Media Releases & Exhibitions

Following an address to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) by Quirindi CWA Secretary, Colleen Wills, giving an account of the branch’s drought relief activities, Councillors and Directors gave a round of applause to the CWA for their incredible efforts to date raising awareness of, and funds to assist many people and businesses during the current drought crisis.

“We are very lucky to have a local NGO like the CWA delivering this help. Their grassroots involvement in and knowledge of our community along with their networks has assisted them to undertake a giant logistical challenge in a way bureaucrats never could,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

Mrs Wills told Council she wanted all of the organisation’s dealings on the public record. Total donations to date of $193,305.88; Total expenditure to date of $71,565; Credit over debit $121,739.92; Gift cards received and donated $8,000; proposed use of remaining funding - Christmas vouchers $20,000, Christmas events $6,000 and educational grants $20,000. The balance will be used in the New Year to assist with medications, fuel, car repairs, tyres and stock feed, in the form of vouchers to be used through local small businesses to stimulate the local economy.

Mrs Wills also reported that over 400 packages have been delivered. Gifts/donations continue to roll in, stock feed donated by Farmers Warehouse Singleton is estimated at $30,000 value. She said donations from all over Australia had increased an incredible 70%+ since the airing of the recent ABC 4 Corners program and the generosity of people from all over the nation is both overwhelming and greatly appreciated.

Councillor Hope said anyone who would like to assist the appeal, either financially or perhaps volunteering some time to help with the work, or who knows someone who needs assistance but is too proud to ask can contact Colleen on 6746 1326.

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Plains Fitness, formerly the Quirindi Recreation Centre, has announced the dates for swimming lessons at Quirindi pool during the 2018/19 season.

Block # 1 is a 4 week block, running from 26 November to 19 December, lessons run Monday to Wednesday, 2pm - 6pm.

Block # 2 is 2 weeks intensive swimming, every day, Monday to Friday, for 2 weeks, running from 7 January to 18 January, 10am - 2pm.

Block # 3 runs for 4 weeks, Monday to Friday, from 4 February to 27 February, 2pm - 6pm.

Cost per lesson is $25 which must be paid in full prior to starting. The lessons are suitable for 2yo to 12yo.

Booking and all enquiries should be directed to Plains Fitness on 6746 3122.

Drowning is still one of the most common causes of accidental death in children, so being able to swim is an essential life-saving skill. Additionally, swimming is great for overall health. There are huge physical benefits to swimming, such as the full-body cardiovascular and respiratory workout. This develops a child's stamina, flexibility and muscle strength using the water as resistance, and also builds their concentration.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has been continuing its review of Council Policies, in the process updating them as necessary, turning some into staff directives or in some instances where there are overriding State or Federal laws/regulations repealing them. As policies are updated they are placed on Council’s website for community perusal at

According to LPSC GM, Ron van Katwyk, it is vital that policies are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure they are consistent with government legislation and Council’s obligations to provide best practice governance for the community.

“Our Anti-Discrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity Policy has been reviewed and the revised version adopted. This policy is to ensure that Council meets all legislative and moral obligations in providing equal employment opportunity for both its existing workforce and also in the recruitment of any future employees. Equal Employment Opportunity means that all employment and promotion decisions are made on the basis of merit,” Mr van Katwyk said. 

“Council has converted its reviewed Corporate Property Policy into a Directive. The Corporate Property Policy was originally created to guide Council’s decision making in respect to a range of property and investment matters. After review, the policy as it stood is no longer considered to be relevant as the content is covered under legislation and associated best practice guidelines. Consultation provisions have been incorporated into the new Directive. Repeal of the Policy is undertaken in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1993,” he said.

“The Employee Leave Balances Policy has been reviewed and adopted as a Directive. Its purpose is to ensure that Council meets its obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Long Service Leave Act 1955, as well as reducing Council’s future financial liability with staff required to take accrued leave within a reasonable time period of it falling due,” he continued.

“A number of policies reviewed have been repealed in their current form as they are either covered within other Council documents or by overarching State and/or National legislation. These include The Electricity Supply to Rural Subdivisions Policy, The Swimming Pool Barrier Inspection Policy, The Retailing in the Shire (Itinerant Vendors) Policy and The Subdivision and the Provision of Services Policy,” he said.

