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Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd
May/June 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: Federal election

 

In the wake of both state and federal elections, and last week’s State Budget announcements, WSROC continues to work toward realisation of priorities and entrenching a firm advocacy agenda.

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WSROC President Barry Calvert cuts the official ribbon with special guests.

Hawkesbury Council launches 500kW solar program 


Western Sydney councils celebrated the launch of a 500kW Hawkesbury Solar Program on Thursday 2 May, at South Windsor Family Centre.

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Green light
for cool
suburbs



Western Sydney is now one step closer to implementing best practice interventions, for dealing with the growing challenges of extreme heat.


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State fails again on Emergency Services Levy

WSROC is incredulous that the NSW Government has given local government two months’ notice on an increased Emergency Services Levy without warning or consultation.


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Parramatta aerial view

NSW Budget surplus while councils foot the bill

The NSW Government Budget released last week – while upholding previous commitments to investment in Western Sydney – was disappointing, for inaction on key issues impacting local councils and their communities.

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Piles of plastic bundled and bound

Federal action on waste urgent says WSROC

 

WSROC has called on the Australian Government to act urgently on Australia’s waste management crisis to stimulate local recycling capacity, and develop new markets for recycled products.

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Asbestos dumped on council land.

Asbestos a toxic tax on local government
 

Asbestos-contaminated sites uncovered on Sydney road projects present a significant challenge to the NSW Government, in terms of disposal and funding the cost of remediation.

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Integrated planning workshop

WSROC hosted a workshop this week, in collaboration with WSROC, NSROC and SSROC, to inform strategic planning and enhance place-based and environmental outcomes

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Cars with tree canopy on street

Battling the heat with trees


Schofields and Mount Druitt are set to have more than 100 new trees lining residential streets, as part of Blacktown City Council’s plans to reduce urban heat, working alongside NRMA Insurance,  as part of the Cool Streets©program.

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WSROC and representatives at Mt Piper power station


WSROC Councils in Lithgow City



WSROC member councils toured Lithgow City in late May, taking the opportunity to learn more about WSROC’s most westerly region and gateway to the Central West.


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Western Sydney in the news



Western Sydney roads a NSW Budget focus
 
Western Sydney mayors demand North South Rail Link be fast-tracked

What about us? Election campaign disappoints councils

Liverpool City wins at Women in Local Government Awards

Western Sydney councils urged to improve recycling facilities in unit blocks

$1.16 m for local government climate change response grants

Push for PM to commit money to building $20b metro line to Sydney's west

The New CRCs and their role in a sustainable future

Cities policy should be a priority for the new government - Property Council of Australia

Councils urge budget funds for drought relief, emergency services levy

Almost 200,000 new homes in Sydney by 2023 - but not evenly spread

 

Upcoming events


Local Government Week  29 July – 4 August

Blacktown Night Markets  28 June

Icetopia returns  7 - 22 July

Liverpool WOW Festival for Young People 10 - 14 July

Burramatta NAIDOC  14 July

Blue Mountains Winter Event Guide

Hawkesbury Fest  21 July

Blacktown City Family Fish-In  2 - 10 August

Free Fermenting Workshop  17 August

Eat Your Heart Out | Liverpool 31 August 

Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival 17 - 25 August
 
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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
Light Years Ahead Energy Efficiency Initiative
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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