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2015 NSW Election Priorities
2015
                                                  NSW Election
                                                  Priorities

                                                  Major infrastructure and service priorities for
                                                   Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah

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SHOROC 2015 NSW Election Priorities

Introduction and scope
SHOROC is a partnership of Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and 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 capacity of our member councils.

This paper outlines SHOROC’s major priorities for NSW Government infrastructure and services for this
region for the 2015-19 term of government. Developed in conjunction with councils based on the significant
community consultation underpinning their Community Strategic Plans, these priorities represent the key
issues for the communities of this region.

In 2010 SHOROC developed the Shaping Our Future strategy outlining transport and health infrastructure
needs for the region. This strategy formed the policy platform for the 2011 NSW Election and our local NSW
MPs worked with SHOROC and advocated strongly for these priorities. As a result the NSW Government is
now delivering – constructing the new Northern Beaches Hospital and committing $633 million to improve
the region’s public transport and major roads.

This paper builds on the Shaping Our Future strategy as a call-to-action to gain the commitment of the NSW
Government and those seeking election at the 2015 NSW Election to deliver these priorities.

About SHOROC and our role
Led by the Mayors as the voice for the region, SHOROC collectively represents a population of around
290,000 residents who contribute over $20.5 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, vibrant community and businesses, and large influx of tourists and weekend visitors.

Our role is focussed on:
    o   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.
    o   Planning. Coordinating regional strategic plans, projects and research.
    o   Collaboration and partnerships. Building collaborative partnerships with state and federal
        governments and delivering services to facilitate enhanced capacity and sustainability of councils.

SHOROC’s 2014-18 Corporate Plan outlines that our major priorities are to:
    o   Improve transport, health, community and education services
    o   Grow local employment and containment
    o   Facilitate appropriate housing growth and choice and improve regional asset planning
    o   Reduce waste to landfill and improve regional environment and sustainability
    o   Improve our regional capacity to partner with other levels of government

Partnering with the NSW Government and integrating local and state planning
SHOROC has worked collaboratively with our local NSW MPs and NSW Departments over recent years to
identify and deliver infrastructure and services for the benefit of the region.

Regular Leaders’ Forums have been established with local NSW and Commonwealth MPs including the Prime
Minister, Premier and Ministers. We’ve built productive partnerships with state agencies including Premier &
Cabinet, Transport, Health, Planning, Community, Education, Environment and Local Government.

We’ve also aligned our regional planning to the five major strategies of NSW 2021, the NSW State Plan, to
enable greater integration of planning by all levels of government on a regional basis.

