- Please note: While the Refill Don't Landfill Western Sydney project is currently in hiatus, WSROC and Green Caffeen encourage our stakeholders to wholeheartedly support our local cafes at this time. -  Western Sydney cafes and coffee lovers are leading the shift towards a circular economy, by joining a free new…
Thursday, 05 March 2020 12:06

President's message

A particularly trying summer has preceded this most recent e-news publication. As a group, WSROC experienced some of the most frightening and upsetting elements of the bushfires and flooding events – and, as a group, we have endured and embarked upon the recovery process. Firstly, I welcome our newly-elected Senior…
Media release, 27 February 2020 WSROC Board has elected a new Senior Vice President, Clr Tony Bleasdale, Mayor of Blacktown City Council. Senior Vice President Bleasdale’s election completes the Executive Committee team for 2020. Clr Bleasdale joins President Clr Barry Calvert, Mayor of Hawkesbury City Council, Clr Don McGregor of…
The WSROC-Green Caffeen swap-and-go coffee cup project launches in March, with Mayors heading to their local participating cafes for events across the region.  How many disposable cups would you use in a year? Western Sydney cafes and coffee lovers are leading a shift from throwaway takeaway, joining an increasing, international…
  REQUEST FOR QUOTE (RFQ) NO. RM32.138 PROVISION OF HEATSMART WESTERN SYDNEY CO-ORDINATION SERVICES The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) Ltd seeks quotes for professional consultant services to scope, manage and deliver a program to improve heatwave preparedness and response in Western Sydney (the Heat Smart Western Sydney…
This article is featured with the kind permission of Western Sydney Parklands media. We all know that staying active is key to maintaining our physical health, but recent research has revealed that the answer to boosting our overall wellbeing could be as simple as stepping outside and soaking up nature for…
Monday, 16 December 2019 15:10

President's message

As 2019 draws to a close, I take this opportunity to reflect on a year of success for current and emerging projects, strengthened collaborative partnerships and success in progression of key advocacy priorities, effecting significant outcomes. This year, our advocacy impacted the introduction of M4 tolls for Western Sydney motorists,…
Monday, 16 December 2019 09:40

Austroads clear zones limit tree planting

  In December 2019, number of stakeholders in the local government, health and research sectors came together to discuss how current road design guidelines limit councils’ capacity to deliver street tree plantings across Western Sydney. Many councils are working to increase street tree plantings for health and cooling benefits however,…
 Campbelltown City Council will be embarking on a number of exciting projects over Summer 2019/2020.   Microclimate deep dive During the summer of 2018-2019 Campbelltown City Council, in partnership with Western Sydney University (WSU), undertook a project titled ‘Data collection of the outdoor thermal environment’. The project involved the distribution…
Heat mapping conducted across the Campbelltown, Cumberland and Parramatta LGAs has revealed temperature variations of more than 10 degrees can occur between individual streets due to variations in size and type of urban canopy and elements of the built environment. The three studies, led by Dr Sebastian Pfautsch from the…
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 12:14

WSROC Board returns President in 2020

Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) President, Clr Barry Calvert, has been returned for a second term, at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting, held at Blacktown City Council late last month. Two members of the WSROC Executive Committee were also returned to their positions for 2020. Joining Cr Calvert…
Blacktown City Council is investigating ways to use stormwater to help water street trees and keep local streets cool. The benefits of trees are well known: their shade reduces the surrounding air and surface temperature, they clean our air, and provide amenity to our local streets.  However, trees need water…
12 months on from the Turn Down the Heat Strategy launch, the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has secured $413,000 in funding to deliver on priority actions. The funding will help deliver three key projects identified as priorities by the 55 stakeholder organisations who informed the Strategy’s development.…
The past months have been busy with significant news and events; firstly, Mayoral elections were held in three electorates. WSROC welcomes City of Parramatta’s new Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer and Cr Michelle Garrard appointed as Deputy Lord Mayor; Cr Steve Christou as Mayor of Cumberland and Cr Eddy Sarkis, Deputy…
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 13:15

