Media Releases & Exhibitions

Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) work crews have now restored the Werris Creek Water Treatment Plant raw water pipeline that was seriously damaged during the severe storm events that occurred last Saturday night.

Pipeline   repaired section 1“Repairs and testing of the pipeline have been completed and Level 5 restrictions have been removed and Level 2 restrictions reinstated in Werris Creek,” said LPSC GM, Jo Sangster.

“I sincerely thank Werris Creek residents for their patience. The community’s assistance during the emergency restrictions, along with some water Council trucked in to top up the system, enabled water supplies for the necessities of showering, toilet flushing and drinking to be maintained,” Ms Sangster said.

“I’d also like to pay tribute to the LPSC Water Services Team for the herculean task they’ve achieved in completing the necessary works as expeditiously as possible. On Sunday, they assessed the damage and determined it would take about 72 hours to complete. They have undertaken the project under difficult circumstances within the specified timeframe,” she said.

“LPSC work crews continue with the clean up and repairs to other damaged infrastructure with public safety determining priority. Again, we ask for patience as the work is carried out. It is still a big task, we have a finite number of people available to carry out the necessary work and it will take time to repair this unprecedented damage,” Ms Sangster concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire has suffered significant damage to local roads and water infrastructure following recent storm events. Council is seeking a natural disaster declaration as there is an estimated damages bill of at least one million dollars.

A number of crews have been deployed to commence clean up and remediation works following the two nights of severe storm activity.

The assessment of the significant damage done to the Quipolly raw water pipeline is currently underway. Werris Creek is relying on treated water already in the system (under storage) to meet current community needs, however, level 5 restrictions have been activated to conserve the supply while work is underway to repair the damage. Level 5 restrictions mean water usage is limited to drinking, showering and toilet flushing.

Some road closures continue to be in place and motorists are requested to observe road closure signs as well as any other advisory signs that may be in place.

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Approximately 50 representatives from Shire businesses and organisations attended a ‘meet and greet’ breakfast, organised by Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), to allow them the opportunity to get to know Council’s new GM, Jo Sangster.

Breakfast meet and greetAfter welcoming the attendees and thanking them for coming along, Ms Sangster outlined some of the major projects she had implemented during her time in the Northern Territory. Ms Sangster said that she was now focused on working to further strengthen the LPS and to build on its enormous potential for economic growth.      

“Driving local economic development is a priority for me. It is vital to nurture a strong, vibrant community both for current residents and to be able to attract young families to the Shire,” Ms Sangster said.

“The Shire has beautiful towns and villages with excellent educational facilities, many parks and recreational facilities and lots of sports activity, things that are important to young families wishing to make a home,” Ms Sangster said.

“Your Council can achieve more by partnering with local businesses and organisations and I am always available and welcome the opportunity to meet with you to hear what you have to say and discuss opportunities with you. Council’s Economic Development Officer, Ian George, is also available to provide advice to local businesses as well as businesses that are looking to set up shop in the Shire. You can call Council on 6746 1755 to make an appointment to see me or Ian,” she said.

“I’d like to thank all the people who have welcomed me and my family to the Shire. Your Council is open for business and my door is always open to you,” Ms Sangster concluded. 

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Visitor Information Centre (VIC) Manager, Nikki Robertson, is urging individuals and organisations to claim the date for their one-off or major community event to be held around the Shire during 2020.

“Claiming the date is a free and simple way to help you grow your event attendance and maximise its success. Council can assist publicise you event through its social media channels and the event flyers it distributes to households,” Nikki said.

“With so many events being held each year and people living busier lives than ever, a claim the date is essential. It allows you to see whether another event that might detract from your event is already booked in on a particular date. It can encourage others not to double book a date you’ve already claimed. Obviously, the earlier you claim your date the sooner it can be on our events calendar and the more successful the process can work for you,” she said.       

“If we are aware of your community event, the VIC will help promote them through our various networks. The details will be listed on our websites and through social media pages. This can greatly help increase the number of people who are aware of what you’ve planned and what is taking place,” she continued.

Nikki said to claim a date the VIC can be contacted by calling 6747 1226 or emailing nikki.robertson@lpsc.nsw.gov.au.  

“In planning an event a few things people should consider include what makes your event stand apart from others in the area? What is your unique selling point? Telling the wrong people about your event is a waste of time, so identify the people likely to be interested in your event and tailor your message accordingly. Depending on resourcing and timing, the pre–event phase can be further broken into long, medium and short term. Remember communication works best as a cycle that builds momentum toward the event,” Nikki said.

