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President’s message, April 2022

WSROC President, Clr Barry Calvert WSROC President, Clr Barry Calvert


After years of jumping from one crisis to another, the approaching Federal Election provides an opportunity to reflect on recent events and consider what our region needs to build a more resilient future.

WSROC has outlined 10 key issues we believe the next Australian Government must address to ensure the liveability and prosperity of Western Sydney. These range from better resourcing natural disaster resilience, supporting transition to new energy economies, and action to address housing affordability. Further detail on these priorities is outlined in this issue.

During March, WSROC hosted its first Board of Directors Meeting since the 2021 local government elections. WSROC has welcomed six new Directors for the coming term and it has been fantastic to see our newest delegates putting forward their perspectives for WSROC’s collective vision moving forward. Over the coming months myself and WSROC CEO, Charles Casuscelli, will be engaging with Councillors from all our member councils to build our strategic priorities and programming for the coming four years.

Over the March-April period, WSROC launched two major projects under its Turn Down the Heat Strategy, and we would like to thank the many project partners and stakeholders that have worked to bring these initiatives to life.

First, Cool Suburbs – Australia’s first rating tool for heat-resilient urban development Tool was launched on 27th April. Cool Suburbs has been developed in partnership with Resilient Sydney and the Greater Sydney Commission and seeks to promote best-practice heat-resilient design.

Second, the Heat Smart Resilient Framework outlines the urgent need to improve planning for heatwave disasters that could see large swathes of Greater Sydney without power, transport, water or telecommunications during dangerous heat conditions. The framework makes 25 recommendations for bringing heatwave planning up to the standard of planning for fire and flood.

WSROC has also been working to improve funding and sustainability of councils under a new Renewable PPA, and advocacy to IPART regarding the funding of essential waste services.

Finally, WSROC has continued its program of workshops and professional development during March and April including dedicated training for economic development managers, waste educators and planners. And our community workshops on heatwave planning and strata law received fantastic attendance from community members across Western Sydney.



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