Tribute to our 'rich diversity' begins

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone with an artist impression of the new landmark.
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone with an artist impression of the new landmark.

Fairfield's Kugel Ball - the largest of its kind in Australia - is set to be completed by the end of May with construction starting on the special tribute to the city's diversity recently.

The 1.6 metre-diameter granite sphere will be located at the Fairfield Showground main entrance on Smithfield Road and positioned on a water basin which will allow visitors to rotate it and see the engraved world map.

A wall of ceramic tiles representing the countries of origin of Fairfield's residents and bronze plaques pointing out the direction and distance of those countries will celebrate the rich heritage of local citizens. A flagpole with a large Australian Flag will be installed marking the location for visitors and residents alike.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said the Kugel monument would be a fitting tribute to Fairfield's rich and colourful heritage with more than 107,000 Fairfield residents (from more than 104 different nations) born overseas.

What the Kugel Ball will look like.

What the Kugel Ball will look like.

"Fairfield Showground is both the physical and cultural heart of our city, so it is fitting that this location has been chosen to celebrate the cultural diversity and the many countries of origin of our residents," Mr Carbone said. "Apart from indigenous cultures, we have come from somewhere else, and we are proud of our diverse community, rich in culture and heritage. Ever since John Williams and his wife moved to Fairfield in 1792 as the first white settlers in the area, people have been coming to Fairfield City from around Australia and the world.

"We are first and foremost proud Australians, but this display will recognise our mums, dads, grandparents and brothers and sisters who left their homes with very little, to come here to seek opportunities and a new life in this wonderful nation, make a contribution to the City and make us all proud."