Joint projects and initiatives can provide both financial and non-financial benefits. SHOROC working groups meet to discuss issues and develop innovative projects that benefit from a regional approach.
Some examples include:
- Regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy. The SHOROC Waste Working Group has identified common priorities to be included in a regional strategy to be developed with the NSW Government as part of the Northern Beaches Regional Action Plan. With financial assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency, SHOROC will engage a dedicated Regional Waste Coordinator during FY 2013/14 to formalise the regional strategy and manage related projects.
- Common waste collection system. A new system of household waste streams will be aligned to future capabilities at the Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre. As a result, we will be one of the few regions in NSW capable of managing our waste into the future. Not only will the new recycling facility at Kimbriki deliver better environmental outcomes, it will ultimately save ratepayers money and keep waste charges low.
- Regional collection contract. SHOROC member councils are working towards a regional waste collection contract that is expected to result in significant savings and productivity gains.
- Ban e-waste initiative. Pittwater Council on behalf of the four SHOROC councils (Manly, Warringah, Mosman, Pittwater) won the prestigious RH Dougherty Award at the 2010 Local Government Week Awards for coordinating a communications campaign to ban electronic waste from kerbside collections (prior to the introduction of a federal e-waste scheme).
- Regional groundwater resource investigation. In 2012-2013 the SHOROC Water Cycle Management Working Group jointly commissioned the University of NSW to conduct a study into the sustainability of regional groundwater resources and resulted in common methodology and data for groundwater characterisation, existing bores, water extraction and recharge, contamination and implications for future groundwater management.
- Regional code-of-conduct review panel. In 2013 the SHOROC member councils collaboratively established a joint code-of-conduct review panel for the member councils, reducing duplication of effort and ensuring the best candidates are shared by councils.
- Environmental sustainability data management. The SHOROC Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Working Group has jointly procured a common platform for monitoring and reporting energy consumption, water use and greenhouse gas emissions which will enable improved recording and analysis of councils’ environmental footprint.
- Shaping our Sustainable Future Action Plan outlines the region’s priorities for sustainability and how our member councils will meet the challenge.
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