Government commits $7 million for Fairfield Showground redevelopment

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone at the Tet Festival. Picture: Facebook.
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone at the Tet Festival. Picture: Facebook.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian used her visit to the Vietnamese Tet Festival at the weekend to announce a $7 million commitment to the Fairfield Showground upgrade.

Ms Berejiklian said the funding – part of a $150 million package to increase livability throughout NSW –  highlights the governments commitment to delivering more parks, gardens and open spaces in western Sydney.

The government also announced the Tet Festival – the first event held at the new Showground Festival Area  –  will receive $150,000 over three years if the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is re-elected.

“The Fairfield Showground is one of western Sydney’s most iconic sporting and cultural hubs which hosts thousands of people a year,” she said.

“We know that the plans for this Showground are fantastic, but we want it to be even better, which is why we have committed $7 million to the redevelopment.

“Access to green and open space is crucial for communities to thrive – we hope this investment will contribute to this wonderful space for generations to come.”

The new $23 million Fairfield Showground dubbed “Fairfield’s own mini Centennial Park” is the largest project undertaken in Fairfield’s history.

The regional multicultural and sporting complex will include a AFL/cricket oval at the northern end of the site, a international size football field and an all-weather synthetic field and a $4.5 million international standard lizard-shaped amenities facility.

Last year Fairfield Council applied for a $5 million grant to extend the western grandstand south which will include multiple change rooms underneath. It will mean women and men can play at the same time on different fields.

Ms Berejiklian was joined by Liberal candidate for Fairfield Sabah (Sam) Youkhana for the announcement.

Mr Youkhana, who arrived in Australia from Iraq in 1999 with just 12 dollars in his pocket and speaking no English, said he was “proud” to stand for Fairfield as part of the NSW Liberal team.

Sam together with his wife and two daughters are part of the Assyrian community in Fairfield. The small business owner operates a security and cleaning business in local shopping centres

“I hope I am chosen to serve this vibrant, multicultural community,” he said.

“Supporting local small business is key in this electorate and I believe the NSW Liberal Government is best placed to do so, through its strong economic management of the state.

“I understand the difficulties families face when raising their children in Fairfield, the difficulties in finding employment and running a small business.

“I will fight to improve education, health, resources for local police and public transport services. I want the best for our community.”