Illawarra-Shoalhaven is the second major trade gateway for Greater Sydney. To achieve jobs and growth within our region we need to enhance connectivity with Western Sydney and regional NSW, create investment in manufacturing and service industries and capitalise on our visitor economy.

The Port of Port Kembla is an asset of national significance, critical to the future economic growth and development of NSW. Port Kembla is currently underutilised and is deemed by NSW Ports as the state’s second container port and a ‘NSW port of growth’. Freight in Greater Sydney is set to double in the next 40 years, most of the growth is in the west and south-west of Sydney.

Population growth in South West Sydney will see an additional 70,000+ households within 50 kilometres of Wollongong by 2031. Enhancements to major road corridors, such as duplication of Picton Road, upgrades to Mount Ousley Road and interchange and access for residents of new housing developments from the southern extension of the M1 are a key part of the City Deal framework – providing access to the transformative infrastructure it delivers.

Job creation in Advanced Manufacturing is targeted through the expansion of the Albatross Aviation Technology Precinct at Nowra. Better road and rail access resulting from the Illawarra-Shoalhaven City Deal will attract investment in manufacturing, green energy, ICT and tourism in the bushfire affected South Coast.

Visitor economy opportunities will be derived through unlocking tourism and social infrastructure in the region, including upgrades to the Wollongong Entertainment & Convention Centre precinct, development of Kiama’s Arts and Cultural hub, development of the river-front at Nowra and the creation of a Marine Infrastructure Network (‘Blue Highway’) linking Sydney with the South and Sapphire Coasts. Illawarra-Shoalhaven offers not only lifestyle benefits but is also the ‘beach’ and playground for people from Western Sydney.

Delivery of the projects in the proposed Illawarra-Shoalhaven City Deal will have a transformative impact on the regional economy. The strategic objectives of the Illawarra-Shoalhaven cities are to create over 12,550 high-quality jobs in the next decade by delivering investment in key industries that attracts new businesses and retains employees as residents in one of Australia’s most liveable regions. Growth potential is currently constrained by a lack of investment to unlock the local economies. Additional investment from Federal and NSW governments in transformative infrastructure will allow the Illawarra-Shoalhaven to reach its full potential as a much needed ‘release valve’ for a congested Sydney