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2016 is packed with events for young professionals

The Shoalhaven Professional Business Association (SPBA) was established to promote and encourage people with a professional qualification to consider the Shoalhaven as the place to further their careers. The SPBA also provides Shoalhaven professional with a supportive network. The SPBA has members of all ages and even has a Shoalhaven Young Professional sub-group. This group has the same aims as the SPBA but focuses on supporting young professionals providing opportunities for people to make friends in a variety of fun environments. Please click here for more information about the SPBA.

Export Approval for Comerong Oysters

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash has welcomed an announcement that will see local oysters being exported to Asia, the Pacific Islands and the Middle East.

Oyster farmers at Comerong Bay were recently granted approval to export their product from the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service and NSW Food Authority. The export approval was received after local farmers were able to demonstrate strong environmental management controls over a period of time.

Mayor, Joanna Gash said eight of the area’s leading oyster farmers would benefit from the approval.

“I would like to congratulate the local oyster farmers who have been granted export approval in the last week,” said Clr Gash.

“This announcement will allow local farmers to grow the local industry and compete on an international scale.  Oysters are a very popular dish throughout the world but particularly in Asia which consider the plate to be an international delicacy.  While the Asian market remains very competitive, local farmers remain at a competitive advantage with oysters able to be delivered to the customer’s door within 30 hours of leaving Australia’s coast.  Local farmers will be looking forward to the opportunity to tap into this very lucrative market.” 

The Mayor said Comerong Bay produces both Sydney Rock and Pacific oysters saying the area’s farmers have built a strong reputation for producing fat, creamy oysters of both species. Export approval was received following the regular monitoring of Comerong Bay and annual audits by the NSW Food Authority.

Air Affairs set to expand

Air Affairs Australia is proud to announce the signing of the INTERIM JET AIR SUPPORT TO ADF TRAINING CONTRACT on 9th September 2015 with the Australian Defence Force. The Jet Air Support Contract provides Training Support Tasks including Aerial Target Towing and Tactical Flight Missions in support of the Navy and Air Force. The contract, which commences on 1st October 2015, will bring 35 additional jobs to Air Affairs to operate seven Learjets with target towing and special mission equipment. 

Air Affairs is a wholly Australian owned company established in 1984 with headquarters based at the Albatross Aviation Technology Park at Nowra, NSW, and has been providing target services, fire surveillance and precision engineering support services to the Australian Defence Forces, other military forces and Governments since 1995. Air Affairs is one of only two companies in the world that manufacture this specialist equipment, which is exported to 9 overseas countries. 

Air Affairs has completed acceptance flights for the Phoenix Jet Unmanned Aerial Target and delivers Learjet target services around the world. Managing Director Chris Sievers said that Air Affairs is pleased to continue their support to the Australian Defence Forces' training programs and will now provide more and new services during a period of very high operational demand on our Forces.

Oallen Ford Bridge opens to traffic

Traffic is flowing across the new Oallen Ford Bridge. The two lane concrete bridge replaces the existing bridge and causeway crossing of the Shoalhaven River. The new bridge was built five metres higher than the previous structure to ensure it remains open unless there is extreme flooding in the Shoalhaven River.

The new approaches have straightened out some tight bends and the previous load restrictions will no longer apply.

The project cost $3.2 million in total. The NSW State Government contributed $2.7 million to cover the cost of the bridge and Goulburn Mulwaree Council has funded the approaches.

Mr Warwick Bennett, General Manager of Goulburn Mulwaree Council thanked the local community for their understanding during the construction period.

‘Council appreciates the patience of local residents, especially in the last phase of the project when the road was closed, adding to daily travel times.’

The project was a combined effort by bridge building contractor, CivilBuild, Consulting Engineers Land Team, local earthmoving contractor, Divalls and Council’s own work crews.

‘Each is to be congratulated for the successful completion of this project, in what were at times, trying conditions.’

Mr Bennett went on to say, ‘Windellama district residents are delighted with the new bridge and improved access over the Shoalhaven River. Goulburn residents are looking forward to a smooth drive to the Coast in time for summer.’

It is eighty years since the Oallen Ford Road had a new bridge. Workers discovered the original commemorative stone marking the opening of the previous bridge in September 1935.

There will be an official ceremony to open the new Oallen Ford Bridge on Thursday 12 November.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Goulburn Mulwaree Communications Manager Vanessa McKinley on 4823 4515.

Training for Business

Business Sessions have developed a series of business development workshops that are designed to take you, your people and your business from good to GREAT. These workshops will give you the tools you need to enhance your business - from delighting customers and selling more, to accelerating change, working more efficiently and coming up with ideas that give you a sneaky advantage, the way you and your employees think, feel and behave makes a big difference.

The Business Sessions are currently working on their 2016 workshop schedule.  Please contact to register your interest. 

Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre will be running a workshop on How to Write a Business Plan.  The "Write your Business Plan" workshop will be presented by Peter Gordon in association with Southern Region BEC. This is an interactive workshop that will review past plans and then use this to form the foundation of your new business plan.  You don't need to have an existing business plan to benefit from this workshop.  
Click here to find out more.

The Illawarra ITeC Ltd was established in 1988 as a not for profit organisation to meet training and employment needs by providing services in education, training and skills development and small business advisory services.  Illawarra ITeC Ltd always have worthwhile training sessions on offer.  Please contact on 1300 166 694 to find out more.  


Small Business Grant - to continue until June 2019

The Small Business Grant is designed to encourage small businesses that do not pay payroll tax to employ new full-time, part-time and casual workers and expand their enterprises across NSW.

