Media Releases & Exhibitions

Representatives from the Quirindi CWA, Lions Club, Liverpool Plains Business Chamber, the Kokoda Trail project and LPSC recently attended Sister City Blacktown City Council’s Mayoral Civic Reception to thank Blacktown individuals and organisations who contributed to their Mayoress 2018 Christmas Appeal which resulted in very generous donation being made to the people of the Shire.

LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said the support of the Blacktown community to our community has been nothing short of phenomenal. Blacktown City Council, the Mayoress Christmas Appeal, the Kids West Foundation, service and other organisations as well as individuals have provided a great deal of drought relief assistance to us as well as support in many other areas and this function provided the opportunity for us to show our gratitude and to say thank you to the whole Blacktown community.

Representatives from the Shire attended a Mayoral Civic Reception held at Blacktown Council to recognise Blacktown City’s individuals and community groups who generously supported the Blacktown Mayoress’ 2018 Christmas Appeal. This appeal provided presents for LPS children as well as hampers and books. These were distributed by the Liverpool Plains Business Chamber. Blacktown City Mayoress, Mrs Anne Bali, is pictured left with her husband Blacktown City Mayor, Stephen Bail, at the event.

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Werris Creek Library has celebrated the 10th anniversary of the construction of the building of their current premises. The construction of a new library for Werris Creek was one of the first major projects undertaken at the time Liverpool Plains Shire Council Werris Creek library 10th ann 2(LPSC) was established.

LPSC Deputy Mayor, Paul Moules, who is Council’s delegate to Central Northern Regional Libraries said the construction of the new library had given Werris Creek a facility that many towns would be envious of.

“I cannot over emphasise the importance of libraries to rural communities. I congratulate librarian Marilyn Deeks and her team on the service they provide to the local community and for making the library a focal point for many activities,” Councillor Moules concluded.

Werris Creek Library celebrated its 10th anniversary with a morning tea for community members and friends of the library that included entertainment by the Werris Creek Ukulele Ensemble comprising Lorae Johns, Roger Winter and Bev Sawtell.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has congratulated the team who staff the Shire’s Visitor Information Centre (VIC) at Willow Tree on the great feedback Council continues to receive from happy visitors to the facility. He said that Council, through its Economic Development Unit and the VIC, continues to promote the Shire to RVers, campers, travellers and the general tourism market but he added that everyone in the community has a role to play being friendly and helpful to assist visitors enjoy their stay.

“The visitor’s book at the VIC and messages we receive at Council are full of praise for VIC Manager, Nikki Robertson, and her team, Scott Teggins, Lorna McGilchrist and Helen Hope. Messages like ‘very helpful staff, not in a rush and happy to explain what to see and do, worth stopping here for local and regional information’, ‘it has easy access and they’re close to several places where you can get a good feed’ and the ‘Centre staff are extremely knowledgeable about the region and helpful in recommending what to see and do, they also have an awesome selection of merchandise and souvenirs’ are just a couple of examples of the feedback we continually receive. They are great ambassadors for our Shire, we should all be proud of them and grateful for their hard work,” Councillor Hope said.

“The whole community has a role to play in supporting their great work. One of the greatest promotions we get is word of mouth from happy campers and travellers to their friends and others they meet on the road. Friendly and helpful assistance and advice to visitors is one of the best ways to get them to spread the word,” he said.

“As an example, last week a French couple on their first holiday in Australia called at the VIC and asked for directions to Wallabadah. They are in Australia for four weeks and Wallabadah was their 3rd destination and they came because someone in Rylstone recommended the freedom camping area as a really beautiful place to stay and as a base to look around the area!

“A recent report on tourism said that larger numbers of overseas visitors are starting to take a slightly different path. They’ve indicated they want to get off the beaten track because they feel larger cities fail to give them the taste of local culture when they want to experience the soul of the country. Many say they’d like to try farm holidays, horse riding and nature walks. We have the opportunity to provide them a genuine rural experience and warm welcome. This can create an incentive for more start-up enterprises and in turn create local economic and employment benefits,” he continued.

