Media Releases & Exhibitions
At its last Ordinary meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) formally adopted the recently developed Community Engagement and Participation Plan (CEPP) and resolved to place on public exhibition a proposed amendment to its Development Control Plan (DCP).
“It is a requirement of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act that all Councils prepare and adopt a CEPP. Council developed its plan and then placed it on public exhibition for 28 days, inviting submissions from the community. There were no submissions received and now the CEPP has been formally adopted,” said LPSC GM, Ron Van Katwyk.
“Over recent years, LPSC has worked assiduously to strengthen the relationship between the community and its Council through building trust and improving customer satisfaction. The CEPP documents Council’s ongoing commitment to creating engagement opportunities that are genuine, transparent and support informed decision making by your elected representatives. It is a living document that will be updated regularly to respond to emerging trends within the community and employing best practice community engagement techniques,” he said.
Mr Van Katwyk said that at the same meeting Council determined to place Housekeeping Amendment Number 4 to its DCP on public exhibition. He said this proposed amendment seeks to clarify that notification and advertising procedures for Development Applications are now set-out under Council’s adopted CEPP with Section 2.2 of the DCP having been amended accordingly to refer to the CEPP.
“Council is inviting written submissions and comments on this proposed amendment. Submissions must be received prior to 5pm Wednesday 11 December. Submissions can be hand delivered to the Administration Centre, posted to PO Box 152, Quirindi NSW 2343, faxed to (02) 6746 3255 or emailed to email@example.com,” he said.
“A copy of the proposed amendment can be viewed at the Administration Centre, 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, by email request to firstname.lastname@example.org or on Council’s website.
Further enquiries can be made to Council’s Environmental Service Departmental Staff on (02) 6746 1755 or to the above email address,” he continued.
“I’d like to thank community members who engage with Council and have their say through the public consultation process. You are the people whose feedback provides the information that helps shape and influence the decisions that affect us all. I encourage others to also participate and help shape the future of the LPS,” he concluded.
Twelve months ago, Liverpool Plains Shire Council, engaged consultants ROSS Planning to undertake and assist development of a Recreation Strategy. LPSC GM, Ron Van Katwyk, said this body of work is focused on guiding the provision of sport and recreation facilities to support active and healthy socially connected lifestyles with appropriate facilities and supporting programs. He said this will lead to greater activation of all our public recreation spaces.
Mr Van Katwyk said the project’s development has been underpinned by a program of extensive community consultation and engagement resulting in an 87-page draft Recreation Strategy which is currently on public exhibition and seeking community feedback/submissions closing 4pm Wednesday 11 December. He said a copy of the draft document can be viewed at Council’s Administration Centre, on Council’s website at http://lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/my-council/public-exhibition and clicking on Draft Liverpool Plains Shire Recreation Strategy PDF, by requesting an email copy via email@example.com or calling 6746 1755.
“The draft covers a wide scope, including the draft master plans for the Racecourse/Showgrounds and Longfield Oval precincts, as well as examining the future requirements in Werris Creek and other Shire communities for active sporting/recreational facilities. Sport and recreation provide excellent opportunities to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of our community with far reaching social, economic, environmental and health benefits for the region,” Mr Van Katwyk said.
“Because sport and recreation engage so many in the community, Council would appreciate you having a look at the draft which details key findings and recommendations for the Shire plus each town and village. If you’d like to make comment, we’d welcome your contribution,” he concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is calling on the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to provide urgent clarification and concurrence for the Quipolly Water Project design concept, as soon as possible, to prevent further delays for calling tenders to get work underway on the vital project to replace Werris Creek’s ageing water treatment plant (WTP) and to enhance greater water security for the Werris Creek community.
According to LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, Council’s dilemma is that while having received a letter from Minister Pavey indicating LPSC can proceed to the tendering process, it does not contain an endorsement of the concept design/specifications needed to inform and guide the successful tenderer in developing the detailed design for a Section 60 (S60) Approval. He said a S60 approval is a requirement of the Local Government Act that means Council is required to obtain Ministerial approval for the construction of water treatment works which provides an independent assessment by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment of those proposed works, to ensure they are fit for purpose and provide robust, safe, cost effective and soundly based solutions that meet public health and environmental requirements.
“While LPSC has received the letter from the Minister indicating we can go to tender, the catch 22 is that without the Section 60 concurrence we stand the risk that if further down the track the Department don’t accept the proposal from the successful tenderer, and further changes are necessary after we have committed a contractor to a design, that engaged contractor could legitimately claim increased costs to make the changes at the later stage, a potential large financial risk Council believes ratepayers should not be exposed to.
