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, email@example.com 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.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is advising residents that disruptions to traffic will occur in Quirindi between Monday 5 and Friday 9 November to allow essential watermain repair works to be undertaken.
“One of the pipes beneath the roundabout at George and Henry Streets and the Henry Street rail crossing is being relined due to a failure that occurred in August,” said LPSC Director Engineering Services, Warren Faulkner.
“To allow the works to be undertaken, Campbell Street will be closed in both directions from the 6 November through until Friday 9 at the latest. It will be reopened earlier if the work can be finished ahead of schedule,” he said.
There will be traffic disruptions, including the closure of parking spaces, in Henry Street between George Street and Church Avenue from Monday 5 through until the Friday as well,” he continued.
“The work will see a slip liner placed inside the existing pipe. This will help minimise disruption to traffic and rail services during the period and will be one of the first examples of this replacement method being used in Australia,” he said.
“LPSC apologises for any inconvenience this essential work may cause. However, action now will help improve the integrity of water supply distribution through this part of the network into the future,” Mr Faulkner concluded.
Liverpool Plains Business Chamber and Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) are delighted with the interest shown, by the Shire’s business community, in the current Local Environmental Plan (LEP) review currently being undertaken by Council.
Thirty one business people attended the information breakfast, hosted by the two organisations, providing them with the opportunity to play a role in LPSC’s important LEP planning review, to have a say about how zoning, lot sizes and dwellings are developed and importantly to help facilitate the growth of the Shire, into the future. LPSC extends its thanks to the Business Chamber for collaborating to make the event possible and business people for attending.
LPSC’s LEP review facilitator, Cate McMahon, emphasised the importance of community input and feedback to the process and emphasised the importance of all sectors of the community completing the online questionnaire at www.surveymonkey.com/r/LPSCOpenToChange. The closing date to be part of the process is Friday 16 November.
A presentation was made to the attendees explaining what the LEP and the review process involves. Along with the facilitators, representatives from Council’s Planning Department were on hand to answer questions and provide advice.
LPSC’s Director of Planning and Economic Development, Donna Ausling, also stresses the importance of the whole community being part of the review process.
“Through the questionnaire Council wants to find out your thoughts. Your cooperation participating in the questionnaire will provide valuable information that allows Council to develop an LEP that serves the community well over its lifetime and provides the best opportunities for economic development and quality lifestyle choices. Further information is available on Council’s website: http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au, Werris Creek and Quirindi Libraries, Council’s Administration Centre, The Fitness Centre, or by phoning 6746 1755 for a questionnaire to be sent to you by post, email or direct to your mobile,” she said.
“Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this exciting process and suggest changes to benefit the whole community plus the potential to encourage further development and investment, important issues for everyone,” Mrs Ausling concluded.
As part of its extensive public consultation process to determine the community’s wishes as to how up to $1 million of Federal Government funding on offer for drought relief projects should be spent, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) will hold a series of community workshops where residents can ask questions, make suggestions and have their say.
Venues, dates, and times are:
- Werris Creek Railway Institute Hall, Monday 29 October, 6.15pm – 7.30pm
- Quirindi RSL, Tuesday 30 October, 6.15pm – 7.30pm
- Spring Ridge Hall, Tuesday 30 October, 6.15pm to 7.30pm
- Blackville Hall, Wednesday 31 October, 7.30am to 8.45am
- Warrah Creek Hall, Wednesday 31 October, 6.15pm to 7.30pm
- Currabubula Memorial Hall, Wednesday 31 October, 6.15pm to 7.30pm
- Premer Park Grounds, Thursday 1 November, Midday to 1.15pm
- Willow Tree Memorial Hall, Thursday 1 November, 6.15pm to 7.30pm
- Wallabadah Hall, Thursday 1 November, 6.15pm to 7.30pm
LPSC GM, Ron van Katwyk, is encouraging the public to come along and have their say. He said the more input Council receives from the public through this consultation process the better idea we’ll have of community wishes and this will help strengthen our funding applications.
“Drought Relief project funding needs to provide jobs, keep money flowing through local shops and suppliers and support drought relief activities,” he said.
“Projects that are eligible include repairs, maintenance and upgrades to public infrastructure and community facilities, new community facilities or spaces that will benefit the community and especially our agricultural industries, one-off or ongoing events that help the local economy and draws tourists and drought relief activities such as supplying and delivering water where it is needed most,” Mr van Katwyk continued.
