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.

High Speed Rail Network

A Working Group was established by RDA Illawarra to gather evidence for a strategic direction on how the Illawarra could be part of a High Speed Rail network between Brisbane and Melbourne.

The Working Group consulted with key organisations in the Illawarra, and with the local community to determine the level of need for, and local support for, the inclusion of the Illawarra in a High Speed Rail network.

RDA Illawarra concluded that a case could be made for the inclusion of the area with two viable opportunities:

  • Transit point in the Southern Sydney area, with a Park and Ride facility for Illawarra residents; or
  • Upgrade the existing Unanderra - Moss Vale rail link to facilitate a connection to a possible high speed link along the Hume Highway corridor

The Land Freight Strategy Discussion Paper

RDA Illawarra supported the concept of a national land freight network which focused not only on current transport and distribution patterns, but is forward-thinking and allows for future growth in the transport logistics sector.

RDA Illawarra also supported the development of a strategy which incorporates long term freight needs and endorsed the discussion paper’s emphasis on including Port Kembla as a nationally significant regional networked port and adding Port Kembla to the national land freight network.

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

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