Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is inviting and encouraging all Shire residents to participate in the various events that are being held to mark Australia Day 2019.
The Shire’s Australia Day Program for 2019 is:
- 10.30am (Thursday 24th) - Quirindi CWA Australia Day Concert at Quirindi RSL Club.
- 10.30am (Saturday 26th) – Quirindi – The Presentation of the Liverpool Plains Shire Australia Day Awards at the Royal Theatre Quirindi. Five local people will be awarded their Australian Citizenship. The Shire’s Australia Day Ambassador Ms Josephine Peter will be special guest. Community members are encouraged to attend.
- From 10.00am (Saturday 26th) - Warrah Creek Australia Day and Annual 20/20 Cricket Match at Warrah Creek Hall and Recreation Centre followed by the lunch, Official Australia Day Ceremony as well as fun and games for young and old.
- 6.30pm – Werris Creek (Saturday 26th) – Australia Day Celebrations with BBQ dinner, fun games and fantastic fireworks to finish the night. Unless inclement weather dictates otherwise, the fireworks won’t commence before 8.30pm.
- ALL DAY (Saturday 26th) – Quirindi and Werris Creek pools will be open FREE OF CHARGE for all patrons. Normal opening times apply. Quirindi pool will have the inflatable obstacle feature at a cost of $5.00 per person for unlimited rides between 1 and 3pm.
“The theme for 2019 is Everyone, every story and it encourages people to mark Australia Day in a way that reflects their own Australian story, whether that be as an Indigenous Australian, as a newly immigrated Australian or as an Australian-born citizen,” Councillor Hope said.
"Im looking forward to hearing the Shire’s Australia Day Ambassador, Ms Josephine Peter, share her Australian story with us at the Awards Ceremony. Josephine was named the 2017 NSW state-wide Local Hero and has been a life-long volunteer. Commencing during WWII, at age 7, she knitted 450 pair of socks for Australian troops, starting her lifetime of dedication to others. She is generously volunteering her time to be with us on January 26,” he said.
The Shire’s celebration has something for all ages, be it the official ceremony at the Royal Theatre, to which I encourage the community to come along and recognise those nominated for their contribution to making the Shire a better place to live, or the events at Warrah and Werris Creek.
Additionally, there is free entry to the pools at Werris Creek and Quirindi and the inflatable obstacle feature will be at Quirindi between 1 and 3pm, costing $5 per person for unlimited use during this time,” he continued. show the rest of Australia how great the LPS community is and how important being Australian is to us all,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is inviting the community to have a say and assist informing the LP Recreation Strategy that is currently being developed. Shire residents, from all communities, are encouraged to be part of the process by completing a survey. Feedback will provide a shared and clearly defined vision for the improvement of sport and active recreation within the LPS and help Council determine priorities for allocating budget and resources to support and encourage participation in these areas.
The survey will take approximately 10 – 15 minutes to complete and can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Liverpool_Plains_Recreation_Strategy_community_survey. For those wishing to complete a paper copy of the survey, they are available at Council’s Administration Centre, Quirindi and Werris Creek Libraries, Plains Fitness, Werris Creek/Quirindi Aquatic Centres and the Visitor Information Centre Willow Tree or call the Customer Service Desk on 6746 1755 to have a PDF version emailed out. Completed paper surveys can be handed in at all these locations or posted to LPSC PO Box 152, Quirindi 2343.
“To ensure the Strategy accurately reflects the needs of the community, we need to gather information from as many residents as possible. Participation in active sport and recreation are important ingredients in the Shire’s social fabric and your contribution will assist Council to support participation by even more people,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The Strategy is a community document and Council has engaged ROSS Planning, specialist sport and recreation planners to assist. The Strategy also includes strategic master planning of Quirindi’s Longfield Oval Precinct as well as the Racecourse and Showground Precinct.
“ROSS Planning have recently been in contact with Shire sporting clubs to seek their input via a specific survey for organisations. If your club hasn’t assisted the process to date please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Liverpool_Plains_Recreation_Strategy_club_survey and please complete as soon as possible,” he continued.