“LPSC will continue to promote tourism potential during the year and local organisations can benefit from letting visitors know about what is on the calendar during their stay. Our tourism strategy has seen increased numbers utilising our freedom camping areas, patronising local businesses, visiting tourist attractions and attending local events,” she continued.           

The VIC Shire Events Calendar is helping people/organisations pick the right date and making event clashes a thing of the past. It can help maximise your exposure to locals and tourists alike,’ Nikki concluded.

The VIC events calendar can be accessed at https://www.visitliverpoolplains.com.au/.  

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Anecdotal evidence through comments received by Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) staff, in regard to water supply in the Shire, suggests that many people aren’t aware of where their drinking water comes from, with some even believing it all comes from one source. As a result, LPSC’s Water Services team has developed an Information Sheet, Where does our Water come from, which can be download from Council’s website at http://lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/water-services-2/water-fact-sheets.   

According to LPSC Director Engineering Services, Warren Faulkner, Council maintains and delivers water through eight potable town supply systems. He said seven of the Shires water supplies are drawn from ground water bores with each supply having its own source, the eighth being a surface water supply from Quipolly Dam.

Werris Creek’s water supply comes from the surface water source at Quipolly Dam. The dam has a capacity of 8.1 GL (Gigalitres). Council owns and operates the dam and has an annual extraction allocation of 1,000 megalitres.

Quirindi’s water supply comes from the Upper Namoi Zone 1 Borambil Creek Ground Water Source, an alluvial aquifer. Council holds an annual extraction allocation of 1,150ML.

Blackville’s water supply comes from the Oxley Basin MDB Groundwater Source. This water source is an alluvial aquifer. Council holds an annual extraction allocation of 25ML.

Caroona’s water supply comes from the Upper Namoi Zone 8 Mooki Valley (Quirindi – Pine Ridge Road to Breeza) Groundwater Source, an alluvial aquifer. Council holds an annual extraction allocation of 30ML.

Premer’s water supply comes from the Upper Namoi Zone 9 Cox’s Creek (Up-Stream Mullaley) Groundwater Source, an alluvial aquifer. Council holds an annual extraction allocation of 55ML.

Spring Ridge’s water supply comes from the Gunnedah – Oxley Basin MDB Groundwater Source, an alluvial aquifer. Council holds an annual extraction allocation of 60ML.

Wallabadah’s water supply comes from the New England Fold Belt MDB Groundwater Source, a combination of alluvial and fractured rock aquifer. Council holds an annual extraction allocation of 60ML.

 

Willow Tree’s water supply is supplied via pipeline from Quirindi. The pipeline replaced a single well which proved to be unreliable during prolonged dry periods, and even before the region was considered to be in drought, as part of the Shire’s ongoing water security project.

“As is the case for water resources all over Australia, our water sources are susceptible to drought and changing water quality. Drinking water is treated as necessary and distributed to the various water supplies in accordance with Council’s quality assured Drinking Water Management System to meet the NSW Health requirements for potable water. All supplies are consistently monitored to ensure these standards are met,” Mr Faulkner said.  

“There is more information on each system in the new Information Sheet. There are also downloadable Fact Sheets on back flow protection/prevention, reading your water meter, water meter ownership, water metering and bills and water restrictions/drought management plans. Click on the ‘Water Services’ link on the website to also obtain information on water conservation tips, water restrictions and for forms and applications. If a person can’t find the information they require on the website they can call the Water Services  team on 6746 1755,” he concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is inviting and encouraging the Shire community to join in local events celebrating Australia Day 2020, on Sunday 26 January.

“Our Nation has faced some tough times during the past 12 months, facing the worst drought on record and in recent months the bushfire crisis. We’ve witnessed the generosity of people assisting those in trouble first hand during the drought and the bravery and selfless dedication of volunteers fighting the fires. These events have highlighted the resilience of the Australian people and it is this spirit we celebrate on Australia Day,” he said.

“The official Shire Australia Day Awards ceremony, including a citizenship ceremony, will take place at the Royal Theatre Quirindi, commencing at 10am, on the 26th. Council extends an open invitation to this event and encourages you to attend and celebrate the community champions and quiet achievers who make the Liverpool Plains Shire such a great place to live.

