Media releases - WSROC
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…
Media release, April 30, 2015   Ten Western Sydney councils have joined forces to reduce waste, increase recycling and combat illegal dumping across the region. The collectively developed Western Sydney Regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy, launched this week, takes a regional approach to waste management to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing. President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) Councillor Tony Hadchiti said that while unappealing, waste management is a very real issue in the rapidly growing area. “Without intervention, Western Sydney’s waste generation will hit well over 1 million tonnes per year by 2021,” said…
Media release, March 28, 2015 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) congratulates the Liberal Party on a successful election campaign and looks forward to working closely with the Baird Government over the next four years. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “Western Sydney has been promised an unprecedented level of investment by the re-elected State Government and we are keen to ensure these investments deliver the best possible outcomes for our region and NSW more broadly.” “Infrastructure projects such as the Western Sydney Light Rail, the Badgery’s Creek airport precinct and ‘pinch point’ road upgrades* are sorely needed…
Friday, 20 March 2015 17:05

Western Sydney wants cash for cans

Media release, March 16, 2015   The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has thrown its support behind the NSW Government’s plan to introduce a drink container deposit scheme and has called on all stakeholders, including the drinks companies, to start discussions on how to implement the scheme. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “A container deposit scheme has been on the radar for over ten years now. It is great to see the NSW Government getting behind a program that the community has shown great interest in.” “The container deposit scheme has our unanimous support, and we applaud…
Media release, March 2, 2015   The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) welcomes the State Government’s announcement that it will increase arts funding in Western Sydney. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “WSROC has long campaigned for increased arts funding and it is great to see the State Government has heard our appeal.” “In the past, arts funding in NSW has been grossly skewed towards the CBD, with only 5.5 percent of state funding, and one percent of Commonwealth funding being allocated to Western Sydney projects,” he said. “The Premier’s promise to relocate the one of Sydney’s iconic…
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 10:24

Stop the waste bin overflowing this Christmas

Media release, December 2014   Christmas can be a hard time on the environment. End-of-year festivities often mean mountains of discarded packaging, left-over food, as well as out-dated toys and electrical goods. President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Cllr Tony Hadchiti, is calling on Western Sydney residents to be mindful of waste over the holiday season. “There are many ways to reduce household waste during the festive season such as using recycled wrap, sending e-cards, and choosing gifts made from natural materials,” said Cllr Hadchiti. “Despite best efforts we will all end up with some post-Christmas waste,…
Friday, 12 December 2014 14:46

Jobs for Western Sydney

Media release, December 12, 2014   Western Sydney Councils have welcomed increased interest in the region after a number of large organisations confirmed they will be setting up shop next year. “This is great news for the people of Western Sydney who are currently experiencing job shortages,” said President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, Cllr Tony Hadchiti. “We are seeing burgeoning interest in Western Sydney, demonstrating that businesses recognise the opportunities our $95 billion economy has to offer.” “Masters Home Improvement has announced that it will build four new stores in Western Sydney next year, resulting 2000…
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 01:00

Tackling youth unemployment in Western Sydney

Media release, December 9, 2014   The State Government needs to address youth unemployment in Western Sydney or risk a disconnected welfare generation warns President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) Cllr Tony Hadchiti. “Employment is a critical part of young people’s personal development. It allows financial independence, builds positive social engagement and feelings of self-worth.”   “If unable to find work, young people can lose a sense of hope and purpose. This can result in exclusion from mainstream society and long-term reliance on welfare ,” he said.   “Western Sydney has some of the highest youth…
Media release, December 3, 2014   Western Sydney Councils have invited Australian Financial Review columnist Joe Aston to be courageous, leave his secure office in Pyrmont and travel past Annandale to see what the rest of the world actually looks like. President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, Cllr Tony Hadchiti said it was clear that Mr Aston had no idea what he was talking about when he used the privilege of his column to claim Western Sydney did not deserve any arts facilities. “Ok, we get it was probably a slow news day and he was short…
Media release, November 3, 2014   The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) is calling on local businesses to register for the NSW Government’s new ‘Get Healthy at Work’ scheme to combat lifestyle-related illness. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “Lifestyle-related illnesses are a huge problem for Western Sydney. Around 60% of adults are overweight or obese and the number of people in Blacktown with type 2 diabetes is now well in excess of 6%.” The Get Healthy at Work initiative is designed to tackle these preventable conditions by helping employers and employees make healthier choices. The program is…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 13:54

