Shoalhaven Economic Development
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Business Networks

Shoalhaven is a community large enough to stimulate and small enough to feel part of. Community interaction is a valued aspect of Shoalhaven life and Networks have been formed to connect business people from disparate or similar industries.

Council also participates in regional, state or national forums to develop relationships and enhance synergies with other similarly minded organisations.

Within the Shoalhaven

Shoalhaven Business Chamber

The Shoalhaven Business Chamber is a membership based organisation consisting of members from the business, government, education, and not-for-profit sectors. It is affiliated with the Illawarra Chamber of Business in Wollongong.

The Shoalhaven Business Chamber has grown to be one of the ten largest Business Chambers in the state. Membership provides access to the monthly networking events, e-news updates & regional training opportunities.

Illawarra-Shoalhaven Medicare Local

The role of the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Medicare Local is to lead and support the primary health care sector to achieve significant improvements in the health and wellbeing of our population. Our role is to collaborate with existing providers to ensure integrated service delivery and to enhance and develop service delivery where gaps are identified.

The Illawarra-Shoalhaven Medicare Local is responsible for understanding the needs of the local community in order to identify service gaps and health system improvements to improve coordination of service delivery and access to health care services for the community.  They operate a number of health care management programs including the Shoalhaven Wellness Centre which has an exercise rehabilitation program which helps individuals with a sub-acute or chronic injury to return to vocational or activities of daily living quicker.

Shoalhaven Professional Business Association

The Shoalhaven Professional Business Association came together out of an interest by the professional businesses within the City to grow the profile of their professions both to the local business community but more importantly to the young people of the area that professional careers could be followed locally. The SPBA is active in providing assistance to students considering a vocation within their profession. An educational program is being developed as is a networking program to grow the co-operation and professionalism amongst their businesses and employees.

Community Consultative Bodies

Council is committed to community consultation is an important component of responsible decision making. One means by which Council consults with the community is by a two-way communication process with organisations recognised by Council as Community Consultative Bodies (CCB's) that are based on a geographic spread throughout the City.

Shoalhaven Business Forum

This forum comprises the CEOs of the major employers within the City. Topics discussed include local business trends, recruitment issues, local/state/national economy, recent or impending government legislation and other relevant business issues.

Business Networking Events

These popular events/breakfasts are held to facilitate better and innovative business performance. Local individual businesses or groups present “their story” to others within a convivial atmosphere of learning through mutual sharing of ideas and experiences. If you are interested in attending one of these breakfasts please email

South Coast Defence Network

With Council working in partnership with the Defence Industry Unit within Australian Business Limited, this South Coast Defence Network brings together relevant speakers on topics of interest to the businesses operating in the defence support industry in NSW and more particularly the south coast of NSW.  If you are interested in attending one of these breakfasts please email

Shoalhaven Defence Industry Group

NSW Industry & Investment, Shoalhaven City Council and Shoalhaven Business Chamber have united to form the Shoalhaven Defence Industry Group.  This Group consits of Shoalhaven defence related businesses, who are working together to secure contracts and share knowledge and skill in order to enhance the defence industry in the Shoalhaven.

Case Studies:

Blue BioTech Shoalhaven

Blue BioTech Shoalhaven is an industry group that has been established to promote innovation and the capability of our member businesses in aquatic biotechnology - from growth through to processing. Shoalhaven businesses are delivering quality controlled product with established providence grown in one of the cleanest environments in the world.

Blue BioTech Shoalhaven contains many innovative and dynamic members that deliver quality products, capability and services to the marketplace. This industry network was created to enable members to create opportunities in the marketplace that they couldn't access in isolation.

Cross-pollination and networking within the membership have already proved to deliver far more benefits compared to operating alone. The Shoalhaven is the place to be for aquatic biotechnology and Blue BioTech Shoalhaven welcomes other businesses to the group that can add to this growing market.

South Coast Agri Network

South Coast Agri Network is a group of producers and manufactures of agricultural produce seeking to work together with regard to marketing, production and topics of mutual interest.  Comprising of small area farmers and boutique manufacturers from Kiama and Shoalhaven Councils, they are keen to show case the quality of the Shoalhaven produce and product.

In 2011 the South Coast Harvest Experience was launched in the 7th edition of the Hawkesbury Harvest Farm Gate Trail. South Coast Harvest Experience interactive Map.

A photographic blog of the South Coast Harvest Experience North

Shoalhaven Beef Producers Association

This group of local beef producers is endeavouring to improve the returns to local farmers through education, collaboration and generally working together to establish a "Shoalhaven" brand and establish greater economies of scale to assist each other. To contact the Association email the secretary.

Directory of Goods and Services

Shoalhaven Council has combined with Sensis Limited to allow you to search for individual businesses at Yellow Pages or types of businesses within the City or on a smaller geographic basis.


Outside the Shoalhaven

Southern Councils Group

Southern Council Group is an alliancen of seven Local Government Authorities located in the Illawarra and South East Regions of NSW including:

Bega Valley; Eurobodalla; Kiama; Shellharbour; Shoalhaven, Wingecarribee and Wollongong

South Eastern Australia Transport Strategy Inc (SEATS)

The South East Australian Transport Strategy Inc. (SEATS) provides highly coordinated and influential advocacy for the development of transport infrastructure in the South East Australian region that supports sustainable economic development and the prosperity of its constituents.

The South East Australian Transport Strategy Inc. (SEATS) aims to stimulate and facilitate investment in transport and infrastructure in south eastern New South Wales ( NSW ), eastern Victoria ( VIC ), and the Australian Capital Territory ( ACT ) region. SEATS has developed its regional list of Priority Projects to improve the freight transportation network which it believes will deliver regional economic benefit within the region.

Members of SEATS - South East Australian Transport Strategy Inc. include local government, regional development organisations, government agencies, regional industry and academics.

IRIS Research

IRIS Research is an organisation that specialises in economic, community and industry research for government, business and academic institutions. IRIS also provides consultancy services in the areas of market and social research, strategic planning, economic development and place marketing. Much regional research material is published by IRIS and can be sourced from their website. (There may be a charge for some publications)


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