Friday, 29 September 2017 09:18

Message from the President: a new chapter in local government

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

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 Greg Cummings.

I look forward to working with both councils on the WSROC Board.

This month also saw two key milestones for WSROC’s major sustainability projects – Light Years Ahead and the Western Sydney Waste Strategy.

WSROC’s highly successful street lighting program, Light Years Ahead, has been nominated as a Green Globe Awards finalist in the resource efficiency category.

The program, which won a 2016 LGNSW Excellence in the Environment Award, replaced nearly 15,000 high emission street lights with efficient LED technology saving councils around 91,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and $20 million in energy costs over the next 20 years*.

WSROC continues its work in the energy efficiency space and is currently working with a number of councils to see how these savings can be reinvested to achieve further energy savings across the region.

WSROC’s Waste Manager Forum has also finalised the second iteration of the NSW EPA-funded Western Sydney Regional Waste Strategy 2017-2021.

Nine Western Sydney councils have worked closely together to shape the strategy which lays out regional priorities and programs for the next four years.

Both Light Years Ahead and the Waste Strategy have set solid ground work for a more strategic approach to sustainability in Western Sydney.

Whether delivering regional projects, negotiating positive policy change, or responding to emerging challenges, councils are doing it together.

*20 years is the life of the asset.

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