Media releases - WSROC
The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils’ (WSROC) award winning[1] Light Years Ahead initiative is back and it’s bigger and brighter than ever. WSROC President, Cr Stephen Bali said “The first round of the Light Years Ahead program saw almost 15,000 energy-guzzling street lights replaced with efficient LED technology – rewarding councils with savings of $20 million and 91,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions over 20 years2. “With such clear benefits for both communities and the environment, Western Sydney was keen to build on this success by offering a second round of the program. “The 2017 Light Years Ahead energy…
Friday, 24 November 2017 15:57

$2 billion splurge mocks real need

Media release, 24 November, 2017 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) would like to congratulate the NSW Government on making the state so prosperous it can afford to splurge $2 billion knocking down perfectly useable stadiums. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “I have no doubt the stadia will be Colosseum-inspired[1] as the Government claims; just like the Colosseum their purpose is to appease the masses and distract them from everyday problems. “This announcement makes an absolute mockery of real community needs. It implies that major events are more important to the Government than health, schools and transport.…
Monday, 20 November 2017 14:44

Rego cashback a start says WSROC

Media release, 20 November, 2017 Waiving registration fees will come as welcome news to many motorists, but it does not address the underlying inequity in our transport system says the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC). WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “This announcement acknowledges the very real pressure of tolls on the community. It also demonstrates the pressure on the NSW Government as motorists continue to boycott the M4. “While this rebate will offer some measure of relief to Western Sydney households, it does not address the underlying problems in Sydney’s road network,” he said. “To make a…
Media release, 17 November, 2017 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the Government’s final report following its Parliamentary Inquiry into road tolling. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “We are extremely pleased with the recommendations provided in this report. They are in line with those put forward by the WSROC Board of Directors, and reiterated by WSROC, Blacktown and Penrith City Councils at the Parliamentary Inquiry in April 2017. “This result follows two years of campaigning for a review of Sydney’s toll road system with the aim of increasing transparency and fairness across the network. “Our…
Thursday, 14 September 2017 09:34

500,000 residents set to join nightmare commute

Media release, 14 September, 2017 An integrated rail and road plan is needed immediately to prevent Western Sydney commutes from becoming worse says the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC). WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “Western Sydney is a region of commuters. We travel longer and farther than other areas of Sydney. We have few public transport options and pay dearly in tolls when we are forced to drive.                                                                                                                                “This situation is unlikely to change unless we reduce the CBD-centric nature of Sydney by building north-south connections that free-up cross regional travel and encourage economic investment in…
Friday, 03 November 2017 10:19

Fresh food precinct for the West

Media release, 1 November, 2017 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has voiced its support for a proposed fresh food precinct near Western Sydney Airport. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “This is an industry we should definitely be investigating. “The area surrounding Badgerys Creek has long been a used for agriculture. An international airport opens up significant opportunities to connect local growers with export markets in Asia and beyond. “The proposal is estimated to deliver 12,000 jobs in sectors which are well aligned to Western Sydney’s existing economies and local workforce,” said Cr Bali. “Western Sydney is…
Media release, 20 October, 2017 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has picked up a Green Globe Award for its energy-saving street light project, Light Years Ahead. One of Sydney’s largest energy-reduction projects, Light Years Ahead saw nine local councils come together to replace old mercury vapour street lights with energy efficient LED lights across 136 Western Sydney suburbs. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “Rising energy costs are being felt by organisations as well as households, and councils are no exception. “Street lighting accounts for around 55 percent of council power bills, so it was the obvious…
Thursday, 07 September 2017 16:10

Toll or time: the cruel choice for Western Sydney

Media release, 8 September, 2017   The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has rejected Minister Ayres’ claim that the Government is not funnelling motorists onto the tolled M4 because drivers have a choice.  WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “The Government continues to tell us that Western Sydney drivers can use alternatives if they don’t want to pay a toll, but these alternatives are unviable and are set to become less so. “The Government’s own EIS states that Parramatta Road cannot be considered a viable alternative to the M4 because it is designed to provide local access and…
Thursday, 24 August 2017 13:03

NRMA report reveals failure to fund growth

Media release, 24 August, 2017   Local infrastructure backlogs will continue to grow unless urgent action is taken to reform funding arrangements for high growth areas says the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC). WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “Today’s NRMA Funding Local Roads report highlights what local government has known for a long time – the current system for funding local infrastructure is failing.” “This is particularly true of rapidly growing Western Sydney, where ambitious state housing targets leave councils playing catch-up – providing billions of dollars of new infrastructure on top of their existing maintenance responsibilities,”…
Monday, 31 July 2017 15:11

WSROC applauds Powerhouse partnership

Media release, 31 July, 2017 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has applauded the Berejiklian Government’s partnership with City of Parramatta on the Powerhouse relocation and Riverside Theatre redevelopment. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “Building the Powerhouse as part of a wider program of arts and cultural development simply makes sense. “For the West’s creative industries to thrive we need the large – scale infrastructure, performance and exhibition spaces, but we also need grass roots investment to support the development of local talent and local productions,” said Cr Bali. “We have confidence that the Government’s partnership with…
Media release, 20 July, 2017 A campaign enlisting Western Sydney residents in the fight against roadside litter has resulted in a 36 percent reduction across the region’s main roads – demonstrating the strength of people power.   WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “I am proud to report that between March and June WSROC saw a 36 percent reduction in roadside litter at 10 key sites across Western Sydney.  “Some areas, such as the Great Western Highway at Warrimoo saw reductions as high as 100 percent. “This demonstrates that the people of Western Sydney really do care about keeping the region…
Thursday, 06 July 2017 12:33

Tell us what you think: M4 toll

Complete the M4 toll survey Media release, 6 July 2017 WSROC will monitor the performance of the widened M4 over the coming month to ensure commuters feel they will get value for money from the $4.56 toll. WSROC President Cr Bali said “Both the Australian and NSW Governments have promised Western Sydney commuters significant time savings from WestConnex, and as paying customers we expect to see results. “Premier Berejiklian has promised that the benefits of the widened M4 will outweigh the cost of using it. I sincerely hope so, but will be relying on user feedback to determine whether this…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 17:08

NSW Budget 2017: Western Sydney

Media release, 20 June 2017 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) said the 2017-18 NSW Budget offered few surprises for infrastructure investment, however there were some great wins for health services and young people. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “There were few surprises with regards to Western Sydney’s infrastructure program. Roads supporting Western Sydney Airport and the region’s North West, scoping for Western Sydney rail, and planning for Parramatta Light Rail have all become firm features on the state agenda. “While these upgrades are certainly welcomed, we must not rest on our laurels. Much more will be…
Thursday, 15 June 2017 11:39

WestConnex sale must fund West

Media release, 15 June, 2017 Any revenue made from the sale of WestConnex should be reinvested in public transport for Western Sydney says the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC). WSROC President, Cr Stephen Bali said “The Government tells us that Western Sydney residents will be paying for WestConnex. It only makes sense that they should benefit from the proceeds if it is sold. “WSROC wants to see this money invested in a public transport network that will allow the soon-to-be 3 million Western Sydney residents get around our city without needing to pay expensive road use charges,” said…
Monday, 29 May 2017 10:02

Code Warm needed across the board

Media release, 29 May, 2017 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has congratulated Minister for Energy and Utilities Don Harwin MP for his strong action following February’s heat wave and is calling on Ministers for other portfolios to do the same. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “We congratulate Minister Harwin for taking decisive action to reduce the impacts of extreme heat on NSW communities. “However securing energy supply is just one part of the solution. Extreme heat also has critical impacts on other essential infrastructure, as well as community health, emergency services and the ­­natural environment,” said…
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 14:30

Missing links in Federal Budget: WSROC

Media release, 10 May 2017 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the Federal Budget’s focus on Western Sydney Airport but is concerned by the lack of funding for supporting infrastructure and transport links. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “As expected, the Government has announced $5.3 billion for the construction of Western Sydney Airport, but has left significant uncertainty around funds for supporting infrastructure. “This is a significant concern for Western Sydney. It has taken 200 years to develop the region’s current public infrastructure, including a transport network that struggles to serve 2 million residents. “We…
Media release 16 May, 2017 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the NSW Government’s promise to build more liveable neighbourhoods in Sydney’s North West Priority Growth Area. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “WSROC has long advocated for a coordinated approach to planning – one that considers liveability as much as affordability. “If we are going to build housing we must also build the essential infrastructure and services our communities need, It’s an approach that simply makes sense,” he said. “We hope the Government’s commitment to whole-of-precinct planning will achieve the right balance of housing, transport,…
Media release, 12 May, 2017   The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called out the NSW Government for tokenism following its announcement of a one month toll free period on the widened M4. WSROC President, Cr Stephen Bali said “WSROC has long been a supporter of WestConnex, but a one month toll-free period for the M4 is completely tokenistic – a one off, $200 discount. “Drivers should not pay before they benefit, and until the M4 East is completed two years from now, traffic chaos will continue,” he said. “No matter how many lanes the M4 has,…
Media release, 2 May, 2017   It does not matter who develops Western Sydney Airport, but how they go about it said the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) following Sydney Airport’s decision to opt out of the project. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “Regardless of who develops Western Sydney Airport, our priority is to ensure positive outcomes for both the economy and the people of Western Sydney – we can do both. “Whether developed by the Australian Government or another party, Western Sydney’s economy and its people must see a practical plan for the airport’s development –…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 16:06

Connecting airport to communities essential

Media release, 26 April, 2017   The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed Labor’s announcement that it would build a rail network connecting Western Sydney to Badgerys Creek by the time the airport opens. WSROC President, Cr Stephen Bali, said “WSROC has said from day one that if an airport is to be built in Western Sydney, for Western Sydney, it must connect with the region’s communities. “Labor’s announcement recognises that for Western Sydney Airport to be a success it must be supported by an appropriate infrastructure network – a network ready to cater for an additional…
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 17:30

Innovative partnership tackles roadside litter

Media release February, 2017   Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and 10 Western Sydney councils will join forces to reduce and prevent roadside litter in Sydney’s West this month. The first-of-its-kind partnership was formed through the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) regional waste strategy following ongoing discussions with state government agencies. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “Last year Western Sydney councils collectively spent $14 million on litter management, making it a major impost for councils and their communities. “This isn’t just a public amenity issue, roadside litter can increase risks other road users,…
Monday, 10 April 2017 17:19

Spot a tosser this Easter road trip

Media release, 10 April, 2017   Families from across Sydney will hit the road this Easter holiday period. While enjoying winding roads, rolling hills, and beautiful beaches, spare a moment to join the fight against roadside litter. Recent research by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) found Western Sydney councils spend around $14 million picking up litter every year; making it a huge cost to the community. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “Not only is litter unpleasant, it can increase risk to other road users and, in the case of cigarette butts, cause dangerous grass fires. “As…
Media release, April 2017 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has expressed disappointment at the Minister for Urban Infrastructure’s decision to exclude the organisation from a forum informing flight paths for Western Sydney Airport. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “As the collective voice of local government in Western Sydney WSROC deserves a seat at the table; particularly when many potentially affected communities are not represented. “I have confidence those appointed to the forum will voice the needs of their communities, but I am concerned by glaring gaps in representation from a number of local government areas under…
  Media release, 21 March 2017 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed a parliamentary inquiry into road tolls following its call for a review of charging inequities across the Sydney motorway network1. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “This review is sorely needed. There is no reason why motorists travelling along the M2 should pay three or four times more than someone travelling the same distance along the M5. “However, WSROC would like to see the focus of the inquiry consider more than just the transparency of road use charges,” said Cr Bali. “This inquiry is…
Friday, 03 March 2017 14:54

