Media Releases & Exhibitions

Precinct Open Day Poster   SabLiverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is cordially inviting Shire residents to attend an open day, between 11am and 2pm on Friday June 1, at the new Emergency Services Precinct, 124 Pryor Street Quirindi.

The purpose of the event is to officially open the new precinct to the public plus showcase local volunteer organisations and their volunteers to the general public and school students who attend.

“The new Emergency Services Precinct is a valuable community owned asset and this event will enable the public to inspect the facilities. As part of National Volunteers Week, it will allow us to showcase local volunteer organisations and their volunteers. There will be a free BBQ courtesy of LPSC.

“Amongst the organisations that will be in attendance are the RFS, State Emergency Service (SES), NSW Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA), and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. You’ll have the opportunity to meet their volunteers, discover what they do for our community, encourage them through your support and hopefully some people will be inspired and pursue volunteer opportunities which are many and varied,” Councillor Hope said.

“We are also extending an invitation for any of the Shire’s other volunteer organisations to join our event, set up a display and network with the community. If your group would like to be part of it please contact LPSC’s Acting Community Events Coordinator, Andrew Ballard via email or phone 6746 1755,” he continued.

“The 2016 census revealed 21% of the population aged 15 years and over engage in voluntary work through a recognised organisation such as a sporting, service or church group. This figure does not include emergency services, for profit organisations and the arts, so in fact would be somewhat higher if they were included. What is interesting is that data shows three volunteering peaks in the average life cycle: age 16, when teenagers are engaged in sport and 24% volunteer; age 44, when parents have kids involved in sport and school and 26% volunteer; and age 69, when retirees look at ways of giving back to the community and 25% volunteer,” he said.

“Our local organisations are always in need of more volunteer support. Come along on June 1 and discover their vital place in our community. Long may the volunteers and the volunteering spirit bind us together in each of our individual communities and the Shire as a whole,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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The Manager of Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Visitor Information Centre (VIC) at Willow Tree, Nikki Robertson, is urging local groups, organisations and communities to provide information regarding their upcoming events to the VIC, to gain further promotion.

“The VIC is an important part of Council’s economic development and tourism section. It provides a powerful resource to promote your upcoming event to both locals and visitors. We have several promotional services available free of charge to local event organisers and attractions.

“Our visit Quirindi/Werris Creek and Liverpool Plains website contains comprehensive local information including attractions, accommodation, events calendar, towns and villages, places to eat and facilities,” Nikki said.      

“Event promotional collateral such as flyers, brochures and programs can be distributed through the VIC and the staff at the centre promote these to visitors. We also provide such material to other outlets around the Shire. All events on our local calendar are included in the Destination NSW online events calendar provided we have a good quality photo of the event to accompany the post.

“You may be surprised how many extra people you can get to by sharing your information with us. Other sites share our posts, including LPSC’s Facebook Page and other tourism focused ones plus individuals share them with friends. You can basically increase your exposure exponentially.      Events can bring hundreds, on occasions even thousands of visitors to the Shire, which not only helps the success of your project but also injects money into our local economy,” Nikki continued.

Nikki said information for promotion should be sent to the VIC via email:, by phoning 02 6747 1226 or sending posters/flyers to Liverpool Plains Visitor Information Centre, King George V Park, New England Highway, Willow Tree NSW 2339.

“It is amazing the things that bring visitors to the Shire. The VIC distributes a newsletter to large numbers of people, particularly from Sydney, Newcastle and coastal areas, who visit when the sunflowers are in bloom and cotton is about to be harvested. We’ve had wedding proposals made amidst a sea of sunflowers and people often send us photos from their trips and letters of appreciation,” Nikki said.

“Last week I received a letter saying, Thank you so much for your email newsletter regarding the Liverpool Plains cotton fields. We live in Port Macquarie and had driven up when the paddocks of sunflowers were out in bloom a few months ago. We drove up again on a recent Sunday to see the cotton fields. They also sent some photos,” Nikki continued. 

“They continued, we had a wonderful afternoon and felt so fortunate to have not only seen the cotton and sunflowers but the harvesting of them as well. Thank you so much for your newsletters, as this has enabled us to experience these wonderful things,” Nikki said. 

“People visit the LPS for many and varied reasons. The VIC keeps these people informed of current happenings, maximising the chances of them joining with locals to attend events and visit attractions.

“We’d like to be able to do this for your event or attraction but first you’ve got to let us know about it,” Nikki concluded.


