Planning and maintaining parks, sportsfields and public spaces

Plans of Management

A Plan of Management broadly outlines the long-term use (5-10 years), development and management of community land.  

It provides a framework for priority setting and decision making for operational plans and the day-to-day management of the land.

A Plan of Management can be specific to one particular location or be generic and include a number of similar areas of land. 

Council's Plans of Management

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Generic Plans of Management

  • Community Land Generic Plan of Management, incorporating land categorised as Parks, General Community Use, Natural Area-Watercourse, Natural Area – Wetland, Natural-Area Foreshore.
  • Generic Natural Areas Bushland.
  • Generic Sportsground.

Individual Plans of Management 

General community use: 

  • Canley Heights Town Square and adjoining car park
  • Fairfield Showground
  • Prairiewood Leisure Centre 
  • Cabramatta Leisure Centre and Prairiewood Youth and Community Centre
  • Fairfield City Golf Course Plan of Management

Natural areas and reserves:

  • Bossley Road Reserve
  • Cabramatta Creek Wetland
  • de Freitas Wetland
  • Derwent Place Reserve including Quarry Road Reserve, Mersey Close Reserve and Barron Place Reserve
  • Fairfield Indigenous Flora Park, including Christie Street Reserve
  • Flying-Fox Reserve
  • Gordon Street Reserve, includes Bland Street Reserve
  • Sartor Crescent Reserve including Coolatai Crescent Reserve, Whitlam Avenue Reserve and Britten Place Reserve 


  • Bonnyrigg Town Centre Park
  • Cabravale Memorial Park
  • Elizabeth Drive and Simpson Road (Aplin Reserve)
  • Fairfield Park includes Heiden Park and Oakdene Park
  • Wetherill Park Reserve
  • Wilson Road Reserve 


  • Allambie Park, including adjacent areas of Community Land along Orphan School Creek and between Cowpasture and Belfield Roads
  • Brenan Park
  • Cabramatta Sportsground
  • Carrawood Park, includes Lansdowne Bridge Reserve & Waterside Ave Reserve
  • Cherrybrook Reserve
  • Emerson Park
  • Endeavour Park
  • Horsley Park Reserve
  • Irelands Bridge Reserve
  • Joe Broad Memorial Park and Tresalam Street Reserve
  • Lalich Park includes Amaroo Street Reserve, Hamel Road Reserve, Horton Road Reserve and Stefanie Place Park
  • Marconi Park
  • Parkes Reserve
  • Powhatan Park including Comanche Reserve, Arrowhead Reserve, Mimosa Road Reserve
  • Rosford Park including Janice Crosio Oval and Rhondda Street Reserve
  • Smithfield Reserve
  • St Johns Park Reserve
  • Stockdale Park including Gleeson Place Reserve
  • Strong Reserve  


Planning for parks of the future - Find out more

Council has rezoned land to create a number of new parks to meet the needs of existing and future residents. 

In some cases, existing parks are being expanded or improved with increased street frontage for better access and safety. 

It is Council's preference that affected land be purchased when landowners are ready to sell, including in the following locations:

Canley Heights

  • Ascot Street - one of five properties in Council ownership, with pocket park now open

Carramar - Council decision made in June 2022, rezoning yet to be finalised by NSW Department of Planning and Environment

  • Atkins Avenue
  • River Avenue with street frontage to Tomki Street
  • River Avenue with access to Carramar Avenue
  • Quest Avenue


  • Cnr Brenan and Granville Streets
  • Cnr Coleraine and Codrington Streets
  • Cnr Frederick and Francis Streets - four of the five properties in Council ownership
  • Cnr Harris and Sackville Streets

Fairfield Heights

  • Polding Street with street frontage also to Smart Street


  • Barton Street - three of the five properties in Council ownership


  • Cnr Mandarin Street and Belmore Street
  • Hilwa Street



Weed control - Find out about planned work

Council conducts a weed control program to the City's  sportsfield.

