Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd
January/February 2021 edition - General news
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President’s message

After the challenges of 2020, the optimistic beginning to 2021 is reflected in WSROC’s priorities and projects in key areas of heat, waste, planning, energy, and climate resilience

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Electric Dreams: Local EV bus manufacture needs investment visions

The NSW Government’s electric vehicle vision for NSW would be more rapidly realized with a local manufacturing hub in an established regional centre such as Lithgow, says WSROC.

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Reusable nappy education helps councils reduce waste

The WSROC waste team is currently delivering a regional education package to nine Western Sydney councils, on reusable nappies.

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Heat Smart Framework

WSROC's Heatwave Preparedness and Response Framework will provide recommendations for improved heatwave management in the region.

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WSROC calls for curb on public-funded profit

WSROC has called for a review of private profits achieved via taxpayer-funded development in Western Sydney, following reports of landowners and developers gaining significant windfalls from publicly-funded infrastructure investment.
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'Moving House?' Project to target illegal dumping

This WSROC-led campaign includes information, common mistakes to avoid when moving and a comprehensive checklist, aimed to inform and support people to responsibly manage waste when relocating.

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Climate Resilient Street Trees program

WSROC, in partnership with Western Sydney University, hosted a Passive Irrigation Design workshop in February.

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Ministers lobbied on Design and Place SEPP, BASIX

WSROC has written to the Ministers for Planning and Public Spaces, and Energy and Environment seeking greater involvement of local government.

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Western Sydney in the news

Daily Telegraph 3 Jan 2021
Blacktown, Mt Druitt developments to watch in 2021
SMH 5 Jan 2021
Energy industry warns disjointed climate and energy policies risk network failure 
SMH 8 Jan 2021
Pushback over land acquisitions for rail line to new Sydney airport
10 Jan 2021
Liverpool mayor Wendy Waller reflects on 2020 and looks ahead to 2021
SMH 13 Jan 2021
'People are shocked': Sydney homeowners divided over rates plans
SMH 20 Jan 2021
Blue Mountains residents turn off NBN in storms or risk no connection for days
ABC News 22 Jan 2021
Western Sydney residents furious about two towers set to exceed approved height limit
Liverpool Champion1  Feb 2021
South-west Sydney gets its first electric buses
Parra News 4 Feb 2021
Cumberland Council makes final call on rate structure
The Guardian 17 Feb 2021
'Development should stop': serious flaws in offsets plan for new western Sydney airport
ABC News 19 Feb 2021
Doctors battling fear and misinformation among patients as COVID-19 vaccine rolls into Western Sydney
Lithgow Mercury 15 Feb 2021
Hartley Vale bridge restoration finally complete after 10 months of work
SBS News 23 Feb 2021
Less than half of the government's bushfire recovery funds have been allocated, new research shows
SMH 23 Feb 2021
The $1 billion plan to increase Sydney’s peak-hour train capacity
Blacktown Advocate 22 Feb 2021
ACU Blacktown campus: Student boom for CBD

Topical reads

Tackling Housing Problems in Western Sydney
Human activity is responsible for nearly all global warming, new research says
National Waste Report 2020 released
Morrison government rules out subsidies in electric vehicle strategy

Circular Threads textile waste initiative receives federal funding
How global warming is boosting WTE market
IPART Invites NSW Solar Owner Feed-in Tariff Feedback
Obsessive recycler shows off two months of trash and it’s miniscule          
Sizzling playground surfaces at Sydney school hit 70C


Stay posted: Council news updates

Blacktown City news and media

The Gecko - Blue Mountains Bush Care

Cumberland City Council enews

Hawkesbury City news

Lithgow City media page

Liverpool Life newsletter

The Pulse - City of Parramatta Summer edition


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 seven local councils in Greater Western Sydney - Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Cumberland, 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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