Maree Handley photo sunflowersMaree Handley photo cottonPhoto from Maree Handley - Firstly we came to the paddock where we had seen the sunflowers in bloom and we noticed that the flower heads were all dried and that the header harvester had begun to harvest them. We were able to talk to the owner of the property and watch the harvesting process. How exciting it was!



Photo from Maree Handley - We kept driving and watched a paddock of cotton being harvested into huge cotton balls/bales.   Further up the road another field of cotton was being harvested, but this time the bales were being compressed into huge blocks.  

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Scam   Criminals in disguiseLiverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is urging Community members to be on the lookout for threat-based impersonation scams by taking a moment to ask is this for real? Scams Awareness Week runs from 21 – 25 May.

Councillor Hope said while there are many forms of scams, this year’s awareness campaign is highlighting threat-based impersonation scams, which are common and can often be traumatic for the victim.

“Typically, these scammers pretend to be from a government agency or well-known company. Their aim is to scare you into handing over your money or personal information and if you don’t, they threaten you with fines, internet disconnection, arrest or for recent arrivals to the country even deportation,” he said.

The ACCC’s Scamwatch received almost 33,000 reports of these scams in 2017. Over $4.7 million was reported lost and more than 2,800 people gave their personal information to these scammers,” he continued.

“So how do you protect yourself? If you’re contacted unexpectedly and threatened by someone who says they’re from a government agency or trusted business, always consider the possibility that it may be a scam – then stop and ask - Is this for real?

“If you’re unsure whether a call or email is genuine, verify the identity of the contact through an independent source, such as a phone book or online search. Don’t use the contact details provided by the caller or in the message they sent to you. Always remember, never send money or give your bank account details, credit card details or other personal information to anyone you don’t know or trust. A government agency or trusted business will never ask you to pay by unusual methods such as with gift or store cards, iTunes cards, wire transfers or bitcoin.

“Additionally, don’t open suspicious texts, pop-up windows or emails and don’t click on links or open attachments, just delete them. Never give anyone remote access to your computer if they’ve contacted you out of the blue, even if they claim to be from a well-known company,” he said.

Councillor Hope added, “if you’ve sent money or shared your banking or credit card details, contact your bank immediately. They may be able to stop or reverse a transaction or close your account.”

“If you’ve given your personal information to a scammer, visit IDCARE online at, Australia’s not-for-profit national identity and cyber support service. Scammers are often based overseas, so it’s extremely difficult to track them down or to act against them. So also take the time to warn your friends and family about these scams. 

“To report a scam, visit,” he said. 

“While the threat-based impersonation scams are the focus of this year’s campaign I’d point out that the two biggest scamming areas are investment scams and dating and romance scams. Others include business, employment and investment scams, upfront payment and advanced fee frauds, false billing, inheritance scams remote access scams and betting and sports investment scams. Millions of dollars are scammed every year through these schemes.

“Sadly, in 2017, Australians aged 55 and over lost $39 million to online scammers, more than every other age group combined. It serves as a reminder that the internet is a wonderful place to explore and connect, but it pays to be savvy,” he continued.

“Always keep in mind, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Without doubt Galapagos Duck is the most enduring name in Australian jazz and this iconic 5-piece jazz band, who have been performing since 1969, will grace the boards of Quirindi’s Royal Theatre on Friday May 25, with the show starting at 8pm. Tickets are available via and at the Theatre on the night, $30 for adults and $20 concessions. The canteen and bar will be open.

Galapagos Duck tour their music throughout Australia visiting the capital cities as well as performing frequently in country areas including the remote areas of Western Australia and the Northern Territory along with the Norfolk Island Jazz Festival and Lord Howe Island.

Internationally they’ve performed at some of the world’s biggest events including the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Jazz Yatra Festival Bombay, the American Musexpo, the Singapore International Jazz Festival, the Queenstown Jazz Festival New Zealand, and the Vanuatu International Jazz Festival as well as gigs in England, Germany, France, Belgium, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos.

The band’s success is based on a consistent output of music that has retained the essential sound and style of the band despite a series of line-up changes over the years. At every show they create a performance experience that while jazz oriented can be appreciated and enjoyed by everybody.

Reviewer Lloyd Bradford Syke wrote in Australian Stage -
They've lost none of their vigour, enthusiasm, dexterity, versatility or skill. In fact, they're probably playing better than ever; which, after 49 years, is saying something!

Galapagos Duck

Galapagos Duck appears in the pages of many jazz history books and is said to have had a significant influence on young musicians over the years through its many recordings, original music scores, performances and music workshops here and overseas.

