One Small Step Towards Reconciliation

Western Sydney Community Forum welcomes a recent Mayoral Minute adopted by Council as a measure towards reconciliation for communities in Western Sydney. Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne of The Hills Shire Council made a significant motion regarding reconciliation in the region. The Mayoral minute was unanimously endorsed by Council where an invitation will be extended to local Aboriginal Elders to meet with Council, and an Acknowledgement to Country will be included in Citizenship Ceremonies and at major community events.

2020-06-25T04:50:14+00:00June 16th, 2020|

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|

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 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|

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|

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|

WSCF launches new breakfast series

The local non-government sector has highlighted issues of federal concern during a breakfast discussion held by the Western Sydney Community Forum.

The Breakfast Conversation Federal Election Q&A was the launchpad for the forum’s first of its Breakfast Conversations series, and presented the non-government sector from the greater west with an opportuunity to highlight federal electorate issues with seven community sector industry representatives

2016-10-14T00:24:35+00:00June 9th, 2016|