Sydney Climathon seeks heatwave resilience

Over 100 cities from around the world participated in a global 24 hour Climathon on 25 October 2019.  Climathon is a year-round programme, which focuses on a solutions-hackathon in October each year. The Hackathon seeks to develop solutions to climate challenges and translate these into tangible projects, supporting climate positive…
Cumberland and Liverpool Councils have “cleaned up” at the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Sustainable Cities Awards 2019, winning six awards between them. The Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Sustainable Cities Awards is a community and environmental awards program for metropolitan Sydney communities. Winning projects are chosen based on their contribution to…
President’s message The winter months have not been idle, with some positive developments for member councils and WSROC projects. Most recently, at the third Board meeting for the year - kindly hosted by Blue Mountains City on August 22 - the Board endorsed the draft Western Sydney Energy program (WSEP),…
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 16:07

WSROC meets with Ministers on heat

WSROC’s President and CEO met with the new Ministers for Planning and Public Spaces, Energy and Environment, and Water following their appointment after the NSW Election in March. WSROC sought to brief the Ministers on priorities identified under the Turn Down the Heat Strategy as being urgent points of action,…
WSROC in partnership with Blacktown City Council presented the Turn Down the Heat Strategy to the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) Symposium on the 4th July. The NGAA’s Symposium Research and Practice from Australia’s Fast-Growing Outer Suburbs sought to explore key issues associated with rapid growth in Australia’s outer suburbs…
The Turn Down the Heat Strategy is set to become required reading for Western Sydney University students studying the Master of Planning degree. A new unit delivered by Dr Sebastian Pfautsch will focus on urban heat and how to mitigate it. The unit will include a number of guest lecturers…
WSROC has successfully secured $108,000 in Increasing Resilience to Climate Change Funding (IRCC) to build the region’s resilience extreme heat. The funding will deliver the Cool Suburbs project, which seeks to assist government, developers and the community to identify and implement best practice in urban cooling. Using the latest in…
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 14:59

Councils collaborate on cool LEPs

WSROC and NSROC have teamed up to provide guidance to councils to integrate urban heat objectives into the current LEP Review process being undertaken by Sydney councils. With the collaboration of staff from seven councils, the ROCs engaged a planning consultant to help develop standard clauses that councils can use…
Thursday, 27 June 2019 10:15

President's message: NSW Budget 2019

In the wake of both state and federal elections, and last week’s State Budget announcements, WSROC continues to work toward realisation of priorities and entrenching a firm advocacy agenda. Currently, we are meeting with key Ministers to ensure that our priorities are clear. These strategic discussions bring member council priorities…
On Wednesday 26 June, Western Sydney councils’ planning and environment representatives came together with stakeholders from the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and Resilient Sydney, for an Integrated Planning workshop. The event, hosted in collaboration with WSROC, NSROC and SSROC, aimed to inform strategic planning…
Thursday, 27 June 2019 09:45

Green light for Cool Suburbs

Western Sydney is now one step closer to implementing best practice interventions, for dealing with the growing challenges of extreme heat. WSROC has successfully applied for grant funding to implement the ‘Cool Suburbs’ initiative. Building on theTurn Down the Heat strategy, ‘Cool Suburbs’ will help to build the region’s resilience and…
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 14:57

Waste, growth and infrastructure forum

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) hosted a Waste, Growth and Infrastructure Forum in Parramatta on April 11, in partnership with the Macarthur Strategic Waste Alliance. The forum aimed to highlight the region’s impending waste challenges and facilitate long-term planning for councils. Attended by various Sydney metropolitan councils,…
Over the last few months, in the lead up to the federal election, our members have identified the following regional issues which they believe could be best addressed by WSROC advocacy. Roads to Recovery Program WSROC welcomes the Federal Budget’s $1.1 billion boost to Roads to Recovery (R2R) Funding over…
Tuesday, 26 February 2019 11:12

ALGA Women’s Association conferences

In the lead up to International Women’s Day, the Australian Local Government Women’s Association has opened registration for its major conferences, both of which are to be held in Western Sydney. 2019 National ALGA Women’s Association Conference - Blacktown Registrations are open for the 2019 National Australian Local Government Women's Association…
Seven Greater Western Sydney councils have joined a nation-wide citizen science program in partnership with University of New South Wales and RMIT. The hands-on project seeks to educate residents about the factors contributing to urban microclimates including: how urban design, material selection and vegetation cover can create a cooling effect,…
The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has been awarded a $85,000 NSW EPA grant to target food and drink packaging littered in community parks and carparks across Western Sydney. Awarded under Stage 4 of the NSW EPA Litter Regional Implementation Program (LRIP) Grants, the project seeks to encourage…
Tuesday, 26 February 2019 10:36

