REROC'S Vision "An environment in which autonomous councils work together for the benefit of their local communities and the region as a whole."
REROC incorporates 13 Local Government Areas (LGAs) located in the eastern Riverina, covering 41,000 sq. Kms and a population of approximately 120,000.
Those LGAs are Bland, Coolamon, Cootamundra, Culcairn, Gundagai, Holbrook, Junee, Lockhart, Temora, Tumbarumba, Tumut, Urana and Wagga Wagga. Goldenfields and Riverina Water County Councils are also members of REROC.
How is REROC funded
REROC is funded through membership fees from the 15 councils.
In 1998, REROC won a national award for Innovation in Local Government. In 1999, REROC received a $100,000 grant through the Local Government Development Programme for a centralised mapping project as well as taking out a State Award for innovation in Environmental Management.
The activities of REROC fall into three main areas: resources sharing initiatives, identifying regional solutions for local problems and lobbying activities.
Resource Sharing Initiatives:
This is a high priority activity for REROC. Resource sharing aims to provide ways in which members can work together to provide a more effective and efficient service for their constituents.
Initiatives to date include:
Group purchasing - savings gained through group purchasing of electricity, bitumen emulsion and photocopy paper supply.
Human Resource Initiatives - Register of Temporary Employment, Training Needs Identification, Staff Training and Video Training Library.
Sharing Resources and Information - REROC Website, Regional Policy Development and GST Implementation.
Regional Solutions for Local Problems:
REROC has looked at a number of local problems that lend themselves to a regional solution. Projects have included :
- Eastern Riverina Waste Management Strategy - Telecommunications Feasibility Study - Urban Stormwater Management Plans - On-site Sewage Management Plans - Riverina Community Information Database - Centralised GIS and Integrated GPS Project - RTA Single Invitation Contracts
Regional Development - REROC works with individual Councils and the RRDB to promote the region to industry and business.
REROC responds in a proactive way to issues of concern within the region. Submissions, representations to inquiries, letters to politicians, government departments and organisations are all part of REROC's lobbying activities. Lobbying activities have addressed the following issues: - Health Services - Senate Inquiry into Regional Employment and Unemployment - Country Link Rail Services - Telecommunications - National Competition Policy - Mobile Telephony - Work Cover Code of Practice for Working Near Traffic and Mobile Plant - Electricity - Rural Fire Service
Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils (REROC)
Phone: 02 69319050
Fax: 02 69319040