“To try and put our conundrum in layman’s terms; we call for tenders to make a red apple and after we engage a contractor and commit them to undertaking design work for this red apple, we submit the Final Design and seek the Departments approval. If they come back and tell us they were always thinking of a green apple and until we make a green apple, they will not give us Section 60 approval, this threatens ratepayers with more, totally unnecessary expense. So, in reality, apples aren’t apples and without clarity we risk having to make the red apple into a green apple, costing more money, with ratepayers the sole bearer of this risk. As a small, rural Shire, already devastated by drought, we cannot responsibly afford to take any more risk with finite ratepayer resources already stretched to the limit,” he said.
“The need for clarity is even more urgent, to allow this project to get underway asap, because Council’s Water Services Manager has reported that there has been no inflow into Quipolly Dam since 2016 and if the drought continues indefinitely, the Werris Creek water supply is the Shire’s most at risk of running dry.
“There is currently a little over 3 gigalitres (GL) of water in the dam. Without Council’s vision that saw the augmentation of the dam’s capacity it would now be at around 1.7GL and Werris Creek would have just gone onto Level 5 restrictions, the trigger point for the increase being 1.6 GL. The capacity augmentation was always planned as the first stage of the project to replace the old WTP and to enhance water security by means of a pipeline from Quirindi to supply water to Werris Creek if the dam runs dry,” he continued.
“We have no idea when we will get rains that will replenish the dam so Council requires confirmations that can allow us to proceed with the Quipolly Water Project so that if the dam runs dry, we can avoid the huge cost of trucking water in. Furthermore, the ongoing problems of the quality of the water to be treated and delivered to Werris Creek consumers cannot be fully addressed without the enhanced treatment processes of a new plant.
“In addition, delays in getting the necessary S60 approval increase the cost of the project through escalating prices. Because of previous delays the project has now lost its ‘competitive edge’ with the construction market currently inundated with other drought projects around the State. It also threatens increased costs if delays force us to run another contractor selection process not to mention the administrative costs with staff having already provided numerous studies and reports to facilitate a decision that allows us to get on with the job,” he said.
“Council has undertaken to deliver this project through the Design and Construct method, by following the process laid out to obtain S60 approval through consultation with the Department at various stages and seeking their concurrence of our design/concept/specifications/approach at these stages so we can move forward with confidence that ratepayer money is spent wisely and Werris Creek’s water issues can be successfully addressed.
“Our predicament is particularly frustrating because this project was planned well in advance of this drought event and we could have been a lot further advanced towards being able to deal with the problems if the dam was to run dry,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Work has commenced on preparing Liverpool Plains Shire’s Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS). This planning blueprint will set-out the 20-year vision for land use across the Shire and identify how growth and change will be managed. To prepare this document Council needs your input to find out exactly what is important to Shire residents and businesses.
LPSC looks forward to your input. To have your say, please complete the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S9XJPX9, email LPSC at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of the survey, pick one up from the Administration Centre or call 6746 1755. The survey is open until Friday 6 December. Hard copy versions must be returned to Council's Customer Service Centre, 60 Station Street, Quirindi, or Werris Creek Library, 59 Single Street, Werris Creek by this date.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said the LSPS is a new requirement under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. He said the aim of Council’s LSPS is to provide a clear line-of-sight between the key strategic planning priorities identified through the State, Regional, and local strategic work undertaken by LPSC.
“The LSPS will identify the unique characteristics that contribute to local identity, and the economic, social, and environmental land use direction for the Shire. The LSPS will also help to deliver key State and Regional planning priorities plus creating a vision for our community so we’re prepared to take advantage of future opportunities,” he said.
The LSPS will set-out:
- The community’s 20-year vision for land use across the Shire;
- How LPSC will manage growth and change in the future;
- The unique characteristics and community values of the area that should be retained;
- Support the priorities from our Community Strategic Plan and Regional land use plan; and,
- Inform State agencies about their infrastructure planning and service delivery for schools, hospitals and transport.
“In late 2018, Council started a conversation with our residents and businesses with community consultation through the Open to Change campaign for the review of the Local Environmental Plan (LEP). This provided an opportunity for the community to provide input and feedback on what areas they think should be rezoned, areas where, in their opinion, future development should be permissible, with and without consent, and what should be prohibited.
“Unlike the Open to Change campaign and review of the LEP, the LSPS does not propose any changes to land use zoning at this stage but intends to set the future direction for planning across the Shire,” Councillor Hope continued.
“The upcoming consultation on the LSPS along with the consultation undertaken in 2017 for the Industrial Land Use Strategy and the Community Strategic Plan is helping shape our strategic planning directions. However, we want to build a robust LSPS that serves our community's vision for the next 20 years. Therefore, we want to validate what our community has previously told us and to provide further opportunities to delve into other areas that may have not been addressed or raised previously,” he said.
“After the survey results have been collated there will be further public consultation opportunities provided early in 2020.
“Council encourages and welcomes your ideas. We look forward to your input and thank you for taking the time to help shape your future,” Councillor Hope concluded.
November is Asbestos Awareness Month and it’s timely to remember not to play Russian roulette with the lives of yourself, your family and wider community when dealing with material that poses great health and environmental risks.
