Tuesday, 10 December 2019 16:02

WSROC secures $413,000 funding for heat projects in 2019

WSROC President Cr Barry Calvert WSROC President Cr Barry Calvert

12 months on from the Turn Down the Heat Strategy launch, the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has secured $413,000 in funding to deliver on priority actions.

The funding will help deliver three key projects identified as priorities by the 55 stakeholder organisations who informed the Strategy’s development.

WSROC President, Cr Barry Calvert, said “2019 has been a year of gathering resources. 2020 will be a year of implementation.

“Thanks to funding from the Department of Planning and Environment, Local Government NSW and the Office of Emergency Management, WSROC will be deliver projects that promote urban cooling through the design of the built environment, green space and water, and building  community resilience to heatwaves and extreme heat,” he said.


Project:  Cool Suburbs

Funding body: This project is assisted by the NSW Government and supported by Local Government NSW (LGNSW)

Amount: $108,000

Period: 2019 – 2021

Cool Suburbs is a voluntary industry-based rating system that seeks to identify, support and celebrate best practice urban cooling.

Delivered in partnership with Resilient Sydney and the Greater Sydney Commission, Cool Suburbs will identify developments (existing and new) where urban heat is mitigated through a range of urban planning and resilience interventions. The program will identify, support and celebrate best practice urban cooling.

Using the latest data sensing, materials science and built environment planning and performance monitoring, the tool will be used to determine whether a place qualifies as a Cool Suburb. The Cool Suburb accreditation can be used for marketing purposes, giving the development an edge by being a better place to live.


Project: Local Environmental Planning (LEP) Review

Funding: This project is assisted by the NSW Government and supported by Local Government NSW (LGNSW)

Amount: $90,000

Period: 2019 – 2021

WSROC has received an Increasing Resilience to Climate Change grant to help councils integrate urban heat mitigation objectives as part of the current review of local planning documents (LEPs).

The project will see councils work together to develop best-practice planning controls that can be integrated into future local planning instruments. Doing so will not only deliver more liveable developments, but provide a consistent, best practice approach across the region.

WSROC acknowledges that the LEP review process will only address a certain development pathway, and that further work will be needed to ensure urban heat objectives are integrated State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) for complying and State Significant developments.


Project: Heat Smart Western Sydney

Funding: Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

Amount: $215, 000

Period: 2019 – 2021

Funded under OEM’s Community Innovation and Resilience Program (CRIP), Heat Smart Western Sydney, seeks to build Western Sydney’s resilience to heatwaves by improving coordination between agencies, upskilling frontline staff, and building community capacity to prepare for and respond to heatwaves.

NSW has a State Heatwave Sub-Plan, that deals specifically with information sharing between agencies and the public, however it does not address the reduction of risk before the event. As outlined in Australia’s National Strategy for Disaster Resilience, ensuring communities are well informed and able act on their knowledge is essential to reducing risk and building resilience.

Heat Smart Western Sydney will address prevention and preparedness measures such as building risk awareness, improving coordination of services, and ensuring vulnerable individuals have the knowledge and tools they need to make informed decisions about their own heat risk.

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