Wednesday, 11 December 2019 12:14

WSROC Board returns President in 2020

Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) President, Clr Barry Calvert, has been returned for a second term, at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting, held at Blacktown City Council late last month.

Two members of the WSROC Executive Committee were also returned to their positions for 2020. Joining Cr Calvert are Blue Mountains Councillor, Don McGregor, as Junior Vice President, and Liverpool Councillor, Karress Rhodes, as Treasurer.

President Calvert expressed his pleasure at being re-appointed, and for the opportunity to continue pursuing WSROC’s identified priorities, saying, “I thank the WSROC Board for re-electing me as President for the next 12 months.

“It is an honour to take on this role again, to work with the WSROC Executive and staff to produce tangible, positive outcomes for the people of Western Sydney,” he said.

“In 2020, I plan to continue our shift to renewable energy and introduce further arrangements to secure cheaper power for councils. WSROC will also be examining new technologies to address the region’s ever-increasing waste problem.

“With regard to urban heat: we will continue our push for changes in planning regulations to promote cooler communities - as recommended by our Turn Down The Heat Strategy.

“The impetus of WSROC continues to grow, in effecting positive change and better liveability for the residents of Western Sydney. As the region continues to grow, I anticipate increased collaborative endeavours, working in partnership with our stakeholders and at all levels of government,” said Cr Calvert.

Junior Vice President, Clr Don McGregor of Blue Mountains City Council, thanked his fellow directors for his election, saying, “WSROC has a long and proud history of working to improve the lives of Western Sydney residents. It has been an honour and a privilege to work with the Board and staff to further this great endeavour.

“I am keen to further the important work being done combatting urban heat through the Cool Suburbs rating system, as well as working with member councils and business partners in meeting the challenges of reducing waste to landfill, through re-use and recycling initiatives,” said Cr McGregor.

“I am also looking forward to progressing the Western Sydney Energy Program (WSEP). To date, energy efficiency activities across Western Sydney have already achieved cuts in emissions of 500,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent and saved councils $1.2 million. 

“The WSEP is working with participating councils to scope the option of procuring a renewable electricity power purchase agreement. Building on the foundations of other successful WSROC collaborations, the goal of WSEP is to support councils to achieve their emissions goals. WSEP provides a unified voice, supporting a position to source reliable, lower cost energy and working toward a future of zero net carbon emissions.

“The matter of air pollution in the Sydney Basin continues to be a factor that contributes to poor health outcomes for Western Sydney residents. We must continue to advocate for governments to switch the emphasis from private to public transport if this is to be adequately addressed.

“Finally, I will continue to advocate for the immediate release of flight paths intended for the new Western Sydney Airport, to ensure community concerns are heard and that policies reflect regard for minimised impacts on residents,” said Cr McGregor.

Liverpool Councillor, Karress Rhodes, continues in her role as WSROC Treasurer, saying “I am honoured and privileged to be re-elected as Treasurer on the Board of WSROC for 2020.

“I look forward to continuing to serve in the best interests of the participating councils and in advocating for more liveable and sustainable communities, and the delivery of infrastructure needed to grow our local government areas,” said Clr Rhodes.

The position of Senior Vice President remains vacant at this time and will be considered at the next Board meeting, in early 2020.


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