This model of regional collaboration has achieved great results and a key focus of the NSW Government over
the coming years should be to establish an even stronger partnership with local governments regionally.
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The priorities: our goals and major priorities for NSW Government action in brief
Priority for NSW Government action                                     Our goal                              NSW 2021
1. Public transport and roads
1.1    $633M Northern Beaches Transport Action                         Modal shift to faster and more         RETURN QUALITY
       Plan implemented                                                reliable public transport                 SERVICES -
                                                                       together with less congested             TRANSPORT
1.2    Bus Rapid Transit for Warringah Road Dee
                                                                       roads. Funding allocated and
       Why to Chatswood fast-tracked, including
                                                                       construction commenced on
       increased capacity at Chatswood interchange                     major agreed priority public
1.3    Northern Beaches Tunnel underway                                transport and road upgrades.
1.4    Mona Vale Road upgrades and Wakehurst
       Parkway flood mitigation works completed
1.5    Strongly encourage model shift to public
       transport and improve active transport
1.6    Partner with councils on planning and delivery
2. Hospitals and health services
2.1    Northern Beaches Hospital open by mid-2018.                     World class health services,           RETURN QUALITY
                                                                       with Northern Beaches                     SERVICES -
2.2    Mona Vale Hospital in a long term                                                                          HEALTH
       complementary role                                              Hospital operational by 2018
                                                                       and Mona Vale Hospital
2.3    Manly Hospital site retained for community                      upgraded. Improved
       services such as age appropriate rehabilitation                 community health facilities
       and accommodation                                               and broader health services.
2.4    Improved community health services including
       continued funding for social services such as
       domestic violence specific services
3. Local employment and containment
3.1    Employment through tourism and visitation                       Employment and containment:              REBUILD THE
                                                                       Grow the local economy and                ECONOMY
3.2    Economic development planning
                                                                       key business sectors to
3.3    Funding for youth training and transition                       facilitate increased local
       programs                                                        employment and containment
4. Regional environmental and recreational infrastructure
4.1    Funding support for regional resource                           Increase municipal recycling             STRENGTHEN
       recovery infrastructure                                         and waste diverted from                   OUR LOCAL
                                                                       landfill through construction of        ENVIRONMENT
4.2    Funding for management of proposed Belrose                                                                   AND
                                                                       new resource recovery
       Mountain Biking Facility                                                                                COMMUNITIES
                                                                       facilities (Kimbriki Resource
                                                                       Recovery Project)
5. Stronger state and local partnerships for planning and services
5.1    Continue regional leaders’ forums                               Improve working partnerships              RESTORE
                                                                       with NSW Government and               ACCOUNTABILITY
5.2    Establish inter-governmental forums for major                                                         TO GOVERNMENT
       regional issues                                                 improve coordinated regional
                                                                       planning and integration of
5.3    Appoint council delegates to NSW                                regional priorities with NSW
       Government regional planning and                                plans and policies.
       coordination groups
Further detail on these priorities is included on the following pages.

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1. Public transport and roads
Goal: Modal shift to faster and more reliable public transport together with less congested roads.
Funding allocated and construction commenced on major agreed priority public transport and road
upgrades.
Priority for NSW Government action

1.1 Northern Beaches Transport Action Plan. Deliver the $633 million plan including:
     Bus Rapid Transit Mona Vale to CBD and improved bus services for Warringah and Mona Vale Roads
     Grade separations for the intersections of Warringah Road with Wakehurst Parkway and Forest Way
     Northern Beaches Tunnel feasibility studies
     Upgrades to Mona Vale Road, and to Wakehurst Parkway to enable efficient hospital access.

1.2 Bus Rapid Transit for Warringah Road Dee Why to Chatswood. Fast track implementation of Bus Rapid
    Transit for the critical Dee Why-Chatswood link in the next five years, including providing sufficiently
    increased capacity at Chatswood interchange.

1.3 Northern Beaches Tunnel underway. Finalise planning, identify a suitable funding mechanism and begin
    delivery of the tunnel linking Northern Beaches with the Warringah Freeway.

1.4 Mona Vale Road upgrade and Wakehurst Parkway flood mitigation works completed.

1.5 Strongly encourage model shift to public transport and improve active transport. Deliver promotional
    campaigns for public transport across the region and revise public transport ticketing to increase the
    attractiveness of public transport and remove the penalties for users changing modes. Invest in local and
    regional active transport infrastructure and encourage active transport across the region.

1.6 Partner with councils. Establish regional transport management and optimisation task force between
    transport and local councils to coordinate delivery of Northern Beaches Transport Action Plan and
    region-wide transport management.

NSW 2021 goal: RETURN QUALITY SERVICES - TRANSPORT
Background
Residents of the SHOROC region rely heavily on private vehicles and public buses to commute to work and
for travel to retail and recreation places. The three major road corridors are significantly congested, with the
Pittwater/Spit/Military Road corridor the most congested in Sydney and Warringah Road soon to exceed
capacity.
Transport and traffic congestion are the number one issue for our residents and numerous studies have
shown we have the slowest and most congested major roads in Sydney, if not Australia. In particular:

       The Pittwater/Spit/Military Road corridor is highlighted in the NSW Long Term Transport Master
        Plan as the most congested in Sydney based on the volume/capacity ratio, and the second slowest
        morning peak hour commute of all the major corridors.

