Friday, 16 October 2015 15:56

New WSROC executive looks to future of local government

WSROC Executive 2015 -2016 (left to right): Cllr Michael Creed (Junior Vice President), Cllr Tony Hadchiti (President), Cllr Jacqueline Donaldson (Treasurer) and Cllr Steven Issa (Senior Vice President). WSROC Executive 2015 -2016 (left to right): Cllr Michael Creed (Junior Vice President), Cllr Tony Hadchiti (President), Cllr Jacqueline Donaldson (Treasurer) and Cllr Steven Issa (Senior Vice President).

Media release, October 16, 2015

Liverpool Deputy Mayor Cllr Tony Hadchiti was elected to his fourth term as President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) at its Annual General Meeting at Bankstown City Council last night.

Cllr Tony Hadchiti thanked his colleagues for their continued support, stating there would be a renewed focus on strengthening local government in the coming year.

“Local government reform will continue to be a major focus over the next 12 to 18 months, and WSROC is committed to ensuring the NSW Government gets this process right for both councils and their rate payers,” he said.

“This includes looking at how ROCs can better contribute to the sustainability of councils through procurement and other services,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“We will also seek to ensure the full economic potential Badgerys Creek is realised. Firstly, by making certain the Western Sydney Airport Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is spot-on and minimises disturbance to residents, and secondly by ensuring this region is serviced by excellent transport links and quality infrastructure.”

Parramatta Councillor Steven Issa was also re-elected to his second term as WSROC’s Senior Vice President.

“I thank my colleagues for supporting my re-election at a time that will undoubtedly prove crucial for not only WSROC, but the Western Sydney region,” said Cllr Issa.

“The next twelve months will see significant change in the local government sector as well as unprecedented investment in Western Sydney. I look forward to working with our new CEO and the WSROC Board to leverage the unique opportunities presented by reform, and ensure the investment in our region benefits our members,” he said.

Hawkesbury Councillor Michael Creed was elected as WSROC’s Junior Vice President.

“I’m very honoured to be elected Junior Vice President for the first time and look forward to working with the executive and the board as we continue the important work of WSROC,” said Cllr Creed.

“The next twelve months will be an important period for local government and the residents of western Sydney with key infrastructure projects and local government reform on the top of the agenda. This will coincide with regional advocacy and working with our state and federal counterparts to deliver the best results for Western Sydney,” he said.

Newly elected Treasurer, Blacktown’s Cllr Jacqueline Donaldson said “It is a privilege to be part of the WSROC executive as Treasurer, especially at such an exciting time. With a new CEO, WSROC is going to be expanding its work on behalf of its member councils, and as Treasurer I hope to be an integral part of that.”

Media contact: Kelly-Anne Gee, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 02 9671 4333 or 0425 871 868.

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