“Tourism forecasts show over the period from 2017 to 2027, there will be 2.1% average annual growth in domestic overnight tourism spending, from $61.4 billion to $75.5 billion, and 1.3% average annual growth in day trip spending, from $19.3 billion to $21.9 billion,” he said.

“Our Shire can benefit from a share of this spending. It can add an additional string to our bow broadening our economic base and stimulating job opportunities. A smile and helpful information to visitors, by all community members, can go a long way towards achieving this,” Councillor Hope concluded

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FarmHub has been developed by the National Farmers’ Federation, using funding from the Commonwealth Government and in partnership with numerous government and non-profit agencies. It provides support to farmers, through a single portal where you can access information about assistance and advice to manage hardship.

FarmHub can be found online at https://farmhub.org.au/.

“I think this portal is the best, one-stop shop for details on assistance with fodder, water, transport, everyday-living expenses, health, support organisations and more, that I’ve come across. There are dozens of links to these schemes and organisations listed for NSW alone,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

FarmHub collates hundreds of reputable drought and general farming support and assistance initiatives, in one of the easiest to navigate websites available, providing valuable assist to the farming community at a time when they’re stretched to the limit, feeding and watering stock and trying to manage their way through this crisis.

“By using the Explore Assistance page you’ll find every available support option listed on FarmHub. You can further refine these options by using the Search Filters and selecting NSW to find the assistance measures relevant to your needs. You can also search for particular measures and providers using the keyword search in the Search Filters menu.

“Additionally, the Knowledge Centre within FarmHub provides essential information where experts in the farming industry provide valuable advice on drought-related topics,” he said.

“The beauty of FarmHub is the way they’ve brought together the services of the Commonwealth, States, support organisations and charities under one roof.

“Although designed primarily for farmers this tool will also be of great assistance to those providing professional services to farmers such as rural financial counsellors, accountants, solicitors and health professionals,” he continued.

“FarmHub does not require you to enter personal details or create an account. Simply visit the website to find a wealth of information at your fingertips,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has successfully secured grant funding to undertake a pathway construction project in Werris Creek.

“The project will see the construction of a 2 metre wide shared pathway which will link the existing one finishing at Russell St to David Taylor Oval along Single Street, distance of approximately 300 metres to the north,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“At this stage of the project Council has called for quotes for the works and during February a contractor will be selected. Once the contractor selection process has occurred, it is anticipated works will commence in March and be completed in May - weather and unforeseen circumstances permitting.” he said.

“The works involve the the construction of a concrete shared foot/cycle pathway and the removal and realignment of approximately 40 - 50 metres of kerb and gutter along the narrowest section. This will ensure a minimum 2 metre wide path is maintained, whilst maintaining a sufficiently wide travel lane for southbound motorists and parking lane for adjoining residents,” he continued.

“Vehicular and pedestrian access to, and egress from residential properties as well as road and pedestrian traffic along Single St may be disrupted as works progress along the length of the work site. Minor disruption will include earthworks and excavation, forming up and the pouring of concrete,” he said.

“Upon completion of this path, the community will have a paved pathway that provides an enhanced pedestrian and cycleway facility to David Taylor Oval for the use of the majority of the town. It will also provide the additional benefit of improving the streetscape along the main thoroughfare through the town,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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Liverpool Plains Shire Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has extended thanks to individuals and organisations who have attended workshops and/or completed the online surveys towards the development of the LPS Recreation Strategy. He is reminding others there is still time to provide input through the online surveys or to talk to one of the team at ROSS Planning, specialist sport and recreation planners who are developing the strategy for Council.

The links for these surveys are;

Individual community members - www.surveymonkey.com/r/Liverpool_Plains_Recreation_Strategy_community_survey.

Sporting Organisations - www.surveymonkey.com/r/Liverpool_Plains_Recreation_Strategy_club_survey.  

To talk to one of the team at ROSS Planning please contact Dion, Helen or Carly on (07) 3901 0730 or email helen@rossplanning.com.au.

“The more community input received the more dynamic the strategy developed will be. We not only want sporting organisations and individual community members to attend, we are also cordially inviting and encouraging representatives of Aboriginal organisations, service clubs that may have a presence in parks and/or provide funding to sport groups and aged and disabled representatives who can inform on specialist requirements, Councillor Hope said.

