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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