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IN THIS ISSUE: 02 / Merry Christmas The Long Drive 03 / On the Move Flying High 04 / True Blue Heroes Tomorrow’s Fairfield


HAVING A GO! The undisputed fact is we are a city of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, who knew life in Australia could be better. They came out not just in pursuit of the riches of this city but for the richness of this life. For that we are very grateful to Australia. Fairfield we all know has been a story of the many becoming one, uniting to preserve the Australian way of life of mateship, a fair go, having a go, and that larrikin spirit which has endured the test of time. Having a go in business and growing jobs is about taking risks, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding, but always striving. It is about dreams. Usually, it doesn’t work out exactly as you might have imagined. It’s all about having a red hot Aussie go!

Our great people haven’t ever thought about giving up. Not on themselves. Not on each other. Not on Australia. And definitely not on Fairfield.

Fairfield always wants you to have a go, that’s the genius of a free enterprise system to create tomorrow’s prosperity, which in turn enables us to take care of our most vulnerable people.

All you need to do is have a go!

That Fairfield is the best within each of us. That Fairfield we want for our children. Helen Pijaca Fairfield City Centre Co-ordinator

MERRY CHRISTMAS At Christmas, people of every age and every walk of life celebrate with a profound sense of wonder, and joy in Fairfield.

The Season of Goodwill

The lighting of the city’s Christmas tree in Epoch Plaza by Mayor Frank Carbone signals the holy season is upon us. This landmark event will take place on Thursday 6 December, festivities commence at 6.30pm. Once again the city’s celebration will be jam-packed with entertainment. The angelic voices of the Mary MacKillop Catholic College choir will lift the spirits of the people. The popular petting zoo is beloved by the children. “Kids love the animals it’s a wonderful attraction and it tells the nativity story perfectly, how Jesus was born in a stable,” said Jamil Ayoub of Al-Jamil Market. Before the tree lights are switched on at 8pm, many of your favourite Christmas characters will be roving around, a balloonist will accompany them and of course Santa and his helpers will join us, as they take the night off from their busy schedule. “This Christmas the hope of the people of Fairfield is perhaps a little higher. We have much to do, but we can enter this season of goodwill with more than usual joy in our hearts,” declared Mayor Frank Carbone.

THE LONG DRIVE It’s 15 years since the first Fairfield Uniting Church food trolley drive thundered down Harris Street. This annual Christmas event exemplifies the spirit of the season. The Church’s diner cooks more than 12,000 meals a year for the disadvantaged. On Friday 7 December the trolleys will take their positions at Epoch Plaza and begin the journey at 10am. Tom Murphy from Starr Partners founded the drive and believes that Christmas in Fairfield is special.

Universal lesson Jesus taught us: that we are to love our neighbours and ourselves.

Still rolling on after 15 years


“The blessed season always brings the best out of our City, let us share the gift of God’s love by giving of ourselves and by sharing generously with those in need. Let us reach out again to those who are different from us, yet one in the human family, by living the profound and universal lesson Jesus taught us: that we are to love our neighbours as ourselves,” pronounced Mr Murphy.

ON THE MOVE 2016 Save the date Saturday 1 June 2019

Fairfield’s iconic event Culinary Carnivale is on the move in 2019. From next year the food and entertainment spectacular will be held on Saturday 1 June. Fairfield City Council has established a dedicated major events team to manage and expand the festival. “Since its inception Culinary Carnivale has experienced phenomenal growth. “We want to take advantage of this and make it a standalone event in June. In previous years the event followed Cabramatta’s Moon Festival. “By changing the date, the events team will be able to further promote the city with more festivals spread across the calendar.

“The event has a multiplier effect on businesses, which delivers much needed outside visitation. Fairfield is a food and retail hub, we’ll focus our attention to further promote the city as a niche gastronomic and shopping destination.

