Local Government wins award

LPSC wins national recognition for asset and financial management
Councillors and staff of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) are elated at the announcement Council has been declared a category winner in the prestigious National Awards for Local Government.
LPSC has been named Small Council Winner (under 15,000 rateable properties) in the category Asset and Financial Management for its successful Quipolly Dam Upgrade project.
“There are 565 councils nationwide and just sixteen category winners in these coveted awards so I think LPSC has a right to be proud that what has been its single biggest capital project has been recognised and it is that much sweeter for our community that it acknowledges Council’s successful financial management of this valuable $6.4 million project. It is the first major step towards LPSC’s Regional Water Supply Strategy to facilitate adaption to climate change, enhance and improve up to four individual town water supplies, provide for future growth and the ability to attract and support new industry,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Ian Lobsey OAM.
“Increased storage capacity at Quipolly Dam, from 5.2GL to 8GL, was achieved by utilising an innovative, low maintenance, tipping bucket system installed in the existing spillway. The eight precast concrete units give an effective 2m additional height of water providing an additional 55% increase in stored water, achieved with minimal increased cost to the mandatory safety works construction. As a bonus, as far as Council’s assets are concerned, it has allowed us to develop a new recreation area for our residents and tourists to enjoy fishing, picnics and in the longer term non motorized boating.
“Additionally, LPSC is proud it has achieved these goals with reduced expenditure for ratepayers by obtaining grants and keeping the cost of the benefits of capacity augmentation to less than 29% of the original safety upgrade quotes. Council has achieved increased community safety and water users’ benefit through reduced risk of extended water restrictions. The project facilitates improved lifestyle, catering for the young and disabled and will encourage increased visitation to the Shire as well as assisting expanded economic development, employment and prosperity. Plus, there is also a win for the environment with new fish habitats included in the recreation area upgrade,” he continued.
“It is a great honour for LPSC and also a welcome and timely award with the Independent Local Government Review Panel about to release its Report on the future of NSW councils which will likely focus on the ability of councils to manage their infrastructure and finances,” Councillor Lobsey concluded.

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