The LPS Australia Day Ambassador 2020, John Harper, will be the special guest. John is a wheat/sheep farmer and established Mate helping Mate in 2006 when he recognised that as a consequence of the continuing drought and being rural or regional, many of his neighbours were becoming isolated or socially withdrawn. Having experienced depression himself, John realised that isolation and withdrawal placed people at risk of developing a mental illness. Considering the importance of mental health wellbeing to members of our community in the current drought crisis he is an admirable person to be our Australia Day Ambassador,” the Mayor continued.     

At Warrah Creek Hall, the annual family-oriented Australia Day celebrations get underway from 10am with kids activities and Dog Jumping. The Ambassador will join the Warrah community and others from the Shire who attend this event for lunch at around 12:30/1pm,” he said.

“As has become a tradition, the Shire wraps up Australia Day events with the Lion's Club of Werris Creek’s free evening sausage sizzle and games for the kids commencing 6.30pm at David Taylor Park when the Australia Ambassador will open proceedings along with a raising of the flag ceremony followed by the national anthem. All Shire residents are cordially invited to join in the fun. All donations collected on the night will go to the local RFS.

There will be some Australia day flags, bracelets, stickers and hats given away to the kids. The gum boot toss will commence at 7pm, followed by the three-leg race with egg and spoon and everybody’s favourite the egg toss. Cold drinks, chips, tea and coffee, glow sticks, necklaces bracelets and candles will also be available plus Pop n Around town will be there with fairy floss and snow cones.   

“Due to the ongoing drought and very high fire risk, the organisers have decided that the usual fire works would be inappropriate under the circumstances. They are sorry that some people may be disappointed by this decision but ask the community to respect the reasoning for the decision and to still come along and join in the other fun activities. I congratulate Werris Creek Lions Club for their dedication in organising this event each year. Their efforts are proudly supported by Werris Creek Magpies Football Club and LPSC,” he continued. 

“The Quirindi Branch CWA will hold their Australia Day concert, including the presentation of their educational grants and awards, at the Quirindi RSL club on Thursday 23 January commencing at 10.30am. All community members are invited to attend,” he said.      

“On Australia Day we celebrate all the things we love about Australia, the land, sense of fair go, lifestyle, democracy, the freedoms we enjoy but particularly our people. It provides the opportunity to reflect on being Australian, celebrating contemporary Australia and recognising our history. Australia Day is for all Australians, no matter where our personal stories began. Please join in the  celebrations,” Mayor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) will shortly begin Stage 2 of the Quirindi Library Precinct Upgrade, funded under the State Government’s State Libraries grant program. LPSC GM, Joanne Sangster, said she welcomed the opportunity the project provided for Council to work closely with the NSW Government to ensure the maximum return for the Community through this investment.

“The new facility will offer an improved community space and enhance our resident’s library experience. This project is designed to provide modern facilities for this important community asset.

“The completion of the Quirindi Library Precinct upgrade is being undertaken in stages. Stage 1, the upgrade of amenities, has been completed utilising funding obtained through the Drought Communities Programme,” Ms Sangster said.

“Stage 2 will entail the construction of the Community space, Library activity space and wet area space, formerly the green room.

“Council has applied for further funding through the Stronger Country Community Fund and if successful will move to Stage 3, the construction of the Adult’s and Children’s Library Space.

“Finally, Stage 4, envisages construction of a pergola, seating and shade area,” she continued.

“Again, during the tough economic conditions resulting from the ongoing drought crisis, it is pleasing that a major project such as this can be undertaken utilising a local contractor, associated sub-contractors and local suppliers to support LPSC’s strategies that includes planning and decision making that has a strong focus on financial, economic, social and environmental sustainability,” Ms Sangster concluded.

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According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, water theft is on the rise as the drought continues to bite and residents of the Shire, whether on a town supply, or on a farming property, need to be mindful that it is becoming a fact of life that stands to get worse as long as conditions continue to deteriorate.

“It is a crime to steal water, whether it be from someone’s yard tap, from tanks, from windmills, from public facilities, or from bores. A Water Access Licence (WAL) from WaterNSW is generally required to extract water from rivers or aquifers to use for irrigation, industrial or commercial purposes. However, as water becomes scarcer, it becomes more like liquid gold and there are unscrupulous people who will take advantage of this situation for ill-gotten gain,” he said.