President’s Message: Election advocacy

With both the NSW and federal elections not far off, WSROC is busy advocating on our region’s priority issues. The following issues, as identified by WSROC’s members, will be front and centre of our advocacy for the coming months.   Waste and recycling Rapid urban development and population growth are…
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 15:58

Planning Liveable Cities - Report

A new report released by Infrastructure Australia has called for greater involvement of local governments in strategic planning and better support for the delivery of local infrastructure. The report was launched in Western Sydney, in partnership with the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) on the 12th December. WSROC…
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 15:29

Western Sydney Citizen Science Forum

Over fifty environmental educators, scientists and community representatives came together to discuss all things citizen science at the Western Sydney Citizen Science Forum on 23 October. Citizen science programs allow the community to assist with collecting data, which can then be assessed and interpreted to inform decision making or research.…
As we come to the end of another year, it is a good opportunity to reflect on what WSROC has accomplished over the last 12 months. 2018 has been a year of strong collaboration. WSROC has worked with a broad range of stakeholders to develop new programs, such as Turn…
Western Sydney councils have once again shown they are leading the way on sustainability. With several winning and highly commended entries at the Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Awards.   Blacktown City Council All Eyes on Blacktown: reducing takeaway litter through enforcement and fast food outlet partnerships (Highly…
Monday, 05 November 2018 12:22

Heat strategy commended at Resilience Awards

Western Sydney’s urban heat mitigation program, Turn Down the Heat, received highly commended at the NSW Australian Resilience Awards in October. Heat has an impact on multiple community themes such as population health, animal welfare, energy, infrastructure, transport, emergency response and planning.  Turn Down the Heat is a five-year (2018-23)…
Monday, 05 November 2018 12:02

Message from the President

It is an honour to have been elected by my fellow directors to take on the role of President of WSROC; an organisation with a long and proud history of delivering for the people of Western Sydney. I wish to sincerely thank outgoing President, Mayor Stephen Bali, for his leadership…
Friday, 05 October 2018 15:55

Walk your 30 this October

5 October 2018   Did you know that rates of preventable chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease are two to three times higher in Sydney’s west? There are a whole range of reasons for this, but one key factor is that we aren’t moving enough on…
Recruitment for the 2019 NSW Youth Advisory Council is now open. The NSW Youth Advisory Council (YAC) plays an important role in guiding NSW Government youth affairs and providing a direct avenue of communication between young people and the NSW Government. The YAC meets regularly throughout the year to provide…
It has been a busy start to the new financial year as WSROC pushes ahead with projects which seek to improve affordability, liveability and sustainability in Greater Western Sydney. In July, WSROC launched Western Sydney’s second Regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy; a coordinated approach to sustainable waste management…
Western Sydney councils showed they are leading the way on litter management presenting four case studies at 2018 NSW Litter Congress in July. Facilitated by Keep Australia Beautiful, the Litter Congress is an opportunity for organisations involved in litter prevention and management to share best practice and discuss common challenges.…
The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils’ (WSROC) Turn Down the Heat Strategy has been identified as a flagship action under Sydney’s first resilience strategy. Launched in July, Resilient Sydney is a blue-print for building Sydney’s resilience to challenges such as extreme weather events, cyber and terror attacks, housing affordability,…
Phillip Street in Parramatta’s CBD will be transformed into a Smart Street and ‘urban forest’, enhancing one of the City’s main gateways to the river and cultural precinct. Wider footpaths lined with mature trees along the southern side of Phillip Street, with space for expanded outdoor dining areas, will form…
Fairfield City Council is calling on residents to help keep the City clean by properly disposing of cigarette butts. The Bin the Butt campaign is part of a region-wide program with the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) to reduce cigarette butt litter in shopping areas in Western Sydney.…
A ground breaking initiative that flipped the script by putting young people in charge of Council’s youth strategy and NSW’s largest flower festival are the two big winners for Cumberland Council at the Local Government Excellence Awards held on 7 June 2018. Council’s Youth Participation and Programs Team won the…
Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller has welcomed the NSW Government’s $740 million commitment to transform Liverpool Hospital into the largest standalone facility in Australia by 2026. “This will make Liverpool Hospital a world-leading health and academic precinct and a truly great hospital for a growing population,” Mayor Waller said of the announcement…
Wednesday, 27 June 2018 11:48

