Thursday, 04 February 2016 12:48

Light Years Ahead Jan roll-out update

The Light Years Ahead LED street light project, which received funding from the Australian Government, continues to pass milestones. At the end of January 2016 Endeavour Energy crews had installed 11,344 LEDs across the nine participant councils – 754 lights since November 2015. This milestone means 87% have been completed…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 15:15

Light Years Ahead on Australia Day

The Light Years Ahead event booth travelled to the Australia Day celebrations in Parramatta Park on 26 January. The project is changing approximately 13,000 mercury vapour street lights to LED street lights across nine Western Sydney Councils. The LED upgrade is accompanied by a community information campaign discussing energy-efficiency in…
Friday, 22 January 2016 12:48

WSROC seeks review of toll inequity

  The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called for a review of tolling arrangements for the WestConnex and M5 East because of increased toll charging inequities across Sydney’s motorway network. WSROC President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti suggested the introduction of the new motorways is the perfect opportunity to…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 17:32

Light Years Ahead - The final count down

Light Years Ahead, the Western Sydney LED street lighting project, is entering the final phase of the project timeline. LED lighting installations are expected to be finished in March with media, communications, events and reporting wrapped up by June. The project, involving nine Western Sydney local councils, is changing over…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 16:45

Australia Day around Western Sydney

Are you looking for ideas on where to go this Australia Day? Western Sydney’s councils have lots of options for you if you haven’t made up your mind on what to do or where to go. See below for information sorted by council. All events are free and are held…
Thursday, 14 January 2016 01:00

Concrete jungle brings sizzle to the suburbs

Western Sydney is hot and is set to get hotter as green fields make way for new housing developments; exacerbating what scientists call the urban heat island effect.  According to recent research from the Office of Environment and Heritage, sprawling greenfield developments will see western Sydney experience between five and…
Office Manager / Executive Assistant   Full time positionSalary circa $70,000 (negotiable depending on qualifications and experience) (plus superannuation contributions) The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd (WSROC) is Australia’s leading regional local government body, advocating for Western Sydney to state and federal government across a range of key…
Tuesday, 05 January 2016 15:58

Summer tips to reduce energy

Over the summer holidays it’s easy to notch up some nasty electricity bills while trying to keep your home cool. Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti, has five tips for residents to make energy savings. WSROC’s Light Years Ahead project has been reducing council bills…
Monday, 14 December 2015 11:19

Light Years Ahead helps Lights for Kids

Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti, visited The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to present Bandaged Bear with 12 of our Light Years Ahead (opens external site) Energy Saver Packs. The packs, worth over $200 each, are just some of the prizes up for grabs for people raising…
Six month contract (maternity leave cover) $85,000 - $95,000 plus superannuation contributions (negotiable depending on qualifications and experience) Important - Applications for this position are closed. An announcement will be made soon. The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) is Australia’s leading regional Local Government body, advocating for Western…
The Hills Shire LGA has one of the fastest growing Chinese communities in NSW. In some suburbs, such as Carlingford, over 13 per cent of the total population were born in China. The Hills Shire Council’s resource recovery officers found that due to cultural and language barriers, regular messaging regarding…
Regional traffic congestion, final flight paths and environmental impacts are some of the issues requiring further consideration following an independent review of the Western Sydney Airport Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The review was funded by 11 councils across Greater Western Sydney and conducted by WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff in collaboration with…
Monday, 30 November 2015 10:24

Light Years Ahead reaches half-way point

A major LED street lighting replacement project involving nine Western Sydney councils has passed the halfway point. The Western Sydney councils participating in the project are Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Hills Shire, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith. At the end of October, crews had installed 8,188 LED street lights,…
A survey conducted across eight Western Sydney councils has found that almost 40 per cent of residents are either unaware asbestos poses a significant health risk, or are unsure how to dispose of it safely. President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “Asbestos-containing…
Monday, 02 November 2015 09:43

Garage sale fever hits Western Sydney

Foragers, treasure hunters and savvy sellers jumped into gear this month as Garage Sale Trail fever swept across Western Sydney on October 24. 2015 was the first year that Garage Sale Trail has run right across the region with seven councils and hundreds of motivated sellers getting involved. The Western…
Key experts in the fields of health, planning, transport and community development gathered in Blacktown for the Planning an Active Western Sydney forum yesterday to discuss how urban planning can improve liveability, and by extension, better health outcomes for the region. Over 90 people attended the forum which was a…
WSROC’s regional waste team have been involved in the development of draft framework for the NSW Government’s proposed container deposit scheme (CDS) this month. The NSW Government committed to introducing a cost-effective CDS in early 2015 and plans to have it up and running by mid-2017. The scheme will incentivise…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 13:28

