Shoalhaven Economic Development
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Investing in the Shoalhaven

As one of Australia’s fastest growing regional areas, economic growth is following high population growth to provide a rich array of investment opportunities – from investing in existing businesses, commercial or residential property development to investing in your own start up business. The lower cost of doing business in the Shoalhaven compared to Sydney or other capital cities also offers a compelling reason to invest in the Shoalhaven.

A wide range of industries operate in the Shoalhaven with many international businesses operating from Nowra. Value adding manufacturing is strong, with food, chemicals, construction products, mining equipment, paper and printing, marine craft. High technology companies provide aviation maintenance and systems support to the Australian Navy.

The logistics sector is growing as are education, retail and tourism. Nowra is expected to double its population to over 60,000 by 2030.

Commercial centres exist in Berry, Bomaderry, North Nowra, Culburra, Huskisson, Sussex Inlet, Milton,Ulladulla and South Nowra - hosting one of the largest available industrial estates south of Sydney.

We are committed to local jobs and servicing our growing businesses and have developed an innovative vocational education sector, with University, TAFE, Community College and private sector options. As a major regional centre with a maturing economy you won’t go far to find professional business services and good availability of skilled employees, including a constant inflow of talented sea/tree changers.

High speed broadband makes interstate,international operations or tele-commuting viable. For international or interstate distribution; rail and road connects to Ports Kembla and Botany. Sydney International Airport is less than 2 hours away.

"15 jobs per week created in the Shoalhaven"

"The Shoalhaven has a secure water supply"

"Nowra is an easy two hour drive from Sydney"

"The Shoalhaven offers access to markets of 6 million people"

"Nowra will double in population by 2031"


Economic Development have a new strategy - Productive Shoalhaven 2017-2026

Shoalhaven Economic Profile

Remplan can provide you with Shoalhaven industrial economic data. 

Profile id. gives you access to a wealth of demographic data

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
efence $373m
   Retail $301m
   Accom/Food Services $196m

(Dec 2016)