Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone has praised the "resilience" of the Fairfield community after a COVID-19 affected 2020.
In his Christmas message with the Champion, Mr Carbone said now was a time to safely spend with loved ones after being separated for so long this year.
"2020 is a year we certainly won't forget," he said.
"With COVID-19 our community definitely has stood up to the challenges. It has been really difficult for everyone but I think there is a lot of good that has come out of it; we've all changed the way we do things and it has given us a different perspective on how we can work from home and use different methods for our daily lives.
"I want to say a big thank you to the community who have been really resilient because we got hit by the pandemic twice. We can take confidence by what we have achieved as a united community."
In a wide-ranging interview, Mr Carbone covered a range of topics including:
- Council's New Year's Eve event Illuminate will go ahead for local residents and ratepayers. He encouraged people to book tickets early for the masquerade-themed event.
- He confirmed from July, residents can call-up for a kerbside rubbish pickup
- He encouraged residents to see the Christmas lights at 17 roundabouts and intersections around the city. "We had to spread the Christmas Spirit," he said.
- He urged residents to support local businesses who have "done it tough".
When asked for a highlight of 2020, Mr Carbone mentioned council's large commitment to infrastructure, including fixing footpaths, the upgrade of Smithfield Road and the opening of Koonoona Park.
I want to say a big thank you to the community.Mayor Frank Carbone
"The drive-in movies at Fairfield showground were special because we thought what can we do to get people together after the second wave to get them out of the home and give them some excitement," he said.
Next year looms as another big year with the opening of the all-abilities playground at Deerbush Park, Fairfield library and a new car park at Dutton Lane.
And a New Year's Resolution? "First and foremast, you can never go past having a healthy community so hopefully no more COVID outbreaks in Fairfield. My resolution would be the same for me as any other resident, and that is to have a healthy 2021 and a wonderful Christmas with their loved ones," Mr Carbone said.