West turning down the heat together

Media release, March 2, 2017 Over 90 stakeholders from across Western Sydney attended Turn down the heat forum to address one of the region’s burning issues – extreme heat. Specialists from across the health, infrastructure, planning, environment, community, university and private sectors gathered to discuss how urban heat can be mitigated in the rapidly developing region. Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) CEO, Charles Casuscelli said the response to the forum had been overwhelming. “This year’s record-breaking summer really emphasised the pressure heat places on our health, environment, urban infrastructure and economy,” he said. “We saw the impact heat had…
Media release, 9 January, 2017 Western Sydney has a long and proud history of welcoming refugees into its communities. For decades the region has benefited from the diverse skills and vibrant cuisines of hardworking migrants; grateful for their chance at a better life in Australia. Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) President Cr Stephen Bali said “I am proud of the work Western Sydney councils are doing to welcome refugees arriving in Australia, and it is critical that they have the right resources to continue doing so. “The Commonwealth Government plays a key role in refugee processing and placement[2],…
Western Sydney summers are hot, and are set to get hotter if a strategic approach to heat mitigation isn’t developed says the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC). WSROC President, Cr Stephen Bali, said “It is no secret that Western Sydney summers are hot, but urbanisation is contributing to this heat due to what scientists call the urban heat island effect.” “Urban surfaces such as concrete and bitumen absorb and hold heat well past the heat of the day. Other activities such as vehicle use, industrial activity and air-conditioning contribute to this heat,” said Cr Bali. “According to the…
Media release, 12 December, 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has reaffirmed its concerns regarding the final approval conditions for the Western Sydney Airport (WSA) following the project’s sign-off by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “If an airport is to be built in Western Sydney, for Western Sydney, then we must ensure quality of life is maintained. Currently, we do not have enough certainty that this will be the case. “Equity is a key concern for WSROC and unlike Kingsford Smith, Western Sydney Airport has no specific operating limitations, no noise…
Media release, 8 December, 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has slammed the NSW Government’s decision to impose harsh limits on council rates at a time when local government is being asked to increase its financial sustainability and strategic capacity. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “The government’s decision to impose a 1.5 per cent rate peg stands at complete odds with its call for councils to raise the bar on infrastructure and service provision,” he said. “For many years the government has limited councils’ ability to attract funds through rates, causing chronic infrastructure backlogs and severely…
  Media release, 6 December, 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called for the Australian Government to review the way local roads are funded as part of its infrastructure funding reform. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “While motorways are very important, we should not forget that the major transport task in Sydney, and particularly car-dependent regions like Western Sydney, is carried by the local road network.” “From private cars, to taxis, buses and trucks, council-maintained roads see it all and are falling into a greater state of disrepair due to a growing funding backlog,” he…
  Media release, 30 November, 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the Greater Sydney Commission’s focus on affordable housing for new land releases in Sydney. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “With property values rising, housing is becoming unaffordable for many, even in the outer-most suburbs of Western Sydney where rent can be as much as $500 per week for a modest family home[1]. “If housing affordability is not addressed we will see growing numbers of working homeless in our city,” he said. “We need to ensure that people on low to moderate incomes can…
Monday, 21 November 2016 09:49

WSROC welcomes holistic plan for Sydney

Media release, 21 November, 2016   The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the release of the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) District Plans as the first holistic approach to planning Greater Sydney. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “The GSC, led by Chief Commissioner Lucy Turnbull, have taken the pieces of our patchwork city and worked it into a coordinated blueprint for our future. “This is the first time we have had a comprehensive plan for Sydney, and the Commission should be congratulated on bringing it together in such a short period of time,” said Cr Bali.…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 10:47

Metro West welcomed but won’t solve deficit

Media release, 16 November, 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has commended the NSW Government for its announcement of the Metro West rail line, but has stressed that it must not come at the expense of further investment in a Western Sydney transport network. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “All investment in public transport should be welcomed, however the announcement of the Metro West seems premature given the Government has not yet completed its investigation into the rail needs of Western Sydney.” “WSROC and its councils have consistently called for a stronger focus on improving rail…
Monday, 14 November 2016 09:51

Airport approved with little detail

Media release, 14 November, 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has indicated its concern regarding the final approval conditions of the Western Sydney Airport EIS. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “While there were a number of amendments to the final EIS, there is still little certainty around the details of the project. “This is an airport being approved without flight paths, without commitment to a rail line and without a solid plan for jobs,” he said. “WSROC has previously called for the Government to secure a solid infrastructure plan for the airport, including a heavy rail…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 11:51

Regional strategy needed for buses

Media release, 9 November, 2016   The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called for a NSW Government-led review of Sydney’s bus network to improve public transport access and efficiency especially for Western Sydney. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “A recent study commissioned by WSROC found that around three quarters of Western Sydney residents will not live within a walkable distance of a train station by the year 2036. “If this is going to be the case, we need to look at how these residents can be better served via other modes of public transport,” said Cr Bali.…
Media release, 3 November, 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called on the NSW Government to deliver a transport network for Greater Western Sydney before it spends money on ‘on-demand’ technologies. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “The Government’s announcement about trialling buses and trains on demand is just another distraction from delivering a transport network for Western Sydney.  “Minister Constance has said that transport should be on-demand, just like Netflix. But as many Australians will be aware, there is no point having Netflix without a connection to the NBN network,” said Cr Bali. “Likewise, there…
Monday, 24 October 2016 15:36

New WSROC Executive to lead Western Sydney

Media release, 24 October, 2016 Blacktown Mayor Cr Stephen Bali was unanimously elected as the new President of WSROC at its Annual General Meeting at Fairfield City Council on Thursday night. Cr Bali said “It is an honour to be elected President of WSROC, an organisation with a proud history of achieving results for the people of Western Sydney. “WSROC was established in over 43 years ago by Prime Minister Gough Whitlam to promote stronger collaboration between councils for the betterment of the Western Sydney region and I look forward to building on that legacy,” he said. “I would like…
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 09:42

