There are many issues that currently affect Western & South Western Sydney. As the urban sprawl of Sydney moves west and south west, development is a challenging issue for both local and state governments. Problems such as water supplies, air/water quality, transport, urbanisation, waste, the environment and the location of the Second Sydney Airport are of major concern. Other concerns include social issues such as health and crime. This page is designed to direct users to information and resources reflecting some of these current issues.



NSW Agriculture

Western Sydney Reports [from the Australian Financial Review]


Current Management Issues - Hawkesbury Nepean

WSROC State of Environment Web Site

State of the Environment - Penrith City Council

Environment Australia Online

RTA Environment

Parks & Leisure Australia

This is Australia

Australian Geographic Place Names (Gazetteer)

Auslig - Facts About Australia

Environment Protection Authority of NSW

Royal Botanic Gardens

NSW Department of Mineral Resources

NSW Dept of Land & Water Conservation

Australian Geological Survey Organisation

State Forests of NSW

Economically Viable Alternative Green

Hawkesbury environmental issues

Bureau of Meteorology

Australia's National Mapping Agency

Air Quality Update

The Management of Sydney Harbour Foreshores

NSW Health

Managing air locally

Toxic Chemicals in Your Environment

Australian Conservation Foundation

Environment Australia

NSW Environment Protection Authority. NSW EPA

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

NSW Dept of Land and Water Conservation-DLWC Home Page

State Forests of NSW, Australia- Home Page

ICMISS/ACA Development Site - natural resources

Western Sydney Waste Board

World Map (World Heritage Centre)

Threatened Species (World Conservation Monitoring Centre)

Bushland in Western Sydney

Remnant Native Vegetation Survey - Penrith City Council

Hawkesbury Landcare

Air Quality
Air Quality Update

Australia Water Quality Centre


Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Trust

Sydney Water, water cycle, sewage & environment issues

Wastewater Management - Plumpton

Hawkesbury Blue-Green algae, wetlands project etc

Australia Water Quality Centre

Water supply resources

Waste & recyling
Western Sydney Waste Board

Hawkesbury Effluent reuse & recycling

Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd

Australian Local Councils

NSW Government

Australian Commonwealth Government

Australian Local Government Association

Australian Electoral Commission

NSW Heritage Office

Australian Heritage Commission

State Records NSW

National Archives of Australia

National Trust of Australia

Royal Australian Historical Society

Australian War Memorial

State Library of NSW

National Library of Australia

First Fleet Home Page

History Places in Australia

Images from the National Library Image Database

Register of the National Estate Place Finder

PICMAN index to Pictures and Manuscript collections, Mitchell Library

Hawkesbury Historical Society

Historical Research Using Computers (UWS-Nepean)

Olympic Co-ordination Authority

Sydney 2000 Home Page

Official site of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

Sports Links (State Library NSW)

Sydney Olympic Games 2000 Current Issues (NSW Parliament Library)

Australian Sport WWW

Australian Sports Drug Agency

Penrith Olympic Venues

Greater Western Sydney
ABS 1996 Census of Population and Housing - Basic Community Profiles (Click on "Outer Western Sydney (Statistical Subdivision)" for Hawkesbury statistics)

Greater Western Sydney Region

Western Sydney Regional Information & Research Service (WESTIR)

Community sector network Western Sydney

Greater Western Sydney catchment study

Western News Review

WSROC State of Environment Web Site

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission

Aboriginal Australia

Aboriginal Culture & History - NSW National Parks & Wildlife

The Darug

Crime links - Current Issues (NSW Parliament Library)

Independent Commission Against Corruption

Bureau of Crime Statistics & Research

Australian Institute of Criminology

Drug Summit, Drug policy & Heroin trials Current Issues (NSW Parliament Library)

Australian Sports Drug Agency

Illicit Drugs NSW Health

Wentworth Health Services

p NSW Government

Health Services NSW Government

Australian Hospital Directory

Australian Institute of Health & Welfare

Health of the People of NSW

Cobbitty & the urban sprawl

Postcode Snapshot

Housing in Greater Western Sydney

Current Management Issues - Hawkesbury Nepean

Law & order
Law Foundation of NSW

LawLink NSW (NSW Attorney-General's Department Online)

Legal Help-links

LIAC-access to the Law and Legal Information in NSW

Dept.of Immigration & Multicultural Affairs

Social indicators in Greater Western Sydney

Australian newspapers

Infoquick - SMH Index

Australian News Network


Sydney Morning Herald

The Australian

The Australian Financial Review

Labor Council of NSW

Employment in Greater Western Sydney

Labour force in Western Sydney

Australian Bureau of Statistics

1996 Census of Population & Housing

Catchment Study for Greater Western Sydney

Community profile




Roads & Traffic Authority

NSW Department of Transport

Action for Transport 2010

City Rail

Roads & transport, Local Government & Shires Association

Second Sydney Airport Proposal

Badgery's Creek Airport - Penrith CC position

Sydney's Second Airport