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Illawarra – Shoalhaven Regional Transport Plan

Illawarra – Shoalhaven Regional Transport Plan

Consultation Summary Report


By 2041, an extra 100,000 people are projected to call the Illawarra-Shoalhaven home, increasing the total population of the region to 505,000 people. New regionally significant precincts will deliver new homes, jobs and services for the growing population, influencing localised travel behaviour and demand.

The need for efficient, reliable and safe connectivity between the Illawarra-Shoalhaven and Greater Sydney will continue to grow, with the connection to Western Sydney increasing in importance as the Western Sydney Aerotropolis expands.

The regional freight task will continue to grow over the next 20 years, particularly with the Port of Port Kembla identified as a future container terminal and potential hub for hydrogen production and export. To support this expansion, surrounding road and rail networks will need to embrace technology-driven solutions, and address first mile/last mile limitations.

Under existing conditions, the car is the dominant mode of travel across the Illawarra- Shoalhaven. For many people across the region, a lack of access to attractive alternatives to the private vehicle amplifies this trend. The need to increase modal choice for more people, more often will deliver a future that is both more customer-focused and sustainable.

Finally, with electric vehicles forecast to reach upfront price parity with traditional combustion engine vehicles in Australia from 2024, the need to effectively plan and support the regional transition of the transport network and associated fleet towards a low emissions future must be addressed.

A supporting plan of Future Transport 2056, the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Regional Transport Plan (the “Plan”) provides a blueprint for how Transport for NSW will proactively respond to the transport needs of the region, as well as address the key trends that will necessitate a transport related response into the future.

Developed in conjunction with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s (DPIE) Illawarra-Shoalhaven Regional Plan 2041, the Plan presents a transport vision for the Illawarra-Shoalhaven and identifies the necessary infrastructure, services and policy interventions required to articulate the vision at a local level. Key goals of the vision include:

  • One in every five (20%) trips will be made by walking, cycling or public transport across the region by 2041
  • Increased population within a 30 minute public transport trip of a regionally significant centre – Metro Wollongong, Shellharbour City Centre, Kiama, Nowra-Bomaderry, Milton‑Ulladulla
  • Improved connectivity between the Illawarra-Shoalhaven and Greater Sydney, with a particular focus on the connection with Western Sydney 
  • Crash rates are reduced in-line with the NSW-wide “Towards Zero” goal of zero fatalities and serious injuries on our roads by 2056
  • Increased access for High Productivity Vehicles (HPV) across the region to support “moving more with less”
  • Increased uptake of emissions-free vehicles in-line with the NSW Government target of net zero emissions by 2050
  • Greater use of technology to support a safer, more efficient, and accessible transport network

The Plan has identified 71 initiatives that, in combination, will support the realisation of the transport vision for the Illawarra-Shoalhaven by 2041.

Developing the Plan

Development of this Plan has been informed through formal engagement and workshops with key stakeholders, as well as feedback provided during the public exhibition of the Draft Illawarra-Shoalhaven Regional Transport Plan (the “Draft Plan”) from 30 November 2020 to 29 January 2021.

During the public exhibition, Transport for NSW received 148 submissions from the local community on the Draft Plan – a further 19 submissions were received from key stakeholders.

Key stakeholders included representatives from Kiama, Shellharbour City, Shoalhaven City and Wollongong City Councils, State Agencies, the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Joint Organisation (ISJO), Regional Development Australia, the Illawarra Business Chamber, NSW Ports, the Property Council of Australia and the University of Wollongong.

All submissions received were reviewed and key feedback themes identified. These have been summarised in the Consultation Summary Report.

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