WSROC response to Western Sydney Airport EIS

Media release, September 19, 2016 WSROC has been advocating strongly for equitable outcomes for the Western Sydney community with the proposed development of the Western Sydney Airport. In particular, this included the need for the Federal Government to ensure flight paths are designed to avoid residential areas as much as possible. WSROC CEO, Mr. Charles Casuscelli said, "It is pleasing to note that the Government has taken this on board and has committed to designing flight paths so as to minimise noise over populated areas and to share the burden of additional noise across all communities. We welcome the Government’s commitment…
Media release, 4 August 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called for more train stations in Sydney’s West following a report that identified a transport black hole in the region’s centre. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “Around 20 per cent of Greater Western Sydney residents currently live within a walkable distance (800m) of a rail station1,” said Cllr Hadchiti. “Surprisingly, access is lowest in the centre of the region, with fewer than 10 per cent of Penrith and Liverpool residents living within a walkable distance of a rail station. “A railway void runs right through…
Media release, 1 August, 2016   The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed today’s Deloitte Access Economics study into liveability, saying it confirms what the West has known for some time. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “This report reaffirms that there is a very real difference between the overall liveability of East and West in Sydney.” “Western Sydney councils have long called for greater investment in the West, specifically relating to some of the services outlined in this report – employment, public transport, green space, arts and education,” he said. “We are glad to see CBD…
Web editor's note: This article was updated on September 28, 2016 to align with an amended report that takes into account the new LGA boundaries following council amalgamations. The new area for analysis includes the former Canterbury City Council which is now included as part of the City of Canterbury-Bankstown LGA. Media release, 18 July, 2016   A report commissioned by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has revealed that the region can only expect a two three per cent increase in rail access over the next 20 years. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said Western Sydney’s rail deficit is well…
Media release, 21 June, 2016 The 2016 NSW Budget has offered a consistently strong commitment for key infrastructure programs, targeted action on skills shortages, but falls short on health funding according to the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC). WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “There were few surprises in this year’s NSW Budget, however WSROC is pleased to see an ongoing commitment to funding key infrastructure projects in Western Sydney such as the Sydney Metro, Parramatta Light Rail and road upgrades. “Councils also welcome continuation of the Infrastructure Acceleration Fund for Western Sydney’s Priority Growth Areas. “Providing key…
Media release, 21 June, 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called for a national approach to tackling preventable lifestyle diseases in order to reduce Australia’s health care bill. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said despite ongoing debates about Australia’s rapidly rising health care costs, neither of our federal leaders have offered a strategy for treating the cause of this rise. “Chronic disease is the single greatest burden on Australia’s healthcare system, and it is particularly prevalent in Western Sydney,” said Cllr Hadchiti. “Diabetes alone costs Australia as much as $14.6 billion each year according to the…
Media release, 20 June, 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the NSW and federal governments’ announcement of a targeted and comprehensive plan to tackle housing, employment and transport in Sydney’s West. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said after strong campaigning, we are finally seeing a holistic approach to building Western Sydney, one that is supported by both state and federal governments, and works in partnership with local councils.” “Our region is growing so rapidly that we simply must have a plan for its development,” he said. “It seems like a simple thing, but a coordinated…
Media release, 20 June, 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called for Australia’s leaders to focus on addressing skills shortages when proposing changes to the vocational education sector. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said our vocational education sector needs urgent attention, but the focus of this attention should be on ensuring that courses servicing areas of skills shortage such as construction, hospitality and aged care are affordable, accessible and well integrated with real workplace experience. “VET courses produce the essential industries that keep our economy turning and our cities growing. If we can’t encourage more young people into these…
Media release, 16 June, 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) have called for greater federal investment Western Sydney arts in order help the region tackle its rising jobs deficit. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said our federal leaders have recognised the importance of addressing Western Sydney’s jobs deficit, however there has been no commitment to building the West’s cultural and creative industries. “Western Sydney’s overall jobs deficit currently sits at 200,000. Of those who leave the region for work each day, 30,000 are employed in the creative and cultural industries,” said Cllr Hadchiti. “If our federal leaders…
Thursday, 09 June 2016 16:10

West demands a plan for Badgerys

Media release, 6 June, 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called on federal leaders to outline their plan for the proposed Western Sydney Airport, following ongoing uncertainty around the project. WSROC President Councillor Tony Hadchiti said WSROC has been very clear from the beginning. If there is to be an airport built at Badgerys Creek it needs to be more than an unregulated runway in a sheep paddock. “An infrastructure plan for a game-changing airport should include more than just roads. It should include public transport connectivity as well as hotels, conference facilities, shopping centres, and…
Media Release, 6 June 2016 Transport leaders from across Western Sydney gathered in Blacktown last Thursday to discuss what a transport strategy should look like for the growing region. Run by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), the WSROC Transport Forum brought together a range of experts from local councils, state government and private agencies. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “There is such great transport need in Western Sydney that it is important we think about the region as a whole. What would an ideal system look like? How can we work towards getting there? “Discussions on…
  Media release, 18 May, 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called on our federal leaders to outline how they will increase accessibility to jobs in Western Sydney after a report from SGS Economicsi revealed that fewer than 20 per cent of Sydney’s jobs can be accessed via a 30 minute car tripii if you live west of Parramatta. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said considering half of Sydney’s population lives in the West, this is a very poor result. “74.2 per cent of Western Sydney workers use their car as the main means of getting to…
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:06

