Shoalhaven Export Hub


About the Shoalhaven Export Hub

The Shoalhaven Export Hub was launched in November 2020, after the Shoalhaven City Council received grant funding through the Australian Government’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs Initiative. The initiative will help Australian SMEs to grow, export and increase local and regional jobs.

The Shoalhaven Export Hub is a collaborative business-to-business network that helps small and medium-size businesses harness opportunities in global markets. The Shoalhaven Export Hub aims to assist businesses to build their skills and know-how.  Seminars, workshops and networking activities will help to develop skills and contacts for members.

Membership of the Shoalhaven Export Hub is free.

The aim of the Shoalhaven Export Hub is to develop companies for export or put them on the export journey by:

  • Assisting firms in determining their export readiness
  • Assisting member firms in developing export strategies focused on current or future global opportunities that reflect local strengths
  • Enhance member skills and management capability through training and seminars
  • Increase information and resource sharing between participating businesses
  • Help to address barriers to participation by member firms in global supply chains
  • Develop an overarching Shoalhaven export strategy (pdf 4.2MB)that aligns with growth industry sectors
  • Providing market intelligence about export opportunities
  • Tapping into a global customer base - 7.8 billion vs 25 million
  • Reduced dependence on one market
  • Increase efficiencies through economies of scale in production
  • Extend the life of a mature product
  • Identify counter-seasonal markets
  • Take advantage of negotiated Free Trade Agreements

Learn more about Exporting from our Shoalhaven Export Hub Members


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Nowchem is a chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing business located in Nowra, NSW, Australia. Nowchem manufacturers a range of chemical products for industry, home and for specialised applications.
Nowchem produce over 400 specialty chemicals including various detergents, cleaning products and disinfectants and can customise these to suit your needs.

(02) 4421 4099
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Australian Food and Pharmaceutical Industries

Founded in 2015, Australian Food and Pharmaceutical Industries (AFPI) manufactures innovative foods and nutraceuticals. AFPI is well known for Mast Chew, a plant based, organic and sugar-free chewing gum. The gum base does not contain the plastic or latex usually found in chewing gums. Rather it is made from trees resin (Mastic). Mastic resin exhibits naturally occurring antimicrobial activity and has been used for thousands of years throughout the Mediterranean and other parts of the world to maintain gut health and treat stomach related illnesses. The combination of xylitol, mint and antimicrobial gum base in Mast Chew cleanses the mouth and soothes the stomach. AFPI has also incorporated probiotics in the chewing gum for the first time in the world and intending to use chewing gum as a delivery mechanism for medicine.

(02) 4422 4605
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Cherub Rubs

Cherub Rubs is an Australian made fully Certified Organic range of skin care products created specifically for baby and children’s skin but is suitable for the whole family. Developed by a natural healthcare practitioner, who is also a mother, products are manufactured under strict organic standards to provide you with a safe alternative in skin care. The Cherub Rubs range includes products for hair and body, skin care, for mum, and the laundry. Unlike many brands which claim to be natural, Cherub Rubs products contain no synthetic preservatives or processed ingredients. All products are certified toxic-free by Safe Cosmetics Australia.

(+61) 0432 143 242
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Air Affairs Australia

Air Affairs Australia (AAA) is an Aviation Flight Operations and Engineering based company established in 1995 and 100% Australian owned. AAA is a leader in the provision of specialised airborne and engineering services to Defence Forces, Government Departments and multinational companies in Australia and around the world. The company is ISO 9001 & AS4801 Quality Certified, Australian Defence Security cleared and provides aircraft operations and maintenance under full CASA certification. AAA fleet of aircraft provides specialised air training support services to the Australian Defence Force. The aircraft also fulfil other special mission roles, including turn-key high altitude bushfire reconnaissance services.

(02) 4423 6755
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The Quilting Patch

The Quilting Patch is a manufacturer of Quilting rulers, Heaven Scent Starch Spray and Eppiflex templates, the reusable English Paper Piecing (EPP) template that is getting lots of attention in the quilting community right now.