“If you can’t come to one of the workshops I encourage you to fill in the online questionnaire at www.surveymonkey.com/r/LPSCweneedyourideasdroughtrelief. Hard copies of the questionnaire are also available at Council’s Administration Centre, Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries and the Visitor Information Centre at Willow Tree. It can also be requested through an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 6746 1755 during business hours,” he said.
“Power of Community provides the opportunity to achieve outcomes that will benefit us all through the drought and its recovery plus leave a legacy for future generations so please, have your say,” Mr van Katwyk concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is extremely honoured and proud that along with its Sister City, Blacktown City Council, to have been presented with an award under the community events program by Sister Cities Australia Inc. SCA is an association of cities, towns, shires, ports and states that have a Sister City relationship. The award was presented at SCA’s AGM and National Awards Presentation. The awards aim to encourage excellence and innovation in Sister City activities.
On behalf of LPSC, Councillor Doug Hawkins thanked The SCA for the award and Blacktown City Council for their friendship, generous assistance and cooperation in staging Hangi in the Country I, making the win possible. He also acknowledged the many individuals and organisations that participated in creating a very memorable event saying that 2018’s Hangi in the Country II will be even bigger and better.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) swimming pools will open for the 2018/19 season on Saturday 27 October. Hours of operation will be extended as the weather warms up and for the school holiday/Christmas/New Year period.
LPSC Manager Regulatory and Property Services, Steve Ryder, said entry fees for the 2018/19 season have been set at Adult - $6.00, Child/Pension - $4.00, Family - $16.00 and Spectator - $2.10
Steve said season tickets can now be purchased from the Quirindi Recreation Centre and they will be available at the pools from their opening date.
“Early Bird purchasers can save money buying a season pass up until November 30 at Family - $201.00, Adult - $123.50, Aged and Disability Pensioners - $93 and Child 1 year and over - $89,” he said
“From December 1, season passes will cost Family - $237.00, Adult - $140.00, Aged and Disability Pension - $103.00 and Children - 1 year+ $102.00. Comparison shows there are significant savings to be made from taking advantage of the early bird offer,” he continued.
“Details of the swimming class program for the season will be announced in the near future,” he said.
“Sadly, drowning is still one of the most common causes of accidental death in children, so being able to swim is an essential life-saving skill which can save your child’s life. Swimming also provides lots of health benefits, including keeping heart and lungs healthy, improving strength and flexibility, increasing stamina and improvements in balance and posture. Swimming provides challenges and rewards accomplishments, which helps children to become self-confident and to better believe in their abilities. It also provides entry to other sports such as kayaking, canoeing, scuba diving, surfing and triathlon,” Steve continued.
“The Shire’s pools are important community facilities. Council encourages as many people as possible to use them and have fun, which in turn will help to improve their economic viability,” Steve concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has launched an online Drought Relief Funding questionnaire to collect the community’s ideas on how up to $1 million in Federal Government funding can be best spent to provide short-term support to build resilience to the drought’s long-term impacts.
The questionnaire, which will only take a few minutes, can be completed on-line at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LPSCweneedyourideasdroughtrelief. Hard copies of the questionnaire are available at Council’s Administration Centre, Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries and the Visitor Information Centre at Willow Tree. It can also be requested through an email to email@example.com.
According to LPSC GM, Ron van Katwyk, the grant is designed to provide assistance with local employment opportunities, supporting local businesses and suppliers, encouraging economic activity and assisting with drought-relief initiatives.
“The funding is subject to Federal Government guidelines and projects must be completed by 30 June 2019,” Mr van Katwyk said.
“Through this questionnaire we are urging all residents, businesses and community groups, everyone across the Shire, to share their ideas.
“It is important that the whole community considers how we allocate this funding to deliver meaningful projects and initiatives, which keep our local economy strong, boost employment and provide drought assistance where it is most needed,” he continued.
Mr van Katwyk said Council is also planning to hold several community workshops on the issue with venues and dates currently being assessed.
“Please be sure to contribute your suggestions on how the community can get the best results from the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program funding. Share your ideas via the questionnaire as soon as possible,” Mr van Katwyk concluded.
The provision of a simple to operate platform elevator at Quirindi’s Royal Theatre means access for the elderly and disabled is much easier for them when attending events at the venue.
“The Royal Theatre increasingly caters for a wide range of community events such as the Liverpool Plains Shire Australia Day Awards, movies, live theatre and shows, weddings, receptions, conferences and exhibitions. It is important we cater to all members of the community and improving entry and exit access for the elderly and disabled is an important step to this objective,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Community Events Officer, Andrew Ballard.