Powerhouse for the west

Media release, October 29, 2014   Western Sydney Councils have welcomed Infrastructure NSW’s suggestion to move Powerhouse Museum exhibits to Sydney’s west. President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “This would be a fantastic asset for the people of Western Sydney.” “WSROC have long advocated for increased arts and cultural investment for Sydney’s west and this is exactly the kind of institution that our residents want and need,” he said. “The Powerhouse Museum would provide a fantastic complement to school science programs, as well as create learning and employment opportunities in this growing…
Media release, October 28, 2014   Western Sydney councils have slammed comments by the NSW Greens that allowing their Regional Organisations to undertake contracts and tenders could potentially lead to corruption. "Exactly what are they saying here?” asked WSROC president Cllr Tony Hadchiti. ‘’Are they implying that our ROCs - which are themselves owned and run by delegated councillors from our member councils - are open to corrupt practices?’’ “This simply displays an extraordinary ignorance, even for the Greens, of how a Regional Organisation of Councils functions and what the intention of the legislation is. “The reforms proposed in the…
 Media release, October 27, 2014 The President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), Cllr Tony Hadchiti has applauded the NSW Government for recognising Western Sydney’s congested north-south corridor as a key priority in announcing the priority routes for the proposed Western Sydney Light Rail. “The four routes shortlisted today show the Government recognises the need to improve travel along the north-south corridor which currently experiences bottlenecks due to limited public transport and traffic congestion”, Cllr Hadchiti said. “Western Sydney will see approximately 1 million new residents in the next 20 years, meaning the increased demand for transport…
Media release, October 21, 2014   Liverpool Councillor Tony Hadchiti has been elected for his third term as President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils at its AGM last week. “I’m very honoured to be elected President for the third year running and I look forward to continuing the important work of WSROC,” Cllr Hadchiti said. “WSROC has had some great successes in achieving recognition and resources for our region in the last twelve months. This includes $5.3 million in funding for an energy saving street lighting program, development of a regional waste management strategy, and the execution…
Media Release, September 25, 2014   The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils is calling on Planning Minister Pru Goward to review the decision of the Planning Assessment Commission to allow a second major freight terminal to be built at the Moorebank site. The proposal put forward by the Sydney Intermodal Terminal Alliance (SIMTA) would transport up to 1 million containers by rail from Port Botany to the site, and includes warehousing and a road transport distribution facility to allow the delivery of rail freight throughout the South West. The SIMTA proposal is in addition to the proposal by the…
Media Release September 25, 2014 The President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the NSW Energy Minister’s decision to extend the freeze on new coal seam gas operations. The extension means that applications for gas exploration licences and prospecting authority applications will remain on hold until September 2015, until after the next NSW state election. WSROC President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti said WSROC was keen to ensure that proper controls were in place to prevent potential environmental damage resulting from coal seam gas exploration and mining. “Many of these coal seam gas proposals are located in…
Monday, 08 September 2014 16:22

