Western Sydney’s Community Champions celebrated at the Ninth Annual ZEST AWARDS

Western Sydney’s everyday heroes were in the spotlight at the 9th Annual ZEST Awards on 15 February, celebrating exceptional people and projects in the community.   Led by Western Sydney Community Forum with major partners Western Sydney University, National Australia Bank, City of Parramatta Council, and Wentworth Community Housing, the ZEST Awards showcase Western Sydney’s inspiring stories of resilience, strength and innovation. 

2019-03-19T00:46:04+00:00March 5th, 2019|

Communities of Change Roadshows Roll Out

The Communities of Change Roadshows are underway, delivering key insights from the Communities of Change Report, throughout the local government areas of Western Sydney. The Roadshow sessions are an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the report with WSCF specialists and facilitators, specifically relating the data to current and future service delivery in local government areas. 

2018-08-03T04:54:01+00:00August 3rd, 2018|

Billie Sankovic in New Planner: Social Infrastructure and Services are just as vital to Liveability

"Social infrastructure & services are just as vital to liveability" To create liveable communities, multiple interdependent and related factors need to be considered, prioritised and financed. The Greater Sydney Commission’s (GSC) draft long term plan for growing Sydney on behalf of the NSW Government, Towards Our Greater Sydney 2056, provides an impressive vision that prioritises the significance of central and western Sydney in creating a global metropolis. The recently released GSC draft District Plans draw on this emerging vision to operationalise and bring this aspiration to reality through a focus on creating a liveable, productive and sustainable city.

2018-04-17T02:09:45+00:00April 16th, 2018|

Ten Minutes with Natasha Lay

ZEST Ambassador and Youth  Action’s Western Sydney Coordinator takes a moment to share the highlights of her year and her perspective on Western Sydney’s amazing young people. 2017 has been an epic year! Highlights would have to include the What’s Up West event we held for young community change makers just recently, at Western Sydney University in November. It was a huge event: we brought together hundreds of young people aged between 12 and 25 with the aim to inspire, empower and equip them to be active leaders in their communities. With Western Sydney’s incredible growth right now there is a significant amount of change happening extremely fast - but the decisions that are being made in the region don’t always engage young people. We want to make sure they are involved and empowered to create and contribute to change. Youth Action is now supporting those young people to be active community advocates.

2018-04-17T04:28:59+00:00December 4th, 2017|

WSCF Profile Feature: Nepean Food Services Manager Ditte Kozak

Nepean Food Services (NFS) is thriving community service, providing meals and social support for our aged people and people living with disability. Based in Sydney’s Greater West they have a service reach that extends much further inland and across Sydney. The organization is widely recognized for its excellence, and was inducted into the Western Sydney Community Forum’s ZEST Awards Hall of Fame in 2015. Ditte Kozak is the Manager at NFS and has worked with the organization for 25 years.

2018-04-17T04:12:17+00:00September 28th, 2017|

Western Sydney Community Forum: Community Care Stakeholders’ Survey

The 2017 survey of Community Care stakeholders gave strong endorsement to the role of WSCF in providing resources, support and sector engagement for aged care and disability providers in Western Sydney and the Nepean. Specifically, the survey related to providers funded under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and the Community Care Supports Program (CCSP). Feedback provided anonymously by participants gave insight into the focus, balance and relevance of the work of WSCF, in supporting aged and disability providers, which helps to direct development of priorities and initiatives for the future.

2017-09-06T03:19:00+00:00September 6th, 2017|

Storytelling For Philanthropic Success

The Ord Minnett Philanthropy Conversation Series, hosted a panel discussion chaired by Benjamin Clark, Head of Philanthropy at Philanthropy Australia Executor Trustees and Mae Hong, Vice President of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers (USA). It was held at Ord Minnett in the Sydney CBD on the 20th September 2016.

Overall, the discussion was framed around the necessity for

2016-11-03T21:12:24+00:00September 20th, 2016|

NSW Budget: What’s in it for Western Sydney?

The NSW Government has released its budget for 2016 – 2017. The budget has implications for Western Sydney, particularly the delivery of large infrastructure projects in the region.

Western Sydney Community Forum is the regional peak representing social policy and service delivery for communities across Greater Western Sydney.

Western Sydney Community Forum’s Chief Executive, Billie Sankovic, states

2016-07-20T06:03:21+00:00June 23rd, 2016|

SPARK! Developing Innovative Partnerships and Social Investment in Western Sydney

Business, community and government working together to create positive social impact in Western Sydney.

Parramatta City Council, Western Sydney Community Forum and the Western Sydney Collective have been running a series of events on Innovative Partnerships and Social Investment in Western Sydney since late 2015.

Through the series of targeted forums, we have been

2016-08-08T03:45:20+00:00April 22nd, 2016|

THRIVE Training Day Report

With the generous contribution of Net Balance, Urban Theatre Projects and Cobalt59, Western Sydney Community Forum offered a day of affordable training on 8th October for workers to get ahead with all the changes happening in the sector.


Les Hems, Nadae Cherradi, Sophie Pieters-Hawke from Ernst Young delivered two practical workshops on Outcomes Measurement and

2016-07-22T00:15:48+00:00October 15th, 2014|