       The Warringah Road corridor is already beyond capacity through Forestville and the rest of the
        corridor, particularly the Wakehurst Parkway and Forest Road intersections, will exceed peak
        demand capacity by 2016 without any action.

The region has high employment containment relative to other areas of Sydney, with 76.6% of jobs filled by
locals and 48.0% of working residents employed within the region. However this has declined marginally in
recent years and congestion is impacting local business operations. If not addressed it will mean a loss of
local jobs and put pressure on future job creation, placing even more pressure on the transport network.

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2. Hospitals and health services
Goal: World class health services, with Northern Beaches Hospital operational by 2018 and Mona
Vale Hospital upgraded. Improved community health facilities and broader health services.
Priority for NSW Government action

2.1 Northern Beaches Hospital. Complete construction and open Northern Beaches Hospital by mid-2018,
    ensuring the current and future needs of the community are met.

2.2 Mona Vale Hospital. Continue upgrades to Mona Vale Hospital for its long term complementary role

2.3 Manly Hospital site. Retain the Manly Hospital site for community services including age appropriate
    rehabilitation and accommodation.

2.4 Community health services. Deliver new community health facilities as part of the Northern Beaches
    Health Services Redevelopment for improved public health, mental health and related services to the
    broad community including nursing homes and geriatric services, as well as improved ambulance
    services for the whole of the Northern Beaches. Continue funding for social services such as domestic
    violence specific services.

NSW 2021 goal: RETURN QUALITY SERVICES - HEALTH
Background
The provision of timely quality health care is critical to the Northern Beaches. Action is required to make sure
the region’s health infrastructure is adequate to cater for the existing and future needs of its residents.
The NSW Government has committed to build the new Northern Beaches Hospital and upgrade Mona Vale
Hospital for long term complementary role, as well as establish new community health facilities to address
the region’s health needs. This major construction is a priority. It will also have a significant impact and it is
critical the planning and implementation is coordinated with councils, Planning and Transport to ensure the
best outcomes for the region.

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3. Local employment and containment
Goal: Grow the local economy and key business sectors to facilitate increased local employment and
containment.
Priority for NSW Government action

3.1 Employment through tourism and visitation. Support local employment and job creation by developing
    and implementing a regional tourism and visitor strategy appropriate for the Northern Beaches

3.2 Economic development planning. Work with councils and fund regional strategic planning to review,
    identify and implement opportunities to grow the local economy and key sectors, promote the region
    and attract investment.

3.3 Youth training and transition. Support the re-engagement of young people in education and strengthen
    pathways to employment.

NSW 2021 goal: REBUILD THE ECONOMY
Background
Containment refers to the proportion of local residents that also work in the region. Currently:
       76.6% of jobs filled by locals (down from 78.2% in 2006)

       48.0% of working residents are employed within the Region (down from 48.8% in 2006)

Local employment and containment are key priorities for this region, particularly due to the poor transport
infrastructure. The more local jobs filled by locals, the less pressure on the transport system in and out of the
region. Local employment also supports our villages and town centres, creating the communities that make
this region special.
Councils have been working in this space for many years and SHOROC’s Shaping Our Future identified broad
directions for employment growth.

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4. Regional environmental and recreational and waste infrastructure
Goal: Increase municipal recycling and waste diverted from landfill through construction of new
resource recovery facilities (Kimbriki Resource Recovery Project)
Priority for NSW Government action

4.1 Funding support for regional resource recovery infrastructure. Support councils to construct new waste
    and resource recovery facilities at the council-owned Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre including a
    Materials Recovery Facility for recyclables and Resource Recovery Facility to recycle food and garden
    waste to help meet NSW Government targets for municipal recycling and waste diverted from landfill.

4.2 Funding for management of proposed Belrose Mountain Biking Facility. Allocate additional funds to
    enable the sustainable management and maintenance of the proposed site to enable a viable third-party
    operated regional downhill mountain biking facility for the Northern Beaches at Belrose.

