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The NSW Government is focussing on growing regional economies and communities by committing to deliver a range of catalyst projects in the Regional Plans.


The Illawarra-Shoalhaven Regional Plan 2036 was released in November 2015, the first of 9 regional plans providing a vision and direction for strategic and land use planning for future needs for housing, jobs, infrastructure, a healthy environment and connected communities.


Since the Regional Plan’s release, the NSW Government has worked closely with councils, other stakeholders and the community to deliver on key priority actions.


Some highlights of key priority actions delivered include: exploring place-based opportunities to grow the national competitiveness of  Metro Wollongong, development of the NSW South Coast Marine Tourism Strategy, initiatives to protect and enhance the natural environment, and monitoring of land for housing and jobs.

Regional Plan Review

As the first in the state to be delivered, the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Regional Plan 2036 is also the first to undergo a five-yearly review required for all regional plans.


Throughout 2020, the NSW Government will consult widely with councils, other stakeholders and the community to give a thorough review of the current plan and to develop an updated version that resets priorities to ensure continued delivery for the Illawarra Shoalhaven community for the next 20 years.


The community and stakeholders will have ample opportunity to contribute thoughts and ideas about how the new plan should be shaped to best reflect the vision and direction for land use planning priorities and address future needs for housing, jobs, infrastructure, a healthy environment and connected communities in the Illawarra Shoalhaven.


Once the draft updated Regional Plan is completed, the community will have another opportunity to have its say when the plan goes on exhibition before the end of 2020.

LSPSs and the Regional Plan

By 30 June 2020, every Council in NSW is required to prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) which sets out the 20-year vision for land use in the local area, the special character and values that are to be preserved and how change will be managed into the future.


The LSPSs provide an opportunity to ensure that priorities identified in the Regional Plan are placed within a clear local context and tailored to the unique economic, social and environmental characteristics of the local government area.


Importantly, the LSPS also allows councils to translate their own strategic planning work into local priorities and actions which in turn informs the review of the Regional Plan. This feedback cycle from local to regional planning ensures that the line of-sight between the different levels of spatial planning works both ways.


The LSPSs being prepared by Shoalhaven, Shellharbour, Wollongong and Kiama councils will therefore be a key input into the updated Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan and the community is encouraged to get involved and have their say on local and regional priorities through council’s LSPS and the Regional Plan.

Monitoring Reports

Monitoring Reports provide an overview of work undertaken by the NSW Government, local councils and other stakeholders to implement the Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan 2036.


The Reports identify key achievements for delivering on the goals, directions and actions of the Regional Plan and outline progress on the delivery of priority actions over the period. The reports also outline the work plan that will be progressed over the next 12 months.


Download Monitoring Report 2019

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PO Box 5475, Wollongong NSW 2520


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