Road backlog shows funding review overdue

Media release, 18 May, 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called for a more innovative approach to the way local government is funded following the release of NRMA’s Funding Local Roads Report. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said in order to build the sustainable councils our state government seeks, we need to look seriously at how local government is funded in the short and long term. “This week’s NRMA Funding Local Roads Report is just one example of what happens when we chronically underfund our local councils,” he said. “NSW councils carry a collective $1.73 billion…
Media release, 6 May, 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed today’s announcement that the Turnbull government will re-consider proposed flight paths for the proposed Badgerys Creek airport. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said WSROC has previously outlined its severe disappointment in the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Airport Plan for the Western Sydney Airport and particularly its concentration of flight paths over a single community. “Today’s announcement is significant because it means both major parties have acknowledged the very real impact of this airport on Western Sydney residents and particularly the Blue Mountains,” said…
Media release, 4 May, 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has applauded the federal government’s commitment to infrastructure investment in Western Sydney but has cautioned against a passive approach to job creation. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said overall Western Sydney has been well catered for in the federal budget through key infrastructure investments in the Parramatta Light Rail, WestConnex and scoping of a rail link to the Western Sydney Airport. “This investment is completely warranted, and we would argue, well overdue,” said Cllr Hadchiti. “Western Sydney is Australia’s fastest growing region and is expected to double…
MEDIA RELEASE29 APRIL, 2016 Smart Cities: What’s the deal for local government? The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has welcomed the federal government’s Smart Cities Plan, but acknowledges much work must be done to achieve the 30 minute city vision. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said Western Sydney councils welcome today’s announcement that the federal government will be increasing its investment in economy-building projects across Australia. “Western Sydney councils have a long history of providing well-costed, well-scoped project proposals to the state and federal government; many embracing the concept of value-capture as lauded in the Smart Cities Plan,” he…
The biggest LED street light replacement project in NSW, Light Years Ahead, has come to an end with the last light installed in March. Crews installed 13,951 LED street lights across Western Sydney – 951 extra lights than originally forecasted. Final reporting is underway and Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), who is coordinating the project, is investigating options for additional lights. Nine Western Sydney councils have been working on this collaborative street lighting project since 2014. Councils involved in the project are Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Hills Shire, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith. The project is estimated…
Media release, 11 April, 2016 Today’s announcement of a preferred site for the Parramatta Powerhouse has been welcomed by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC). WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “We are pleased to see the Government’s plan to re-locate one of Sydney’s major cultural institutions to Western Sydney move into its next phase.” “This relocation will be significant, not just because the Powerhouse Museum is such an iconic state institution, but because it is the first major cultural institution to be located in Western Sydney,” said Cllr Hadchiti.  “Almost half of Sydney’s population live west of Strathfield,…
Monday, 04 April 2016 17:07

Beat diabetes this World Health Day

Media release, 4 April, 2016   Western Sydney councils are calling on residents to get active this World Health Day (April 7) and beat diabetes. Established by the World Health Organisation (WHO) World Health Day 2016 seeks to put a stop to the rapid rise of type 2 diabetes worldwide. The number of Australians diagnosed with diabetes has tripled over the last 25 years and Western Sydney is a key hotspot. President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), Cllr Tony Hadchiti, said “Compared to the national average, Western Sydney residents suffer much higher rates of lifestyle-related diseases…
Media release, 4 April, 2016   The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) is concerned that councils are still in the dark regarding details of a state Emergency Services Property Levy (ESPL) due to be released in the coming months. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “In December last year, the NSW Government stated it would be consulting councils on the implementation of an ESPL due to be released in the first half of 2016. This has not happened.” The ESPL aims to spread the load of funding NSW’s emergency services, through a state levy for all NSW landowners.…
Monday, 07 March 2016 16:56

Clean up Western Sydney all year round

Media release, 7 March, 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) are urging residents to keep cleanliness up following an enthusiastic turn out at local Clean up Australia Day events on the weekend. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “Western Sydney residents put in a first-class effort on the weekend and we want to see this momentum continue throughout the rest of the year.” “Clean Up Australia Day is a great reminder that we can all contribute to keeping our communities clean and that everyone has a role in litter prevention; not just on Clean Up Australia Day,…
Media release, 11 March, 2016   The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed Infrastructure Australia’s recognition that solid Western Sydney infrastructure networks are key to both Sydney and Australia’s economic success, but has expressed concern regarding the timeframe for rail projects. In its February report Australian Infrastructure Plan: Priorities and reforms for our nations future, Infrastructure Australia identified access to transport, especially public transport as a critical economic and social equity considerations for the outer suburbs of Australia’s cities. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti welcomed this recognition but highlighted that the sentiment is not reflected in the…
Media release, 11 March, 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has indicated its severe disappointment following the NSW Parliament’s passing of amendments to the Transport Administration Act 1988 yesterday. The 2016 amendment will allow the NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure to authorise the closure of any railway line in the greater Sydney, Newcastle, Central Coast or Wollongong metropolitan region in connection to the development of state significant infrastructure. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said, “While we appreciate the motivation for this amendment was to fast-track infrastructure projects – many of which will benefit Western Sydney –…
Thursday, 18 February 2016 17:00

NSW Government on track with more jobs for West

Media release, 18 February, 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) have welcomed today's announcement that 1,800 Department of Education staff will be moved to Western Sydney. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti commended the NSW Government for keeping its pledge to decentralise public sector jobs from the Sydney CBD. "This is the third announcement we have had in as many months, that the government will be relocating more jobs to Western Sydney," he said. "This is fantastic news not only for Western Sydney, but for our city as a whole," said Cllr Hadchiti. "Around 80,000 Western Sydney residents…
Thursday, 18 February 2016 15:09

Powerhouse Museum will move west

Media release, 18 February, 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) have criticised a petition calling for the Powerhouse Museum to remain at Ultimo. WSROC President Councillor Tony Hadchiti said suggestions that the integrity of the Powerhouse Museum as a key cultural institution would be undermined by a move to Parramatta are ridiculous. “Western Sydney is not some culturally-barren outpost. Parramatta is the geographical centre of Sydney, and just half an hour down the road from Ultimo,” he said. “This really shows the strong regional bias that still exists in the minds of some inner-city residents, and I…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 13:58

Fast airport link needs more consideration

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the discussion generated by Parramatta City Council’s report into rail connectivity but cautions against another CBD - centric route. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said, “WSROC supports the scoping of a rail link to the Badgerys Creek precinct, however we need to carefully consider a number of options before choosing a proposed route.” “The most important thing to consider is the potential for increased economic stimulus and commuter benefits along any proposed rail line,” said Cllr Hadchiti. “A very fast train from Parramatta to Badgerys Creek is a great concept,…
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 13:57

