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The Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan 2036 is the first of nine regional plans to be delivered across the state.


The plan provides a vision and direction to bring housing, jobs and infrastructure to the area.


Some of the key highlights of what the Regional Plan has delivered include:

  • exploring opportunities to grow the national competitiveness of Metro Wollongong,
  • development of the NSW South Coast Marine Tourism Strategy,
  • creating initiatives to protect and enhance the natural environment, and
  • monitoring land for housing and jobs, including the development of a digital dashboard


What’s happening now?

Regional Plans undergo a review and update every five years to reset priorities and ensure continued delivery for the next 20 years.


The Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan is the first in the state to undergo a review and update, which has been carried out during 2020.


Following wide stakeholder and community consultation a draft updated Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan 2041 was on public exhibition from 2 November 2020 until 17 December 2020.


To help people give informed feedback on the draft updated Regional Plan we created an online exhibition hub where you can:

  • read the updated Regional Plan
  • view the recording of one of our webinar information sessions hosted on 16 November 2020. The recording gives an overview and highlights of the updated Regional Plan
  • explore an interactive map of the region that identifies 15 regionally-significant precincts and view the community’s favourite places and ideas about jobs, getting around, housing and things they’d like to see more of
  • watch a video series where the department’s Southern Region team explain how the updated plan will realise a vision of the Illawarra Shoalhaven as a highly innovative, sustainable, resilient, diverse, creative and globally connected region by 2041.


Visit the community hub


What’s happening next?

We will now review and consider all feedback received before finalisation of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan 2041. The updated plan will be released in 2021.


What’s happened so far?

Monitoring Reports and Implementation Plan

In 2017 and 2019 we created Monitoring Reports for the regional plan.


The reports give an overview of work to be completed to help implement the Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan 2036.


Both reports identify key achievements for delivering on the goals, directions and actions of the Regional Plan.


You can read the 2019 Monitoring Report (PDF, 421 KB) and 2017 Monitoring Report (PDF, 3.9 MB).


We also created an Implementation Plan (PDF, 1.01 MB) for the Regional Plan.


The Implementation Plan set out the strategy for how the current Regional Plan will be implemented and how land will be used across the regions four local government areas:

  1. Wollongong
  2. Shellharbour
  3. Kiama
  4. Shoalhaven.


Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS)

By 1 July 2020 every Council in NSW was required to prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS).


The LSPS 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 LSPS helps ensure priorities identified in the Regional Plan align with the unique economic, social and environmental characteristics of the local government area.


The LSPSs from Shoalhaven, Shellharbour, Wollongong and Kiama councils were considered in the updated draft Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan 2041.


Pre-exhibition online community hub

In the lead up to the exhibition of the draft Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan 2041 we established an online community hub for the community to learn more about the Regional Plan review and have their say via a survey and interactive map.


We received hundreds of survey responses and maps comments which were all closely considered in the drafting of the updated Regional Plan.


Nowra Riverfront Advisory Taskforce

While we continue the review and update of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan 2036, we are continuing our work with key stakeholders on a range of initiatives including the activation of the Nowra Riverfront.


On 12 November 2020, the NSW Government established a Nowra Riverfront Advisory Taskforce to drive the revitalisation of the Nowra riverfront precinct and assist in fast-tracking the development of the site. The group is co-chaired by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and the Department of Regional NSW with membership including: the Member for South Coast, the Hon Shelley Hancock MP; the Member for Kiama, the Hon Gareth Ward MP; the Member for Gilmore, Mrs Fiona Phillips MP and representatives from Shoalhaven City Council and other key agencies. A joint state and local government approach will ensure activities are coordinated and aligned to the existing works underway, including the new Nowra Bridge.


Please see the Taskforce’s Terms of Reference (PDF, 289 KB) and key actions (PDF, 162 KB).


Stakeholder visioning workshop

On 10 March 2020, we ran a workshop for stakeholders to review and update the current Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan 2036 vision statement.


Participants identified priority elements that were included in the updated vision for the region:


We used the feedback shared at the workshop and others like it to feed into the updated draft Regional Plan.


Video transcript: Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan.


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Page last updated: 21/12/2020