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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Administration Centre will close for the Christmas/New Year period from 2pm on Friday 21 December and will reopen at 8.30am on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

“During this period, LPSC’s after-hours answering service on 6746 1755 will be available if an urgent matter requires immediate attention. Council requests that only really urgent matters be notified to avoid unnecessary call out costs,” said LPSC Deputy Mayor, Councillor Paul Moules.

“Most other LPSC services will also close on the 21st and reopen on 2 January with the exception of Plains Fitness and the Quirindi and Werris Creek Home Support Services which will reopen on Monday 7 January.

“The Visitor Information Centre will only be closed on Christmas Day.

“Landfills will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Kerbside waste and recycling collections will take place on their regular days including all public holidays,” he said.

“The swimming centres at Werris Creek and Quirindi will close at 3pm on 24 December and reopen at 10am on 27 December. Both pools will operate between 10am and 7pm on all other days through until 3 February 2019 with the exception that both will open at midday on New Years Day. Early morning sessions, 6 – 8am, at Quirindi Pool will operate Monday to Fridays with the exception of Christmas, Boxing and New Years Day,” Councillor Moules concluded.

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If residents of the Liverpool Plains Shire (LPS) see Dr Naomi Parry, Ray Christison and Tanya Cullen (pictured) getting around checking out old buildings, historical sites and other locations, they are the team engaged by Council to prepare a community-based Heritage Study   Dr Naomi Parry Ray Christison  Tanya Cullenheritage planning study. This study will investigate the Shire’s history, identify then assess items and places of heritage significance demonstrating this history, and explain why the items are significant and recommend ways to manage and conserve this significance.

“Council is encouraging the community to provide us with ideas and suggestions regarding potential and existing heritage items. Please contact LPSC Town Planner, Alice Elsley, alice.elsley@lpsc.nsw.gov.au or call her on 6746 1755,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

The benefits of an up-to-date heritage study include: building the community’s sense of identity and engagement, the ability to raise awareness about the community’s heritage assets, providing a sense of ownership of the area’s heritage, plus better tourism strategies that can generate local business by targeting a range of special heritage places which can be promoted to visitors,” Councillor Hope concluded.

 

The members of the study group outside the historic Marshall MacMahon Hotel at Wallabadah, which was built in 1867.

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Plains Fitness will host the Active Kids in 2019 Program, to be held at the Centre, 62 Station Street Quirindi, on Thursdays 10, 17 and 24 January. To reserve a spot, or for further information parents/carers can call 6746 3122 or email manager@lprs.com.au.

The program is tailored for different age groups with ages 3-7 between 10.15 and 11am and ages 7-12 between 11.15am and Midday.  

The sessions will feature games, fun, lots of activity and morning tea will be provided. The cost is $5 per child, per session

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At its November meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) carefully considered the results of community consultation regarding possible projects where up to $1 million in Federal funding can be best spent to provide short-term support to build resilience to the drought’s long-term impacts.

“Power of community was to the fore and our Local Advisory Groups (LAG) and community workshops and surveys presented many great suggestions. Some of the ideas didn’t meet the criteria for funding and those ideas will be retained for consideration if other funding opportunities become available,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

"We have short listed a range of projects, for which to apply for funding, chosen to benefit all our communities and based on suggestions that flowed from the consultation process. The project themes, as requested by our community, are; upgrades to water infrastructure, upgrades to halls, upgrades to freedom camping areas, promotion of the Shire’s tourist and economic development potential and upgrades of community facilities and sporting fields,” he said.

“At this stage, we don’t want to get people’s hopes too high as already many Councils have been knocked back on projects one would have considered worthy and the goal-posts for applications continue to change.

“Once confirmation is received of successful applications, they will be announced through the Shire’s LAGs, in recognition of the significant contribution each community played in the process,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Councillor Andrew Hope, Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is inviting the community and visitors to be part of the Sunflower Art Festival and to visit the public art exhibition at the Royal Theatre Quirindi, being held December 14, 15 and 16.

“A highlight of this year’s exhibition will be a large number of entries from art students at Quirindi High School and this will provide an opportunity to check out the great talent that is blossoming in our midst,” Councillor Hope said.

