Key ROCs and their Councils Take the Lead in Launch of Unprecedented Regional Planning Collaboration


The latest innovation by LG Professionals, NSW is going live this week with The Northern Rivers Regional Organisation of Councils (NOROC) committing to a collaborative tool that will give them strong, analytical insights into their performance. They will soon be joined by Mid North Coast Regional Organisation of Councils (MIDROC).

Designed as an enhancement to the association’s Australasian LG Performance Excellence Program, it provides a new perspective of each council’s and region’s workforce and service delivery profile, unlocking a data driven voice for engaging with the State Government, while enabling efficiency improvements through enhanced workforce, services, procurement and other collaborations.

NOROC President and Mayor of Kyogle Council, Cr Danielle Mulholland says this development adds new depth for all regions exploring the sharing of services and resources, demonstrating their importance within a broader socio-economic context.

“To have this ability to analyse regional data will give us a very focused and evidence based approach to identifying priority infrastructure and regional projects to better provide for our communities,” Cr Mulholland said.  

“This empirical data will give us the strong footing we need when approaching the State and Federal Government for funding or grant assistance on innovative, regional projects. NOROC’s new Regional Window will provide us with an evidence based competitive advantage for these discussions.”

Lismore City Council General Manager Gary Murphy shares this enthusiasm for the opportunities the tool will provide for his region and his council.

“Giving our region an overall view of our council’s individual and combined workforce and service profiles will unlock our ability to create stronger, evidence based and holistic strategic plans.”

“This will ensure that in speaking to government, it’s with the strongest and most intelligent regional voice,” Mr Murphy explained.

LG Professionals, NSW CEO Annalisa Haskell says in driving this development, ROC’s like NOROC and MIDROC are ditching any sense of patch protection when it comes to achieving performance excellence. 

“It’s not enough to just say you are ‘collaborative’, councils and regions must analytically engage with their shared data to create and deliver real opportunities for their communities,” Ms Haskell said. 

“Many council leaders are amazed that in our program, insights that normally take years to find out from council neighbours, are now accomplished in one single report.”

“I congratulate not only all of the 148 participating councils across Australia and New Zealand, but especially the NSW regions for supporting the development of this significant new layer. Their aspiration is inspirational.” 


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