Thursday, 29 October 2020 09:53

President's message

WSROC President Cllr Barry Calvert WSROC President Cllr Barry Calvert

As we look ahead to warmer months, WSROC’s heat projects are at the fore, with a focus on building regional resilience to heatwave; often referred to as “the silent killer”.

Extreme heat poses a major risk for residents of Western Sydney, yet planning for heat is relatively underdeveloped when compared with other hazards such as flood, fire and storm. WSROC’s Heat Smart Western Sydney project aims to improve local preparedness for heatwaves. Improving the resilience of vulnerable groups via upskilling workshops and resources will be key.

WSROC is also working to mitigate heat via good urban planning and design. In partnership with councils, WSROC is developing a planning toolkit to provide practical guidance on the most effective pathways and controls for integrating urban heat mitigation into planning instruments.

The industry-focused Cool Suburbs tool, will complement the planning toolkit by providing science-backed guidance to industry. Tool development is progressing quickly with science translation almost complete and a draft tool in development.

From November and December WSROC will begin consultation on all three of the above projects. I encourage you to keep your eye open for these consultations.

I would also like to commend Cumberland City Council for its Australian-first UV Smart Cool Playground that opened in Merrylands this month. Informed by partners including Western Sydney University, the Cancer Council, KidSafe NSW, Western Sydney Local Health District and WSROC, this prototype playground brings together best-practice heat-mitigating materials, UV-smart design and improved green space to deliver a safer, more enjoyable playground for the community.

Finally, the WSROC Annual report for 2019-2020 is currently in distribution, highlighting achievements, partnerships and pleasing outcomes, in what has otherwise been a challenging year.

Topical Reads and Western Sydney in the news contain interesting features this month; remember to check the Arts and Culture section for events happening in our region over the coming weeks.

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