Monday, 28 June 2021 14:32

President's Message

In excellent news for WSROC's Projects Teams, the Urban Heat Planning Toolkit and Cool Suburbs Projects won the Award for Best Sustainability initiative at the Greater Sydney Commission Planning Awards this week. The recognition is pleasing, not just because these projects stand to improve outcomes for our region's ongoing resilience-building with regard to heat - but also because the Project Teams and the work they do, in partnership with our stakeholders, is a credit to WSROC. Well done. 

This month’s state budget delivery reflected a future-focused approach, from the NSW Government, with important investment in family activities, energy and housing; however, it fell disappointingly short on social infrastructure to support the continuing growth boom and ensure our region’s liveability.

New funding and plans for the state’s energy and sustainability sectors showed the kind of leadership and vision WSROC has advocated on, for years. It is gratifying to see the accelerated approach to incentivising electric vehicle uptake, and the transition to more reliable, affordable, sustainable power. In this direction, we continue to urge the government toward establishing a sustainable energy hub in Lithgow: a regional hub, connected to Western Sydney’s increasing growth, will accelerate the delivery of EV transition goals and give a powerful boost to regional jobs and the NSW economy.

In other news, the NSW Government’s release of the long-awaited 20-Year Waste Strategy offered a clear vision for improving the way NSW reduces and manages waste – however, its delivery will involve significant changes. To succeed, there will need to be adequate resourcing and ongoing collaboration between state and local government, industry and the community. WSROC’s continuing message to the NSW government is the need to incorporate the critical role councils play, working at the coalface of waste, to ensure the Waste Strategy comes to fruition.

Two WSROC projects have yielded satisfactory further results and developments: The Refill Don’t Landfill / Green Caffeen reusable coffee cup scheme has shown that Western Sydney communities and businesses place a priority on sustainability, delivering some extraordinary results from its first year of regional implementation. And the Great West Walk was once again in the news, with Minister Stokes’ announcement of 26,000 new trees delivered for Western Sydney’s newest walking trail.

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