Light Years Ahead colouring comp closing soon

The Light Years Ahead project, the LED street lighting project replacing approximately 13,000 street lights, is running a colouring-in competition for children aged 5-12 years old.  Age categories are 5-7 years, 8-10 years and 11-12 years. First, second and third prizes will be awarded for each catergorgy with the prizes…
Monday, 19 October 2015 10:18

Eleven councils collaborating on EIS review

Eleven councils have come together to fund an independent review of the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Western Sydney Airport released on Monday. Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said thorough, independent review of the EIS is essential to ensure the Badgerys Creek…
Media release, October 16, 2015 Liverpool Deputy Mayor Cllr Tony Hadchiti was elected to his fourth term as President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) at its Annual General Meeting at Bankstown City Council last night. Cllr Tony Hadchiti thanked his colleagues for their continued support, stating…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 10:16

WSROC welcomes new CEO Charles Casuscelli

President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), Cllr Tony Hadchiti, has announced the appointment of the group’s new Chief Executive Officer, Charles Casuscelli. Mr Casuscelli’s appointment was unanimously endorsed by the WSROC Board this month following an extensive independent recruitment process. Cllr Hadchiti said “Western Sydney is…
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 13:05

More waste facilities needed WSROC report shows

The WSROC commissioned Western Sydney Regional Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Needs Assessment has shown that Western Sydney needs more waste facilities to cater for a growing population. The report produced by KMH Environmental, provides an assessment of the existing waste and resource recovery facilities in the western Sydney region and…
Thursday, 24 September 2015 12:46

Spring has sprung, events season has begun

The Light Years Ahead (opens external site) project team have been busy in September with the community events season beginning. Since the start of the month the team have attended three large council-run events across Western Sydney. Event staff have estimated more than 250 residents have stopped by to chat…
Monday, 31 August 2015 10:50

Garage Sale Trail heads west in 2015

The annual Garage Sale Trail is moving West in 2015, with eight Western Sydney councils signing up for the event this month. President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) Cllr Tony Hadchiti said Garage Sale Trail is a fantastic opportunity for residents to declutter the home, make…
Monday, 24 August 2015 16:07

Planning an active Western Sydney

WSROC has joined forces with the Premier’s Council for Active Living (PCAL) and the three Western Sydney Local Health Districts to explore how local planning can encourage better health outcomes for Western Sydney residents. The Planning an Active Western Sydney forum on October 29th will bring together key experts in…
Premier Mike Baird met with the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) on Thursday August 20, to discuss the state’s most rapidly growing region. Representatives from across 10 Western Sydney councils gathered to discuss topics ranging from Fit for the Future reforms to local infrastructure projects, affordable housing and…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 12:14

Light Years Ahead update

Want to keep up-to-date on the latest from our exciting street lighting project? Visit the Light Years Ahead project website for details on the roll-out, as well as handy tips for reducing energy bills at work and at home. For regular updates delivered directly to your inbox, subscribe to our…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 11:36

Diversity Fest 2015

The University of Western Sydney (UWS) is calling on councils to sign up for Diversity Fest – an annual event celebrating the vibrant multi-culturalism of Greater Western Sydney. Spanning eight campuses, Diversity Fest is a unique opportunity to gather alongside UWS staff and students to run an event, hold a…
Introduction Blacktown City Council’s Clean Cities Strategy 2015 - 2020 is about more than just litter; it aims to create clean, well-maintained public spaces that foster community pride, build a sense of public ownership and deter anti-social behaviour such as vandalism. The strategy is unique as it has evolved over…
Media release, July 13, 2015   The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils is calling on Western Sydney residents to book a health check this National Diabetes Week (July 12 – 18). WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said regular health checks are important because around half of all Type 2…
Monday, 29 June 2015 15:36

Don’t DIS my ABILITY film festival

Is your council committed to accessibility for people from all walks of life? Part of the NSW Government’s Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign, the Access All Areas Film Festival (AAAFF) is a free film festival that aims to promote awareness about accessible cinema. Run by award-winning non-profit company The Festivalists,…
Monday, 29 June 2015 15:50