Training staff to deliver better buildings

WSROC has been working with Western Sydney councils to deliver a better quality of higher density residential buildings; maintaining safe and clean collection of waste from homes across the region. As Western Sydney moves to higher density living, councils are working hard to ensure new buildings contain the most appropriate…
As we reach the mid-way point for 2018, it’s an opportune time to reflect on some of the highlights from the last six months. The second round of WSROC’s award-winning Light Years Ahead energy efficiency program is well under way with around 60 percent of Parramatta’s LED lighting replacement project…
Western Sydney University is seeking to work with government and industry representatives on the co-development of a Sustainable and Resilient Cities Collaborative Hub for Western Sydney. Government and industry representatives from across Western Sydney, came together on the 5th of June to share ideas around the co-development of a hub…
With summer weather lingering into the latter half of autumn, the NSW Government’s plan to plant 5 million trees across Sydney could not be timelier. WSROC strongly supports this initiative, but is acutely aware that tree planting programs are rarely straight forward, and just one part of a wider approach…
The long awaited Western City Deal was finally announced in March, following months of negotiation between participating councils, the state and federal governments. Signed by eight councils including: Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly, the deal focuses on the development on the Greater Sydney Commission’s third…
Friday, 20 April 2018 13:34

Program targets litter bugs

Western Sydney councils are calling on residents to help keep Western Sydney clean by properly disposing of cigarette butts. The plea is part of a region-wide program to reduce cigarette butt litter in shopping strips. President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), Cr Stephen Bali, said “Cigarette…
Friday, 20 April 2018 13:26

Visit Sydney’s West campaign launched

Visiting Western Sydney just got a lot easier with the launch of a one-stop shop website and app – SydneysWest.com Designed for locals and visitors alike, the platforms are part of the first ever collective marketing campaign for Sydney’s West encompassing 9,000 km2 and eight local government areas. The campaign…
Friday, 20 April 2018 11:47

Penrith bus shelter beats the heat

A new bus shelter has been installed on Derby Street, Kingswood - a Climate Adapted People Shelter (CAPS). The CAPS project addressed the complex challenges of public exposure to urban heat and the need for smarter public transport infrastructure to improve liveability of cities.  Over the past 100 years, heatwaves…
Friday, 20 April 2018 11:33

Hawkesbury calls for responsible cafes

To help to reduce the use of disposable cups, Hawkesbury City Council has entered into an exciting new partnership with Hawkesbury Environmental Network (HEN) and the nationally recognised Responsible Cafes, which was featured on ABC TV’s ‘War on Waste’ series. Over three billion takeaway cups are used in Australia every…
Friday, 20 April 2018 11:18

People before pokies in Fairfield

Fairfield Mayor and WSROC Senior Vice President, Frank Carbone The NSW Government recently introduced new poker machine legislation, which places a cap on the number of machines in the Fairfield City area. Venues in our City cannot apply to have more poker machines, however the new laws will introduce leasing…
As we reach the end of February, it is clear that 2018 is shaping up to be as action-packed as 2017. WSROC has been busy finalising Western Sydney's urban heat strategy, Turn Down the Heat, which is due to be released in the coming weeks. Turn Down the Heat is…
Western Sydney councils gathered on March 1st for a briefing on the Destination NSW Western Sydney Visitor Economy Strategy. The Strategy which takes in WSROC, Macarthur Region and Hills Shire councils outlines nine strategic directions for Greater Western Sydney’s visitor economy to 2021. These include: Building a cohesive approach to…
Monday, 26 February 2018 17:23

