Fit For the Future
Fit for the Future
On 18 December
Results of a community consultation indicated that 91
Fairfield City Council submitted its Fit for the Future proposal to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) on Tuesday 30 June 2015.
Council put forward a strong argument to be declared Fit for the Future and to remain as a stand-alone Council.
Council submitted the Fit for the Future Improvement Proposal (Template 2), which supports Fairfield as a stand-alone Council, as required to do so by the NSW Government.
Some key points in the proposal included:
- With a population of 203,109, Fairfield City is already a large financially sustainable Council when compared to other Sydney metropolitan councils.
- The Scale and Capacity key findings demonstrate that the Fairfield City’s standalone option is as good as, and in several instances, superior to the amalgamated Council.
- Fairfield City’s financial sustainability, as endorsed by TCorp and set out in our Long Term Financial Plan, is sufficient to continue to meet the demands of our community and to enable Council to be a capable partner of the Federal and State governments to achieve state and regional priorities.
- Over the next 10
yearsFairfield City Council is stronger against the FFF financial criteria as a standalone council than the amalgamated Council. It will meet all FFF financial benchmarks as a stand-alone council by 2016-17, with the building and infrastructure renewal ratio being met in 2017-18.
- The ILGRP’s preferred option for an amalgamation between Fairfield and Liverpool councils was based on the two Local Government Areas (LGAs) having "Close functional interactions and social/economic links". However, the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) 2013 (commissioned by the ILGRP) shows Fairfield and
Liverpoolcities have different social and community contexts, with only 7/14 areas of similarity.
- As the Fairfield and Liverpool communities have different social and community contexts, an amalgamation is likely to have negative impacts on both LGAs due to their very different and
- An amalgamation will put at risk the necessary services to address Fairfield City’s community priorities.
- The amalgamation process itself will also significantly impact the community priorities of both Fairfield and Liverpool LGAs due to the disruption to service involved in bringing two large and very different cities together.
More information about Council's Fit For the Future proposal to IPART, including public submissions, can be found on IPART's website.