Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd
January 2017 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

We have seen one of the hottest Januarys on record, both in weather and politics. We now have the fourth NSW Premier since 2011.

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Child holding crushed aluminium cans for recycling.

Cash for cans a step closer

A NSW Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) is another step closer with consultation on the draft Regulation now closed.

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Nepalese community group at Cumberland Council waste education workshop.

Focus on: Cumberland talks waste in every language

Building good waste and sustainability practices in one of Sydney's most diverse local government areas.

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Grey-roofed houses in new Western Sydney estate.

Calls for heat-safe planning

Western Sydney summers are hot, and are set to get hotter if a strategic approach to heat mitigation isn’t developed says WSROC.

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Fairfield Settlement Symposium 2016.

Targeted support key to refugee challenge

Western Sydney has a proud history welcoming refugees into Australia, and it is critical that they have the right resources to continue doing so.

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On the agenda

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

WSROC submission to the draft Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (Container Deposit Scheme) Regulation 2016 (23 December, 2016)

LGNSW Network for Refugee, Humanitarian and Migrant Settlement (Open to all LGNSW members).

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

Department of Planning and Environment - Proposed change to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (consultation closes 31 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)

NSW Department of Planning and Environment - Legislative updates to the EP&A Act (consultation closes 10 March 2017)

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

Western Sydney in the news

Urban heat: As Sydney sizzles, there are calls for a better approach to coping with soaring temperatures

Half of Australia's 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to be settled by one council

Fairfield struggles to cope after threefold increase in refugee arrivals

Parramatta feels the heat

Smaller blocks keep the prices down for buyers, and the profits are up for the developers

Weekly rubbish pick-up not as easy for all members of the community

Sydney motorists face return of tolls on M4 in middle of this year

The West takes the fast lane: Airport and motorway set for leap forward under Gladys Berejiklian's plans

Public transport in Sydney's south west continues to lag behind

Locals vie for spots on Western Sydney Airport forum

Why Sydney's urban sprawl is making us sick: Committee of Sydney report reveals

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 4 May 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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