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Media release, 24 August 2021


The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has commended moves to mandate light-coloured roofs at Wilton in southwest Sydney and has called on the NSW Government to extend the rule across the state.

WSROC President, Clr Barry Calvert, said “There are many actions we must take to tackle heat in Western Sydney, simply choosing a light-coloured roof has no additional costs, delivers substantial benefits to household energy bills, and temperatures in suburbs more broadly.

“WSROC has been working with a science panel and local planners to outline a range of measures that are needed to deliver safe, liveable, future-resilient communities. Cool roofs are the easiest and cheapest change to make,” he said.

“Other measures include street orientation to capture breezes, ensuring space for tree cover, more permeable surfaces to absorb water, and better insulation.

“Addressing urban heat is a collective effort that benefits everyone. While the immediate impacts are currently more apparent in Western Sydney communities, the effects on health and liveability concern residents across Greater Sydney and beyond.

“By reducing outdoor temperatures, we reduce the need for air-conditioning which reduces household energy bills, takes pressure of our energy grid and brings us a step closer to meeting the NSW Net Zero 22050 target,” he said.

“With the rapid development occurring the NSW Government has an unprecedented opportunity to ensure a cooler future for Western Sydney. The first step should be ensuring all complying and state significant developments use lighter coloured roofing – it’s easy, it’s no cost and it works.

“For those who simply must have a darker roof there are ‘cooler options’ such as reflective coatings – however these should be the exception, not the rule,” said Clr Calvert.

“Our councils have identified the trend for dark, heat-retaining roofing as a major issue, and welcome any opportunity to work with the NSW Government to deliver on this across the board,” he said.


Further information: WSROC Urban Heat Planning Toolkit


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