“We’ll also have art works from established local artists and by others from further afield. An important role of this Arts Festival is to celebrate the sunflower which is a symbol of the Liverpool Plains. The exhibition also provides an outlet and opportunities for our rural based artists to share their work with others,” he said.

The timetable for the art exhibition is;

  • Friday 14 – Official Opening 6 – 9pm. The cost is $10 adults and $5 students with musical entertainment plus the bar will be open. This evening provides a chance to meet some of the artists and to socialise with other art lovers. Tickets ………..
  • Saturday 15, 10am – 4pm and Sunday 16, 10am – 2pm, entry to the exhibition is by gold coin donations with all proceeds going to local volunteer organisations.

LPSC Events Coordinator, Andrew Ballard, said that anyone wishing to make an entry still has a small window of opportunity, with entry forms needing to be submitted by close of business on Thursday 6 December.

Andrew said entry forms are available online at http://www.quirindiroyaltheatre.com/sunflowerart/ or from LPSC’s Customer Service Desk at the Administration Centre. Completed entry forms can be sent to events@lpsc.nsw.gov.au.

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)

“There is a role for art and creativity to play in developing and revitalizing rural communities with flow on benefits to the economy and environment plus social, and cultural domains,” Councillor Hope said.

“Council’s Events Team are working hard to organise a wide range of cultural and entertaining events for local audiences. There are already a number of big events arranged for the Royal Theatre in 2019 including The Australia Day Awards Ceremony, the International Women’s Day Dinner, Tom Flanagan's world acclaimed silent slapstick acrobatic comedy show KAPUT, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, Cinderella Spinderella - Don’t Talk to Strangers an interactive, educational and fun production incorporating safety messages for ages 3 – 11 years, Roald Dahl’s The Twits, the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and Evening Stars with Jane Rutter and Peter Cousens. Go to http://www.quirindiroyaltheatre.com/events/ for more details,” he said.

“We hope to see you at the Sunflower Art Festival Exhibition,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has extended thanks to the many members of the Shire community who responded to the recent LEP review - Open to Change project and attended the Drought Funding workshops and responded to the survey.

“The response to both projects highlighted the power of community at work to benefit our future planning. We received just on 200 responses to the LEP review and almost 100 to the Drought Funding question and it is heartening to see such community involvement. Thank you to all concerned,” he said.

“The LEP review is a huge project and only undertaken once every few years. Now that all submissions and surveys are in, they will be carefully considered and assessed by our planning team. Being such a big project, this is quite an in-depth process that will take a considerable amount of time. When all the submissions are collated and worked through a draft LEP will be developed and put on public exhibition to allow further comment before it is presented to the State Government.

“With a relatively large number of people requesting consideration of zoning changes and lot sizes to their property and taking into account that the Christmas/New Year/holiday period will disrupt a complex process, realistically it will probably be early February 2019 before further detailed consultation will be possible with them. Many people have also registered to receive feedback on this project and we will email or text them updates as further information becomes available,” he continued.

Councillor Hope also added that any proposed changes to zonings had to meet State Government LEP requirements for example you can’t change zoning where you have a conflict of land use.

“Council is also currently reviewing the feedback from both the Drought Funding workshops and associated survey and recent changes made to the funding process. A report will go to Council to prioritise projects that have the best chance of receiving funding. We have to take into account that one regional Council was knocked back on proposals to utilise shop local vouchers and for the replenishment of water tanks on private properties as drought relief measures. We are also faced with tight time limits to have any such projects completed by the end of June 2019,” he said.

“Thanks again to all those who participated towards making our Shire stronger into the future. Being involved in community engagement is not a waste of your time and there are many benefits and reasons why you should get involved. If you would like to contribute more to strengthening your community, consider joining your Local Advisory Group. Call our Economic Development Team on 6746 1755 for more information, Councillor Hope concluded.

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On behalf of the Shire community and Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope has extended congratulations to Currabubula’s Local Advisory Group (LAG) and community as well as the volunteers at the Quirindi Rural Heritage Village for the recognition of their hard work at the 2018 Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards.

Councillor Hope said LPS and its predecessors have supported and been recognised by the Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities Program on many occaisions since the awards started in 1981.