“People who are on town water supplies need to keep in mind that once water is on their side of the water meter, they are paying for the usage registered. Outside taps are particularly susceptible to water theft and people may need to consider securing these taps to avoid this possibility. If you have proof that someone is stealing water you are paying for, the matter should be reported to police. If you have evidence your meter is being tampered with you should report the matter to Council.

“In regard to town water supplies, only those who receive a water service from a connection to a water supply and pay for it separately to their general rates by paying a water access charge can receive water which they then pay for based on usage charges. People are not entitled to just come and take water from these supplies although currently they can purchase it from these systems. Ring our Water Services team on 6746 1755 for further information,” he continued.

“People wishing to better secure outside taps can consider installing an anti-vandal hose which means the hose tap can only be turned on using a 4-way vandal proof tap key. It would be a good idea to talk to your plumber about your best course of action,” he said.

“At this stage, the Shire is not experiencing water theft to the extent that some communities on higher water restriction levels are. However, we have had a growing number of reports of water being stolen from private properties and public facilities. If anyone sees suspicious activity, they are encouraged to report the matter because at the end of the day it is our rates that end up paying for the water theft. If the situation continues to deteriorate, we can expect instances to increase so it is important that people are aware of this possibility and prepared,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Constant monitoring of the Liverpool Plains Shire’s 8 water supplies is undertaken by Council’s Water Services staff and reveal water usage in excess of target consumption rates is higher than expected and if not addressed, with water supply levels continuing to drop, will trigger the need for further drought response measures sooner rather than later.

Water Table 1“Considering this excess usage was already being experienced before the hotter weather that has occurred in early December, and the 3 month rainfall outlook from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is only for 20 to 25 percent chance of exceeding median (average) rainfall for the majority of the Liverpool Plains Shire, these results are disappointing and indicate that some people are simply ignoring the restrictions currently in place,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“The problem is especially acute in Quirindi where it is obvious there are noncompliant consumers at the moment. Council’s monitoring of usage clearly shows us that there are people sneak watering outside of the hours restrictions allow. These people who are not playing by the rules will ultimately be responsible for increases to water restriction levels that will impact the honest people who are doing the right thing,” he warned.

“Residents connected to town water supplies, currently on level 1 restrictions, are reminded that any type of fixed hoses can only be used between 6pm and 8pm and that hand held hoses can only be used between 6pm and 8am,” he continued.

“A number of residents have been reported to Council or been witnessed by Council staff as breaching these restrictions and warning notices have been issued to these residents. Under the Local Government Act, the maximum penalty that may be applied for a breach of imposed water restrictions is $2,200 for corporations and $220 for individuals. As misuse negatively impacts the whole community Council is serious about enforcement but would prefer to see people use common sense rather than having to issue fines,” he said.

“The Wallabadah supply appears to be tracking toward the Level 2 trigger point needing to be implemented during January unless current usage is reduced. Premer supply showed a consistent decline in bore levels through Spring, and it too may approach its Level 2 trigger during early 2020. Blackville supply remains a cause of some concern due to excessive drawdown during pump operation, but at the same time it would be helpful if Blackville consumers could reduce usage in an attempt to meet the daily water usage target. There is no immediate concern in Spring Ridge or Caroona, but consumers are requested to remain water conscious at all times,” he continued.

“At the end of November, Quipolly Dam water level was down a further 2% to sit at 35.4% of full supply capacity. Treated water production in Werris Creek was around 4.5ML/week through November. I congratulate Werris Creek consumers as overall water usage was below target for Level 2 restrictions during November. With the poor longer term weather outlook, it is important for consumers to continue to adhere to the Level 2 restrictions currently in place and continue to meet or improve on the usage targets as based on current trends, it is possible that the Level 3 restriction trigger may be reached as early as late January 2020. Under Level 2 restrictions use of a hand held hose is restricted to the period 6pm to 8pm and all fixed sprinklers are banned,” he said.

“Council thanks people who are doing the right thing abiding by the restrictions and calls on those who are flaunting the restrictions to cease such activities immediately before they face the penalties I previously outlined,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) will shortly begin Stage 2 of the Quirindi Library Precinct Upgrade, funded under the State Government’s State Libraries grant program. LPSC GM, Joanne Sangster, said she welcomed the opportunity the project provided for Council to work closely with the NSW Government to ensure the maximum return for the Community through this investment.

