The Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, has congratulated Council’s staff who manage the Shire’s Commonwealth Home Support Service (HSS), based out of Werris Creek and Quirindi, for their sterling efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic and welcomed the move to resume some of their normal activities.
“Over the last 7 months, the HSS team, Clare, Kirsty and Jeanette, have maintained support for some of the most vulnerable in our community under difficult circumstances. Lockdowns and health restrictions have meant that their normal activities had to be put on hold and now both the staff and clients are welcoming the resumption of some of these events and the opportunity for social interaction,” he said.
“The HSS staff have developed a COVIDsafe plan for activities that follow guidelines, advice and restrictions in line with NSW Health orders. For the time being, out of town outings are still
on hold,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“During National Carers Week the Werris Creek and Quirindi HSS usually hold a large, combined event to celebrate the important role carer’s play in our society and to raise community awareness about the diversity of carers and their roles. Carers are people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who are frail aged or have a disability, mental health condition, chronic condition, or terminal illness,” he continued.
“The Council managed HSS provide important opportunities for eligible community members to receive support and participate in social activities. They also provide the local Meals on Wheels service. There are activities for both women and men, so if you or someone you know may benefit from the services and social activity provided please call Werris Creek HSS on 0428 113 458 or Quirindi HSS on 6746 4545 to enquire regarding eligibility,” he concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, is advising eligible Shire community organisations that Round 2 of Council’s Community Funding Program is now open with applications closing on Tuesday 1 December. He said LPSC’s Community Funding Program recognises the vital contribution that community groups and organisations play in the development of the Shire’s social capital and quality of life.
“Application forms and a guidelines fact sheet can be downloaded here or by calling 6746 1755. Completed application forms are to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to PO Box 152 Quirindi NSW 2343, to be received by the closing date,” he said.
“An organisation applying for community funding from Council must conduct the event or project within the Shire, be a not-for-profit entity, or have the project auspiced by a not-for-profit entity. The organisation must hold current and relevant public liability insurance to the value of $20 million, commence the activity or project in the financial year in which the funding is being sought, demonstrate environmental, social and economic benefits to the Shire and be financially viable,” he continued.
“Seed funding aims to encourage the development of new events across the Liverpool Plains Shire by providing not-for-profit organisations with some initial funding, up to $5,000, to help support and launch new, or one-off event activities.
“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 $5,000 for this round, that will have a lasting impact on the success of an event, or organisation, and provides value for the broader Liverpool Plains Shire community,” he said.
If you require further information or assistance, please contact Council on 6746 1755 during business hours,” the Mayor concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has resolved to disperse $16,000 from its Local Heritage Fund via eleven grants to assist owners of places with heritage significance undertake conservation and restoration works. In making the decision, due consideration has been given to community interest and funding body guidelines
“Items of heritage significance include buildings identified as contributing to the character of the Shire. The aim is to maintain, preserve or restore elements that contribute to the heritage value of a place. Council makes the grants based on the advice of its Heritage Advisor,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
“In July 2020, Council wrote to the owners of private properties listed in the current Schedule 5 of the LPS Local Environmental Plan and the revised Schedule and Heritage Conservation Areas as set out in the adopted LPS Community Based Heritage Study. Owners were invited to obtain an information and application package regarding funding opportunities. Items located on land owned by the State Government, Council, or Public Authorities were not included,” he said.
“As a result of responses and following recommendations by Council’s Heritage Advisor projects at the following sites have been funded:
- $2,000 - The former Australian Joint Stock Bank building, George Street, Quirindi
- $990 - The former Chapman’s Store building, Single Street, Werris Creek
- $1,500 - The former Commercial Bank building, New England Highway, Willow Tree
- $1,300 - Croaker Memorial Church, Coonabarabran Road, Caroona - $1,300
- $2,000 - The former David Taylor Pty Ltd General Store building, Single Street, Werris Creek
- $2,000 - The former Hing Park General Store building, Single Street, Werris Creek
- $1,310 - J.H. Purcell Building, Single Street, Werris Creek
- $500 - Private residence, Hill Street, Quirindi
- $1,500 - Warrah Woolshed, Willow Tree - Merriwa Road, Warrah Creek
- $1,500 - Windy Woolshed, Windy Road, Pine Ridge
“Council also resolved to waive the associated heritage exemption certificate application fee of $85 under in respect of these items.