After half a century of writing and recording some of the world’s finest modern jazz and performing all over the globe, band leader and bassist, John Conley, is reticent to narrow down a single highlight of the band’s career, instead opting to live by that age-old industry adage - you’re only as good as your last show. He says there have been so many fantastic things, it’s hard to nail down just one adding I think the best gig is often just the one you did last.

“We’re looking forward to making the gig at Quirindi’s Royal Theatre one the people of the Liverpool Plains will thoroughly enjoy and won’t forget in a hurry,” John Conley concluded.

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National Volunteer Week is coming up at the end of the month. It is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our volunteers.

“Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) will not only celebrate the amazing role volunteers play in the community, we will also be encouraging other community members to celebrate and give thanks for what they do selflessly for us all and to think about how you may be able to put back into society through some form of volunteering,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

Please put Friday June 1 in your diary. This will be the day the Shire’s major event celebrating volunteers and encouraging others to become one will take place. The final arrangements for this day will be announced in about week’s time so stay tuned!” he said.    

“Additionally, the LPSC Home Support Service (HSS) will be holding several events for their volunteers. Both Werris Creek and Quirindi units will be holding ‘thank you’ morning teas on Wednesday May 23 commencing at 10am. If you are one of their valuable volunteers, please RSVP your intention to attend to allow planning for catering purposes. Call Werris Creek office on 6768 7505 or Quirindi on 6746 4545 as soon as possible.  

“There is also a volunteer training event being held on Tuesday May 15 from 10am. It is being held at the CWA rooms in Henry Street, Werris Creek. The topic will be Behaviours of Concern. The session runs for two hours and includes morning tea. If you volunteer for the HSS, including Meals on Wheels deliverers, Bus Drivers and Bus Assistants you will be most welcome and are encouraged to attend. Please contact the Werris Creek office as soon as possible if you can make it,” he continued.

“This year’s theme for National Volunteer celebrations is very fitting, Give a little - Change a lot. It really says it all.

“The theme represents the many volunteers who make a profound impact in our communities and on society, through giving a little time. I look forward to us all being able to celebrate their contribution,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope is urging Shire residents to visit the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) Pop-up Energy Shop, which will be located outside The Hub, in Station Street Quirindi, between 9am and 1pm on Saturday May 12.

“From my discussions with families and business owners I know that the cost of power is one of their biggest overheads and concerns,” Councillor Hope said.

“I really encourage as many people as possible to come and find about the programs and services in NSW that can help you reduce power costs,” he said.

“You will have the opportunity to meet the NSW Government’s Northern Regional Energy Co-ordinators who will assist you to better understand your electricity bills, answer questions on solar and battery storage options, assist in accessing energy efficiency rebates, or simply provide you with the information, tools and resources you need to reduce energy use in the most cost-effective way,” Councillor Hope continued.

Councillor Hope said many people would not be aware of the numerous programs in place to assist in saving money and reducing environmental impact, which include:

  • The Energy Savings Scheme
  • The appliance replacement program
  • The small energy users program
  • The home energy action program
  • Energy made easy electricity bill comparison site
  • Energy rebates for NSW households and more.

“There will be plenty of useful take home resources available for your home and business and the local energy Co-ordinator can help tailor and advise the most relevant programs suitable to you on the day. Information will also be provided on energy projects happening across the region, including explanation of community benefits, landholder information and contact information for the relevant projects if you would like to know more about them,” he said.

“LPSC supports and is proud to partner this event. Please put it in your diary to visit the Pop-Up energy shop to gain impartial and factual information to assist you make savings and improvements on your energy affordability at home and at work,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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According to the Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council, Councillor Andrew Hope, National Walk Safely to School Day, being held on Friday 18 May, sends a lot of important messages that Council is very pleased to be able to share with parents/carers.

“Obviously, circumstances are somewhat different in rural communities where many kids travel considerable distance by bus to get to school but the health and road safety messages are still applicable,” he said.

“National Walk Safely to School Day is a community initiative that aims to raise awareness of the health, road safety, transport and environmental benefits that regular walking, where possible to and from school, can provide for the long-term well-being of our children. Now in its 19th year, this event encourages primary school aged children to build walking into their daily routine throughout the year as well as giving important road safety messages,” he said.

Harold Scruby, Chairman and CEO of the Pedestrian Council of Australia said, “an extremely disturbing childhood obesity epidemic continues to affect 1 in 4 children at critical levels across Australia. Unless teachers, parents, carers and the community generally get behind this event and its objectives, it is expected that numbers will reach 1 in 3 by 2020,” he warned.

