Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd
November 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

WSROC welcomes the Greater Sydney Commission's three cities vision, but if we are to achieve this there is much to be done.

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Aerial shot of suburb in Western Sydney

WSROC welcomes holistic plan for Sydney

WSROC has welcomed the release of the Greater Sydney Commission District Plans as the first holistic approach to planning Greater Sydney.

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Recycling bins neatly lined up on kerb.

NSW Planning talks waste for medium density

This month, NSW Department of Planning addressed WSROC’s Waste Planning Group regarding medium density housing and changes to the EP&A Act.

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Hawkesbury Mayor, Mary Lyons-Buckett, cooking with Shop.Cook.Save chef, Jay Huxley at the Richmond Markets.

Shop.Cook.Save. wraps up

WSROC’s popular Shop.Cook.Save. program wrapped up this month with rave reviews from the community.

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Busways bus stop sign.

Regional strategy needed for buses

WSROC has called for a NSW Government-led review of Sydney’s bus network to improve public transport access and efficiency in the region.

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Aeroplane flying overhead.

Badgerys approved with little detail

WSROC has indicated concern regarding the final approval conditions of the Western Sydney Airport EIS.

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Fairfield City Council refugee settlement symposium.

Targeted support key to West’s refugee challenge

WSROC met with NSW Coordinator General for Refugee Settlement, Professor Peter Shergold, this month.

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Crowded train carriage on the Western Line.

Metro West welcome but won't solve deficit

WSROC has welcomed the Metro West rail line, but has stressed that it must not come at the expense of further investment in a Western Sydney transport network.

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Train approaching East Richmond Station.

West simply needs transport

WSROC has called for a transport network for Greater Western Sydney before it money is spent on ‘on-demand’ technologies.

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On the agenda

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

Australian Government - Conditions for the Stage 1 Development of Western Sydney Airport

Office of Environment and Heritage - NSW Climate Change Policy Framework

Office of Environment and Heritage - Climate Change Fund draft Strategic Plan (consultation closes 16 Dec, 2016)

NSW Parliament passed the Waste and Resource Recovery Amendment (Container Deposit Scheme) Bill 2016

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

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

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

Western Sydney in the news
Greater Sydney Commission unveils detailed plan for city's future
Airport contract ready for Badgerys Creek take-off 
Planning for new airport in full flight 
CBD to Parramatta metro confirmed - but its $10b and 10 years away
Turnbull, Baird plan Western Sydney without asking councils for input 
Call to ensure western Sydney doesn't miss the bus 
It's time to burst the inner-city bubble and go West
Hawkesbury Council enters tourism alliance with Penrith, Blue Mountains 
NSW Government announces $550 million Nepean Hospital upgrade
Revised plan for Granville in Urban Growth's Parramatta Road Strategy 
Liverpool's tallest building Skyhaus reachs 31 storeys

Mike Baird must be more ambitious in tackling Sydney's affordable housing crisis

For more stories on Western Sydney visit

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

  • Thurs 8 Dec 2016
  • Thursday 23 Feb 2017

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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