Get involved in Local Government Week 2015

Published Friday, 31st July 2015

Fairfield City Council is celebrating NSW Local Government Week 2015 by holding mobile offices and a bus tour of the City and is encouraging residents to get involved in these events.

Held from 3-9 August, Local Government Week is an opportunity to highlight all the important services that councils provide by involving the community in fun and informative events.

Council staff will “hit the road” next week, bringing the Council to residents at mobile offices in three locations. The mobile offices will be at:

  • Tuesday: Thomas Ware Plaza, Fairfield City Centre, from 11am-3pm
  • Thursday: Freedom Plaza, Cabramatta, from 11am-3pm, and
  • Friday: Bonnyrigg Plaza shopping centre, Bonnyrigg, from 11am-3pm

Staff will be on hand to answer residents’ questions about all Council services. Residents will also have to opportunity to take a sneak peek at Council’s brand new website and to offer feedback about how it looks and feels. By taking part in a quick survey we will reward you with a token of thanks.

On Thursday, Council will also run a 2½-hour bus tour that will give residents the opportunity to learn about the services and initiatives Council delivers to the community.

The tour, which is now fully booked, will start at Cabramatta with a morning tea with the Mayor.

Mayor Frank Carbone said Council had taken a different approach this year to Local Government Week.

“We decided to take the Council to the people this year,” Mayor Carbone said. “I’m inviting all residents to visit any of the three mobile office sites next week and meet our friendly staff members, who will be happy to answer queries and talk about any of Council’s services or the great projects we have coming up, such as the new Youth and Community Centre, the water park at Prairiewood or the proposed town centre upgrades.”

Local Government NSW President Cr Keith Rhoades AFSM, said councils were always striving to provide services that were beneficial for their individual communities.

“So it’s important for residents to know the expertise their council has to offer,” Cr Rhoades said. “From land management, sustainability, council-owned-and-managed local water utilities, childcare centres, sports fields, roads, citizenship ceremonies to food safety checks and pet registration – Local Government and its many functions are embedded in people’s lives, whether they realise it or not.

“While many people are aware that councils manage rates, roads and rubbish, the breadth and diversity of their work often goes unrecognised.

“Local Government Week provides the perfect opportunity to promote the importance of councils to residents, ratepayers, businesses – the whole community.”

The LG Week Awards evening, which celebrates the achievements of councils across a range of areas, will also be held on Thursday 6 August at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Lighthouse Gallery, 2 Murray Street, Sydney.

For more information about LG Week events in Fairfield and elsewhere, follow the twitter conversation at #lgweek2015.

Fact Box

  • Local Government is one of the biggest industries in NSW, employing more than 50,000 staff.
  • Councils own and manage a number of different local facilities, including sportsgrounds, skate parks, swimming pools, gardens, parks, stadiums, regional art galleries, tennis courts, museums and theatres. Some councils even manage cemeteries, airports, caravan parks, and shopping centres.
  • Services include waste management, water and sewerage, youth and aged, planning, environmental management, cultural development, public health and safety, and more.
  • More than 140,000km of local roads are maintained by NSW councils.

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