More to reform than just amalgamations - WSROC

Media Release September 8, 2014 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has urged the government to undertake proper detailed surveys of council finances before forcing amalgamations to ensure genuine benefits and not rely on outdated and discredited Treasury Corp figures. WSROC President Tony Hadchiti said the re-issue of the Treasury Corp figures, which were widely discredited when they were first released in April 2013, shows the Government is likely to push ahead with amalgamations as part of their response to the Independent local Government Review Panel. “WSROC believes that the issue of amalgamations should be up to the individual…
Media Release 23 June 2014 Western Sydney councils are joining forces to tackle wood smoke pollution and help clear the air in the region. The Western Sydney wood smoke Project, run by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), aims to raise awareness of the proper operation of wood heaters which will ultimately save residents money, reduce nuisance smoke and improve regional air quality. WSROC President Clr Tony Hadchiti today asked residents with wood heaters to check their chimneys for excessive smoke. Clr Hadchiti said smoky chimneys could be a real problem in Western Sydney during the winter months,…
Media Release May 14, 2014 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has expressed concern that the working families and disadvantaged groups in the region will carry an unfairly large burden of the increased taxes and charges announced in the Budget last night. WSROC President Clr Tony Hadchiti said, although they strongly supported the commitment to fund urgently needed infrastructure in the region, many western Sydney families were already doing it tough, and many of the changes announced in the Budget would have serious impacts. “We appreciate the need to reduce the budget deficit and get the country back to…
Media Release April 15, 2014 Badgery’s Creek airport must form the basis of a whole new redevelopment of Western Sydney if the full economic and employment benefits for the region are to be realised, the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils have said. WSROC President Clr Tony Hadchiti said airport infrastructure needed to encompass more than just road and rail links. “We also need to build the hotels, conference facilities, shopping centres, and entertainment and exhibition facilities around the airport so that people don’t need to travel once they get here. “This is an opportunity to make Badgery’s Creek a…
Media Release January 8, 2014The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has welcomed the release of the final report of the Local Government Reform Panel but stressed that many of the recommendations will need further consideration. “We are pleased to see the final report and applaud the great transparency and consultation which has characterised the work of the Panel and the review process,” WSROC president Clr Tony Hadchiti said. “WSROC has worked closely with the Panel and we are pleased to see many of our concerns and suggestions have been acknowledged. “However, there is no doubt that some of these…
Thursday, 05 December 2013 22:12

Tony Hadchiti re-elected as President

Media Release October 19, 2013 Liverpool Councillor Tony Hadchiti has been returned for a second year as President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils at the AGM held last night. Clr Hadchiti was elected unanimously to continue his leadership of the role of the region’s premier advocacy organisation, which is celebrating its 40th year. “I’m very honoured to be elected President for the second year running and I look forward to continue the important work of WSROC,” Clr Hadchiti said. “The past twelve months has not been without its challenges but we have also had some great successes…
Thursday, 05 December 2013 22:08

WSROC welcomes abolition of asbestos waste levy

Media Release November 7, 2013 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has welcomed the State Government’s announcement to abolish the waste levy imposed on asbestos as a key step in the fight against illegal dumping. WSROC President, Clr Tony Hadchiti said the waste levy meant that many homeowners, small businesses and unscrupulous tradespeople were deterred from disposing of asbestos through safe and proper channels because of the additional cost. “While the idea of a levy is not bad, in practice it has seen a large increase in the amount of illegal dumping we see in our bushland and even…
Thursday, 26 September 2013 12:10

Get the Balance Right, urges WSROC

Media Release September 25, 2013 President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd (WSROC), Clr Tony Hadchiti, has cautiously welcomed the Government’s decision to reconsider its proposed planning laws but has cautioned against going too far in the opposite direction.“Most councils are relieved that some proposals which would have reduced their control over local planning may be removed,” Clr Hadchiti said. “But we have to be careful that we don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. We all have to be willing to step back and look at the longer term strategic picture.”“The fact is, there will…
Media release, September 12, 2013 In response to the latest rise in official unemployment, President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd (WSROC) urged governments and policy makers to delve more deeply into the figures. “The headline rise to 5.8% for last month is bad enough, but a more detailed analysis is even greater cause for concern,” said Councillor Hadchiti.“To start with, the figures seriously underestimate the extent of hidden unemployment. Anyone who works as little as one hour a week is counted by the ABS as employed, even if they want a full time job. This has…
Thursday, 26 September 2013 12:08

