Friday, 28 April 2017 12:03

Message from the President: a busy first quarter

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali.

As we come to the end of the first quarter of 2017, it is a good time to look back on the significant amount of activity within Western Sydney, and the programs WSROC is conducting in partnership with its members.

Two parliamentary inquiries are currently underway: one into road toll charges, the other into energy from waste technology.

Both are of regional importance, and coordinated campaigning by WSROC and its member councils will be essential if we are to achieve the best possible outcomes for Western Sydney residents.

Another critical issue for Western Sydney councils is the need for greater resourcing for refugee resettlement in south west Sydney. Fairfield and Liverpool have been under particular pressure from the sheer number of humanitarian refugee arrivals, and WSROC councils have collectively been advocating for Federal Government funding to be focused on these LGAs.

As plans for Western Sydney Airport progress, the Federal Government has appointed a number of advisory committees to guide its development. These committees include elected local government officials, professional officers and local community members.

These committees are no doubt intended to improve collaboration with local government and are an opportunity to be welcomed. That said, it is of great concern that no WSROC appointments have been made, particularly when several Western Sydney councils are not represented.

At the state level, WSROC’s engagement with the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) over the last quarter has been very positive. In partnership with the GSC, WSROC has held a number of specialist advisory forums on topics as diverse as planning for waste, liveability, urban heat, traffic and transport, arts and culture.

In addition to advocacy, WSROC has initiated a number of successful programs during the first quarter of 2017. These include:

- A free asbestos disposal program for Western Sydney households.

- A multi-sector strategy to address and mitigate urban heat in Western Sydney.

- A roadside litter awareness and enforcement campaign in partnership with the NSW EPA and Roads and Maritime Service.

It has been a busy four months in Western Sydney and we are certain that the coming months will be just as intensive.

If you are interested in learning more about any of WSROC’s program or policy positions please feel free to contact our office on 02 9671 4333.



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