“The new facility will offer an improved community space and enhance our resident’s library experience. This project is designed to provide modern facilities for this important community asset.

“The completion of the Quirindi Library Precinct upgrade is being undertaken in stages. Stage 1, the upgrade of amenities, has been completed utilising funding obtained through the Drought Communities Programme,” Ms Sangster said.

“Stage 2 will entail the construction of the Community space, Library activity space and wet area space, formerly the green room.

“Council has applied for further funding through the Stronger Country Community Fund and if successful will move to Stage 3, the construction of the Adult’s and Children’s Library Space.

“Finally, Stage 4, envisages construction of a pergola, seating and shade area,” she continued.

“Again, during the tough economic conditions resulting from the ongoing drought crisis, it is pleasing that a major project such as this can be undertaken utilising a local contractor, associated sub-contractors and local suppliers to support LPSC’s strategies that includes planning and decision making that has a strong focus on financial, economic, social and environmental sustainability,” Ms Sangster concluded.

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Council is excited to offer youth of the Liverpool Plains fun and interactive art workshops as a school holiday event.

Two workshops, facilitated by E.Rose Art, will be provided, the first for primary school children aged 6 to 12 will be held on Friday 10 January and the second for High School students aged 12 to 18 on Friday 17 January. The workshops will commence at 10am, both days, at the Royal Theatre Green Room. Each workshop will run for between 60 and 90 minutes.        

“The cost is $10 per student with all materials provided by the art facilitator. Numbers are limited so booking in advance is recommended. Book online at https://www.trybooking.com/BHNGT.

The Royal Theatre will also be running movies from Midday on both days providing a great opportunity to make it an enjoyable art and movie day out! On Friday 10, Frozen II (PG) will screen and Tamworth Family Support Service will be providing a free sausage sizzle from 11am plus there’ll be prizes for best dressed and most creative. Family tickets will be available for $30 (2 adults/plus 2 children), child over 12 $12 and under 12 $8. On Friday 17 the movie to be screened will be The Addams Family (PG).

 

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Some artwork in Quirindi recenly compledted by the event facilitator. More of her work can be viewed on her FB page : www.facebook.com/erosearted

 

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According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, water theft is on the rise as the drought continues to bite and residents of the Shire, whether on a town supply, or on a farming property, need to be mindful that it is becoming a fact of life that stands to get worse as long as conditions continue to deteriorate.

 

“It is a crime to steal water, whether it be from someone’s yard tap, from tanks, from windmills, from public facilities, or from bores. A Water Access Licence (WAL) from WaterNSW is generally required to extract water from rivers or aquifers to use for irrigation, industrial or commercial purposes. However, as water becomes scarcer, it becomes more like liquid gold and there are unscrupulous people who will take advantage of this situation for ill-gotten gain,” he said.

 

“People who are on town water supplies need to keep in mind that once water is on their side of the water meter, they are paying for the usage registered. Outside taps are particularly susceptible to water theft and people may need to consider securing these taps to avoid this possibility. If you have proof that someone is stealing water you are paying for, the matter should be reported to police. If you have evidence your meter is being tampered with you should report the matter to Council.

 

“In regard to town water supplies, only those who receive a water service from a connection to a water supply and pay for it separately to their general rates by paying a water access charge can receive water which they then pay for based on usage charges. People are not entitled to just come and take water from these supplies although currently they can purchase it from these systems. Ring our Water Services team on 6746 1755 for further information,” he continued.

 

“People wishing to better secure outside taps can consider installing an anti-vandal hose which means the hose tap can only be turned on using a 4-way vandal proof tap key. It would be a good idea to talk to your plumber about your best course of action,” he said.

 

“At this stage, the Shire is not experiencing water theft to the extent that some communities on higher water restriction levels are. However, we have had a growing number of reports of water being stolen from private properties and public facilities. If anyone sees suspicious activity, they are encouraged to report the matter because at the end of the day it is our rates that end up paying for the water theft. If the situation continues to deteriorate, we can expect instances to increase so it is important that people are aware of this possibility and prepared,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, encouraging a range of entertainment and cultural events to the Shire is a key element of Council’s Community Strategic Plan to foster a strong social base providing a great rural lifestyle. He said already a number of events are locked in for 2020.

