Dear Members and Friends,
As 2016 draws to a close, we at Western Sydney Community Forum would like to thank our members, partners and colleagues for their ongoing support and inspiration throughout the year. What a year it has been!
The upcoming holiday season provides us all with a well-earned rest to spend time with family and friends, enjoy our wonderful Australian summer and ponder what 2017 will bring.
Reflecting on 2016, we saw continuing changes. Greater Western Sydney continued to change rapidly with development increasing both socially and economically. Our industry continued to be in the midst of change with ongoing reforms and transitions to new models of service delivery.
Within this landscape, we sought new opportunities that we could harness for the benefit of the people of Great Western Sydney. While there are always challenges, we have embraced these and worked to strategically position community wellbeing and best practice in service delivery at the forefront of decision making.
And this we did in 2016. We launched the new emerging leaders program. Our new website went live. The Breakfast Conversations Series was introduced. Community and business partnerships, like SPARK!, exceeded expectations. Agencies were supported in their transition to the NDIS. Our income diversification strategies showed some early successes. Rigorous analysis was completed on transport related priorities, early intervention and aged care reforms. Just to name a few.
Our plans for 2017 are no different. There are many exciting initiatives already well under way. In particular we are enthusiastic about the forthcoming launch of our new Blueprint for Place Based Integrated Services. As well as the Health Impact Assessment in partnership with CHETRE on community consultation and the new airport at Badgerys Creek. These are two key initiatives that we expect will shape and influence decision making into the future. We are also well on track for another full house at ANZ Stadium for the 2017 ZEST Awards to recognise the unsung heroes of Greater Western Sydney.
It’s been an exciting year and we expect no less from 2017. We are looking forward to working with you again next year to continue leading and shaping the future of our region and its communities.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff Team at Western Sydney Community Forum, I wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable holiday season, a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
The Western Sydney Community Forum office will close at
12pm on Friday 23 December 2016 and re-open at 9am on Monday 9 January 2017