In submissions to both State and Federal governments, RDA Illawarra has recommended seven initiatives that would help transform the Illawarra and Regional NSW.
The recommendations are intended to deliver transformative infrastructure, a vibrant and more diverse visitor economy as well as regional economic resilience. “Fundamentally, it’s about creating jobs” said Debra Murphy (CEO RDA Illawarra). RDA Illawarra calculates that investment in these initiatives can deliver over 12,500 new jobs to the Illawarra-Shoalhaven region, with many of those being higher-paid roles delivering economic and social benefits for the region.
Road and rail linkages to Sydney and Western Sydney are key enablers and the development of critical entertainment and commercial infrastructure in regional cities will see a boost to the visitor economy and deliver a more liveable space for residents. Creation of a Blue Highway (Marine-based Economy) will provide alternative tourism and hospitality options.
The submissions also target higher-paid roles by developing the Port Kembla Industrial Precinct; creating jobs in Advanced Manufacturing and emerging industries (including the Green Economy) – many of which will go to apprentices and local graduates. Incentives for the development of local Co-Working hubs in regional areas will support collaborative workspaces for the many professionals who are now working remotely or have relocated to regions such as the Illawarra.
Specific recommendations are made to both NSW and Commonwealth governments regarding the South-West Illawarra Rail Link (SWIRL); Picton Road; Port Kembla Industrial Precinct; the Marine Economy; Illawarra Sports and Entertainment Precinct and Co-Working Hubs.
“Wollongong now forms a key part of the NSW government’s Six Cities Policy and plays an important role in supporting the future growth of Greater Sydney and NSW,” said Ms. Murphy, who concluded, “Investment in the Illawarra is a winner for NSW and Australia – creating jobs and growth within our region and beyond.”
Read submissions here: