As I tuned into the NSW Government’s Budget 2020-21 announcement on Tuesday, I couldn’t help but hold a level of anticipation. Amid recent announcements that Australia is facing a recession, I needed to know as I scanned the influx of media announcements – was Western Sydney going to be a ‘winner’ in this year’s budget?
Western Sydney’s Community Champions celebrated at the Ninth Annual ZEST AWARDS GalleryAgeing, Business, Community Development, Disability, Events, Governance, Latest News, Reform, Targeted Earlier Intervention Reform, Transport, Youth, ZEST
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.
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.
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.
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.
'Don't Keep History A Mystery' is this year's National Reconciliation Week (NRW) theme. From 27 May to 3 June, NRW explores the facts about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, achievements and cultures - encouraging individuals to consider: what it is you do not currently know, about our shared national history?
Billie Sankovic in New Planner: Social Infrastructure and Services are just as vital to Liveability GalleryBusiness, Community Development, Energy, Governance, Infrastructure, Latest News, Transport, Uncategorized
"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.
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.
WSCF CEO Billie Sankovic was a panellist at Catalyst West this week, in a collaborative event which brought together 350 representatives from government, industry and the community in discussions that focused on the region's future over the next 20 years. Delivered by Western Sydney University and event sponsors, this collaborative forum opened the floor to a number of distinguished speakers, thinkers and innovators, driving discussion and provoking thought on ways to positively direct potential, during the anticipated growth period projected for western Sydney.
As 2017 draws to a close, on behalf of the team at Western Sydney Community Forum I would like to say a warm thank-you to all of our members, partners and colleagues for your continuing support and inspiring work throughout the year. Much has been achieved! While we look forward to a well-earned rest during the upcoming holiday season, celebrating and relaxing with family and friends, we can reflect on a year of continuing change and growth. In 2017, the basis of our endeavours was shaped by our commitment to the people, places and services of Greater Western Sydney. We have continued to work alongside organisations who are achieving inspiring outcomes for the region and its communities. Our organisation is in the fortunate position of being able to witness the improvements being made and their diverse, positive impacts.