Eppiflex templates are:
• Laser cut for precision for more accurate piecing
• Cut with a patented design which enables them to bend when needed
• Strong and durable
• Transparent for fussy cutting and precise positioning
• Heat resistant
• Hard at their edges so no more sewn in card

The Quilting Patch has two online shops, and Their factory / showroom is located in South Nowra, NSW Australia. They sell both wholesale and retail in Australia and export to the USA, New Zealand and is currently in negotiations with a distributor in the UK.

(02) 4423 3352
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Southern Highlands Brewing Co.

Southern Highlands Brewing Company Kitchen and Taphouse located in Moss Vale, NSW is an award winning regional Brewery providing a unique beer and restaurant experience. Member of the Independent Brewers Association, Australia. Core range of seven beers: Pale Ale, Australian Blonde, IPA, Porter, Red Ale, Lager, and Mid Strength Pale Ale. Every three months Southern Highlands Brewing put out their Seasonal, the Rain Ale or Shine Series, which will be a beer for the seasons. At the 3rd edition of the London Beer Competition, The Goodfather – a Porter brewed by SHBC was awarded a gold medal along with “Best in Show by Country”, taking the title of Best Australian Beer in 2020. The London Beer Competition has been created exclusively by the Beverage Trade Network, the US drinks events, services, business and publishing group dedicated to helping drinks producers and brand owners get closer to the buyers, distributors and retailers that can bring their products to market.

0417 849 900
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Resilience Logistic Solutions Pty Ltd (RLS)

Resilience Logistic Solutions Pty Ltd (RLS) supplies a complete range of deployable civilian ‘life support’ solutions to emergency services, humanitarian and disaster relief organisations. 100% Australian owned and based, RLS is led by some of the world’s most experienced field infrastructure and logistics experts. RLS creates smarter and safer infrastructure solutions that help field responders perform to the very best of their abilities. Highly robust and endlessly versatile, RLS systems deliver a proven range of modular platforms that can be easily adapted to meet the unique configuration requirements of any deployment. RLS also provide expert consultancy in critical areas such as risk assessment, design, manufacturing and deployment logistics. RLS solutions include:
. Field Camps & Accommodation
. Kitchen & Dining Systems
. Shower, Toilet & Laundry Systems
. Decontamination Tents
. Field Hospitals
. Consulting & Support Services

(02) 4429 3999
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Ulladulla Fishermen’s Co-Operative Society Ltd

The Ulladulla Fishermen’s Co-Operative Society Ltd, formed in 1956 is based in Ulladulla, New South Wales. Known for its picturesque harbour and bountiful seafood, Ulladulla is located in the Shoalhaven region of the NSW South Coast, approximately 225 kms south of Sydney. The main business of the co-operative is the processing and marketing of wild caught Yellowfin Tuna, Southern Bluefin Tuna, Bigeye Tuna and Swordfish. Approximately 80 percent of the catch is sold within Australia, with the balance exported to markets including Japan and USA.

(02) 4455 1922
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Stormtech Pty Ltd

Stormtech is acknowledge globally as the inventor and creator of the architectural linear drainage product and creator of the market for level threshold drainage, shower channel drainage, and manifold high-performance drainage. This is underpinned by deep technical and practical experience in this area. Stormtech manufactures in the Shoalhaven efficient architectural drainage solutions for showers, bathrooms, thresholds, balconies, paved areas, and pools. Stormtech Slimline Grates and Drains are patented and unique in their efficiency and versatility. Ideal for both new buildings and renovations, they provide beautiful, stainless steel finished grates for both architectural drainage and special needs access. Matching the right product to your specific needs is easy with Stormtechs’ Product Selector. Stormtech drains connect with all standard plumbing fittings, and have Standards Australia International Certification. Stormtech is the only drainage manufacturer with Level A GreenTag certification – the most respected third-party certification body in Australia for eco-friendly products and is the only product rating certification approved by the Green Building Council of Australia.

