The 4th Annual ZEST Awards Ceremony, held on the 26th of February, was a resounding success in recognising some of the great work which takes place in the Community Sector of Greater Western Sydney. Nearly 500 people packed into the Millenium Room of ANZ Stadium and were treated to stunning performances by Manea Pacifica and Hybrid Formz Academy. The night ended on a high with the induction of Cheryl Webster OAM, Maree McDermott OAM and Uncle Wes Marne into the ZEST Hall of Fame. The Winners on the night were:
Highly Commended Awards were also received by:
To download the Community Stories Booklet which details each nominees story you can click here.
To download the Program for the ZEST Awards Ceremony you can click here.
Western Sydney Community Forum, in partnership with Parramatta City Council and Parramatta Business Chamber, is building community-business partnerships. Partnerships between community and businesses can be a win-win for both sides. Communities can benefit though creative solutions to local social issues. Businesses can benefit by building upon their credentials as good corporate citizens.
Western Sydney Community Forum endorses the Regional Development Australia – Sydney’s comprehensive submission to the Inquiry into Social, Public and Affordable Housing and also make some recommendations.
Affordable housing is one issue that continually surfaces for residents in the region. Local State MPs tell us that 90% of their visits from constituents are regarding access to affordable housing. The WS LGAs of Auburn, Fairfield, Liverpool and Canterbury Bankstown have the highest levels of housing stress in Australia.
Read our endorsement and suggestions HERE
49 Partner organisations representing people from all walks of life will gather on March 26th to launch a new movement in Sydney’s civil society. Will you join us?
Together we will launch the Sydney Alliance agenda for the common good with specific asks for the NSW Government on the issues of public transport, affordable housing and supported job pathways (WorkingStart!). Do these issues matter to you?
With a year to go before the next NSW election, we want to build a bridge between Sydney’s civil society and those who serve us in elected office. Do you want your politicians to hear your voice?
Anita Tang from the NSW Cancer Council and Rev. Garry Derkenne from Unitingcare/Uniting Church will chair the assembly.
When: Wednesday March 26th
Time: Doors open at 6:15pm. Will conclude at 8:30pm sharp.
(Please be seated by 6:40pm for a performance by the Sydney Alliance Choir).
Where: Sydney Town Hall, George Street, Sydney CBD.
Will the Opal card be the ticketing gem we want and value?
Read this interesting comparison which compares the rollout of the Sydney Opal Electronic Ticketing system to Melbourne's Myki and Sydney's failed TCard.
Opal will also be used across Western Sydney.
The Western Sydney Community Forum and United Way Australia together with Centre for Social Impact, the Ten20 Foundation and Local Community Services Association invite you to join a forum for practitioners in Western Sydney, to engage with Patricia Bowie and Lila Guirguis from Magnolia Place Community Initiative, who are in Australia to participate as keynote speakers in Collective Impact 2014. The event will be held on Friday 28th of February at Sydney Business Chamber – Western Sydney in Parramatta.
Following the presentation there will be an opportunity to ask questions and then a panel with local practitioners of Collective Impact.