that helps make the Shire an even better place to live and raise families,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope, wishes to remind the community of a number of issues from the local calendar heading towards Christmas and 2017.

“Council’s final Ordinary Meeting for 2016 will be held on Wednesday 14 December commencing at 2.30 pm. As always we invite and encourage members of the community to attend. Council’s Administration Centre will close at 5pm on Friday 23 December and re-open at 8.30am on Tuesday 3 January 2017. We will have skeleton crews on duty over this period but we do request that only real emergency situations are called through to the holiday/out of hour’s answering service through 6746 1755 and following the prompts,” Councillor Hope said.

“Free entry to the LPSC 2016 Christmas Lights Competition closes at 4.00pm on Monday 12 December. Entry forms are available from the Administration Centre, the Shire libraries, the Visitor Information Centre, calling the Customer Service Desk on 6746 1755, from the website or emailing lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au. A lot of people go to the trouble of adding cheer to the Festive Season and this is an opportunity to be recognised for the joy you bring to others,” he said.

“Please nominate someone you’d like to see recognised for their community input, a community leader and/or event, for LPSC’s 2017 Australia Day Awards. Nominations close Friday 23 December. Nomination forms are available from the same locations as entries to the Christmas Lights Competition. Winners will be announced at the Australia Day Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremony at the Royal Theatre,” he continued.

“Excitement is building as we get closer to the inaugural Quirindi Military Tattoo which will be staged at Longfield Oval on Saturday 28 January 2017. The Tattoo is a joint initiative of the Quirindi RSL Sub Branch, the Quirindi and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Council. The event will be free entry and will showcase military bands in both a competition and exhibition format. The organisers are looking for stalls of all types from Food, Markets and Charities to attend. The cost per stall is $50 a site with discounts for recognised charities. Application forms for stalls and further information about the Tattoo is available online at https://quirindimilitarytattoo.com.au/ or by calling 6746 1755 during business hours. There is also a Facebook page Quirindi Military Tattoo. This is going to be one of the Shire’s major events for 2017 when the sounds of pipes and drums and the colour and entertainment of marching bands will bring a fantastic atmosphere to town,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has resolved to construct a shared pathway in Hoamm Park, Werris Creek to improve facilities and provide disabled access to the precinct. The path will run from the northern end of Hoamm Park, near the access road to the rail line, to the area adjacent to the playground. It will also provide approximately 230 metres of cycleway.  

 “The recently built Hoamm Park Playground was constructed to facilitate disabled play so it makes a lot of sense to improve access. Not only will this assist people with a disability, it will also make it safer for families and young people heading to the park,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“The funding will be provided through the redistribution of $121,500 in Federal Assistance Grants (FAG) money that was originally allocated to match an application to Roads and Maritime Services for funding to reconstruct the Gap Road Shared pathway on a 50%-50% basis. Unfortunately, the application was unsuccessful thus making the original $121,500 component available for other works,” he said.

“The Werris Creek Advisory Committee was advised at a meeting earlier this year that the funding application had failed and discussed alternative projects and they were generally supportive of the Hoamm Park proposal,” he continued.

“Council recently received a donation of $2,756 from the Werris Creek Sporting Complex Committee to construct a bridge across the stormwater outlet in the park so this pathway will also compliment that project,” he said.

“Hoamm Park has become an increasingly popular area with locals and travellers and the construction of a shared pathway will assist with the further beautification of Werris Creek as well as encouraging healthy lifestyles plus improving disabled access,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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International Volunteer Day (IVD) is mandated by the UN General Assembly and is held each December. It is a day for volunteers and volunteer based organisations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to showcase the difference they make in their communities. The 2016 theme is Global Applause, Give Volunteers a Hand.

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According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Deputy Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins, the community’s volunteers are arguably its most valuable and hidden asset.

“On behalf of LPSC, the wider community and to mark International Volunteers Day, I’d like to say thank you to all the Shire’s volunteers for the massive contribution they make, be it as individuals, through service and sporting organisations, emergency services, in aged care, in our schools, our libraries, our Home Support Services, the health system, at our cemeteries, in restoring and maintaining the natural environment and community development, the list goes on and on. To all volunteers, your contribution is invaluable and crucial to society’s wellbeing. At the same time, I’d like others in the community to ponder how much the poorer we’d be without the volunteers’ selfless giving of their time and energies,” Councillor Hawkins said.

“It is vital we all recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution that volunteers make to a strong, cohesive society. It is essential the community, business, and all tiers of government work together to build an Australian society that encourages and nurtures a culture of volunteering whilst supporting our communities in their engagement in valuable and productive voluntary activities,” he continued.

