BEING the third-largest economy in the nation, western Sydney is a force to be reckoned with.
Our local businesses pump $95 million a year into national GDP, even though 90 per cent of them are classified as small to medium enterprises.
Western Sydney is no longer just the dormitory to the CBD — it is a thriving, vibrant, multicultural community — a dynamic economy driven by individual initiative.
Still, there is a long way to go to unlock the region's full economic potential.
With a population of 1.7 million plus another million expected in the next 20 years, we need significant investment in infrastructure, jobs, transport, and housing before — not after — the population growth occurs.
WSROC (the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils) has provided a united voice to government and industry on these major issues since its establishment in 1973.
This has resulted in some big wins such as the University of Western Sydney, the M7 and the North West and South West rail links.
Besides our advocacy work, WSROC also delivers major on the ground projects.
One project I would like to highlight is our Western Sydney - Street Lights Ahead, which will replace 13,000 high-emission mercury vapour street lights with low-emission LED (or equivalent) lights.
The project will deliver major savings for local residents, with an estimated saving in energy costs of about $1.08 million a year for councils and an estimated saving in energy efficiency of up to 60 per cent.
WSROC will continue to battle for the west through its projects and advocacy work.
Because just imagine what we could do if we had the infrastructure, employment opportunities and investment enjoyed by the rest of the city.