If you’d prefer talking to someone to complete the survey, please contact Dion, Helen or Carly at ROSS Planning on (07) 3901 0730 or email email@example.com. This is a great opportunity for all community members to help develop a strategy that will benefit many in the important area of sport and recreation into the future,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Following a report from the General Manager, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has noted and accepted the relative progress made during the first quarter of the 2018/19 financial year.
“Section 405 of the Local Government Act requires Council to adopt a yearly Operational Plan. This plan details the activities to be engaged in by Council during the financial year as part of the delivery program set out for that period. The Delivery Program 2017-2021 can be found on Council’s website at http://lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/my-council/council-plans-reports as can the Operational Plan 2018-19,” said LPSC GM, Ron van Katwyk.
“The report comments on the status of LPSC’s Operational Plan at the end of the first quarter and the extent to which the performance targets have been achieved.
“Being the first quarter report of the Operational Plan’s rollout, many of its targets require ongoing action. Progress is subject to adequate staff resources being available and no additional, unexpected workloads or disruptive climatic events occurring,” he said.
“The quarterly budget review statements assist Council in meeting its charter with regard to its finances and related responsibilities in respect of its management plan/operational plan. The 13 page report covers the social, governance, environmental and economic roll out of the Operational Plan. It can be found in November’s Business Paper at http://lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/my-council/council-papers-meeting-minutes and is available for perusal at the Administration Centre,” Mr Van Katwyk concluded.
Ms Josephine Peter, who was named as NSW Local Hero in 2017, has been named as the Liverpool Plains Shire’s Australia Day Ambassador for 2019. Ms Peter will be the special guest, on January 26, at the Liverpool Plains Shire Australia Day Awards Ceremony at the Royal Theatre, Quirindi commencing at 10.30am, and other events around the Shire.
“Following a year when I’ve been overcome many times by the efforts and generosity of local volunteers, as well as support from all over Australia during the drought crisis, I think it’s great we have as an Ambassador someone who has dedicated most of her life to helping others.
“Josephine’s been a stalwart on parents’ committees and arts societies. She sat on the board of Broken Hill’s Robinson College for 25 years, has been a volunteer tutor for more than a decade and for the past 34 years she has been a Broken Hill tour guide. She’s listened to people’s problems as a telephone counsellor, supported Rotary, the VIEW Club, Probus, the Smith Family, and the women’s flying doctors,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“I look forward to welcoming her to LPS and her sharing part of her story with us on Australia Day,” he said.
Ms Peter’s seven decades of life-long service through volunteering commenced at age 7 when she knitted her first pair of socks for Australia’s troops. Over the course of World War II, Josephine made 450 pairs of socks, starting her lifetime of dedication to others.
On behalf of the Liverpool Plains Shire community, LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is thanking the people of Blacktown City, their Council, the Lady Mayoress’ Christmas appeal, Kids Far West, Mt Druitt Seniors and the Greater Blacktown Business
Chamber for the generosity they showed at Christmas. He said, together they provided thousands of dollars’ worth of presents for Shire children, books, hampers and donations. “These were distributed at the LP Business Chamber’s Christmas on the Plains event as well as to other areas in the Shire with help from Werris Creek CWA getting it to smaller communities. After the tough times many faced as the drought bit harder these wonderful gestures were a great boost to morale,” he continued.
“The response and support from people all over Australia with drought assistance has been extraordinary but none more so than the people of our Sister City, Blacktown City. On top of their effort at Christmas they have been assisting in many ways providing a water tanker, expertise to prepare the plans for the Quirindi Library Precinct redevelopment, the cultural experience of Hangi in the Country and in many other ways,” he said
“Many firm friendships have been forged through this relationship and the LP community is grateful for the support offered and bonds forged. Thank you, Blacktown,” he continued.
“It takes a lot of organisation to undertake an appeal such as the one Blacktown did to assist our people and lift our spirits at Christmas. Along with the President of Liverpool Plains Business Chamber we acknowledge, with special thanks, BCC Mayor Stephen Bali, his wife Anne who drives the annual Christmas gift collection initative, CEO Greater Blacktown Business Chamber Trevor Oldfield, President Mount Druitt Seniors Geoff Owen and BCC Events Coordinator and Sister City Project Manager Greg McCallum,” Councillor Hope concluded.
