Mosman Mayor takes on regional role

05 December 2014

Mayor of Mosman Cr Peter Abelson has pledged to keep better transport solutions a key focus for regional council partnership SHOROC, after being elected President of the group which includes Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah councils.

“Transport remains our core priority and we will be calling on the government to fast-track the tunnel under Mosman and the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for the critical Dee Why to Chatswood link,” Cr Abelson said.

“Teamwork and the united voice of our four councils get results – we are good at advocacy, we have good outcomes and we have an excellent Board. I look forward to leading SHOROC over the coming year and continuing our work with the NSW and Commonwealth Governments for an even better region.”

Cr Abelson, whose SHOROC election was announced along with that of Cr Jean Hay AM Mayor of Manly as Vice-President, paid tribute to outgoing President Cr Jacqueline Townsend.

“I would also like to acknowledge the work of outgoing President Cr Jacqueline Townsend who led SHOROC through one of our most successful years to date in terms of funding allocated to the region for much needed transport and health infrastructure, especially the major new hospital at Frenchs Forest,” Cr Abelson said.

“We plan to build on these successes and continue advocating on behalf of the Northern Beaches and Mosman.

“SHOROC is a leader for what can be achieved collectively and it is a privilege to be elected President as we work together for our communities.”

Cr Abelson thanked State and Federal MPs for their commitment to addressing the region’s infrastructure needs along with the organisation’s Board, councillors and staff.

Meanwhile, Cr Abelson was also recently reappointed for a second term on the Executive Committee of the Association of Sydney Metropolitan Mayors which advocates and coordinates responses on a wide range of council matters across the metropolitan area.