If you use the appropriate safety precautions, you are permitted to remove a maximum of 10 square metres of bonded asbestos in NSW. However, if removing more than 10 square metres, you MUST either hire a qualified asbestos removalist or obtain a NSW WorkCover bonded asbestos removal licence.
Asbestos waste can only be disposed of at specific landfills and in the Liverpool Plains Shire, Quirindi Waste Disposal Centre is the only licenced receival centre. Call Jim White on 0427 236 081 with at least 24 hours’ notice to make arrangements.
Ensure asbestos waste has been wetted, wrapped in 200um (0.2mm) thick plastic, and sealed with tape before it is transported to a landfill site that may lawfully receive the waste. It must be clearly labelled as “asbestos waste” and must be transported in a covered, leak-proof vehicle.
When working with asbestos there are a number of safety precautions you will need to undertake including wearing approved protective clothing, the correct mask (not all masks are safe) or breathing apparatus.
To learn more information about working safely with asbestos visit SafeWork NSW - https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/hazards-a-z/asbestos.
Environment Protection Authority (EPA) – go to http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/managewaste/house-asbestos.htm for information dealing with household asbestos, it explains the two types of asbestos, what to do if you find asbestos, finding fibro in soil at home, where to dispose of asbestos, legal requirements for managing household asbestos waste, packaging and storing asbestos and transporting and disposing of asbestos.
Waste transporters are required to report the movement of more than 100 kilograms of asbestos waste or more than 10 square metres of asbestos sheeting within NSW to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).
Remember: If the asbestos is in powder form or can be crumbled, pulverised or reduced to powder by hand pressure when dry, it must be removed by an asbestos removal contractor with a friable asbestos licence.
Asbestos Awareness Month is proudly supported by LPSC.
Quirindi - Main service participants form up 10.45am at the roundabout, Pryor and George Street. Service timed for 2 minutes silence at 11am. Full dress for servicemen and women. Seating available.
Werris Creek - A short service will be held at the Werris Creek Cenotaph in Anzac Parade. Women's auxiliary members and any other interested personal assemble at 10.45am. Sub-branch members are requested to come in sub-branch uniform with medals.
Both sub-branches are conducting Poppy sales through until November 14 and community support would be appreciated.
Traffic Control Measures – To facilitate the events, in Quirindi, Station St will be closed at Dalley Street, and George Street closed at Henry Street and Pryor Street closed at Railway Ave for the duration, from approx. 10.15am until attendees have dispersed. Detours will be provided on Station St at Dalley Street and Whittaker Street at Hill Street. This will ensure northbound motorists have the opportunity to avoid the area into Hill St and re-join Station Street at or after Dalley St. Should motorists miss the Hill Street diversion, alternative routes are available at William or Henry Streets into Hill Street and away from the closed road areas. Southbound motorists will be altered prior to Dalley St so they may use Abbott St.
In Werris Creek, motorists are asked to obey any directions by signs or personnel on the day.
As part of the Namoi Unlimited JO (Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is a constituent member), campaign to assist all sections of the community impacted by drought, a Finding Your Feet training day and employment expo will be held at Quirindi RSL Club on Friday 15 November.
This workshop shop consists of three parts.
- There will be a one stop shop of agencies to help anyone impacted by drought, including career planning and job hunting between 10am and 2.30pm.
- Between 9am and 5pm attendees will have the opportunity to develop new skills and connect with training providers who will facilitate them gaining certification on the day for either White Cards (general construction induction training), First Aid, Business Skills and Customer Service. White Card and First Aid training will be carried out by Job Link Plus, Business Skills by Tamworth Community College and Customer Service by TAFE NSW. Registration to undertake one of these courses is essential via www.namoiunlimited.com.au website.
- Representatives from Council, LabourCo and the RMS will be available to talk about casual work opportunities locally or across the region between 10am and 2.30pm.
“The workshop is aligned to the JO’s awareness and advocacy campaign, #mydroughtstory, part of the organisations commitment to working with the State and Federal governments to create, implement and deliver initiatives and programs to ease the impact of the drought, prepare for recovery and build resilience and understanding for the next event,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The goals of the JO and its constituent Councils are to raise the profile of the issues, the impact and solutions for managing and maintaining communities in the Namoi region, coordinating and facilitating activities that will sustain our communities by building support for activities and seeking funding that will generate economic activity and maintain employment in drought impacted communities and coordinating campaigns to bring focus to the issues, highlighting impacts and developing solutions in the region,” he said.
“The recent JO delegation to Canberra met with the Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, various politicians and departmental heads to discuss further ways of supporting drought communities by stimulating economic activity, conducting training and casual employment in drought-impacted communities, provision of water and additional services, easing the burden of drought on business and the community through hardship provisions and reducing the potential for loss of business and population,” he continued.
“These are grassroot initiatives being driven by local government. To find out more go to The Namoi JO website or sign up to their Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn accounts,” he concluded.