Cumberland launches community reading boxes

Cumberland Council Cumberland Council is launching a Community Reading Box Project, which involves the installation of easily accessible community reading boxes throughout Cumberland, designed and built by Granville Men’s Shed. The project, which is an initiative of Council’s Paint Cumberland REaD program, supported by a Clubs Grant, will go live…
Monday, 26 February 2018 17:20

Penrith launches artist mentoring program

Penrith City Council Penrith City Council’s exciting new arts Initiative - the DiG (Digital) Maker Space Program was launched on Monday at its project office in the Penrith CBD. The program is the first of its kind providing a 16-week residency for selected creative professionals to work with a professional…
Monday, 26 February 2018 17:16

Incinerator forum fires up Minchinbury

Blacktown City Council Hundreds of Western Sydney residents flocked to a Blacktown City Council forum over the weekend to protest against plans to build an Energy from Waste Incinerator (EfWI) at Eastern Creek. Garbage disposal company Dial a Dump wants to build a EfWI that will eventually burn more than…
Monday, 26 February 2018 16:54

Zest of the West

A number of WSROC councils picked up top gongs at Western Sydney's premier community sector awards in January.  An initiative of the Western Sydney Community Forum, the ZEST Awards are an annual celebration of the innovation and creativity of those who work to strengthen Western Sydney communities. Council-run projects recognised at…
Monday, 26 February 2018 16:17

Event: Fit NSW 2018

Placemakers and cityshapers: The pathway to active and healthy communities Active Living NSW invites you to attend our free FitNSW 2018 event, Placemakers and Cityshapers: the pathway to active and healthy communities. FitNSW is an annual conference to showcase international and NSW best practice built environment and planning initiatives to…
Monday, 26 February 2018 15:15

Liverpool slams Moorebank plant approval

Liverpool City Council The green light has been given to a noisy, dirty concrete crushing plant within 300 metres of homes in Moorebank after the NSW Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch appeal by Liverpool City Council. Council has been fighting for years against the concrete recycling facility, which was approved…
Thursday, 21 December 2017 15:01

Stop the waste bin overflowing this Christmas

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 Cr Stephen Bali, is calling on Western Sydney residents to be mindful of waste…
Thursday, 14 December 2017 14:17

Turn Down the Heat workshop

Over 70 stakeholders gathered to fine tune the Western Sydney Urban Heat Strategy during November. Participants gathered from across all industries and sectors to contribute to a document which will guide the future liveability and resilience of Western Sydney. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “Urban heat isn’t just about…
Monday, 11 December 2017 10:20

Events: What's on next month

From sustainability to automated vehicels learn more about the society we live in with these free events.   Transport for NSW: Regional automated vehicle trials RFEOI Industry Briefing – 13 December, 2017 Transport for NSW is seeking to provide seed funding and partner with industry, researchers, local councils and businesses…
The findings of a study commissioned by Blue Mountains City Council reveal the impact of Western Sydney Airport flight paths on the Great Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, and the lack of standards regarding aircraft noise management in natural areas.  Council commissioned the study after the Australian Government’s Environmental Impact…
Friday, 08 December 2017 15:50

Hawkesbury protests new rail timetable

Hawkesbury Councillors and the Federal Member for Maquarie, Susan Templeman, hosted a ‘Listening Station’ at Richmond Park last month in response to community backlash about the new Sydney Trains timetable. Dissatisfaction with the new timetable arises from longer travel times, as well as a fifteen minute shift in scheduling which…
Friday, 08 December 2017 15:39

Surf's up in Fairfield

Fairfield City will launch into summer with the opening of the exciting new Wave Rider attraction at Aquatopia on 2 December at 12pm. Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said families can now ride the surf in Fairfield City, without the need to travel long distances to the beach. “We’re…
Friday, 08 December 2017 15:16

West to target cigarette butts

  WSROC has received a $148,155 NSW Government grant to reduce cigarette butt litter in shopping strips. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “This will be the second Western Sydney-wide project to tackle littering thanks to funding from the NSW Government. “Each year Western Sydney councils spend a collective $14…
Friday, 08 December 2017 14:30

WSROC welcomes four new Directors

  City of Parramatta and Cumberland Councils have appointed their first councillors to the WSROC Board, following local government elections in September. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “It is exciting to welcome councillors from Parramatta and Cumberland back to the WSROC Board after 18 months of administration. "The local…
Friday, 08 December 2017 10:54