“You or your organisation can inform us on your sport and recreation participation and needs, help assess gaps in provision of land and facilities to meet current and predicted future demand, develop an agreed vision for sport and recreation facilities with guiding principles to achieve the vision and identify support mechanisms for community providers of sport and recreation,” he continued.

“Your input will assist Council determine priorities for allocating budget and resources to support and encourage participation in these areas over the next 10 years. Recreation and sport are important in our Shire and contributing to this process will help develop outcomes that meet the aspirations of our community,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Level One (1) Water Conservation Measures are being introduced in Wallabadah and Premer effective from Wednesday 20 February 2019.

Level 1 Water Conservation Measures include;

  • Sprinkler use limited to 2 hours per day
  • Wash down of hard/paved surfaces by high pressure hose only
  • Permits required to fill pools over 2,000L

Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Water Services Manager, Rod Batterham, said the water level in Wallabadah Supplies’ Number 1 Pump Station, the town’s original source, is at a level that would be unable to maintain supply on its own while the newer No. 2 Pump Station, commissioned in 2013, had until recently been meeting the towns’ demand without drawdown on the aquifer. He said these factors have triggered the introduction of the Level 1 conservation measures.

Mr Batterham said the drawdown on the aquifer supplying Premer’s Pump Station has also dropped to the level requiring Level 1 measures to conserve the supply.

“If consumers in both communities observe these conservation measures and meet the target water reduction required, level 1 measures will be sustainable for the foreseeable future without higher restrictions being required,” he continued.

He said Werris Creek remains on Level 1 Water Conservation Measures due to capacity constraints at the town’s Water Treatment Plant.

“Quipolly Dam currently sits at 48% capacity and the Drought Management trigger for level 1 Water Conservation Measures in Werris Creek is expected to be reached in mid-March,” he said.

“Council continuously monitors the water level in all 8 of the Shire’s Town Water Supplies. No changes to Water Conservation Measures on other supplies are expected at this stage, however water sources can change rapidly in dry conditions,” he warned.

“All consumers are reminded to be mindful of their water usage at all times and to apply water efficient practices, with particular emphasis on avoiding watering during the heat of the day. The cooperation of all consumers is essential towards forestalling the need for the introduction of further or higher water conservation measures,” Mr Batterham concluded.

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The annual Liverpool Plains Shire International Women’s Day event will be held on Friday 8 March, from 6.30pm, at the Royal Theatre in Quirindi. International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world and the theme for 2019 is Balance for Better, reminding us that everyone has a part to play, all the time, everywhere, building a gender-balanced world.

SallyAnne WhittenWell known entertainer and 2TM broadcaster, Sally-Anne Whitten, will be MC, one of the night’s special guest speakers as well as sharing a song with those in attendance. Two other guest speakers are currently being finalised and will be announced shortly, as will ticketing arrangements which will be available via the Royal Theatre’s website http://www.quirindiroyaltheatre.com/. Zest catering will be providing a grab-and-graze supper and the bar will be open during the event.

“This is one of the major annual events of the LPS calendar and always a popular one. It provides an opportunity to network and socialise with like-minded people. The speakers are always of a high calibre with interesting stories to share,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“International Women's Day is a global day and across the LPS we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of local women, while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance which is essential if our economy and community are to thrive,” he said.

“Put March 8 in your diary and come along and celebrate the massive role women of the LPS play and their many achievements,” Councillor Hope concluded.

Tamworth born and bred, Sally-Anne Whitten says” Performing, writing and recording is where I am meant to be... my place in the world.” She recently won Most Popular Female Artist and Most Popular Independent Album at the Indie Country Music Australia awards in Tamworth.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has authorised the Director of Engineering Services, Warren Faulkner, to apply for funding assistance under Round 4 of the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program, seeking 50% of the replacement cost of a new, single lane, concrete bridge to replace the timber bridge on Glenyalla Road which crosses Borambil Creek. In the event the application is unsuccessful, Council has resolved to repair the existing structure by replacing 10 timber girders and installing new guardrails. 

