Despite the recent rain, the redeveloped Fairfield Showground has reached another milestone.
The AFL/cricket/festival oval is ready for the installation of the playing surface.
The area at the northern end of the site will have a big screen and stage for festivals like the Vietnamese Tet Festival in February –which Fairfield Council are hoping to hold in 2019.
As part of stage one of developments, work will also start on installing drainage and irrigation for the oval. Earthworks are continuing for the international size football field and an all-weather synthetic field ahead of turf will be laid in late spring.
Work will then commence on a 1980-square metre, eight metre tall awning (complete with different colour lighting) for community events.
The sheltered area – big enough to hold a small passenger plane – will allow the existing markets to trade while also providing space for community festivals, events and celebrations.
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said the Multicultural and Sporting Centre of Excellence is the “biggest project ever undertaken in Fairfield”.
“Soon, Fairfield City will have a new epicentre for community life. It will have something for everybody, whether you’re a sporting and fitness enthusiast, a festival goer, or just looking for somewhere to take your kids for a bike ride or to kick a ball around,” he said.
“Council is committed to supporting healthy outdoor living options for our residents by creating venues for families to spend quality time together.”
In addition to the fields, stage one of the redevelopment includes:
- A lighting upgrade for the international size football field and installation of high standard lighting for all playing fields.
- Open-sided stage with roof for concerts, festivals, field games and outdoor cinema.
- New amenities facility, with restrooms, change rooms and kiosk.
- A play zone, with circuit path, high-quality playground equipment, exercise equipment, amenities, off-leash dog park, bike learning track, relaxation area and small synthetic five-a-side playing field.
- Laser lighting system for sporting/community events oval, under awning lighting, tree uplighting and upgraded entry lighting.
- Upgrade of the old Moorefield Grandstand, and more seating for existing Parklands Grandstand.
- Portable stage, furniture, shade sails, awnings and banner flagpoles.
- Improvements to carparking, community garden and information signage.
Mayor Carbone said stage two of the redevelopment includes a regional multicultural indoor sports centre, while stage three will include a new grandstand.
“We are transforming this under-used gem into the jewel of Fairfield’s crown. It will be our very own Centennial Park,” mayor Carbone said.
“It will be the new epicentre of cultural and sporting life for the residents of Fairfield and builds on our commitment to making Fairfield a great place to live, work and raise a family.”