As we pounce into the third month of this already ageing year, celebrations erupt across our city welcoming the Year of the Dog.
Last weekend thousands of participants from across Sydney gathered in Cabramatta to celebrate one of the most important cultural events in South-East Asia, Lunar New Year.
The two-day festival hosted by Fairfield Council took place at Freedom Plaza in Cabramatta and featured plenty of family-friendly entertainment and cultural activities. The event was a tremendous success and yet a reminder how well our city celebrates cultural diversity.
Keeping the celebrations rolling, it’s that time again for the 2018 Local Business Awards – a time for shoppers and the general public to vote for their favourite business for recognition of their outstanding service and business achievements.
We urge all small businesses to enter this prestigious event with nominations closing Tuesday, March 13. Download more coupons at www.thesmallbusinessawards.com.au
Speaking of business, more than 27 months ago the Fairfield City Chamber of Commerce represented various stakeholders within the Fairfield City Centre in requesting a review of the design controls within the City Centre. The project to redevelop 12 major sites into iconic state of the art landmark signature buildings reaches its final stages with the conclusion of the public exhibition.
Redevelopment of our city remains critical to accommodate an estimated rise in the population of 30,000-40,000 by 2036.
The state government has recently implemented a multitude of changes to planning and infrastructure, set to pave the way of our country’s needs for the future.
Those changes to legislation will have substantial effects on local councils.
It means that all development applications with the value of $5 million but less than $30 million will be determined by IHAPs (Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels) and development applications for more than $30 million will be determined by regional panels.
With rapid injections of population, it is essential for our city to evolve and positive government assistance is imperative.
Our city’s progression into the future cannot afford any further delays.
Vince Movizio, president
Fairfield Chamber of Commerce