WSROC or WASTE? Fairfield councillor questions Fairfield's involvement in WSROC

Fairfield Councillor Lawrence White says it is a waste of money to pay for WESROC membership. Picture: Natalie Roberts

Fairfield Councillor Lawrence White says it is a waste of money to pay for WESROC membership. Picture: Natalie Roberts

FAIRFIELD councillor Lawrence White has lashed out at the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), labelling it a "complete waste of time".

Nearly $80,000 in ratepayers' money will be spent by Fairfield Council on continuing its membership with WSROC for a further 12 months.

But Cr White said there was no point being part of the organisation because other councils in the group received preferential treatment.

"It's a complete waste of time," he told the council.

"The state government even says it's a waste of an organisation.

"We pay $77,000 to be members of WSROC and I don't believe we get any sway or value.

"I think we have been sold short."

He said when the announcement was made about Sydney's second airport being situated at Badgerys Creek, WSROC supported it without consulting any of its councils.

"For WSROC to go out and say they support the airport without the councils being consulted about the effects is abysmal," Cr White said.

"I think they have failed us."

WSROC president and Liverpool councillor Tony Hadchiti said he didn't believe WSROC had failed Fairfield Council.

However, he said he should have thought twice before speaking out about the airport.

"Initially, 14 months ago, I agreed with the airport but I should have taken into account the individual councils' issues before speaking out publicly through WSROC," he said.

Deputy mayor George Barcha said there was financial benefit for the council being part of WSROC.

"Sometimes we also benefit through lobbying and we benefit from our voice being heard," he said.

Formed in 1973, WSROC represents 10 councils in western Sydney and is said to provide a "strong voice for the residents of western Sydney to improve their quality of life".

Cr White, along with all the other councillors, agreed to continuing WSROC membership for a further 12 months — but he said the only reason he agreed was because of the financial benefits.

"The council staff believe we save great amounts of money, even more than the fees, by being on WSROC," he said.

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