“There is an established budget of $16,000 for the Local Heritage Fund. Because LPSC manages this fund in accordance with requirements of the Heritage Branch Office of Environment and Heritage NSW it is expected Council will be entitled to a grant of $5,500 at the end of the financial year,” he said
“LPSC provides a free heritage advisory service to owners of older buildings. Council's Heritage Advisor is available to assist with understanding old buildings and to give guidance on how to manage issues associated with these buildings including colour schemes and advice on proposed work. He can be contacted through Council by calling 6746 1755,” he continued.
“Last year Council adopted the LPSC Heritage Strategy 2019-2022. Council acknowledges the importance of and the need to preserve our history and unique heritage where appropriate. The Heritage Strategy and the Heritage Action Plan are important tools, along with the Local Heritage Fund, in achieving this goal,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
At its September Ordinary Meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) resolved to reduce the charges to sporting facility user groups by 50 per cent for the 2020/21 financial year.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, said Council had received several requests from sporting facility user groups seeking a reduction in fees as COVD-19 impacted their clubs ability to run events, thus reducing their capacity to raise funds to pay the fees.
“LPSC acknowledges the importance of sport and recreation to the community and, as such during normal times, user fees are determined on a 30 per cent cost recovery basis with Council providing a significant subsidy to assist the user groups, many of which are organised and run by volunteers. The reduction for the rest of this financial year reduces that cost recovery to fifteen percent,” he said.
“It is important that everything possible is done to assist these organisations to make it through the pandemic, so they continue to operate where possible now and into the future. No club has sought a total waiving of the fees, acknowledging that Council still incurs costs to maintain and operate these facilities even with lower usage,” he continued.
“It is Council policy and part of the Community Strategic Plan to support local groups, including sporting, youth and recreational organisations. Community interest in sport and recreation was evident as Council developed the LP Recreation Strategy.
“Council is now embarking on the biggest investment in its history towards sport and recreation. Funding has been secured to the value of $3,117,950 to commence implementation of the Showground Precinct and the Quirindi Sporting Fields Precinct projects as well as funding from other sources for further developments at David Taylor Oval Werris Creek and recreation grounds in our smaller communities. There are exciting times ahead for sport and recreation in the Liverpool Plains Shire,” he concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, is encouraging The Shire’s small business operators to register now to participate in two free, special online events, Building your brand on social media on Wednesday 21 October between 10 and 11am and Future proof your business on Wednesday 28 October between 2 and 3pm. Both events will be streamed via ZOOM virtual. Registration to participate in these events is essential and interested business operators should email their details to Council’s Economic Development Officer at email@example.com to arrange their participation.
“LPSC is collaborating with NSW Small Business to facilitate these events. Council is aware of how tough many local small businesses have been doing it, firstly through drought and now through COVID-19. These two webinars are designed to assist our small businesses to grasp opportunities that can assist you to come back stronger. The events are free, so you have nothing to lose but much to gain by being proactive and participating,” Councillor Hawkins said.
Building your brand on social media will be presented by Damian Morgan, a respected speaker and advisor to corporate Australia on branding, advertising, and
Damian will explain how throughout history when transformational shocks to the economy occur, they always create opportunities too and how it’s times like this we need to make calm, clear headed decision and look for opportunity. It may seem counter-intuitive, but there has never been a better or more important time to work on your next marketing move. business development strategies. Damian consults to several leading Australian companies and government departments, and over the past 5 years he has also presented to more than a two thousand small businesses making him one of Australia’s most seasoned and sought-after business speakers.
Future proof your business will be presented by Dr. Connie Henson, the author of BrainWise Leadership, the founder and Managing Director of Learning Quest, and the creator of Learning Quest’s science-based Mind Management methodology. Connie has extensive international and local experience facilitating cultural change and business transformation, and diverse industry experience including corporate, small medium enterprise, not-for profit and government.
Business acumen and strategic thinking are no longer sufficient to achieve business results in today’s volatile, uncertain and complex workplace. Successful leaders know how to shift mindsets, behaviour and habits enabling businesses to adapt to a changing business environment. Any challenge or change creates a certain amount of disruption, but that does not mean the disruption itself can’t be a catalyst for growth.