Recent studies of the level of volunteer activity in Australia indicate that volunteers contribute significantly to the economy.  It has been suggested that the value and volume of volunteer contribution should be included in the national accounts published quarterly by the Australian

Bureau of Statistics because failure to recognise the economic value of volunteer work to the national economy has implications for evaluating policy alternatives and the social recognition of volunteer effort. Whatever we do, we must never take their contribution for granted,” Councillor Hawkins said. 

“Considering the massive contribution our volunteers make and an ageing population it is becoming more and more important that we encourage additional young people to become volunteers. One of the many myths about volunteering is that most are older people. Yes, the highest rates of volunteering are to be found in older age brackets, but that doesn’t mean that younger people don’t, or don’t want to, volunteer.

“A couple of years ago, the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that of all the people who volunteered 9.4% were between 18 and 24. As almost 6.1 million people volunteered in that year, that means over a half million young people, some 27%, volunteered in some fashion.   Volunteering for groups related to sport and recreation was the most popular choice.

“Keeping this in mind, those looking to recruit volunteers need to remember that they will give their time only if they are motivated to do so. This means that recruitment must not be a process of persuading people to do something they don’t want to do, rather it needs to be a process of showing people they can do something they already want to do,” he continued.

Global Applause recognises all volunteers everywhere and the contribution they make. So, join us in giving the Shire’s volunteers a hand. 95% of volunteers say that volunteering is related to feelings of wellbeing and that just a few hours of volunteer work makes a difference in happiness and mood. The experience of helping others provides meaning, a sense of self-worth, a social role and health enhancement. How about putting your hand up and volunteering?” Councillor Hawkins concluded. 

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Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope, is encouraging community members to have a look at the LPSC 2015-16 Annual Report which has just been released, either online at http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/component/rsfiles/download-file/files?path=Downloads%252FCOUNCIL%252FCouncil%2BDocuments%252FAnnual%2BReports%252F2015-2016%2BAnnual%2BReport.pdf&Itemid=661 or via hard copy available at the Customer Service Desk at the Administration Centre. 

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“This 45 page report explains LPSC’s operations in a clear and concise fashion and highlights our vision and mission for the Shire. It demonstrates our commitment to continually improving our financial viability, the growth of our great Shire, improving our customer service and delivering outcomes for the LPSC community,” Councillor Hope said.

 “I’ve often been asked by residents ‘What does the Council do..?’. This report concisely answers that question. There are many challenges delivering the necessary services across an area as big as the Shire. The staff and management of LPSC work diligently, within budgetary constraints, to ensure that the expectations of the community are met. This report really explains what and how big this task is,” he said.

“It clearly reports on Council’s performance over the past 12 months, the planning delivery process of Council and how we identify, plan and deliver the services expected. Through the creation of our Community Strategic Plan, five main themes have been identified through community consultation being Social, Environmental, Economic, Governance and Economic Development. The report demonstrates how the operational action plans have been pursued and developed throughout the past 12 months,” he continued.

To ensure Council functions as effectively and efficiently as possible, operations are structured into four operational areas, the Executive Office, overseen by the General Manager and three Directorates, Business, Engineering and Environmental and Economic Development, managed by the respective Directors. Their achievements over the last 12 months are fully documented in the report,” he said.

Councillor Hope said that the report also contains legislative information that LPSC is required to provide under Part 4, section 428 of the Local Government Act, 1993 and Division 7, Regulation 217 of the Local Government (General) Regulations, 2005.

“The Annual Report shows the dedication and hard work achieved by all involved and our commitment to delivering our Fit for the Future (FFTF) strategy. As Mayor I say thanks and congratulations to LPSC’s dedicated team of professional people delivering for the Shire and our Community,” he continued.

“I encourage as many people as possible to look at the report because I think it will open many eyes to the mammoth job local government is tasked with. We realise you can please most of the people most of the time but not all of the people all of the time. However, we strive to be transparent and to deliver as fairly and equitably as possible within the budget constraints we must manage with,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope, is encouraging community members to have a look at the LPSC 2015-16 Annual Report which has just been released, either online at http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/component/rsfiles/download-file/files?path=Downloads%252FCOUNCIL%252FCouncil%2BDocuments%252FAnnual%2BReports%252F2015-2016%2BAnnual%2BReport.pdf&Itemid=661 or via hard copy available at the Customer Service Desk at the Administration Centre.  