NSW 2021 goal: STRENGTHEN OUR LOCAL ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNITIES
Background
Infrastructure plays a crucial role in how we live our lives and, or the ‘liveability’ of an area.
Councils have a key role in providing community infrastructure and in enabling appropriate housing growth
in line with the targets set by the NSW Government under the Metropolitan Strategy.
SHOROC has developed Too Good to Waste as the regional resource recovery strategy with the support for
the NSW EPA. A major new piece of community infrastructure planned for this region is the planned new
resource recovery facilities at the council-owned Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre in Terrey Hills. These
new facilities are planned to be able to turn food and vegetation waste into compost which can then be sold,
reducing the amount of waste going to landfill, cutting our costs and protecting our environment. Supporting
councils and Kimbriki to deliver this much-needed infrastructure as soon as possible is a priority.
Following the closure of the Belrose landfill in late 2014, it is proposed a downhill mountain biking facility be
constructed on the site. Funding is available for the facility construction, however analysis suggests that
funds are not sufficient for the ongoing maintenance of the facility. SHOROC supports the concept of a viable
third-party operated regional downhill mountain biking facility for the northern beaches at Belrose and is
available to support any interested parties to prepare an EOI to build and manage the facilities.

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5. Stronger state and local partnerships for planning and services
Goal: Improve working partnerships with NSW Government and improve coordinated regional
planning and integration of regional priorities with NSW plans and policies.
Priority for NSW Government action

5.1 Continue Regional Leaders Forums. Continue the six-monthly SHOROC leaders’ forums between local
    NSW MPs and Mayors to work collaboratively to identify and address major regional and local issues.

5.1 Establish inter-governmental forums for major regional issues. Form inter-governmental forums to work
    as regional coordination groups for transport, health (exists), community services, education, land-use
    planning, economic development, open space and other major regional issues.

5.2 Appoint council delegates to NSW Government regional planning and coordination groups. Involve
    council delegates on a regional basis to participate in major regional infrastructure and services planning,
    and involve NSW Government delegates in regional council coordination groups. For example appoint a
    regional council delegate to the NSW Government Sydney East Regional Leadership Group and other
    inter-agency task groups coordinating major agency-led initiatives.

NSW 2021 goal: RESTORE ACCOUNTABILITY TO GOVERNMENT
Background
Coordination of government efforts is critical to effective and efficient planning and service delivery. The
NSW Government has established an internal governance framework for coordinating major and cross-
government initiatives on a region by region basis. Local government is a key partner in the planning and
delivery of many key community services, however councils are in the main not actively invited to participate
these inter-agency coordination groups.
For the Northern Beaches, SHOROC delegates (and the local council where appropriate) have been involved
in major NSW Government planning groups for the Northern Beaches Hospital, the Northern Beaches
Transport Action Plan and the Warringah Road upgrades at Frenchs Forest, as well as development of
regional youth and ageing strategies.
There is an opportunity to utilise existing forums including the Regional Leadership Group, ROC meetings
and major agency-led initiatives or inter-agency task groups to improve the working partnerships between
state and local government at a regional level.
The alignment of local and state government regional boundaries would also lead to stronger coordination
of state and local service planning and delivery.

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Further information
For more information visit the SHOROC website www.shoroc.com or contact SHOROC:

Ben Taylor, Executive Director SHOROC
P: (02) 9905 0095 F: (02) 9939 6454
Suite 33/42-46 Wattle Rd Brookvale NSW 2100
E: admin@shoroc.com

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2015
                                                  NSW Election
                                                  Priorities

                                                  Major infrastructure and service priorities for
                                                   Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah

       Contact us
       33/42-46 Wattle Road, Brookvale NSW 2100
       W: shoroc.com
       E: admin@shoroc.com
       P: (02) 9905 0095
       F: (02) 9939 6454

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