Message from the President: A year in review

It is an honour to be re-elected as WSROC President for a second term. Western Sydney is such an exciting place to be right now – it is full of change, opportunities and challenges. I would like to congratulate my fellow Executive members on their election: Cr Frank Carbone as…
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 10:53

Events: What's on in November

From the NDIS to sustainable housing and urban agriculture learn more about the society we live in with these events.   Local Government Multicultural Network: Inclusive and cohesive communities in NSW conference – 2-3 November, 2017 The Conference brought to you by the Local Government Multicultural Network, in partnership with…
  Cumberland Council is making it easier for parents to keep their kids safe from vaccine-preventable diseases with free Immunisation Clinics offered at Merrylands, Wentworthville and Pemulwuy. The immunisation clinics are held four times each month and are staffed by friendly nurses accredited by NSW Health. Both day and evening…
Monday, 30 October 2017 13:57

Gyms in Parks returns for another lap

  Fairfield City Council’s popular ‘Gyms in Parks’ outdoor exercise program will return this month at St Johns Park oval where outdoor gym equipment was installed in August. The ‘Gyms in Parks’ program will run for six weeks from 24 October 2017, between 9.30am and 10.30am each Tuesday and Thursday.…
Monday, 30 October 2017 13:30

Liverpool furious with new train times

The NSW Government has badly let down Liverpool commuters in a new train timetable which starts in November, Liverpool City Council Chief Executive Officer Kiersten Fishburn said today. Currently, the fastest service to Central takes 49 minutes from Liverpool. When the new timetable takes effect in November, the quickest trip…
  City of Parramatta Council says the second stage of the Parramatta Light Rail will provide a much needed public transport link for existing and future communities in the Parramatta Local Government area and beyond. The NSW Government has announced the nine kilometre preferred route will extend from Carter Street,…
Monday, 30 October 2017 13:25

West best in the environment

  Western Sydney has again shown its strong environmental credentials at the Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Awards this month. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “I would like to congratulate Blue Mountains, Blacktown, Cumberland, Liverpool and Parramatta councils on their award-winning projects. “I would particularly like to…
Monday, 30 October 2017 12:51

Heat strategy a step closer

A solution to Western Sydney’s urban heat problem is a step closer with a second Turn Down the Heat workshop scheduled for November. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “Urban heat is a complex issue with severe and far-reaching consequences for Western Sydney’s people, infrastructure and environment. “Following Turn Down…
After two years of campaigning, WSROC and its member councils have successfully pushed for a more transparent and equitable road network for Western Sydney residents. Following a formal Parliamentary Inquiry, the NSW Government released its report into road tolling on 20th October, 2017. Recommendations from the report include: That the…
Just a few days ago the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) released its eagerly-awaited draft Sydney Region Plan (SR Plan); a vision to 2056. WSROC will be conducting a formal review of the Plan in due course, but I commend the GSC in its efforts to engage with local government and…
Friday, 29 September 2017 10:46

Step up this Walktober

Did you know that Western Sydney has higher rates of preventable chronic disease such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease? There are a whole range of reasons for this, but one key factor is that we aren’t moving enough on a daily basis. This month is Walktober, the…
We have finally seen an end to the local government amalgamation process with elections for newly formed councils held on 9th September. I would like to congratulate the newly elected councillors for Cumberland and Parramatta, and in particular, Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr Andrew Wilson, and Mayor of Cumberland Cr…
From new governance to emerging energy markets, learn more about the society we live in with these free events.   WSROC, SCCG and UNSW: Engaging communities and facilitating change Engaging communities and facilitating change, will explore the latest research on sustainable design, energy efficiency, community engagement and transitioning to a…
Thursday, 28 September 2017 17:22

