17 Nov 2009
At our recent meeting, Council decided to cease our relationship with WSROC, an organisation that amongst other things, is supposed to represent the interests of all its members and lobby higher levels of government on our behalf.
Clearly, by any measure, WSROC has not appropriately supported our Shire.
The North West of Sydney has missed out on its fair share of infrastructure and funding and WSROC can not expect our on-going subscription of nearly $70K per year for little or no return.
Recent comments from WSROC push the agendas of certain Councils but are remarkably silent on the needs of the Hills.
Recently, WSROC refused to support our call for a fairer distribution model for government funding and WSROC member councils from the South West have not supported our call to build the North West and South West Rail in place of the Metro.
If we are to achieve anything here, it will be our own doing.
Relying on an organisation that supports parochial issues of only certain Councils is not good leadership in my view and must and will change.
It was a relationship that may once have suited us but is now no longer viable. Council will now begin a process where a new vision will be developed for this region in line with our goals and aspirations. Not those of others.
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