Mr Faulkner provided a detailed report to Council. He told Councillors that since the bridge was closed following the discovery of one completely collapsed girder and two that had failed through splitting, LPSC had engaged the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) bridge unit to undertake core testing of the old bridge’s timber members to determine their condition as well as providing a cost estimate to repair it. He told Council approximately 40 vehicles a day use the road.

“To restore the bridge to a serviceable condition, the RMS recommended that 10 girders would need to be replaced and to meet current safety standards, new guardrails installed. It is estimated this would cost a minimum of $120,000, would only extend the life of the structure for a maximum 30 years and there’d be no guarantee it would meet requirements for B-Double or other restricted access vehicles without load testing.

“The other option, if 50% Federal funding can be obtained, is to replace the bridge with a concrete structure built to current Australian standards. A new structure is estimated to cost in the vicinity of $869,000. It would provide unrestricted access for heavy vehicles and have a useful life of at least 100 years,” Mr Faulkner said.

“The opportunity to replace the timber bridge with a new concrete structure for an additional $314,500 on top of the costs required to repair the bridge is very attractive, provided Federal funding is forthcoming,” Mr Faulkner concluded.

The application for funding assistance was made on the 5th February. The outcome of the application is expected to be announced by the Federal Government by 1 April 2019.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed Council’s adoption of its Business Assistance Policy, saying it ensures the foundations are in place to take the Shire economy forward and realise emerging opportunities.

Councillor Hope said the policy’s objective is providing the framework for the provision of funding and in-kind assistance to new and existing businesses in order to:

  • Attract and assist new business to establish in the Liverpool Plains Shire;
  • Support existing businesses to build business management capacity;
  • Encourage and assist existing business to undertake initiatives to expand, diversify and
  • or ensure sustainability;
  • Support and facilitate workforce attraction and retention initiatives;
  • Facilitate and achieve sector-specific economic growth objectives in the Liverpool Plains Shire;
  • Capitalise on opportunities and address identified challenges specific to industry sectors in the Liverpool Plains Shire; and
  • Ensure a streamlined approach to receiving, evaluating and determining applications made under Council’s Business Assistance Program known as the Liverpool Plains Enterprise Assistance Program (LEAP).

“The adoption of this policy follows a lot of developmental work by Council’s Economic Development Team including consultation with Council’s Business Advisory Group, the Liverpool Plains Chamber of Commerce and other interested parties. Last year, the draft policy was on public exhibition for 28 days and submissions encouraged. Economic development in LPS requires collaboration with, and support and investment from, a diverse range of stakeholders, including our local communities. This process will continue as the project is progressively implemented,” he said.  

“This is part of a bigger vision which is largely enunciated in the LPS Economic Development Strategy, a legislated, public document which can be found on Council’s Website, www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au, click on My Council and then Council Plans and Reports. The Business Assistance program is found at My Council then Council Policies,” he continued.

“A strong vision has been developed for the Shire and Council has a positive, can-do attitude team focused on removing barriers, problem-solving and improving the economic wellbeing of the community, through efforts focused on strengthening local businesses, attracting investment and creating jobs,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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The 3rd annual Liverpool Plains Military Tattoo will be held on Saturday 2 March at Longfield Park Quirindi. It is a free event to attend.

Markets will run between 3 and 7pm, with food and clothes stalls and even a jumping castle. The Military Tattoo ceremony will commence at 7.30pm with fireworks to follow, closing the event.

“Council is delighted with how the Military Tattoo has developed into a family fun event, with a great social atmosphere and something for everyone,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“The Tattoo has evolved to showcase military bands in exhibition format as well as paying homage to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. We are fortunate that four acclaimed bands, Governor Macquarie’s Memorial Pipe Band, Tamworth Pipe Band, City of Blacktown Pipe Band and Bellinger River District Pipe Band will be performing including the Massed Pipe Bands to complete the event.

“Additionally, Down Under the Kilt Dancers and Fireside Celts will entertain so along with the markets, the jumping castle and the fireworks there is a big program to enjoy,” he said.

“There is still time to book a free, unpowered market site and this can be done online at https://www.liverpoolplainsmilitarytattoo.com.au/market-stalls/,” he continued.