“Decisions made by local government must be made in a way that is consistent with local government principles and obligations to provide transparent and effective processes, and decision-making in the public interest, sustainable development and management of assets and infrastructure, and delivery of effective services, democratic representation, social inclusion and meaningful community engagement, good governance of and by local government and ethical and legal behaviour of councillors and local government employees,” Mr van Katwyk concluded.

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Mr Ron van Katwyk, GM Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), is reminding the community that closing dates for comment and involvement are fast approaching on several important issues that Council is seeking input on.

“Firstly, there is the review of the Local Environment Plan (LEP), a major project that is only undertaken infrequently. Submissions close on Friday 16 November. The LEP planning review provides the opportunity for people to have their say about how zoning, lot sizes and how dwellings are developed, and crucially, to help facilitate the growth of the Shire.

“Please have your say at Further information is available on Council’s website, at Werris Creek and Quirindi Libraries, Council’s Administration Centre, The Plains Fitness Centre, or by phoning 6746 1755 for a questionnaire to be sent to you by post, email or direct to your mobile. We would greatly appreciate your contribution to help achieve the best outcomes,” he said.

“Secondly, Council wishes to determine the community’s views as to how up to $1 million of Federal Government funding, on offer for drought relief projects, can be best utilised in providing jobs, keeping money flowing through local businesses plus supporting drought relief activities.

“I encourage everyone to fill in Council’s questionnaire which can be found online at Your ideas are important, because the more input received the better the decision making process that will result. Hard copies of the questionnaire are also available at Council’s Administration Centre, Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries and the Visitor Information Centre at Willow Tree. It can also be requested through an email to or by calling 6746 1755 during business hours.

“It would be appreciated if you take a few minutes to do this as soon as possible as decisions have to be made quickly and submitted to the Federal Government. Projects that are successful must be completed by the end of June 2019 so there are tight timetables to meet,” he continued.

“Effective community engagement depends upon and results from a strong partnership between the community and its Council. It allows for the consideration and development of alternative strategies, identification of preferred solutions, and prioritising projects on merit. The more feedback gathered the better towards providing a good representation of the of the community’s views and wishes,” Mr van Katwyk concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) GM, Ron van Katwyk, and Deputy Mayor, Paul Moules, represented Council as part of the Namoi Unlimited Joint Organisations (JO) recent advocacy trip to Canberra to outline the organisations strategic priorities for the next three years and encourage further funding and support from the Government to assist meeting the objectives.

“JOs have become a key mechanism through which Government delivers funding and programs to regional NSW. A lot of time has been spent determining the strategic priorities and the visit provided a show of strength signifying the serious commitment member councils have made to work together on ambitious projects for the region,” he said.

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“Water was a major issue on the agenda and recognising its importance for the region, the JO is undertaking a project to establish the region’s urban and rural water needs into the future. JO Chair, Councillor Jamie Chaffey told Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, the organisation has been reassured that a regional approach to how we identify and address infrastructure such as water is critical. The JO is focused on the region increasing its potential as one of Australia’s most productive food bowls. The JO stated its case for funding towards a report that can enunciate what water is required and how we can use it to achieve the desired outcomes,” Mr Van Katwyk said.

“Roads, education, electricity, telecommunications, trade and investment were important issues on the agenda as were the business case for a university campus in the region and enabled and connecting infrastructure, including a plan to align road projects to drive efficiencies and deliver freight corridors and clustering priorities. Drought was also a priority item and discussions included a meeting with Special Drought Envoy and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce.

“The need for affordable energy and the extra pain high and rising prices are causing during the drought, along with reliable telecommunications and strategies to increase populations and growth with a focus on attracting and retaining skilled workers were highlighted,” he said.

“The case for funding and recognition of NSW Joint Organisation of Councils by the Federal Government was made to Minister for Local Government and Decentralisation, Bridget McKenzie.

“Speaking on behalf of the JO, Councillor Chaffey described the agenda as ‘ambitious, worthwhile and reassuring’. I think my JO colleagues and I, after 10 meetings, left Canberra feeling a regional approach to projects and planning was applauded, and organisations like Namoi Unlimited with a clear and strategic focus are very much welcomed in the National Capital,” Mr van Katwyk concluded.

GM Ron van Katwyk (back row right) and Deputy Mayor Paul Moules (back second from right) attended Namoi Unlimited Jo’s advocacy trip to Canberra representing LPSC and are pictured with Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Deputy Leader of The Nationals, Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation (front centre) and JO colleagues, the GMs and Mayors of Gunnedah Shire, Gwydir Shire, Walcha Shire and Tamworth Regional Councils .