 

“The Liverpool Plains Military Tattoo is inviting all interested parties to apply now if they’d like to be a stall holder at the 4th annual event to be held on Saturday 7 March 2020. All stall sites are free and unpowered. However, this does not mean that stalls can just arrive on the day, an application form must be completed, and confirmation of booking given by the organisers.

 

All types of stalls, food, markets, clans and charities are welcome to apply and can complete an online application form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LPMT20. A form can also be downloaded from www.liverpoolplainsmilitarytattoo.com.au and can be returned via email to events@lpsc.nsw.gov.au, by mail to PO Box 152, Quirindi NSW 2343 or they can be dropped in at the Administration Centre,” he said.

 

“This event has grown to be one of the most popular on the Shire calendar. Again we are looking forward to the sounds of pipes and drums and the colour and entertainment of marching bands filling Quirindi's Longfield Oval for this joint initiative of the Quirindi RSL Sub Branch, the Liverpool Plains Chamber of Commerce and Council,” he continued.

 

“The Royal Theatre will host Tamworth on Tour on Friday 17 January with doors open at 7.30pm. This showcase will provide a taste of Tamworth’s finest with a band and artists of the calibre of Sally-Anne Whitten, Rae Moody, Shelley Minson and Jeff Gibson. Go to http://bit.ly/TamworthRTQ to book tickets which are $20.

 

“A significant event for all Australians is Australia Day. On January 26 the Royal Theatre will be the venue for the Liverpool Plains Shire Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony which will commence at 10.30am. All community members are invited and encouraged to attend, and welcome new citizens plus celebrate the contributions of locals recognised through the various awards that will be announced,” he said.

 

“The NSW Seniors Festival will be taking place 13-24 February 2019. The LPS will be celebrating the important role of Seniors in the community. On Thursday 13 February, Seniors are invited to attend the Swinging 60s show What’s New Pussycat, at the Royal Theatre, with a morning tea and Seniors Week Opening at 10.30am followed by the show at 11am.

 

“What’s New Pussycat is a joyous, foot-stamping, hand-clapping celebration of the 60s with hits by Tom Jones, Burt Bacharach, The Mamas and the Papas, Petula Clark, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, Carole King, and The Fab Four, performed by Australia’s favourite cabaret duo – Melissa Langton and Mark Jones.

 

“This event is an initiative of LPSC’s Home Support Services Quirindi and Werris Creek. All Seniors are welcome to attend with tickets at $5 each available from Quirindi HSS 56 Station St, Quirindi phone 6746 4545 and Werris Creek HSS 22-34 North St, phone 6768 7505. Bookings are essential,” he continued.

 

“Other events already confirmed for 2020 include the Liverpool Plains International Women’s Day evening which will be held on Friday 13 March, and Hell Ship; Journey of the Ticonderoga by Michael Veitch on Friday 22 May,” he said.

 

“To find out more about what’s happening on the Liverpool Plains check out The LPS Visitor Information Centre (VIC) website at http://www.visitliverpoolplains.com.au and the Royal Theatre site at https://www.quirindiroyaltheatre.com/. Council looks forward to as many people as possible participating in, and enjoying a range of local events throughout 2020,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Constant monitoring of the Liverpool Plains Shire’s 8 water supplies is undertaken by Council’s Water Services staff and reveal water usage in excess of target consumption rates is higher than expected and if not addressed, with water supply levels continuing to drop, will trigger the need for further drought response measures sooner rather than later.

 

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This table clearly demonstrates that water consumption in some supplies is far exceeding the target usage expected under the current water restrictions

“Considering this excess usage was already being experienced before the hotter weather that has occurred in early December, and the 3 month rainfall outlook from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is only for 20 to 25 percent chance of exceeding median (average) rainfall for the majority of the Liverpool Plains Shire, these results are disappointing and indicate that some people are simply ignoring the restrictions currently in place,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

 

“The problem is especially acute in Quirindi where it is obvious there are noncompliant consumers at the moment. Council’s monitoring of usage clearly shows us that there are people sneak watering outside of the hours restrictions allow. These people who are not playing by the rules will ultimately be responsible for increases to water restriction levels that will impact the honest people who are doing the right thing,” he warned.

 

“Residents connected to town water supplies, currently on level 1 restrictions, are reminded that any type of fixed hoses can only be used between 6pm and 8pm and that hand held hoses can only be used between 6pm and 8am,” he continued.

