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.

Regional Development and A Global Sydney: Illawarra Connectivity

In the submission to the NSW Legislative Council Standing Committee on State Development, it identifies ways in which the growing prominence of Sydney as a global city enhances regional development and provides opportunities for greater connectivity with the Illawarra region. It demonstrates how taking a holistic city region approach will not only support the growth of the Illawarra, but more importantly mitigate the growing pains of Sydney and maximise the economic outcomes for NSW.

Regional capitals, such as Wollongong, should be embraced for the opportunities they provide to support global Sydney’s growth through a combination of:

  • Enhanced transport connectivity and integration with Sydney
  • Recognition of the economic contribution and human capital of the region
  • Commitment to ‘city region’ strategic direction and long term planning.

Inquiry into the Procurement of Government Infrastructure

The submission outlines that RDA Illawarra has been a strong advocate for social and regional procurement and believes that securing optimal value from public works is a sensible approach to returning social and economic dividends to NSW and its regions.

The submission highlights that the NSW Government can play a lead role in stimulating regional economies such as the Illawarra by setting baseline criteria for government tenders such as the use of local employment, equitable access for disadvantaged job seekers, percentage of locally sourced product and other indices of regional preferment.


Inquiry into the Future of Australia's Steel Industry

The Port of Port Kembla industrial and transport precinct has a long history of engagement with the steel industry and represents a significant infrastructure asset for the nation, a productive and wealth-generating sector with great potential as the industry landscape changes and embraces innovation.

RDA Illawarra's submission represents advocacy for the Illawarra’s interest in a continuously adaptive steel industry. It is noted that the SERC’s brief is national in its industry scope and is mindful of its current position in relation to international competitiveness.

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