Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd
December 2016 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, Cr Stephen Bali.

Message from the President

2016 has been jam-packed with council mergers, two elections, the formation of the Greater Sydney Commission and its vision for Sydney, and the approval of Western Sydney Airport.

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Aeroplane taking off over field.

Can an airport be healthy?

South West Sydney Local Health District are asking ‘How can we ensure that Badgerys is a world exemplar for supporting healthy communities?’

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Western Sydney Airport Site sign at Badgerys Creek.

Detail needed noise, jobs and transport at Badgerys

WSROC has reaffirmed its concerns regarding the approval conditions for the WSA following the project’s sign-off by this month.

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Mayor Bali planting street trees with Blacktown residents.

Focus on: Blacktown Cool Streets

Blacktown City Council’s award-winning Cool Streets project is designed to reduce urban heat in Western Sydney by increasing the number of street trees.

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Western Sydney council officers accepting Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Awards.

West recognised for environmental excellence

Western Sydney councils picked up 10 awards at the Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Awards this month.

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Fairfield City Council refugee settlement symposium.

How do councils engage CALD communities?

A new report from WSROC looks at how local government is engaging with communities in one of Australia's most diverse regions.

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Cars parked and travelling along Western Sydney road.

Road reform must include councils

WSROC has called for the Australian Government to review the way local roads are funded as part of its infrastructure funding reform.

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Medium density housing in Western Sydney.

Affordable housing a step in right direction

WSROC has welcomed the Greater Sydney Commission's focus on affordable housing for new land releases in Sydney.

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Surveyor's peg. Credit: iStock/wavemovies

Rate peg will cripple strategic capacity

WSROC has slammed the state's latest rate peg which comes at a time when councils are being asked to increase capacity.

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On the agenda

A summary of key reports, policies and discussion papers released during December.

WSROC - Speaking your language: How Western Sydney councils engage with culturally and linguistically diverse communities (November, 2016)

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development - Western Sydney Airport Plan 

Active Healthy Kids Australia - Physical activity for children and young people report card (2016)

NSW EPA - Draft Container Deposit Scheme Regulation (consultation closes 23 December 2016)

NSW Department of Industry - Energy Savings Scheme rule change (consultation closes 23 December 2016)

Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet - Smart Cities Program draft guidelines (consultation closes 20 January, 2017)

NSW EPA - Clean Air for NSW Consultation Paper (consultation closes 20 January, 2017)

Department of Planning and Environment - Improving voluntary planning agreements (consultation closes 27 Jan, 2017)

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development - Value capture discussion paper (consultation closes 3 February, 2017)

NSW Department of Planning and Environment - Social impact assessment - Draft guidelines for State significant mining, petroleum production and extractive industry developments  (consultation closes 3 March 2017)

Greater Sydney Commission - draft District Plans (consultation closes March 2017)
- Central West
- West
- South West

Western Sydney in the news
Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek signed off by Federal Government
Airport given green light but no rail link
If Bankstown is no longer western Sydney, where do you draw the line?
Meeting considers region's future
Kurmond developers agree to contribute to local infrastructure
Penrith Mayor calls on government to deliver rail promise for Badgerys Creek
Body cameras to protect Parramatta parking rangers
Waste incinerator sparks air pollution concerns
Aquatopia makes a big splash in Fairfield
A-League expansion must look to Western Sydney

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

Important dates

Board meetings

  • Thursday 23 Feb 2017
  • Thursday

General manager meetings

  • Thurs 9 Mar 2017
  • Thurs 18 May 2017


Established in 1973, the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) represents nine local councils in Western Sydney - Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith.

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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