Focus on: Liverpool Night Market

Boosting town centres and strengthening local communities is something councils are constantly striving to achieve. Held on the first Saturday of each month, the Liverpool Night Markets started as a 12-month pilot project to bring residents back to the town centre and activate Liverpool’s night-time economy. Since then, this fun…
Eleven councils have come together to fund an independent review of the forth-coming Western Sydney Airport (Badergys Creek) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) due for release later this year. Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said thorough, independent review of the EIS is essential to ensure…
Over 100 Western Sydney suburbs will have new LED street lights installed in their neighbourhoods over the next 10 months, as installation continues for the Light Years Ahead* [opens external site] project. Approximately 10% of 126,955 street lights within nine councils, will be replaced. Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils…
Tuesday, 09 June 2015 17:44

Free Clean Energy Workshops

The past few decades have seen national and global growth in the community ownership and management of energy. There is an increasing interest and trend for communities to discuss, develop, own and manage localised approaches to energy. Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd (WSROC), the Office of Environment and…
Bankstown City Council’s state-of-the-art Library and Knowledge Centre has created a vibrant, welcoming community hub – more than doubling visitor numbers since opening 12 months ago. Featuring new conference rooms, study spaces, multi-media room, children’s corner, café and 300-seat theatre, the new facility is much more than a standard local…
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 17:38

Lighting up Western Sydney

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Council’s (WSROC) energy-saving Light Years Ahead project kicked off this month with a spectacular launch in Penrith on May 22nd. The launch follows months of collaboration between nine Western Sydney councils, who have joined forces to save costs and reduce energy consumption in the region.…
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 17:36

WSROC launches regional waste strategy

Ten Western Sydney councils have joined forces under a new strategy to reduce waste, increase recycling and combat illegal dumping across the region. The collectively developed Western Sydney Regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy, launched last month, takes a regional approach to waste management with the aim of fostering…
The Auburn local government area faces a number of unique health challenges, such as accessibility and issues linked to gender, culture, migration (including pre-arrival and settlement experiences), education, employment and income. Ranked as the second most disadvantaged LGA in Sydney , and with health risk factors well above NSW averages,…
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 13:59

WSROC fit for the future

As anti-merger campaigns pick up momentum among some NSW councils, President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) Cllr Tony Hadchiti has questioned the Government’s decision to prohibit metropolitan joint organisations as a way of helping councils become fit for the future. “WSROC supports many of the reforms…
Western Sydney councils have picked up a Betty Award for their contribution to community education during Asbestos Awareness Month, November 2014. The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) won Best Asbestos Awareness Month Campaigner in the Government Department or Organisation category, recognising the success of the Western Sydney Residential…
WSROC’s newest sustainability leaders graduated last week at the Sydney Maritime Museum in Cockle Bay, Sydney.Having completed the Advancing Sustainability Leaders (ASL) program in February this year, graduates were treated to a selection of inspirational speakers including Professor Tim Flannery, Chief Commissioner of the Climate Commission. Mr Flannery applauded the…
Monday, 30 March 2015 12:17

Commemorating ANZAC in the West

Western Sydney will commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC with a range of events across the region. President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “Each council area is commemorating the Centenary in its own, locally relevant way.” “The diversity of our communities means we are…
Western Sydney is moving fast. Strong investment in the region combined with a booming population calls for a coordinated, strategic leadership approach to ensure the region’s aspirations are achieved. The newly launched Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue (WSLD) aims to provide this strategic approach. WSROC is one of the four founding…
Friday, 20 March 2015 13:17

2015 WSROC State Election Issues Brief

In the lead up to the 2015 NSW election, the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has published a State Election Issues Brief for the consideration of state candidates across Sydney and NSW.  Covering a range of policy areas including arts, education, employment, environment, health, housing, transport and urban…
Friday, 27 February 2015 11:25

Western Sydney unites to tackle diabetes

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has been working alongside Western Sydney Local Health District and Medicare Local as part of the Western Sydney Diabetes Prevention and Management Initiative. Western Sydney is a hotspot for diabetes, with rates almost triple that of suburbs to the East of Sydney.…
Friday, 27 February 2015 11:10

Sustainability leaders program wraps up

WSROC’s most promising sustainability champions are ready to put their skills to work after completing their final training day as part of the Advancing Sustainability Leaders (ASL) program this month. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti congratulated participants on their great work over the past nine months “Sustainability is becoming increasingly…
Friday, 13 February 2015 10:49

WSRADS hits the ground running

The Western Sydney Residential Asbestos Disposal Scheme (WSRADS) continues its success with collection events commencing this month. Starting in the Liverpool LGA, professional asbestos removalists will begin collecting and disposing of small amounts of legacy asbestos waste from registered households in the Western Sydney region. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti…
Thursday, 05 February 2015 15:00