Hubs must be supported by rail

Media release, 9 February 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed today’s announcement of new employment hubs in Sydney’s West but insists that rail connections are essential for attracting and retaining key investors. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “We need to make the most of these opportunities by ensuring that the north-south rail line is built sooner rather than later.” “West Hoxton and Wetherill Park are just the latest investments along the corridor of opportunity stretching from the Hawkesbury to Campbelltown in the South,” he said. “Rail, supporting both freight and commuter transit would have a…
Media release, 8 February 2016 The job market is ripe for skilled hands with Western Sydney’s infrastructure boom set to increase demand for trades over the coming decades.  President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), Cllr Tony Hadchiti, said “There is already a skills shortage for many key trades, partly because of the rapidly growing demand from construction, but also due to an increased focus on the importance of university-level education and a high dropout rate for new apprentices (around 47 per cent).” “This skills shortage is set to worsen as Western Sydney’s thriving growth centres and…
Media release, 1 February 2016 IPART’s proposed changes to the Opal fee system will encourage more Western Sydney residents to drive, according to the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC). WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “The proposed changes to the Opal system unfairly burden long-distance commuters; exactly the people we want to entice away from road travel.” “When the Opal card was introduced the cap on distances, and in particular, the free journey bonus was distinctly celebrated as an incentive for commuters to use public transport,” he said. “Removing these incentives leaves little enticement for regular travellers to make…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 10:41

WSROC welcomes coroner's move to Lidcombe

Media release, 27 January 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed today’s announcement of the relocation of the State Coroner’s Court and morgue to Sydney’s western suburbs. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti applauded the move, particularly following the loss of so many jobs from Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park by the Commonwealth Bank (CBA) late last year. “The move to a modern, expanded facility in Lidcombe offers fantastic opportunities for western Sydney professionals, particularly in the science, legal and social assistance professions,” he said. “Western Sydney’s economy has long been dominated by manufacturing, construction and retail…
Friday, 22 January 2016 10:55

WSROC welcomes federal action on urban heat

Media release, 19 January 2016 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the Federal Government’s plan to tackle urban heat in Australia’s cities and invites the government to work with councils to develop a multi-tiered approach. President of the (WSROC) Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, Cllr Tony Hadchiti, said “Urban heat is a major issue for all cities, but Western Sydney is particularly affected due to its unique geography and rapid rate of development.” “On a hot day, the West suffers much higher temperatures than the Sydney CBD,” he said. “A number of Western Sydney councils…
Thursday, 14 January 2016 10:14

Concrete jungle brings sizzle to suburbs

Media release, 14 January, 2016 Western Sydney is hot and is set to get hotter as green fields make way for new housing developments; exacerbating what scientists call the urban heat island effect.  According to recent research from the Office of Environment and Heritage, sprawling greenfield developments will see western Sydney experience between five and 10 additional hot days by 20301. Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “When the hot summer sun beats directly onto urban surfaces such as roads, footpaths and roofs they heat up. These materials absorb and hold heat well past…
Friday, 04 December 2015 01:00

WSROC seeks review of Sydney toll inequity

Media release, 4 December 2015   The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called for a review of tolling arrangements for the WestConnex and M5 East because of increased toll charging inequities across Sydney’s motorway network. WSROC President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti suggested the introduction of the new motorways is the perfect opportunity to conduct a review of charges throughout Sydney’s entire motorway network. “The current pricing regimes across the network ensures that motorists using different sections of the network pay vastly different sums for similar journey benefits,” Cllr Hadchiti said. “In 2011, Minister Gay said he would like…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:14

WSROC votes for airport equality

Media release, December 16, 2015 At its last board meeting for the year, the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) resolved its official position on the proposed Western Sydney Airport. WSROC President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti, said “There are a range of views amongst WSROC’s 10 member councils, but all agree that a Western Sydney airport must offer a more equal spread of opportunity and burden than is currently presented in the draft EIS.” The WSROC Board resolved that the Western Sydney Airport must: be supported by state of the art infrastructure and public transport from the outset of airport…
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 13:48

WSROC welcomes jobs for West

Media release, December 8, 2015 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the announcement of 1,800 public sector jobs for Sydney’s western suburbs. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti applauded the initiative, particularly following the loss of so many jobs from Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park by the Commonwealth Bank (CBA) last month. “The CBA’s decision to move east has created a travel burden for many its staff who reside west of Sydney Olympic Park and we know that over time the jobs will be lost from Western Sydney workers,” said Cllr Hadchiti. “The Government has thrown us…
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 13:38

WSROC welcomes light links for second CBD

Media release, December 8, 2015 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the NSW Government’s confirmation of the first two legs of the Western Sydney Light Rail network. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “It is exciting to learn that the government has committed to two light rail routes in the first stage of this project.” “This sends a clear message that the region is finally attracting the sort of transport investment that will pay dividends for all of Sydney while making living around Parramatta so much more attractive,” he said. “Public transport links are one of…
Media release, 4 December, 2015 In a letter to federal Ministers Hunt, Truss and Fletcher, Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti, points out that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Western Sydney Airport fails to meet the Australian Government’s own guidelines for the project. “These guidelines were developed specifically for the Western Sydney Airport less than a year ago and the government has scrapped them at the first check point. This is both unacceptable and irresponsible,” said Cllr Hadchiti. “WSROC conditionally supports the government’s plan to build an airport at Badgerys Creek,…
Thursday, 19 November 2015 01:00

Around 40% unsure how to deal with asbestos

Media release, 19 November, 2015   A survey conducted across eight Western Sydney councils has found that almost 40 per cent of residents are either unaware asbestos poses a significant health risk, or are unsure how to dispose of it safely. President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “Asbestos-containing products are especially prevalent in Western Sydney homes, so it is concerning to learn that many residents don’t know how to properly manage asbestos.” “That is why this National Asbestos Awareness Month, Western Sydney councils want ensure residents have the knowledge they need keep themselves,…
Thursday, 26 November 2015 09:56

