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Camden bid for another four years of infrastructure rate hike

Camden youngsters having fun at the official opening of Curry Reserve water play space last week.

How cool is this: Camden youngsters having fun at the official opening of Curry Reserve water play space last week.

Camden is set to continue collecting an extra 1.1 percent in rates over the next four years to fund its Community Infrastructure Renewal Program.

Council says it will notify the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) of its intention for the Special Rate Variation (SRV) of 1.1 percent to continue to be included in property rates for an additional four years.

Mayor Peter Sidgreaves said the continuation of the SRV would allow council to continue its positive work in the community.

“This program delivers the community a $5.1 million improvement program which includes many popular parks, reserves and buildings throughout the community.

“I encourage everyone to get involved in the community engagement process and provide feedback on council’s proposal.”

At its last meeting council endorsed the start of the community consultation process which includes feedback on the program of works and impact on property rates.

Community consultation will be undertaken over seven weeks from December 3 to February 19, 2019.

Funding for Council’s current Community Infrastructure Renewal Program ends on June 30 next year.

For more information on the proposed to fund its Community and options to provide feedback on the proposal, visit Council’s website here, www.camden.nsw.gov.au

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More than 1,000 residents attended last week’s grand opening celebrations of Curry Reserve Water Play Space.

The $2.4 million project is Camden’s first water play park and is one of three major projects for 2018, alongside the recently opened Harrington Park Lake Youth Play Space and Sedgewick Reserve Youth Play Space.

“The official opening was a great success with children enjoying the new facility along with jumping castles and giant garden games on offer on the day,” Mayor Sidgreaves said.

“It was fantastic to see so many smiling faces enjoying the opening and celebrating the start of summer at our first ever water play park.

“I hope the entire community enjoys the new space which will be open from September through to April and that it becomes a place for fun and family time.”

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