“Reward yourself, family and friends by bringing them along to the Military Tattoo and enjoying a relaxed, entertaining, cultural and social experience,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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A further step in Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) development of a Recreation Strategy will occur when workshops are held giving individual community members and local sporting organisations an opportunity to provide their valuable input. Council has engaged ROSS Planning, specialist sport and recreation planners to assist develop the strategy. The dates, times and venues for these workshops are;

  • Werris Creek – Monday 11 February – 5.30 to 6.30pm - Bowling and Tennis Club
  • Quirindi – Tuesday 12 February – 5.30 to 6.30pm - Royal Theatre   

The workshops will provide an overview of the project to develop the Strategy, with a PowerPoint presentation, working groups for both sport enthusiasts/organisations and the broader community, the use of maps and photos to identify any issues, needs and aspirations and an outline of how the process will continue following the workshops.

“Your input will provide valuable assistance in developing a shared and clearly defined vision for the improvement of sport and recreation within the LPS. It will also help Council determine priorities for allocating budget and resources to support and encourage participation in these areas,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“To achieve the best possible outcomes, we not only want sporting organisations and individual community members to attend, we are also cordially inviting and encouraging representatives of Aboriginal organisations, service clubs that may have a presence in parks and/or provide funding to sport groups and aged and disabled representatives who can inform on specialist requirements. If you have an interest in sport and recreation, as large sections of our community do, we’d appreciate your input,” he said.

“Master Plans for Longfield Oval, Quirindi and the Quirindi Racecourse and Showground are also being developed as part of the strategy. Input regarding development of these two master plans is included as part of the targeted consultation with the user groups of these two facilities,” he continued.

Councillor Hope said that two surveys are also being undertaken and those that can’t make the workshops can still have their say by participating via these avenues.

The links for these surveys are;

“Paper copies of the survey are available at the LPSC Administration Centre, the libraries, Plains Fitness, Werris Creek and Quirindi Aquatic Centres and the VIC Willow Tree. Alternatively, you can call the Customer Service Desk on 6746 1755 to have a PDF version emailed out. Completed paper surveys can be handed in at all these locations or posted to LPSC PO Box 152, Quirindi 2343,” Councillor Hope said.

“If you’d prefer talking to someone to complete the survey, please contact Dion, Helen or Carly at ROSS Planning on (07) 3901 0730 or email helen@rossplanning.com.au,” he continued.

“Enabling the Power of Community is a vital ingredient towards achieving the best outcomes for these important local facilities. To ensure the Strategy accurately reflects the needs of the community, we need to gather information from as many people/organisations as possible. Just a little bit of your time contributing would be greatly appreciated,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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The Manager of Liverpool Plains Shire Visitor Information Centre, Nikki Robertson, is encouraging people interested in Agritourism to attend one of the two workshops being held on Thursday 14 February at the Art Shack, “Wilgabah”, 107 Baldock’s Road, Wallabadah. The morning session will run from 9am to 11.30am, there will be a lunch for participants of either session between 11.30am and midday, with the second session running between 12.30pm and 3pm.

“These workshops are a great follow up for people who attended last years’ Agritourism Field Day. On the day you will find out how to start a new business, how to write a business plan, grants that may be available to help to build your business, support available for your new business and how to attract customers to it,” Nikki said.

“The workshops will be facilitated by Derek Tink, Business Mentor and Director Business Connect. Each Participant will be provided access to a number of online diagnostics tools that will greatly assist with business planning saving you significant amounts of time and providing you with a resource to assist actioning your ideas. Valued at over $200 per diagnostics, each participant will be able to select 3 diagnostics that they feel will be relevant for their business direction,” she continued.

“Please RSVP by emailing me at Nikki.robertson@visitquirindi.com.au by Thursday 7 February indicating whether you wish to attend the morning session or the afternoon session and whether you wish to have lunch,” she said.

“LPSC recognises the potential economic benefits that Agritourism can provide for our region and these workshops can provide more valuable information and assistance to those folk who have already involved themselves in the process as well as others who couldn’t attend previous events. Hope to see you there,” Nikki concluded.

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Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council, Councillor Andrew Hope, has extended thanks to Tamworth Family Support Service (TFSS) for coordinating the recent Family Fun Days in the Shire.

