Strathfield City ahead

Strathfield’s leading position in the inner west as a commercial and transport hub has prompted a council move to seek city status  – a significant step in ensuring the area’s assets are fully recognised.

It would mean the old-fashioned descriptions of the area as a “municipality” would be dropped in favour of the City of Strathfield.

Our importance in transport, as an educational centre, abundance of parks and commercial centre made
Strathfield an area of regional significance, Cr Paul Barron told this month’s council meeting.

He has asked council officials to draw up a report on the feasibility of seeking city status.

To be designated as a city, local government areas have traditionally been home to at least 25,000 people and been an independent centre of population, not just a suburb.

“Strathfield is the envy of many areas due to our numerous strengths, such as our location, accessibility to transport, diverse range of schools, thriving
commercial areas and wide selection of parks and open space,” Cr Barron
told councillors.

“These range from the major parks like Strathfield Park, Airey Park and Mason Park to small neighbour-hood parks.

“The Strathfield Local Government Area currently has a population of approximately 37,000.

“This is expected to grow to 45,855 by 2026, making Strathfield one of the fastest-growing LGAs in the Inner West.”

Gross Regional Product was more than $3,000 million in 2009-10, he said. By comparison, Burwood Council registered $2,135 million and Ashfield just $1,192 million in GRP during that period.

Strathfield Station is also one of the largest in NSW, featuring metro, regional, freight, country and state rail connections, said Cr Barron.

Major state roads running through the area such as the M4 motorway, Parramatta and Liverpool Roads make Strathfield one of Sydney’s most connected regions, he added.

“On top of this, Strathfield Council is in a strong position, with recent survey results indicating a high level of community satisfaction with our services and facilities.

“This is all being achieved in a financially prudent manner, with Strathfield Council being one of the few financially sustainable councils within the region.”

The move was welcomed by Labor Cr Keith Kwon, who said the
motion was “very sound” for many
reasons, financially, geographically
and industrially.

And he called on council officials to set out the pros and cons of such a move, including a complete cost analysis. “I’m sure it will bring many benefits,” he added.

Councils in NSW are under scrutiny by the Local Government Review panel, which is examining the state’s 152 councils. Many are facing financial hardship in fixing roads, rubbish
collection and providing local services, although Strathfield is in a healthy
financial position.

The panel is due to report in the middle of next year.

“The Strathfield community has nothing to worry about when it comes to voluntary boundary changes,” said  Cr Barron. “Strathfield Council provides a high level of services and facilities to its community.”


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