Advocacy


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.


Establishment of Special Economic Zones

RDA Illawarra worked with RDA Far South Coast, the Southern Council Group and its Economic Development Practitioners Committee, to prepare an initial submission to the Inquiry into the Establishment of Special Economic Zones.

RDA Illawarra recognised the importance of the digital economy as a key driver in the transformation of the region and believed significant economic impacts in Investment and Employment Growth can come from this sector.

Inquiry into the utilisation of Rail Corridors

Proposals for utilisation of rail corridors in the Illawarra region need to be considered in conjunction with infrastructure planning for road and rail transport.

The submission addresses a range of Terms of Reference:

  • Opportunities for mixed use property development
  • Income generation for future infrastructure projects
  • Facilitation of sustainable renewal and development
  • Facilitation of TOD schemes
  • Connectivity of communities either side of railway lines
  • Current planning and policy framework
  • Regulatory and policy barriers to implementing rail corridor projects
  • Issues relating to financing and funding rail corridor projects
  • Methods of assessing compatibility of projects with community
  • Examples of best practice from other jurisdictions

Mount Keira

Mount Keira

Illawarra Escarpment Mountain Bike Strategy
Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and the Illawarra escarpment is currently home to 35km of (unapproved) trails. Mountain bikers are a high-spending demographic, and many from Sydney, often travel past the Illawarra to ride in other locations.


Destination Wollongong's strategy aims to deliver around 85km of sustainable trail networks, which integrate with other existing uses in a safe and strategic manner.

RDA Illawarra supports the Illawarra Escarpment Mountain Bike Strategy and provided a postive submission in the community consultation phase.

Mount Keira Summit Park Plan of Management
Wollongong City Council's Plan aims to increase the amount of operational land on the Summit Park, deliver power to the site and priorities education and indigenous heritage. The Plan also includes reference to a potential commerical outcome at the site.

RDA Illawarra supports the Mount Keira Summit Park Plan of Management and provided a positive submission

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