“They encourage increased community pride, morale, plus physical and social well-being by fostering social interaction and cooperation between community members, groups and partners,” he said.

“In this instance the Currabubula community, through its Local Advisory Group (LAG) has restored the local tennis club to make it a focal point for a regular, social, community tennis evening. Over the past couple of years, the Currabubula community has been particularly proactive, improving community infrastructure and amenity.

“Since it was incorporated in 1996, Quirindi Rural and Heritage Village has developed into an impressive complex that has become one of the Shire’s most important tourist destinations, providing a cultural, historical and social experience within its pleasant grounds. Some 90 members plus supporters volunteer their time to operate, maintain and further expand facilities. Their rally in May each year draws thousands of visitors and the miniature railway that provides rides around the complex on the 4th Sunday of the month is a favourite with all ages,” he continued.

“LPSC is proud and enthusiastic to collaborate with the community and local organisations on projects that provide potential for increased tourism and improved community amenities. We can best achieve successful outcomes through strong LAGs and by strengthening current partnerships or initiating new ones between community members, organisations, local businesses and your Council,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is inviting nominations for the Shire’s Australia Day Awards, across seven (7) categories. They will be presented at the official Australia Day ceremony held at the Royal Theatre Quirindi on 26 January 2019.

“The LPSC Australia Day Awards provide the opportunity for the local community to recognise the valuable achievements of individuals who contribute to the vitality of Shire community life,” said Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

Nominations can be made for:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Local Legend
  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Junior Sportsperson of the Year
  • Marie Maunder Community Service Award
  • Emergency Services Community Award

“Criteria and eligibility for each category is available on the official nomination form that can be downloaded from Council’s website www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au, or obtained by emailing lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au, from the Customer Service Desk at the Administration Centre, Quirindi and Werris Creek libraries, the Visitor Information Centre Willow Tree or phoning 6746 1755,” Councillor Hope said.

“Nominees must be Australian citizens and residing in the Liverpool Plains Shire area at the time of nomination,” he continued.

“On Saturday 26 January 2019, Australian's all around the country will celebrate what's great about Australia.

“We would like you to help us celebrate what's great about our community by nominating someone you know for a Local Government Australia Day Award. Pay tribute to someone who makes you proud to be from the Liverpool Plains Shire,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is inviting nominations for the Shire’s Australia Day Awards, across seven (7) categories. They will be presented at the official Australia Day ceremony held at the Royal Theatre Quirindi on 26 January 2019.

“The LPSC Australia Day Awards provide the opportunity for the local community to recognise the valuable achievements of individuals who contribute to the vitality of Shire community life,” said Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

Nominations can be made for:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Local Legend
  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Junior Sportsperson of the Year
  • Marie Maunder Community Service Award
  • Emergency Services Community Award

“Criteria and eligibility for each category is available on the official nomination form that can be downloaded from Council’s website www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au, or obtained by emailing lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au, from the Customer Service Desk at the Administration Centre, Quirindi and Werris Creek libraries, the Visitor Information Centre Willow Tree or phoning 6746 1755,” Councillor Hope said.

“Nominees must be Australian citizens and residing in the Liverpool Plains Shire area at the time of nomination,” he continued.

“On Saturday 26 January 2019, Australian's all around the country will celebrate what's great about Australia.

“We would like you to help us celebrate what's great about our community by nominating someone you know for a Local Government Australia Day Award. Pay tribute to someone who makes you proud to be from the Liverpool Plains Shire,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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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 http://lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/my-council/council-policies.

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 www.surveymonkey.com/r/LPSCOpenToChange. Further information is available on Council’s website www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au, 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 www.surveymonkey.com/r/LPSCweneedyourideasdroughtrelief. 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 lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au 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 www.garagesaletrail.com.au/, ” 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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Monday to Friday:

8.30AM - 5.00PM

Sat to Sun: Closed

Public Holidays: Closed

 

Physical Address

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Quirindi NSW

2343

 

Postal Address

PO Box 152

Quirindi NSW

2343

Contact Details

Phone: 02 6746 1755

Fax: 02 6746 3255

Email: lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au

After Hours Emergency: 02 6746 1755