During 2018, in partnership with the Premer community, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) initiated the Premer Pride Program to help break down the community’s sense of isolation and to strengthen community spirit and pride.
In partnership with Hunter New England Health’s Quirindi Health Service, and supported by other agencies, a Health and Wellbeing Day was held at Premer that allowed community members to discuss health issues and to find out how to access available services provided by the various agencies.
LPSC thanks the agencies who attended on the day for supporting the event and Premer community members who came along for making the day a success.
Premer Health and Wellbeing Day provided the opportunity for community members to meet health professionals (left), staff from other agencies like the RFS (right) and one young Premer resident added to the sense of wellbeing by providing some entertainment (centre).
At its December meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) resolved that the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) - Quipolly Water Project be placed on Public Exhibition. Interested persons have until close of business on 25 January 2019 to make submissions on the report.
The report can be downloaded from the LPSC website www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au and is available for perusal at Council’s Administration Centre, Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries. Submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, delivered to the Administration Centre or posted to PO Box 152, Quirindi, NSW 2343.
LPSC GM, Ron Van Katwyk said the purpose of the REF is to assess potential environmental impacts arising from the construction and operation of the Quipolly Water Project. He said the report will satisfy Council’s duty under Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.
“The REF addresses the key environmental, cultural, social and economic values and risks. It provides an assessment of the significance of the impacts of the project, both during construction and operation of the upgrade and recommends safeguards to avoid or minimise likely impacts,” he said.
“Part 2 of the Infrastructure SEPP (State Environmental Planning Policy) contains provisions for public authorities to consult with other public authorities prior to the commencement of certain types of development. The appropriate authorities have been consulted including several others which are not required to be contacted but have been notified due to this project’s interface with their infrastructure.
“With the REF identifying direct known impacts on the community during the construction phase, such as traffic, access and noise impacts, Council believes that, whilst not a requirement, it is best practice that the wider community also be consulted as part of this assessment approval,” he continued.
“As Council is the proponent of the project and the determining authority we must consider, to the fullest extent possible, all matters affecting or likely to affect the environment by the activity. To ensure a robust and transparent process Council engaged NGH Environmental to carry out a detailed REF for the entire project compatible with the progressing design. The REF concluded that the project is unlikely to result in a significant impact to the environment or the community,” he said.
“This is the biggest capital works program ever undertaken by LPSC. Once operational, the proposal will deliver positive outcomes for the Shire including securing a reliable water supply to support further growth and economic development for Werris Creek, Quirindi and Willow Tree. After submissions are considered and the REF approved it will pave the way for expressions of interest to be called for tenders to undertake construction,” Mr Van Katwyk concluded.
All public enquirires regarding the REF should be directed to LPSC’s Water Services Manager, Rod Batterham, email email@example.com or call 6746 1755 during business hours.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has welcomed the State Government’s announcement that the maximum penalties for asbestos waste offences will rise from $22,000 to $500,000 for individuals and from $44,000 to $2 million dollars for corporations
who illegally dispose, recycle or re-use asbestos waste. In addition, the maximum court penalties for land pollution and waste offences involving asbestos have been doubled to $2 million for corporations and $500,000 for individuals.
“This is the a very welcome announcement made during Asbestos Awareness Month. LPS has had trouble with illegally dumped asbestos, it is costly to ratepayers to have it cleaned up, not to mention the risks it poses to public health, safety and the environment,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The massive fine hike comes on top of recently announced tougher asbestos handling
controls for waste facilities and a tenfold increase in on-the-spot asbestos fines for illegally transporting or disposing of asbestos waste,” he said.
“There is information available at https://asbestosawareness.com.au/asbestos-awareness-campaign/ to help with your understanding of asbestos, its dangers, where you are likely to find it in buildings, fact sheets and checklists as well as disposal and legalities.
“Within the LPS, the Waste Management Centre on Merinda Road Quirindi is the only landfill licenced to accept asbestos waste. Please contact 0427 236 081 to make an appointment for disposal of your asbestos waste,” he continued.
Councillor Hope is urging people who witness suspected illegal dumping or find illegally dumped waste to report it to the EPA’s Environment Line on 131 555.
