People's Globe is officially opened at Fairfield Showground

Rich heritage: Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone and councillor Dai Le at the opening of the People's Globe on Sunday.
Rich heritage: Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone and councillor Dai Le at the opening of the People's Globe on Sunday.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said the People's Globe - which was officially opened on Sunday - was a way to "honour and celebrate" the mums, dads, grandparents and brothers and sisters who left their homes with very little, to seek opportunities in Australia.

Located at Fairfield Showground's main entrance on Smithfield Road, the 1.6 metre Kugel Ball (a granite sphere which is positioned on a water basin) features a world map which is able to be rotated by visitors

A nearby wall of ceramic tiles represents the countries of origin of Fairfield's residents and bronze plaques point out the direction and distance of those places. More than 107,000 people living in Fairfield were born overseas, with residents hailing from more than 104 different nations.

Residents also participated in the Fairfield Memory Walk which connects the People's Globe with the network of Showground walking paths by buying a commemorative paver.

"Fairfield's rich culture and heritage comes from the diversity of its residents - from our indigenous peoples to those from overseas who now call Australia home," Mr Carbone said.

"Whether you were born here or travelled here from a distant country, we are proud of your contributions to our city and proud to be able to honour your journeys with our People's Globe."

It's a big month for the Fairfield Showground with the off-leash dog park opening last week and the all-abilities playground Deerbush Park to open on June 13.