Webinar attendees will gain insight into the brain’s natural reactions when dealing with changes and challenges and why people react the way they do and how to respond effectively. You’ll learn about neuroscience-based, practical techniques to increase self-awareness and facilitating mindset and behaviours to avoid unhelpful/reactive behavioural patterns when dealing with uncertainty in the business environment plus practical science-based tools to maintain and enhance your own and your team’s performance and wellbeing.
“Council is delighted to be able to provide local business operators with the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business. I urge you to register your interest now so you can benefit from the knowledge the presenters are offering that can assist you to strengthen your business operations into the future,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
At its Ordinary monthly meeting, held on 30 September, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) conducted elections, by Ordinary ballot, for the positions of Mayor and Deputy Mayor.
There were 2 nominations for the Mayor’s position being Councillors Paul Moules and Doug Hawkins OAM. Councillor Hawkins was elected as the Mayor.
There were 4 nominations for the position of Deputy Mayor being Councillors Virginia Black, Paul Moules, Ken Cudmore and Ian Lobsey OAM. Councillor Cudmore was elected as the Deputy Mayor.
Councillors Hawkins and Cudmore were elected for a one year period through until the deferred general Council election is held in September 2021.
At Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) September Ordinary Meeting, Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope, officially retired from his role as Mayor and as a Councillor. Councillor Hope was first elected to Council in 2012, became Deputy Mayor in 2013 and then Mayor in 2014
“It has been an honour and privilege to serve the LPS community over the past eight years as a Councillor and as Mayor,” the retiring Mayor said.
“I’ve been pondering retirement for some time with mixed emotions. Being Mayor is quite a taxing role that demands a lot of time and commitment. That has to be weighed against having a wife and family I want to spend more time with, running my own small business and maintaining my health. Somewhere along the line you have to make a tough decision and I decided now is the right time to retire. I thank my wife and family for their support during my time serving on Council,” he said.
“I’ve always believed that harnessing the power of community achieves the best outcomes for the Shire. Thank you to all who show an interest in your local government and its operations. The individuals, organisations and volunteers, community members who serve on Council’s advisory groups, those who contribute through the consultation process, making submissions and attending workshops on issues, you underlie your Council’s success in gaining grant funding for projects that drive our economic and social development.
“As Mayor one is the captain of a team, but it is all seven Councillors who through the democratic process determine Council policy. I acknowledge my fellow Councillors I’ve served with, both past and present, for their contributions.
“Once Council makes decisions, it is the role of the General Manager, Directors and staff to implement them. During my time on Council I have worked with various people in these positions, all of whom have shown great dedication to our community by successfully gaining funding and rolling out projects that benefit us now and into the future. Thank you one and all for a job well done.
“Thanks are also due to our Federal Member Barnaby Joyce and State Members Michael Johnsen and Kevin Anderson for their commitment to our communities and support that has resulted in Council successfully gaining many millions of dollars in funding to undertake projects that will provide benefits Shire wide,” he continued.
When asked about his accomplishments as Mayor, Councillor Hope laughs and says it’s not about my accomplishments, its about what the community and its Council has achieved through working together as a team. I am proud though of what that team work has achieved, the projects we’ve rolled out and the exciting projects that are in the pipeline.
“As a result of teamwork we staved off the threat of amalgamation and through restructuring we continue to make Council Fit for the Future. We’ve progressed our vision for water security through the Quipolly Dam Safety Upgrade and Augmentation, the construction of the Willow Tree pipeline, a new bore at Wallabadah and the Quirindi Reservoir project. We secured $20 million funding from the Federal and State Governments for the Quipolly Water project and now tenders have been called to undertake this massive project which should be completed in 2022.
“The Emergency Services Precinct established in Quirindi in partnership with the RFS and State Government has given us a state of the art facility to protect our communities. Various tourism and event initiatives including the RV Strategy and Hangi in the Country, a partnership with Sister City Blacktown City Council, have assisted economic development and will have an important role to play when we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said
“Major road infrastructure projects such as the sealing of Willewarina Road, the Merriwa Range upgrade and the Mystery Road bitumen seal project will greatly assist our agricultural sector and the transport industry, again assisting economic development. Through community consultation and support we’ve initiated a wide range of projects to benefit our villages with new playgrounds for kids, investment in local halls and amenities including sporting and recreational facilities.
