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Councils supporting Western Sydney’s community spirit

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Media release, 17 August 2021

WSROC has welcomed the Minister for Local Government’s announcement of a support package for council employees, saying that keeping frontline services going for COVID-impacted communities has never been more needed.

WSROC President, Clr Barry Calvert, stated that resourcing for councils means that communities are better supported, with continuity to key services during the pandemic.

“Councils are at the forefront of service delivery for communities. Council staff provide everything from waste services to community networks and facilities, arts and libraries. In tough times, it is your council that provides the social fabric on which our communities rest and rely, now more so than ever.

“Our communities in Western Sydney are made up of people whose work is both essential and often includes a higher level of risk of exposure to the virus. More Greater Sydney residents worked in health care and social services than in any other sector, in 2016  – the very industries that currently are holding the rest of the city together,” said Clr Calvert.

“The impact of coronavirus on our communities is bringing to the fore assumptions regarding what the standard, preferred way of life is, in Greater Sydney. In this region, we travel further for work, our households don’t necessarily adhere to any particular social model and our communities are richly diverse.

“This virus does not discriminate. As Western Sydney bears the brunt of containment measures, it’s an opportune moment to re-evaluate and consider the bigger picture of what it means to be a part of Greater Sydney, with a spirit of connection and inclusivity,” he said.

“Western Sydney councils take great pride in our communities, we love where we live. Each of our councils is striving to provide the continuity of service that will keep a sense of normality going, and providing additional support to those who need it. Minister Hancock’s announcement sends a strong message of support and resilience that communities desperately need at this time.”

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Media contact: Kelly Gee, 02 9671 4333, 0425 871 868 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   / Kate O’Connell 02 9671 4333, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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