Place Management and Town Centres

Overview

Place Management is a collaborative approach to making great public spaces for the Community, with a key focus on ensuring our City’s vibrancy.

Place Managers maintain close working relationships with various stakeholders such as residents, businesses, local community groups, service providers and Government agencies to encourage connection and engagement with Council and each other.

Fairfield City Council has three Place Managers across our City’s defined Place Areas of Cabramatta, Fairfield and Parks. They coordinate projects, activities and stakeholder engagement. Their key focus is on business centres, industrial areas, economic development planning, major events, place-based activities and public domain management.

 

Map of Fairfield area divided into place areas

To contact a Place Manager, phone us on 9725 0222 or email us at place@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au

Fairfield Place

Fairfield Place within the Fairfield Local Government Area (LGA) is one of the most socially and economically diverse and disadvantaged urban communities in NSW.

Fairfield

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About Fairfield City Centre

The Fairfield City Centre is located upon the traditional lands of the Gabrogal people of the Darug Nation.

Fairfield is located 32km south-west of the Sydney CBD and has the largest concentration of commercial office, retail and community services in the Fairfield local government area. The Fairfield City Centre is the heart of the City, being one of the most culturally diverse cities in Australia.

The cosmopolitan Centre is bustling with local shoppers along its main street and ‘bazaar’ style retail shops during the daytime. The Centre is anchored by the commuters accessing the rail and bus services at the Fairfield railway station and bus interchange during peak times, with evenings on the weekends thriving from a myriad of wedding celebrations throughout its various function centres.

The retail focus of the Centre is driven by a local market that is focused on the intersection of Smart and Ware streets, with shopping malls to the north (Fairfield Forum built in 1982 and shifting the focus away from Ware Street) and centrally located (Neeta City opened in 1990) with a low rise commercial tower (Fairfield Chase).

The Centre is a great place to explore on foot, thanks to its interlinked streets, laneways and shopping arcades. Prospect Creek runs in a north-south direction along the eastern side of the City Centre.

The local community values public gathering and interaction, which is evident by the elderly men playing chess on Kenyon street, popular cafes and coffee shops, younger people passing through The Crescent Plaza, and the community facilities providing an enjoyable and safe meeting place for young people and others accessing the well-used library. The Centre plays host to the annual Culinary Carnival food festival in May/June, attracting approximately 5,000 visitors to the centre.

A City of New Settlement

Fairfield City is a city of new settlement. It accommodated 3,000 humanitarian arrivals in 2016: triple the usual annual humanitarian intake in 2015. Fairfield City took in 75 per cent of all Western Sydney’s refugee intake, with Liverpool City Council second at 14 per cent. Fairfield City settled at least half of Australia’s special intake of 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees in 2017.

Refugees are moving to the Fairfield area with established religious and community services, family links and large existing communities after their initial arrival in other locations, some of which are interstate: a “secondary settlement” phenomenon. The need for affordable housing to accommodate larger families is required now and into the future.

Fairfield City Centre, along with Cabramatta Town Centre, contains a Centrelink office and offices of non-government organisations (NGOs) who assist in the settlement of new arrivals. This recent phenomenon has created the demand for affordable housing, office space for NGOs, and expanded community facilities. Development opportunities also provide potential community benefits to meet this demand, as well as adding to the vibrancy and importance of the Fairfield City Centre as a place to call home and a place to feel welcome, included and connected.

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About Fairfield Heights Town Centre

The Fairfield Heights Town Centre is located upon the traditional lands of the Cabrogal people.

The Fairfield Heights Centre is a local centre within the Fairfield Local Government Area (LGA). The Centre is primarily focused along The Boulevarde, between Polding Street to the north and Beemera Street to the south. The Boulevarde intersects with Bodalla Street, Stanbrook Street, Karabar Street, Kihilla Street, Beemera Street and Station Street within the local centre area.

There are a number of retail and commercial services provided consistent with its role as a local centre. Fairfield Heights Town Centre has experienced economic decline over recent years, evidenced by shop vacancies and the transition in businesses including the closure of long standing local enterprises that also include bank branches. While the decline has impacts on the overall desirability of the centre as a destination for local shopping and community activity, there is also evidence of investment (e.g. new Woolworths supermarket), new business types (higher and ‘hipster’ café) and the ongoing presence of the Commonwealth Bank branch.