“The ongoing redevelopment of David Taylor Oval in Werris Creek and construction of a pathway connecting the precinct to the CBD provides the town with a sporting facility that will serve the town well in the years ahead. The completion of Stage 2 of the Single Street beautification project has also improved amenity in the town.
“In Quirindi, major works at the Showground, Longfield Park and Golland Fields will transform them into a hub that caters for the Shire’s long term sporting and recreational needs and the redevelopment of the Quirindi Library precinct will provide a much more user friendly community hub in the main street,” he continued.
“These are great developments for LPS, a result of teamwork and just a part of the achievements of the community and its Council that will benefit us all into the future. I do feel privileged to have been a Councillor and Mayor during this exciting period of the Shire’s development and I wish the community, councillors and Council staff much more success into the future,” he concluded.
The 2020 Sunflower Art and Craft Festival will be held at the Royal Theatre Quirindi on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 November. To get locals excited about and involved in this year's festival Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is collaborating with E.Rose Art to hold a two hour adults art workshop at the Royal Theatre’s greenroom, entry via Q Mural door, from 6pm on Friday 16 October.
“During this workshop participants will learn how to draw sunflowers using visuals to support their understanding. Participants will then learn colour theory to support their ability to use acrylics to colour their sunflowers. Participants will use this knowledge to create their own canvases that they will be encouraged to enter in the Sunflower Art Festival,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The cost of the workshop is $40 and includes materials and a canvas to each participant. To book go to https://ticketing.oz.veezi.com/purchase/253?siteToken=d83r4gh8g3h84pttrtb3yg79mc. Spaces are limited so book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. No walk-ins can be accepted on the night. COVID- 19 safety will be enforced so please adhere to COVID-Safe protocols while attending,” he said.
“Arts, culture, and heritage are increasingly viewed not only as amenities to improve the quality of life, but as one of the foundations upon which the future of rural and small communities rests,” he concluded.
The Royal Theatre Quirindi will resume screening movies on Thursday 1 October following a period of enforced closure due to COVID-19 restrictions. Sessions will now be screened every Thursday at 6pm and every Sunday at 2pm.
To meet current COVID-19 restrictions, each session will be limited to 40 patrons. Patrons are encourage to book online prior to their chosen screening session at https://ticketing.oz.veezi.com/sessions/?siteToken=d83r4gh8g3h84pttrtb3yg79mc. Details are also available via the Royal Theatre’s website https://www.royaltheatrequirindi.com/.
“The first movie session will feature The New Mutants on Thursday 1 and Sunday 4 October. Trolls World Tour 2 will be the feature the following week on October 7 and 11. Both of these movies are well suited for youth during the school holidays,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
It’s great to see movies returning to the Royal Theatre. The COVID-19 safety measures in place will be strictly enforced and because it is an indoor venue patrons may choose to wear a mask. If we all respect the restrictions in place and social distancing measures it provides the best opportunity for us to continue to enjoy an outing, such as to the movies, in the weeks ahead,” he concluded.
Following the rehabilitation of a bore, the installation of a new pump and 54,000 litre capacity storage tanks plus the replacement of old sprinkler heads, the tap was turned on and the new irrigation system at Werris Creek’s David Taylor Oval sprang to life.
“David Taylor Oval is used by residents of all ages for sport and recreation and is an important facility for the people of Werris Creek so it’s great to see this latest part of the Oval’s upgrades completed,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The new irrigation system is part of a $247,549 project funded through the State Government’s Stronger Country Communities Program, which Council was successful in obtaining. Council acknowledges the support of Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson, for this project. It has already seen the completion of an amenities block with toilets and showers, a picnic table and associated shading, the widening of the Oval’s entry gates and improved fencing.
“To further improve amenity for locals and visitors landscaping of the area will be undertaken and include additional trees and shrubs and raised garden beds which will also enhance separation between the BBQ area and public amenities,” he said.
