The Case for Relocation of Royal Australian Navy Fleet Base East to the Port of Port Kembla
This submission by Illawarra regional stakeholders (Illawarra Consortia) is supplementary to the submission by Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells (October 2014) to the Defence White Paper. An historic opportunity exists at present to engage in a bold initiative in nation building by relocating the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Fleet Base East from its current constrained environs at Garden Island to the Port of Port Kembla with its abundant prospects including enhanced site/works capability, safety and security and personnel requirements. Each section that follows builds the case for relocation to the Illawarra as a viable option for the relocation of RAN’s Garden Island operations. The region is contiguous with Sydney’s Sutherland Shire to the north of Wollongong and incorporates the Shoalhaven district, home to RAN’s existing installations at Jervis Bay, south of Port Kembla.
An initiative of Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, the proposal represents a “one-voice” expression of the views, expertise and passion of multiple regional stakeholders, drawn together by the Illawarra’s peak regional development body – Regional Development Australia Illawarra.