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Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd
May 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

While the recent Federal Budget offers a lot of promise for Western Sydney, there is still uncertainty regarding exactly what the final figures mean for our region.

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Cars on motorway.

Toll free period tokenistic

WSROC has called out the NSW Government for tokenism following its announcement of a one month toll free period on the widened M4.

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Performers celebrating Harmony Day, Blacktown

Event: Migration, renewal and the new Western City

Western Sydney is home to the most diverse mix of communities in Australia. Join UNSW's City Futures Research Centre as they explore the nature and impact of this diversity.

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Aeroplane flying over field.

How more critical than who at Badgerys

It does not matter who develops Western Sydney Airport, but how they go about it said WSROC following Sydney Airport’s decision to opt out of the project.

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Aerial view of housing estate in Sydney's north west

Plan for liveable North West

WSROC has welcomed the NSW Government’s plan to build more liveable neighbourhoods in Sydney’s North West Priority Growth Area.

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Minister for Western Sydney, the Hon. Stuart Ayres MP speaking to WSROC Board of Directors.

Minister Ayres meets WSROC Board


Minister for Western Sydney and WestConnex, the Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, spoke to Western Sydney councils at this month's board meeting

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Western Sydney Airport Site signage in rural setting.

Missing links in Federal Budget

WSROC has welcomed the 2017 Federal Budget’s focus on Western Sydney Airport but is concerned by the lack of funding for supporting infrastructure and transport links.

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Public recycling bin in a park.

Chutes, sharps and solar compactors

From solar compactors to Dutch chute systems, WSROC’s review of the latest litter infrastructure shows there’s more to bins than meets the eye.

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Elderly residents in nursing home.

Report: West's ageing workforce

A new WESTIR report considers the challenges facing Western Sydney's economy as our population ages and fewer people work.

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Children playing in water during February heat wave.

All government must act on extreme heat

WSROC has congratulated Minister Harwin for strong action on extreme heat and is calling other Ministers to do the same.

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On the agenda


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

Hawkesbury-Nepean Flood Risk Management Strategy (published May 5, 2017)

NSW Legislative Council - Inquiry into regional development and global Sydney (closes 4 June, 2017)

NSW Department of Planning and Environment - Greenfield Housing Code review (closes 16 June, 2017)

NSW Department of Industry - Local Impact Assessment on gaming machines review (closes 18 June, 2017)

NSW Department of Planning and Environment - draft Land Use Infrastructure Implementation Plan, North West Priority Growth Area (closes 20 June, 2017)

NSW Department of Planning and Environment – draft State Environmental Planning Policy, native vegetation in non-rural areas (closes 21 June, 2017)

NSW Local Land Services – Travelling Stock Reserve Network (TSR) review (closes 22 June, 2017)

NSW Department of Planning and Environment - North West draft exhibition package (closes 26 June, 2017)
 
NSW Environment Protection Authority - Illegal Dumping Strategy in NSW (closes 31 July, 2017)

NSW Environment Protection Authority - NSW Litter Prevention Strategy 2017-20 (closes 31 July, 2017)

Western Sydney in the news


Labor Party pledge $400m for North-South rail link

Pressure on federal government following Western Sydney Airport project setback

WSROC says M4 toll free period 'tokenistic'

Western Sydney deserves an entire new rail network

Toll tease: one month of toll-free travel

Blacktown and Penrith lead the way on walkable town centres

Fairfield proposes workspace at new library

Hawkesbury-Nepean flood strategy revealed after long wait

Federal Budget 2017: winners and losers

Tourism operator fear overcrowded trains will deter visitors to Blue Mountains

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
Shop.Cook.Save.
Light Years Ahead

Important dates


Board meetings

  • Thurs 3 August 2017
  • Thurs 21 September 2017

General manager meetings

  • Thurs 29 June 2017
  • Thurs 7 September 2017

About WSROC


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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