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Community Events Organiser, Andrew Ballard, is encouraging the community to get into the spirit of the Garage Sale Trail to find a bargain and at the same time help the environment by rehoming things that may otherwise end up in landfill.

The Wallabadah P&C is holding an event as a fundraiser, at the school on Saturday between 9am and 1pm, as is the Quirindi Preschool Kindergarten, also on Saturday between 8:30 am and 11:00 am at Allnutt St, Quirindi.

Individual sales are being held at 122 Hill St Quirindi on Saturday 9am to 1pm, 25 Munro Street Quirindi Saturday 9am to 2pm and Sunday 9 am to midday, 211 Hawker St Quirindi Saturday and Sunday 9am to 3pm, Wilkie St Werris Creek Saturday 8:30am - 3:20 pm and Sunday 9am to 1pm, 31 Suttons Rd Currabubula Saturday and Sunday 9am to 1pm, 47 Single St Werris Creek Saturday 9am to 1pm, 24 Henry St Werris Creek Saturday and Sunday 9am to 1pm, 18 Deeks Rd Werris Creek Saturday 9am to 1pm, 152 Hawker St Quirindi Saturday and Sunday 9am to 3pm and 28 Rose St Quirindi Saturday 9am to 3pm.

“Events can be posted up until Friday so check out Garage Sale Trail’s easy to use website for additions and also to find out what is up for grabs at each of the individual sales,” Andrew said.

“Garage Sale Trail is a national event. As the old saying goes, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, so the event is a winner for sellers as well as buyers plus the environment. Check it out at, ” Andrew concluded.  

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According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Werris Creek librarian, Marilyn Deeks, libraries today are as important as ever in aiding childhood development and whilst some say they are an  anachronism in a world of mobile screens experts will in fact tell you that while childhood has changed in many ways, children have not.   

“The ability to read well and comprehend is probably more vital now than it has ever been. Regular library visits unsurprisingly lead to more reading and educationalists will tell you that reading is brain food. Research shows that reading actually aids in brain development, especially in a child’s first five years of life.  When kids are read to, their brain cells literally turn on, and existing links among brain cells are strengthened and new links formed. When we read aloud to children we send them the message, you are important, and this time is for you.” she said.

“Both the Shires libraries have story times for children, Quirindi on Mondays at 10.30am and Werris Creek Tuesdays at 11.30am. Parents and carers are invited and encouraged to bring their kids along and see what it’s all about. Interaction with other kids also helps build their social skills,” she continued.

“A visit to the library allows you to expose your children to more books and magazines than most families can afford to buy. As librarians we can recommend books that you may not know of or think to suggest, broadening their tastes and expanding their minds and vocabularies,” she said.

“Where once libraries were passive places today’s young library patrons engage with books, magazines, with librarians, computers and other kids. It is a fun, educational environment.

“Call in and check out what your library has to offer plus different programs/group activities on offer, not only for kids but for people of all ages. Encourage your children to visit the library and reap the many benefits it offers. We look forward to seeing you and you’ll be made most welcome,” Marilyn concluded.

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This year’s Hangi in the Country II, October 26, 27 and 28, has a special youth focus. To cater for the younger people in the community a special show aimed at pre-school children and suitable for up to 10 years of age will be staged at the Royal Theatre Quirindi on Saturday 27 from 2pm.

Alex Papps“We are delighted that Alex Papps, known to many younger people for his role on television through Playschool will present a free show the kids will love,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope

“Alex will also be known to the wider community as a former Home and Away star,” he said.

“As a prelude to the weekend events, Blacktown City Council is sponsoring a visit by Rap 4 Change, a sing and dance group from their city and they’ll perform at Wallabadah, Werris Creek and Walhallow public schools on Thursday 25, at no cost to the schools.

“For older youth there will be the Hangi Youth Games, commencing at 9am on Saturday 27 it will feature friendly games in soccer, netball, rugby (to be held at Longfield Park) and basketball at the High School auditorium.

“Also, on 27 October a Youth Forum will be held at the Catholic Church Hall (entry from Hill Street) from 10am. There will be an address by Jessica Watson OAM who at 16 years of age became the youngest person to sail solo and unassisted around the world. She has won many awards including Young Adventurer of the Year and 2016 Young Australian of the Year and is a great role model for young people,” he continued.

