From the President
The 2016 NSW Budget was released this month, and it was a bumper budget for Western Sydney.
There were few surprises, however WSROC was pleased to see a strong ongoing commitment to funding key Western Sydney infrastructure projects – from roads to rail, hospitals and schools.
A number of proposed initiatives targeting regional skills shortages also offer great promise for Western Sydney.
WSROC has previously called for a more direct approach to tackling the region’s skills shortage and the Smart, Skilled and Hired program has offered a response to these calls.
While the Budget did not include any new funding for Western Sydney arts, WSROC was pleased to see a renewed focus on supporting local artists and grass roots organisations.
This was complimented by $2.8 million in grants for community projects, activities and partnerships that foster community engagement and celebrate cultural diversity – which is essential in a region as diverse as Western Sydney.
Councils are strong supporters of local programs, and we pride ourselves on providing supportive environments in which a range of community groups can flourish.
This month I dropped in to WSROC’s first Shop Cook Save community cooking demonstration at Parramatta North Public School.
Shop Cook Save aims to teach residents how they can prevent food waste at home, but it also offers a great opportunity for residents to share ideas, family recipes and build new friendships.
These types of grass roots programs will continue to be important as Western Sydney grows and we welcome residents from all backgrounds and walks of life.
Strong transport, health and education systems are essential, but strong communities are also an important of building successful cities.
Cllr Tony Hadchiti