Flood aid to Serbia

Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun called on the council to donate $5000 to a Serbian community flood fund-raising appeal.

The Serbian Cultural Club at Middleton Grange, held the fund-raiser last Sunday.

In his mayoral minute at the last council meeting, Cr Mannoun said the recent floods in Serbia, are considered to be the worst since records began 120 years ago, with at least 40 people killed and thousands more displaced.

Councillor Peter Harle voted against the move and said it would not be enough to make a significant impact and it was not the council's responsibility to give foreign aid.

In other news in brief:

Ramp to school hall

South West Rail Link construction company, John Holland, has built a new access ramp and fixed footpaths at Leppington Public School.

School principal Christine Easter said the ramp would improve access to the school hall. "Our hall is used a lot by staff and students, and is a popular place for community groups to meet," she said.

"It also serves as a polling place during federal and state elections."

The company's legacy projects were provided to the school at no cost.

Details: http://bit.ly/1oA6F24.

Innovative ideas

South-west Sydney's brightest young students have the chance to win a visit to NASA's Kennedy Space Centre, later this year.

"littleBIGidea" is a new scheme, run by Origin Energy, encouraging students in year three to eight to share their creative and innovative ideas.

The competition aims to provide a platform for students to continue Australia's innovative history, which had seen solar hot water, the black box flight recorder, the fridge and the bionic ear, invented and developed in the country.

Enter now: littlebigidea.com.au.