“Although there is a special focus on youth there are also events taking place for other age groups, in fact something for everyone. The culmination of this fun event will be the Hangi dinner at the Royal Theatre from 6.30pm on Saturday evening. Apart from a good feed there’ll be entertainment by local and Blacktown performers and proceedings will be MCd by Alex Papps with a Q&A with Jessica Watson. Tickets for the Hangi evening are $30, available online at,” he said.

“On behalf of our community I again express our sincere thanks to Blacktown City Council for their financial assistance in making the Hangi weekend possible and the many other ways they assist their Sister City. Come along to Hangi events, make our friends welcome and enjoy their company,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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It’s almost blast off ….. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and it’s off to Mars at Werris Creek Library on Wednesday October 3 from 11am to midday.

The role playing survival workshop is for young people 8 to 14 years of age.  

“The Werris Creek to Mars Survival Workshop will rocket you from the library to Mars. Participants are guaranteed a smooth landing, getting the crew safely to the Mars One Colony in record time,” said Werris Creek librarian Marilyn Deeks.

“The activity will include building emergency robot rovers, wiring electronic rescue beacons and constructing survival habitats,” she said.

Because of limited places being available, booking is essential.

Please phone Werris Creek Library 6768 7340 during library hours Tuesday 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm.

The final opportunity will be to ring before 11am on the Wednesday to see if any places remain.

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According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, Small Business Month celebrates the vital contribution small business makes towards a vibrant economy. 

“To celebrate Small Business Month, Liverpool Plains Shire Council and Liverpool Plains Business Chamber will be holding a free Local Business Networking Breakfast on Friday 26 October. The event will start at 7.30am, the venue is Quirindi TAFE NSW Connected Learning Centre, 123 Hawker Street. The breakfast is sponsored by the Liverpool Plains Business Chamber with catering by Zest Cafe,” Councillor Hope said.

“The event will feature keynote speaker, Lisa Messenger, the vibrant CEO of the Messenger Group, as well as Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Collective Hub. Lisa grew up in nearby Coolah, she previously worked globally in events, sponsorship, marketing, PR and publishing, has authored and co-authored 24 books and is now an authority in the start-up scene.

“Lisa is a vibrant, passionate and sought-after global public speaker known for her on-stage wit, insight and high level of audience engagement. She encourages an entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and lives life to the absolute maximum,” he said.

“Booking to attend this event is necessary to allow for catering purposes and should be carried out through Your attendance needs to be confirmed by Friday 19 October,” he continued. 

“LPSC and Liverpool Plains Business Chamber are grateful to have a figure and presence such as Lisa coming to our Shire to support and help build a community of like-minded people. We are also grateful for the support provided by The NSW Government and Office of Small Business towards staging this event,” Councillor Hope said.  

“In today’s fiscal environment it is vital that small business take advantage of the opportunities offered to help them develop new enterprises and further build established ones.  

“The different tiers of government can only do so much, and it is up to individuals to grasp what is on offer, to be innovative, to learn from other’s experiences and thrive. When your business prospers our whole community benefits,” he said.    

“LPSC recently released the draft Liverpool Plains Enterprise Assistance Program (LEAP) as a blue print for encouraging and assisting local business development. Go to to down load a copy. Submissions close Friday 5 October.  

“This is just one of a number of initiatives Council is pursuing to stimulate local economic development because we recognise the vital contribution that local businesses play in providing prosperity and quality of life. Only with business working alongside us and keen to grow can we reach our full potential in this area. So please, enthusiastically seize the opportunities being made available to help strengthen our whole community into the future,” he continued. 

“For further details, contact Liverpool Plains Business Chamber by text to 0428 474 602 or via email,” he concluded. 

Lisa Messenger

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Werris Creek Swimming Club and Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) are cordially inviting local residents and visitors alike to be part of the events being staged to mark the 50 Year Anniversary Celebration of Werris Creek Swimming Pool. The celebration is taking place from Friday 5 October to Sunday 7 October.

“While these celebrations are to mark 50 years since the pool was first opened, I’m sure the Werris Creek community will also be celebrating the biggest makeover the pool has ever had during that 50 year period, a $480,000+ upgrade,” said LPSC GM, Ron van Katwyk.

