Fairfield residents have a chance to give their opinion on council amalgamations as part of a survey launched by Fairfield Council.
Fairfield Advance reported that residents of all ages have until Friday, April 3, to complete the survey online or on paper.
The survey’s results will be used in Fairfield Council’s submission to the State Government on whether it should amalgamate with Liverpool Council.
Mayor Frank Carbone said people should be aware of what was being proposed by the government.
“Ultimately, it’s about the future of their own street,” he said. “We want people to have their say.”
Under the reforms announced by the government last year, Fairfield Council must submit a proposal by June 30 on how its financial management, service delivery and scale of operations will be “Fit For The Future”.
As part of that proposal, Fairfield Council must consider whether it should amalgamate with Liverpool Council.
Cr Carbone said residents should decide if the two councils were to be amalgamated.
“My fear is by amalgamating two large cities you take the local out of local,” he said.
As part of the survey, Fairfield Council is providing residents with a list of what it considers to be the benefits of independence or amalgamation.
While the council’s documents acknowledge that an amalgamated, larger council could have a greater influence on the government, the documents also state that Fairfield has lower business rates and is already a large council.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates the population of Fairfield in 2013 was 201,427, while Liverpool’s was 195,355.
An expert panel will assess each council’s submitted proposals by October for implementation next year.
Residents can fill out the survey online or pick up paper copies of the survey from the city’s childcare centres, Fairfield Museum and Gallery, the council’s administration building and libraries; paper surveys are reply paid and non-English language versions are available.