Monday, 27 August 2018 11:49

Message from the President: An affordable, liveable and sustainable region

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali MP WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali MP

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 in our region to 2021.

I would like to thank WSROC’s regional waste coordinators and waste managers from across our nine participating councils for their work developing this Strategy.

On July 24, WSROC supported the launch of Sydney’s first resilience strategy, Resilient Sydney; an initiative that recognises extreme heat as one of the top threats to Greater Sydney.

One of the Strategy’s flagship projects, Cool Suburbs, is an initiative of WSROC’s Turn Down the Heat Strategy, and we are excited to work in partnership with Resilient Sydney to bring this project to life.

In the energy space, WSROC made a collective submission to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) regarding the Endeavour Energy price review process for 2019 – 2024. In the submission, WSROC set out its concerns regarding the transparency of energy and maintenance prices for public lighting. It also advocated for greater investment in renewable energy. A copy of the full submission can be found on the WSROC website.

This is just one part of ongoing advocacy under WSROC’s Light Years Ahead Energy Efficiency Initiative. Combining collective advocacy with infrastructure upgrades such as LED lighting replacement and solar installation, Light Years Ahead will contribute to lower energy costs for councils and their communities.

Finally, I am pleased to welcome Lithgow City Council as WSROC’s newest member.

There is little doubt that the growth of Western Sydney over the next 20 years will create significant opportunities for communities on both sides of the Blue Mountains, and we very much look forward to working with Lithgow and harness these opportunities to their fullest extent.

Lithgow has already lent their support in the AER pricing review process, and will no doubt prove an important partner in future advocacy.

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