Nowra East Public School
Region Kiama, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven and Wollongong
Population (2016): 405,000
Key industries: Retail trade, education and training, health care and social assistance

Illawarra-Shoalhaven’s coastline is home to a population of more than 400,000, and the combined urban area of Wollongong and Shellharbour represents one of the 10 largest urban areas in Australia. Illawarra-Shoalhaven includes Port Kembla, the nation’s largest export grain terminal and one of the state’s largest ports.

The Government will invest in better roads, health care and emergency services as well as promoting economic growth by investing in tourism infrastructure, including repairs to the WIN stadium in Wollongong and an upgrade to Minnamurra Rainforest Centre in Budderoo National Park. Additional beds at Nowra South Coast Correctional Centre will also bring more jobs to the region.

Key highlights include:

  • $789.9 million over four years to upgrade the Princes Highway, including $35.5 million in 2017-18 for the completion of the Princes Highway bypass of Berry, $20.0 million for the new Burrill Lake bridge, $23.5 million in 2017-18 for the continuation of realignment works at Dignams Creek and $4.2 million towards the federally funded project to replace bridges in Nowra
  • $164.0 million with $86.8 million in 2017-18 for an additional 360 beds at the Nowra South Coast Correctional Centre
  • $21.0 million in 2017-18 to continue the Bulli Hospital Aged Care Centre of Excellence
  • $4.4 million in 2017-18 for a hospital car park at Shoalhaven Hospital with an estimated total cost of $9.8 million
  • continuing works on the Wollongong Fire Station refurbishment and the Bay and Basin Police Station, with estimated total costs of $4.9 million and $5.0 million respectively
  • $5.0 million in 2017-18 to commence redevelopment of Shellharbour Hospital with an estimated total cost of $250.6 million
  • $5.4 million in 2017-18 to repair the Northern Grandstand at WIN stadium in Wollongong, to ensure public safety and the continued use of the stand for events
  • $4.7 million over three years to reinvigorate the Minnamurra Rainforest Centre in Budderoo National Park, transforming the Centre into a first-class visitor destination
  • an investment in the Wattamolla Visitor Precinct project that aims to cater for a growing number of visitors while protecting and conserving the Royal National Park site’s natural beauty. The project includes $3.9 million for a Great Southern Nature Walk.