NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Illawarra Shoalhaven

When it was released in November 2015, the Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan was the first of nine regional plans to be delivered across NSW that set a vision and direction for the future of the region.

It has since helped provide housing, jobs, infrastructure, a healthy environment, green spaces and connected communities for the area.

What's happening now?

Regional plans must be updated every five years to reset priorities for the region for the next 20 years. Following an extensive review, the Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan has been updated.

Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan 2041 builds on the original regional plan to ensure the region grows to be:

  • productive and innovative
  • sustainable and resilient
  • smart and connected
  • a region that values its people and places.

Read our up to date reporting dashboard to see where we are at with the 9 actions and 9 collaboration activities included in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan.

Two people visiting a waterfall at Macquarie Pass, NSW.

Our vision and plan for the future of the Illawarra Shoalhaven region.

A group of surfers in wetsuits and holding their surfboards under their arm, walk on a sand dune path through vegetation towards a beach that can be seen in the background.

Explore the Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan 2041.

Late afternoon view of children playing on public playground equipment with a boy in the foreground swinging from monkey bars.

A Special Infrastructure Contributions (SIC) to help fund the delivery of infrastructure in Nowra Bomaderry and West Lake Illawarra was finalised alongside the Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan 2041.