Councillor Hope said the best exercise for all of us is regular walking. He said children require at least 60 minutes per day of physical activity and we should all encourage them to include walking at the beginning, during and end of each day. Apart from the physical benefits, regular walking also has a favourable impact on their cognitive and academic performance as well as minimising the risk of kids developing heart disease and diabetes,” he said.

“The day also sends vitally important road safety messages, such as the need to teach our children to look to the left, look to the right and look to the left again and a reminder for parents that until they are 10, children must always hold the hand of an adult when crossing the road,” he continued.

“Over recent years, as funds have become available, LPSC has developed a number of cycle/pathways where kids can safely walk, ride and get exercise. In the last 12 months we’ve improved pathways to Wallabadah and Willow Tree Public Schools. Large amounts are also invested each year on maintaining and improving parks and sports grounds where kids can get exercise,” he said.

“We owe it to our children to heed the messages from National Walk Safely to School Day,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, for many groups and organisations, finding grants to further their aims can be a difficult or drawn-out task.

“LPSC receives information from many government and non-government bodies regarding grant funding that is on offer. To assist local community groups/organisations interested in receiving information on available grants Council is providing a new email address,, and if they register their details at this address we’ll send out regular updates on what we know is available,” Councillor Hope said.

“This service will be available to community groups, sporting organisations, cultural groups, organisations supporting families, youth, seniors, those with disabilities, service clubs, P&Cs and local environmental projects etc.,” he said.

“A grant is a sum of money given to organisations or individuals for a specified purpose directed at achieving goals and objectives consistent with the aims and policies of the grants body. They may, or may not, be subject to imposed conditions. In most instances the term is used to include any funding arrangement whereby the recipient is selected on merit against a set of criteria.

“Billions of dollars in grants become available each year, often to achieve government policy objectives such as better health and fitness outcomes, cultural diversity, improved community wellbeing and local amenities being just some examples. Larger charities often make grants available to further their objectives at local community level,” he continued.

“Keeping in mind that Australia has approximately 600,000 community groups competition for funding is often intense and those best prepared to submit applications have a better chance of success.

“There are many aids available on line to assist organisations preparing applications and I encourage local groups to study these before rushing in. There are questions that you’ll be asked pretty much every time you write a grant application. Get good at answering those questions and you’ll become more successful at grant seeking,” he said.

“Many organisations look just for the dollars, and then are surprised at the requirements and obligations that are attached to the grant. Unless care is taken, the grant recipient can find themselves trapped with unintended consequences once the grant is accepted. Therefore, before applying for a grant, an organisation should undertake an assessment of the likely impact of the grant on the organisation,” he continued.

“Council encourages community groups/organisations to avail themselves of this service. The main thing is, Be Prepared,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Sophia Fitzgerald Business Support Manager Sabrina McNamara Business Support Officer  Renea Elford Business Support Officer 2The Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope, has thanked Council’s Customer Service staff for their hard work and dedication serving the community.

“Our Business Support team work tirelessly to provide an excellent level of service to our customers/clients. I often have community members commend their efforts to me personally and I think the number of letters and cards of thanks they receive is an indication of their commitment. I am very proud of them and grateful of their care and dedication to Council and our community,” he said.


LPSC Business Support Manager Sophia Fitzgerald with Business Support Officers Sabrina McNamara and Renea Elford.
Absent when photo was taken are Business Support Officers Dale Lyons, Deborah Perry-Brown and Sally Londero.
The flowers were delivered by a very happy customer from the Werris Creek community and the thank you cards are from various community members.


Councillor Hope said that as he was personally congratulating the Customer Service Team, a message came through on Council’s FB Page – “A big thank you to the friendly staff who helped us with our enquiries at the front counter last Friday. Your customer service was fantastic and most helpful. Regards: (name provided)”.

“It is great when our customers and clients pass on a word of thanks to staff because a little appreciation can make a day. It is a fact that employees who report receiving recognition and praise make an even bigger effort, interact better and are more engaged at work. The willingness of satisfied customers to put it into words is all that is necessary and is greatly appreciated,” he continued.

“An old sayings goes, ‘there’s no traffic jam on the extra kilometres’, and when it comes to customer service, that extra kilometre, while not always easy, isn’t always difficult either, particularly when the staff have a customer service mindset and actually get pleasure being able to help people. Thanks team, I’m very proud of you,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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If you enjoy a great mix of comedy and drama, combined with a dark twist at the end, reward yourself and come along to see A Prudent Man, being staged at Quirindi’s Royal Theatre, on Sunday 29 April, starting at 7.00pm.

