Residents urged to have their say on the future of Fairfield City

Published Monday, 16th March 2015

The NSW Government has asked Fairfield City Council to comment on the option of amalgamating Fairfield and Liverpool councils as part of the Government’s reform package.

This is the most significant reform in NSW Local Government history.

If the amalgamation proceeds it will create a city with a future estimated population of more than 500,000.

Fairfield City residents seeking information about the NSW Government’s structural reform package will be able to do so from now until Friday 3 April, as Fairfield City Council rolls out the community information and survey.

Fairfield City Council is one of the most efficient councils as rated by NSW Treasury Corporation (TCorp). No amalgamation should proceed unless there are clear benefits identified for Fairfield residents. Currently we have a high standard of service delivery and our rates are much cheaper than most other councils.

Council has been requested to submit a proposal commenting on the amalgamation to the NSW Government, but Mayor of Fairfield Frank Carbone, strongly believes that local residents should be at the forefront in the decision-making for the City’s future and wants to hear their views.

“Although the NSW Government will make the final decision, Council will ensure the best interests of residents are put forward and taken into account, before the Government makes the decision about our future,” Mayor Carbone said.

“Fairfield is the third largest council by population in Sydney. It is my personal view that any plans to amalgamate two cities - that are already two of the biggest in Sydney - should be a decision a united community should make, not politicians or governments on their own.

“I would like residents to consider the question: ‘Is bigger better or do they want Fairfield City Council to remain responsible for providing local services and continue low rates for the local people?’

“The State Government will make it easier for councils that meet the reform criteria to consider increasing their rates.

“Council feels it’s important for the residents to be aware of what is being proposed by the NSW Government.”

“I encourage all residents to complete the survey. There are a number of different ways to access the survey.

“The views of our local residents will form part of our submission to the NSW Government.”

Information on Council’s Have Your Say on the Future of Fairfield City is available at:

  • Website: www.ourfairfieldcity.com.au - available in all languages 
  • Fairfield City Council’s Administration Centre, 86 Avoca Road, Wakeley
  • Childcare centres
  • Libraries
  • Leisure centres
  • Museum and Gallery

Residents can also contact Fairfield City Council on:
Phone: 9725 0222

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