Due to the continuing drought conditions and as temperatures start to climb, water conservation measures are being increased across the Liverpool Plains Shire (LPS).
Effective Wednesday 6 November, Werris Creek water supply moves to level 2 water restrictions while all the other Shire water supplies at Quirindi, Wallabadah, Willow Tree, Spring Ridge, Caroona, Premer and Blackville will be on level 1 restrictions.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said that compared to many areas around NSW the Shire’s town and village water supplies have been fortunate to largely avoid restrictions during the current drought conditions to date, however the continued dry conditions makes it important for consumers to be water wise to conserve what water we have. He said that with longer range forecasts predicting extended drier than average conditions there is no room for complacency. He pointed out that if everyone is responsible and abides by the restrictions consumers will be contributing to extending the life of their water supply that will continue to dwindle until substantial falls occur in the catchment areas.
“The water restrictions being put in place focus on outdoor water use reduction; however, changes can also be made inside the home. There are a lot of resources currently available to people interested in reducing their water usage further,” he said
“A lot of water is wasted through evaporation if you water during the heat of the day. Level 2 measures include no sprinklers at any time and use of handheld hoses and dripper systems from 6pm to 8pm only. These measures apply to existing Quipolly pipeline raw water customers as well.
“Level 1 measures call for sprinklers and other fixed surface watering systems to only be used between 6pm and 8pm. However, on Level 1 all other watering methods are allowed between 6pm and 8am,” he continued.
“Quipolly Dam continues to drop, with no inflow into the dam since 2016. It is a sobering thought that if Council hadn’t had the vision to augment the dam people who get their supply from this source would be now facing much stricter restrictions at this point in time.
“All other town and village supplies are sourced from bores and the levels in these bores are decreasing to the point where the new restrictions needed to be implemented. Again, Council’s initiative to secure supply to Willow Tree by means of the pipeline and installation of an additional bore at Wallabadah has saved these centres from much higher restrictions and possibly the need to have water trucked in as was required before these improvements were undertaken,” he said.
Council’s Water Services Manager, Rod Batterham, said recent water bills were issued with a booklet outlining water saving ideas and tips as well as a summary of the water conservation rules. He said copies of these are available from the LPSC Administration Centre and that there are links to these and other water saving tips on Council’s website. Water Conservation tips can be accessed at http://lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/water-services-2/water-conservation-tips. Water restriction information is available at http://lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/water-services-2/water-restriction-information.
Mr Batterham also pointed out that any property with a town water connection planning to use an alternative water source such as rainwater or private bore supply outside the restrictions must apply to Council for a Water Management Plan and display the sign issued by Council at the front of their property.
“No one can forecast when we might get the necessary rain needed to replenish water supplies. For this reason, everyone is urged to abide by the restrictions and where possible to take other steps to conserve water. The restrictions being implemented now are not onerous. If we are forced to go to Level 3 restrictions use of sprinklers, drippers and hoses is banned and use of buckets is restricted to 6pm to 8pm. Level 4 and 5 restrictions would see no watering at any time, no washing down of outside areas or vehicles at any time and no filling or topping up of pools.
“Let’s be water conscious, water wise and protect this vital asset to forestall the need for even tougher restrictions as long as possible” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) libraries at Werris Creek and Quirindi are affiliated with Central Northern Regional Libraries and this partnership has recently seen the introduction of new initiatives utilising state-of-the-art technology to improve service and operations.
“These initiatives include the introduction of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to increase the efficiency of loaning library resources and the development of an app to enhance the experience for library users,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“This app can be downloaded from either Google Play Store or the Apple Store by searching for ‘CNR Library’. You will need to put in your library membership number and password to allow you to set the app up. It will allow you to renew borrowed items, check on reservations, access your library’s e-resources, search the catalogue and if you’re in a book store and see a book that is of interest, you can enter the books ISBN and it will tell you whether the library has the book in stock and available,” he said.
“Our libraries are much more than books on shelves and while you are always welcome to drop in and borrow books, audio books, CDs, DVDs and magazines this new app allows you to do many things at home or wherever you happen to be. At your library free internet access is available via public computers. Wi-fi is also available for users who have their own portable device,” he continued.
“You can use your CNRL library membership number to download Ebooks, eAudioBooks and more for free to your computer or portable device from RB Digital, to your portable device using BorrowBox apps, Story Box Library provides children’s video books where you can watch children’s stories by Australian authors and illustrators read aloud by fantastic storytellers. Via Kanopy Videos and Movies you can stream 10 films and documentaries every month, plus unlimited kids’ TV and movies, again all for free,” he said.
Councillor Hope said that community members are welcome and encouraged to call into their library where one of the friendly team members can assist them with becoming connected to these services.
“Further good news for library members is that the CNRL network has now abolished overdue fees on items borrowed and not returned on time. Overdue fees tended to impact some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and largely didn’t have the effect of prompting the return of overdue items The overdue fees produced little in terms of revenue and they did not serve the library group’s philosophy of investing in the future of our communities by creating an environment for learning, innovation and social connection,” he said.