“Among the improvements are three new water play features in the toddlers pool, which has also gained its own separate filtration unit. The old gravity filters have been replaced with pressure filters, new pipework has been installed along with new pumps and electricals in the existing plant room, all to improve the water quality in both pools,” he said

Mr van Katwyk said the 50 year celebrations will commence on the evening of Friday 5 October with a meet and greet being held at Werris Creek Bowling and Tennis Club, commencing at 6pm. He said the weekend’s special guest, swimming legend Dawn Fraser AC MBE will join those assembled during the evening. He added that another special guest Gillian Howard (nee, de Greenlaw) was a team mate of Dawn’s at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

“Gillian was only 14 years old and at the time, the youngest person to ever represent Australia at the Olympics. Her visit is particularly special as she visited Werris Creek in 1968 when the pool was opened and donated a Swimming Trophy and is coming back to celebrate 50 years on,” he said.

“Saturday 6 is the big day kicking off with a street market at Junction Park from 8am including breakfast from 8.30am cooked by Werris Creek Swimming Club members. Werris Creek Library will stage a ‘Knitted Exhibition’ from 9am,” he said.

“A street parade along Single Street, from North Street to Coronation Avenue, will commence at 10.30am and it will add a lot of spirit to the day if residents who aren’t marching come and line the route.

“The Lions Club and Rural Fire Service will be cooking up a BBQ at the pool from 11.30am and a photo/memorabilia exhibition can be inspected. Then from midday there’ll be live music with Back Trackin’ plus the Signal Singers,” he continued.

Mr Van Katwyk said the Official Ceremony and unveiling of a plaque celebrating the pool’s 50th anniversary will commence at 1.30pm. He said Dawn Fraser will be joined by State MP Kevin Anderson and the LPSC Mayor for the unveiling.

“There will be a free bus running from the Post Office to the Swimming Pool from 11.30am to 1pm to make it easy for patrons to get to the pool. At 3.30pm the bus will take patrons back down to Single Street and to the Bowling and Tennis Club.

“A celebration buffet will be held at the Bowling and Tennis Club from 6pm with the official dinner and presentation night commencing at 6.30pm. There will be live entertainment with Jess and the Gerrys performing,” he said

Mr van Katwyk said the Werris Creek pool is strongly supported by the community and swimming club and collaborations with the State Government and Council has seen massive improvements to the facilities with hot water added to showers, general amenities work, the addition of a disabled amenities room and the entry foyer upgrade completed in 2017 and the latest work to pool facilities completed ahead of the 2018/19 swimming season.

“This is another great example of the power of community at work and I congratulate everyone involved in making a vision a reality,” he said.

“Come along, participate and have some fun at the celebrations,” Mr van Katwyk concluded.

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Representatives from Quirindi Lions Club, The Friends of Quirindi Cemetery and Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) attended an official opening ceremony for the new toilet facilities at Quirindi Cemetery.

“This $25,000+ project, which greatly adds to the cemetery’s amenity, is a great example of power of community at work and is a collaborative effort between Quirindi Lions Club, the Friends of the Cemetery and LPSC,” Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said.

“Since they were formed in late 2015, Friends of Quirindi Cemetery have initiated numerous projects and I sincerely thank their volunteers on behalf of the wider community for the improvements they have brought to the precinct. The generous contribution from, and community spirit of Quirindi Lions Club must also be acknowledged and to them I also say thank you,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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The Open to Change campaign will be officially launched on Wednesday, 12 September.

Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is seeking the community’s thoughts about zoning and lot sizes in the Shire. The information obtained will contribute to the review and amendment of the Local Environmental Plan (LEP).

“The review provides a perfect opportunity for anyone to let Council know that they want to promote changes to zoning and lot sizes. Council will review the different options and make any relevant changes. Opportunities for landowners to save time and money like this only present themselves every five years when a LEP review is done. A change outside this timeframe can cost, on average, $80,000 in order to meet all of the State Government requirements,” explains General Manager Ron Van Katwyk.

“The LEP is a legal document containing rules and standards for private and public land use within the Shire. It covers matters such as; what uses and activities are permitted or prohibited on a parcel of land, sets objectives for land within that zone and identifies the height of buildings, heritage considerations and lot sizes.

“This review process will not only save landowners significant money and time, but it also provides the residents, ratepayers, and business owners an excellent opportunity to have a say in the development and growth of our great Shire,” Mr Van Katwyk said.

