In the lead up to the 2010 Federal Election the four SHOROC councils, including the Mayors of Pittwater, Warringah, and Mosman and Deputy Mayor of Manly today met with the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott MHR and the Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP in Canberra to discuss major issues for the SHOROC region in Sydney’s north east.

“This is a unique opportunity, with the Mayor or Deputy Mayor from all four councils in Canberra attending the National General Assembly of Local Government, for us to meet together to discuss the priority issues for our communities, ” said Mayor of Mosman and SHOROC President, Anne Connon.

“It also demonstrates the continued commitment of Mr Abbott and Mrs Bishop to the communities of the Northern Beaches from Bradleys Head to Barrenjoey, even in this busy time”.

“The purpose of the meeting is to discuss major issues we’re hearing from the community such as the need for improvements to the health services for the region, funding of the Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest as well as transport investment to relieve some of the pressure on our gridlocked roads” said Mayor Connon.

“We are interested to hear firsthand the Opposition’s policies on the issues that matter to our communities such as the environment, infrastructure, health and the economy” said Mayor Connon. “It also provides an opportunity to discuss matters which often fall under the radar of mainstream election coverage”.