Boost for Western Sydney Jobs

Media Release August 13, 2013 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd (WSROC) has welcomed an announcement by the Prime Minister that the government will establish a network of high-tech industry hubs under its $1billion national jobs plan. “The Prime Minister’s commitment to establishing one of these hubs in Western Sydney is welcome news for the region,” said WSROC President Clr Tony Hadchiti.“Western Sydney currently has a job deficit of around 180,000. That is, every day 180,000 workers in Western Sydney are forced to leave the area every day for work. Apart from the frustration and the cost of…
Thursday, 26 September 2013 12:07

WSROC welcomes Coalition’s environment plan

Media Release August 8, 2013 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has welcomed the Coalition’s promise of $15 million to protect endangered western Sydney bushland. WSROC President Clr Tony Hadchiti said the generous offer was double that promised by Labor and showed that the Opposition recognised the urgency of the need to protect the last remnants of the region’s Cumberland Plain Woodlands.“These woodlands are unique – there is nowhere else like them on earth,” he said. “However they are under constant threat from the expansion of housing and land development.“The Coalition’s promise to establish a Cumberland Conservation Corridor in…
Thursday, 26 September 2013 12:06

Don’t let local government fall off the agenda

Media Release August 5, 2013 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has urged both sides of politics to continue the push for constitutional recognition of local government, despite the cancellation of the planned referendum. WSROC president Clr Tony Hadchiti said while the new timing of the election made the referendum unachievable this year, it was important that the matter was not deferred indefinitely.“This is still a very important issue for our councils and their residents,” he said. “Having almost got this far, we do not want to see the issue fall off the agenda in the next term of…
Media Release June 19, 2013 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has welcomed the Government’s commitment to investing in infrastructure as the key platform of this year’s budget. WSROC President, Clr Tony Hadchiti said the Government had recognised the need for urgent infrastructure spending and had at last started moving in the right direction.“We welcome the substantial spending on major transport infrastructure projects in the Budget, including the ongoing funds for the North West and South West Rail link,” he said.“We are also pleased the Government has decided to take the lead in building the first stages of the…
Media Release May 15, 2013 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has welcomed the investment in infrastructure outlined by the Federal Government in their Budget last night but warned that the working families of Western Sydney will carry the brunt of the Budget cuts. “This budget will have a very mixed impact on our region,” WSROC President Clr Tony Hadchiti said. “On the one hand, it will bring much needed infrastructure to Western Sydney but plans to remove tax cuts and medical deductions and the cut to the baby bonus will hit struggling families hard. “The commitment of $1.8…
Thursday, 26 September 2013 12:03

F3 link will help grow Western Sydney - WSROC

Media Release May 9, 2013 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has welcomed the announcement that the State and Federal governments have committed to building the F3-M2 link. WSROC president Clr Tony Hadchiti said the link would make it easier for Western Sydney residents to get to and from the Central Coast, and attract more Central Coast workers to jobs in the West.“This is a critical piece of infrastructure which has the potential to open up new work regions around Greater Sydney and provide access to new jobs and amenities for residents in both Western Sydney and the Central…
Thursday, 26 September 2013 12:02