“If anyone has been thinking about proposing a change to their zoning or wanting a rural dwelling, or if they feel there are areas in our Shire that lend themselves to further development, we want to know,” explains Mayor Andrew Hope. “We also want to know if there are areas that may be prohibiting growth because of zoning or lot sizes,” he added.

The Mayor said that it is important that people make the most of this excellent opportunity.

“Council is open to considering changes to the zoning or lot sizes and reviewing dwelling entitlements so that growth in the Shire is managed responsibly. I strongly encourage everyone to provide their input by completing the short questionnaire before it’s too late,” he concluded.

The questionnaire is available at:


Council website:

Locations: Werris Creek and Quirindi Libraries, Council Chambers and LPSC Fitness Centre

Social Media: Facebook-

Phone: 02 6746 4500 for a questionnaire to be sent to you by post, email or direct to your mobile.

The survey closes on 26 October 2018.

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The swimming season will be with us before we know it, so Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is encouraging pool owners to ensure theirs meet all the requirements of NSW State legislation particularly that it is ‘legal’ and on the mandatory NSW Swimming Pool Register at Pools must also be compliant with this legislation.   

Secondly, make sure your child-resistant barrier fences are secure and that all gates are fitted with a device that will return the gate to the closed position, immediately after opening. The closing device should be capable of complying with these requirements with the gate in any position, from resting on the latching mechanism, to fully open. Gates should be fitted with a latching device that will automatically operate on the self-closing of the gate. The latch device must not release the gate from the closed position unless manual force is applied to the release mechanism.

“Kids can drown without a sound! Unfortunately, too many children drown or suffer severe consequences of near drownings in backyard pools. Statistical evidence shows that the majority of drownings in private swimming pools involves children under the age of 5 years and inadequate pool fencing is a major contributing factor to these drownings,” said LPSC Regulatory Manager, Steve Ryder.

“All pool owners are responsible for safety in and around their pool. Surely, nobody would want the death of a child on their conscience simply because their pool wasn’t secure.  

“Some simple key actions can prevent a child drowning. Always supervise children, restrict their access to the pool, educate them in water awareness and ensure someone has resuscitation and first aid skills,” he said.

“A reminder that spa pools are covered by the legislation and should be separated by a child resistant pool safety barrier in accordance with Australian Standard AS1926.1-2007. Alternatively, the spa pool must be covered and secured by a lockable child safe structure, such as a door, lid, grille or mesh. Inflatable pools of 300mm or more in height also require child-resistant barriers and a warning sign display,” he continued.  

“The NSW State Government has in recent times made some significant and far-reaching changes to the way that ‘back yard’ and tourist-related swimming pools are managed, operated and inspected. Council has prepared Fact Sheets with useful information on Swimming Pool’s Legislation and the Swimming Pool Register relating to these changes. They can be accessed at, or you can pick them up at the Customer Service Desk.   

“Warning notices are compulsory for all swimming pools and spas and can be purchased from Council’s Administration Building,” he said.

“If you have any queries regarding your obligations owning a pool call Council’s Environmental Services Staff on 6746 1755 during business hours,” Steve concluded

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has developed the Liverpool Plains Enterprise Assistance Program (LEAP) which it plans to progressively implement via the Liverpool Plains Business Advisory Group (BAG). The draft of the policy is currently on public exhibition until Friday 5 October and submissions are encouraged and close on the same date.   

“LPSC has established the LEAP funding initiative in recognition of the vital contribution that local businesses play in our prosperity and quality of life. It will be a key element of Council’s Business Advisory Group functions and aims to attract and support new business opportunities or existing businesses looking to expand,” said LPSC GM Ron van Katwyk.

“Council is focused on ensuring the foundations are in place to take our economy forward and to realise emerging opportunities. It is about encouraging development and investment, including expansion, diversification and retention of existing businesses, attraction of new businesses, residents and investment into the Shire and the creation of employment and wealth,” he said.

“LEAP outlines a range of benefits which include but are not limited to website costs, infrastructure upgrades, business frontage upgrades, training and support, business succession planning, assistance with sustainability research and in transitioning to larger premises.

“It also provides pathways for assistance in advertising expansion, shop local campaigns, recruitment and retention of staff, developing networks to strengthen business opportunities, supporting initiatives of the LP Chamber of Commerce, business planning, coordination and/or provision of site utilities, charges for provision of services, site establishment and fees and charges,” he continued.

