The generosity of Sister City, Blacktown City, cannot be overstated and is greatly appreciated says LPSC Mayor

The Liverpool Plains Shire community are the beneficiaries of yet another drought assistance initiative of Sister City, Blacktown City, sponsored by the Greater Blacktown Business Chamber and paid for by the Kids West charitable foundation.

Mr Trevor Oldfield, President of the Greater Blacktown Business Chamber and CEO of the Kids West Foundation presented the Shire with a reverse osmosis desalination unit. The unit is conservatively valued at $120,000 and can treat up to 75,000 litres per day. The unit, manufactured in Melbourne, has been established at Quirindi Airport as a pilot installation to provide stock water and other miscellaneous drought related uses. 

“This is another wonderful gesture from the Blacktown City community, additional to the ongoing drought support we’ve received from them like their donation of Christmas gifts for local kids, a water tanker and donations from other organisations and individuals to the local drought assistance appeal,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“Initially, people wanting to access water will have to ring Council on 6746 1755 to make arrangements,” he said.

“The installation at the Airport is a pilot project until we gain experience with the system and then decide where it should be permanently located to provide maximum benefit to our community,” he continued.

“Again, on behalf of the LPS community and its Council, our heartfelt thanks for this latest generous gesture is extended to those involved. The kindness and support of the Blacktown City community, their Council, their Business Chamber and Kids West has greatly lifted our morale during the drought crisis and reflects the strength of the Sister City relationship, between our diverse communities, which we deeply appreciate,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Standing outside the container housing the reverse osmosis desalination unit are LPSC Deputy Mayor, Paul Moules, Mayor Andrew Hope, Trevor Oldfield President of the Greater Blacktown Business Chamber and CEO of the Kids West Foundation, LPSC Councillors Ian Lobsey, Doug Hawkins and GM Ron van Katwyk.

LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope personally thanks Trevor Oldfield after inspecting the unit, which is housed in a 6 metre container. It is a self-powered, automated self-reliant instillation and includes an 8kVa Gen Set, located within a soundproofed room. During the treatment process brine is removed to a special storage tank.

A Rydo London taxi came along to the presentation ceremony! Rydo are a major supporter of the Kids West charitable foundation providing a $1 donation to their drought assistance fund for each $30 or more fare booked. Pictured with the cab are LPSC Mayor Andrew Hope, Councillor Doug Hawkins, Ian Martin-Brown who is a corporate consultant associated with Kids West and Trevor Oldfield. 

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