“Other recent group library changes include reducing the loan limit for each borrower from 50 items to 20 items. Loan periods remain unchanged with the exception of renewals which can now be undertaken for two weeks, and up to five times, if the item has not been reserved by another borrower,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Our libraries are important community assets which LPSC will continue to foster and I encourage everyone to be aware of and utilise what they have to offer
What is the capital of Canada? Who was Australia’s first Prime Minister? What was Sir Donald Bradman’s batting average? What was the name of the second Indiana Jones movie, released in 1984?
If you enjoy pitting your knowledge against other like-minded people, make it a date to come along to Quirindi Library from 10.30am to midday on Wednesday 6 November for a fun morning of trivia. Morning tea will be provided.
Pictured – some of the work of the knitting group. Knitting is good for the brain and good for the body. It helps with hand-eye co-ordination to maintain fine motor skills. It also has many potential physical and mental health benefits including lowered blood pressure. Social connections and increased communication can help depression and anxiety and provide an increased sense of well-being.
The Werris Creek knitting group meets regularly each Tuesday between 10.30am and 1pm at Werris Creek library. New members are always welcome whatever your level of knitting skill. Tea and coffee are provided and there is a supply of donated wool for group projects.
“The knitting group has strong community bonds and last year created a fabulous knitted exhibition for the Werris Creek Memorial Swimming Pool 50 Year Reunion. The exhibition featured small and large knitted items including halter-neck dresses for vintage Barbie dolls, beach balls and umbrellas, towels, bikinis, sunhats and beach bags.
Earlier this year, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) wrote to the owners of places identified as having cultural and heritage significance or contributing to the character of the Shire and invited them to apply for a grant from Council’s Local Heritage Fund.
“These grants are to assist with conservation and restoration work and are allocated based on recommendations provided by Council’s Heritage Advisor, Ray Christison of High Ground Consulting. For this round of funding, priority was given to projects that improve the presentation of buildings in the Quirindi and Werris Creek commercial districts,” said Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope.
At its September Ordinary Meeting, Council adopted the recommendation to disperse $16,000 from the LPSC Local Heritage Fund via the following grants:
- $1,800 for Cottage, 79 Church Lane, Quirindi.
- $3,200 for Historical Cottage and Museum, 42-48 Station St, Quirindi.
- $3,000 for J.H. Purcell Building, 47 Single Street, Werris Creek.
- $4,000 for former Locomotive Hotel building, 25 Davis Street, Currabubula.
- $2,000 for Residence, 70 Hill St, Quirindi.
- $2,000 for Windy Woolshed, Windy Road, Pine Ridge.
“Council has also agreed to waive the associated heritage exemption certificate application fee under Council’s adopted Fees and Charges Policy 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.
“Earlier this 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 Hope concluded.
Artists are invited to submit entries for the 2019 Liverpool Plains Sunflower Art Festival, with this year’s theme being Grains of the Plains. The art show will be staged at Quirindi’s Royal Theatre from Friday 22 through to Sunday 24 November. The entry form is available online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/SAF19, from Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s Customer Service Desk at the Administration Centre or calling them on 6746 1755 to have one emailed out. Completed entry forms must be returned by Monday 18 November to email@example.com or delivered to the Customer Service Desk.
There is $600 in cash prizes to be won:
- $250 - Best Grains of the Plains - painting or sculpture - all mediums
- $200 - Best Sunflower-themed artwork - all mediums
- $150 - Viewer’s Choice (decided by all patrons visiting the exhibition).
The prizes are confined to art works based on the crops theme however other works that don’t include the theme can also be entered, displayed and sold.
LPSC Events Officer, Andrew Ballard, said entries must be delivered to the Royal Theatre on Tuesday 19 or Wednesday 20 November between 9am and 5pm. He said artworks cannot be removed before 2pm on Sunday 24 November and must be collected between 9am and 12 noon on Monday 25. Alternate arrangements can be made by calling Andrew on 6746 1755 during business hours.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said the event is now in its 4th year and provides an outlet for our rural based artists of all abilities to display and sell their works to the Liverpool Plains community.
“This year's theme, Grains of the Plains, has been chosen because the Liverpool Plains is the Grain Crop Capital providing a rich tapestry of colours throughout the year. This year, in addition to sunflowers, the artistic vision can include the key crops of the Shire including sorghum, cotton, wheat and canola,” he said.
“LPSC believes it is important to support the arts and add to local cultural diversity. When you support the arts, you are supporting all of our respective creative freedom. Art and culture also have the ability to enhance the quality of life for a community bringing about a personal enjoyment, intellectual stimulation plus providing public involvement. As a bonus the arts can also promote economic growth. In recognition of this importance, the Liverpool Plains Arts and Cultural Plan is currently in the development stage identifying the directions and outcomes necessary to support Council’s commitment to arts and culture over the next ten years,” he continued.