Fun Day at Quirindi PoolTFSS arranged both a movie day at the Royal Theatre and the Fun Day at Quirindi swimming pool.

“The Shire community appreciate events such as these and they are popular as evidenced by the 208 people who came through the pool gates on the day. LPSC is proud to support TFSS in such endeavours,” Councillor Hope said.

“The Family Fun Days were free to community members and TFSS also provided fruit, treats and drinks to those who came along. Positive comments received by Council via our facebook page indicate how much our people appreciated the events,” he said.

“TFSS provide valuable resources for the community by way of family services, homelessness and domestic violence services and children’s services. You can find more information about what they do on their website or via their facebook page TFSS,” he continued.

“Thank you TFSS, we look forward to collaborating with you into the future,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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It’s not a secret that the way we manage waste in Australia is changing. Over the past few years, Liverpool Plains Shire Council has come under increasing legislative and community pressure to change the way it deals with waste. The Shire’s waste generation is projected to grow from 5,751 tonnes per annum in FY 2017 to 9,427 tonnes per annum by FY27.

“Keeping these factors in mind, LPSC, with the assistance of MRA Consulting Group, has developed a Waste Management Strategy designed to better manage our waste streams, focusing on the key areas of resource recovery, and advanced waste treatment and management methods that provide positive benefits for our environment,” said LPSC GM, Ron Van Katwyk.

“The vision for the 10-year period considered under this strategy is to maintain and improve on a reliable, independent and sustainable waste management system for LPSC’s various communities. Specifically, four themes are envisioned, maintaining the LGA’s independence and self-sufficiency, optimising waste management overheads, improving amenity and environmental management and increasing the accessibility of waste facilities for residents,” he said.

“A plan of action to achieve the strategy’s vision, themes and objectives has been developed by MRA. An options assessment has been undertaken to inform selection of the best methods for achieving each objective and the strategy’s overall vision for the next 10 years. It is focused on best practice governance, responsible financial management, health, amenity and environment plus access and use,” he continued.     

“In the coming weeks, we will be consulting and working with the community on how best these changes can be implemented to better manage waste now and with a system that will serve us well into the future. The Waste Management Strategy document is available for perusal at the Administration Centre,” he said.

“Council is committed to bringing about positive change and will continue to consult, engage, inform and work with the community, both residents, business and industries, about the benefits of clever waste management and recycling, to meet the communities current and future needs and responsibilities to the environment,” Mr Van Katwyk concluded. 

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is requesting Werris Creek residents to cooperate in reducing water use during the current heat wave, with Level 1 water restrictions to be implemented from Wednesday 23 January. Level 1 Measures include: Sprinkler use limited to 2 hours per day, wash down of hard/paved surfaces by high pressure hose only, permits required to fill pools over 2,000L.

“This is a Demand Management response – not a Drought Management response. Current weather conditions are causing water demand in excess of the capacity of the current Werris Creek Water Treatment Plant (WCWTP),” said LPSC Water Services Manager, Rod Batterham.

“The current WCWTP is battling to treat enough water to match the volume being drawn by consumers during the extreme heat conditions, in particular because of the challenge of having to deal with algae blooms associated with the hot conditions present at the Quipolly Dam,” he said.

Quipolly Dam is sitting at 50% capacity. The Drought Management response for Level 1 Water Conservation Measures is triggered when the dam level falls to 44%. At the current rate of consumption, this is forecast to occur in mid-March if we don’t get decent rainfall over the catchment in the meantime.

“Consumers connected to all the Shire’s supplies are requested to be mindful of water consumption and assist conservation measures through responsible usage during extreme heat events, particularly avoiding watering of gardens during the heat of the day,” he continued.  

“Council is monitoring the water level in all the Shire’s Water Supplies and further implementation of Water Conservation Measures is likely in the coming weeks if conditions prevail,” he said.

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Children between the ages of 5 to 10 are invited to participate in the Building and Gaming workshop to be held at Quirindi library on Friday 18 January from 11am to 12.30pm. As numbers are limited, bookings are essential. Either drop in to the library or call 6746 2350 to reserve a spot.