LEAP has been developed through consultation with Council’s Business Advisory Group and the Liverpool Plains Chamber of Commerce. The program will be implemented with the assistance of the BAG and each application for assistance will be assessed by it on a case by case basis.

“Council welcomes submissions on the draft Policy during the exhibition period. Exhibition locations are the fixed exhibition at the Council Administration Centre during normal business hours with copies available at Werris Creek and Quirindi Libraries, Willow Tree Visitor Information Centre” he said.

“Community economic development means much more than simple economic growth. We are part of a larger global society and are intimately affected by large issues of sustainability. Business leaders and community organizations know that it is important to work at the local level because despite larger issues it is imperative we make the important decisions as to how economic development occurs in our Shire,” he continued.  

“Our vision is for a healthy economy, the ability for the community to withstand economic change, to generate local dollars and keep them circulating within the local economy, to build a sense of community pride and loyalty to local business and to capitalize on the strengths and assets that make our community unique so we can attract businesses/industry and create employment,” Mr van Katwyk concluded.

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Sunflower Arts Festival   Sandra Saunders 2017 Sunflower winnerEntries are now open for the Sunflower Art Festival which will be held at Quirindi’s Royal Theatre from Friday 14 through until Sunday 16 December 2018. The entry form is available online at or from Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s Customer Service Desk at the Administration Centre. Entry forms should be returned by Thursday 6 December. Completed entry forms can be sent to  

There is $1000 in cash prizes available;

  • $400 - Best Sunflower themed artwork - painting or sculpture - all mediums
  • $250 - Best Painting - all mediums
  • $250 - Best Sculpture - all mediums
  • $100 Viewer’s Choice (Decided by all patrons throughout the weekend)

Entries must arrive at Quirindi Royal Theatre on Wednesday 12 December between 10am and 2pm. Paintings cannot be removed before 2pm on Sunday 16 December and must be collected between 9am and 12 noon on Monday 17 December. Alternate arrangements may be made with the Art Coordinator.

“An important role of this Arts Festival is to celebrate the sunflower which is a symbol of the Liverpool Plains. It also provides outlets and opportunities for our rural based artists to share their work with others,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.   

“The first event was held in 2016 and provides an opportunity for artists to display and sell their works. We are looking forward to lots of entries in 2018 and even bigger crowds than last year to view the works and maybe purchase an item or two.

“Art and culture have the ability to enhance the quality of life for a community bringing about a personal enjoyment, intellectual stimulation plus providing public involvement. As a bonus the arts can also promote economic growth for the community,” he said.

“LPSC believes it is important to support the arts and add to local cultural diversity. When you support the arts, you are supporting all of our respective creative freedom,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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Pet Vaccination Kathy ChristineLiverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) opened the doors of its new Companion Animal Facility to the public with a free micro-chipping session. The facility is situated on Merinda Road Quirindi.

Cathy Ham places the micro-chip in ‘Scotty’ with help from Ranger Christine as owner Erin watches on

According to LPSC Regulatory Manager, Steve Ryder, losing your pet can be a traumatic and even tragic event. To allow the best chance of being reunited, the easiest way is to have it micro-chipped and to ensure the details are kept up to date if you move or there is a change of ownership.

 Companion Animal Facility

“Microchips are implantable computer chips that encode a unique identification number to help reunite you with your lost pet. They are no bigger than a grain of rice and they are placed under your pet’s skin with a needle and syringe, not much differently than a routine vaccine. Unlike collars and ID tags, they can never break or fall-off,” he said.

Councillor Virginia Black, Mayor Andrew Hope, Director of Environmental Services and Economic Development Donna Ausling, GM Ron van Katwyk, Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins and Councillors Ian Lobsey OAM and Paul Moules came along to watch the micro-chipping event and inspect the new facility


“A 2009 study supports what veterinarians and companion animal facilities have known all along and that is dogs and cats with micro-chips are more likely to be returned to their owners than pets without. Cats with micro-chips are 20 times more likely to be returned home than cats without, while dogs with microchips are 2.5 times more likely. It is a no-brainer, if you love your pet as part of the family you’ll ensure it is micro-chipped and up to date,” Steve concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is delighted to announce that His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Linda Hurley will visit the Shire on Sunday 9 September 2018.

