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Earlier this year, the annual Garage Sale Trail was announced to be held at its usual date towards the end of October, however, due to COVID-19 this date was cancelled, and the organisers have now announced it will be held on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November.
Over the years of its involvement with the annual Garage Sale Trail, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has witnessed more people and organisations coming on board this national, people-powered program. This year the event celebrates its 10th anniversary and I’m encouraging people to put the date in their diary and to start planning now,” said Mayor Andrew Hope.
“Garage Sale Trail is about sustainability, creativity and fun and is good for the environment while generating extra cash for individuals and organisations.
“The new date allows plenty of time, particularly for schools and community organisations, to consider how they can benefit from becoming involved and use the event as a fundraiser. Last year almost $1 million was raised nationally, with the average group topping $1,500 for the day,” he said.
“Individuals and organisations can pre-register now at www.garagesaletrail.com.au. Circle 21 and 22 November on your calendar and start thinking today about how your involvement with Garage Sale Trail can benefit you or your organisation,” Mayor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is reminding motorists and pedestrians to be vigilant at rail level crossings, to be aware of their surroundings and to look and observe all safety signs, boom gates and lights associated with the crossings.
“Train drivers continue to report near misses at these sites and people need to remember it can take up to well over a kilometre for a loaded freight train to stop in an emergency. The trains are travelling on a track and cannot swerve or move out of the way of objects fouling the tracks,” he said.
“It is vital that both pedestrians and motorists obey the control measures in place, that they don’t try to beat the boom gates as they start to lower and don’t queue through the crossing as they may be caught across the tracks if the boom gates are activated. After a train goes through wait until lights stop flashing before proceeding. At crossings that only have giveway or stop signs, stop, listen, and look in both directions for approaching trains before proceeding.
“Ensure that you are not distracted by your mobile phone and headphones as they may prevent you from hearing an approaching train. Pedestrians must never jump gates, or barriers as this is extremely dangerous and it is very likely the oncoming train is close to the crossing. Don't ride skateboards, skates or roller-blades on the crossing as they could become stuck in the track,” he continued.
“One train driver said to me that if there is one message to motorists, it would be ‘value your life, your families life and consider the trauma caused to loco drivers involved in collisions and worse still a fatality and value their lives too’. Apart from the risk to life there are substantial penalties if Police detect people ignoring control measures,” Councillor Hope concluded.
During the July school holidays, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) and E.Rose Art will present two FREE youth art workshops.
“The free art classes will be held on Wednesday 8 July. The first, for ages 7 - 12 years will run between 10.30am and midday. The second, for ages 12 years+ will be held between 1pm and 2:30pm. Both classes will be held at the Quirindi Pavilion, in Henry Street,” said LPSC General Manager, Jo Sangster.
“Registrations are essential, and parents/carers are encouraged to book as soon as possible as spaces are very limited and walk-ins on the day can’t be accepted. Go to www.trybooking.com/BJEFQ to reserve a place for your child,” she said.
“COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place. To meet these requirements, parents will not be allowed to stay in attendance for the duration of the session. Parents/carers are urged to arrive at the venue 10 minutes before the starting time for their chosen session. You are requested to maintain social distancing upon arrival and if there is a queue it is suggested you wait in your car until it is clear to enter.
“If you or your child is sick or feel unwell on the day of the event, please do NOT attend the sessions as entry and participation must be refused in such circumstances. If prior to the event you become aware that your child shouldn’t or can’t attend for any reason please advise so the space can be made available for someone on the waiting list,” she continued.
“If you’d like to find out more about the workshop facilitator you can find details or contact Emily at www.facebook.com/erosearted. If you have any questions regarding bookings contact the Plains Events team at LPSC on 6746 1755.
“Through age appropriate, structured activities children gain hands on practice, learn foundation art skills, a bit of art theory and can explore art making mediums all while developing confidence, imagination and creative thinking,” she said.
“During the school holidays LPSC is pleased to be offering these art classes as well as free tennis clinics and dance classes for the young people of the Liverpool Plains,” Ms Sangster concluded.