“Children are immersed in a highly social world from the moment they are born. This world includes not only people but also objects and values. All these things provide context for a child’s cognitive growth and development. Creative workshops such as this one at the library provide stimulus that encourages this growth and development,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“This workshop consists of 2 activities. Children have the opportunity to build their own game controller using Makey Makey, wiring and conductive play dough to play video games whilst learning about ergonomic design and how circuits work. The skyscraper building challenge uses construction straws to build a structure to the ceiling, learning about teamwork engineering and problem solving in the process.

“It's a fun way for kids to learn how things are built and to get then enthusiastic about STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” he continued.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council is reminding the community that the opportunity to comment via submission on the Quipolly Water Project Review of Environmental Factors (REF) closes on Friday 25 January.

The report, which is currently on public exhibition, can be downloaded from HERE. It is also available for perusal at Council’s Administration Centre, Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries.

After submissions are considered and the REF approved it will pave the way for expressions of interest to be called for tenders to undertake construction works including; dam intake and de-stratification works, a new raw water pump station and pipeline, reservoir in Werris Creek, a new 6ML/day water treatment plant, including a treated water storage and pump station and associated pipelines.

All public enquiries regarding the REF should be directed to LPSC’s Water Services Manager, Rod Batterham, email rodney@lpsc.nsw.gov.au or call 6746 1755 during business hours.

Submissions can be emailed to lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au, delivered to the Administration Centre or posted to PO Box 152, Quirindi, NSW 2343.

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On Saturday 26 January Australians all around the country will celebrate what’s great about Australia. At a local level, the Liverpool Plains Shire’s Australia Day Awards allow the community to recognise home-grown, unsung heroes who help make LPS a better place to live.

Go to HERE to download a nominations form, pick one up from the Customer Service Desk at the Administration Centre, Quirindi and Werris Creek libraries, the Visitor Information Centre Willow Tree or phone 6746 1755 to have one sent out. The nomination process, criteria and eligibility details are on the nomination form.

“2018 saw some incredible contributions from volunteers, they deserve recognition and we would like you to help us celebrate their roles by nominating someone you know for Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Local Legend, Sportsperson of the Year, Junior Sportsperson of the Year, Marie Maunder Community Service Award and Emergency Services Community Award,” said LPSC Community Events Officer, Andrew Ballard.

“There are people in the community who volunteer many hours of their time to enhance our quality of life. Just a little of your time, submitting a nomination, can help show them we appreciate their contribution. It would be welcomed if you can get your nominations in asap to allow time for the selection panel to meet and consider. Nominations must be submitted to the Liverpool Plains Shire Council Administration Office, posted to PO Box 152 Quirindi 2343 or emailed to lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au. Then, come to the Awards ceremony on January 26 at the Royal Theatre to further show your thanks,” he said.

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The organisers of the Liverpool Plains Agritourism Field Day, the Office of the Small Business Commissioner (OSBC), Regionality and Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), were delighted with the attendance, genuine interest and subsequent dynamics resulting at the event.

“18 local farmers, representing 14 farm enterprises came along to embrace the opportunities agritourism offers. Additionally, another 8 farmers couldn’t make it on the day but have registered interest,” said local event coordinator and Manager of LPSC’s Visitor Information Centre, Nikki Robertson.

“Event facilitator, Rose White from Regionality, emphasised the importance of agritourism businesses working together as a destination, by networking, cross-promoting and sourcing produce from each other,” Nikki continued.

“Farmers were very motivated after the Field Day and all registered their interest in the Agritourism Pilot Program.

“Following on from the Field Day, all interested farms will be assessed during a 2-hour visit to the property by Regionality/OSBC staff. Those accepted into the program will be offered 6 workshops over a 4-month period to train them in how to set up their farming agritourism business, or those who already run a business, how to improve it,” she said.

“This has been a great result. Embracing agritourism offers opportunities not only for the farmers who become involved but also the potential for flow on economic benefits to the wider community through growth in visitor numbers,” Nikki concluded.

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8.30AM - 5.00PM

Sat to Sun: Closed

Public Holidays: Closed

 

Physical Address

60 Station Street

Quirindi NSW

2343

 

Postal Address

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Quirindi NSW

2343

Contact Details

Phone: 02 6746 1755

Fax: 02 6746 3255

Email: lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au

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