Badgerys EIS gaps must be addressed

Media release, November 26, 2015 An independent review of the Western Sydney Airport Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) by 11 Western Sydney councils has found several shortcomings which need to be addressed. President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), Cllr Tony Hadchiti indicated his disappointment at the lack of certainty offered by the EIS on key issues such as aircraft noise, flight paths, traffic, transport, and the environment. “WSROC has previously offered conditional support for the airport, pending a comprehensive Airport Plan and a rigorous EIS that ensures the best possible outcomes for residents and the environment while…
Monday, 23 November 2015 01:00

LED street lighting halfway mark

A major LED street lighting replacement project involving nine Western Sydney councils has passed the halfway point. The Western Sydney Councils participating in the project are Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Hills Shire, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith. At the end of October, crews had installed 8,188 LED street lights, approximately 63% of the 13,000 earmarked for replacement on the Light Years Ahead website project. Six of the nine councils involved in the project have already installed half of their allocation of LEDs. The project is estimated to save participating councils $20 million and 74,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over…
Media release, November 16, 2015 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the State Government’s commitment to a scoping study for rail options surrounding the proposed Badgerys Creek airport. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti described the move as key to both the Sydney and NSW economy. “This is about more than just an airport, these rail links will act as catalysts for job creation in Western Sydney, which is good for residents, good for business and good for the NSW economy,” he said. “In particular, recent announcements such as the Campbelltown Integrated Health Hub, the South West…
Media release, November 13, 2015 The Commonwealth Bank’s decision to move jobs from Western Sydney to Redfern is a sign of much broader economic and planning issues according to the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC). WSROC President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti, said “This is not an arbitrary decision by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). They made a ‘commercial’ decision which included concerns about accessibility and public transport; arguably one of the major factors working against efforts to grow jobs in Western Sydney.” “This is just one example of how state-level planning decisions can have tremendous impact on local economies,”…
Media release, October 29, 2015 Our future cities will be designed to make you healthier if nine Western Sydney councils have their way. Key experts in the fields of health, planning, transport and community development gathered in Blacktown for the Planning an Active Western Sydney forum yesterday to discuss how urban planning can improve liveability, and by extension, better health outcomes for the region. Over 90 participants attended the forum, which was a partnership between the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), the Premier’s Council for Active Living (PCAL) and three Local Health Districts in the Western Sydney region.…
Media release, October 8, 2015 WSROC has welcomed the NSW Government’s decision to create a Priority Growth Area around Badgerys Creek but advised that infrastructure and jobs come before housing. “This announcement further cements the need for a rail link to Badgerys Creek Airport and the Western Sydney Employment Lands that surround it,” said Cllr Hadchiti. “Local government is focused on building liveable and workable communities, and to do this we need to plan infrastructure and jobs first; housing will follow naturally,” he said. “In particular a rail link to Badgerys Creek, will be an enabler for the creation of…
Media release September 22, 2015 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has called on the NSW Government to ensure its Parramatta Road Strategy is considered as part of an integrated Western Transport Corridor[i]. The group’s president Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “After 50 years of neglect, Parramatta Road is in desperate need of revitalisation both functionally and aesthetically, however it is crucial to recognise its importance as a component in Sydney’s wider transport network.” “This means maintaining Parramatta Road’s capacity to act as a major arterial road within the Western Transport Corridor – to complement the WestConnex, M4, Western Rail…
Media release, 21 September, 2015 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has praised the NSW Government’s collaborative approach to planning the mixed-use Camellia precinct, but stressed the need to prioritise infrastructure in all its forms. “Camellia represents one of the most significant opportunities to create the next generation of liveable and sustainable communities in Western Sydney,” said WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti. “As we move towards higher-density living outside the Sydney CBD, it is more important than ever to ensure new communities are sustainable, beautiful places to live and work,” he said. “This means communities that offer high-quality…
Media release, 17 September, 2015 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), has called on the State and Federal Governments to increase funding to Western Sydney’s migrant support organisations to assist with the influx of Syrian refugees expected to settle in the region. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “Western Sydney is ready, willing and able to help support these people as long as the resources are provided for us to undertake this task.” “Western Sydney region is home to Australia’s largest Syrian communities[i] and we expect that new migrants will feel most at home where they can access…
Media release, September 15, 2015 President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), Cllr Tony Hadchiti, has announced the appointment of the group’s new Chief Executive Officer, Charles Casuscelli RDF. Mr Casuscelli’s appointment was unanimously endorsed by the WSROC Board on Thursday following an extensive independent recruitment process. Cllr Hadchiti said “Western Sydney is currently experiencing a period of unprecedented change, and we are excited by the opportunities that lie ahead for WSROC and its member councils under Mr Casuscelli.” “Mr Casuscelli has strong experience working with various levels of Government, including service as the previous State Member…
Friday, 04 September 2015 11:56

WSROC welcomes stadia for both work and play

Media release, September 4, 2015 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the NSW Government’s promise of two new stadia in Western Sydney. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “This is an exciting announcement for those who work and play in the booming Western Sydney region.” “Half of Sydney’s population lives in the western suburbs, and these residents deserve equal access to quality arenas for sport and entertainment,” he said. “We also welcome the local employment opportunities these new projects will generate in both the construction and operational phases,” said Cllr Hadchiti. “Parramatta is home to world…
Monday, 24 August 2015 17:07

