PLANNING FOR OUR FUTURE & ADVOCATING WITH A UNITED VOICE FOR OUR REGION AND COMMUNITIES

Stronger Region. Stronger Councils.

SHOROC is a partnership of Manly, Mosman, Pittwater & Warringah councils led by a Board of the council Mayors and General Managers.

We advocate for our region, coordinate regional planning, and build partnerships to improve the strategic capacity of our member councils.

Collectively we represent a population of around 290,000 residents who contribute $22.5 billion annually to the NSW economy.

Our region covers an area of approximately 288km2 in north east Sydney and is characterised by its outstanding natural environment and vibrant community and businesses.

The Board is supported by the council General Managers, SHOROC Executive Director and team as well as council professional officers groups, and we operate as an Incorporated Association.

As a partnership we are passionate about making our region an even better place to live, work and play. Ultimately, we work together to get results and provide value, for our partner councils and our region.

Strong regional advocacy, planning & efficiencies by working together

Significant analysis has shown that the key priorities for our region are public transport, roads and hospitals, while financial sustainability is recognised as one of the three biggest challenges faced by NSW councils.

SHOROC is focussed on addressing these issues and our strategic focus is to:

  • Improve transport, health, community and education services
  • Grow local employment and containment
  • Facilitate appropriate housing growth and choice, deliver waste infrastructure, and improve regional asset planning
  • Reduce waste to landfill and improve regional environment and sustainability
  • Continue to build our regional capacity to partner with other levels of government

 

Our role is focussed on:

  • Advocacy. Leveraging the united voice of our member councils to advocate for the region and work with state and federal governments for funding, infrastructure and services.
  • Planning. Coordinating regional strategic plans, projects and research.
  • Collaboration and partnerships. Building collaborative partnerships between our member councils, with state and federal governments and delivering services to facilitate enhanced capacity and sustainability of councils.

 

Our Annual Report outlines how SHOROC provides value and gets results for our partner councils and our region.

The people that make up SHOROC and deliver on our objectives are the Mayors, Councillors, Executives and staff of our partner councils as well as the team that staff the SHOROC organisation.

A major strength of SHOROC is the experienced council staff who work collaboratively through a range of working groups to develop and implement SHOROC projects and campaigns.

The SHOROC Board and how we work

The SHOROC Board comprises the four Mayors and the four General Managers of the four member councils. The Board responsibilities are shared by each council on a rotating basis, with a Mayor elected each year in the role of SHOROC President.

SHOROC Board:

  • Cr Jean Hay AM, Manly Mayor (President)
  • Cr Michael Regan, Warringah Mayor (Vice-President)
  • Cr Jacqueline Townsend, Pittwater Mayor
  • Cr Peter Abelson, Mosman Mayor
  • Ms Veronica Lee, General Manager, Mosman Council
  • Mr Rik Hart, General Manager, Warringah Council
  • Mr Mark Ferguson, General Manager, Pittwater Council (Treasurer)
  • Mr Henry Wong, General Manager, Manly Council

The General Managers Advisory Committee is responsible for overseeing the efficient management of SHOROC and staffing. The Executive Director manages SHOROC and oversees project management and day to day administration.

Q: What is SHOROC?

A: SHOROC, or the Shore Regional Organisation of Councils, is a partnership between Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah councils. It is an Incorporated Association set up by the councils and overseen by a Board consisting of the Mayors and General Managers of each of the four partner councils.

Q: What is the role of SHOROC?

A: SHOROC’s role is focussed on collaboration and coordination between the four councils to get better outcomes for the councils, the community and the region. Our key goals are to make our region stronger and our councils stronger.

We work together to deliver regional outcomes such as securing investment in our public transport, hospitals and roads and on collaborative projects to improve our region’s natural environment and way of life.

A key part of our role is to support councils’ independence by working together to enable councils to cut costs and to improve efficiency and productivity.

SHOROC is not a regional decision-making body on issues such as development, rather it is focussed on collaboration and strategy with any development decisions to be made by individual councils or the NSW Government as appropriate under legislation.

Q: What are some examples of SHOROC’s work?

