Fit For the Future

Fit for the Future

Fit For the Future proposal cover page

On 18 December 2015 the NSW State Government announced Fairfield City Council would stand alone and not be forced into a merger with Liverpool Council.

Results of a community consultation indicated that 91 per cent of residents overwhelmingly did not support an amalgamation. Respondents were satisfied with the management and service provisions and were concerned about a loss of local representation and identity and increases in rates.

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 years Fairfield 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 Liverpool cities 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 competing community priorities.
  • 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.

Fit for the future submission

More information about Council's Fit For the Future proposal to IPART, including public submissions, can be found on IPART's website.

IPART Fit For the Future SITE