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Deputy Mayor, Doug Hawkins, is encouraging the community to display the festive spirit by adorning homes, business premises and community organisation's premises with Christmas lights and decorations and entering the LPSC Christmas Lights Competition.

“You could win prizes just for spreading a little Christmas cheer and providing some great family enjoyment. It is a thrill to watch families drive their kids around checking out the displays and the joy it engenders,” he said.

“Entry forms are now available and can be obtained at Council’s Administration Centre, at Werris Creek and Quirindi Libraries and the Willow Tree Visitor Information Centre (VIC). You can also call the Customer Service Desk on 6746 1755 or email lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au to have one sent out to you or download it from below. Details of the various categories are on the entry forms,” he continued.   

“Entry is FREE! They close at 4.00pm on Monday 12 December. Get into the festive mood, decorate your house, garden, street or store and bring extra Christmas cheer to the LPS,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.

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There have been some stunning displays around the Shire over recent years.

 

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The Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Visitor Information Centre (VIC) at Willow Tree won a Highly Commended award in the Visitor Information Services section of the 2016 NSW Tourism Awards held at Luna Park in Sydney.

“We’re over the moon,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope. “The award is the culmination of a number of years of hard, dedicated work by Council’s Tourism Team, particularly VIC Manager, Nikki Robertson and on behalf of our whole community I thank and congratulate Nikki and her team of volunteers on this great achievement.” 

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LPSC Mayor Andrew Hope attended the Tourism Awards in company with local State MP, Michael Johnsen, LPSC Director Economic Development, Donna Ausling, and Nikki Robertson who is proudly holding the much valued award.

 

“I’d like to thank Michael Johnsen for attending the awards with us and for his ongoing support of projects to improve tourism potential for the Shire and wider region,” Councillor Hope said.

“Our Director of Economic Development, Donna Ausling, has worked closely with Nikki in developing our Recreational Vehicle (RV) and Tourism Strategies, which are paying dividends, and involving the whole community in our drive to welcome visitors and ensuring they enjoy a value for money experience. They are a great team, achieving great results,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, says he is bitterly disappointed at the recent rise in the number of people who are failing to abide by the regulations governing recreational use at Quipolly Dam.

“Quipolly Dam is first and foremost a town water supply and until such time as we can build a new water treatment plant, recreational uses are limited and clearly sign posted at the recreation reserve. We are currently waiting for the State Government to match the $10 million put up by the Federal Government to get this vital project up and running. In the meantime people who ignore the regulations face fines from Council’s Rangers,” Councillor Hope said.

“Recreational fishers must only do so from the bank within the recreation reserve. All other areas are out of bounds. The Rangers have recently had to issue fines to people using boats, which powered or unpowered cannot be used on any part of the dam waterway. We’ve also had people allowing dogs to swim and camp fires being lit as well as litter being dumped. These activities are all illegal and pose a risk to public health. There will be no more warnings, people caught acting illegally will be fined,” Councillor Hope warned.           

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Quipolly Dam is looking its best in many years at 100% capacity. However, it is first and foremost a town water supply and until such time as a new water treatment plant is constructed people must abide by the current regulations for its recreational use, for the sake of public health requirements.  

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According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, changes to operating hours for the Recreation Centre agreed to at November’s Council Meeting will see the facility open an extra 18 hours a week when it reopens on Monday January 9 2017 following the Christmas/New Year break which commences at 7pm Friday 23 December 2016.

“Currently the Centre is open 51 hours per week and that will rise to 69 from January. With Council focused on increasing membership and participation numbers to help rein in costs to ratepayers Centre staff and management have taken the challenge to provide sustainable solutions to reduce the deficit,” Councillor Hope said.

“Staff have been undertaking consultation with members and Centre users, both through hardcopy surveys and face-to-face discussions, to try and come up with an operating regime that suits the majority.

“Thus, from January, Monday to Thursday operational hours will increase by 4 per day opening continuously from 6am to 7pm. Friday will also operate 6am to 7pm, an increase of 5 hrs on the day. Saturday will continue as now opening between 8am and midday. The least demand has always been on Sundays and it has been decided to cancel the 3 hours operation on this day. Many people have indicated they support the option of the Centre being open at lunchtime 5 days a week, and while they are disappointed the Sunday timeslot is being cancelled they are understanding of the overall benefits to members and the community,” he said.