“Before you risk these new fines for asbestos waste offences think to yourself it simply isn’t worth it. Do the right thing with asbestos. Your life, the lives of others and the environment depends on it,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Willow Tree Local Advisory Group (LAG) and Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) have extended their gratitude to Margret Harris, upon her retirement from the LAG, after many years of dedicated service to the community.
“The Shire’s LAGs provide advice to Council and inform decision making on their specific areas of interest. They are a vital conduit between the community and its Council,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“It is people like Margret who hold valuable knowledge and a keen interest in the future of the district that enhance the power of community and the ability of the LAG to gain good outcomes. On behalf of Willow Tree LAG, the wider Willow Tree community and LPSC, thank you Margret for your commitment and input over many years,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Noel Saunders presented Margret Harris with a certificate of appreciation for her service and input to the LAG and local community
Chilean Needle Grass - infestations have been found on both Borah Creek Road Quirindi and Seven Creeks Road Wallabadah. Council’s Authorised Weeds Officers will facilitate identification and control information sessions for landowners on Thursday 6 December, at 9.00am - The eastern end of Seven Creeks Road, and 12.30pm - The northern end of Borah Creek Road. For further information go to the NSW DPI Weeds Website http://weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au/ or contact Peter Scott 0428 961 982 or Mike Whitney 0427 961 980.
The Australian Hearing Bus - free hearing check. Willow Tree December 6, 10am – 2pm at the VIC. Speak to an expert about your current hearing device. No appointment necessary, just come along. For more info 131 797 or 6768 1900 or www.hearing.com.au.
LPSC December Ordinary Meeting - will be held on Wednesday 12, 2.30pm, at the Council Chambers.
Premer Pride Health and Wellbeing Day – Thursday 13 December – Community and Health Centre Ellerslie Street. Quirindi Health Service will be running a GP clinic at Premer and, a presentation focusing on RU OK/mental health. The community nurse and Healthone manager will have a table of resources and provide information on health services and what is offered as outreach at Premer. Book an appointment to see the doctor by calling 6746 0200. Bring your Medicare card. Other information will also be available.
Sunflower Art Festival Exhibition - December 14, 15 and 16 at the Royal. Friday 14 – Official Opening 6 – 9pm, tickets $10 at http://bit.ly/SunflowerArtGrandOpening. Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 10am – 2pm. Entry to the exhibition is by gold coin donations with all proceeds going to local volunteer organisations.
Nominations for Australia Day Awards – close 21st December - Nominate someone you think is deserving of local recognition. Download the nomination form at www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au, request one by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or pick one up from the Customer Service Desk at the Administration Centre, Quirindi and Werris Creek libraries, the Visitor Information Centre Willow Tree or phone 6746 1755.
Liverpool Plains Military Tattoo March 2 2019 – Apply now for a stall position. These are free but must be registered via https://www.liverpoolplainsmilitarytattoo.com.au/market-stalls/. All types of stalls are welcome including food, market, clans and charities. Return completed forms by email to email@example.com, by mail to PO Box 152, Quirindi NSW 2343 or drop in to the Liverpool Plains Shire Council Administration Building at 60 Station Street, Quirindi NSW 2343.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has extended its thanks to motorists for their patience and caution during the recent water main replacement project in Henry Street Quirindi.
LPSC Director Engineering Services, Warren Faulkner, say disruption was able to be kept to a minimum with Council utilising one of the first examples of this replacement method being used in Australia. He said older methods to carry out such a project would have caused far more disruption to traffic and had to be done during an ARTC three day line shutdown, so the project had turned out a win-win situation for motorists and the replacement of aging infrastructure, with minimal disruption to supply, plus the cost benefits achieved by employing the best practice, latest technology available.
The hydraulic jack rig (left) used to place the new slip liner inside the old pipe and the length of pipe (right) being pulled into place across Jacob and Joseph Creek bridge
At this unique time of year when Christmas and the New Year bring about a chance for many to take a break, we are given the space to look in all directions; reflecting on the past, the days yet to come and on those people around us.
