Blacktown City Council and Liverpool Plains Shire Council signed a Sister Cities Agreement on 4 June 2005. The proclamation document was signed to encourage reciprocal exchanges in education, sporting, cultural, economic development and staff exchanges.
Liverpool Plains has a population of over 7,000 people and is primarily an agricultural region located 360 kms from Sydney in North West New South Wales. The Council Administrative Centre is situated in Quirindi, the main town in the shire.
The Shire boasts beautiful sunflower fields between December and March, offering spectacular photo opportunities. To be put on the Sunflower Alert and obtain updates on where and when the sunflowers are at their best, email email@example.com
Attractions of the area include:
- Quipolli Dam Recreation Area
- Quirindi Rural Heritage Village and Miniature Railway
- Australian Railway Monument and Rail Journeys Museum
- Trains of the Great Northern Line, Werris Creek
- First and Second Fleet Memorial Gardens, Wallabadah (-great school excursion destination or stop on the way through! Guided Tours for Schools can be booked through the Visitor Information Centre on 6747 1226 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Kamilaroi – a Highway, a People, Willow Tree
- Bob’s Shed, Quirindi
- Historic Cottage, Quirindi
- Who’d A Thought It Lookout, Quirindi
- Stock Brands of the Liverpool Plains, Quirindi.
Main events in the area include:
- 1st January: Wallabadah Races, Wallabadah Racecourse
- 1st weekend in May: Quirindi Rural Heritage Village Rally and Swap Meet
- 2nd weekend in September: Quirindi Show.
For other events throughout the year events go to: www.visitquirindi.com.au/events
Quirindi Royal Theatre
The historic theatre is run by volunteers and shows movies every second weekend. For the program and live show dates, go to www.quirindiroyaltheatre.com.
Dining out and accommodation
There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and take-away shops in Quirindi and the surrounding villages, where you will find everything from good, hearty pub food to fine dining. For more information or accommodation go to www.visitquirindi.com.au or call the Liverpool Plains Visitor Information Centre on 02 6747 1226.
Click here to visit the Liverpool Plains Shire Council Home Page.
News and Events
Liverpool Plains Delegation visit 2016
We did say another trip might be needed and that’s exactly what happened when a 30-person delegation visited Liverpool Plains Shire from 21-23 October 2016.
The delegation comprised community representatives from Cumberland Woodworkers, Blacktown Probus Club, Blacktown Historical Society, Riverstone Men’s Shed, Blacktown CWA, Blacktown City Band, Miss Blacktown Showgirl, Blacktown Community Garden and Mt Druitt Men’s Shed.
Two male and two female lawn bowlers from the Blacktown Workers Bowling Club also participated in the first Sister Cities Bowls tournament as part of the exchange and returned with bragging rights over their country cousins.
Council’s Youth Ambassadors, Kieran Hegarty and Patrick Gleeson were joined by their male counter-parts Kim Hyunrog and Choi Jinhyuk and their escort, Baek Seungchan from Suseong-gu, our Korean Sister City.
Councillor Leo Kelly and wife Janet attended together with Council’s Sister Cities Project Officers.
What a group!!
Friendships old and new were renewed or created while our Korean visitors had the opportunity to experience some real country hospitality.
The future support of the community garden in Quirindi was a great outcome from the visit.
Many thanks to everyone who attended and to Liverpool Plains for the hospitality. We could not have done it without you Nikki.
For an insight into the visit, check out some of the pictures.
Delegation visit 2015
A delegation from Blacktown visited Liverpool Plains on 11 and 12 September 2015. This visit coincided with the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Sister Cities agreement and the Quirindi Show.
The delegation comprised 16 community representatives from various local groups who had been identified by both Councils with the intention for the groups to establish long term partnerships. These included:
Cumberland Woodworkers, Blacktown Pony Club, Blacktown Probus Club, Mt Druitt Probus Club, Blacktown Historical Society, Mount Druitt and Emerton Men’s Shed, Riverstone Men’s Shed, Blacktown CWA and Blacktown Rotary Club.
Members of the Blacktown Sister Cities Committee, Rachelle Rativo (Youth Ambassador) and Council staff also attended.
Positive feedback was received from all participants while many said they needed more time to discuss their proposals. Transport by bus was much apprecaited by all the travelllers.
Maybe another visit will need to happen!!
Some of the Blacktown visitors having fun at the Quirindi Show
Rachelle Rativo (Youth Ambassador) in action during the visit:
At Quirindi High School, inspecting the Trade Centre
In the kitchen
At the “Who’d A Thought it Lookout”
And talking to the students at Wallabadah Public Primary School
Blacktown City and Liverpool Plains Shire Council celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the signing of the Sister Cities agreement with a special dinner in the Nirimba Room Blacktown on Friday 29 May 2015. The evening included a warm welcome by the Mayor of Blacktown Cr Stephen Bali, an exchange of paintings with Cr Ian Lobsey from Liverpool Plains and the presentation of 60 special commemorative medallions to all guests. Check out the photographs!