Construction and cranes only get us so far – Equity and the State Budget

The NSW Government released its much-anticipated Budget this week. I was excited. We had the recent signing of the Western Sydney City Deal. We saw a strong public discourse of governing ‘with heart’.  And we have an election(s) looming. I was excited and keen to hear how this would all play out in reality, to get to the heart of priorities across Western Sydney and beyond, in NSW. What I found is that this Budget, in the main, begins to address some of the infrastructure priorities of the region but has some considerable way to go before it gets close to being a Budget that will foster, sustain and improve community wellbeing and liveability.

2018-06-25T06:45:58+00:00June 25th, 2018|

Communities of Change Report Launch Snapshots the Future of Western Sydney

Joint Media Release St Vincent de Paul Society NSW and Western Sydney Community Forum Parramatta, 23 May 2018:  The release of a major report on the changing landscape of Western Sydney reveals important insights which could impact future planning and investment in community health and wellbeing. The ‘Communities of Change: Western Sydney Now and Into the Future’ report, a collaboration between Western Sydney Community Forum and St Vincent de Paul Society NSW, highlights areas of potential shortfalls in investment and service delivery.

2018-05-30T04:55:21+00:00May 25th, 2018|

International Women’s Day retrospective in film, with a song by Aunty Jacinta Tobin

Western Sydney Community Forum 's design and events team have collaborated to produce this film retrospective, showcasing some of the events and women throughout the region, celebrating International Women’s Day in 2017.

2018-04-17T02:12:41+00:00March 6th, 2018|

Western Sydney Shines at the Annual ZEST Awards

The Annual ZEST Awards were presented on Friday, celebrating exceptional people and projects in the communities of Greater Western Sydney. ZEST Patron, the Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of New South Wales, attended the presentation at ANZ Stadium’s Millennium room and spoke warmly, commending nominees and the part ZEST plays in bringing their achievements into the spotlight. Special guests included Community Leader Aunty Carol Cooper, Leader of the Opposition, Luke Foley MP, ZEST Ambassador, Western Sydney University Chancellor Professor Peter Shergold, and co-host, journalist Chris Bath. Led by Western Sydney Community Forum in partnership with key event sponsors, the ZEST Awards showcase some of the region’s most inspiring stories, bringing together industry leaders and key representatives from business, government and community sectors.

2018-04-17T02:33:08+00:00February 20th, 2018|

WSCF and CHETRE launch HIA Report: “Is Anyone Listening?” Western Sydney Airport Community Engagement

A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Report on community engagement and the Western Sydney Airport was launched yesterday by Western Sydney Community Forum and the Centre for Health Equity Training Research and Evaluation (CHETRE). The HIA showed that community consultation processes for the Western Sydney Airport have so far fallen short of successfully addressing potential health and wellbeing impacts for the communities involved. The findings suggest that better consultation processes can positively influence community responses and attitudes toward large scale infrastructure and development.

2018-04-17T05:03:18+00:00September 1st, 2017|

ZEST Awards Hall of Fame: Yvonne Santalucia

The 2017 ZEST Awards saw health sector worker Yvonne Santalucia inducted into the Hall of Fame, with fellow recipient, Marnel LaGarde. The most prestigious honour of the ZEST Awards, a Hall of Fame induction celebrates the exceptional, sustained achievements and accomplishments of individuals working in the community sector of Greater Western Sydney. For over 30 years, Yvonne has worked in the Health sector in Western Sydney and has been involved in multiple projects, primarily in multicultural services.

2018-04-17T05:38:05+00:00August 21st, 2017|

2017 – 2018 Federal Budget: Impacts on Communities and Services

The 2017 – 2018 Federal Budget is certainly a mixed bag with early analyses of the budget’s impact on local communities indicating that there are likely to be benefits in some regards while damaging effects in other areas.

The good news for Western Sydney is the level of investment in infrastructure, primarily as a result of

2017-05-23T05:16:37+00:00May 17th, 2017|

Breakfast Conversation Series ‘More than Bricks’

Western Sydney Community Forum was pleased to host the ‘More than Bricks’ Breakfast Conversation on the 27 October 2016 on housing, affordability and social infrastructure in partnership with Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Deloitte and the Western Sydney Business Chamber.

2016-11-02T02:54:49+00:00November 2nd, 2016|

The Airport Environmental Impact Statement ‘Break down’

On Thursday 15 September 2016 the NSW Government released the Western Sydney Airport Environmental Impact Statement 2016 to the public.

The EIS contains new technical assessments and revised modeling as well as responses to the feedback gained from community consultations. There were close to 5,000 responses made by community members, community groups, local councils, government and other stakeholders from across Greater

2016-10-21T04:37:23+00:00September 23rd, 2016|

Blacktown leads the way in local saving initiatives: Energy, Money and the Environment

On Friday 5 August 2016, Western Sydney Community Forum (WSCF), brought together market leaders from Businesses, Community Organisations and Government at the Blacktown Energy Initiative (BEI).
BEI created a networking opportunity to bridge the gap between Businesses and Community Organisations, as well as enabling and encouraging the formation of inter-organisational partnerships. Ultimately, the BEI has begun

2016-12-15T04:11:20+00:00September 6th, 2016|