Additionally, in the New Year staff will have the opportunity to stage promotional days and to trial additional programs. They are focussed on growing the membership base and new programs will be an integral part of achieving this. Staff are interested in hearing from any community members who may have ideas. We wish to cater for all age groups and to grow health, wellness and fitness initiatives. The business community, organisations and sporting clubs are reminded of the recently introduced corporate rate whereby 5 or more new members paid for by them will attract reduced rates of $600 each for 12 months or $350 each for 6 months,” he continued.

“In the longer term, if we can attract new members, flow on benefits will accrue for all concerned. Call into the Centre personally, phone 6746 3122, look on Facebook at Liverpool Plains Recreation and Swim Centres, or email manager@lprs.com.au to find out more and the programs most suited to your requirements. You’d be surprised how a couple of hours a week can make a huge difference to your health and wellbeing,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope is extending a cordial invitation to the Currabubula and wider Shire community to attend the official opening of the Free Camping Area at the Recreation Ground in Maitland Street Currabubula and the sod-turning for the Currabubula Pony Club Storage Shed. These events will take place from 10am on Tuesday 6 December.

“Council is delighted to be involved in a community partnership with Currabubula Pony Club to improve facilities for this important community organisation. A sod-turning will commemorate the proposed improvements, a new storage shed, to this valuable local recreational asset,” he said.

“We are also excited to be opening the new Free Camping Site which is an important additional component to the Liverpool Plains Recreational Vehicle Strategy and will complement the recently commissioned ground at Willow Tree, the Caravan Park in Quirindi, and popular existing sites at Wallabadah and Premer. Council is continuing with its planning to improve existing basic sites at Caroona and Spring Ridge and new sites at Werris Creek and Blackville,” he continued.

“We look forward to this event which is yet another step forward for Council’s economic development strategy. This strategy aims to benefit not only the major centres of Werris Creek and Quirindi, but also our smaller villages. Council is thankful to the Currabubula community for partnering with us towards these goals,” he said.

“We will be serving light refreshments following the official proceedings. If you would like to attend please RSVP to Council’s Visitor Information Centre Manager, Mrs Nikki Robertson on (02) 6747 1226 or email lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au for catering purposes. We look forward to seeing you on the day,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has congratulated the winners of Council’s 2016 Garden Competition at a ceremony held at the Council Chambers.

(Category – Sponsor – Winner)

•           Best Environmental and Water Efficient Garden – LPSC - Bob and Christine Khan

•           Best Flower Display - Castlemountain Zeolites – Rosalind and Mervyn Constable

•           Best Vegetable Garden - Quirindi Grain & Produce - Bob and Christine Khan

•           Best Native Garden - Quirindi Community Nursery - Ann Barwick

•           Best Newly Established Residential Garden (under 5 years old) - Quirindi Florist 2343/The Lollie Box - Ian and Carole Taylor

•           Best Rural Garden (outside town limits) - Country Mile Signs - Priscilla Love

•           Best Senior Citizens Garden (over 65 years old) - Quirindi Branch CWA - Bob and Christine Khan

•           Best Residential Garden - Quirindi Aboriginal Corp – Rosalind and Mervyn Constable

•           Best Patio Garden - Ray White Real Estate - Kerry Green

•           Best Water Feature - LPSC - Ken and Ruth Lawrence

•           Best Potted Garden - Werris Creek Bowling and Tennis Club - Gwen Cone

•           Best Childs Garden - Mary Roberts - Kylie Turner

•           Best Institutional Garden - JBS Caroona Feedlot - Werris Creek Library

•           Overall Garden Winner – Quirindi Commonwealth Bank - Priscilla Love

Wallabadah Garden Comp Overall Winner Priscilla Love 1A

Overall Garden Winner - Priscilla Love

 

Wallabadah Flower show winners  

Winners and Sponsors who attended the ceremony were - Back (L – R): Bob and Christine Khan, Ken Lawrence, Ann Barwick, Ruth Lawrence, Colleen Wills (QDI Branch CWA), Donna Burt (Ray White Real Estate), Kath Davis (Commonwealth Bank QDI), Marilyn Deeks, Mary Roberts, Carole Taylor, Pat Wallace (QDI Community Nursery), Mayor Andrew Hope. Front (L – R): Kerry Green, Gwen Cone, Priscilla Love, Rosalind and Mervyn Constable. 

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed two grants delivered to projects in the Shire during a visit by State Minister for Corrections, Emergency Services and Veterans Affairs, David Elliott MP. Councillor Hope along with Deputy Mayor and RSL President, Doug Hawkins, LPSC Director Economic Development, Donna Ausling, the RSL’s Ray Hatch and Quirindi High School students Wade Clarke, Sari Hamblin and Ben Hope welcomed the Minister and Local State MP, Michael Johnsen, to the Shire.

