Delivering for the community in 2016-17

Council is committed to maintaining a strong financial position to enable the delivery of services and new projects that are important to our community.

At last week's Council meeting, the Draft Operational Plan for 2016-17 was approved. This plan sets out the works and programs Council will undertake in the next 12 months. Following on from an expected $10 million surplus in 2015-16, a further $3.7 million surplus is projected for 2016-17, enabling us to be financially viable, to maintain our standalone position, and to invest in the future of Fairfield City.

I am proud that we will continue to build on the many exciting projects of the past few years, such as Fairfield Adventure Park, Fairfield Youth and Community Centre, and upgrades to parks, roads and footpaths. We will continue to improve services such as childcare, sporting facilities, social and cultural development programs, and environmental sustainability programs.

In the coming year we will open the Water Park at Prairiewood Leisure Centre as well as complete The Crescent Plaza in Fairfield City Centre.

Some other key highlights for 2016-17 include:

  • 'Illuminate' - Council's New Year's Eve celebration
  • Wilson Road Reserve, Bonnyrigg Heights upgrade - Stage 2, which includes the construction of a cycleway and bridge crossing over Wilson Creek
  • Additional recycling bin collection for all residents during Christmas/New Year
  • Car park, sportsground and playground upgrades throughout the City
  • A Flying Fox at Cabravale Park
  • Smithfield Road Upgrade
  • Additional Car Parking Spaces in Prairiewood and an additional Car Park Level at the Dutton Lane Development
  • Water Park - Stage 3
  • Brennan Park and Bosnjak Oval gym equipment and walking tracks
  • Suburb banners
  • Showground Masterplan

The Draft 2016-17 Operational Plan also includes a new $1 million Community and Infrastructure Priorities program.

Initiatives under this plan include school zone safety, town centre upgrades, lighting/CCTV upgrades in parks and defibrillators for sporting fields, intersection beautification, youth mentoring, tourism and marketing/jobs creation, and top-ups for specific projects or matching funds for State/Federal grants or to fast track projects such as lifts at rail stations.

Wilson Road Reserve in Bonnyrigg Heights is being upgraded.

Wilson Road Reserve in Bonnyrigg Heights is being upgraded.

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