Friday, 26 February 2021 10:35

President's message

After the challenges of 2020, the optimistic beginning to 2021 is reflected in WSROC’s priorities and projects in key areas of heat, waste, planning, energy, and climate resilience, which are off to a flying start.

In this e-news issue, Heat Smart Western Sydney’s review of heatwave management practices in Western Sydney is progressing toward a Heatwave Preparedness and Response Framework, which seeks to address this burning regional issue with recommendations for improved heatwave management in the region. This project is a partnership between councils and three Western Sydney local health districts.

Our recent advocacy to the NSW Government broached the recurring topic of introducing value-capture mechanisms, to create more reasonable parameters for profits from tax-payer funded projects. This feature captured media attention, as a result of notorious land-acquisition associated with the aerotropolis development.

Similarly, the new EV buses that began rolling out in south Western Sydney earlier this month, launched by Andrew Constance, NSW Minister for Transport, sparked WSROC’S call for creation of a local manufacturing hub in Lithgow, as an intuitive way to develop locally-made vehicles to meet the market demand and enrich the region’s access to employment and industry opportunities.

WSROC has also written to the Ministers for Planning and Public Spaces, and Energy and Environment, asking for greater involvement for local government in the Design and Place SEPP and review of BASIX - both of which promise significant changes to the NSW Planning system.

New projects led by the Waste Team are underway, with councils supporting communities with waste-averting reusable nappy workshops, and a public campaign to prevent illegal dumping when moving house will launch in March. 

Finally, the Climate Resilient Street Trees project – a partnership between WSROC, Western Sydney University, Blacktown and Penrith City Councils, University of Melbourne, Stormwater NSW, and Sydney Water – held its first workshop on Passive Irrigation Design this month, looking at the key role water plays in creating health tree canopy cover to mitigate the impacts of urban heat.

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