What makes the Trumps, the Abbotts and the Hansons of this world tick? What would happen if their world started to shift ever so slightly?

A Prudent Man hero2 imageby Pier Carthew

Presented by Lab Kelpie, A Prudent Man is a darkly comical political thriller, a speculative piece inspired by real life political events. Written and directed by Katy Warner and starring Lyall Brooks it is an amalgamation of recent history's conservative politicians. The work uses real speeches and lines from politicians such as Donald Trump, Tony Abbott, Kevin Rudd, Margaret Thatcher, John Keys, Joe Hockey and John Howard, just to name a few.

Lyall Brooks brings a tour de force performance to A Prudent Man  (Photo - Pier Carthew)

A Prudent Man beat over 400 productions to win the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival’s People’s Choice Award and also took out the WA Tour Ready Award. The show has toured New Zealand, all around Australia, and was invited to perform at the prestigious New York United Solo Festival in November 2017. It has received rave reviews wherever it is performed.

 “Profound and gripping viewing for all.” (Theatre People)

“Theatre at the very top of its game.” (The Music)

“A powerful and thought-provoking finale.” (The West Australian)

“Writer and performer have reached the pinnacle of drama.” (Arts Hub)

Lyall Brooks has appeared in the Helpmann Award nominated North by Northwest (Arts Centre Melbourne), The Heretic (Melbourne Theatre Company) and Sunday in the Park with George (Victorian Opera), while TV appearances include Neighbours and the final season of American drama television series The Leftovers.

There is swearing, and adult themes and the work is best suited to 16+ audiences but is perfect for Theatre and Drama students as an inspiring example of solo performance.

Tickets are Adults – $20 and Concessions – $15. They can be booked at the LPSC Administration Centre or online at -

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Willow Tree   Missing link in cycleway nearing completion 1 2Willow Tree   Formed up cycleway ready for final pour of concrete to complete the missing link 2 2

The rail crossing precint on Merriwa Road has been a hive of activity as work is undertaken by ATRC contractors to complete the missing link in the path/cycleway that will link the town and the school.

The formed-up path/cycleway ready for the final pour of concrete that will complete the missing link. These works will greatly improve pedestrian safety for people using this route and crossing the railway line. The pathway has been constructed to ensure the pedestrian crossing across Merriwa Road is square to the road and grades are suitable for wheelchair access.

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Presentation Blacktown

Nikki Robertson (Manager LPSC Visitor Information Centre), Donna Ausling (LPSC Director Economic Development), Andrew Hope (LPSC Mayor), Doug Hawkins (LPSC Deputy Mayor) and Gordon Allen (Blacktown Sister City Co-ordinator)

Representatives from Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Sister City Blacktown City Council, Greg McCallum JP International Links and Sister Cities Project Co-ordinator and Gordon Allen Sister City Co-ordinator, have visited the Shire and presented the Sister Cities Award for Community Involvement presented by the Sister Cities Association at the National Awards in late 2017.

“This award was presented in recognition of the Community Exchange Program undertaken at Oktoberfest in Quirindi held in 2016. A Community Partnership Program between our two Councils commenced in 2015. The key principle of this community based inclusive program is to facilitate the bringing together of identified and comparable community groups from both partners using Sister Cities as the catalyst for participation and involvement,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

The 2016 Community Exchange involved community groups from both regions including Community Garden Clubs, Men’s Sheds, Wood Turners, Historical Societies, the CWA and Bowling Clubs. The Youth Ambassadors from Blacktown and their international sister city in Korea, Suseong-Gu Daegu City, also met with young people from the Liverpool Plains. All the groups met and did activities together, undertook a tour of the Liverpool Plains and attended the Oktoberfest event staged at the Royal Theatre,” he said.

“In 2017 the Community Exchange Program was based around the hugely successful Hangi in the Country. Our friends from Blacktown enjoyed this event so much and I’m delighted to announce we’ll do it all again with Hangi in the Country II to be held on October 26, 27 and 28 2018,” he said.

“LPSC takes it partnership with Blacktown seriously as we believe it forges ties that encourage cultural understanding, friendship and co-operation,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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On Wednesday the commencement plaque for the Quipolly Water Project will be laid, marking the beginning of work on the ground. Cr Andrew Hope, mayor of the Liverpool Plains Shire Council said it was a massive investment in the local community.

