Thursday, 05 March 2020 11:00

Blacktown Mayor elected WSROC Senior Vice President

WSROC Executive, left to right: Treasurer, Clr Karess Rhodes, Liverpool City Council, President Barry Calvert, Mayor, Hawkesbury City Council, Senior Vice President, Mayor Tony Bleasdale, Blacktown City Council, Junior Vice President, Clr Don McGregor, Blue Mountains City Council WSROC Executive, left to right: Treasurer, Clr Karess Rhodes, Liverpool City Council, President Barry Calvert, Mayor, Hawkesbury City Council, Senior Vice President, Mayor Tony Bleasdale, Blacktown City Council, Junior Vice President, Clr Don McGregor, Blue Mountains City Council

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 Blue Mountains City Council as Junior Vice President, and Clr Karress Rhodes of Liverpool City Council as Treasurer.

Mayor Bleasdale stated that he was extremely pleased to join the WSROC Executive and anticipated a year of collaborative action, furthering key WSROC priorities.

“The greatness of WSROC, and its power, lies in understanding the extent of what may be achieved for our region when we act as a collective,” he said.

“The group of councils brings together an extraordinary collection of individuals, ideas and resources, with strength and potential to navigate and resolve multiple issues.

“Councils are at the coalface of our representative communities; we know what they need and where the gaps are occurring. WSROC is powerfully situated, in bringing this knowledge to working with state and federal governments and other strategic stakeholders. As a group, we can realise solutions that truly serve the people and the future of Western Sydney,” said Mayor Bleasdale.

“With our increasing populations and our magnificent diversity, our regional status as the epicentre of future Sydney must be reflected in planning, policy and funding allocations. Our residents must have access to healthcare, transport, jobs, services, infrastructure and liveable environments. Our region’s future must be envisaged with equity and quality of life at its core.

“Failure to achieve this will be a blight on the region’s future; generations to come will not forgive us if we get this wrong. Without support from other levels of government, we will stall.

“Our work needs to be bi-partisan, to get on with the job – and the privilege – of realising the best, most prosperous and opportune future for our region,” said Mayor Bleasdale.

WSROC President, Clr Barry Calvert, said “We welcome Mayor Bleasdale to the Executive and look forward to his contribution in supporting and informing our identified priorities, for the benefit of Western Sydney.

“Clr Bleasdale has previously expressed his commitment to delivering a dynamic, transformative program of works to his City’s constituents; we anticipate that he will also bring this energy and vision to benefit the wider region, in his capacity as Senior Vice President.”

Councillor Calvert also welcomed Cumberland City Council’s newly elected Mayor, Clr Steven Christou, to the WSROC Board.

“Since his election in September, Mayor Christou has been hard at work delivering for the community of Cumberland. We are pleased that he has chosen to extend his commitment to the broader Western Sydney region as a Director of the WSROC Board,” said Councillor Calvert.

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