“A Grand Opening for the exhibition will take place at the Royal Theatre from 6pm on Friday 22 November. Tickets will be available at the door on the night and the event will catered with grazing platters plus local musical entertainment and the announcement of the competition’s category winners,” he said.
“We are looking forward to lots of entries in 2019 and even bigger crowds than last year to view the works and maybe purchase an item or two,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council GM, Ron Van Katwyk reports:
After a period of public exhibition seeking community submissions, LPSC formally adopted its Local Preference Purchasing Policy at its September Ordinary Meeting. The policy’s primary objective is to achieve the best value for money in Council’s procurement of goods and services, and where possible in the process, give preference to local suppliers in the interest of promoting local economic development. Local suppliers who wish to find out more about this policy can call Council’s Economic Development Officer, Ian George, on 6746 1755 during business hours.
Council has also formally adopted its Corporate Property and Disposal of Land Policy after a 28-day public exhibition period and the opportunity for community submissions on the document. The objective of this policy includes facilitating effective management of Council’s property assets, establishing the underpinning principles of equity and transparency in Council’s property dealings and ensuring that all dealings in property matters relating to Council owned property or property acquisitions by Council are handled within legislative requirements. A Fact Sheet on the disposal of surplus Council land is available at the Customer Service Desk or by calling 6746 1755.
Also, at its September meeting, Council resolved that a Drought Relief Strategy review workshop be undertaken prior to its October meeting to revisit the contents of the Strategy and to ensure that it is sufficiently responsive to deal with emerging issues. It has been 12 months since the inception of the Strategy and thus considered both appropriate and timely to review its relevance and Council’s overall performance against the document’s original objectives. The majority of the strategy items have now been satisfactorily delivered. However, given the worsening and protracted drought conditions it is prudent that the Strategy be revisited to establish any additional required measures and to determine future directions and consolidate efforts.
The NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet is seeking nominations for the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee. The closing date for receipt of applications is 25 October 2019.
The committee plays an important role in advising the Minister and Chief Executive of the department on matters relating to Aboriginal cultural heritage in NSW. Nominations are sought from people who demonstrate; 1) involvement in cultural heritage matters in their communities and 2) understanding of cultural heritage management issues. For more information contact the department on 02 9873 8500 / 1300 361 967 (local call cost). For applications go online to https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/aboriginal-cultural-heritage/protect-and-manage/aboriginal-cultural-heritage-advisory-committee.
The draft Namoi Surface Water Resource Plan is currently on public exhibition at - https://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/water/plans-programs/water-resource-plans/drafts/namoi-surface?fbclid=IwAR3_udkVnP0Es9m_R4lR5jYONXSZTAkHQO6nMVCXxTOsFFrXk3TrSLMIJD8 . Feedback/submissions are currently being sought on the draft water resource plan and proposed changes to water sharing plans up until Tuesday 29 October 2019. This plan outlines how NSW will meet the requirements of the Basin Plan in the Namoi Surface Water Resource Plan Area. Public information sessions will be held on Wednesday 23 October at Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club from 11am and the Best Western Sanctuary Inn Tamworth from 1.30pm. For more information or to register for a session please RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The countdown is on and excitement is rising as the Liverpool Plains Shire community prepares to welcome and enjoy the company of a large contingent from Blacktown City when the Sister-Cities celebrate Hangi in the Country III - World Café. This year’s weekend of social and cultural fun will feature events for people of all ages with a special focus for youth and seniors.
“Most of the Blacktown party will arrive on Friday 25 October and the official welcome will take place at the Rural Heritage Village Café entry at 3pm. The whole community is welcome and encouraged to come along to greet our Sister-City visitors and enjoy a Haka! The fun for younger members of our community will actually commence on Tuesday 22, and through until Friday popular Blacktown group Rap4Change will visit the Primary Schools at Currabubula, Wallabadah, Willow Tree, Spring Ridge and St Josephs, plus Quirindi High, performing free workshops that teach the students life skills through music and dance. Walhallow and Blackville Schools will also participate by visiting one of the hosting schools,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The Liverpool Plains will also be showcasing its local talent at the Hangi Dinner at the Royal Theatre on the Saturday night with a Cello performance by Jackson Worley and Emma Percy playing the piano. Indiah Nean will also be singing on the night.
“In addition, we are introducing another culture this year, offering some sample food from the Philippines on Saturday night before the main Hangi dinner,” he said.
“In addition, we’ll be taking our visitors on a farm tour for them to see first-hand how the drought is ongoing and impacting the region, plus taking them to Windy Woolshed to show them how agritourism is being developed in the Shire.
