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|

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|

Western Sydney City Deals Commit to the Future of Western Sydney

A number of commitments are encapsulated within the Western Sydney City Deals which look towards a more connected city, a commitment towards 200,000 new jobs and the support for education and training for those jobs, support for local character, wellbeing and belonging, housing packages and a built-in monitoring and evaluation mechanism.

2018-04-17T02:21:05+00:00March 27th, 2018|

Blacktown Energy Initiative Grant Applications Closes Soon

Western Sydney Community Forum (WSCF) in partnership with Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH) are investing up to $50,000 in the implementation of a project or projects to kick start the Blacktown Energy Initiative (BEI).

BEI aims to increase energy and resource efficiency in the Blacktown and surrounding areas through developing a shared local vision and

2016-12-15T04:10:19+00:00November 14th, 2016|

Blacktown Energy Initiative Funding Now Open

Western Sydney Community Forum (WSCF) in partnership with Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH) are investing up to $50,000 in the implementation of a project or projects to kick start the Blacktown Energy Initiative (BEI).

BEI aims to increase energy and resource efficiency in the Blacktown and surrounding areas through developing a shared local vision and

2016-12-15T04:11:11+00:00October 31st, 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|