Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd
May/June 2020 edition - General news
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WSROC President Clr Barry Calvert

President’s message: Supporting communities through COVID

As we continue to adjust to the changing reality that is COVID, WSROC has continued its advocacy for support for Western Sydney councils and communities to ensure no-one falls through the cracks.

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Waste educators and community members at Tench Park for the Litter program

WSROC litter campaign cleans up

Six councils in Western Sydney have achieved remarkable results from a targeted anti-litter campaign over the summer, which focused on takeaway packaging and beverage containers left in local parks and public spaces.

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Building community: Residents sharing culture through performance at a local Harmony Day event

welcomes support for refugees

WSROC has welcomed the NSW Government’s $4 million support package for refugee education and commitment to holistic settlement, urging for increased consultation with local government.

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Dry streetscape - slow-growing thirsty trees

Greening Greater Sydney - planting for keeps

The NSW Government’s increased investment in planting new trees across Greater Sydney is welcomed by WSROC, however planting strategies must include solid plans for watering and maintenance of trees to be effective in creating cooler suburbs.

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Cumberland volunteers celebrating National Volunteer Week

WSROC commends volunteers, calls on community to fill Covid gaps

WSROC has commended community volunteers on their outstanding work as part of National Volunteer Week but warns that further assistance will continue to be needed as we emerge from Covid-19 lockdowns.

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Liverpool to host national economic resilience conference

Liverpool will be the proud host city of Economic Development Australia (EDA)’s flagship annual event, NEDC20, to run from 18 – 20 November.

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M4 Motorway commuter thoroughfare

Aerotropolis jobs alone won't plug the gaps

WSROC welcomes the NSW Government announcement that 5,200 new jobs would result from a new development near the new Western Sydney Airport, but warns that forecasted impacts on regional employment post-Covid-19 could push the existing local jobs deficit even further. 

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Aerial view Western Sydney Housing development near Airport

Western Sydney Metro-Airport still missing some links

Realising Western Sydney’s potential relies on clear planning and timely delivery of an integrated public transport network, one that links communities with a range of employment and lifestyle opportunities, says WSROC. 

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Urban train services Western Sydney - Blacktown station

WSROC welcomes green light for Mt Druitt revamp

WSROC has welcomed the NSW Government’s approval of the Mount Druitt CBD masterplan but warns that the area will require significant investment in transport infrastructure to accommodate growth.

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Woman enjoying an art exhibition at the Casula Powerhouse run by Liverpool City Council

Covid funding - Western Sydney arts misses out again

WSROC has welcomed the NSW Government’s $50 million funding package to support arts organisations but is concerned that many Western Sydney venues aren’t eligible.

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Warami Festival live concert a highlight of Burramatta NAIDOC 

Some of Sydney's best Indigenous artists are set to take the virtual stage when City of Parramatta hosts its free online concert, WARAMI Live, on Sunday 5 July from 12pm to 2pm.

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Report: Where are the jobs?

Western Sydney University's Where are the jobs? reports outline the current trends, opportunities and challenges for economic and employment growth in Western Sydney.

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Western Sydney in the news

The Conversation, 29 June, 2020
Jobs deficit drives army of daily commuters out of western Sydney

Fairfield City Champion, 26 June 2020
Councils Keeping communities connected 

SBS News,  24 June 2020
Experts warned federal government of 'missed opportunity' to prevent outbreaks in migrant communities

The Sydney Morning Herald,  21 June 2020
Parramatta Powerhouse opening delayed

Mirage News, 18 June 2020
$500 million rejuvenation for key Western Sydney centres
The Daily Telegraph, 16 June 2020
Great Western Highway upgrade: residents petition government to halt planning

Mirage News, 1 June 2020
Airport rail announcement a win for future

City of Parramatta – News, 29 May 2020
Parramatta Lord Mayor to Premier: Don’t turn your back on us

The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 May 2020
Budget blow puts Powerhouse Museum and ANZ Stadium projects in doubt

Solar Quotes Blog, 26 May 2020
More Solar Power For Blue Mountains City Council

SBS News, 26 May 2020
Bushfire haze killed 455 people and reached 80 per cent of Australia, royal commission hears

ABC News, 25 May 2020
Royal commission into bushfire crisis begins hearings with focus on impact of climate change
Lithgow Mercury, 13 May 2020
Lithgow Council discuss distribution of phase two bushfire recovery funding

The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 May 2020
Illegally dumped waste surges in Sydney due to 'COVID cleanout'
Liverpool Leader, 13 May 2020
Liverpool Council’s $120m list of ‘shovel-ready’ projects to support economy

The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 May 2020
Infrastructure rebuild to form part of post-virus recovery plan

Topical reads

Where are the jobs? Three reports
The Centre for Western Sydney, June 2020

Focusing on the future through positive reform
Waste Management Review, 24 June 2020
After Covid-19: Australia and the world rebuild Vol 1
Australian Strategic Policy Institute, May 2020

Waste 2020: the urban potential for FOGO
Waste Management review May 2020

Federal Government releases emissions technology investment roadmap, backing gas and a shift towards renewables
ABC News, 21 May 2020
Australian media closures spark fears important local stories will not be told
ABC News, 21 May 2020
Filling the gaps in bushfire recovery
Bega Valley Shire Council, May 2020

Australia is being urged to adopt a Canadian-style refugee sponsorship scheme
SBS News, 23 June 2020
Gender experiences during the Covid-19 lockdown
The Australia Institute, June 2020

Australia’s largest solar farm set for construction after Neoen wins deal with CleanCo
Renew Economy - Clean Energy News and Analysis, 6 May 2020

Business looks to councils to save the economy
Government News, 11 May 2020

Stay posted: Council news updates

The Gecko - Blue Mountains Bush Care

The Pulse - City of Parramatta Autumn edition

Fairfield Flyer - keeping businesses abreast of CBD issues and events

Cumberland City 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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