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Illawarra-Shoalhaven Plan strikes the right notes

Release Date: 26/11/2015
The Illawarra Business Chamber (IBC) has welcomed the NSW Government’s Illawarra-Shoalhaven Regional Plan, saying it sets a positive roadmap for the Region’s economic future.
“The Illawarra is on track to grow by 15% over the next 20 years, with an additional 60,000 people living in our Region,” IBC Chief Executive Officer Debra Murphy said.
“This Plan recognises that we need new jobs, infrastructure and to attract private sector investment to support this growth trajectory.”
Ms Murphy noted the NSW Government’s commitment to reforms advocated by the IBC, including:
  • Unlocking land to attract investment to Wollongong, Nowra, Kiama and other key centres
  • Transforming Port Kembla into a key trade gateway and supporting the port supply chain
  • Connecting the Illawarra-Shoalhaven’s commercial hubs to support a vibrant retail sector
  • Dramatically increasing the housing supply for the Region.
“We’re pleased the Plan also promises deliver infrastructure such as the M1 extension and Maldon-Dombarton freight line, although we missed the focus on rail,” Ms Murphy said.
“We urge the Government to commit to timeframes for delivering these critical transport links.”
The IBC is the premier member-based organisation representing business in the Illawarra. Ms Murphy said the IBC would welcome the opportunity to work with Government to develop a clear timeline for implementing the Plan.
“The jobs of the future won’t be created by Government, but by the true engine of our economy - the private sector,” Ms Murphy said.
“We call on the NSW Government to work with business to achieve the goals of the Plan, and secure our region’s long term economic health,” Ms Murphy concluded.
Media contact: Rebecca Burdick 0417 135 858

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