RECRUITING: Regional Waste Coordinator

Job Vacancy: Regional Waste Coordinator Do you have a passion for waste and the future of Western Sydney? Then we're looking for you!    Job Title: Regional Waste Coordinator Contract Term: Full time contract to 30 June 2017 Salary: Salary negotiable depending on qualifications and experience APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED…
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 16:22

Celebrating women in local government

Know a woman doing outstanding work in your local area? Someone who shows innovation, provides inspiration to co-workers, or supports other women looking establishing a career in local government? The Office of Local Government is now calling for nominations for the Minister’s Awards for Women in Local Government. President of…
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 16:03

Roadmap for the future

2015 will see the adoption of a new ‘Regional Procurement Roadmap’ for all major Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) purchasing decisions. This new strategic approach to procurement will make the most of WSROC’s collective buying power by partnering with groups such as Local Government Procurement and neighbouring Regional Organisations of…
Friday, 23 January 2015 09:11

Council staff design lighting roll out

Councils are designing the roll out of new energy efficient streetlights during workshops for the Light Years Ahead project. Parramatta, Blacktown and Holroyd are the first Western Sydney councils to start planning their roll out. Workshop attendees included council representatives, WSROC staff and project consultants from Ironbark Sustainability. Workshops are…
Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:11

Celebrating a successful year

Last week WSROC board members, staff and partners celebrated a productive 2014 with dinner and drinks at the Lake Room, Sydney Olympic Park. WSROC Treasurer Cllr Salim Mehajer thanked the organisation’s members and partners for an outstanding year. “Western Sydney is a fantastic region that is really beginning to hit…
Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:06

WSROC leading on Love Food Hate Waste project

WSROC is partnering with the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s Love Food Hate Waste program to reduce food waste in the region. Western Sydney households waste more than 82,000 tonnes of food each year, equating to around $1000 per household. Fortunately much of this food waste can be easily avoided by…
Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:01

Social enterprise with ZEST

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) is nominating Mission Australia’s Soft Landing mattress recycling program for a Western Sydney ZEST Award. The ZEST Awards are a celebration of innovation and creativity within Western Sydney’s community sector. President of WSROC Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “WSROC is proud to nominate Soft…
Thursday, 18 December 2014 09:56

WSROC’s greenest councils

WSROC member councils Blacktown and Holroyd have won Local Government Environment Awards with Bankstown, Blue Mountains and Liverpool receiving commendations in their respective categories. WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “It is great to see WSROC councils excelling in so many areas.” “These projects are examples of best practice in…
Monday, 08 December 2014 01:00

Christmas greetings

The WSROC office will close from 5pm on Tuesday 23 Dec 2014 and will reopen at 9am on Monday 5 January 2015.   We wish you all a safe and happy holiday break.
President Cllr Tony Hadchiti was guest panelist on Television Sydney’s Future Forum this month, discussing the infrastructure needs of Western Sydney. The panel discussed the role of both digital and physical infrastructure in developing a thriving Western Sydney region. The relative importance of internet access, road and rail was explored,…
The Advancing Sustainability Leaders (ASL) program is well underway, with a number of training days having taken place in recent months. Twenty of Sydney’s most promising sustainability champions have been selected for the program which aims to develop effective sustainability leaders and support their delivery of leading practice water projects in…
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 01:00

Landmark asbestos clean-up

Western Sydney councils are about to embark on a landmark asbestos clean-up thanks to funding from the NSW Environment Protection Authority. From November, a number of WSROC councils will hold clean-up events in which qualified professionals will remove small amounts of asbestos from residents’ homes free of charge. The events…
November is Asbestos Awareness Month and for a limited time, some Western Sydney councils are offering rebates to homeowners looking to dispose of asbestos correctly. The Western Sydney Residential Asbestos Disposal Scheme (WSRADS) is designed to assist homeowners with the financial cost of asbestos disposal and reward them for correct…
Friday, 31 October 2014 12:14

Launch of Centre for Western Sydney

WSROC President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti met with NSW Premier, Mike Baird at the opening of the new Centre for Western Sydney at University of Western Sydney yesterday. The Centre is an initiative of the UWS Urban Research Centre, and will be headed by Professor Phil O’Neill. WSROC is a member…
President Tony Hadchiti was a key speaker at the NSW Transport Infrastructure Conference in September. Cllr Hadchiti was seated on the Regional Leaders Panel to discuss growth and the impact of key NSW transport infrastructure projects such as Badgery’s Creek airport, Westconnex, M9 Outer Sydney Orbital and the South West…
Friday, 17 October 2014 12:24