 

“A number of residents have been reported to Council or been witnessed by Council staff as breaching these restrictions and warning notices have been issued to these residents. Under the Local Government Act, the maximum penalty that may be applied for a breach of imposed water restrictions is $2,200 for corporations and $220 for individuals. As misuse negatively impacts the whole community Council is serious about enforcement but would prefer to see people use common sense rather than having to issue fines,” he said.

 

“The Wallabadah supply appears to be tracking toward the Level 2 trigger point needing to be implemented during January unless current usage is reduced. Premer supply showed a consistent decline in bore levels through Spring, and it too may approach its Level 2 trigger during early 2020. Blackville supply remains a cause of some concern due to excessive drawdown during pump operation, but at the same time it would be helpful if Blackville consumers could reduce usage in an attempt to meet the daily water usage target. There is no immediate concern in Spring Ridge or Caroona, but consumers are requested to remain water conscious at all times,” he continued.

 

“At the end of November, Quipolly Dam water level was down a further 2% to sit at 35.4% of full supply capacity. Treated water production in Werris Creek was around 4.5ML/week through November. I congratulate Werris Creek consumers as overall water usage was below target for Level 2 restrictions during November. With the poor longer term weather outlook, it is important for consumers to continue to adhere to the Level 2 restrictions currently in place and continue to meet or improve on the usage targets as based on current trends, it is possible that the Level 3 restriction trigger may be reached as early as late January 2020. Under Level 2 restrictions use of a hand held hose is restricted to the period 6pm to 8pm and all fixed sprinklers are banned,” he said.

 

“Council thanks people who are doing the right thing abiding by the restrictions and calls on those who are flaunting the restrictions to cease such activities immediately before they face the penalties I previously outlined,” Councillor Hope concluded.

 

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council facilities will be closed as follows over the Christmas/New Year period.  

  • Council Administration Office and Work’s Depot - (Close 24 December at 1pm / Reopen January 2 at 8.30am)

  • Eastside Childcare - (Close 24 December at 6pm / Reopen January 2 at 8am)

  • Quirindi and Werris Creek libraries - (Close 24 December at 5pm / Reopen January 2 at 10am)  

  • Service NSW - (Close 24 December at 3pm / Reopen January 2 at 8.30am)

  • Quirindi Home Support - (Close 24 December at 1pm / Reopen January 2 at 8.30am)

  • Werris Creek Home Support - (Close 24 December at 2.30pm / Reopen January 2 at 8.30am)

  • Plains Fitness - will close at 7pm Friday 20 December and reopen Monday 6 January

  • Quirindi and Werris Creek Swimming Pools - will close at 3pm Tuesday 24 December and reopen Friday 27 December. Both pools will be open 10am to 7pm throughout the holidays with the exception of New Year’s Day when opening hours will be Midday to 7pm

  • Visitor Information Centre - will only be closed on Christmas Day

  • Landfills will be closed on Christmas, Boxing and New Year’s Day. They will be open at all other scheduled times

  • Waste and recycling collections will operate as normal

Council’s after-hours answering service will be functional, but residents are asked to only call if the matter is urgent and needs to be dealt with prior to the return to work on Wednesday 2 January. Unnecessary calls can lead to avoidable costs being incurred if staff have to be called in during the holiday period. LPSC thanks the community for acting responsibly in this matter.

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Christmas season has arrived, and many are celebrating by decorating their homes with beautiful Christmas displays. Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is encouraging the community to display the festive spirit by adorning homes, business premises and community organisation premises with Christmas lights and decorations and entering the 2019 Christmas Lights Competition.

“You could win prizes just for spreading a little Christmas cheer. Your display can also provide some great enjoyment when families drive their kids around checking out the displays.

“There are 4 categories, Best House, Best Business Best Lights Display and Best All-Rounder. Each category winner will receive a $50 Shoplocal voucher,” he said

“Entry forms can be completed online and paper free at the following link; https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LPSXMAS19. You can also obtain an entry form at the Administration Centre, Werris Creek and Quirindi Libraries and the VIC at Willow Tree. Alternatively, email lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au or call 6746 1755 to have one sent out to you.

“Entry is FREE, and they close on Friday 6 December. They will be judged in the following days and the winners will be announced at Christmas on the Plains on Friday 13 December,” he continued.

“Did you know that during the 1880 Christmas season, Thomas Edison introduced the first outdoor electric Christmas light display to the world? He displayed the lights outside of his laboratory compound, which sat near a railway where many people could see it each night. This was the first official outdoor Christmas display that was separate from decorating just the Christmas tree,” he said.

