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Economic Development Office Newsletter - June 2018

Fri 01 Jun 2018

Welcome to Productive Shoalhaven - June 2018

Welcome to June's newsletter.  The Economic Development Office has been busy the past couple of months on a number of major projects.  We have said good bye to Rianna Burgess, our Administration Officers as she took on a new role within Executive Strategy as the Community Engagement Support Officer.  We have welcomed Natalia Komadina for eight weeks while recruiting a new Administration Officer, Sally Bacon, to our team on 12th June.  We have had several projects, seminars and events in recent months including Naturally Good Expo, SEATS meeting in Shellharbour, Shoalhaven Business Forum, spba Breakfast, Basic Tax Training for Businesses, LinkedIn Training and Instagram Training for Businesses. 

$40 Million Rail Project

A big win for local jobs as the NSW Government has announced it will invest $40 Million to upgrade 13 kilometers of the South Coast Line between Berry and Bomaderry to allow heavier trains carrying up to 25 tonne axle loads to use the track. 
The Shoalhaven City Council Economic Development Office was pleased to assist with the application
Read the full media release here.  

Gareth Ward and Melinda Pavey discussing upcoming project

Blue BioTech Shoalhaven


Blue BioTech Shoalhaven supported by Economic Development Office of Shoalhaven City Council, is a network of Shoalhaven based businesses that are creating innovative products with a foundation in aquatic biotechnology. 

Working collaboratively each business has something unique and valuable to add to the supply chain – from growth, to processing, product development and to market. 

 By utilizing each other’s strengths, Blue BioTech businesses are able to produce innovative health products which they were promoted at this year’s Naturally Good Expo in Sydney.

Four members attended Naturally Good Expo to promote products made within the Shoalhaven.  NowChem, Venus Shell Systems, Shoalhaven Health Co. and Essence Group all displayed their latest health products under the banner of Blue BioTech Shoalhaven. 

Click here to find out more what each company had to show at the latest Naturally Good Expo.   


Edmison Jones

Shoalhaven City Council's Economic Development Office is proud to sponsor the 2018 Shoalhaven Business Awards 

It's that time of the year again, the 2018 Shoalhaven Business Awards entries are now open!  Shoalhaven City Council's Economic Development Office is proud to be the Major Sponsor of the Business Awards in 2018.    


Entering the Shoalhaven Business Awards has a wide range of benefits.  The Business Awards allows businesses to review the past twelve months, involving and recognising those who have contributed to success of your business.

If you are a business that is doing something really outstanding, really valuable or really unique, but your work is going unnoticed, the awards can put a spotlight on your business.   

Participating in the Awards is a great way to see what your peers and competition are doing, and consider areas for improvement in your own business.  

All categories, terms and conditions can be veiwed on the Shoalhaven Business Chamber's website.  

If you are interested in entering one of the 18 categories visit the Shoalhaven Business Chamber website to enter. 
Good luck to all businesses entering.  Applications close 9th July.  

Flinders Industrial Estate - Set to expand

It's been an exciting time for the Shoalhaven economy.  The Economic Development Office of Shoalhaven City Council develops industrial land at three key locations being Flinders Industrial Estate at South Nowra, Woollamia Industrial Estate and the Albatross Aviation Technology Park.   In the last two years, the demand for industrial lots has been high, resulting in the need for the Economic Development Office to create more industrial lots available for business activities. 

Expansion is already underway at Woollamia Industrial Estate, located at Huskisson.  Stage 5 is expected to yield 15 lots ranging in size from 2,700m² to 8,700m². It is expected that these lots will be released to the market in late 2018 after Council has set the pricing structure.

Nowra Key Road Projects

The Prime Minister recently announced Federal funding support towards a new Shoalhaven River Bridge at Nowra.

Receiving Federal support will allow the Shoalhaven to improve primary limitations of the current crossing of the Shoalhaven River at Nowra, being the inability for Higher Mass Limit trucks and oversize loads to utilise the southbound iron bridge and eliminating the current need for a contra flow on the newer bridge provided by NSW Police.