Councillor Hope said the involvement of youth is a special feature of this year’s event through the World Café Youth Forum which is being staged at the RFS Fire Control Centre in Quirindi. He said the timetable for this event is:
- 8.30am: Welcome and opening
- 8.40am: Keynote address
- 9.00am: Performance by Rap 4 Change
- 9.15am: World Café Forum and outline of group project
- 10 to 10.15am: Morning tea (provided)
- 11.30am to 12.30pm: Topic presentations, open discussion and closing remarks
- 12.30 to 1pm: Lunch (provided). Students should wear uniforms but can change gear during this break.
- 1 to 2pm: Treasure hunt
“Any students who haven’t registered already for this event can do so by contacting LPSC’s Visitor Information Centre Manager, Nikki Robertson, on 0427 936 990 or emailing her at Nikki.email@example.com ,” he said,
“There are also several free World Café events being staged at the Royal Theatre with one show targeting older members of the community and another for the younger children,” he continued.
- 11am: Live Elvis Concert with David Cazalet
- 2pm: Live Children's Show with Jay Laga'aia
“The climax of Saturday’s events is the Hangi in the Country with doors opening at the Royal Theatre at 6:30pm. At this event, Liverpool Plains residents get together with our friends from Blacktown to enjoy this fun, social evening which includes the traditional Maori Hangi Dinner, entertainment, foods of the World plus showcase performances and special guest, well known TV personality, Jay Laga'aia.
“Go to www.quirindiroyaltheatre.com/hangi for more details and to book tickets for the Hangi dinner,” he continued.
“The Liverpool Plains Shire community looks forward to being able to share this weekend with our friends from Blacktown, to be able to thank them for the phenomenal kindness and generosity they’ve shown to us during the drought crisis and enjoying a great time when they join us for Hangi in the Country III, Councillor Hope concluded.
As part of its Small Business Month celebrations, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is urging local business owners to prepare, in five simple steps, to get a plan in place to ‘survive and thrive’ through disruptions caused by things as diverse as natural disasters to new technologies.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said that according to the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities, the frequency and severity of natural disasters is increasing and likely to result in even more floods, storms, bush fires, heat waves and other emergencies.
“Your business may be unable to operate and unable to generate revenue, but fixed costs will still need to be paid. On top of this, you may incur significant costs in your effort to rebuild your business. Even if these events don’t directly impact your business, they can create flow-on effects such as power outages and transport and communications disruptions which may still effect you in some way,” he said.
“Be proactive, don’t think it will never happen to your business because the reality is, every year, businesses across the State are impacted. Put simply, being prepared can improve recovery and it can mean the difference between your businesses reopening after an event or remaining closed,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said a number of resources are available for download, to help business prepare for disasters.
- A tool to guide you through the steps - https://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/167831/Get-ready-disaster-tool-brochure.pdf
- The NSW State Emergency Service has an Emergency Business Continuity Plan - http://www.sesemergencyplan.com.au/business/
“Knowing the risks that affect your business enable you to better prepare and plan for them. Businesses that prepare and plan for emergencies help increase the safety of employees and their families, are more likely to reduce damage and associated costs and get back on their feet quicker after a disaster,” Councillor Hope said.
“Preparing for disasters is as important to successful business outcomes as making an annual business plan and taking steps now to prepare against disaster is smart business. It can mean the difference between re-opening two days or two months after an event, and in the worst case not at all.
“LPSC is proud to support the Shire’s small business sector and to partner with NSW Treasury, the NSW Small Business Commission and the NSW Office of Emergency Management to help ensure your enterprise is ‘Disruption Ready’,” he concluded.
Councillor Hope suggested that business start their planning process by following these 5 simple steps.
Arts consultant, Rob Gebert, who is developing a Liverpool Plains Shire Arts and Cultural Plan, through a consultation process with interested community members and groups, has presented update reports via community briefing sessions held at Quirindi and Werris Creek.
“The consultation process is being undertaken to provide a framework for Council and the community to support, celebrate and develop creative arts and cultural life within the Liverpool Plains Shire and to identify the overall directions and outcomes necessary to support Council’s commitment to arts and culture over the next ten years,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The goal of this consultation process is to ensure the community is empowered to develop and deliver arts and cultural activity which increases the liveability of the Liverpool Plains through major events that are created by the community, are sustainable and have appeal across the region. A holistic view is necessary that support arts programs targeted to young people, emerging artists and community members and that recognises Aboriginal culture is central to the cultural fabric of the Liverpool Plains. So too are cultural facilities that are enhanced and operated to support community activity plus providing a range of arts experiences and developing cultural assets that contribute to building cultural tourism, enabling flow on effects that benefit the wider community,” he said.
“The Draft Arts and Cultural Plan, developed through this consultation process, will be presented to Council and then placed on public exhibition to allow for a further round of community input. Thank you to those who have participated in this process to date. Your input is helping ensure the development of a robust document/plan that can serve the community well into the future,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Mr Qingliang Chen (Jason), Miss Carly Robinson and Mr Marconcepcion Ignacio (Father Vic) were welcomed to the Australian Family when they participated in a citizenship ceremony held at the Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Chambers and attended by a large number of family and friends.
