Our region needs better public transport, roads and health services now and for the future.

Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah councils are leading the way, developing and formally adopting Shaping Our Future in September 2010 to strategically shape the way our region will look, feel and grow over the next twenty years.

 The priorities are rapid buses, road upgrades and a new Hospital for the Northern Beaches region -from Bradleys Head to Barrenjoey.


Our buses are slow, infrequent and overcrowded and our roads are choked with traffic.

Investment in our priorities can cut travelling times:

  • A Bus Rapid Transit system to link Dee Why to Chatswood, Ryde and the CBD
  • A Bus Rapid Transit system to the city from Mona Vale with a dedicated peak hour median bus lane
  • A new underground interchange at Neutral Bay to service buses from Sydney’s North West and our region
  • Upgrades to Mona Vale Road, Wakehurst Parkway and the Warringah Road intersections with Wakehurst Parkway and Forrest Way.


Our hospitals are run down and unable to cope with demand, let alone the real effects of an ageing population and population growth.

Investment in our priorities can provide the health services our residents need:

  • Immediate construction of the Level 5 Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest
  • Mona Vale Hospital retained, with appropriate upgrades to enable a long term complementary role
  • Improvements to mental health and public health services offered to the broad community
  • Improved access to nursing homes, ambulance services and geriatric services.


The NSW Government’s Metropolitan Strategy requires our region accommodate an additional 22,800 dwellings and 20,800 jobs by 2031.

With investment on our priorities for transport and health, councils can meet these targets. We will ensure growth is sustainable, create jobs close to home and minimise the need for additional public transport and impact on our natural environment and way of life. The main growth will be focussed around four key areas as vibrant sustainable centres: Dee Why/Brookvale; Frenchs Forest; Terry Hills; and Warriewood/Ingleside.

Councils will continue to determine specific localities and densities for any growth in conjunction with the community and guided by Shaping Our Future.


Our way of life and natural environment are valued highly by the SHOROC community and councils. Shaping Our Future will be continually reviewed, including the major directions and infrastructure delivery, to enable sustainable growth and provide the best outcome for the community and the region.

Show your support for better hospitals, roads and rapid transit buses.

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  • Clicking ‘yes’ on the poll below
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  • Telling your friends and colleagues about Shaping Our Future.

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Read related posts including media stories on Shaping Our Future.

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SHOROC welcomes Bus Rapid Transit promise and suggests it can be built for a fraction of the cost
Monday, 28 February 2011 12:15 PM
The promise from the NSW Coalition to seek expressions of interest for a bus rapid transit system for the Northern Beaches has been welcomed by SHOROC, a partnership of Manly, Mosman, Pittwater & Warringah councils. “We think this is a great announcement and, if built,…
Coalition Pledges $125m for New Northern Beaches Hospital
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 12:48 PM
The NSW Coalition has pledged $125m towards capital health works on the Northern Beaches and patients are one step closer to getting the long overdue level 5 hospital built, as called for in SHOROC’s Shaping Our Future strategy. This means that should the Coalition win…
Manly Daily :: Hospital gets go-ahead from Government on election eve + Hospital PUSH update
Monday, 21 February 2011 10:12 AM
The Department of Health has requested and been granted Major Project Declaration from the Department of Planning for the Northern Beaches Hospital. Find our more and view the high level feasibility plan here.
PUSH Rally for New Hospital at the Spit 7am – 8am 18 Feb!
Thursday, 17 February 2011 9:39 AM
(PUSH) is holding a Rush Hour Rally for the New Level 5 Hospital to be built on the Northen Beaches. The reason for the rally is to put as much public pressure as possile on all levels of government to help secure the quest to have the Level 5 hospital at Frenchs Forest…
Proposal on the future of Frenchs Forest from NSW Planning
Thursday, 23 December 2010 2:37 PM
The NSW Department of Planning is seeking input from the public on its proposal “to rezone an area of Frenchs Forest to support the emergence of a specialised centre focused on the Northern Beaches Hospital and to accommodate expected growth in the region.” As part…
Manly Daily :: Libs vow to fix city commuter crawl
Monday, 6 December 2010 9:45 AM
Manly Daily 2 Dec 2010 by Carleen Frost A NEW State Government report confirms what everyone on the northern beaches already knows – driving into the city during the morning peak is a nightmare. The trip along Pittwater Rd, Military Rd and the F1 is…
Manly Daily | New hospital Libs’ priority
Tuesday, 30 November 2010 12:00 PM
Manly Daily 30 November 2010 by Carleen Frost The Opposition will investigate the immediate construction of a hospital at Frenchs Forest if it wins government at the State Election in March. In a speech to parliament, Davidson State Liberal MP Jonathan O’Dea said it was…
Shaping Our Future | Find out more and support the campaign
Tuesday, 30 November 2010 8:00 AM
Our region needs better public transport, roads and health services now and for the future. Shaping Our Future outlines the pirorities. Find out more and show your support here.
MP Jonathan O’Dea supports Shaping Our Future in Parliament
Monday, 15 November 2010 12:30 PM
Mr Jonathan O’Dea, Member for Davidson, has shown strong committment to the Shaping Our Future strategy by putting on the public record several recommendations in support of the strategy in the Legislative Assembly on 12 November 2010. “I congratulate the Shore Regional Organisation of Councils…
Petition for the Northern Beaches Hospital set up by locals
Thursday, 11 November 2010 9:21 AM
A new group has been set up by dedicated locals from Sydney’s Northern Beaches seeking to get the new Northern Beaches Hospital built – and they’ve set up a petition so you can have your voice heard. The call to action is consistent with SHOROC’s…
Mayors Open Letter Seeks Public Commitment from MPs
Thursday, 4 November 2010 3:00 PM
An open letter to all State and Federal Members of Parliament seeking their public commitment for the funding of Bus Rapid Transit systems, road upgrades and a new Northern Beaches hospital was published by the Mayors of Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah councils on behalf…
Mayors Call on Community to Join Campaign for Transport & Hospital Funding
Thursday, 28 October 2010 10:07 AM
The Mayors of Manly, Mosman, Pittwater & Warringah councils are calling on the community to join the campaign calling on the State and Federal governments to fund rapid buses, road upgrades and a new Hospital for the Northern Beaches region under the Shaping Our Future…
Councils United Call for Transport & Hospital Funding
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 9:00 AM
Funding for rapid buses, road upgrades and a new Hospital top the list of priorities for the SHOROC region under Shaping Our Future, the regional strategy formally agreed today by the Mayors of Manly, Mosman, Pittwater & Warringah Councils. “Our buses are slow, infrequent and…
Take action:: show your support for rapid buses & better hospitals
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 7:39 AM
Supporting this campaign is Simple, Easy and Free… Your support can make a difference! To get better health services and transport for our region we need funding from the NSW and Commonwealth governments. The Mayors of Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah will be knocking on…
A video introduction to Shaping Our Future
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 7:30 AM
A short summary video clip featuring Mosman Mayor and SHOROC President Cr Anne Connon has been developed as an introcution to the Shaping Our Future strategy, including the priorities for investment in better hospitals, rapid buses and road upgrades. View the summary video here. Video…