Blue Mountains to trail water refill stations

Blue Mountains City Council will enter into a partnership with Sydney Water to install eight water bubbler and refill stations to make tap water more accessible in popular public places.  Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said, “The water refill stations will help reduce the environmental impact of drinking bottled water by…
Blacktown City Council has launched a far-sighted plan to build a state-of-the-art Animal Re-homing Centre (ARC); planned to be the most advanced in Australia.  When complete it could accept lost, stray and abandoned animals from up to 15 neighbouring council areas, representing about 1.5 million Sydney residents. Mayor Stephen Bali…
Liverpool’s housing market is booming, with new figures showing 17,750 new homes in the pipeline. “Anyone can see the change happening in Liverpool, with 100 new residents in the council area every week,” said Mayor of Liverpool Cr Wendy Waller. “Many parts of Sydney have basically shut up shop and…
Thursday, 28 September 2017 17:07

Getting the balance right: IHAPS

As I watched the local council elections unfold across the weekend, I found myself considering the new and interesting test we all face as local councillors – the impending Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels (IHAP) legislation. It raises serious questions around how we can continue to balance our communities’ needs…
WSROC in partnership with Sydney Coastal Councils Group (SCCG) and UNSW’s Low Carbon CRC are hosting forum for local government professionals working in the energy efficiency and sustainability sectors. Engaging communities and facilitating change will explore the latest research on sustainable design, energy efficiency and community engagement. The forum will also…
Thursday, 28 September 2017 16:53

West chronicles nightmare commute

Commuters from across Sydney’s outer western suburbs have shared the difficulties of their daily commute during National Nightmare Commute Day on 14th September. The annual campaign is an initiative of the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) to highlight the difficulty experienced by commuters living in rapidly growing suburbs on the…
Thursday, 28 September 2017 16:47

Western Sydney Visitor Economy Strategy released

Destination NSW released its first Western Sydney Visitor Economy Strategy this month, in response to the region’s growing tourism sector. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “It is great to see the NSW Government focus on Western Sydney as a tourism region. We have amazing destinations, natural assets and cultural…
Thursday, 28 September 2017 16:38

Endeavour, councils consult on public lighting

Endeavour Energy and a number of Western Sydney councils came together during September to discuss the maintenance and management of public lighting. Hosted by WSROC, the forum aimed to increase collaboration between Endeavour Energy on a range of issues, including public lighting, main road lighting, new technologies and vegetation management. …
Thursday, 28 September 2017 16:35

Light Years Ahead finalist in Green Globe Awards

WSROC’s energy-saving Light Years Ahead program has been nominated for another award*, being named as a finalist in the Green Globe Awards for environmental sustainability. Managed by WSROC on behalf of nine participating councils, Light Years Ahead was one of Sydney’s largest energy reduction projects. The project replaced nearly 15,000…
Thursday, 28 September 2017 16:26

Cumberland, Parramatta councils elected

After 16 months of administration, the new councils for Cumberland and City of Parramatta have been elected. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “I welcome the newly elected councillors for Cumberland and Parramatta, and look forward to working with their elected representatives to the WSROC Board over the coming year.…
Friday, 01 September 2017 09:48

Sydney's West needs north-south rail

An integrated rail and road plan is needed immediately to support projected growth of one million people says the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC). “Greater Western Sydney is set to absorb two-thirds of Sydney’s population growth by 2036, half of which will occur in the north-south corridor between…
This month delivered the announcement that Western Sydney Airport Co. will be based in the Liverpool CBD. This is fantastic news for the City of Liverpool and the Western Sydney region. It is critical that the company responsible for planning Western Sydney Airport is based in Western Sydney. The move…
Thursday, 31 August 2017 13:36

Events: transport, energy and city shaping

Transport, renewable energy and city shaping are on the agenda at these upcoming free events.   UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures – How new technology can match business energy demand to renewable generation, 19 September 2017 A groundswell of business interest in renewable energy supply is growing, particularly on-site solar…
Thursday, 31 August 2017 12:54

Waste program secures ongoing funding

Western Sydney’s award-winning regional waste program has secured a further four years of funding under the NSW EPA’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “The Western Sydney Regional Waste Strategy has been one of WSROC’s most successful programs, setting the groundwork for a more collaborative,…
Construction has commenced on Western Sydney’s fifth community recycling centre (CRC), due to open in early 2018. Once open, the Hawkesbury Community Recycling Centre will be managed by Hawkesbury City Council through its existing waste management facility at South Windsor. Mayor of Hawkesbury, Mary Lyons-Buckett said “Hawkesbury CRC will provide…
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