Seven mayoral hopefuls aiming for the top job

FAIRFIELD Council's mayoral candidates have been hitting the pavements hard in the lead-up to Saturday's local government elections.

There will be seven mayoral candidates vying for the top spot at the council.

They are: current mayor, Labor councillor Frank Carbone; The Greens' Bill Cashman; Christian Democratic Party's (Fred Nile Group) Juliat Nasr; Unity Party's Ken Yeung; independent Sam Yousif; independent Nhan Tran; and Zaya Toma.

Juliat Nasr said that if elected she would focus on beautifying the area by implementing more street lighting and footpaths, as well as repairing local roads.

She said she would work with police and the community to achieve safer streets, and hold monthly open forums to address community issues and needs.

Mrs Nasr said she would also push for regular street clean-ups and improved parking infrastructure.

"We need to have decent boutiques and decent restaurants in the area to keep people here," she said.

"We should be going forwards not backwards."

Councillor Carbone said if he was re-elected as mayor he would finish the policies he started with.

"I will provide more open space for venture parks, and put in the parking reviews panel which we commenced to allow people to contest fines," he said.

"I also recently announced that we will be providing free pool access for pensioners, because I understand we need to have a healthy society, and many pensioners currently need to undertake rehabilitation for health issues."

Councillor Carbone said he would focus on getting more cameras in town centres to make the area safer, as well as extending the City Connect Council Bus Service to areas like Lansvale, Mount Pritchard and Bonnyrigg.

Mr Cashman said if he was elected he would: focus on initiatives that would improve the liveability of the area; secure more employment opportunities for young people; set up monthly community meetings with residents and councillors; become more energy-conscious; and introduce more recreational facilities in a bid to tackle diabetes and obesity in the area.

Zaya Toma said that if he was elected mayor he would keep Fairfield Council honest and accountable to ratepayers, cut wasteful spending, improve services, rebuild infrastructure and work to attract businesses to invest in Fairfield City.

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