LPSC GM, Ron van Katwyk, said that last year Council adopted a Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP), developed to assist in improving the lives of the elderly and people with disabilities. He said it is focused on the creation of a fully inclusive society for all segments of the community.
“There is a need to develop a shared understanding of what it means to make life equitable for the elderly and people with a disability given that one in three people has or is close to someone who faces access issues,” he said.
“I am pleased to report that we have made substantial progress since the implementation of the DIAP including, new disabled access parking at the front of Council’s Administration building, improved access at the Currabubula Hall, improved disabled access at the Racecourse, disabled access at the new grandstand at Werris Creek and disabled showers at Werris Creek Pool. More work will be undertaken as funding becomes available,” he continued.
Andrew Ballard said that any individual or organisation wishing to hire the Royal for an event can call Council, during business hours, on 6746 1755 for further information.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has extended the closing date for the survey associated with its major review of the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) until Friday 16 November 2018. Council is encouraging anyone who has been thinking about proposing a change to their zoning to grasp this opportunity as such major reviews only take place every five years. The survey can be undertaken at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LPSCOpenToChange.
“We want to know where changes might benefit the community and local economy. Your thoughts on zoning, lot size, requirements of rural dwellings and areas that lend themselves to further development and investment are important to Council. We want and encourage your input and all information will be assessed on merit and as part of the wider framework of an LEP we want to serve the community well for the next five year,” said LPSC GM, Ron van Katwyk.
“An important part of the project is to determine if there are areas that may be prohibiting growth because of zoning or lot sizes. We want your thoughts now as part of this review because it allows us to develop an overall structure to facilitate future growth and development.
“It is important to remember that LEPs are statutory documents that guide planning decisions for local government areas. They do this through zoning and development controls, which provide a framework for the way land can be used. LEPs are the main planning tool to shape the future of communities and also ensure local development is done appropriately. This is a multi-pronged review that takes into account changes to demographics, infrastructure and services, the economic structure of an area and environmental factors,” he continued
Mr van Katwyk said interested parties can obtain details of the review at:
- Council’s website: http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au
- Werris Creek and Quirindi Libraries, Council Chambers and LPSC Fitness Centre
- On Social Media: Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/LiverpoolPlainsShireCouncil/
- By Phoning: 02 6746 1755 for a questionnaire to be sent to you by post, email or direct to your mobile.
“In addition, ratepayers will receive a flyer accompanying their paper rates notices encouraging them to participate in this important review,” he said.
“This review is important to everyone in our community. It is designed to build greater confidence in the planning system by enhancing community participation, strengthening upfront strategic planning and delivering greater probity and integrity in the decision-making process. The aim is to make the system simpler and faster for all participants and help ensure that growth across the Shire is carefully planned into the future,” Mr van Katwyk concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope has extended Council’s congratulations to all entrants in Quirindi Library’s Book Week children’s art competition.
“The library received 120 entries in the competition this year which is a great result. They were of a very high standard which made the judging process particularly difficult. All entrants can be very proud of their efforts,” Councillor Hope said.
Winners and highly commended awards went to, by age category:
Preschool and Kindergarten
1st Place - Christopher Briggs : Walhallow Public School
Highly Commended - Logan Mumberson : Eastside Child Care Centre
Brody Ezzy Walhallow : Public School
Roy Bates : Eastside
Year 1 and Year 2
1st Place - Dakota Oliver : Quirindi PS
Highly Commended - Scarlett-Kate Schultz : Quirindi PS
Amarni Nean : Walhallow PS
Year 3 and Year 4
1st Place - Henry Teague : Wallabadah PS
Highly Commended - Charlotte Steibert : Walhallow PS
Year 5 and Year 6
Equal 1st Place - Ashton Sweeney : Wallabadah PS
Lachlan Cronin : Wallabadah PS
Highly Commended – Kallee Lobsey : Wallabadah PS
Councillor Hope said all the entries will be on display at Quirindi Library for the next week or so.
Book lovers recently enjoyed an author talk presented by Scott Whitaker about his books Railway Hotels of Victoria, Railway Hotels of New South Wales and Railway Hotels of Queensland.
“There are exciting times ahead for Quirindi Library with planning proceeding well for the extension of library space to include the former real estate office plus makeover of the library precinct,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Councillor Andrew Hope says that Council’s strategy to foster the Recreational Vehicle (RV) and tourism market has shown its worth during the current drought crisis with visitor spending providing valuable income at a time when many small businesses are doing it really tough.