Purpose of this Study

Fairfield City Council (Council) has engaged TPG Town Planning and Urban Design (lead consultant), LFA Pacific (Urban Design) and AECgroup (Market and Economic Feasibility), to prepare an urban design study for Fairfield Heights Town Centre.

The Study has been undertaken according to the principles set out in the NSW Government’s South West District Plan. In summary, it takes a design-led planning approach that requires urban design that focuses on people in order to create great places to meet, work, exercise and socialise. This requires a holistic focus that includes: the streets, the neighbourhoods, the centres and suburbs that will be real, attractive places and provide a great liveable community for new and existing residents.

Fairfield place demographics at a glance

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Cabramatta Place

The Cabramatta Place Area is within the Fairfield Local Government Area (LGA) located in the north west sector of the LGA. The Cabramatta Place Area incorporates the suburbs of Cabramatta, Canley Heights, Canley Vale, and Lansvale. Cabramatta Place is promoted through the postcode #2166 campaign that aims to showcase a vibrant area as a tourist destination in South West Sydney. 

The major retail locations in Cabramatta Place Area are:

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Cabramatta is less than an hour from Sydney and is not just a place to visit – it is a place to discover.

With a tempting array of restaurants, food stalls, supermarkets and specialty stores, Cabramatta is a bustling marketplace capturing the vitality and diversity of South-East Asia.

Choose from a wide range of Asian foods, herbs and spices, fresh seafood, meat and vegetables, quality fabrics, clothing, jewellery, electrical goods, herbal medicine, and professional services. You will always find someone eager to explain how to use Asian produce in your cooking, assist your business to prosper, improve your health, or find that hard-to-find gift.

Among more than 100 fresh food cafes and restaurants are the authentic cuisines of Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Laos and Cambodia, plus several Chinese styles and an excellent choice of vegetarian eateries influenced by the Buddhist communities in the area. 

Don’t miss Sydney’s brightest Asian festival, Cabramatta Moon Festival, held about September, and Cabramatta Lunar New Year, celebrated yearly in late January to early February. 

Canley Vale

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Canley Vale Town Centre offers great shopping and a variety of dining options with accessible parking. The Canley Vale train station and commuter car park allows easy access to the town centre. Canley Vale is known for its heritage (including Westacott Cottage), natural environment along the Prospect creek, connected off-road cycle ways, and recreational areas.

Canley Heights

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Canley Heights Town Centre is located on Canley Vale Road and is easily accessible to the Cumberland Highway. Canley Heights town centre is known as a night time foodie destination with a wide variety of cuisines offered. The Canley Heights Town Square is the centre and location of many public gatherings held by the Canley Heights Business Committee and community groups. The Canley Heights Community Centre offers meeting rooms, use of hall for workshops and classes, and can be booked through Fairfield City Council. 

Lansvale

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Lansvale extends from the Lansdowne Bridge (built during 1834 - 1836) and continues along the Hume Highway towards Cabramatta Creek. Lansvale is well known for a variety of industrial units, wholesalers, bulky goods, and motor and vehicle services. The surrounding residential area extends to the Chipping Norton Lake recreation areas with sportsgrounds, playing fields, and public jetty. 

Cabramatta place demographics at a glance

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Parks Place

Parks Place is the largest of Fairfield City's three places. It is culturally diverse like the rest of Fairfield City and hosts a range of retail stores, recreational activities and large areas of semi-rural land. The Parks Place Area includes the suburbs of Abbotsbury, Bossley Park, Bonnyrigg, Bonnyrigg Heights, Cecil Park, Edensor Park, Greenfield Park, Horsley Park, Mt Pritchard, Prairiewood, Smithfield, St Johns Park, and Wetherill Park.

Horsley Park

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This picturesque semi-rural suburb of Fairfield City provides the best of both worlds. It is best known for its Country lifestyle yet is only a 10-minute drive to major shopping centres and well established residential suburbs such as Bossley Park and Wetherill Park.

Horsley Village and Reserve

The Horsley Village provides local services and goods to the rural area of Horsley Park and Cecil park. The adjoining Horsley Park Reserve is a venue for community events and recreation and includes a large sporting field, a community hall, a walking track and an outdoor gym station.