“It’s great news for the community that $60,000 has been granted to refurbish the Quirindi Town Clock and War Memorial. This memorial is important because it acts as a historical touchstone. It links the past to the present and enables people to remember and respect the sacrifice of those who died, fought, participated or were affected by conflicts,” said Councillor Hawkins.

Councillor Hope said the War Memorial was the focal point for numerous community commemorations throughout the year and that honouring the sacrifices made by so many for freedom needs to be remembered with Quirindi’s memorial playing a vital role in ensuring that continues.

Minister Elliott also presented Braefield/Dury Rural Fire Brigade with an $8,000 grant to fund an electric hose reel for a fire truck as well as other operational equipment.

“The Braefield/Dury RFS volunteers are a very dedicated group who give of their time to protect families, friends, homes and assets, our community, and way of life. It is great to see funding such as this flow to them to assist them in their vital role,” Councillor Hope said.

“This is another great opportunity for me to remind the wider community that the RFS needs all types of people, with a wide range of skills, to keep brigades running and communities safe. It is not only about firefighting they also need people to assist with administration, communications, catering, community education and engagement, training, operational logistics support, welfare support and youth development. If you think you can contribute contact your local rural fire brigade,” Councillor Hope said.“The whole community benefits when local government works in partnership with State and Federal Governments and on behalf of the Shire’s residents I’d like to thank Minister Elliott and our local MP Michael Johnsen for the contributions they’ve made with this funding,” Councillor Hope concluded.

David Elliott MP Town Clock
State Minister for Veteran’s Affairs David Elliott shakes hands with Councillor Doug Hawkins (local RSL President) as he announces $60,000 funding to refurbish the Quirindi Town Clock and War Memorial. Representatives from Quirindi High School, the local RSL and LPSC welcomed the Minister and State Member Michael Johnsen to town.
David Elliott MP visit   Andrew Hope Ben Hope Michael Johnsen Sari Hamblin David Elliott Wade Clarke Doug Hawkins Donna Ausling  Ray Hatch
LPSC Mayor Andrew Hope, Ben Hope (QHS), State MP Michael Johnsen, Sari Hamblin (QHS), Minister David Elliott MP, Wade Clarke (QHS), Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins (RSL President), LPSC’s Director Economic Development Donna Ausling and Ray Hatch (RSL).

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Notice of intention to undertake Helicopter Survey Inspections within the LPSC area for: Noxious Weeds, Council Assets and Creek Reclamation Project areas is scheduled between 23rd November and 9th December and will be dependent on favorable weather conditions.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Council Senior Weeds Officer Peter Scott 0427961980 or Regulatory Services Manager Steve Ryder on 67461755

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has received, noted and accepted the relative progress reported in the First Quarter Operational Plan review for operations in the 2016/17 financial year.

“Section 403 of the Local Government Act requires Council to adopt an Operational Plan. It spells out the detail of the Delivery Program, identifying the individual projects and activities that will be undertaken in a specific year to achieve the commitments made in its Delivery Program. The report Council received comments on the status of the Operational Plan at the end of the first quarter 2016/17 and the extent to which the performance targets have been achieved,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“I am pleased to report that the majority of targets relevant to the quarter have been achieved. Some delays have been caused by unseasonably wet conditions however ongoing targets will receive additional attention as we move further into the plan. Progress as always is subject to adequate staff resources, no additional unexpected workloads or disruptive climatic events,” he said.

Operational Plan

The Operational Plan activities work towards achieving the longer term Delivery Program, and in turn work towards achieving the objectives of the Community Strategic Plan. The activities of the Operational Plan are enabled by the Budget Strategy.

“As always, transparency of operations is paramount and all of these documents can be found on our website at http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/my-council/council-plans-reports.

“The full First Quarter Operational Plan report can be found by going to - http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/my-council/council-papers-meeting-minutes, clicking on the link for Council Meeting 10, October 2016 and going to pages 218 to 227 of the document,” he continued.

“LPSC strives to ensure good management and governance of the Shire and the wellbeing of its residents and to develop and apply model policies for the effective delivery of core business activities,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Opening Hours

Mon to Fri: 8.30AM - 5.00PM

Sat to Sun: Closed

Public Holidays: Closed

 

Physical Address

60 Station Street

Quirindi NSW

2343

 

Postal Address

PO Box 152

Quirindi NSW

2343

Contact Details

Phone: 02 6746 1755

Fax: 02 6746 3255

Email: lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au