“We continue to see a steady stream of people staying at our Freedom Camping facilities and other accommodation despite the drought. The dollars they spend are beneficial at a time when many of our residents have had to cut back on discretionary spending. In fact, surveys amongst the RVers themselves indicate they spend an average of just over $100 per day,” he said.
“Virtually all our businesses stand to gain by catering to the market because as they travel they buy a coffee, refuel, stay the night, go to the supermarket, the chemist, pubs, clubs and restaurants. They buy tyres, parts for cars, vans and many other items. Many travellers say they like to support the smaller places rather than the bigger regional centres and our Shire is focused on encouraging them and providing their necessities.
“Without a doubt the very best endorsements for RV friendly communities come via word of mouth recommendations between travellers and positive comments on social media groups focussed on exploring the country. The important thing is to make them feel welcome, give them a smile and assist them where possible,” he continued.
“Our smaller communities are particularly entrepreneurial, both catering to visitors needs and staging events to attract them and I encourage businesses in our larger towns to be more proactive in this regard. It is not only the RVers we want to attract, there is also room to encourage organised tours and rallies to stop off on their way through,” he said.
“The Great Escape Rally, which over the years has raised $5 million dollars for Cystic Fibrosis Australia, recently stopped for lunch at Wallabadah. Terry Stewart, one of the organisers of the rally and currently President of Cystic Fibrosis Worldwide said he’d done the sums and the rally spends approximately $50,000 within a 24 hour footprint during their ten days on the road. Catering to events such as this not only assists a great cause but also brings in welcome dollars to the local economy. Anyone who’d like to support Cystic Fibrosis Australia can visit the Great Escape webpage at www.donate.grassrootz.com/cysticfibrosis/great-escape-2018,” he said.
“The LP Shire is incredibly grateful to the many organisations that have delivered aid to our farming families. The current drought impacts everyone in our community and a group named Saving Rural Australia is encouraging city folk to venture out to rural areas to show support and spend a few dollars in the battling towns. While they will provide ideas for areas to visit on an ongoing basis they are promoting a special weekend, at the end of September, as an ideal time to take a trip,” he continued.
“I urge the whole community to make visitors feel welcome be they RVers, tourists or people coming to support us through this drought. All of these people are potential advertisements for our area and we want them to tell others that they had a good experience,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Most people would probably be surprised to know that school and community groups make an average of $1997 by hosting a group sale as part of Garage Sale Trail. It also provides great opportunities for individuals to declutter or find a bargain and with over 400,000 Australians participating passing on what you don’t want to someone else is a great form of sustainability.
“As a community, we have a responsibility to wage war on waste and reduce the amount of material that ends up in landfill. That’s why Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) supports Garage Sale Trail. To date over 4 million items have been traded through this event and potentially saved from landfill. One garage sale on its own makes very little difference but when you have hundreds of thousands participating in this grass roots activity, then it helps drive significant change,” said Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“It’s not too late to sign up for the weekend of October 20 and 21. By signing up for free with Garage Sale Trail you’ll get your own web page to use to promote your sale online and a seller dashboard to invite and manage your stakeholders. Find out more about hosting a group sale, with the step by step guide at https://www.garagesaletrail.com.au/blog/how-to-host-a-group-sale. Whether you are organising your own sale at your house/business as an individual or registering as a group sale go to www.garagesaletrail.com.au/register,” he said.
“It’s totally up to you what you do with the money raised. Some sellers keep the proceeds, others choose to fundraise for a charity, local community group or cause. First time garage salers are provided with tools, tips and a highly trafficked website with 2 million+ views. In 2017 the average household sale sold 75 items and made $381!” he continued.
“Setting up your sale listing should take just a minute or two of your time and once completed you’ll get access to promotional materials created to help make your sale a success.
“While a garage sale is a great way to shift lots of things you no longer need or want, you will probably have some stuff still left over at the end. Garage Sale Trail partner with Gumtree to help with that and once registered watch your inbox for tips, support and local ways to reuse what’s left over at the end of your sale day,” he said.
“There are already a number of sales registered from around the Shire and I encourage others to sign up before the event, get your details on the webpage and let others know what you are doing. If you’re looking for a bargain you can check out the different sales around the Shire at
“Join in, clear out your clutter, have fun and make some money,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Following the success of the inaugural Hangi in the Country last year, a large contingent from Liverpool Plains Shire’s sister city, Blacktown City Council, will come to Quirindi in October for Hangi in the Country II.