Urban Investigation Area (UIA)

In March 2018, the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) released the Western City District Plan, with the Fairfield Rural Lands and land in Mt Vernon in Penrith City included in an Urban Investigation Area (UIA). Council has been working with the GSC, State agencies and Penrith City Council in preparing an Urban Capability Assessment and draft Structure Plan Options for the UIA. The Options consider the Western Sydney Aerotropolis and Western Sydney Employment Area, including proposed new roads and infrastructure to service these areas.

For more information go visit our page on Fairfield Rural Lands Urban Investigation Area.

Prairiewood Town Centre

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Prairiewood Town Centre offers a variety of experiences to be enjoyed within easy walking distance. The town centre has evolved over time and has seen the location of a shopping centre and a number of public facilities and institutions including a youth centre, library, Police Station, high school and Fairfield Hospital.

Prairiewood is also serviced by the T-way dedicated bus route and is situated at about the halfway point between Liverpool to the south and Parramatta to the north.

Recreational Activities

Aquatopia, Councils waterpark and Leisure Centre is located within walking distance from the main shopping centre as is the Fairfield Showground and Golf Course.

Retail Experience

The Stockland shopping centre offers a variety of specialty stores, essential services and a Cinema. There is also a large offering of cuisine types, restaurants and dining experiences

Fairfield Showground redevelopment

Council has endorsed works to redevelop the showground into a modern sporting and cultural hub for high level sports, community cultural festivals and major events.

The redevelopment aims to open the showground more to the community by providing facilities and programs relevant to the community while being regionally significant.

The turf and synthetic football fields have been completed, as has the covered festival space.

Work will continue in the coming months on installing paths and lighting around the complex, as well as preparing for the creation of a fun, new playground for children of all abilities at Deerbush Park and the installation of a Kugel Ball water fountain at the main entrance to the Showground on Smithfield Road.

Fairfield Showground is only a 15-minute walk from the Town Centre.

Bonnyrigg

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Bonnyrigg Town Centre is a unique place of cultural unity and diversity reflecting a modern multicultural community. It is a place that is waiting to be discovered by locals and visitors alike offering a rich cultural experience.

Places of Worship

Bonnyrigg Town Centre contains a number of religious and culturally significant sites which include the Vat Khemarangsaram (Khmer Buddhist Temple), Ming Yue Lay Buddhist Temple on Cabramatta Road, St Johns Park Anglican Church on Edensor Road, Wat Phrayortkeo Dhammayanaram (Lao Buddhist Temple) and Parkside Church on Smithfield Road. At Bibby's Place you will also find the Phap Bao Buddhist Temple, Grace Point Presbyterian Church and Bonnyrigg Mosque, and St John the Baptist Catholic Church is also nearby.

Bonnyrigg Town Centre Park

Bonnyrigg Town Centre Park borders on a number of these religious places of worship and has picnic facilities, playgrounds and a youth area with a skate park, BMX track and basketball court. Community artworks indicating sites of contemplation can be found throughout the park with indigenous heritage of the area reflected through the Elders Garden and the Bush Tucker path.

Retail and Community Facilities

The Town Centre provides an important focus for commercial, cultural and community activities, with retail, recreation, community and educational facilities clustered in or near the town centre. The Bonnyrigg Transitway is located in the heart of the centre providing easy access to Parramatta to the North and Liverpool to the South.

Bonnyrigg Living Communities Project

Newleaf Bonnyrigg is fast becoming the community of choice for people looking to move into a new, vibrant, safe and friendly neighbourhood in South Western Sydney. The Bonnyrigg Living Communities Project was the first social housing Public Private Partnership project in Australia and was designed to create new social and private housing. Visit Newleaf Communities for more information.

 

Smithfield Wetherill Park Industrial Estate

Smithfield Wetherill Park Industrial Estate

The Smithfield-Wetherill Park Industrial Estate is one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and makes a major contribution to the New South Wales and Australian economies.

It is strategically connected to national and international transport networks, including the M4 and M7 motorways, the new Western Sydney Airport and nearby intermodal terminal.

The industrial area is home to nearly 3,000 businesses and 20,000 jobs. The sector shows great potential to increase its exporting capabilities and international trade opportunities.

Existing and well-established industry clusters and supply chains are optimally positioned to meet the needs of businesses in the Western Sydney Aerotropolis and beyond.

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Parks place demographics at a glance

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