The Chair of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Joint Organisation, Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM, today came together with other Joint Organisation (JO’s) and senior government officials for the first time, at a landmark forum at Parliament House in Sydney.
Clr Bradbery said the meeting was an opportunity for the newly elected Chairs of the 12 JO’s to unite and discuss priorities for creating jobs, improving infrastructure and services in regional NSW.
“This inaugural meeting of the Chairpersons of Joint Organisations from across regional NSW is a significant occasion,” Clr Bradbery said. “The forum is the first chance to discuss how our newly formed organisations are best able to work together with the NSW Government to deliver beneficial outcomes for our regional communities. ISJO is well aware of what can be achieved through intergovernmental collaboration and we look forward to further opportunities”.
Addressing the meeting was the Premier Gladys Berejiklian MP, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro MP, and Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton MP.
The meeting marks the official launch of NSW’s network of Joint Organisations across regional NSW. The formation of JOs aims to strengthen economic management, planning and service delivery in regional and remote areas.
The NSW Government’s 20-Year Economic Vision for Regional NSW, has recently been released. This Vision highlights a set of ‘engine industries’ for growth in the regions, and the government’s priorities for infrastructure spending, backed by the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund.
“ISJO looks forward to working collaboratively with the NSW Government to take full advantage of the economic opportunities this new funding can bring to the Illawarra Shoalhaven region,” Clr Bradbery said.
Currently 12 JO’s have been formed across regional NSW, representing a total of 85 regional councils. 90 per cent of eligible councils have voluntarily joined JOs, ensuring the strength and success of the new bodies in delivering for regional NSW.