The Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils is a voluntary organisation of local governments whose members are the Councils of  Hornsby, Hunter’s Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Mosman, North Sydney, Ryde and Willoughby.



Regional News

NSROC Report Warns of Sportsground Shortage

The Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (NSROC) launched a report which has identified a major shortfall in the supply and capacity of sportsgrounds on Tuesday 27 March 2018 at 11 am at Northbridge Oval.

Launching NSROC’s Regional Sportsground Strategy Review Report which covered the LGAs of Hornsby, Hunter’s Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, North Sydney, Ryde and Willoughby, NSROC President Cr Pam Palmer said demand would far outweigh supply in coming years. The report was prepared by Simon Haire from Otium Consulting Planning Pty Ltd.

The NSROC Mayors and Councillors were joined by the Hon Gabrielle Upton MP Minister for Local Government and for Environment and Heritage, local MPs, Mayors, councillors and NSROC Board delegates, General Managers of local councils, key sporting associations and government departments and agencies.

To view the Press Release please click here: Media Release

To view the NSROC Regional Sportsground Strategy Review Executive Summary click here: Executive Summary & Action Plan

To view the NSROC Regional Sportsground Strategy Review Full Report click here: Full Report

Federal Senate Inquiry into the waste and recycling industry in Australia.


NSROC was invited to speak at the Environment and Communications References Committee Public Hearing held on Wednesday 14th March 2018 in Sydney.  The hearing was attended by Ms Carrie Chan (Executive Director NSROC), Mr John Carse (Regional Waste Management Coordinator NSROC) and Ms Janine Ricketts, Principal Contract Manager, Northern Sydney Councils Waste Services  Alliance.


Waste and recycling in Australia is under a federal microscope following a Senate decision to establish an Inquiry into the industry, including issues related to landfill, markets for recycled waste and the role of the Australian Government in providing a coherent approach to the management of solid waste.  NSROC welcomes the Inquiry which has been referred to the Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications. Further details about the Inquiry, its terms of reference and submissions made can be found at Committees’ website.

Two of the key points highlighted  in the submission are:

  • Current market and policy settings are failing to deliver adequate waste infrastructure (transfer stations, landfill sites, processing and treatment works) for the current volumes of domestic waste generated by the population of metropolitan Sydney.
  • Current waste policy settings are aspirational and unlikely to be achieved in relation to domestic waste because recycled paper, glass and other dry goods and garden waste have reached a plateau as shares of total domestic waste.

The full version of NSROC’s submission (Hyperlink to our version) can be found as Submission No 29 on the Inquiry website.

Community Recycling Centre Recognised

Following the successful  launch of the Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre in April 2017, NSROC nominated the project to establish the facility for the Community Waste Services Category of the Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Awards.

At a glittering ceremony on 11 October 2017, NSROC received a Highly Commended certificate (see here). The judges congratulated the five partner councils on successfully working together to deliver a service for their communities, which could not easily have been provided by any single council. See certificate Highly Commended certificate CRC 2017

The Northern Sydney CRC at 8 Waltham Street Artarmon is open weekends and three week days for householders to drop off domestic quantities of problem wastes such as paints, e-waste, gas bottles, motor oils and other oils, fluorescent tubes and fire extinguishers. It was established with the support of the NSW EPA with funding from the waste levy.