“Our visitors from Blacktown along with Shire locals shared a tremendous time last year and this year’s event will be a lot bigger with a good program to keep everyone entertained. The 2018 event will have a special youth focus,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
Councillor Hope said the planned program of events is;
Friday 26 October
- Kiwi Express arriving at Quirindi Station at 2.37pm with the welcome taking place at the Railway Station/ANZAC Square from 2.40pm
- Sportsman’s Dinner at RSL in evening
Saturday 27 October
- Hangi Youth Games: friendly games in soccer, netball, rugby and basketball, official opening of the games by State MP Michael Johnsen at 9am
- Youth Forum at the High School, official opening by Michael Johnsen at 10am followed with an address by Jessica Watson OAM. At 16 years of age Jessica became the youngest person to sail solo and unassisted around the world. She has won many awards including Young Adventurer of the Year and 2016 Young Australian of the Year and is a great role model for young people.
- 2pm – Free children’s show at Royal Theatre by Alex Papps, well known as an actor and presenter of Play School.
- Hangi at the Royal Theatre from 6.30pm with entertainment by local and Blacktown performers and MCd by Alex Papps with a Q&A with Jessica Watson and Hangi dinner. Tickets- $30 available online at www.bit.ly/HangiRoyalTheatreQuirindi.
Sunday 28 October
- Breakfast at RSL, Charades finals by Toastmasters, Trophy presentation and farewell to visitors
- Kiwi Express leaves Quirindi at 11.31am
In addition, on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 Blacktown City Council is sponsoring a visit by Rap 4 Change, a sing and dance group from their city and they’ll perform at local schools on these two days, at no cost to the schools.
“Hangi in the Country II provides a wonderful opportunity for our community to enjoy themselves and to socialise with visitors from our sister city across a range of events. Council looks forward to as many locals as possible participating,” Councillor Hope said.
“The Blacktown community and their Council are providing significant support to our community during the current drought crisis, including purchasing a new, high capacity tank that will be fitted to a Council truck to allow us to cart potable water, a very generous gesture indeed,” he said.
“Their co-funding with LPSC also allows Hangi in the Country to be staged and the visitors will also provide a welcome economic boost to many of our businesses during these tough times. The event will provide a great opportunity to thank them for their substantial support, so let’s ensure we show them a great time,” Councillor Hope concluded.
The kids at Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Eastside Childcare Centre thoroughly enjoyed a visit by an ambulance and three paramedics which was very hands on and informative, for both children and educators.
Eastside Centre Manager, Carmel Jones, thanked the paramedics for the great way they interacted with the kids and said such visits help them develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation through cooperating with others and negotiating roles and relationships in play episodes and group experiences as well as broadening their understanding of the world in which they live.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has finish bitumen sealing the final 1.5km of Williewarina Road completing the upgrade of this important freight link between the Coonabarabran Road at Caroona and the Bundella Road at Pine Ridge.
“Council was successful in gaining a $1.758 million grant through the State Government’s Fixing Country Roads program to undertake this important infrastructure project, part of a road network that sees a lot of grain and stock movements. It is part of Council’s longer term vision to make improvements to key freight routes on the road network thus improving productivity for the agricultural and transport sectors,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“Work crews are now moving on to undertake the bitumen sealing of the last 3km of the Merriwa Road within the Council area that climbs the range.
“This is another important project that is being undertaken in partnership with the Upper Hunter Shire Council to upgrade this road for B-Double access to the Golden Highway, again reducing transport costs for the agricultural and transport sectors,” he said.
“The Merriwa Road upgrade is a $12.2m project that has attracted nearly $5.5m of Australian Government funding thru the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity program as well as $5.5m of State Government funding through the Fixing Country Roads program.
“The Merriwa Road upgrade project is expected to be complete in July 2019,” he continued.
Work crews also completed the rehabilitation of a 1.2km section of the Coonabarabran Road between Spring Ridge and Premer at ‘Wheelabarrowback’ last week,” he concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has taken delivery of a new Mini-Street-Sweeper. The vehicle is now operational and housed at Council’s Administration Building for easy access to Quirindi’s main street. A trailer has been ordered and this will allow the unit to be mobiled into Werris Creek and the Shire’s villages to extend its use. The new machine will eventually replace the use of blowers and brooms for street sweeping operations. Council’s operators say the machine is very functional, saves time and does a better job than the old methods.