The Liverpool Plains Shire, has over recent years, built an excellent reputation amongst travellers as a great place to visit and stay on their journey. Following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions the Shire is again looking forward to welcoming visitors with the reopening of the LPSC Quirindi Caravan Park on Monday 22 June.
The Caravan Park is being reopened in line with current restrictions and a COVID safety plan is in place which includes routine cleaning several times a day. As a further safeguard all visitors will be requested to provide their relevant contact details. Bookings are essential and can be made by calling 0417 976 796 or via the Caravan Park Netbookings website.
At this stage the Shire’s Freedom Camping Areas will remain closed due to the difficulties meeting legal requirement to maintain a register of all visitors at these sites which are largely unsupervised.
“Liverpool Plains Shire will make visitors welcome and provide them with the opportunity to see and do things in one of Australia’s most beautiful rural settings,” said LPSC Mayor, Andrew Hope.
“Many local businesses have done it very tough during the shutdowns and I welcome the relaxing of restrictions that will allow the important tourism market to again recommence with its flow-on benefits to the local economy,” he concluded.
During the July school holidays, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) have teamed up with Perform with Power Tennis Academy to offer two free tennis clinics for young people who want to learn or pick up tips about the game.
The first clinic will be held at Currabubula tennis courts on Tuesday 7 July. The second clinic will be held on Thursday 9 July at the Milner Parade courts in Quirindi. Both clinics will be held between 2 and 4pm. The clinics are being facilitated for Council by the Perform with Power Tennis Academy and open to young people 4+ years of age.
“Tennis is an excellent sport for young people and these clinics offer the opportunity for beginners to get a taste for the game and for those already playing to pick up extra tips. Tennis offers several hidden benefits, from its low injury risk to a guarantee of good social fun plus great exercise,” said LPSC Mayor, Andrew Hope.
“Registration for the clinics is now open. Due to ongoing COVID-9 restrictions numbers are limited so I encourage parents to register as soon as possible by emailing coach Mitch Power at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling him on 0434 211 461,” he said.
“The Currabubula and Milner Parade Quirindi courts have recently been rehabilitated and resurfaced thanks to funding gained through the State Government’s Building Stronger Communities Fund. These projects have been community driven, improving the ability for local people to enjoy their sport, to socialise and gain exercise in a fun way,” Mayor Hope concluded.
From 1 July 2020, the NSW Government is introducing annual permits for owners of non-desexed cats, restricted dog breeds, and dogs declared to be dangerous.
These changes will require the owners of cats not desexed by four months of age to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.
Owners of dogs of a restricted breed or formally declared to be dangerous will be required to pay a $195 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.
The owners of pets in these categories can pay for annual permits via the NSW Pet Registry website https://www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au/#/. Alternatively, payment can be made at Council’s Administration Centre. Annual permit fees will go directly to the NSW Government’s Companion Animals Fund.
The aim of the permits is to create a stronger incentive to desex cats and help to address community concerns about feral, stray, and roaming cats and their effect on wildlife. In the case of dangerous and restricted dogs the aim is to improve community safety by helping to reduce ownership of high-risk dogs and encouraging owners to better manage the behaviour of their pet.
Restricted dog breeds are the pit bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, Japanese tosa, Argentinian fighting dog, Brazilian fighting dog, and canary mastiff. A dog can also be declared to be one of, or a cross-breed of, one of these restricted breeds. Dogs of any breed can be formally declared dangerous if the dog, without provocation has attacked or killed a person or animal, repeatedly threatened to attack or repeatedly chased a person or animal or is kept or used for hunting.
To avoid the need for an annual permit desex your cat by four months of age, register your cat before 1 July, don’t own a restricted dog, manage your dog’s behaviour to ensure that it’s not declared dangerous and if you are a breeder, join a recognised cat breeding body. Cats that cannot be desexed, either temporarily or permanently, are exempt from paying an annual permit. A certificate from your vet is required to qualify for this exemption.
Pet owners who fail to obtain an annual permit risk an on-the-spot fine of $700 for restricted or dangerous dogs and $400 for non-desexed cats. If taken to court, maximum penalties of $6,600 for restricted or dangerous dogs and $5,500 for non-desexed cats may apply.
