Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd
July/August 2020 edition - General news
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WSROC President Clr Barry Calvert

President’s message: planning resilience

As we continue to navigate Covid-containment, consider precautionary measures we can put in place before the warmer months take off.

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Councils unite to support local businesses

BEAP will launch in Western Sydney, helping local, small and drought-affected businesses to access free, independent, and tailored support that is aimed at savings: both for money and emissions.

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Western Sydney heritage under threat

WSROC has come out in support of Hawkesbury City’s ‘Windsor Bridge Saved by the Bell’ campaign, arguing that local heritage is both critical for identity and liveability in place and invaluable to sustaining local tourism economies.

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Plastic Free

Councils in Western Sydney took up the Plastic Free July challenge, with the goal of reducing widespread use of single-use plastics in the region.

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Bushfire Inquiry leaves councils high and dry

Adoption of all 76 recommendations from the independent NSW Bushfire Inquiry by the NSW Government does not go far enough to ensure councils' capability in facing future disaster.

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Right time to trial EV buses in the West

WSROC welcomes the NSW Government’s electric bus trials and is hopeful that a trial will be located in Western Sydney.

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Don't break Powerhouse promise

WSROC has called on the NSW Government to maintain investment in the Parramatta Powerhouse to avoid major setbacks for the region’s liveability and cultural economy.

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Electric garbage truck on trial in Blacktown

Blacktown City Council has been trialling an electric garbage truck in parts of Western Sydney.

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Western Sydney in the news

The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 August 2020
Toll-free bill set for debate ahead of NorthConnex opening

Blue Mountains Gazette, 21 August 2020
NSW Ombudsman recommends SafeWork apologise to Blue Mountains council and pay compensation over handling of asbestos compliance
The Guardian, 19 August 2020
Warragamba Dam: is western Sydney about to flood and would raising the dam wall help?

The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 August 2020
'Duck!': The problem with Sydney's new ferries
The Daily Telegraph, 20 August 2020

Sydney Metro West: NSW Government delay completion date until 2030

The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 August 2020
City McCityface: Public submissions sought for new western Sydney city name

The Daily Telegraph, 14 August 2020
Blacktown, ACU CBD development: NSW Planning approve $1.1b plan

The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 August 2020
Sydney's planned M12 airport motorway deemed 'high priority'

Cumberland City Council – News, 30 July 2020
Cumberland City Council highlights Homelessness Awareness Week

ABC News, 30 July 2020
Coronavirus recession puts thousands of refugees and asylum seekers at risk of job loss, homelessness

The Sydney Morning Herald, 28 July 2020
Western Sydney arts centres warn of 'cultural emergency'

The Sydney Morning Herald, 28 July 2020
Energy retailers ordered to help struggling customers through COVID-19

The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 July 2020
Councils renew calls for state government to ditch rate pegging

Blue Mountains News, 26 July 2020
Lithgow Council Focuses on the Future through Support of Local Apprentices

The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 July 2020
NSW Treasurer won't be rushed on WestConnex sale

Blue Mountains News, 18 July 2020
Council wins at 2020 NSW Local Government Excellence Awards

The National Tribune, 16 July 2020
Mayor welcomes CSIRO move to Liverpool

Hawkesbury City Council – News, 17 July 2020
Bushfire Recovery - Council Listening Posts

City of Parramatta Council – News, 13 July 2020
City of Parramatta to lodge submission on new Powerhouse
Western Advocate, 7 July 2020
Another step for $2.5 billion Great Western Highway duplication

Arts and culture

Blacktown Arts: Terra Firma -Sovereignty and Memory

Liverpool Hospital art exhibition helps heal body and soul

Entries now open for 2020 Blacktown City Art Prize
Explore CPAC’s collection highlights online

Love Hawkesbury 
Australian Poetry Slam

Parramatta commemorates 75th anniversary of victory in the Pacific

Cumberland City Council online activities

Lithgow City Council launched indyreads

Vintage Hawkesbury photographs arrive from the US

Cherry Blossom Festival cancelled for 2020


Topical reads

Euro News, 27 June 2020 

Can 130,000 trees stop Sydney from becoming an urban heat island?
The Conversation,1 July 2020
3 planning strategies for Western Sydney jobs, but do they add up?
IOP Publishing, 10 July 2020
Study sheds light on bushfires’ microclimate impact

Hospital Health, 14 July 2020
People with diabetes hit hard by pandemic
Eco Watch, 3 July 2020
3 Ways to Go Plastic-Free This July While Staying Safe From Coronavirus
InsideWaste, 27 July 2020
Study says policy makers need to make proper disposal of compostable cups easier
Renew Economy, 28 July 2020

New platform to track momentum towards zero net emissions now online

Mondaq, 28 July 2020
NSW draft Greener Places Design Guide is now published

InsideWaste, 7 August 2020
NSW waste levy hurting job prospects
Waste Management Review, 11 August 2020
Recycling industry responds to ‘plastic wars’
Blue Mountains New, 12 August 2020
A Water Sensitive City within a World Heritage Area
SBS News, 13 August 2020
Last year was one of the hottest since records began, ending the hottest decade

Waste Management Review, 17 August 2020
WWF proposes three Govt actions to halve plastic pollution

Waste Management Review, 20 August 2020
NSW commits $10M to boost solar panel recycling

The Fifth Estate, 20 August 2020
Finding the most adaptable urban trees for a changing climate

Waste Management Review, 25 August 2020
IPART NSW undertakes domestic waste council charges review

Community Connective, 26 August 2020
Living with Less - 9 Sep 2020, Online

Waste Management Review, 28 August 2020
Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill introduced into Federal parliament

Stay posted: Council news updates

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The Pulse - City of Parramatta Autumn edition

Fairfield Flyer - keeping businesses abreast of CBD issues and events

Cumberland City Council enews

Hawkesbury City news

Lithgow City media page

Liverpool Life newsletter

Sustaining Liverpool newsletter

Blacktown City news and media

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
Western Sydney Energy Program
Turn Down the Heat


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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