Other Projects

  • There is currently work underway to improve the South Nowra Freight Corridor along Flinders Road.  
  • Northern Collector Road is at pre-construction stage. 
  • The East Nowra Sub Arterial (ENSA) will be the subject of a grant application to construct this important project and alleviate the pressure on the Kalander Street intersection with the Princes Highway.
  • Works have also started on Monday, 28 May 2018 on the Bolong Road and Meroo Street Intersection Roundabout to provide a wider pavement section to allow heavy vehicles negotiate the turn on Bolong Road towards the east improving driver safety.  Click here to read the full story.


Incubator Support Initiative - AusIndustry

The $23 million Incubator Support initiative supports the Australian Government’s commitment to:

  • Assist Australian start-ups to develop the capabilities required to achieve commercial success in international markets and realise their economic potential faster than they otherwise would
  • Develop Australia’s innovation ecosystem including in regional areas.

The initiative provides grant funding through two components to deliver Incubator Support projects, both of which require a funding contribution from applicants.

Support for New and Existing Incubators:

  • To help develop new incubators in regional areas and/or sectors with high potential for success in international trade
  • To boost the effectiveness of high performing incubators, including funding support to expand their services and/or develop the innovation ecosystem
  • To encourage incubators to work with more data-driven start-ups that use public data as part of their business.

This component allows for a minimum grant amount of $26,000 and a maximum grant amount of $500,000 per project with a maximum grant period of 24 months.

Support for Expert-in-Residence:

  • To increase the capabilities of incubators and improve the chance of commercial success for start-ups in international markets by organising and providing access to top quality research, managerial and technical talent through incoming and outgoing secondments of national or international experts.

This component allows for a minimum grant amount of $5,000 and a maximum grant amount of $100,000 per project with a maximum grant period of 12 months.

Business Growth Grants - AusIndustry

The Federal Government provides businesses with matched funding of up to $20,000 for the cost of hiring an expert to help with implementing the advice and strategies recommended through the Business Evaluation, Growth Services, Supply Chain Facilitation or Tourism Partnerships programmes.  

Click here to find out more   

Jobs Action Plan – Jobs for NSW

The Jobs Action Plan is a key priority of the New South Wales (NSW) government. The plan provides eligible NSW businesses with a payroll tax rebate when they employ new workers in new eligible employment.

To be eligible for the scheme you must be registered as an employer and paying payroll tax in NSW.  If you are eligible then you can claim $2000 on the first anniversary and a further $4000 on the second anniversary for the employment of an additional person in a new job.     

Click here to find out more.

Don’t pay payroll tax and you’ve got new employees in your business?  You could be eligible for the Small Business Grant which is a one off payment per new position and is paid when a claim is made on the 12 month anniversary of when the position was created.  For full-time employees the grant amount is $2,000.  Click here.

Regional Growth Loans - supports projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.  Direct loans ranging from $200,000 to $500,000 are available to eligible businesses with no interest payable.  Click here for more.

And now for something a little different…..

Dreams for a Better World Program – Better Business round.

Are you a small business owner or social-change maker with a dream to make a positive change in your local community? Make that dream a reality with a small business grant from Sunsuper's Dreams for a Better World.  Dream big and you could receive a grant to help your business address local issues like housing affordability, unemployment, sustainability, mental health issues or even help boost your local economy.

Apply to the Better Business round for the chance to receive up to $15,000 and help fund a project or innovative solution that tackles a social issue in your local community. 
Click here to find out more.

South Coast Beef Producers

The Economic Development Office has supported the South Coast Beef Producers for a number of years with the network being quite mature and relatively independent of Council.  Our most recent support for the South Coast Beef Producers was by way of sponsorship of the 2018 Steer Spectacular.   The Steer Spectacular provides school students in SE NSW with an opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the beef industry.  This is developed through involvement in a steer raising competition that might provide them a pathway into a career in agriculture. 

This program provides students with exposure to the variety of careers within agriculture and a focus on the importance of STEM. 

Nowra High School’s cattle team took part in the School Steer Spectacular. 

Click Here for more on this story


The Economic Development Office of Shoalhaven City Council supports a range of business training and networking sessions throughout the Shoalhaven.  Here are some of the Council sponsored training opportunities available to local business.

