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Advocating for western Sydney since 1973

Councillor Tony Hadchiti is the president of Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) and a member of Liverpool City Council. Picture: Simon Bennett

Councilsdo more than just emptygarbage binsandrun the local library.

Witha fingerfirmlyon the pulse of local issues,councilsare key toensuringcommunity needs are metat thestate and federal level.

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) is a platform through which10 western Sydney councilscome together todiscusskeyregional issues.

WSROChas successfullyadvocatedfor western Sydneyresidentsfor more than40 years.

From its1970s ‘‘Beds for the West’’ campaign,tothe1980s pushfora University of Western Sydney.

In the ‘90s WSROC was integralto installing aMinister for Western Sydney,andin the 2000slobbiedto fast-track theM7.

It has been alongcampaign to get western Sydney on the map,butwe havefinally watcheditrocketonto bothstate and federal agendas.

Unprecedented investmentinthe regionmakes itessential that councilscollaborate in ordertoensureinvestmentis channelled into projects that best serve community needs.

ThePowerhouse Museumrelocation,South West RailandParramatta Light Railhaveallbeen propelled bysolid lobbyingfromWSROC councils.

This just the beginning.

Booming western Sydneyneedsbetter connectionsbetween its emerging growth centres toattract investors, jobs, and make it easier for residentsto move around.

The first step is a raillink to the proposed Badgerys Creek airport site.

A link the NSW governmentis now scoping thanks tounited lobbying frommany western Sydneyvoices.

Butour jobis not finished. We need to ensure the routeschosenarerightfor westernSydney.

Routesthat links our economic hubs, business parks and commuters.Routesthatlessenthe north-south divideand freeuptravelwithin the region.

As president of WSROC, it will be myongoingmission to ensurethese projects are wellplanned and that any future and ongoinginvestment in western Sydney serves to benefitwestern Sydney and all the residents within.

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