RDA Illawarra is an independent organisation.  We are neutral brokers who advocate across all levels of government for the growth of the Illawarra's economy.

We take a long-term perspective and advocate strategically for the future greater good of the Illawarra region.  We value our people, culture and sustainable development.

We advocate either directly, when commercial or other sensitivities are involved, or publicly through submissions and direct advocacy.

Submissions are made on most matters of economic significance to the Illawarra region.  Our submissions are listed below.

Princes Highway Corridor Strategy

This joint submission by Regional Development Australia Illawarra and the Illawarra Shoalhaven Joint Organisation identifies the Illawarra and Shoalhaven region key factors to be considered in the Princes Highway Corridor Strategy, including:

  • high levels of vehicle movements on the Princes Highway, with up to 55,000 vehicles per day
  • large peri-urban region, with population growth to over 480,000 people projected by 2036
  • iconic tourist road, the Grand Pacific Drive
  • limited east west links to and from the Princes Highway across the Great Dividing Range
  • critical importance of the Port of Port Kembla as a key economic asset which is under-utilised
  • as the south coast rail line ends at Bomaderry, the principal land transport link south is via the Princes Highway, and requires further freight consideration and B-Double access

Joint Submission to Infrastructure Australia

In conjunction with Illawarra Shoalhaven Joint Organisation, Wollongong City Council and Property Council of Australia, RDAI have prepared this assessment of Australia's future infrastructure needs.

Options for Financing Faster Rail

RDA Illawarra welcomes the Federal Government's interest in improving rail travel times between major economic centres across the nation, and for specifically identifying Sydney to Wollongong as one of the fast rail corridors in the Faster Rail Plan, page 4.

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