The drought means the year has not been easy for our farmers, our small businesses, and individuals who have lost jobs. I think people from all over Australia have been inspired by the hard work and resilience the community has shown as we battle through the crisis. The generosity of so many people, offering assistance, has been a great boost to morale. Whilst the rain we’ve had in recent weeks has been very welcome, we need much more steady, soaking, follow-up rain. I think that is the best Christmas present we could receive.
It is a time to be thankful for family and friends and the wonderful community we live in. The CWA, other organisations and individuals have shown the very essence of community spirit, raising funds, collecting goods for distribution and many other roles to assist our own people that the drought is hurting so badly.
There are so many community groups, volunteers, sporting groups, businesses and individuals who work tirelessly throughout the year, so on behalf of the community thank you. I must also acknowledge the LP community for the important role you play in making the Shire the special place it is. Thanks to all, it highlights the power of community.
Please stay safe and enjoy a wonderful Christmas and New Year. If you are able, take time out to relax, maybe even switch off that phone and social media, to enjoy special time with family and friends. Take extra care on the roads and around water, far too many tragedies happen at this time of the year so don’t become or cause a casualty. Sadly, there are also folk amongst us for whom Christmas can be a very lonely time. If you know someone like that how about sharing a plate of Christmas goodies with them.
After some time-out, we can look to the future and I’m confident we’ll continue to work together to beat the hard times and on community projects that improve amenity. I can say with confidence that it'll be another busy year for sure!
On behalf of my fellow Councillors, Council staff and my family and I, Merry Christmas and all the very best for 2019.
Weather permitting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) will commence its 2018/19, $1,640,000 reseal program during the first week of December.
“Phase 1 of the project will cover the rural and regional roads of the western part of the shire including portions of Waverly Rd, Warrah Creek Rd, Bundella Rd, Coonabarabran Rd, Warrah Ridge Rd, Willmotts Rd and Merriwa Rd,” said LPSC Director Engineering Services, Warren Faulkner.
“Phase 2 will be carried out during January and February and will cover the work on urban/town streets. We will provide these locations closer to work commencing,” he said.
Motorists are asked to take care following the new reseal works, due to the changed traffic conditions, and to obey all speed restrictions and traffic control measures,” he continued.
“Resealing extends the life of local roads by around ten years through increased surface texture for better skid resistance, sealing cracks in the existing surface to protect the pavement beneath from the ingress of moisture, therefore minimising pavement failures and potholes, and maintaining the surface to a good condition.
“The principles of bitumen reasealing are the same as painting a weatherboard house, if you don’t spend a reasonable amount periodically, you will need to spend a lot of money sooner rather than later to repair the asset and bring it back to an acceptable standard,” he said.
“Council apologises for any inconvenience works may cause but it is important as this preventative maintenance technique will help preserve the useful service life of our road infrastructure. Please keep in mind that after the work some loose material may be present on the surface for a period of a few weeks while the surface settles and the aggregate achieves embedment, so extra care will also be needed during this period,” Mr Faulkner concluded.
In conjunction with Quirindi Health Services, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is claiming the date, Thursday 13 December, in Premer, for a health and wellbeing day to be held at the Community and Health Centre.
“Council’s work with the Premer pride project has shown us the need for a day like this where Premer district residents can come along and discuss any issue with medical professionals confidentially. The drought in particular has impacted on people’s health and wellbeing and being an isolated community it is more difficult for people to easily get any support they may require. This day is being held to help mitigate this situation,” said LPSC Manager Regulatory and Property Services and member of the Premer Pride team, Steve Ryder.
“On the day, Quirindi Health Service will be running a GP clinic at Premer. A GP will make a presentation focusing on RU OK/mental health. The community nurse and Healthone manager will have a table of resources and provide information on health services available and what is offered as outreach at Premer,” Steve said.
“Anyone interested in booking an appointment to see the doctor on the day should call Quirindi Health Service on 6746 0200,” he continued.
“We are in the process of arranging attendance by some other agencies on the day and will announce the day’s complete program closer to the date. At this stage, what we want people to do is book the day in to come and have a look and receive support where required,” he concluded.
