Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd
November/December 2019 edition - General news
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Navy blue WSROC logo with wave design within the O and words undernteath - Advocating for the people of Western Sydney
WSROC President Clr Barry Calvert

President’s message:

As 2019 draws to a close, I take this opportunity to reflect on a year of success for current and emerging projects, strengthened collaborative partnerships and success in progression of key advocacy priorities, effecting significant outcomes.

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Levy-free asbestos disposal welcome

WSROC welcomed the release of the NSW Government’s Asbestos Strategy, which includes a proposal to make asbestos disposal cheaper via the removal of the waste levy.

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Residents urged to take heat seriously

WSROC has called on Western Sydney residents to get ready to handle more heat, as we enter the first week of a hotly-anticipated summer.

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Research shows 10-degree difference between streets

Heat mapping conducted in Western Sydney LGAs reveals vicinity variations of more than 10 degrees, associated with urban canopy and the built environment.

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Blacktown to harness stormwater for cooler streets

Blacktown City Council is investigating ways to use stormwater to help water street trees and keep local streets cool.

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Western Sydney to get Heat Smart

WSROC has received $215,000 through the Office of Emergency Management’s Community Resilience Innovation Program, to deliver a coordinated approach to heatwave preparedness and management in Western Sydney.

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WSROC winners for Excellence in the Environment

Blue Mountains, Liverpool, Cumberland and Blacktown Cities were recognised at the Local Government NSW awards for 2019.

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Cafes choose to reuse in 2020

Cafe lovers in Sydney’s West get set for a better way to take away their beverages, with councils implementing a new, sustainable solution to single-use disposable cups.

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President returned
for 2020

WSROC President, Clr Barry Calvert, has been returned for a second term, at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting, held at Blacktown City Council late last month.

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School holidays are more fun in Sydney's Biggest Backyard

Western Sydney locals are being called upon to get back on track and enjoy the things that matter most – nature, friends, family, fresh air and fun.

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Western Sydney in the news

Tradies enjoying big bucks as NSW skills shortage pushes up prices

Federal Environment Minister tours Wetherill Park tours PEF facility

Deadly divide between rich and poor in Sydney

Strides forward for smarter cities

Sydney's second international airport design revealed, but still no flight paths in sight

New aiport jobs hub to stem the daily exodus from Western Sydney

Parramatta light rail stage 2 vital, says business community

Up to 5600 homes to surround Kellyville and Bella Vista Metro stations

Exposure to chemical in plastic linked to type 2 diabetes, study finds

Crowding on trains along Western Sydney's rail spine worsens

Australia's waste glass export ban to commence by July 2020

Nine agencies band together to end homeless encampments in the Hawkesbury

Call for more recycling stations in the Blue Mountains

Doonside life sparks fiery debate in Parliament

Upcoming events

Fairfield Illuminate 2019 - December 31

Light Up the Lake Liverpool - December 31

Liverpool Sculpture Walk - Now open 

Blacktown City Art Prize 2019 - 11 December - 25 January

Drop in Keep Cool Summer crafts - City of Parramatta - 20-24 January

Tuesday School Holiday Movies at Hawkesbury Central Library - 7, 14, 21 January

Crafternoon Richmond - Build your own weather station - 9 January

John Mawurndjul Tactile Tour and Workshop for families Blue Mountains Cultural Centre - 15 January

Natural Curiosity Art Exhibition - Lithgow 2 - 24 December

Stay posted: Newsletters

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The Pulse - City of Parramatta Summer edition

Fairfield Flyer - keeping businesses abreast of CBD issues and events

Cumberland Council enews

Hawkesbury City news

Lithgow City Media page

Liverpool Life newsletter

Sustaining Liverpool newsletter

Blacktown city news and media


Our projects

WSROC manages a number of co-funded projects and community programs on behalf of its members. Learn more about our current projects via the links below.
Western Sydney Regional Waste Strategy
Western Sydney Energy Program
Turn Down the Heat


Established in 1973, the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) represents eight local councils in Greater Western Sydney - Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Cumberland, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Lithgow, Liverpool and Parramatta.

With a reputation for considered policy analysis and bipartisan advocacy, WSROC brings a collective voice to those issues which are crucial for Western Sydney's growing population.

WSROC's ongoing commitment to the region is demonstrated by its joint procurement programs, co-funded project work and shared community activities.
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