It’s been a big year and much has been achieved for the Northern Beaches and Mosman, highlights the SHOROC 2012-13 Annual Report released today ahead of the SHOROC AGM.
SHOROC President and Mayor of Warringah, Cr Michael Regan says that the core focus of SHOROC has been advocating with a united voice and partnering with the state and commonwealth governments to improve our region’s transport, health, planning and the environment.
“I am particularly proud of the traction we have made by joining forces for better transport and hospital infrastructure, with over $36 million allocated this past year in the 2013/14 NSW Budget.
“Three years ago SHOROC developed our plan for this region – Shaping Our Future – and I am pleased to say the NSW Government is now delivering on this plan.
“Our concerted effort to lobby as one has seen the NSW Government commit to a long term transport plan for the Northern Beaches, $7.5 million allocated for planning of Warringah Road, Wakehurst Parkway and Mona Vale Road upgrades, detailed planning continue on the Bus Rapid Transit system, and Infrastructure NSW propose a new tunnel under Mosman.
“The long-awaited Northern Beaches Hospital is now well progressed significantly and it’s been confirmed Mona Vale Hospital will be upgraded for a long term complementary role.
“We’re working more and more with the NSW Government on a regional basis and the Northern Beaches Regional Action Plan includes 10 projects and regional strategies to be delivered in partnership with SHOROC and councils.
“On behalf of our councils I thank our State and Federal MPs for their commitment to addressing our infrastructure needs and working closely with us to make our region even better.
“Thank you particularly to the SHOROC Board, councillors and staff who have made outstanding contributions and demonstrate the value and results councils achieve through partnership,” Cr Regan said.
Other highlights include an increased focus on business improvement with a regional tendering service established and joint contracts now worth $19 million annually, progression of the regional waste and resource recovery projects, and seven joint submissions on critical issues for councils and the region.