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.

Draft Illawarra Regional Growth and Infrastructure Plan

In the submission to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, RDA Illawarra expresses support for the Draft Illawarra Regional Growth and Infrastructure Plan. RDA Illawarra supports the Plan’s focus on economic development and regional appro

RDA supported the six focus areas for growth outlined in the Plan, however, believed there is potential to expand these areas to include three additional areas:

  • Small business
  • Agriculture/agribusiness
  • Creative arts industry

Advancing Infrastructure in the Illawarra

This submission was presented by a unique consortium of peak business, local government and community stakeholder groups in the Illawarra Region who had been working together for a number of years on progressing regional infrastructure priorities. The Rebuilding NSW process had provided the consortium with a vital opportunity to focus on three of the region’s major transport infrastructure priorities.

The submission addressed two of the 12 questions that were posed by the Rebuilding NSW Discussion Paper. 

Draft NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan

The submission was in response to the Draft NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan and should be considered in conjunction with the earlier RDA Illawarra response to the discussion paper at the end of April 2012.

RDA Illawarra's comments were as follows:

  • Lacks bold Vision or Public Policy Context
  • Innovation in Transport Planning
  • Sequenced Transport Development
  • Reducing Social Disadvantage: A more equitable approach
  • Load shift from Private Car to Public Transport
  • Faster Transit Times between Wollongong and Sydney
  • Modelling and Data
  • Regional Transport Plans and Priorities

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