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.

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. This mega council would have a similar population to Tasmania (514,800). It would also have a larger population than both the Northern Territory (245,100) and the Australian Capital Territory (386,000).

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.

“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.

“I encourage all residents to complete the survey. There are a number of different ways to access the survey.”
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
“The views of our local residents will form part of our submission to the NSW Government.”

Residents can also contact Fairfield City Council on:
Phone: 9725 0222
Email: mail@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au


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