At its May Ordinary Meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) adopted the Liverpool Plains Community-Based Heritage Study. The heritage study investigates the history of the local government area and identifies then assesses items and places of heritage significance that demonstrate this history and recommends ways to manage and conserve this significance.
It is Council’s statutory responsibility under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act to take appropriate action to list and manage heritage items within the Shire. The Study will assist inform future heritage-allied amendments to the Liverpool Plains Local Environmental Plan, the Development Control Plan, and is consistent with Council’s Local Strategic Planning Statement.
In 2018, LPSC received funding from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to undertake the study and Highground Consulting were commissioned to prepare it.
The Study was prepared based on input from internal and external stakeholders. The draft Study was placed on public exhibition for a period of 28 days from March 4 this year. 6 written submissions were received by Council during the public exhibition period. Other feedback regarding the Study was also received via face-to-face meetings and telephone calls during this time. The submissions were examined and addressed prior to the adoption of the Study.
The Study, as adopted, is on Council’s website here
LPSC provides a free heritage advisory service to owners of older buildings. Council's Heritage Advisor, Ray Christison is available to assist with understanding old buildings and to give guidance on how to manage issues associated with them. Interested parties can call Council’s Customer Service Desk on 6746 1755 to make arrangements or for further information.
At the Council meeting held on May 27, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) adopted the Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS).
The LSPS is a strategic land use document, prepared by Council in order to meet legislative requirements as a part of the suite of reforms to the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). It aims to provide a ‘line of sight’ between global, State, Regional and local strategic planning matters. The LSPS also identifies the community’s twenty year vision for land use in the Shire, and how future growth and change will be managed through Planning Priorities and actions.
The LSPS was prepared in consultation with a range of stakeholders, finalised in February, and placed on public exhibition for twenty-eight days. Ten written submissions were received by Council during the public exhibition period, two of which were from the local community, and the remaining eight from other Government agencies and organisations. The feedback received from stakeholder consultation has been incorporated into the LSPS where appropriate and relevant.
The LSPS, as adopted by Council, will be published on the NSW Planning Portal . It needs to be reviewed at least every seven years, however, as identified in the LSPS, it is proposed that the review be conducted every four years in line with the Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) framework.
Council planning is guided by community aspirations and its strategies, plans and decision making have a strong focus on financial, economic, social, and environmental sustainability.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed the completion of trials and training that has resulted in the Westpac rescue helicopter now being able to utilise the helipad at the Liverpool Plains Emergency Services Precinct, better servicing the Quirindi Hospital.
“This is great news that allows the aircraft’s trained medical and operational crews to respond quickly and effectively to emergencies threatening the life, health and safety of people caused through medical emergency, illness, natural disaster, accidents or mishap,” Councillor Hope said.
Councillor Hope said community consultation had identified the need for a 24/7 accessible helipad to serve both the health system and emergency services during dire situations.
“As a result, Council was able to obtain funding through the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program towards this project which was also supported by the Rural Fire Service and NSW Government,” he said.
“It is a great outcome that the Emergency Services precinct can now be utilised for this critical community service. On behalf of Council I thank our partners, the Federal Government, Rural Fire Service and NSW Government for their commitment to our community,” he concluded.
The Westpac Rescue helicopter undertaking trials at the Emergency Services Precinct heliport
With a further easing of COVID-19 restrictions in place from Monday 1 June, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is urging everyone to respect physical distancing requirements, to maintain the 4 square metre rule, plus hygiene and safety requirements.
“Under the eased restrictions, the LPSC Administration Centre, Werris Creek and Quirindi Libraries, and Public amenities will reopen. For the safety and protection of the whole community and Council staff resuming face-to-face operations, it is vital we all play our part to ensure minimum risk to all concerned by common sense, responsible application of safety guidelines,” he said.
“LPSC is taking guidance from NSW Health to ensure the affected facilities operate in a COVID-19 safe way. This will include exclusion of staff and visitors who are unwell, limiting the number of visitors to allow for the 4 square metres per person rule, providing distance markers for people queuing at service points, ensuring adequate handwashing facilities and/or sanitiser, and enhanced cleaning.
