Final days to have your say on the future of Fairfield City
Published Thursday, 2nd April 2015
Fairfield City Council is calling on all residents and businesses in the local government area to have their say on the future of the City.
This is the most significant reform in NSW Local Government history.
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.
“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?’”
“Fairfield is already the third largest council by population in Sydney”, said Mayor Carbone.
While the NSW Government and others have stated that ‘bigger is better’, academic expert in local government Professor Brian Dollery of the University of New England has stated that the evidence does not support this. He has said that almost all amalgamations have not met expectations, as well as the costs of amalgamations have been under-estimated.
Council has rolled out the community information and survey to residents and businesses. So far the responses have overwhelmingly support Fairfield City standing alone, but Council wants more views. The survey closing date has been extended an extra week to Friday 10 April.
Fairfield City Council currently 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.
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