WSROC welcomes release of ILGRP report

Media Release April 24, 2013 WSROC has welcomed the release of the NSW Government’s preliminary report into its Independent Review of Local Government, which puts forward a range of suggestions for a major overhaul of the sector. WSROC president Clr Tony Hadchiti said the proposals to relax rate pegging and the recommendation against forced amalgamations were welcome news to councillors who had made their views clear in numerous meeting with the Review Panel.“The report contains a number of interesting – and quite radical – proposals which indicates the government is clearly looking at a major restructure of the local government…
Media Release April 16, 2013 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has backed calls from NSW Unions and the business sector for a new Environmental Impact Statement to be prepared on the Badgerys Creek airport site. WSROC President Tony Hadchiti said aircraft technology had changed significantly since the last EIS in 1997 and it was likely the noise impact of a proposed airport would be different to that previously determined.“The Federal Government needs to talk to the people of Western Sydney as matter of urgency before they make any decision on a second airport,” he said.“WSROC has already announced…
Media Release March 20, 2013 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has welcomed the release today of the NSW Government’s long-awaited review of the Metropolitan Strategy and called on the Government to work closely with local councils in achieving its goals. WSROC President, Clr Tony Hadchiti, said the key details outlined in the high-level strategy, such as jobs and housing targets were challenging and would require all levels of Government to work together if they were to be achieved."This report shows that we have already underestimated the expected the population growth for Sydney, which has been increased from 5.3…
Media Release March 18, 2013 The President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, Clr Tony Hadchiti, today issued an invitation to the Premier, Barry O’Farrell to work with local councils in talking to Western Sydney residents about a second airport at Badgery’s Creek. “The Premier must seek the views of Western Sydney before ruling out a second airport at Badgery’s Creek,” Clr Hadchiti said.“WSROC has already committed to undertaking a major review of community attitudes towards the airport and we invite the premier and the NSW Government to work with us on this project,” he said. Clr Hadchiti…
Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:59

WSROC applauds Federal Govt dam commitment

Media Release February 28, 2013 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has warmly welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement to allocate $50 million to begin work on raising the wall of Warragamba dam. WSROC Vice President Clr Tiffany Tree said the decision was a significant win for Western Sydney residents who will benefit from cheaper insurance premiums as a result.“Residents and businesses along the Hawkesbury Nepean valley have been living under the shadow of a potential flood for decades and it is only due to luck that we have not suffered a catastrophic flood in that time,” she said.“A flood…
Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:57

West to have its say on Badgery's Creek

Media Release February 21, 2013 The Board of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Council’s has called for a major community consultation campaign to determine the views of Western Sydney residents towards building a second airport at Badgery’s Creek. Speaking at the meeting tonight, President Tony Hadchiti said Western Sydney needed to have an important voice in the decision making process, as their residents would be the most affected.“There is no doubt that the issue needs to be widely canvassed among the people who will be most affected by any decision regarding a second airport for Western Sydney,” Clr Hadchiti…
Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:56

AGL decision a victory for common sense - WSROC

Media Release February 8, 2013 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has welcomed AGL’s decision to suspend its application for more coal seam gas wells in the southwest of the city, as a “victory for common sense.” We are very pleased that AGL has listened to the concerns of our residents in the Liverpool and Camden, and Campbelltown areas who have voiced serious concerns about the potential impacts of these wells,” WSROC President Tony Hadchiti said yesterday.“There is simply not enough information about the potential health and environmental impacts of these wells, and the fracking extraction method used,” he…
Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:55

Cautious welcome for new casino college

Media Release February 8, 2013 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has offered conditional approval of the announcement that James Packer plans to build a new hospitality training college in Penrith to provide staff for his Barangaroo hotel and casino complex. ”We welcome any new training and education initiatives in our region and Mr Packer’s decision to source his new staff from Western Sydney shows a real vote of confidence in the potential of our young people,” WSROC President Tony Hadchiti said.“Hospitality is a major industry and employer and it is great that this new college will open a…
Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:53

West is ready for the election - WSROC

Media Release Jan 31, 2013 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has welcomed the announcement of the date of the Federal election and looks forward to talking with both parties to ensure the needs of the region are met, WSROC president Tony Hadchiti said today. “As everyone knows, the marginal seats of Western Sydney will be critical in determining who will win government,” Clr Hadchiti said. “We are very pleased that now have an agreed deadline to work towards and sufficient time to meet with both sides to discuss our issues,” he said.Among the most important issues for Western…
Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:52

