Shoalhaven Economic Development
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The Shoalhaven is one of the closest strings of coastal villages to Sydney and contains the Regional Centres of Nowra and Ulladulla. Over the next few years, the Shoalhaven will offer incredible business opportunities. The area has a population over 100,000 - only limited other regional areas in Australia have that size customer and business base – and it remains one of the fastest growing in Australia.

Here country values meets city sophistication; you can enjoy a great cup of coffee, a fine dining or winery experience, see a play, concert or sporting match, send your kids to good schools, grow your business with quality employees and business networks - and still enjoy a community where people know your name.

Latest News

Changes made to Advertising in Transport Corridors and on Trailers in NSW

Shoalhaven City Council is advising businesses that the NSW Government has amended State Environmental Planning Policy No 64 – Advertising and Signage (‘SEPP 64‘) and introduced new penalty notice offences into the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000. The Amendment to outdoor advertising and signage on trailers commenced on 29 November 2017 but the amendments will take effect on 28 February 2018. The amendments include:

• Local Environmental Plans are now prevented from prohibiting advertising in transport corridors;
• there is a prohibition on advertisements displayed on trailers parked on a road or road related area, or trailers parked on land visible from a road or road related area, except with the approval of the consent authority, unless the advertisement is ancillary to the trailer’s dominant purpose, or the trailer has been parked by a public authority in the exercise of its functions.


The Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Penalty Notices for Parked Trailer Advertisements) Regulation 2017 has created two new penalty notice offences in respect of displaying advertisements on trailers. Shoalhaven City Council Compliance Officers and Rangers will be enforcing the new laws of unauthorised advertising on private and public land on behalf of the NSW government. Any person or business contemplating leaving signage on a roadway or on public land is advised to obtain the prior consent of not only council, but the land owner. Penalties for these offences commence from $1500 per trailer or sign. For more information visit

Proudly Shoalhaven 

The Shoalhaven is a great place to do business as we all know. The Economic Development Office of the Shoalhaven City Council is currently developing a marketing business attraction campaign that aims to promote the benefits for businesses, investors and skilled workers of setting up, investing or moving to the Shoalhaven. This campaign has been made possible through funding from the Department of Premier and Cabinet and will showcase some of our of local businesses and their offerings.

Congratulations to the 2017 Shoalhaven Business Awards Winners

The Awards are about so much more than just winning. In addition to recognising and honouring the most outstanding businesses in the region, they provide an opportunity to celebrate the combined success of the Shoalhaven business community.

Heavy Vehicle Truck Access Forum 

The Economic Development Office of Shoalhaven City Council, in conjunction with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, hosted a Heavy Vehicle Access Forum on the 8th August 2017 at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre.  Presentations from the day can be found here. 

Celebrating International Day of People with Disability

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day held every year on 3 December with the aim to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance and celebrate the achievements of the 4 million Australians who live with a disability.  The Australian Government's Department of Industry, Innovation and Science have released a document containing a number of brief case studies showing the benefits of a diverse workplace.  Read more...

Air Affairs Awarded Common Services Support Contract 

This month, Air Affairs Australia announced it was awarded the Common Services Support (CSS) contract by the Commonwealth. Award of this long term contract will enable Air Affairs to further expand its aviation presence and provide employment for highly skilled technicians in regional NSW. The CSS contract will require Air Affairs to provide the Commonwealth with Aviation Life Support, Non Destructive Testing, Logistics support, Ground Support Equipment, Aircraft Battery support and Helicopter Corrosion Control services as well as ad hoc workshop support. The majority of these services will be delivered from new purpose built facilities within the Air Affairs aviation precinct located at Albatross Aviation Technology Park Yerriyong NSW. In keeping with Air Affairs philosophy to promote Australian Industry, Air Affairs will be supported by two Australian subcontractors; Red Baron Aviation Life Support and BEAK Engineering (Aust). Read more...

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Congratulations to Canberra Airport

Singapore Airlines has announced it would be the first international airline to operate regularly scheduled international flights from Australia’s capital, Canberra.  The new ‘Capital Express’ route will provide the nation’s capital with two direct international destination options with flight SQ292/291 operating Canberra-Singapore and Canberra-Wellington.  For the first time in the two countries’ histories, Australia and New Zealand’s capital cities will be serviced by non-stop flights four times a week beginning in September 2016 – subject to regulatory approval.

This exciting development, coupled with the recently upgraded Main Road 92 means that the businesses of the Shoalhaven now have another option to access world markets. Just one more reason as to why the Shoalhaven is the Enterprising Alternative.  

Nowra Aerodrome Construction (1945)

Thank you to NSW RMS Road Projects for sharing this important blast from the past

Shoalhaven at a Glance

   99,925 (Sep 2016)
Labour Force:
   39,458 (Sep 2016)
Unemployment rate:
   9.56% (Sep 2016)
Gross Regional Product:
   $4.6 billion
(Dec 2016)
Gross disposable wages & salaries:
   $2.2 billion 
(Dec 2016)
Value added:
   Property Services $758m
   Health/Social Assist $405m
   Manufacturing $381m
   Defence $373m
   Retail $301m
   Accom/Food Services $196m
(Dec 2016)


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