Wednesday, 16 December 2020 11:42

President's message

This November-December WSROC e-news reflects a robust end to a difficult year. While 2020 may be characterised by its challenges, WSROC and Western Sydney councils have met adversity with ingenuity and resilience. We can be proud of the following outcomes:

  • Ongoing advocacy saw heatwaves and resilience included as one of four themes in Housing for NSW Discussion Paper: a Housing Strategy for NSW 2020
  • WSROC waste team and executive advocacy informs development of the NSW Government 20 Year Waste Strategy
  • Successfully advocated for support for refugees during COVID, resulting in $4 million NSW Government funding
  • 95% litter reduction in parks and public spaces. Waste education programs improve community disposal behaviour across six LGAs
  • Western Sydney Energy Program saves participating councils $15.8m to date and more than 320,000 tonnes of greenhouse savings across the life of the assets

In this edition of e-news, our strong work in countering increasing regional urban heat continues, with a new project that will focus on building our urban forest, by supporting street trees to thrive. We are proud to be partnering with Blacktown and Penrith City Councils, and Western Sydney University on this project, which is funded by a Greening Our Cities grant, awarded earlier this month.

Our regional Problem Waste? No Problem! campaign - in partnership with Bunnings - is running until the end of the year, helping communities to better manage responsible disposal of common problem waste items such as paint tins.

Earlier in the year, WSROC’s Western Sydney Energy Program partnered with Business Australia to implement the Australian Government’s BEAP initiative in the region, which has since helped more than 500 local small and drought affected businesses to achieve savings on energy and costs.

Throughout this year, WSROC’s continuing advocacy has pursued better regional outcomes in our key priority areas including transport, urban heat, sustainable energy and waste. As the year ends, Western Sydney councils can celebrate the successes, in providing continuity and support for communities and vulnerable people, amidst multiple, unfolding crises. I commend our councils for this.  

Finally, I was pleased to be returned as President of WSROC at r recent AGM, along with my fellow Executive members, Blacktown Mayor Clr Tony Bleasdale as Senior Vice President, Blue Mountains Councillor Don McGregor as Junior Vice President, and Liverpool Councillor Karress Rhodes as Treasurer.

As Western Sydney continues to be the centre for Greater Sydney’s growth and investment, WSROC looks forward to a new year, focused on those key priority areas that will inform the region’s brightest future.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Christmas.