WSROC welcomes flooding review

Media Release Jan 25, 2013 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has welcomed the State Government’s announcement of a strategic review of flood mitigation options for the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley. WSROC President, Clr Tony Hadchiti said the move showed the Government was listening to the concerns of Western Sydney councils and residents and had recognised the potential damage that could be caused by a major flood.“Our councils have been calling for action on this issue for years,” he said. “I am pleased to say I have now received a letter from the Premier to say the Government has begun…
Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:50

WSROC welcomes flood review

Media Release Jan 25, 2013 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has welcomed the State Government’s announcement of a strategic review of flood mitigation options for the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley. WSROC President, Clr Tony Hadchiti said the move showed the Government was listening to the concerns of Western Sydney councils and residents and had recognised the potential damage that could be caused by a major flood.“Our councils have been calling for action on this issue for years,” he said. “I am pleased to say I have now received a letter from the Premier to say the Government has begun…
Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:48

M2 Toll rise breaks promise

Media Release December 18, 2012 Western Sydney councils have slammed the operators of the Hills M2 tollway who have announced plans to raise some tolls despite a promise earlier this year to keep them frozen until lengthy and disruptive roadworks are complete and the new motorway open. Transurban announced plans to raise the tolls for trucks, buses and the new Windsor Road ramp from January 1, 2013.The President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, Clr Tony Hadchiti said the increase would hit Western Sydney small businesses who were already doing it tough.“This is a sneaky and underhanded decision…
Media Release December 14, 2012 The final version of the NSW Government’s Transport Master Plan has not gone far enough to address the urgent transport needs of the Western Sydney region, The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils said today. The President of WSROC, Clr Tony Hadchiti said while there were undoubtedly some good initiatives in the report, it still failed to provide adequate public transport to the Western Sydney region.“We welcome the announcement that the Westconnex motorway project linking the M4 with the airport and Botany Bay will go ahead,” he said.“We also welcome the continued commitment to the…
Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:46

Move the jobs to the people - WSROC

Media Release December 4, 2012 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has called on both State and Federal Governments to act urgently to ensure more new jobs are created in Western Sydney, as the State of Australian Cities report reveals that long commuting times are harming productivity. WSROC President Clr Tony Hadchiti said many people in Western Sydney had to travel over an hour – sometimes two – each way to and from their place of work and this was unsustainable.“Already congestion costs our economy $4.6 billion a year and this is expected to rise to $8 billion by…
Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:45

Time to act on flood threat to Hawkesbury

Media Release November 2, 2012 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has called on the State Government to urgently address threats of potential floods around the Hawkesbury Nepean. WSROC President Clr Tony Hadchiti said the flooding was a serious concern for key western Sydney Councils including Liverpool, Penrith, Blacktown and Hawkesbury and that an urgent study was needed to determine appropriate mitigation measures.“Our councils have been calling for action on this issue for years,” he said.“Now Infrastructure NSW has backed our calls and listed implementation of Hawkesbury Nepean Flood Plain mitigation measures as a key recommendation of their First…
Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:44

New WSROC Executive

Media Release, 26 October, 2012 Liverpool Councillor Tony Hadchiti has been elected as the new President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisations of Councils at the Annual General Meeting last night.   Clr Hadchiti replaced Alison McLaren, who led the influential advocacy organisation for a record four years, helping to highlight regional issues and gain recognition for Western Sydney at the highest level of government.“I am looking forward to continuing the great work of WSROC and working together with the Board to promote the best interest of Western Sydney”, Clr Hadchiti said.The key issues for the region would be increased employment,…
Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:43

Health cuts a sick joke - WSROC

Media Release September 14, 2012 Plans to cut $3 billion from the health budget will effectively cripple the health of NSW for years to come, the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils said today. WSROC President, Alison McLaren said the Government had lost sight of its core function – which was to provide health services and education to the people of NSW.“It seems this Government can’t see beyond the next budget day,” Ms McLaren said.“First we see education spending slashed, leaving schools and TAFE colleges struggling to teach, now our hospitals and vital health services are targeted. “Clearly the Government…
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