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Welcome to WSROC

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd (WSROC) represents ten local councils in Western Sydney: Auburn, Bankstown, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta, and Penrith.

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Water in the Landscape

Running from 2010 - 2012, Water in the Landscape was major a community engagement project investigating water in Western Sydney. Water in the Landscape is funded by the Environmental Trust. Read about the project's achievements and download the icon Water in The Landscape Final Report, January 2013 (2.59 MB) 

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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 the provision and maintenance of associated services such as parks and community centres, local transport solutions and the management of environmental and community health issues. 

A major area of concern is the potential impact on rate incomes created by the shift away from State Government provided housing towards private sector and non-government suppliers. In this case, many of these non-government suppliers are now claiming they should be regarded as Public Benevolent Institutions and as such, should be exempted from paying council rates. This is an unfeasible proposition which has the potential to seriously impact council incomes – in the case of some larger LGAs such as Parramatta and Fairfield, by up to $5 million annually, and will place an unfair burden on other residents to support these public housing suppliers. WSROC, together with a number of other councils is seeking an urgent amendment to the Local Government Act to close this loophole and ensure that non-government housing suppliers are subject to the same rates and conditions as are currently applied to Housing NSW dwellings. 

Read more in WSROC's icon Submission to NSW Affordable Housing Inquiry, February 2014 (466.31 kB)

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 carry out the recommended roles envisaged for Joint Organisations (JOs). Our councils already work closely together and are keen to foster greater cooperation among themselves in shared IP, procurement and regional delivery of projects and services. 

The WSROC Board is still in the early stages of considering the role of WSROC in Local Government reform but there are strong indications they would be willing to participate in a pilot project. 

Read more in WSROC's icon Submission on the Revitilising Local Government Report, April 2014 (834.14 kB) 

WSROC advocates for recognition of Western Sydney and the role of Local Government in 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 major gaps which should be addressed to be able to develop the sector across the state.

The main points of recommendation are:

  • Western Sydney should be a priority area.
  • Local Government’s role needs to be recognised and supported and ongoing commitment to support and funding should be stated.
  • A proper strategy for Arts Education and Training needs to be included.
  • Engagement of young people in the arts needs to be included.

WSROC strongly recommends Arts NSW conducts a comprehensive consultation with Local Government on the paper to determine the needs of Local Government in terms of arts and cultural development. 

Read WSROC's detailed response by downloading the submission: 

icon WSROC Response to NSW Arts Policy Discussion Paper (553.47 kB)

The WSROC Region

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