Jenny Dowell for president

LISMORE Mayor Jenny Dowell has regained her role as president of the Northern Rivers Regional Organisation of Councils (NOROC).

At NOROC's annual general meeting on November 2, Cr Dowell was re-elected uncontested to the role she has now held three times.

Tweed mayor Barry Longland has been elected to the role of vice-president.

Cr Dowell said the role of NOROC has never been more important with a review of the Local Government Act underway and reform of the way regional organisations operate also likely.

"It's the biggest shake-up of local government in living memory," Cr Dowell said.

"There will be amalgamations, but there is also the opportunity for innovations in how councils will look and what they do."

"It is has even been suggested that local governments should not look after roads."

NOROC is about working regionally so that local governments don't just look after their own patch.

"I want the councils to think strategically about the region," Cr Dowell said.

"It is a time of opportunity and we know our region best."

NOROC is made up of representatives from the Lismore, Ballina, Kyogle, Tweed, Clarence, Byron and Richmond Valley local government areas, with Richmond River County Council and Rous Water also members.

The meetings, held four times a year, are attended by the mayors and general managers of each local government area and the chairmen of the two member county councils. Only the mayors and county council chairmen cast a vote.

NOROC has four key priorities: Increasing regional profile and communication; facilitating joint activities, supporting research and advocacy, and strengthening structure and capacity.

For more information about NOROC visit

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