Operators have been inducted and trained in the use of the new street-sweeper. In control of operations is Kevin ‘Sarv’ Taylor.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) provides a comprehensive, ongoing maintenance and upgrade program that is essential to keeping parks, gardens, streetscapes, sporting and other facilities in good condition and to maintain community amenity.
“Works carried out during the past month include playground inspections and maintenance, including installation of a new swing at Blackville Park, repairs to the flying fox in Spring Ridge Playground, installation of a replacement slide in King George Park and maintenance at Premer Park,” said LPSC Director Engineering Services, Warren Faulkner,
“The crews also assist the dedicated volunteers at the Quirindi, Werris Creek and Willow Tree cemeteries and other volunteers at Spring Ridge, Premer, Werris Creek, Willow Tree, Blackville and Quirindi with their projects,” he said.
“Other projects have included mowing and brush-cutting where needed in the villages and towns, furniture maintenance, landscaping at the Emergency Services Precinct with the planting of trees and shrubs, tree trimming Werris Creek and Quirindi, the removal of dead trees in Quirindi and sign maintenance on the Kamilaroi Hwy.
“Regular gutter cleaning is undertaken in Willow Tree, Werris Creek and Quirindi, solar street lighting at Morning View Estate is being repaired, landscaping is underway at the new Companion Animal Facility and general weed spraying has taken place in Quirindi, at Quipolly Dam Recreation Area plus gutters in Quirindi and Werris Creek,” he continued.
“We have a fantastic sporting culture here in the Shire and as a Council we want to provide the community with first-class sporting facilities to support that. Their maintenance schedule is comprehensive as we strive to ensure playing surfaces are in the best possible shape for local sporting clubs. Preparation of grounds is an ongoing task considering the wide range of events that are staged throughout the year. With the swimming season ahead, we are preparing and painting the Quirindi and Werris Creek pools and carrying out other maintenance works,” he said.
It’s a year-round job providing the required upkeep, and I’d like to congratulate the crews who do a fantastic job providing this service to the community,” Mr Faulkner concluded.
Engineering Department works underway in August include continuation of the Williewarina Road upgrade along the section 6 to 9km from Bundella Road. It is hoped that this project will be completed, on this important cross country transport link in September at a cost of $2,775,000. Maintenance grading continues although the prevailing drought conditions impact on these work. The final trim and sealing on the $613,000 Coonabarabran Road (Wheelabarrowback) project has been undertaken. Sealed road maintenance projects on rural and urban streets continues. Planning and designing for the $2,586,800 Merriwa Road upgrade project continues with a target completion date of July 2019. Work has continued on the filtration system as part of the Werris Creek Pool upgrade and tenders have been called for the Quirindi courts upgrade at Longfield Park.
LPSC continues to encourage local organisations to seek out funding opportunities to undertake community projects. Applications for the Federal Government’s Volunteer Grants 2018 will close on 18 September at 2pm. Further information can be found at www.communitygrants.gov.au. Applications for Community Sport Infrastructure grants will close at 5pm on 14 September. These grants target medium scale projects up to $500,000 to improve local community sport infrastructure which will support greater community participation in sport and physical activity and/or offer safer and more inclusive community sporting hubs. Details are available online at www.communitygrants.gov.au. LPSC receives information from many government and non-government bodies regarding grant funding on offer. If you’d like to receive information as it comes to hand email Council at firstname.lastname@example.org and you’ll receive regular updates on what we know is available.
The annual Garage Sale Trail is scheduled for Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October 2018. This event allows you to clear out unwanted items and make some money in the process. Plan now and register your sale from August 10 at www.garagesaletrail.com.au. Registration is free. Get in early and receive a free seller pack.
Maintenance projects have almost been completed on improvements to the cabins at Quirindi Caravan Park with new decks put on units. The Recreational Vehicle (RV) community have provided positive feedback on the improvements to the park and occupancy rates are continuing to be higher than anticipated with powered sites continuing to be consistently booked. It is vital we continue to attract RV visitors during the current drought as it provides welcome economic input to many local businesses.
Draft design plans have been prepared and are currently under review for the Quirindi Library Precinct Activation Project. This project will see the library expanded to include the space formerly used as a real estate agency plus a makeover of the court yard area.
Initial works have commenced for the Shire’s Waste Strategy implementation with further onsite visits by waste consultants to begin the process of rehabilitation plans and transfer station upgrades.
Council’s Weeds Officer successfully gained grant funding for weed removal of the privet, an invasive weed, around the Currabubula Hall. This will open up the area. Following the privets removal, a local Landcare group will establish some native plants in the cleared area.