The program to target broadleaf weeds is conducted in accordance with the NSW Pesticide Regulation 1995 and Council's Pesticide Use Notification Plan.

For further information, contact the Open Space Coordinator Waste and Cleansing on 9725 0222 during office hours, Monday to Friday.



Mowing and maintaining our parks, sportsground and open spaces

Mowing schedules - what you can expect

Mowing is undertaken on a schedule of rostered services that includes:

  • District Parks (Bonnyrigg, Cabravale Memorial, Fairfield, Wetherill Park) - fortnightly
  • Parks/Playgrounds (175) – monthly 
  • Sportsfields – fields of play – weekly 
  • Laneways/Bus stops/Rural Road Verges – monthly/quarterly

Mowing is delivered on outcomes based servicing. For example, sportsfields are inspected weekly and mowed only if required. Mowing when not needed can be detrimental to the maintenance of the playing surface.

Mowing service standards - what you can expect

Fairfield City Council has in place Service Statements to enable staff to meet agreed Service Delivery Standards. Council's Landscaping/Mowing Operational Plan defines the service standards for grass heights areas under Council's care and control. 

  • Major Town Centres and Retail Centres - no lower than 25mm after cutting and no greater than 75mm with no windrows of grass.
  • Neighbourhood Town Centres and Retail Centres - no lower than 25mm after cutting and no greater than 75mm with no windrows of grass.
  • District Parks - no lower than 25mm after cutting and no greater than 75mm with no windrows of grass.
  • Parks with or without playgrounds - no lower than 25mm after cutting and no greater than 75mm with no windrows of grass.
  • Sportsfield playing areas - no lower than 25mm after cutting and no greater than 50mm.  
  • Sportsfield outer area - no lower than 25mm after cutting and no greater than 75mm with no windrows of grass.
  • Reserves and Open Space - no lower than 25mm after cutting and no greater than 100mm.
  • Pathways - no lower than 25mm after cutting and no greater than 100mm.
  • Nature strips (Fitting criteria for locations adjacent to park or reserve, City Welcome Sign or Bus Shelter, frontage to Council owned land or nature strips are proportionally larger than reasonably expected, emergency mow/intervention) - no lower than 25mm after cutting and no greater than 100mm 
  • Rural roadside slashing - no lower than 25 mm after cutting and no greater than 100 mm.

Note: A windrow is a row of cut grass allowed to dry before being gathered and removed. 

Mowing of nature strips in residential areas

In Fairfield City, it is the resident’s responsibility for mowing nature strips in front and around their homes. This minimises rates for residents and enhances civic pride. An exception applies when a nature strip is overgrown to a level where sight safety and access is compromised for footpaths and other open spaces where people walk. Please report any overgrown nature strips by calling Council on 9725 0222 or through the Report It section on Council's website home page.

Mowing of nature strips (Emergency mow/intervention) 

Nature strips are mowed only:

  • when efforts to get the resident owner to maintain the area have been exhausted
  • when grass or weeds are at a height of growth exceeding 300mm
  • where sight and pedestrian access is compromised by the overgrown nature of the area leading to a unacceptable level of risk to the public, and 
  • at a pre-determined scheduled timing at times that do not conflict with core service delivery, (typically 4 times per year).

Mowing assistance for elderly residents

Elderly residents in Fairfield City may be eligible for assistance and support, including the mowing of nature strips.The State Government delivers a range of services through “MyAged Care” and can be contacted on (1800 200 422) or

Open Space Renewal Program

The Building Trades crews in Council's Construction and Maintenance Operations are tasked to:

  •  deliver about $7million of renewal works per year with additional work in new project delivery
  • oversee the maintenance programs including the compliance maintenance management across all of Council's buildings (valued at approximately $341million), and
  • attend to reactive responses to break downs where they “make safe” within 24 hours. 




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