Illawarra

Local Government areas

Shoalhaven, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama.



In May 2014 the NSW Government released new draft regional boundaries for NSW. Once the boundaries are finalised for each region, they will provide the basis for a new generation of strategic plans called Regional Growth Plans. 

The review of the regional boundaries now sees the Shoalhaven included as part of the Illawarra Regional Growth Plan. This decision acknowledges the Shoalhaven’s strong housing, economic and environmental connections with the Illawarra and provides more opportunities for regional planning and infrastructure connectivity. It also recognises the metropolitan development pressures existing in Nowra-Bomaderry, and the significant environmental connections existing between the four local government areas including the significant proportion of Sydney’s drinking water catchments that lie within the broader region.

Strategic planning has already commenced in the region, with research and analysis underway and community consultation guiding the next steps in preparing the draft Illawarra Regional Growth Plan to be exhibited for public comment. The draft Regional Growth Plan will create a strategic vision and a framework that will set the foundations for balanced growth in the Illawarra, guiding future planning and investment decisions covering housing, jobs, transport, infrastructure and the environment.

Illawarra Regional Growth Plan

The NSW Government is developing a new Regional Growth Plan for the way the Illawarra will grow over the next 20 years. The new Regional Growth Plan will guide future planning and investment decisions covering housing, economic development and jobs, open space and the transport to connect our homes, jobs, education and recreation facilities. 

At the time of the release of the discussion paper in 2013, the Illawarra region included the local government areas of Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama. Since then, the Shoalhaven has been recognised for its important economic and housing connections and has been included in the Illawarra region.

To ensure the new plan can be implemented successfully and meet the needs of people living and working in the Illawarra, it is vital for the department to engage with a wide variety of stakeholders on how they want the region to grow. Consultation will be carried out with key stakeholders and the community to include the feedback from Shoalhaven in the Illawarra region. 

The next step in the preparation of the Regional Growth Plan is the release of a draft Illawarra Regional Growth Plan which will be exhibited for public comment. The draft Regional Growth Plan will create a strategic vision and a framework that will set the foundations for balanced growth in the Illawarra.

Regional Growth Plans will be developed for all 10 regions across NSW. Until the Regional Growth Plan is finalised for the Illawarra, the strategies below continue to apply to the region.

Illawarra Urban Development Program

The Illawarra Urban Development Program reports on the supply of greenfield land and housing in the Illawarra, accompanying the Metropolitan Development Program for the Sydney Metropolitan Region. The report, which was reintroduced by the Illawarra Regional Strategy, includes input from state agencies, council and industry, and monitors the planning, servicing and development for new urban areas in Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama. 

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Employment lands resources

Illawarra and South Coast Employment Lands Update 2009 [PDF 336KB] (Department of Planning 2009) is used to track the supply of employment land within the Illawarra and South Coast as well as the local government area of Wingecarribee. The document is used by the Illawarra Employment Lands Taskforce to ensure that sufficient employment land is available in the short and long term to encourage investment in the region. The document compliments the Employment Lands Guidelines for the Illawarra, released by the Department of Planning in February 2008.

Employment Lands Guidelines for the Illawarra [PDF 125KB] (Department of Planning 2008) has been prepared to support the Illawarra Regional Strategy, which covers the local government areas of Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama. The guidelines also apply to the adjoining Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee areas, which have strong economic links to the region. The guidelines will assist the NSW Government and the region's councils to promote the orderly planning and development of employment land in the region, particularly in the preparation of strategic plans, new local environmental plans and development control plans.

Last Updated 13-Jun-2014