Rate rise will fund works

Liverpool councillors voted to adopt the proposed 2014-15 council budget at their last meeting.

The budget will introduce the 12 per cent rate increase recently approved by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

Liberal councillors voted for the budget but Liverpool Community Independents Team councillor Peter Harle and Labor councillors Anne Stanley, Ali Karnib and Geoff Sheldon voted against it.

The council committed $86.9 million to capital works in the budget.

Proposed major works include detailed designs and starting construction of Carnes Hill Recreation and Community Centre; extending Kurrajong Road from Kookaburra to Sarah Hollands Drive at Prestons; the investigation, design of and land acquisitions for a Warwick Farm bypass road and building trunk drainage in Liverpool's central business district.

Other projects included building the Amalfi Park detention basin at Lurnea, playground replacement throughout the area and road works on Devonshire Road at Rossmore, Maxwells Avenue at Sadleir and Wilson Road at Hinchinbrook.

Lest we forget

Holsworthy Military Barracks will get $20,000 from the state government for a commando memorial for those who died in the Afghanistan conflict.

Veterans Affairs Minister Victor Dominello announced the funding would go to the recasting of a sandstone frame of the memorial which was dedicated to the 15 commandos from Holsworthy Barracks who were killed in action in Afghanistan.

The Holsworthy memorial was one of 17 community war memorials across the state to get grants of up to $20,000 to enable veterans' groups, sports clubs and councils to undertake maintenance work on local war memorials.

"Community war memorials are an enduring reminder of the service and sacrifice that NSW men and women have made in defence of our country over more than a century," Mr Dominello said.

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