Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd
March/April 2019 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 Clr Barry Calvert in front of WSROC banner

President’s message: Federal election

Over the last few months, in the lead up to the federal election, our members have identified the following regional issues which they believe could be best addressed by WSROC advocacy. 

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Consultant speaking at WSROC Waste event in front of screen

Waste, growth, 
infrastructure forum

In partnership with Macarthur Strategic Waste Group, WSROC hosted a forum in Parramatta to address regional waste challenges and facilitate long term planning.

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Opal card machine and station

Opal cap return welcome, toll cap next step

WSROC President Cr Barry Calvert welcomes the NSW Government’s promise to re-introduce a weekly cap on Opal fares.

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WSROC President and Hawkesbury Mayor, Cr Barry Calvert, launching the Hawkesbury Solar Program at South Windsor Family Centre.

Hawkesbury Solar Program officially launched

Hawkesbury City Council yesterday launched the Hawkesbury City Solar Program, which will install 500kW in total solar power and provide cost savings for the community.

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Senators, Blacktown Mayor and ACU Vice-Chancellor

7 million grant for ACU in Blacktown

Blacktown City Council has welcomed the federal Labor Party’s pledge to support the establishment of ACU’s new Blacktown campus in the heart of Western Sydney.

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Rainbow Run participants in crowd

Bring It On! Fairfield festival

Thousands of young people from across Sydney flocked to Fairfield Showground for this brilliant celebration of youth culture – Bring It On!

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Car driving over pot-holed road

Accelerating the road to recovery

With a focus on road safety as a priority for the federal election, WSROC has called on both major parties to commit to increase Roads to Recovery funding for 2019 – 2024.

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Waste and recycling bins

Only 8% of waste levy returned to Western Sydney


Only a small percentage of the waste levy collected in Western Sydney is used for the purpose: to discourage landfill and encourage recycling.

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Community members posing outside neighbourhood centre

Reform needed to fund community infrastructure

WSROC called on both Liberal and Labor parties to outline how they will address Western Sydney’s social infrastructure backlog following the NSW Elections 2019.

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Event: Low Carbon Living CRC

Research to Reality Expo: University of NSW and University of Wollongong co-present this event, focusing on ways to use research outcomes as an evidence base, for government and industry to meet carbon reduction and energy efficiency targets.

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ALGWA attendees at event

Women in local government: annual conference

Women from across
NSW attended the Australian Local Government Women’s Association NSW Branch (ALGWA) Annual Conference hosted by Liverpool City Council at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.

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Western Sydney in the news

Roadway asbestos triggers budget blowout
Australian Catholic University to open new campus in Blacktown

Powerhouse museum in Sydney’s west passes another crucial milestone

Call for more women in leadership in councils
Majority of 30 billion infrastructure plan won’t be spent in the next four years.

Western Sydney Soup Kitchen under threat from footpath plan

Fact Check – NSW solar power usage

Hills Shire calls for end to Asbestos Levy

Western Sydney airport noise higher than predicted
NSW Road and Transport agencies merged

Upcoming events

Cumberland Local Festival: 18 April - 26 May

Casula Powehouse: The Welcome Choir: 5 May

The Hawkesbury Show: 10 – 12 May

Lithglow: 11 May

2019 National ALGA Women’s Association Conference: 15 – 17 May

Cumberland Ramadan Street Food Festival: 18 May

Blacktown City Medieval Fayre: 18 – 19 May

Blacktown City Festival: 18 – 25 May

Applications: Parramatta Lanes 2019 Art Commissions: closes 31 May

Fairfield Culinary Carnival: 1 June

Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival: 22 June

Local Government Week awards evening: 1 August

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 Energy Efficiency Initiative
Turn Down the Heat


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