A: See MAJOR PROJECTS. Examples of SHOROC’s work include:

 

Check out our latest work for our most recent projects.

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meet our team

The Board of Mayors & GMs from our partner councils

OUR PARTNER COUNCILS: manly, mosman, pittwater, warringah
Manly
Mosman
Pittwater
Warringah

key staff
As Communications and Office Manager, Jacqui is responsible for keeping others up to date about SHOROC priorities, working with the team and councils to develop regional communication campaigns and helping with projects supporting businesses and residents in the SHOROC region. Jacqui’s background is in communications for both local and state government bodies as well as the not for profit sector. As a long term Northern Beaches resident, Jacqui has strong links and a keen interest in working with the community to achieve better outcomes for the area.
Dominic Johnson
Executive Director
Leads advocacy, planning and intergovernmental relations. Advises the Board and implements its decisions. Manages SHOROC Inc and the team. Previous roles as Group Manager at the City of Ryde Council, Executive Director of NSROC and the Executive Officer for Sydney Harbour. Dominic has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and has worked as an environmental consultant and managed international aid projects in the Pacific. Dominic is a strong advocate for the region and is focused on promoting performance, accountability and efficiency in the public sector. Contact details below.
As Communications and Office Manager, Jacqui is responsible for keeping others up to date about SHOROC priorities, working with the team and councils to develop regional communication campaigns and helping with projects supporting businesses and residents in the SHOROC region. Jacqui’s background is in communications for both local and state government bodies as well as the not for profit sector. As a long term Northern Beaches resident, Jacqui has strong links and a keen interest in working with the community to achieve better outcomes for the area.
Katrina Hull
Office Manager
Katrina recently joined the SHOROC team as Office Manager. Katrina is responsible for providing administrative support to the Executive Director and his team and ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the SHOROC office. Katrina’s background is in professional administration, compliance and systems development in the construction and pharmaceuticals sectors. As a long term local resident, Katrina’s family has roots in the Northern Beaches that date back to the 1970’s giving her strong links and a keen interest in the local community.
As Regional Waste Coordinator, Liz is responsible for developing and implementing the SHOROC Regional Waste Strategy in collaboration with our partner councils. She is interested in finding innovative ways to make the most of our waste resources and minimise their impacts on the environment. Liz will work closely with the NSW Government for local delivery of the ‘Waste less, Recycle More’ initiative to transform waste and recycling in NSW. Prior to joining SHOROC Liz worked for NSW Trade & Investment on industry strategies and business programs and NSW EPA on sustainability and environmental education programs for local government and industry.
Liz Quinlan
Regional Waste Coordinator
Liz is responsible for developing and implementing the SHOROC Regional Waste Strategy in collaboration with our partner councils. She is interested in finding innovative ways to make the most of our waste resources and minimise their impacts on the environment. Liz will work closely with the NSW Government for local delivery of the ‘Waste less, Recycle More’ initiative to transform waste and recycling in NSW. Prior to joining SHOROC Liz worked for NSW Trade & Investment on industry strategies and business programs and NSW EPA on sustainability and environmental education programs for local government and industry.
As Regional Procurement Manager, Adrian is focused on working collaboratively with our partner councils to deliver efficiencies and cost savings across the region. He is interested in developing the regional procurement strategy that will see us work smarter, get the most out of our resources and deliver best value to our region while maintaining the independence of our partner councils into the long term. Adrian has a background in project planning, procurement, contract administration and management. With qualifications in surveying and levelling, building measurement and cost, construction technology and construction physical science, he brings a passion for innovative reform via practical processes and solutions that will benefit the SHOROC councils.
Adrian Harley
Regional Strategic Procurement Manager
As Regional Procurement Manager, Adrian is focused on working collaboratively with our partner councils to deliver efficiencies and cost savings across the region. He is interested in developing the regional procurement strategy that will see us work smarter, get the most out of our resources and deliver best value to our region while maintaining the independence of our partner councils into the long term. Adrian has a background in project planning, procurement, contract administration and management. With qualifications in surveying and levelling, building measurement and cost, construction technology and construction physical science, he brings a passion for innovative reform via practical processes and solutions that will benefit the SHOROC councils.