(02) 4423 1989
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E Class Marine

Eclass Marine, based in Kiama NSW, is Australia’s only electric outboard manufacturer. NSW. Over the past 10 years, That’s Good Pty. Ltd an Australian Company, trading with several registered business names Eclass Outboards, Eclass Boats, Eclass Jet Skis and Eclass Marine, has developed a range of all electric portable marine outboards and inboards, with realistic run times and suitable power output for recreational, commercial and rescue operations. An electric personal watercraft (jet ski) is due for market release in 2023. An electric lightweight recreational boat and an electric rescue boat has also been developed. Eclass is a member of AIMEX (Australian International Marine Exports Group), EMMA (Electric Mobility Manufacturers of Australia).

(61) 0408 360 084
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Phyco Health

Phyco Health was founded over 20 years ago by Dr Pia Winberg. Pia was seeking a more sustainable, low emissions way to grow food from the oceans and coastal zones. Ahead of her time perhaps, she realised seaweed was a missing link: seaweed re-oxygenates the seas, buffers against acidity and can grow up to 50 times faster than land based crops. She went on to discover a unique Australian species of seaweed and develop the technology to farm it sustainably, while capturing copious CO2 and nitrogen spill-off from industry and releasing only clean, oxygenated water back into the environment.

0429 338 846
  • Australian Trade and Investment Commission AUSTRADE – Australia’s lead trade and investment agency. Austrade has a strong network and expertise in connecting Australian businesses to the world.
    For more information:

  • TradeStart – an extension to Austrade’s own offices and is delivered in partnership with State, Territory, and local governments, industry associations and chambers of commerce. In NSW TradeStart partners with the NSW Government to help exporters gain access to Austrade’s advisers, resources and overseas network. NSW export advisers deliver the TradeStart education programs in locations across NSW.
    TradeStart Senior Export Adviser: Rory McAlester
    Investment NSW
    P: 02 4428 9125

  • AusIndustry – the Australian Government’s principle agency for delivering assistance, programs and services which support industry, research and innovation.
    Regional Manager – Illawarra & South Coast: Peter Masterson
    (02) 4258 3670

  • Export Finance Australia (formerly EFIC) – Australia’s export credit agency provides Australian businesses with finance solutions so they can grow their export business.
    For more information

  • NSW Government – has a range of support measures for businesses at each stage of their export journey. The includes financial and non-financial assistance, export capability-building and tailored engagement with trade professionals in NSW and overseas.
    Global NSW positions NSW as Australia’s global hub, bringing together the expertise of people representing industry and innovation, trade and investment, and precinct development.
    For more information:

  • Export Council of Australia – provides a variety of in-house and tailored courses designed to meet specific needs and develop international trade skills including short professional development courses. The Export Council of Australia also offers accredited distance learning programs. To support the education and training offered by the Export Council of Australia the institute provides a range of exporter services including publications such as the Australian Export Handbook, export assistance programs and networking and exporter information sessions.
    For more information:
  • Shoalhaven Export Strategy - a report forwarded to AusIndustry by the Economic Development Office of Shoalhaven City Council providing details and outcomes for the project.
    For more information: Shoalhaven Export Strategy

Get In Touch


Rory McAlester

Senior Export Advisor - Investment NSW

TradeStart – an extension to Austrade’s own offices and is delivered in partnership with State, Territory, and local governments, industry associations and chambers of commerce. In NSW TradeStart partners with the NSW Government to help exporters gain access to Austrade’s advisers, resources and overseas network. NSW export advisers deliver the TradeStart education programs in locations across NSW.

TradeStart Senior Export Adviser: Rory McAlester
Investment NSW
P: 02 4428 9125

We welcome your suggestions about subjects you would like to learn more about.

Shoalhaven businesses interested in discovering if export is right for them, in developing an export plan or growing their established export business are encouraged to contact Rory McAlester (Details above).

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+61 2 4429 3388
Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm

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Administrative Office
Shoalhaven City Council
Bridge Rd
Nowra NSW 2541

(Post: PO Box 42
Nowra NSW 2541, Australia)