Tuesday, 26 June 2018 11:56

President’s message: Half yearly review

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali

As we reach the mid-way point for 2018, it’s an opportune time to reflect on some of the highlights from the last six months.

The second round of WSROC’s award-winning Light Years Ahead energy efficiency program is well under way with around 60 percent of Parramatta’s LED lighting replacement project complete (out of total of 5,970 lights).

The upgrades are expected to save Parramatta $5.4 million in energy and maintenance costs over the life of the lights.

WSROC is also working with councils to provide feedback on Endeavour Energy’s revised pricing determination and the NSW Public Lighting Code review – both of which will impact on councils’ future energy bills.

WSROC’s regional waste team has delivered its first regional litter program for 2018 which focused on cigarette butts in shopping strips. The program included a mix of community education, enforcement and the installation of new bin infrastructure.

Our regional waste coordinators have also been working hard behind the scenes to assist councils transitioning to the NSW container deposit scheme.

On the advocacy front, WSROC met with Premier Gladys Berejiklian to discuss some of WSROC’s key focuses for the next 12 months including: urban heat, funding local community infrastructure, and the management of asbestos waste.

Commuter car parking, toll reform, long term transport corridors, and increased investment in social arts and culture have also been on the advocacy agenda.

The end of the financial year also sees us farewell Penrith City Council as a member of WSROC.

It is disappointing to see a founding member leave our organisation at a time when the Western Sydney region is forging rapidly ahead. Penrith has been a strong participant in many of WSROC’s programs over the last 40 years, and we look forward to working closely with them again in future.

As Penrith departs, the WSROC Board looks to invite Lithgow City Council as a potential new member.  

Lithgow is a progressive council who sees its future aligning strongly with Greater Western Sydney. As a link to NSW’s regional centre, Lithgow has an important role to play in the success of Western Sydney Airport and the development of the Western Parklands City.

WSROC is open to working with any council who seeks to collaborate on the shared goal of strengthening the Greater Western Sydney region.

Finally, we hope to see Blue Mountains City Council come to an amicable solution with the NSW Government this week. It is our opinion that the suspension of the elected councillors is premature given the substantial progress council has made, and its eagerness to address procedural deficiencies.

Asbestos is a scourge on the entire Western Sydney community, and one that we all need to work  to address in partnership with the NSW Government.

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