“There is no greater privilege than our Australian citizenship. It’s a life-long commitment to our Nation’s values of freedom, democracy, respect and equality,” Councillor Hope said.
“It was a moving experience seeing so many attend the ceremony, as it provided the opportunity for local people, whether citizens by birth or by choice, to come together to acknowledge what’s great about being Australian.
“As we wish out new citizens well as part of the Australian family it is timely also to reflect on the values of Australian citizenship and the contributions of these citizens to our local communities,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Further information regarding Citizenship, Australian Citizenship Forms and eligibility criteria can be obtained from the Department of Home Affairs at https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/ or by phoning 131 881.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, and GM, Ron Van Katwyk, (left) conducted the citizenship ceremony for Mr Qingliang Chen, Miss Carly Robinson and Mr Marconcepcion Ignacio (3, 4 & 5 from left) and pictured with LPSC Deputy Mayor, Councillor Paul Moules, and Councillors Ian Lobsey OAM and Rob Webster.
According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, with warmer weather developing, unpromising rainfall outlooks in the foreseeable future and the drought crisis heading into uncharted water, it is more important than ever that as a community we continue to look out for each other, ask our family and friends RUOK? on a regular basis and to monitor those close to us for any small changes in behaviour that may provide warning signals regarding their mental health and wellbeing.
“The resilience of our population to date through this crisis has been quite remarkable. However, we all know drought is a major source of stress for farmers and others in rural communities. Agricultural workers have the highest self-harm rates compared to other occupational groups and of major concern the incidence of drought-related stress is higher amongst young farmers, so awareness of things to look out for and knowing where to seek help is vital,” he said.
“We all have a part to play in helping to protect our loved ones from self-harming and this includes helping to dispel common myths and misinformation that can increase stigma, shame and guilt experienced by people suffering depression. Dispelling a common myth that there is nothing that can protect someone from self-harming is critical. While such behaviour is complex, it is known that suicide is not inevitable and may be prevented,” he continued.
“We need to keep in mind that people in rural communities are less likely to access health services, either a primary care general practitioner or a mental health professional. Studies have discovered that 50% of rural workers feel they prefer to manage themselves rather than access help for physical health needs, and a staggering 75% prefer to manage themselves rather than access help for mental health needs. 41% of all rural workers studied stated they ‘didn’t think anything could help regarding their mental health and 30% were concerned about what others thought or that their mental health issues would not stay private. Stoicism and a tendency to self-reliance can be a protective mechanism to mental health problems but also a barrier to finding help when it is most urgently needed.
“These are worrying statistics and emphasise the need for us all to be vigilant and to support one another. If someone’s normal persona changes, they make comments like ‘I’ve had enough” or ‘I could just end it all’, remember, they are signs or cries for help,” he said.
“There is help available for farmers and others in rural communities whose mental wellbeing is impacted by drought including, The Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) which provides a range of information services to individuals, communities and service providers to link rural and remote people to the help they need. You can find out more about this service online at https://www.ramhp.com.au/ or call Sarah Green on 0428 109 990.
“Other useful contacts are Community Mental Health Line 1800 011 511, Mensline Australia available 24/7 1300 789, Beyondblue depression information line 1300 224 636, Lifeline 131 114, Australian Red Cross 1800 660 066 and Black Dog Institute 9382 4530,” he continued.
“What we have to ensure is that no one thinks they are alone without support and that we all play our role in this regard,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Werris Creek Library will host BattleBots, on Wednesday October 2, a school holidays event for ages 8 to 14 year olds.
Werris Creek librarian, Marilyn Deeks, said attendees will be able to build and remotely operate a hostile robot using VEX IQ robotic kits.
“After they are built and operational attendees will face off against one another in the ‘battle arena’ increasing the skills as they proceed,” Marilyn said.
“The event will be held between 10.30am and midday and it essential that a place be booked in advance as numbers are limited. Call into the library or call 6768 7340 to register a place.
“Werris Creek library is staging this event with Central Northern Regional Library and Library Innovation Studio,” she said.
“School holiday events such as this are about fun, creativity and learning through exploring technology so hope to see your child /children in this age group attend,” Marilyn concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is advising residents and motorists that during the week commencing Monday 23 September, weather permitting, a Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) crew will commence longitudinal re-marking of MR 126 which runs from Highway 29, Kamilaroi Highway/Lennox Street Quirindi via Loder, Nelson, Whittaker, George, Henry and Dewhurst Streets thence Wallabadah Road to Highway 9, the New England Highway.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said this project will take approximately two days.
“Work within Quirindi will be undertaken outside peak times and will present minimal inconvenience to the motoring public. Following this, some other streets in various parts of the Shire will also be remarked,” he said.
“All motorists are requested to be mindful of the line-marking vehicles and to drive with caution as you approach and pass through work sites as well as obeying any speed restrictions and other advisory signs,” Councillor Hope concluded.