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Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd
March/April 2020 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: Coping with COVID-19


For local government, it is a complex time. We continue to support the status quo as far as possible, while new needs and pressures constantly emerge.

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WSROC meets with Minister for Multiculturalism


WSROC and Fairfield City Council met with NSW acting Minister for Multiculturalism, the Hon. Geoff Lee, this month to discuss how the federal and state governments can better support councils settling migrants arriving under humanitarian visas.

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North-South investment critical to 30-minute vision


WSROC has called on the NSW Government to prioritise north-south rail connections following the release of Transport for NSW’s latest Household Travel Survey.

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COVID-19: sector resource page


A collated list of updates and resources that are relevant for local government, in the context of COVID-19.

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Submission: Western Sydney Aerotropolis Planning package


Response to the Package released by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, including a detailed assessment of waste management considerations as part of the planning package

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Fairfield City Council Library Staff recording online story time

WSROC welcomes COVID package for councils


WSROC has welcomed the NSW Government’s $395 million low-cost loans package to reduce impacts of Covid-19 on local jobs and community service delivery.

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Timber housing frame against blue sky

WSROC welcomes contributions reform if community comes first


WSROC has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement on reforming development contributions but warns placing additional pressures on councils will be counterproductive to liveability goals.

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Support for councils with strata bad behaviour


WSROC has engaged Amanda Farmer of Lawyers Chambers to assist Western Sydney councils in helping to address common residential issues in strata living.

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Cumberland's cool playground


In partnership with Cumberland City Council, Western Sydney University has been conducting research on playgrounds across the suburbs of Cumberland - logging temperatures, identifying hotspots and assessing thermal performance of playground materials.

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Western Sydney embraces circular economy


Western Sydney councils advance the shift towards a circular economy, joining a free new regional scheme that reduces waste and increases sustainable living.

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Submission: Inquiry into Australia's waste and recycling industries


Key insights and recommendations drawn from WSROC Waste Strategy team's work with public sector agencies, private sector organisations and the councils of the Western Sydney Waste Managers Group

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Western Sydney in the news
 

Fairfield City Champion, 21 April 2020
How will Covid-19 change our society?

The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 March 2020
Rolling countryside to be flattened for Sydney's new airport
 
The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 March 2020
Sydney commute times balloon by up to 60 per cent
 
The National Tribune, 1 April 2020
Blacktown paves way to a cooler city

Liverpool Leader, 17 March 2020
Western Sydney Airport’s M12 Motorway: developers, council hit out over access to science park

The National Tribune, 24 March 2020
Lucy Turnbull steps down from Greater Sydney Commission

SBS News, 23 March 2020
Bushfire royal commission to push ahead despite coronavirus outbreak

Parramatta Advertiser, 25 March 2020
Parramatta: Powerhouse Museum consultation goes online

Waste Management Review, 27 March 2020
City of Parramatta trials Reconophalt roads

The Sydney Morning Herald, 31 March 2020
Toll operator pushes ahead with price increases amid crisis
 
The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 April 2020
New data reveals devastating march of COVID-19 across NSW

Liverpool City Champion, 2 April 2020
'Nobody will be left behind': Council help for homeless and vulnerable

The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 April 2020
NSW government presses ahead with WestConnex privatisation plans

The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 April 2020
Councils bleed revenue as costs from coronavirus surge
 
Human Rights Law Centre, 7 April 2020
Australia cannot leave migrants behind as we face COVID-19

News.com.au, 8 April 2020
Coronavirus Australia: Childcare centres excluded from JobKeeper package offered lifeline by NSW government

The Conversation, 8 April 2020
Lack of help for councils in coronavirus package undercuts industry support
 
The National Tribune, 15 April 2020
Council assisting our vulnerable community members

Nine News, 7 April 2020
Childcare centres forced to close under new free government scheme

ABC News, 14 April 2020
Coronavirus concerns at Western Sydney aged-care facility where woman worked six shifts before testing positive

Webinars, online events, resources


Blacktown City Council Beats and Bites

Cumberland City Council free webinars and training

Zoom: best practices and resources webinar

Australian Department of Business: Webinars, events and training

Australian Tax Office: Free small business workshops and webinars

TAFE NSW: Free short courses

Migration Institute of Australia: Member events and free webinars

Beyond Blue Mental Wellbeing Support service

Black Dog Institute: Education, training and webinars

The Kindness Pandemic

NSW Department of Health: Staying active 

Australian Government HealthDirect: Creating Healthy Habits

SMH: How to work from home efficiently without harming your health 

SMH: The only five exercised you need to stay fit at home 
 
Domain: Eight garden tasks to tackle when you're staying at home

43 easy cleaning jobs to do while in lockdown
 

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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

About WSROC


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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