The Small Business Grant (Employment Incentive) will provide employers up to $2,000 per new employee for businesses that don't pay payroll tax.

The Grant will apply to new positions filled on or after 1 July 2015 and will continue until 30 June 2019. The Grant will be payable after the first anniversary of the hire of a new employee.

Registrations are now open and you can apply through the Small Business Grant (Employment Incentive) online application.

For more information, visit the Office of State Revenue website or attend a free webinar.

Skilling Australia's Defence Industry (SADI) - Round 1 Closed

The Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry (SADI) programme was established in 2005 by the Australian Government to grow the skills base of the Australian defence industry. The programme aims to create pathways into the sector and address the skills capability gap that exists within defence industry. Over the life of the programme approximately 200 defence suppliers have received funding to support training or skilling activities in trade, technical and professional skill sets.

In 2015/16 the SADI programme will provide funding of up to $5.639 million to assist the defence industry in providing the Australian Defence Force with the capabilities needed to defend Australia and its national interests.

In 2015/16 SADI grant funds will be awarded ugh an open competitive application round with eligible applications and activities assessed against the merit criteria. This year’s application round is being delivered on behalf of the Department of Defence through

Applications for Round 1 open on 27 July 2015 and close at 11.59pm AEST on 25 August 2015.

Shoalhaven Campus Open Evening

The University of Wollongong Shoalhaven Campus will be holding an information evening on the 2nd of September, 2015. The evening will commence at 6pm at the Shoalhaven Campus, George Evans Road, West Nowra. 

The Shoalhaven campus is a 5 minute drive from the centre of Nowra and offers a wide range of courses with degree's available in Arts, Business, Commerce, Early Years Education, Primary and Secondary Teaching, Medicine, Nursing, Social Work and Social Science. At the information evening you will discover how you can study at a world-class university without having to leave the Shoalhaven. Call (02) 4448 0888 to register or for more information.

Extra! Extra! Calling all Superheroes

Shoalhaven Superheroes is a 7 day super awesome pop culture festival! A place for fans of all shapes and sizes, colours and costumes, to gather together and be inspired by superheroes, both imagined and real. So get ready, embrace your inner geek, and join the pop culture event of the year. The 7 day festival is held all over the Shoalhaven, from the "Shire of Berry Potter" (Berry) in the north to the Shoalhaven Superheroes Capital (the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre) in the south. There's events and excitement at lots of different locations during the 7 day festival scheduled for the 27 September to 4 October. Visit Shoalhaven Superheroes for more information.  Bookings available through the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre

When three levels of government work together

Media Release - 16 February 2015

"This is what can happen when three levels of government work together," - Mayor, Gash

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash has welcomed today's announcement that will see the area receive over $6 million in funding for the upgrade and widening of Flinders Road, South Nowra.

Council will receive $3.1 million for the project through the New South Wales Government Fixing Country Roads scheme and an additional $2.95 million through the Australian Government Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

Mayor, Gash said the funding would allow Council to increase the width of Flinders Road and enhance intersection treatments, drastically improving heavy vehicle access through this corridor.

The Mayor said she would like to thank both the Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis and Member for the South Coast, Shelley Hancock on their hard work in securing the funding allocation for the local area.

"An infrastructure project of this value would be very difficult for Council to undertake by ourselves," said Clr Gash.

"That is why it is so pleasing to see all three levels of government working closely together for the betterment of the community.

"I would like to thank both the Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis and Member for the South Coast, Shelley Hancock for working to ensure these vital funds are injected into the Shoalhaven."

"Once completed, this project will dramatically improve safety and heavy vehicle access along Flinders Road."

"The adjoining Flinders Industrial Estate is a major manufacturing and logistics/distribution centre for local, national and international companies making the need for improved heavy vehicle access imperative."

Mayor, Joanna Gash said Council would be committing $300,000 of funds into the $6.35 million project.

The entire project will see Council undertake widening works and intersection treatments on Flinders Road that connects the Princes Highway with the Flinders Industrial Estate and Albatross Road.

CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 172

Commercial aquaculture leases now available in Jervis Bay, NSW

The aquaculture industry in the Shoalhaven has received a boost, after the NSW state government approved the creation of three aquaculture leases in the pristine waters of Jervis Bay.

The leases include a 10 hectare site off Vincentia and two 20 hectare areas off Callala Beach. The leases will be used by commercial operators to farm any number of native aquatic resources such as edible seaweed and other marine algae.

Only species native to Jervis Bay will be approved to be grown on the leases.

Fisheries NSW will offer the lease sites under a public tender process. More information about the leases and the tender process can be found here.

The face of Nowra is Changing!

Nowra Alive aims to breathe life back into the Nowra CBD through a number of initiatives including public street art to bring colour and vibrancy to places, with a focus on laneways and disused spaces.

Council’s investment in this type of program is born out of transforming the cultural identity of Nowra by telling stories through art. THOROUGH_FAIR is a project which has turned a disused driveway into a ‘Live Gallery Walk’ and included internationally renowned street artist Guido Van Helten to depict an historical photo taken by the late Jeff Carter in 1955 of a fisherman mending a fishing net at Greenwell Point.

The vision is for Nowra to have a network of sites that will form a ‘Live Gallery Walk’ across the city that can be marketed nationally and internationally.

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 integrating vertically to deliver quality controlled product with established providence grown in one of the cleanest environments in the world.

To learn more visit Blue BioTech Shoalhaven.

Blue BioTech


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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)