An exciting year ahead in Fairfield City

Welcome to my first column for 2017. I hope all residents had a fantastic holiday break with family and friends.

Last year was a very busy one for Council as we completed and opened a number of sensational projects, such as the Dutton Lane multi-storey car park and plaza, our amazing new water park, Aquatopia, The Crescent Plaza in Fairfield, and we hosted a successful "Illuminate" New Year's Eve event across the city.

In 2016 we unfurled the colourful suburb banners across our city, provided more than 1000 extra car parking spaces, made upgrades to our Cabramatta and Fairfield city centres, gave our libraries facelifts, and installed a new lift in the Nelson Street Car Park.

We are excited to launch into 2017, which also has a number of projects to look forward to such as the installation of the Stingray surf ride at Aquatopia. This will enable residents to learn how to surf without making the long trek to the beach.

Something I'm thrilled about will be a new flag pole that will display the distances to some of the many countries that were previously home to our diverse community members.

A major project will be the start of long-awaited work to improve Smithfield Road. This $16.4 million upgrade between Polding Street and Elizabeth Drive involves upgrades to the major intersections along Smithfield Road, providing two traffic lanes in both directions, modifications to traffic lights at Elizabeth Drive and King Street and new traffic lights at Richards Road, which will be re-aligned to the entrance to Fairfield Showground.

Speaking of Fairfield Showground, a Masterplan will be prepared to guide the development of the site, turning it into a premier location to bring the community together for celebration, shopping, and sporting excellence.

Council will also construct car parks in Fairfield and Prairiewood, as well as seek the necessary planning and development approval for the construction of an additional level of public car parking at Dutton Lane. The Dutton Lane shops will officially be opened during the Lunar New Year celebrations on 11-12 February.

This year promises to be another big year of investing in projects for our community, so keep watch in this column each week, on Council's website at www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au and on social media for news of projects as they happen.

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