Thursday, 31 October 2019 15:47

President's message: Mayoral elections and Asbestos Awareness Month

The past months have been busy with significant news and events; firstly, Mayoral elections were held in three electorates. WSROC welcomes City of Parramatta’s new Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer and Cr Michelle Garrard appointed as Deputy Lord Mayor; Cr Steve Christou as Mayor of Cumberland and Cr Eddy Sarkis, Deputy Mayor; and in Blacktown City, Mayor Cr Tony Bleasdale OAM and Cr Julie Griffiths, Deputy Mayor.

WSROC congratulates the newly appointed Mayors and looks forward to our future collaborative endeavours.

We also take the opportunity to warmly thank outgoing Mayors for their service and leadership: Cr Andrew Wilson, City of Parramatta; Cr Stephen Bali of Blacktown Council; Cr Greg Cummings of Cumberland Council. We extend our best wishes for the future.

Early this month, WSROC was extremely pleased to support the launch of the Great West Walk – a continuous 65 km walking track from Parramatta to the foot of the Blue Mountains. Mapped by tireless community group, the Walking Volunteers, this initiative came to fruition with the dedicated involvement and collaboration of many landowners and stakeholders, coordinated by WSROC.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Stokes launched the Walk on 11 October in Parramatta Park, attended by Parramatta Lord Mayor Bob Dwyer, Environment Commissioner Rod Simpson from the Greater Sydney Commission, Acting Executive Director Jacob Messer from Western Sydney Parklands and Parramatta Park Trusts, Katie Littlejohn, Cumberland Manager of National Parks and Wildlife Service and many other key regional figures and community members.

The Walking Volunteers then walked the entire route over 5 days with several ceremonial checkpoints - including the opening of Wiannamatta Regional Park - finally reaching Penrith's Yandhai Nepean Crossing on October 15. Everyone involved is to be congratulated on this collaboration.

Finally, November is Asbestos Awareness month and Western Sydney remains a hotspot. Scheduled events in November include Asbestos information sessions at Cumberland council and free collections at Parramatta, Cumberland and Fairfield councils. Cumberland is also offering a household inspection service.

WSROC will promote events as they are announced, so keep an eye out for ways to support this opportunity to mitigate asbestos in Western Sydney.

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