Lunch n Learn: Four easy steps to ensure your employees go home safe, every night.  Shoalhaven Business Chamber and SafeWork NSW

Attend our workplace safety workshop, and after 60 minutes of interactive scenario-based activities, you will walk away with 4 easy, actionable steps to ensure your people go home safe, every night. You will:

  • Be able to identify who has WHS duties in the workplace
  • Be able to identify common hazards and review and implement suitable controls
  • Know how to meet your obligationsKnow how to apply for the up to $500 Small Business rebate (eligible employers only)

Let SafeWork NSW help you start a conversation about your workplace safety. Because no matter what you do, safety starts with you.

  • Venue: Quest 130 Kinghorne Street, Nowra
  • Date: 14th June 2018
  • Cost: Members free, non members $25.00
  • Click here to register

Women in Business: EOFY Coffee Morning & Speed Networking – Shoalhaven Business Chamber and Shoalhaven City Council

Women in Business is for like-minded women who are keen to learn, share ideas and collaborate with others for mutual success.

If you operate a small or large business, are looking to start up your own business, employed, self employed, a professional, an experienced executive or someone who has a great business idea, Shoalhaven Women is Business is for you!

  • Venue: Dish & Spoon Café, 1A Scenic Drive, Nowra
  • Date: 22nd June 2018
  • Cost: $15 members, $20 non members (includes cake + the full range of Dish & Spoon coffees & teas!)
  • Click here to book your spot.

2018 spba Young Professional Mentor Program Graduation

The spba was established in 2009 to support local professionals and encourage others to consider the Shoalhaven as the place to further their careers.  The Young Professional Mentor Program is just one way in which the spba and its members support professional development within the area.   This event is an opportunity to celebrate with the 2018 young professional Graduates and find out more about the spba and what they do.   A sumptuous three course meal complemented by a selection of Silos Estate wine is all part of the event. 

  • Date: 29th June 2018
  • Venue: Bomaderry Bowling Club
  • Cost: $90 spba members, $125 non spba members

 NDIS: Being Profitable – Southern Region BEC

Do you know how much it costs to deliver your product or services? Do you know how much profit you make?Come along to this information session to learn how to build a sustainable business you need to identify the profit you make.Be at the forefront. Making the NDIS work for your business!

Awesome Content (Nowra) – The Business Sessions

Content is king and the key to great content is making sure you are talking to your audience. 

In this interactive workshop we discuss 5 powerful tips to creating awesome content, how to use IDEATION, discuss the pro's and cons of long and lengthy v short and catchy and we look at what the term STICKY CONTENT means.

  • Venue: Shoalhaven City Council
  • Date: 4th July 2018
  • Cost: $55
  • Call 0406 866 634 or email to find out more or to book your spot.

Awesome Content (Ulladulla) – The Business Sessions

Content is king and the key to great content is making sure you are talking to your audience. 

In this interactive workshop we discuss 5 powerful tips to creating awesome content, how to use IDEATION, discuss the pro's and cons of long and lengthy v short and catchy and we look at what the term STICKY CONTENT means.

  • Venue: Shoalhaven City Council
  • Date: 5th July 2018
  • Cost: $55
  • Call 0406 866 634 or email to find out more or to book your spot.

NDIS: Adapting your business – Southern Region BEC

We are constantly adapting to change and businesses are the same. After this workshop, you will start to see opportunity as you build innovative strategies into your business.A one-to-one follow up meeting is provided to assist you further and embed the ideas/principles as part of the workshop. Please book with the Business Adviser at the workshop.

The Great Debate - spba June Networking Breakfast

Come and watch two teams of Young Professionals battle it out in the Great Debate 2018.  Our breakfasts provide you with an opportunity to network with other Shoalhaven Professional business owners.Event Details:


Economic Development Office

Contact the Economic Development Office on telephone: 02 4429 3388 to speak with:

  • Greg Pullen – Economic Development Manager
  • Marianne Jones – Economic Development Officer
  • Natalia Komadina – Economic Development Administration Assistant

Click here to access Shoalhaven City Council Economic Development Website

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