“These improvements compliment the Ron Dellar Grandstand which was constructed in 2018 and the new storage shed for the Magpies Rugby League Club completed as part of an earlier stage of the project. The precinct has also benefited from the construction of a new pathway connecting the Werris Creek CBD to the Oval” he continued.
“These projects wouldn’t have happened without the strong community backing necessary to support Council’s successful grant funding applications. Where possible, local contractors undertook the considerable work involved and Werris Creek now has a sporting precinct that befits the Magpies home ground plus serving other local sporting organisations and the recreation requirements of the community,” Councillor Hope concluded.
The trial run of the irrigation system at David Taylor Oval proved successful and is ready for operation as the weather warms up
Werris Creek resident, Ron Dellar, after whom David Taylor Oval’s grandstand is named,inspects the pump system with contractor Peter Scott
The new storage tanks and pump installed as part of the irrigation project undertaken at David Taylor Oval
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed the success to date of Council’s partnership with the National Desexing Network and Quirindi Veterinary Clinic, during National Desexing Month, providing a subsidised desexing program for pets. He said the uptake to date has been such that the initial funding allocated to the project had been expended and that Council would provide further funding to continue the program until the end of September.
“Dr Joy Verrinder, from the National Desexing Network, reported to Council that the original funding had resulted in 15 cat desexing vouchers being issued along with 5 for dogs and that others have been put on a waiting list. The additional funding now provided will allow further procedures to be undertaken,” he said.
“The positive impact of the procedures undertaken so far is highlighted with Dr Verrinder pointing out that they have prevented the possibility of a further 50 pups and 180 kittens being born in the first year, and if these progeny were not desexed, 500 pups and 1800 kittens could have been born in the second year,” he continued.
“This desexing program is designed to assist Shire residents with low incomes. Those residents in need of this assistance should phone the National Desexing Network on 1300 368 992 to arrange a voucher which they will then present at the Quirindi Veterinary Clinic to have the procedure carried out.
“The program offers substantial savings to those who participate. The cost is $55 to desex a male cat and $65 for female cats, with additional female cats in the same household costing $50. Dog owners pay just $50 - $80 toward the desexing cost, depending on size. Desexing will also save owners from the NSW Government’s requirement to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee for non desexed cats over 4 months of age,” he said.
“Responsible care of pets, including desexing, assist to improve your pet’s health and longevity. Additionally, you can save yourself from large future bills from all the health complications that could come from an undesexed pet plus you are preventing unwanted litters ending up in the Animal Welfare Facility. Desexing also has benefits for the environment and landowners reducing the number of feral cats and dogs that prey on wildlife and stock.
“Thank you to the National Desexing Network and Quirindi Veterinary Clinic for partnering with Council on this initiative, your contribution is greatly appreciated,” Councillor Hope concluded.
The $865,000 project to replace the closed timber Glenyalla Road bridge crossing of Borambil Creek with a new, single lane, concrete structure will get underway when the contractor engaged by Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Murray Constructions, takes possession of the site on 21 September. Work is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.
“Council was forced to close the old wooden bridge following damage when one girder collapsed and two failed due to splitting in the span on the Willow Tree side of the bridge. At the time the damage was suspected to have been caused by overloading,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“Council engaged the Roads and Maritime Services’ (RMS) bridge unit to undertake core testing of the old bridge’s timber members to determine their condition as well as providing a cost estimate to repair it. The RMS recommended that 10 girders would need to be replaced and to meet current safety standards, new guardrails installed. It is estimated this would cost a minimum of $120,000 and would only extend the life of the structure for a maximum 30 years. There was no guarantee it would meet requirements for B-Double or other restricted access vehicles without load testing.
“Council then resolved to apply for a grant from the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program and was successful in gaining 50% of the replacement cost for a concrete structure, built to current Australian standards, that provides unrestricted access for heavy vehicles and a useful life of at least 100 years. Council will contribute the remaining 50% cost of the project with funding received through the Roads to Recovery program.
“A Review of Environmental Factors and geotechnical investigation took place as part of the development process to prepare tender documentation for the project which will be undertaken as a design and construct contract,” he continued.
