Professional officer Groups (POGS)

NSROC facilitates a variety of cross council, professional officer groups. Some groups meeting on a regular basis to achieve outcomes, develop strategies and policies, and exchange information. Other groups are established on an “as needs” basis for specific projects or issues. These groups also provide a forum for suppliers and other businesses to contact councils in the area. The current groups within the NSROC umbrella include: Waste, Environment and Sustainability, Planning, Finance, Community Services, Sport, Transport, Arts and Cultural Services, Communications and Media, and Bike Share Working Group.

Waste Management

Effective waste management is a crucial responsibility of councils in the NSROC region. Collectively, the NSROC councils generate over 102,000 tonnes of putrescible waste and 80,000 tonnes of green waste. The Northern Sydney Waste Management Professional Officers Group includes council waste managers and officers from throughout the northern Sydney region, which meet monthly to exchange information on waste issues, develop policy and guidelines to improving waste management. For further information please contact jcarse@lanecove.nsw.gov.au.

Environment and Sustainability

Environment and sustainability issues are extremely important in the NSROC region, as pressure on natural resources intensifies and the population of the NSROC community continues to expand. At present, the NSROC councils are addressing environmental and sustainability issues in a number of different ways.

Since 2005 all of the NSROC councils jointly produced an annual regional State of the Environment Report. This document identifies environmental issues and reports on environmental outcomes from a regional perspective, allowing for a more consistent approach that recognises many environmental concerns do not correspond with individual council boundaries.

The NSROC Environment and Sustainability Group represents managers and officers involved in council environment and sustainability issues. Various sub-groups operate on an ad hoc basis on particular issues such as catchment management, sustainability education and bushcare. For further information please contact Alok Ralhan NSROC Manager Policy & Projects aralhan@lanecove.nsw.gov.au.

Planning

Planning Planning in the NSROC region has assumed great importance as a result of the recent real estate boom and as the rapidly growing population seeks to manage development within their communities. The State Government has embarked on a substantial process of planning reform as well as the creation of a Metropolitan Plan for Sydney, to guide the city’s growth and development over the next 30 years.

The Northern Planners Professional Officers Group is made up of senior planning staff from the northern region of Sydney, which meets monthly to exchange technical planning information, review new planning policies and prepare submission on planning reforms. The Chair of the Northern Planners POG is Steve Kourepis who can be contacted at KourepisS@huntershill.nsw.gov.au.

Finance

In recognition of common financial management issues, NSROC hosts regular meetings of the Northern Sydney Financial Services Managers’ Group. This Group meets quarterly and is chaired by David Walsh of Northern Beaches Council. The contact officer for this group is Ngaire Meekan NSROC Business Manager email: nmeekan@lanecove.nsw.gov.au.

Community Services

Each Council has a community services division providing key human services to their residents. The Community Services Officers Group has regular meetings to share information and develop joint initiatives where appropriate. The contact officer for this group Alok Ralhan NSROC Manager Policy& Projects email: aralhan@lanecove.nsw.gov.au.

Sport

Open space and sports facility management are common issues for NSROC councils given the movement of sporting groups activities within the region. The Sports Officers Group meets on an irregular basis to look at coordination and sports management issues. The current contact for this group is Carrie Chan, NSROC Executive Director, email: cchan@lanecove.nsw.gov.au.

Transport

A variety of transport modes are used in the NSROC region including ferries, trains, taxis, buses and cars, as well as non-motorised forms of transport such as walking and cycling. In many parts of the region, traffic congestion is becoming an increasing problem along with associated environmental problems. Much of the existing transport infrastructure is ageing and operating at near capacity. In order to better deal with transport issues and effectively lobby state government for change, the NSROC Transport Group operates on an ad hoc basis to identify innovative solutions to community transport needs, and to participate in the transport reform process initiated by State Government. For further information please contact Alok Ralhan NSROC Manager Policy & Projects on aralhan@lanecove.nsw.gov.au.

Arts and Cultural Services

The role of the group will aim to foster a lively and vital arts and cultural services sector in the northern Sydney region through an outcome-oriented and integrated approach to services planning and delivery, based on information sharing and joint projects. For further information, please contact Carrie Chan, NSROC Executive Director, email: cchan@lanecove.nsw.gov.au.

Communications and Media

The role of the group is to facilitate an integrated approach to regional communications campaigns and events; support NSROC in campaigns, launches, conferences, media enquiries and releases, publications, high-level or high-profile documents, communications, community forums, marketing and events. The group will aim to also promote professional development, the exchange of ideas and to share examples of good practice. For further information, please contact Carrie Chan, NSROC Executive Director, email: cchan@lanecove.nsw.gov.au.

Bike Share Working Group

This is a project-task-based working group to provide advice and participation in the development and implementation of relevant guidelines (‘code of conduct’, protocols or agreements) on bike share schemes, including working collaboratively with other Regional Organisations of Councils (ROCs) and Transport for NSW, bike share operators or other relevant stakeholders, from a regional perspective or a shared position and on related issues arising from the bike share schemes. For further information, please contact Carrie Chan, Executive Director on cchan@lanecove.nsw.gov.au.