ISJO re-elects senior Board members

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery AM, and Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba have been re-elected Chair and Deputy Chair respectively of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Joint Organisation (ISJO).

The two-year appointment provides continuity for the member-based organisation which, in its short history, is already proving to be a powerhouse of collaboration.

Established in 2018 to bring together all parts of the Illawarra Shoalhaven to deliver on a shared regional narrative, ISJO’s priorities cover an array of initiatives including transport, waste, illegal dumping, weeds, procurement and urban design.

Among its major projects are the Cross Regional Transport Forum as part of the Western Sydney and Illawarra Shoalhaven Roadmap to Collaboration, the Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan Review and the Water Sensitive Urban Design Program.

Councillors Bradbery and Saliba both have strong backgrounds in working with regional organisations and are invested in achieving collective economies of scale that help reduce duplication across ISJO’s four member councils of Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven.

Since 2011, Cr Bradbery has been involved in a range of forums to progress the region’s interests. This includes Chairing the 2015 Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan Monitoring Committee and being a member of Lachlan Regional Transport Committee.

The Wollongong Lord Mayor is also a board member of Civic Risk Mutual and Healthy Cities Illawarra.
Shellharbour Mayor Saliba was a member of ISJO’s predecessor Southern Councils Group (SCG) since 2012 and is Chair of Healthy People, Illawarra.

Her other roles include the Boards of Healthy Cities Illawarra, LGNSW and the Australian Local Government Women’s Association NSW Branch. She is a director of Civic Risk Mutual and President of the Australian Local Government Women's Association.

Cr Bradbery said ISJO is proving to be a powerhouse of organisational capability which is delivering on many important strategies for the Illawarra Shoalhaven region.

“There are grand scale projects such as the work being done on the Regional Plan Review and hosting the recent Cross-regional Transport Forum promoting greater collaboration between the Illawarra Shoalhaven and Western Sydney that will map the years ahead for our region,” he said.

“Then there’s the important task of raising community awareness around pivotal issues such as illegal dumping, roadside litter and weed spraying. Through it all, ISJO is proactive in driving our region towards sustainable initiatives that will benefit future generations.

“I am excited about what we can achieve during the next two years as we refine our collaborations pool our resources to ensure the best outcomes for everyone in our communities.”

Mayor Saliba said she was looking forward to building on the strong foundations ISJO has made on a broad range of projects.

“Through ISJO we have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the future prosperity and strength of the communities within the Illawarra Shoalhaven,” she said.

“Being able to help position the ISJO region as a financially sustainable, strategically innovative and healthy region in which our communities can thrive is a rewarding opportunity and one I look forward to continuing for the next two years.”