“Although Glenyalla Road only carried about 40 vehicles a day prior to the bridge closure, it is important to farming families, as a rural transport route and for those delivering to or collecting from properties enroute. The new bridge will reopen the route to through traffic and provide an asset with a long lifespan for those local people,” Councillor Hope concluded.
LPSC GM Jo Sangster, Councillor Virginia Black, Deputy Mayor Paul Moules, Councillor Ian Lobsey OAM, Manager VIC Nikki Robertson cutting cake, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, Director of Environmental and Economic Development Services Donna Ausling and Director Engineering Services Nathan Skelly celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the LPS’s VIC at Willow Tree
LPS VIC Manager Nikki Robertson, amongst the sunflowers at the VIC, also celebrated her 10 year association with tourism and the Centre.
The cake to celebrate. Members of the community were invited to call into the VIC and share a slice of cake with Nikki.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, says he is delighted and excited that tenders have been invited from the three pre-selected contractors Expression Of Interest list for the construction of the Quipolly Water Project (QWP).
“This is tremendous news for our community reaching this significant milestone on the QWP, the largest and most significant project the Shire has ever undertaken. For our community this project is akin to what the Snowy Mountains Scheme is at the National level,” he said.
“Construction of the new state of the art Water Treatment Plant at Quipolly Dam will facilitate the replacement of existing aged and outdated water supply infrastructure. It will enhance water security during drought periods for the Werris Creek, Quirindi and Willow Tree water supplies.
“The project will deliver a secure water supply for 50 years of future growth and importantly local economic stimulus during the construction phase,” he continued.
“Council is extremely grateful to both the Federal and State Government for each contributing $10 million towards the project. The Federal contribution was delivered through their Community Development Grant Program and the State contribution through their Safe and Secure Water Program. LPSC’s contribution will come from reserves and a loan. This is a great investment for our rural community that understands the importance of and value of a safe and secure water supply,” he said.
“Tenders for the project will close on 30 October and Councillors will decide on a preferred tender during December. Barring unforeseen circumstances it is anticipated the project will be completed by December 2022.
“Hundreds of hours have already gone into developing this project, the boxes that have had to be ticked up to this point are many. I sincerely thank the Ministers who have listened to our case for funding, Federal Member Barnaby Joyce and State Members Kevin Anderson and Michael Johnsen, for their support, and the staff in various government departments for their guidance. Last but not least, I thank Council’s Water Services Manager Rod Batterham, his team and others in the Engineering Services Department for their enormous contribution in getting us to this stage.
“The completion of the QWP will culminate a series of projects delivered over recent years including the Quipolly Dam augmentation and the Quirindi to Willow Tree pipeline designed to strengthen our water security. The severe drought that impacted us until rain finally came at the end of January proved the value of these investments and the QWP will further enhance the situation providing safe, secure supplies to consumers and the capacity to provide for economic development,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, says that that an update report to Councillors on progress towards the implementation of the Shire’s Sport and Recreation Strategy has highlighted Council’s success in obtaining grant funding to roll out its recommendations.
“This is fabulous news for the Shire’s many residents of all ages who participate in sport and recreational activities. Since the adoption of the Recreation Strategy in May 2020 funding has been secured to the value of $3,117,950 to commence implementation of the Showground Precinct and the Quirindi Sporting Fields Precinct projects.
“That total is made up of $2,567,950 funding for the Showground Precinct through the NSW State Government’s Crown Land’s Showground Stimulus Fund and $550,000 for the for the Quirindi Sporting Precinct Redevelopment through the NSW State Government’s Local Drought Stimulus Package. Council is grateful to the State Government for supporting the vision and State Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen for his support.
“Considering Council only formally adopted the Liverpool Plains Shire Recreation Strategy and its Master plans for the Showground precinct and the Quirindi Sporting precinct in May this year I am delighted with the progress to date, with funding secured, a clear plan in place for delivery and some of the projects already underway
“Thank you to our local sporting organisations, facility user groups, and other individuals who contributed to the development of the strategy. Many of you are volunteers, passionate about your sport, but willing to work together to achieve improved facilities that create a sporting hub that is functional and caters for all Shire residents from junior sports through to senior competitions and sporting carnivals.
“Thank you also to my fellow Councillors for supporting this sporting and recreation vision and Council’s GM, Directors and their support teams for expeditiously delivering the commitments outlined in the strategy.
“The Showground and Sports Precincts are utilised at some time or another by a very large cross section of the Shire’s residents who recognise their value as community assets. Working as a community we’ve set a clear direction for their development and utilisation that supports active and socially connected lifestyles for the Liverpool Plains community now and for the long term,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is proactive in arranging training for its staff to assist them to meet their legislated responsibilities. As part of its chain of responsibility with regard to the heavy vehicle transport supply chain, Council is undertaking static weighing of a number of its trucks and plant to ensure compliance with NSW heavy vehicle operating legislation.
“Later this month, representatives from the Mid North Weight of Loads Group, of which Council is a member, will attend Council’s Works Depot providing education, training and actual weighing of a number of loaded and unloaded vehicles. This will provide staff with improved knowledge of correct heavy vehicle loading techniques plus the importance of Council’s position in the Chain of Responsibility (COR) to ensure safe transport activities,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The Chain of Responsibility (COR) is a concept used in Australian transport legislation which places legal obligations on parties in the transport supply chain and across transport industries generally. The concept was initially developed to apply in the heavy vehicle industry in regulated areas such as speeding, fatigue, mass, loading and dimension,” he said.
“It is important to ensure all staff are educated in the compliance of the vehicles they operate. They require a good clear understanding of the need to ensure those vehicles comply with legislative requirement in relation to Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) and Gross Combination Mass (GCM). Failure to comply with legal weight requirements of a heavy vehicle can result in fines being issued to the operator and/or vehicle owners. By adopting best practice training Council aims to ensure its staff and fleet of vehicles can tick all the boxes,” he concluded.
Following requests from residents, a speed zone review has recommended an 80km/h posted speed limit be imposed on Borah Creek Road, north-east of Quirindi, between the existing town 50km/h urban area default speed limit and the 100km/h rural area default limit, covering the approximately 1.9 kilometres to Rowntrees Lane. The change is designed to enhance road safety following residents concerns due to the speed at which motorists were entering the urban area.
“The installation of new signage to reflect the changed speed limit will be undertaken on Thursday 17 September when contractors will carry out the work. Drivers are asked to be aware that the work will be taking place and to drive with caution as they being erected,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The concerns were referred to the Shire’s Local Traffic Committee and following its deliberations forwarded to the RMS, who have ultimate responsibility for control of speed limits in NSW.
“An onsite investigation took place and a speed zone review was undertaken. The recommendation from the review was for the introduction of an 80km/h zone and this was subsequently approved by the RMS,” he said.
“Council’s responsibility is to arrange the erection of the signage and accompanying pavement markings utilising contractors. Council provides an estimate of costs for all associated work to the RMS and they reimburse Council for those costs. It is hoped work will be undertaken from mid to late September subject to the availability of the necessary contractors. Drivers are asked to be aware that the work will be taking place and to drive with caution as they are undertaken,” he continued.
“The new speed limit will be legal and binding as soon as the signage is erected. The new posted speed limit once imposed will provide road safety benefits for those who live in the area, assisting in reducing noise and speed, one of the major contributing factors of crashes,” he concluded.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, while the redevelopment of the Quirindi Library precinct is a great project, that will add fresh dynamism to the CBD with a community hub that will serve the community well into the future, library users will have to adapt to some changes when the current library building temporarily closes to allow work to commence.
“The current library building will close on Wednesday 30 September. A library office will be established at the Home Support Services (HSS) building at the corner of Station and Dalley Streets Quirindi. A public use computer will be available as will photocopying and scanning services. However, because of the much more limited space available, a COVID-19 safety plan will be in place and those wishing to avail themselves of these services will need to call the library on 6746 2350 to reserve a time to attend and carry out their business.
“To borrow from the library a click and collect system will be in place and again library users will have to call the library to order books. Alternatively you can go to the Central Norther Regional Library website https://www.cnl.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/WPAC/HOME where you can order your selections or join the library. To support this system home deliveries will in many instances be available for those who can’t pick up their books from outside the HSS building. After books have been read they will be able to be returned at the entrance to the HSS office.
