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Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd
November/December 2020 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

President’s message: planning resilience


This November-December  e-news reflects a robust end to a difficult year. While 2020 may be characterised by its challenges, WSROC and Western Sydney councils have met adversity with ingenuity and resilience.

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WSROC Executive, pictured with guest speaker Craig Reucassel, at the AGM on Nov 19. Not pictured - Senior Vice President Tony Bleasdale

WSROC Executive returned for another term


WSROC President, Clr Barry Calvert, has been returned for a third term, at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting at Crowne Plaza, Hawkesbury City Council last week.


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Start of summer means keeping your cool, Western Sydney


Like any extreme weather event, planning ahead for heatwaves can save lives. As summer kicks off with a sizzle, WSROC is calling on everyone to think ahead about keeping cool and safe.


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Budget relief but still no transport network for Western Sydney


WSROC congratulates the NSW Government for delivering a Budget that takes a clear stance on post-COVID recovery and responsible climate action, but calls for further detail on waste spending and transport infrastructure for Western Sydney.

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WestConnex proceeds must be reinvested in the West


WSROC welcomes the announcement of the NSW Government’s sale of its 49 per cent stake in the WestConnex, calling for its re-investment back addressing Western Sydney’s insufficient transport network.

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Future-proofing Western Sydney's urban forest



WSROC will lead a project to ensure Western Sydney street trees can survive and thrive in a changing climate, thanks to a NSW Greening Our Cities Grant announced this week.


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Over 500 local businesses access energy savings

Local businesses in Western Sydney are benefiting from the Australian Government’s BEAP Program which helps local, businesses access free support on their energy costs, saving both money and emissions.
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WSROC and Bunnings partner on responsible recycling


WSROC and nine western Sydney councils have partnered with Bunnings stores in the region to address the growing concern of problem wastes and promote available avenues for disposal and recycling.

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WSROC Stoked with Minister's cooler species stance


WSROC welcomes the NSW Government’s more comprehensive approach to urban greening but adds that the community experience of increasing heat in Western Sydney requires additional consideration.  

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Western Sydney in the news
 

The Daily Telegraph 1 November 2020
Couple’s Leppington dream home swallowed by road and concrete

Government News 29 October 2020
Western Sydney councils focus of COVID study

Hawkesbury Gazette 2 November 2020
Hawkesbury Disaster and Emergency Management Dashboard now online

The National Tribune 5 November 2020
$850 million unlocked for council COVID-19 recovery projects

The Sydney Morning Herald  6 November 2020
NSW government to sell remaining WestConnex stake
 
Parramatta Advertiser 11 November 2020

Parramatta’s NSW Budget wish list prioritises transport

Sydney Morning Herald 1 December 2020
'We're not nationalistic about it': Sydney needs exotic trees, light colour buildings to cool down 

Government News 3 December 2020
Aerotropolis must provide for a new hospital, report says

Hawkesbury Gazette 2 December 2020
Green is good, but western Sydney needs a cool plan in place
 
Penrith News 8 December 2020
A Greener Penrith Boosted by More Trees
 
The Sydney Morning Herald 7 December 2020
Parramatta Powerhouse project faces delays as concerns unappeased

Wollondilly Advertiser 11 December 2020
Traditional land owners call for moratorium on Warragamba Dam wall plan

The Sydney Morning Herald 13 December 2020
Revealed: the 100 hottest schools in Sydney with few trees and little shade
 

Arts and culture
 

'Knit-bombing' in Blacktown City raises awareness of domestic violence 

Blacktown City Art Prize Exhibition

Cumberland City Council Ngaliya Diyam Exhibition

Cumberland Summer Reads

Blue Mountains City Council Love Local this Festive Season

Blue Mountains City Summer Reading Club Goes Digital

Hawkesbury City Eat Art Exhibition

The 5 best historic pubs in the Hawkesbury


Lithgow City Council Book Club titles now vailable online

Liverpool City Council Festive activities for all ages this season

Casula Powerhouse Powers Up

P
arramatta City Council to host series of concerts in lieu of New Year's

Parramatta City - Legends of Australia's second oldest city revealed

Topical reads
 

The Daily Telegraph  1 November 2020
Couple’s Leppington dream home swallowed by road and concrete

Government News 29 October 2020
Western Sydney councils focus of COVID study
 
Hawkesbury Gazette 2 November 2020
Hawkesbury Disaster and Emergency Management Dashboard now online
 
The National Tribune 5 November 2020
$850 million unlocked for council COVID-19 recovery projects
 
The Sydney Morning Herald 6 November 2020
NSW government to sell remaining WestConnex stake
 
Parramatta Advertiser 11 November 2020
Parramatta’s NSW Budget wish list prioritises transport
 
Sydney Morning Herlad 1 December 2020
'We're not nationalistic about it': Sydney needs exotic trees, light colour buildings to cool down 
 
Government News 3 December 2020
Aerotropolis must provide for a new hospital, report says
 
City of Parramatta Council 4 December 2020
City of Parramatta honoured as Australia’s ‘leading Smart City’

Hawkesbury Gazette 2 December 2020
Green is good, but western Sydney needs a cool plan in place

Penrith News 8 December 2020
A Greener Penrith Boosted by More Trees
 
The Sydney Morning Herald  7 December 2020
Parramatta Powerhouse project faces delays as concerns unappeased
 
Wollondilly Advertiser 11 December 2020
Traditional land owners call for moratorium on Warragamba Dam wall plan

 

Stay posted: Council news updates


Blacktown City news and media

The Gecko - Blue Mountains Bush Care

Cumberland City Council enews

Hawkesbury City news

Lithgow City media page

Liverpool Life newsletter

The Pulse - City of Parramatta Summer edition

 
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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
Western Sydney Energy Program
Turn Down the Heat

About WSROC


Established in 1973, the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) represents seven local councils in Greater Western Sydney - Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Cumberland, 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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