Western Sydney moving Light Years Ahead

WSROC's Light Years Ahead street lighting project is moving into gear. This Australian Government funded project aims to replace nearly 13,000 high energy mercury vapour street lights with low energy lights such as LEDs resulting in a major energy efficiency upgrade across Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Holroyd,…
WSROC has been working with waste managers in ten Western Sydney councils to develop the 2014-2017 Western Sydney Regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy. With Western Sydney’s population expected to increase by over 1 million by 2031, there is an urgent need for a strategic approach to waste management…
Come along to one of our our free Wood Smoke Reduction Workshops! The workshops will cover how to: Reduce smoke Save money Care for your health and that of your family. Come along to find out more. There are a bunch of giveaways including the chance to win a free…
The Western Sydney wood smoke Project, run by WSROC, aims to raise awareness of the proper operation of wood heaters which will ultimately save residents money, reduce nuisance smoke and improve regional air quality.If your heater is smoking, it might not be operating as efficiently as possible. The tips on…
Thursday, 29 May 2014 10:14

Free Sustainability Leadership Program

Do you want to: maximise your leadership skills? strengthen management teams? position your organisation as a sustainability leader? extend council’s water projects?    The Advancing Sustainability Leaders program offers a 12 month professional development opportunity for senior and supervisory local government staff.   The program develops participants to become effective…
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:53

WSROC Supports Stronger Local Government

While there are differing views among our member councils in relation to amalgamation and other structural reforms, such as popularly elected mayors – WSROC strongly supports the key recommendation of establishing regional collaborative groups of councils – whether as ROCs or as Joint Organisations. WSROC is already well placed to…
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:46

NSW Affordable Housing Inquiry

The provision maintenance and supply of public and affordable housing is a key issue for local councils, especially in Western Sydney which has many areas of high social disadvantage. Councils are frequently at the front line of providing critical services and facilities to public housing providers, and are responsible for…
WSROC commends the NSW Government's commitment to driving industry and economic growth through a coordinated and planned Economic Development Framework. WSROC believes the Western Sydney region is the state's greatest untapped resource and the WSROC councils look forward to working closely in partnership with both the NSW and Federal Government…
Monday, 06 January 2014 10:36

WSROC Submission to NSW Arts Policy

WSROC advocates for recognition of Western Sydney and the role of Local Government in the new NSW Arts Policy. WSROC's response to the NSW Discussion Paper Framing the Future:Developing an Arts and Cultural Policy for NSW commends the development of a NSW Arts policy. However, the current discussion papers shows…
Monday, 04 November 2013 01:00

WSROC welcomes new CEO

WSROC welcomes new Chief Executive Officer Ms Karin Bishop. Ms Bishop has been the WSROC Deputy CEO for the past three and a half years and in this role she played a key role in WSROC’s achievements for the region. Ms Bishop replaces Mr Kerry Bartlett who was the organisation’s…
Thursday, 05 December 2013 21:54

Tony Hadchiti Re-elected as WSROC President

Liverpool Councillor Tony Hadchiti has been returned for a second year as President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils at the AGM held last night. Clr Hadchiti was elected unanimously to continue his leadership of the role of the region’s premier advocacy organisation, which is celebrating its 40th…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 12:34

Time to support our home-grown arts – WSROC

August, 2013 The Federal Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Tony Burke, the NSW Minister for the Arts, the Hon. George Souris, the Federal Opposition Spokesman on the Arts, Senator George Brandis and the NSW Opposition Arts Spokesman, the Hon. Nathan Rees joined senior arts advocates and practitioners from Western…
Friday, 23 August 2013 21:17

Briefing Paper - Jobs for Western Sydney

August, 2013 The need to generate enough jobs and the right type of jobs for its rapidly growing population is one of the greatest challenges facing Western Sydney. Greater Western Sydney currently has a job deficit of around 180,000. That is, around 180,000 people each morning cram onto trains or…
Friday, 23 August 2013 21:15

Water in The Landscape Final Report

August, 2013 WSROC’s Water in The Landscape program was a three year environmental community engagement project funded by the NSW Environmental Trust. From 2010 – 2012 the program aimed to engage the Western Sydney community in water management issues. The Program developed an innovative approach to environmental community engagement which…
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