“Get into the festive mood, decorate your house, garden, street or store and bring extra Christmas cheer to the LPS,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire community members have until 4pm Wednesday 11 December to make submissions/comment on Council’s proposal to introduce new fees for 1) hiring the new multipurpose arena at Currabubula Recreation Reserve, 2) to surrender a companion animal     and 3) to microchip a companion animal. Submissions can be delivered to the Administration Centre, posted to PO Box 152, Quirindi NSW 2343, faxed to (02) 6746 3255 or emailed to lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au. All submissions received will be presented for consideration at the Council meeting in December.

“Recent works to upgrade and further develop the Currabubula Recreation Ground and Arena has led to recent, significant interest for bookings to stage events at the facility. LPSC staff have consulted with key stakeholders including the Currabubula Local Advisory Group (LAG) and the Pony Club regarding a potential pricing structure. A hire fee of $125 per day was identified as being equitable and agreeable having regard to pricing arrangements at similar facilities across the region,” said LPSC GM, Ron Van Katwyk.

“Following the recent introduction of state-wide companion animal identification legislation in July, a substantial spike in the surrender of companion animals has been experienced. This has led to a corresponding increase in commitments for Council’s Property and Regulatory Services team to provide for this particular community need. In order to address the additional and unforeseen costs arising from the legislation a surrender fee of $70, plus full cost recovery if euthanasia is required, is proposed to be introduced. Council’s staff go to great lengths to try and rehome any pets that are surrendered and while there is a high success rate there are occasions where it is not possible, including where the owner requests it be euthanised, and this must be carried out at full cost recovery,” he said.

“Also, due to the changes in the legislation, a microchipping fee is proposed to be introduced. This also acknowledges the acquisition of new skillsets within Council’s compliance team that has seen staff trained and registered to undertake microchipping activities. Council staff considered pricing structures at other similarly sized local government organisations to identify a suitable charge,” he continued.

“Council believes the proposed fees are equitable, keeping in mind its obligation to ensure cost recovery, where possible, for all services provided to the community,” Mr Van Katwyk concluded.

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Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries have copies of the book Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales, the subject of this year’s One Book, One Region event, available for booklovers to borrow. The librarians have also left copies of the book at several businesses in both communities that readers can borrow and return for others to enjoy.

One Book one region   QuirindiAccording to Werris Creek librarian, Marilyn Deeks, the One Book, One Region project takes the book club concept to the next level and expands it to cover an entire region. She is encouraging booklovers to join the program, to encourage literacy and reading, generating discussion and enthusiasm for books.

In Any Ordinary Day dual Walkley Award-winner Leigh Sales investigates how ordinary people endure the unthinkable, a day that turns a life upside and what happens the day after? As a journalist, Leigh often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives. In this wise and layered book, Leigh talks intimately with people who’ve faced the unimaginable, from terrorism to natural disaster to simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Expecting broken lives, she instead finds strength, hope, even humour. She brilliantly condenses the cutting-edge research on the way the human brain processes fear and grief and poses the questions we too often ignore out of awkwardness. Warm, candid and empathetic, this book is about what happens when ordinary people, on ordinary days, are forced to suddenly find the resilience most of us don’t know we have.

“On Book, One Region is a Central Northern Regional Library initiative. Both of Liverpool Plains Shire’s libraries are constituent members so we’re also sharing this book program with readers in the Tamworth Regional, Narrabri, Uralla, Gwydir and Walcha Council areas. Copies of the book are available to borrow at Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries.

“We are all encouraging those who read Any Ordinary Day to post on social media using #onebookoneregion to continue the campaign’s reach and momentum,” Marilyn said.

“On Saturday 30 November, at 2pm, the One Book, One Region event will climax with a book group and discussion panel led by ABC Radio New England North West breakfast presenter Kristy Reading at Tamworth City Library.

“The aims of One Book, One Region are to bring people together to discuss ideas, to broaden the appreciation of reading and to break down barriers among people. Please join us on this journey,” Marilyn concluded.

Molly Gamble with a copy of Any Ordinary Day at the Zest Café in Quirindi

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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 lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au,” 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 lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au 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.

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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 lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au 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.

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Public Holidays: Closed

 

Physical Address

60 Station Street

Quirindi NSW

2343

 

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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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