Between 2.30pm and 4.30pm, the NSW Governor and his wife will attend the Family Fun Day, organised by the Quirindi Show Society and being held at the Quirindi Showground. The Family Fun Day is being staged in place of the usual Show that has been cancelled due to the current drought conditions.

The Governor’s visit comes as a gesture of support to the Liverpool Plains community and to lift local spirits during the current, difficult times.

Entry to the Family Fun Day is by gold coin donation, with a percentage of that going towards drought relief. It will run between 9am and 3pm and provide an opportunity for families and individuals to socialise and enjoy themselves for a few hours away from the problems that so many are facing. It will include The Piece of the Plains Markets, good old fashioned children’s games, a pet show, lolly drop, rain dance, great food, side show alley, live music, security dog display, a Little Miss and Little Master event, raffles and there are entry prizes to be won.

LPSC looks forward to the Vice Regal visit and believes the day provides the opportunity for families and friends to get together and take some time out. Council encourages as many people as possible to attend and help strengthen the community spirit that is so necessary and important to seeing us through these trying times.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has congratulated the State Government for listening to the community following the Government’s announcement that the per capita subsidy for NSW public libraries will increase from $1.85 per capita to $2.85 per capita as part of an extra $60 million investment in public libraries in the 2019-20 financial year.

“LPSC has been part of a statewide campaign calling on the Government to increase its contribution following an 18% reduction in the 2018/19 budget. This resulted in the State Government’s contribution falling from $28.5 million in the 2017/18 budget to $23.5 million. In 1980 NSW Councils contributed 77% of library funding and the 2018/19 cuts resulted in them paying 92.5%. The constant cuts over the last 30 odd years brought the library system to crisis point,” Councillor Hope said.

This turnaround, announced by the Government, is a result of power of the community at work and they are to be commended for listening and acting on this important issue he said,” he said.

“The Government has also announced that all Councils will receive an increase in annual library subsidy funding between 40 to 50% by 2022-23. Additionally, they’ve said they’ll provide a more than $2 million annual boost in funding for libraries in disadvantaged and remote communities, to ensure these libraries receive their fair share of funding,” he continued.

“Thanks to a State Government contribution of $200,000, announced earlier this year, LPSC will expand Quirindi library by incorporating the area formerly occupied by the real estate office. Council will also revamp the overall library precinct area as part of the project,” he said.

Physical and virtual visitation, library borrowing and participation in library programs continue to increase year on year and the additional funding announced will allow us to expand library services into the future. This is a great win for library users,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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National Child Protection Week starts annually on Fathers’ Day and this year it runs from Sunday 2 – Saturday 8 September. This year’s theme is Play Your Part.

“Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is proud to support National Child Protection Week and National White Balloon Day on Friday September 7. Both events support the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and remind us that protecting children is everyone’s business,” said LPSC GM, Ron van Katwyk.

National Child Protection Week

“Child protection week is an initiative of the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) and White Balloon Day is an initiative of, and major fundraising event for the Bravehearts Foundation one of Australia’s leading voices on child protection,” he said.

“The fact that 1 in 32 children are the victims of substantiated child abuse each year in Australia, and those are just the high threshold required to be picked up by the statutory child protection system, and one in five children is sexually harmed in some way before their 18th birthday is a national disgrace.

“These rates of abuse are not inevitable. There is clear evidence that much of this abuse is preventable. Children thrive when their families have the support they need and are part of strong connected communities. LPSC encourages the broader community to direct efforts into prevention, so that all children are valued, nurtured and able to live free from violence, abuse and neglect,” he continued.

NAPCAN points out that we need to remember that the little things we do every day can help to create safer environments for children. For instance:

  • Be kind to children and parents
  • Be a good role model around children
  • Get involved in your local community, say ‘hi’ to neighbours
  • Look out for signs of abuse or neglect; if you suspect something is wrong talk to an expert
  • Always take reports of abuse seriously
  • Avoid blame and don’t judge; instead, ask yourself what you can do to help
  • Listen to the needs of children and spend time with them

Mr van Katwyk said anyone wishing to know more about NAPCAN and their work can go to the website

If you’d like to participate in White Balloon Day or make a donation to the Bravehearts Foundation go to,” he said.

“A key message of the week is Stronger Communities, Safer Children. Research tells us that a strong community is important for children and helps them to thrive and be safe. Remember, we all have a role to play,” Mr van Katwyk concluded.



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