Liverpool Plains’ mayor has expressed his thanks to its sister city for its continued support during the drought.
The generosity of Blacktown City Council has been felt in the shire as thousands of dollars’ worth of gifts were handed out to residents in December.
Councillor Andrew Hope said he was grateful to Blacktown, **Kids Far West and Mount Druitt seniors for the show of support.
“These [gifts] were distributed at the Liverpool Plains Business Chamber’s Christmas on the Plains event as well as to other areas in the shire, with help from Werris Creek CWA getting it to smaller communities,” he said.
“It takes a lot of organisation to undertake an appeal such as the one Blacktown did to assist our people and lift our spirits at Christmas.
“After the tough times many faced as the drought bit harder, these wonderful gestures were a great boost to morale.”
The Liverpool Plains community is grateful for the support offered and bonds forged.Andrew Hope, Liverpool Plains Shire mayor
Cr Hope said the drought had drawn help from far afield.
“The response and support from people all over Australia with drought assistance has been extraordinary but none more so than the people of our sister city Blacktown city,” he said.
“On top of their effort at Christmas, they have been assisting in many ways, providing a water tanker, expertise to prepare the plans for the Quirindi library precinct redevelopment, the cultural experience of Hangi in the Country and in many other ways.”
The mayor said 2018 had seen many relationships form between city and country.
“Many firm friendships have been forged through this relationship and the Liverpool Plains community is grateful for the support offered and bonds forged,” he said.