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.

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Over 90 councillors, mayors and senior staff from councils of the Northern Sydney region heard from experts and government representatives on 7th February 2019 about smart planning, creative cultural infrastructure and dynamic open space at the NSROC Conference on Liveability. The Conference included non-profits, experts, Ministers, shadow ministers and senior government representatives to gain a diverse and rich view of what it takes to be the most liveable region of Australia.

The NSROC President and Willoughby City Council Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney opened the Conference.

“With a squeeze on space and conflicting demands, NSROC has been proactive in moulding the region into the most enviable and liveable region in Australia,” Mayor Giles-Gidney said.

“Affordable housing, open space, sports facilitates and an environment that supports healthy lifestyles all contribute to liveability,” she said.

Minister Anthony Roberts was a keynote speaker. The Premier was the closing speaker.

Councils explored arts and cultural infrastructure, recreational and open space, healthy lifestyles, housing affordability and building equity, transport, smart precincts, planning and sustainability.

For more details on the Conference see here Conference details and speakers



NSROC is pleased to release our 10 point plan as approved at the Board meeting on 8Th November 2018. This 10-Point Plan highlights the key areas where partnership with other levels of government has the potential to provide some innovative, efficient and effective ways to achieve our aims

In particular, this Plan supports the aim of NSROC Councils to improve liveability in the Northern Sydney region. A stronger partnership between our member councils and other levels of government can deliver positive outcomes for our shared constituents.

The proposed actions in this Plan which will help to invest in the future of our communities in the Northern Sydney region.

Find a full copy of the NSROC 10 Point Plan here.


A new President and Vice Presidents have been elected at the NSROC Annual General Meeting held on 7th November 2018. Mayor of Willoughby City Council, Councillor Gail Giles-Gideny (pictured) is the new NSROC President with Councillor Sam Ngaire Ku-ring-gai Council and Councillor Ben Collins Hunter’s Hill Council appointed as Vice Presidents.

President Giles Gidney thanked outgoing President and Lane Cove Council Mayor Pam Palmer for her year of service and looked forward to working with the Councils promoting the interests of the northern Sydney region.

For more information regarding the NSROC Board click here



NSROC has received funding from the NSW EPA to implement a regional litter project aimed at raising public awareness about litter in public areas. Our Regional Litter Plan identified pedestrian malls as a high priority and a major problem. Cigarette butts, drink containers and take away food wrappers are the most common items found. NSROC has partnered with the City of Ryde and Hornsby Shire Council to focus on two busy pedestrian malls used by commuters and shoppers alike. In each place, council staff have to clean up litter at least twice a day, even though there are ample numbers of bins provided and all the bins have a small butt bin inside.

We can all be litterers and we may try to ignore the problem, but there will be no ignoring Crank Zappa in the next fortnight. He’s a four metre high jellyfish which lights up at night and lets visitors know exactly what he thinks of litter. He is made of plastic litter collected in this region and you can see, feel and hear some home truths about the problems of litter and how it contributes to plastic pollution in the sea. We chose the jellyfish because the NSROC region drains to either the Hawkesbury River as it flows towards the sea or Sydney Harbour. Most litter in public places ends up in waterways and the marine environment after being washed down our stormwater drains.

The NSW Government’s Don’t be a Tosser campaign provides a telling reminder about the problems caused by litter and has handy tips on how to prevent litter. Our Crank Zappa installation complements those messages.For more information regarding the Don’t be a Tosser program click here NSW EPA Don’t Be a Tosser

Don’t be a Tosser Compaign