Holroyd City Council sees the (LED) light

Nine Western Sydney councils, including Holroyd City Council (opens external site), have joined forces to reduce energy costs and consumption by replacing old and inefficient street lights in many of their suburbs. The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils’ (WSROC) Light Years Ahead project will replace approximately 13,000 street lights in nine Western Sydney local government areas – Holroyd, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith. Installation of new lights have begun and will continue to March 2016, with the roll out staggered across the nine councils. Old, inefficient mercury vapour lights will be replaced with energy…
Premier Mike Baird met with the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) on Thursday August 20, to discuss the state’s most rapidly growing region. Representatives from across 10 Western Sydney councils gathered to discuss topics ranging from Fit for the Future reforms to local infrastructure projects, affordable housing and youth unemployment. WSROC President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti congratulated the Premier on his collaborative approach to governing. “This wasn’t just a ‘tick the box’ meeting, this was a meeting where issues were raised and taken on board. We had good, constructive discussion on a range of topics and I believe we…
Liverpool City Council (opens external site) will replace old, inefficient street lights in 23 suburbs, as part of WSROC’s Light Years Ahead (open external site) project, saving more than $5million and 19,640 tonnes of carbon emissions annually over 20 years. [Correction on 25.08.15 - see footnote.] “Liverpool is one of nine Western Sydney councils which have joined forces to reduce energy costs and consumption by replacing old and inefficient street lights,” Mayor Ned Mannoun said. “Mercury vapour lights will be replaced with energy efficient LED lights, which are cheaper and more sustainable. We’ll replace more than 3,700 lights (over 23% of the…
Hawkesbury City Council (opens external site) has joined forces with eight other Western Sydney councils to reduce energy costs and consumption by replacing old and inefficient street lights as part of the largest street lighting replacement project ever conducted in NSW. The Light Years Ahead project is coordinated by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) which has brought together nine of their member councils to participate. Approximately 13,000 street lights replaced with LED lighting in the nine local government areas of Hawkesbury, Parramatta, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, The Hills, Holroyd, Liverpool and Penrith. Inefficient, old mercury vapour lights will…
Fairfield City Council (opens external site), with eight other Western Sydney councils, has joined forces to reduce energy costs and consumption by replacing old and inefficient street lights in many of their suburbs. WSROC’s Light Years Ahead project (opens external site) will replace about 13,000 street lights in nine Western Sydney local government areas – Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith. Installations of new lights have begun and will continue to March 2016, with the rollout staggered across the nine councils. Old, inefficient mercury vapour lights will be replaced with energy efficient LED lights, which are…
Monday, 13 July 2015 14:47

LED lighting saves millions

A changeover to LED street lighting is underway across Blacktown; a move that will shed a “greener” light on the streets and save the community millions of dollars in electricity bills. “Changing over 2,250 older and less efficient street lights will save $4.3 million over the next 20 years,” said the Mayor of Blacktown City, Councillor Stephen Bali. “Old, inefficient mercury vapour lights will be replaced with energy efficient LED lights, which are cheaper and more sustainable to run. “The changeover will not happen overnight, the old lights will be changed as they reach the end of their useful life.…
Nine Western Sydney councils, including Parramatta City Council, have joined forces to reduce energy costs and consumption by replacing old and inefficient street lights as part of the biggest street lighting replacement project in NSW. The Light Years Ahead project is the brainchild of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) which have brought together nine of their member councils to participate. The project will see approximately 13,000 street lights replaced with LED lighting in nine local government areas: Parramatta, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Holroyd, Liverpool, and Penrith. Inefficient, old mercury vapour lights will be removed…
Media release, June 17, 2015 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called for increased funding for English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in NSW public schools in the forthcoming state budget. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said chronic underfunding of ESL programs is letting down our newest Australians, particularly in areas of high migrant and refugee settlement such as Western Sydney. “A good grasp of the English language is essential for children to excel in the NSW school system, and gives them the best chance of success as they enter higher education or employment,” he said.…
Media release, June 18, 2015 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called on the NSW Government to help ease housing affordability by fast-tracking key infrastructure in Sydney’s West. WSROC President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti said the North West and South West Growth Centres have capacity for around 200,000 extra dwellings, but councils can’t approve development until these areas have access to basic services such as water, electricity and sewerage. “According to Regional Development Australia, Sydney needs to build at least 45,000 new homes per year to keep up with Western Sydney’s booming population. Currently we are only building…
  Media release, June 23, 2015 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed increased funding for the region’s infrastructure, transport and health in the NSW Budget released today. “Today we saw a Government who has listened to the needs of Western Sydney residents,” said WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti. “There are significant investments in store for Western Sydney’s roads, rail, health and schools, and this is directly aligned with the rapid growth the region is experiencing,” he said. “WSROC is particularly happy to see a $54.9 million increase in grant funding to help local councils deliver essential…
Media release, June 10, 2015 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has urged the NSW Government to consider the needs of residents over the voice of investors when deciding on a route for the first stage of the Western Sydney Light Rail Network. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said that while a Westmead to Strathfield route would be welcomed by many commuters, public transport options servicing the north-south corridor should be the priority. “We have a backlog of public transport need in Western Sydney, and catering for potential future development rather than existing commuter need is irresponsible,” he said.…
Media release, May 14, 2014 Western Sydney is set to benefit from the Federal Budget as tax cuts for small businesses boost employment opportunities in the region. President of the Western Sydney Organisation of Councils (WSROC), Cllr Tony Hadchiti said small businesses are the heart and soul of Western Sydney’s $95 billion economy, making up around 96% of all businesses in the region . “The 2015 budget offers the lowest tax rates small business sector has seen since the 1960s. “Anything that is going to make life easier for small business owners will have a positive impact on the region’s…
Media Release, May 18, 2015   Nine Western Sydney councils have joined forces to reduce energy costs and consumption by replacing old and inefficient street lights in many of their suburbs. WSROC’s Light Years Ahead project will replace approximately 13,000 street lights in nine Western Sydney local government areas. Old, inefficient mercury vapour lights will be replaced with energy efficient LED lights, which are cheaper and more sustainable to run. Councils will save an estimated $21 million over 20 years at current electricity prices. This project received funding from the Australian Government. Installation of new lights will begin from June…
Thursday, 07 May 2015 14:53

Putting the 'west' back in WestConnex

Media release, May 7, 2015   Western Sydney councils have invited the Government to work with them on the design for WestConnex on and off ramps to ensure that the new tollway caters for as many trips, destinations and regional commuters as possible. President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), Cllr Tony Hadchiti said that Western Sydney councils strongly support the project, but want to ensure that this major investment secures the best outcome for local commuters. “There has been a strong media focus on how this project will affect the inner-west and Sydney CBD, but little…
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