“At the libraries, 10am to 11am each day will be reserved for Seniors and other vulnerable members of the community to visit in safety. Those who borrowed from the libraries via click and collect can return books and DVDs when convenient. Books will then be quarantined for a period of 72 hours. Bookings are essential to use the public computers at the libraries and will be limited to 30 minutes maximum per person per day,” he continued.
“The changes being introduced will also allow travel to regional NSW for a holiday, visits to museums, galleries and libraries, with pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants being allowed up to 50 customers provided distancing requirements can be maintained and beauty and nail salon operators can begin treatments under strict COVID-safe guidelines,” he said.
“This is a big step towards getting the economy up and running again so we need to mitigate risk as far as possible by sensible and responsible application of safety measures. If you are sick and have symptoms please come forward and get tested. Together, we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
“For further information about the dos and don’ts please go to https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Submissions on Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s draft Delivery Program and Operational Plan, for the financial year 2020/21, are on public exhibition and submissions are welcome, closing at 5pm Monday, 8 June 2020. The draft document can be accessed from Council’s website at http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/my-council/public-exhibition. Feedback and submissions can be made via email at email@example.com or in writing addressed to the General Manager at PO 152 Box, Quirindi NSW 2343. In 2020/21, LPSC is proposing to deliver a Budget totalling $24.77 million, investing more than $8.2 million in capital works and delivering a range of projects and programs across the Shire. Interested residents are encouraged to review these documents and comment on the proposed program of works before the close of the exhibition period.
Applications for eligible Shire community organisations seeking grant assistance through LPSC’s Community Funding Program close on Monday 1 June. Application forms are available online at www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/mycommunity/communityfunding or by calling 6746 1755. Completed applications can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to PO Box 152 Quirindi NSW 2343. The Community Funding Program recognises the vital contribution that community groups and organisations play in the development of our social capital and quality of life. If you require further information or assistance, please contact Council on 6746 1755 during business hours.
The NSW Community Building Partnership program awards grants for community infrastructure projects. Current round applications will be accepted online up until 12 June. The aim of the program is to support infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental, and recreational outcomes, while promoting community participation, inclusion, and cohesion.
More information regarding this funding opportunity can be found at Here.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed the completion of infrastructure improvements at Quirindi’s heritage listed Royal Theatre.
“Despite Covid-19 restrictions, Council has been able to continue rolling out infrastructure projects. This project provided a welcome stimulus to the local economy during these difficult times for local contractors,” he said.
“A new internal kitchenette including benches, cupboards, power and lighting, will enable better use of the Royal Theatre facilities by improving the capacity for onsite catering. Additionally, a new spiral staircase has been installed to provide safer access to the projector/control room for staff and volunteers,” he continued.
“The Royal is used for a wide range of purposes, from movies to live stage shows, weddings, banquets, comedy festivals, concerts and events for all age groups. It is a community hub utilised by local organisations and service groups for meetings and guest speakers, for High School performances and presentations, art shows as well as conferences.
“The Theatre is a valuable asset for a rural community. These improvements will further enhance its ability to attract and cater for even more events. At a grass roots level such a facility is part of the glue which binds the community together, plus there’s the bonus of it’s role as an economic driver,” he said.
“A $101,970 investment, with funding obtained from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Program, has facilitated these improvements being undertaken. On behalf of Council I thank member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen, who supported our application for funding for this initiative,” Councillor Hope concluded.
With so many people feeling anxious and isolated in the face of the Covid-19 crisis, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is undertaking a Be Kind initiative to help lighten the impact of the pandemic and to highlight the efforts of individuals, organisations and businesses supporting the Shire community.
“These are unprecedented times, and they are tough ones, but in tough times, the one thing we can do is to band together as a community and show a little kindness,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“Our community has shown incredible resilience over many months of drought, dust storms, bushfires, smoke, and then a natural disaster resulting from storm events. After all of this, our community has stepped up to deal with the issues caused by COVID-19,” he said.
“Be Kind Liverpool Plains encompasses being kind to yourself, to kids, the vulnerable and elderly, local businesses and others plus being creative under the prevailing circumstances. It highlights what is being done around the Shire, the amazing community spirit and the people who are going that extra length to support us through this period,” he continued.