“At $28 million, this is the largest investment in our community to date and it is great to see work underway now on the ground. Staff in Council have been planning the project for years and the support we have had from both state and federal government has been exceptional,” said Cr Hope.

“The federal government secured $10 million, the state government also secured $10 million and Council will contribute the remaining $8.4million. Water infrastructure is critically important for regional communities and this project will deliver better water security and better-quality water for the people of Werris Creek,” Cr Andrew Hope said.

Barnaby Joyce, federal member of parliament for the New England said delivering better water to support the growth of regional communities is a key priority.

“The current treatment plant for Werris Creek was built in 1932 and while it has had constant upgrades, it can’t be compared to a new state of the art treatment plant which this project will deliver. We see the positive impact this has on regional communities and this project will last well into the future for the people of Werris Creek,” said Mr Joyce.

“With the dry conditions at the moment, providing better water security for our towns is critical and this project will deliver that confidence in the Liverpool Plains Shire Council area. And it is great for the community to see the Project starting on the ground with drones starting survey work, geotechnical work commencing and expressions of interest in the build of the project being met with plenty of qualified consortiums,” Barnaby Joyce said.

Hon., Michael Johnsen, member for Upper Hunter said projects like this secure everyday water supplies. “The positive impact on growing rural communities should not be underestimated.”  

Hon., Kevin Anderson, member for Tamworth said drought proofing is more important than ever. “This project gives us a measure of security, and also provides fresh clean running water for Werris Creek.”

The community is invited to attend a morning tea and the laying of the commencement plaque.

  • WHEN: 10am, Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
  • WHERE: Quipolly Dam, Lowes Creek Road, Quipolly.
  • PHOTO/FOOTAGE: In addition to the laying of the commencement plaque, the media are invited to film drones in operation and the existing treatment plant at Werris Creek. Footage from a drone can also be supplied. Please contact Elizabeth to make arrangements.
  • CONTACT: Elizabeth Flaherty 0414 552 474.
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At the recent Namoi Unlimited JO meeting, Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope tendered his resignation as Chair of the Board, citing personal reasons. Councillor Hope nominated the Mayor of Gunnedah Shire, Councillor Jamie Chaffey for the role of Chair and he was elected unopposed to the position. Councillor Hope will remain as a Director on the JO Board representing LPSC.

Councillor Chaffey acknowledged the dedication and significant investment Councillor Hope has made to the organisation, and that the term of the Chair can be marked by the achievements and maturity of the organisation.

“I was honoured to hold the position of JO Chair for 18 months. During this period the organisation went through a period of uncertainty around the NSW Government’s position on JOs in NSW. The organisation was one of the trial pilot models for the Government in developing the JO concept, leading to better working relationships between Councils and State agencies. An Executive Officer was appointed and we undertook the formation and implementation of a Statement of Strategic Priorities and associated activity. It was an extremely busy period,” Councillor Hope said.

“The support of the other Mayors in the group was imperative to the organisations success and I thank them. It was a challenge to combine the interests of a number of Local Government Areas across priorities but it was rewarding work,” he said.

Councillor Hope said Gunnedah Shire Council, Gwydir Shire Council, Liverpool Plains Shire Council, Tamworth Regional Council and Walcha Council have resolved to form the Namoi Joint Organisation of Councils from July 1 2018 and Uralla Shire will be an associate member.

“The members of the Namoi region are committed to continuing to work together and have endorsed the selection of a consultant to assist the group of Councils with their strategic planning and business plan for 2018-2019 financial year and beyond,” he said.

“Stage 2 of the Namoi Roads Network Strategy in collaboration with NSW Roads and Maritime Services has been considered and a consultant has been selected to assist with its development by the end of June. The consultancy will provide an economic analysis of industry activity across the network of state, local and regional roads to lend support to combining applications for works to address pinch points as a region,” he continued.

Councillor Hope said he was also proud to have been involved with building a new cultural and economic relationship to work with the Agricultural Bureau of the provincial government of Ningbo in China.

“Our recent delegation met with almost 300 businesses interested in hearing about the investment

opportunities, trade and business links. The goal now is for member Councils to build on those contacts with regular and ongoing discussions.

“There is significant interest in the Namoi region and we positioned it as an alternative and key agricultural region in NSW. It will take time and commitment but we know that engaging in international markets to feed the world is the future for Australian agriculture,” he said.

“The introduction of legislation to form JOs in NSW by Council resolution demonstrates the determination and recognition of members that we now have a mature core group of Councils with agreed objectives and opportunities,” he continued.

