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.