“Shire businesses of all sizes have been hit hard by COVID-19 and continue to be. We can all be proud of the many local businesses that pivoted as the crisis unfolded, responding to the changing guidelines so they could keep operating to serve our community. Be kind and support our Shire businesses to assist maintaining employment of local people and keeping the local economy afloat.
As social restrictions continue, LPSC is dedicated to providing the community with creative ways to continue to engage with each other, to support the most vulnerable, our social fabric, and to maintain flows of compassion,” he said.
“Now, more than ever is a time to show some neighbourly love. We know some people might be feeling a little alone right now, so if everyone simply knocked on their neighbours door or called over the fence to say hello to their neighbour, it would mean every household maintains some much needed social contact.
“Together we’ll make it through this crisis so be kind to others, be kind to those most in need and be kind to yourself,” he concluded.
Good progress is being made on the Single Street Werris Creek main street beautification project being undertaken by Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) between Coronation Avenue and Poole Street.
This section of Single Street is being reconstructed and the work includes paving of the footpath, plus kerb, gutter, and parking lane improvements.
Council has already installed new water supply connections and meters to businesses and residents in the block and is carrying out improvements to provide better storm water management.
The hydrants and stop valves have been upgraded. The excavation of, and concrete pour for kerb and guttering, median island, and the layback for driveways plus earth works for parking bays and road sections has also been completed.
Work is underway on the sealing of the road and construction of pram ramps and intersections. This will be followed by excavation works for footpath and driveways and concrete blinding of the footpath area before work on laying the pavers is undertaken. When completed new street furniture will be installed.
This project is being undertaken following LPSC’s successful application for $275,844 through the NSW Government’s Building Stronger Communities Program, obtained with the support of Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson.
Council thanks motorists and pedestrians for their cooperation during the Single Street beautification project.
During the COVID-19 shutdowns, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) staff have been hard at work maintaining essential services for the community whilst maintaining safe distancing obligations and adopting new methods of operation to meet those requirements.
“Across the raft of services Council provides, staff have adapted to new ways of doing things and getting the job done. Be it providing Customer Service electronically, online or via the phone, adapting to circumstances to allow people to borrow from the libraries, delivering vital services like meals-on-wheels or the engineering services team continuing to deliver projects and maintaining infrastructure, the staff have stepped up to the mark and put our community first. I thank them sincerely for their efforts,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“I’d like to also thank the community for co-operating with these changes to operations. We are all in this together during this pandemic and together we can all get through it while protecting ourselves, our families, friends and wider community,” Councillor Hope said.
“As we make our way through these uncharted waters, Council’s Customer Service staff are still available via email email@example.com or phone 6746 1755 to assist with enquiries and transacting business. Customer Request Forms can also be submitted via the website www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au where other information is also available. There is also a drop off box outside the Administration Centre where correspondence can be deposited,” he concluded.
At its April Ordinary Meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council received a report updating progress on the 2019/2020 Roads to Recovery (R2R) works programme and Glenyalla Road Bridge Replacement project. The R2R works programme is an annual grants programme specifically for infrastructure improvements for road related assets.
During the financial year, $867,658 has been budgeted for 7 gravel resheeting projects. Warrah Road Subdivision, Fairview Road, McDonalds Creek Road Roaches Road, and Glen Alpine Road have been completed. Work on Silifants Road is underway and weather permitting Cattle Creek Road will be completed by the end of June.
An application was made in 2019 for a one off grant from the Bridge Replacement Program (BRP) to replace the Glenyalla Road bridge which has been closed since structural damage made it unsafe for use by traffic. This $865,000 project for a replacement concrete single lane bridge is jointly funded through R2R and BRP. The bridge replacement project has gone out to tender and providing competitive tenders are received within the available budget it is anticipated that the project will be completed in December 2020.
Council’s success in gaining a combined $1,732,658 for these projects allows planning and decision making focussed on financial, economic, social, and environmental sustainability providing infrastructure that is well planned and maintained to meet community needs now and in the future.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is inviting eligible Shire community organisations seeking funding, to apply now through Council’s Community Funding Program.