“It is an exciting time for regional NSW with funding and focus on the regions, Namoi Unlimited will represent about 90,000 people and an economy that generates $4.4 billion for the State of NSW and by working together we can continue to create opportunities for jobs and businesses in our communities,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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The following road closures will take place on Anzac Day to facilitate the various events:

  • Dawn Service Werris Creek - 5am to 6:30am, Anzac Parade between Single Street and Henry Street

  • Dawn Service Quirindi - 5am to 6:30am, George Street between Henry Street and Pryor Street, Station Street between Pryor Street and Dalley Street and Pryor Street between George/Station Street and Church Avenue

  • Morning March Werris Creek - 10:30am to 12:30pm, Single Street between North Street and Poole Street and Anzac Parade and Coronation Avenue both between Single Street and Henry Street

  • Morning March Quirindi - 10:30am to 11:15am. George Street between Thomas Street and Henry Street. 10:45am to 12:30pm, George Street between Henry Street and Pryor Street, Station Street between Pryor Street and Dalley Street and Pryor Street between George/Station Street and Church Avenue

  • Morning March Willow Tree - 9am to 9:15am, New England Highway between Eipper Street and Sisson Street

Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Administration Centre, Werris Creek and Quirindi Libraries, Service NSW Agency, Eastside Childcare Centre, Home Support Services, Recreation Centre and all landfills and transfer stations will be closed on Anzac Day.

The Visitor Information Centre will be open and waste and recycling pick-ups that normally take place on a Wednesday will operate as normal.

In an emergency situation only, call the answering service on 6746 1755.

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(L to R front row) – Mayor Andrew Hope, Ken Pengilley (Secretary Quirindi RSL Sub-Branch), Doug Hawkins (Deputy Mayor and President Quirindi RSL Sub-Branch), Fay Doyle, Barry Doyle (Sub-Branch Member), Donna Ausling (LPSC Director Environmental Services and Economic Development), (Back Row) Ron van Katwyk (LPSC GM) and John Williams (Sub-Branch Member). 

At a ceremony held in Quirindi, members of the Quirindi RSL Sub-Branch along with representatives of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) have gathered a soil sample at the town’s War Memorial Clock, to be sent to the Anzac Memorial at Hyde Park in Sydney.

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LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope and Deputy Mayor and President of the Quirindi RSL Sub-Branch, Councillor Doug Hawkins gather the soil sample to be sent to Sydney.

As part of a display being put together to mark the centenary of WWI at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, a plaque for every town, suburb and locality around NSW that enlistees gave as their place of address is being forged,” Councillor Hawkins said.

“This soil sample will sit alongside the place name of the area it was collected and approximately 1700 plaques will be displayed en masse around the walls of the Hall of Service.

“When completed, visitors to the Memorial will be able to view interesting information on each listed location via digital devices. Information will include the details and date the local soil was collected, the names of every enlistee who gave that location as their home address, and pinpointed maps showing the local area and its surrounding memorials and schools,” he said.

“The RSL Sub-Branch has also collected a sample from Wallabadah for the collection,” Councillor Hawkins said.

“To be completed as the Centenary of Anzac draws to a close, the Centenary Project will be a respectful addition to the Anzac Memorial, and introduce stunning new features which will serve to enhance the Memorial’s reputation as a New South Wales landmark and importantly provide yet another memorial to our local people who enlisted to serve in WW1,” LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has reviewed and updated its policy relating to burials on private land.

“Council has certain legal responsibilities and policies, along with other associated documents set the framework with which Council fulfils its service and regulatory responsibilities,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“The reviewed policy concisely covers anticipated community needs and importantly achieves Council’s obligations under the Public Health Regulation 2002. Any applicant for a burial on private land must have regard for its provisions.  

“LPSC is the local approval authority and any application for a burial on private land must be made in the form of a Development Application (DA) lodged under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act,” he said.

“In determining any application must have regard to the size of the landholding, geotechnical considerations, access, fencing and building restrictions. Required records include a site plan described and drawn by a registered surveyor along with other details for placement on the property file as well as the register of private burial locations.

“There are also requirements for grave markings, burial chambers are not encouraged unless additional security precautions are undertaken and in some instances concurrence of adjoining property owners may be necessary,” he continued.

“Applicants need to understand, that considering all the requirements, they should not have an expectation that approval can be achieved within days of a death. It may take an extended period to process an application subject to the submission of all relevant information. Additionally, the survey and registration of plans with the Land Titles Office can take significant time,” he said.

