Tuesday, 30 July 2019 16:07

WSROC meets with Ministers on heat

Houses with solar panels on the roof. Houses with solar panels on the roof.

WSROC’s President and CEO met with the new Ministers for Planning and Public Spaces, Energy and Environment, and Water following their appointment after the NSW Election in March.

WSROC sought to brief the Ministers on priorities identified under the Turn Down the Heat Strategy as being urgent points of action, essential to Western Sydney’s future growth and planning.

Key issues raised:

  • High-level recognition that urban heat mitigation is an essential first-order priority for land use planning, streetscape and building design in Western and Central cities.
  • A review of the current planning framework. Including identification of appropriate design and planning considerations for State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) (exempt and complying development), Local Environmental Plans (LEPs), Development Control Plans (DCPs), BASIX, Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the National Construction Code.
  • Review of infrastructure, including our electricity grid, to ensure its resilience to withstand extreme heat events.
  • Greater collaboration with councils on the roll out of the 5 Million Trees Strategy so that on-the-ground outcomes match aspirations for the program and deliver the best results for the community.
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