Nine members of Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) staff were recognised for reaching long-service milestones with Council at the annual staff report and presentation event held recently. Those recognised for their service and contribution to the Shire community are;
- 10 Years’ Service - Danielle Allan, Margaret Muirson
- 20 Years’ Service - Kay Brennan-Lee, Peter McAlpine, Daniel Perkins, Susan Porter
- 25 Years’ Service – Clare Stewart
- 40 Years’ Service – John Clark, William Lee
LPSC GM Ron van Katwyk, Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope and Directors Donna Ausling and Warren Faulkner, congratulated the long-service recipients and all staff for their commitment to the Shire community and Council, saying their efforts are appreciated by residents.
“To me, one of the interesting facts that came out of our long-service presentations is that Sue Porter, recognised for 20 years’ service, is a third generation employee in essentially the same role. Her grandmother, mother, who is now 95, and Sue have all served Council and the community for very long periods of time. That service is much appreciated,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
The GM, Mayor and Directors highlighted major projects that have been undertaken including the sealing of Williewarina Road, the makeover of Werris Creek Pool, the development of a Regional Economic Development Strategy, major regravelling and bitumen seal road projects, the establishment of a Business Advisory Group, the David Taylor Oval development and the continuing planning and development for the Quipolly Water Project.
They also pointed to the projects presently in the pipeline including completion of the sealing of the Willow Tree – Merriwa Road, the Longfield Park Precinct Upgrade, the redevelopment of the Quirindi Library Precinct, continuing maintenance grading, culvert and causeway construction, and the 2018/19 gravel resheeting and bitumen reseal programs. These projects are all on top of the regular grass roots services staff provide.
Daniel Gillett, Community Liaison Officer with Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, was a special guest at the event. Daniel thanked LPSC, staff and the wider community for their support of the organisation and presented a slide showcase of the services’ growth, assignments and operations.
You can donate to the Westpac chopper service, a vital safety mantle for people in rural areas like ours, at https://www.rescuehelicopter.com.au/Donate to help maintain this 24/7 free service,” Councillor Hope said.
“Again, thanks to all LPSC staff for your contribution towards making our Shire a better place to live,” he concluded.
On behalf of the Liverpool Plains Shire community, Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope has congratulated Councillor Ian Lobsey OAM, on receiving an Outstanding Service Award at the recent Local Government NSW (LGNSW) State Conference.
Councillor Lobsey received the award in appreciation of over 30 years of service to the people through local government in NSW.
Councillor Lobsey was first elected to Nundle Shire Council in 1984, served as Deputy Shire President between 1984 and 1987 and President/Mayor 1987 to 2000. He was elected to the newly formed LPSC in 2004 and served as Mayor from then until 2014. He continues to serve as a Councillor.
“There’s an old saying that 24 hours is a long time in politics. Ian has notched up around 297,840 hours in local government which is no mean feat. It is fitting that LGNSW has acknowledged that achievement,” Councillor Hope concluded.
NSW State Librarian, Dr John Vallance, has visited The Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) libraries at Werris Creek and Quirindi providing the opportunity for The Mayor, Deputy Mayor, GM, Director of Environmental and Economic Development, library staff and friends of the libraries to discuss the vital role that libraries perform for rural communities.
Dr Vallance and his party discussed library visions with friends of Werris Creek library who also served a light lunch for the visitors.
At Quirindi library Mr Vallance was shown the plans for the redevelopment of the library precinct. Earlier this year, LPSC was successful in gaining $200,000 from the Public Library Infrastructure Grant program towards this redevelopment. The Mayor and GM again thanked Mr Vallance and State Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen, who was also in attendance, for their support in gaining the funding and the hope that further funding may flow towards further stages of the redevelopment.
Mr Vallance was appointed State Librarian and Chief Executive in August 2017. He is a long-time supporter and passionate advocate for libraries who has served as a member of the Library Council of NSW and as a Trustee of the State Library Foundation. At the time of his appointment, NSW Library Council President, The Hon George Souris, who was also part of the party that visited Werris Creek and Quirindi, said Dr Vallance brings scholastic achievement and a wealth of experience in major building programs, and in cultural growth. Dr Vallance has championed Indigenous cultural knowledge in education, seeking to broaden the world view of students and teachers.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) extends its thanks to all residents who attended the drought relief consultative workshops held to gain community input into the question of how up to $1 million of possible Federal funding can be best invested to provide jobs, keep money flowing through local shops and suppliers and support drought relief activities. Council is encouraging people who couldn’t make one of the meetings to have their say via a quick on line questionnaire at www.surveymonkey.com/r/LPSCweneedyourideasdroughtrelief up until 16 November.