“Anyone considering a burial on private land needs to plan well ahead and should be aware of requirements by examining the policy on Here"  Councillor Hope concluded.

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Makey Makey Workshop 1Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s libraries at Werris Creek and Quirindi, in conjunction with Central Northern Regional Library, will again be providing activities for young people during the April school holidays.

Free, Makey Makey workshops will be held at Werris Creek library on Monday April 16 from 2.30pm to 4pm and Quirindi Library on Tuesday April 17 between 11am and 12.30pm.

The Makey Makey workshops combine art and technology and involve coding playdough musical keyboards to create interactive musical artworks. The program will build on some of the coding skills learnt in the sphero workshops held last school holidays. Participants will learn how to apply basic coding skills to activate the Makey Makey board to bring their artwork to life.

These workshops are for children 9+. Bookings are essential and should be made asap as numbers are limited. Call Werris Creek library on 6768 7340 or Quirindi library on 6746 2350 to secure a place.

There will also be a Robot demonstration held at Quirindi Library between 2.30pm and 3pm on April 17. Again, call Quirindi library if you’d like to attend.

Your local library can help keep expenses down during the school holidays. There are a wide range of books available to borrow as well as CDs and DVDs. Computers are available You can also access downloadable e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines as well as a range of information databases. Drop in or call your librarian for more information.

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ON Wednesday, April 18 the community is invited to celebrate the commencement of works for the Quipolly Water Project with the laying of a foundation stone and morning tea.

Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said it was great to see the project breaking ground and gaining momentum.

“Major infrastructure projects like this take time and while it is anticipated the Quipolly Water Project will be two years until we can turn on the tap, it is nice to mark the first works on the ground,” Councillor Hope said.

“We have had drones conducting survey work along the new pipeline route, with some soil testing and geotechnical work to occur this month.

“There is an incredible amount of work behind the scenes with staff planning the project, but it is good to have the opportunity to show the community what is happening and mark the beginning of tangible work on the project,” Councillor Hope continued.

Rod Batterham, Water Services Manager for LPSC, said there were many activities for the project underway.

“The expression of interest to appoint a suitable consortium for the project is well underway with seven applicants to date; the next phase will be the tender process and final selection (September).

“The drone survey work is complete and geotechnical work is now being conducted,” he said.

“We are also assessing the treatment plant design, to finalise what treatment plant will service our community the best,” he continued.

“Another key step is the Review of Environmental Factors which we are planning and is scheduled to begin in April,” Rod concluded.

•         WHEN: 10am, Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (Official proceedings 10:30am)

•          WHERE: Quipolly Dam, Lowes Creek Road, Quipolly.

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As part of its review of Council policies, to ensure they are up to date and meet relevant statutory obligations, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has updated its Barking Dogs Complaints Policy to reflect changes in the standard practices of the management of barking dog complaints.

“The reviewed policy concisely covers community expectations in this area and achieves Council’s obligations under relevant legislation,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

“To start with, dog owners are encouraged to consider the well-being of their neighbours. In the first instance, the best outcomes can often be obtained by neighbours discussing the issue in a courteous manner, between themselves, to find a resolution. The dog's owner may not realise that their dog is bothering you and will often be happy to work with you to solve the problem.

“However, if this is not possible the objective of Council’s policy is to provide an efficient and cost-effective method of dealing with noise complaints relating to barking dogs, and to enable a sufficient level of information and evidence to be obtained to fairly deal with noise control issues.

“Complainants must be willing to provide evidence and appear as witnesses if necessary. They will be requested to complete and sign a Dog Noise Nuisance Complaint to help ensure the claim isn’t vexatious,” he said.

“A seven-day evidentiary diary needs to be completed giving times and duration of barking. Several sets of the diary are provided with a recommendation that the complainant arrange for other affected persons to complete them. On the return of the diaries, Council staff will visit the dog owner to discuss the matter and the owner will be given seven days to consider a course of action.

“After seven days, if the dog owner is co-operative action will be deferred and the complainant will be contacted after thirty days to see if the problem still exists. If the owner is unco-operative a Nuisance Order under the Companion Animals Act may be issued,” he continued.

“If a Nuisance Order is issued, further seven-day evidentiary diaries may be required to secure additional evidence to support the order. Upon completion legal options include the issue of an infringement notice or proceeding by summons to enforce the Nuisance Order. These procedures may be repeated until the noise problem is resolved,” he said.

“If you realise your dog is barking too much you can find helpful information to address the issue at,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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