The event has a multiplier effect on business, which delivers much needed outside visitation. “To meet our strategic goals for Culinary Carnivale in 2019 means the event will not take place this October. But it will be back bigger and better next year,” explains Cabramatta Place Manager, Cheryl Bosler.

FLYING HIGH The City Centre’s new banners are about proclaiming our strengths as a community, that visibility is key to our success. Seven new Interwoven banners have adorned Smart Street; Fairfield pays homage to our indigenous culture. “The banners depict the sacred aboriginal craft of raffia weaving. It’s very spiritual it has interconnectedness which lives and breathes throughout the culture,” explained Fairfield Place Manager, Tony Walker. Guntawang Aboriginal Resources Incorporated was the inspiration for the banners; this dedicated community group was founded five years ago to support indigenous women via an essential social network. “Interwoven is a community arts program. These banners showcase the aboriginal community’s connection to the land and the positives that come from that,” said Mr Walker.

Smart Street banners celebrating Aboriginal culture

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TRUE BLUE HEROES Each of us has our own meaning what is the Anzac spirit. “Anzac stood, and still stands, for reckless valour in a good cause, for enterprise, resourcefulness, fidelity, comradeship, and endurance that will never give up,” explained Paul Bryant, President of Fairfield RSL. Our national identity was forged by the Anzacs, that legacy still has Australians talking and thinking about proving themselves on the world stage. Whatever the endeavour.

This year we mark the 100th anniversary when the guns fell silent in World War 1; Armistice Day, November 11 1918. A horrific war gave birth to the Anzac spirit and defined the Australian character. The qualities, which collectively make up the Anzac spirit, include endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour and mateship. For the people of Fairfield, the Anzac legacy is a celebration of the Australian identity because it embodies the story we’ve long told each other about what is means to be Australian. “Anzac has many narratives but they all explain that, even as a small nation, Australia is the little country that could. And Australians tell those stories to each other every day of the year. That’s what propels us forward in our day-today lives,” said Alex Karaki from Filpure Water.

“Punching above our weight and winning comes to mind when I reflect on the Anzacs having a go, looking after your mate, these are magnificent character traits. What an inheritance the Anzacs left us,” said Fairfield City Centre Co-ordinator, Helen Pijaca. Fairfield City Chamber of Commerce President, Vince Movizio, says the spirit of Anzac is still seen today in times of crisis or hardship. “During cyclones, droughts, floods, and bushfires, Australians come together to rescue one another, to ease suffering, to provide food and shelter, to look after one another and to let the victims of these disasters know they are not alone,” he said. A century after the end of the war to end all wars, a grateful city salutes and remembers the enormous contribution of Fairfield’s Anzacs: 45 served at Gallipoli, 192 throughout World War 1. They are immortalised along the gates to Honour Avenue War Memorial. Lest we forget

TOMORROW’S FAIRFIELD Fairfield Council understands the importance of development and ensuring it meets the ever changing needs of the 21st century city; Council’s Urban Design Study proves that fact. With apartment living transforming Sydney, Fairfield planners are bringing the future into the present by doing something now. “The endorsed study recommended buildings of up to 20 storeys for larger sites where impacts can be better managed such as the Fairfield Forum site,” explained Council’s Land Use Planner, Edward Saulig. “The Fairfield City Chamber of Commerce worked with us on this study. “Managing our urban growth is about design, energy efficient buildings, transportation safety, and innovative environmental solutions; that’s tomorrow’s Fairfield! “The flow on from increased development, leads to improvements to pedestrian connections, new civic spaces and community facilities.


The report estimates that an extra 4000 apartments will be built in the City Centre should the findings of the study be embraced. Council is also working with NSW Roads & Maritime Services to best manage traffic. “These reforms will provide for a cosmopolitan way of life,” said Mr Saulig. For more information, contact Edward Saulig on 9725 0222 or Artist impression

Fairfield Flyer - Issue #10 September 2018  
Fairfield Flyer - Issue #10 September 2018