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.

National Broadband Network

In the inquiry into the National Broadband Network, RDA Illawarra advocated that the NBN has considerable capacity to contribute to economic growth, job creation and social inclusion in the region.

Comments were made in relation to the following areas:

  • Delivery of government services and programs
  • Achieving health outcomes
  • Improving the educational resources and training available for teachers and students
  • The management of Australia's built and natural resources and environmental sustainability
  • Impacting regional growth and employment opportunities
  • Impacting business efficiencies and revenues, particularly for small and medium business, and Australia's export market
  • Interaction with research and developments and related innovation investments
  • Facilitating community and social benefits

NSW Freights & Ports Plan 2018-2023

RDA Illawarra made a submission on the NSW Draft Freight and Ports Plan to the NSW Government in March 2018. As a result, the Plan now includes upgrades to Picton Road and the SWIRL proposal which are included in the Implementation Plan (3.2 Deliver new infrastructure to increase road freight capacity).

RDA Illawarra Future Transport 2056

RDA Illawarra made a submission on the draft Future Transport 2056 Strategy and the Regional NSW Services and Infrastructure Plan.

It was our view that Wollongong should be deemed a 'Global Gateway' in the Future Transport 2056 strategy. A Global Gateway is defined as a City that provides state level services and facilities to support a broad population catchment while also having international connections through their airport and/or port. It is clearly evident that Wollongong is a Global Gateway as it provides vital access to the Port of Port Kembla and is proximate to a large residential growth area in Macarthur.

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