“I think many people who attended meetings were quite surprised at the conditions attached to gaining it. We must put forward projects that aren’t in Council’s budget or forward plans. If we are successful we have to mobilise a local workforce and equipment to complete projects by June 2019. It is a real challenge and one where power of community must be activated if we are to gain the desired outcomes. Thus, the importance of as many people as possible providing their input to the process,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“Copies of the questionnaire are also available at Council’s Administration Centre, the libraries, the Willow Tree VIC, firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 6746 1755,” Councillor Hope concluded.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) GM, Ron van Katwyk, although the visually interesting part of the Quipolly Water Project is still to come, a mass of necessary, preliminary obligations are being ticked off.
“The Quipolly Water Project is LPS’s Snowy Mountains Scheme, about providing improved water security, replacing infrastructure that has reached its use-by date and preparing as best we can for whatever the climate may throw at us in the years ahead,” he said.
“The water treatment concept design for the new plant has been finalised. This plan is an important part of the review of environmental factors itself a big task. As part of the planning process it was determined to adopt a revised Water Treatment Plant (WTP) sizing necessitating increased treatment processes. This is to be better prepared if the weather conditions cause algal outbreaks. These are tangible gains in progressing the project,” he said.
“Earlier in the year, expressions of interest (EOI) were sought from experienced contractors and they have been evaluated. Aerial surveys and geotechnical work have been undertaken along the proposed route of the pipeline. Project documents have been released to approved, experience contractors.
“During October alone, we have resubmitted a revised application to the Department of Industry for Section 60 approval, revised the WTP Reference Design to the new parameters, prepared Early Tender Involvement (ETI) documentation and procedures with the new parameters, held stakeholder meetings and briefed EOI participants regarding the changes, continued REF incorporating the changes to the WTP parameters and revised the delivery program through to contractor engagement,” he continued.
“I’m sure everyone is looking forward to seeing construction underway. There are still numerous planning processes to be undertaken and red tape to step through so realistically, barring unforeseen circumstances, Council is hoping a design and construct contract can be awarded during April 2019,” he said.
“Council extends its thanks to community members who have participated in the consultation process, landowners who have facilitated access to allow field work to progress, LPSC’s project development team and their associated consultants and of course the State and Federal Governments for their financial assistance making it all possible,” Mr van Katwyk concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is inviting Shire residents who have skills and equipment that are currently underutilised to submit an expression of interest and register those skills and assets. This is to enable Council to build a data base of the potential within the community to provide the logistics that will be required to successfully carry out projects that may be undertaken with up to $1,000,000 in drought relief project funding provided by the Australian Government's Drought Communities Programme.
Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LPSCEOIDroughtassistancecommunityprogramme. The registration process is simple and will only take a few minutes. You will be asked to provide details of skills and qualifications, equipment that is available and whether you’re prepared to undertake work on a fee for service basis.
LPSC Director Engineering Services, Warren Faulkner, said that once projects are chosen and the funding obtained there is a tight timetable to have the them completed by the end of June 2019.
“One of the requirements for funding is that work must be carried out by a workforce over and above Council’s, so we want to see the projects provide local employment, keep money flowing through the community as well as supporting drought-relief activities.
“It is obvious with the tight timetable to complete projects, that will benefit the community now and into the future, we need to be aware of our strengths in local capacity to meet requirements and successfully complete them,” he said.
“If you have idle equipment or have lost work due to the drought there may be opportunities to improve its utilisation via these projects. Similarly, a wide range of skills will be required during construction so let us know what you can do and that you’re prepared to work. There is the potential for a cross section of trades to benefit during the works, a welcome stimulus to local employment opportunities,” he continued.
“This is an expression of interest only and does not guarantee work, however if opportunities arise are you ready and willing to be part of what will be an exciting and busy period for Shire development? If you are, please register as soon as possible,” Mr Faulkner concluded.