IT'S been a busy and productive year for Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone.
Since being elected into his role last year he has made plenty of changes to Fairfield City.
He established and expanded the first free council bus service, introduced the council's free tree-branch mulching service for residents; began the council's CCTV town centre program, which will continue to be rolled out over the next three years; and introduced new car parks in Fairfield, Cabramatta, Canley Heights and Canley Vale.
"Since I became mayor, I stated quite clearly that I want Fairfield to be a better place for families and a safer one for our community, as well as easing the cost of living pressures and building infrastructure, not just for today, but for tomorrow," he said.
"The commencement of numerous projects over the next few years will see Fairfield become a better place."
Though he has accomplished plenty over the past year, Cr Carbone said there was still more to achieve in the coming years.
Major commitments this year and next year include the Fairfield Youth and Community Centre.
"The council received a grant for $7 million from the previous federal government to construct a Youth and Community Centre in Fairfield Park," Cr Carbone said.
"It will contain two basketball/sports courts, trampolines, climbing wall and program rooms."
He said the construction of a car park at the site will start later this month, with the construction of the building set to begin mid-year.
This year, there will also be an adventure park built in Fairfield Park adjacent to the existing playground.
It will comprise a large climbing frame and flying fox, and is expected to be complete in October.
Cr Carbone said designs are in progress to add a second floor to Fairfield Library in a bid to provide additional study and meeting space.
He also said if the council is successful with its special rate variation (SRV) application, construction will start in 2014-15 with a budget of $5 million.
"A water park similar to the one at Fairfield Leisure Centre will also be built at Prairiewood Leisure Centre in 2014-15," Cr Carbone said.
"If the council is successful with its SRV application, additional equipment including a surfrider/waverider will also be included.
"The water park will provide great water-based activities for families at an affordable cost."
Cabramatta's Dutton Lane Car Park development will also start later this year.
The development will have a three-storey, mixed-use building with shops, car parking and commercial or community space.
Cr Carbone said it will provide income from the retail space to assist the council in providing community facilities and services in the future.
"The new upgraded car parking will be undercover and secure," he said.
Construction is scheduled for 2014-15 and 2015-16, at a cost of about $8 million.
Next year will also see council start its four-year rollout of CCTV cameras across the city. Priority locations include town centres, major intersections, city gateways and key public places.
Cr Carbone said Fairfield Heights shopping centre will see the first rollout in 2014.
A new town centre, which will provide a meeting place for residents and visitors, will be built at The Crescent. Design work will start shortly.
Cr Carbone said there would also be upgrade works to town centres including Fairfield city centre later this year.
Other upgrade works include improvement program stages four and five at Canley Heights and footpath upgrades in Cabramatta.
There will be gateway entrance signage, lighting and landscaping at Horsley Park Village.
Other major commitments made by Fairfield Council to be completed in 2013-14 and 2014-2015:
- Horsley Park Reserve – Installation of gym equipment, paths and landscaping.
- Bonnyrigg Town Centre Park – A flying fox and other additional play equipment will be installed.
- Emerson St Reserve – Gym equipment will be installed.
- Circuit walking paths – The council has a four-year program that will see paths built in four parks.
- Suburb banners – Banners will be installed at the entrances to suburbs across the city.
- The hall at Prairiewood Community Centre will be extended.
- The Waste Enforcement Group has been made permanent. It will deal with rubbish dumping across the city.
- Upgrade of the Smithfield Road and Polding Street intersection — The upgrade will improve road safety and traffic movements. The design is being finalised.
- The council is proposing to apply to pricing tribunal for a special rate variation of 10 per cent for the 2014-15 year to fund the Fairfield Library expansion; water park Stage two; sportsgrounds upgrades; open space upgrades; landscaping of park frontages; community buildings upgrades; Fairfield Heights town centre upgrade; Cabramatta town centre upgrade; New Fairfield city centre park at The Crescent; Roads, kerb and gutters upgrades; footpath connections program and drainage upgrades.