Applications close on Monday 1 June. Application forms can be downloaded from Council’s website www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/mycommunity/communityfunding or by calling 6746 1755. Completed application forms are to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to PO Box 152 QUIRINDI NSW 2343 before June 1st.
“Council’s Community Funding Program recognises the vital contribution that community groups and organisations play in the development of our social capital and quality of life,” Councillor Hope said.
“Seed funding aims to encourage the development of new events across the Liverpool Plains Shire by providing not-for-profit organisations with some initial funding to help support and launch new, or one-off event activities.
“Up to $5,000, is offered to assist organisers improve their existing event and to assist build its strategic capacity.
Local sporting and recreational clubs can apply for assistance for infrastructure improvements, up to $5,000, that will have a lasting impact on the success of an event, or organisation, and provides value for the broader Liverpool Plains Shire community,” he said.
“An organisation applying for community funding from Council must conduct the event within the Shire, be a not-for-profit entity, or have the project auspiced by a not-for-profit entity. The event must be financially viable. The organisation must hold current and relevant public liability insurance to the value of $20 million, commence the activity or project in the financial year in which the funding is being sought and demonstrate environmental, social and economic benefits to the Shire,” he continued.
“If you require further information or assistance, please contact Council on 6746 1755 during business hours,” Mayor Hope concluded.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has welcomed the successful introduction of Click and Collect borrowing facilities at the Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries. In the first two weeks of operation 431 books and DVDs have been borrowed.
Click and Collect enables members of Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries to borrow books and DVDs, to refresh their requirements during the COVID19 shutdown. Members can call Werris Creek 6768 7340 or Quirindi 6746 2350 between 10am and 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, Tuesday to Friday at Werris Creek and Monday to Friday at Quirindi. Library staff can also advise how to borrow online.
Borrowers can choose their own material or library staff are happy to put some selections together. When they call, in borrowers arrange a time so items can be left outside the libraries for collection. Items cannot be returned until after COVID19 restrictions are lifted but will be automatically renewed until that occurs.
Non-members can join up online to gain access not only to books and DVDs but also a wide range of Ebooks and eAudioBooks, BorrowBox apps and Story Box Library children’s video books. Also available are Kanopy Videos and Movies and members can stream 10 films and documentaries every month, plus unlimited children’s TV and movies. Membership is free.
To join online go to Central Northern Regional Library website https://cnrl.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/WPAC/HOME.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has welcomed the completion of a new, amenities block at the Quirindi Showground. The showground complex is attracting a growing number of equine events and this facility will cater for the needs of both local and visiting competitors. The $221,940 project has been funded by a grant Council successfully applied for through the NSW Government’s Building Stronger Communities Fund with the help of Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, announced today that Council and Tamworth Broadcasting Society Inc - Radio 88.9fm Tamworth - have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the commencement of broadcast services for Quirindi and the Liverpool Plains Shire.
“The Australian Communications Media Authority (ACMA) has granted Radio 88.9fm a full FM licence to re-broadcast the station’s programming from Council’s communications tower site on Who-A-Thought-It Lookout, west of the Quirindi town centre.
“Discussions between the parties have been ongoing for over four years but were held up waiting for the ACMA to allocate a frequency and licence for the transmission of 88.9fm across the region,” he said.
Radio 88.9fm CEO, George Frame, said the station’s Board was pleased with the final result as it has been an arduous process in gaining the licence, even though the region was within the station’s licence area. He said the stations current main transmission site, west of Tamworth, was prevented from providing a clear signal to the region due to mountainous terrain between Tamworth and Quirindi.
Mr Frame said the station would be relaying 88.9fm programming across the Shire and broadcasting on 96.3fm. He said many within the region already listened to the station via iHeart Radio and the stations internet streaming with the new frequency providing a clear signal for new listeners. Mr Frame added that the new service will allow access for Council, local organisations and residents to the 88.9fm regional news service, and some local broadcasting from Quirindi.
Councillor Hope said he and Mr Frame had worked hard to gain the new radio broadcast service and there will be further announcements made in the future when the coronavirus pandemic is over.
Broadcasts on the new frequency 96.3fm will commence in coming weeks after infrastructure has been completed and tested.