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.
- 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:
- development of the regional Shaping Our Future strategy, utlining major directions for transport, hospitals, housing and employment.
- Coordination of a Mayor-led advocacy campaign to advocate with a united voice for NSW and Commonwealth government investment in health and transport infrastructure for the region, resulting in:
- Delivery of a council cost saving and efficiency program including strategic approaches to regional and joint tendering and collaborative cost saving and efficiency projects
- supporting the formation of Kimbriki Environmental Enterprises to sustainably manage the region’s waste
- Regional strategies, reports and studies on issues such as sustainability, employment, transport and land use, and the State of the Environment
Check out our latest work for our most recent projects.