“There may be slightly longer delays in obtaining books as the bulk of the library’s assets will have to go into storage until the redevelopment is completed. This will result in the need for library staff to order them in from either Tamworth or Werris Creek libraries. You will be able to discuss the timeline for deliveries when you call the library to order your books,” Councillor Hope said.
“The closure of the current library site will also necessitate the closure of the public amenities. Alternative facilities are available opposite the corner of George and Thomas Streets Quirindi.
“The packing up and removal of the library’s books and other assets is a massive task that involves clearing the shelves and packing the books for storage in special boxes. This will be followed by physically moving the boxes and all shelving to Tamworth for storage. Excess computers and furniture will then be moved to storage. When this process is completed at the end of October the library will be empty and ready for occupation by the building contractors,” he continued.
This visionary project is being undertaken following LPSC’s success in obtaining $900,000 funding, comprising $200,000 through the NSW State Library, $350,000 through the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program and $350,000 through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Program,” he concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire welcomed its newest Australian citizens when Tony Vereyken and Cathy McVicar pledged their commitment to Australia during an Australian Citizenship Ceremony hosted at the Council Chambers by Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
Tony Vereyken and Cathy McVicar are well respected long term residents of our community and it was an honour for me to be able to officiate and congratulate them on officially joining the Australian family,” Councillor Hope said.
Tony and Cathy are brother and sister who immigrated with their family from the Netherlands in 1953. On arrival in Australia they first lived at Murrurundi and moved to Quirindi in 1956. They have raised their respective families here and we are fortunate that 60 odd years down the track they still call Quirindi home.
Cathy and Harvey have 6 children; Christine, James, John, David, Tom and Phillip plus 7 grandchildren while Tony and Marjorie have 3 children; Stephen, Michael and Karen and 4 grandchildren,” he continued.
“During my time as Mayor, I have always regarded conducting Citizenship Ceremonies as one of my greatest privileges and I am always moved witnessing firsthand the incredible significance this moment holds for those taking up citizenship. Covid-19 restrictions means that not all family and friends who would have liked to attend the ceremony could, so it was special that we were able to utilise the new live streaming technology in the Council Chambers to share this special moment with them,” he said.
“Becoming an Australian citizen is a special moment in their lives, providing a special moment to celebrate our shared culture as Australians and the values we aspire to uphold. On behalf of the Shire community I extend congratulations to Cathy and Tony and I know they will continue to make a valuable contribution to our community,” he concluded.
At its August Ordinary Meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) received an update report on progress towards the redevelopment of the Quirindi Library Precinct. Council noted that good progress is continuing with development of the library design plans.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said the State Library NSW has acknowledged acceptance of the final library concept as approved by Council. He said LPSC has been successful in obtaining $900,000 funding for the project comprising $200,000 through the NSW State Library, $350,000 through the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program and $350,000 through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Program.
“The redevelopment of the Quirindi Library Precinct is designed to be architecturally more user friendly and sustainable with a strong focus on attracting more users of all age groups. When completed the Library will be an important community hub serving as a contemporary multi-purpose area with modern facilities and improved activity spaces.
“As part of the landscaping, the redeveloped precinct will feature 2 new trees installed at the front. A new pergola will be symbolic of the ploughed paddocks of the Liverpool Plains Shire with a modern outdoor setup, a clear roof sheet that will provide shade plus allow for lights and reduced solar reflection and heat transmission.” he said.
“As part of the planning process, Council considered several reports including studies undertaken by a consulting arborist to assess the trees currently at the site for health, structure, and their useful life expectancy. The report highlighted that the Fraxinus oxycarpa ‘Raywood’ Claret Ash in the current courtyard is declining in health and structural condition with greater than 30% dead wood generated and die back from tips into the primary branch stem, recommending it should be removed on both health and safety grounds,” he continued.
“Council is currently working on finalising the engineering drawing that includes the building services, architectural and structural design. The design and specifications for the library redevelopment is expected to go out for tender by late September 2020 and local builders are then encouraged to keep an eye on the LPSC http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/ and Tender link https://www.tenderlink.com/lpsc/ webpages.
“The Quirindi Library redevelopment is an exciting project that will add dynamism to the CBD with a community hub that will serve the community well into the future,” Councillor Hope concluded.