Transport forum’s a roadmap for future travel

Planes, trains and automobiles will all play a pivotal role in the future economic viability of two closely linked NSW regions – Western Sydney and the Illawarra Shoalhaven.

These transport options and how critical infrastructure will ensure the viability of Sydney’s connectivity with southern NSW will form the cornerstone of an innovative Cross-Regional Transport Forum in July.

Developed by the Illawarra Shoalhaven Joint Organisation (ISJO) as part of the Western Sydney and Illawarra Shoalhaven Roadmap to Collaboration, the Forum will bring together key ministers, senior council delegates, transport bureaucrats and forward thinkers to discuss the future of key transport links.

Key elements and infrastructure on the agenda include the Western Sydney Aerotropolis and the importance of connectivity to the south and south east, the Illawarra’s potential as Western Sydney’s gateway to the port, the Picton Road duplication, mega trends in transport and the implications of Covid-19 and climate change on future transport needs, fast rail, freight strategies and what our cities will look like in 2041.

Forum organiser and ISJO Chief Executive Leanne Taylor says the need for collaboration between Western Sydney and the Illawarra Shoalhaven has never been greater.

“To date, consultation and feedback has only ever been sought on an LGA and regional level but what may be seen as advantageous for one region, may create difficulties for the other downstream,” she said.

“This forum gives cross-regional stakeholders the opportunity to collectively advocate for better freight and passenger connectivity between the two regions to support economic and population growth for all.”


The Cross-Regional Transport Forum

Part of the Western Sydney and Illawarra Shoalhaven Roadmap to Collaboration Thursday, 9 July 2020

Online, 10am – 1pm



The Illawarra Shoalhaven Joint Organisation (ISJO) was established in 2018 to bring together all parts of the Illawarra Shoalhaven region to deliver on a shared regional narrative.

ISJO leads regional priorities and initiatives through forming collaborative relationships and partnerships; as well as building capacity within and across its four member councils: Wollongong City Council, Shellharbour City Council, Kiama Municipal Council and Shoalhaven City Council.

ISJO operates to reduce duplication across its member councils through shared services that ultimately result in collective member council economies of scale with greater reach in achieving regional outcomes. These include the Southern Regional Waste Strategy Program; the Regional Joint Procurement Program; and the Illawarra District Weeds Authority.

Both State and Federal Governments work with Joint Organisations, such as ISJO, as an efficient way to consult, plan and deliver services.



Unlocking the Growth Opportunities of Western Sydney and the Illawarra Shoalhaven

Launched in September 2019, this initiative is a partnership with RDA Illawarra, University of Wollongong and the NSW Government.

The Roadmap to Collaboration is the result of stakeholders from both regions exploring the significant opportunities that come from a collaborative approach to planning, resourcing and on-the-ground implementation.

The regions now have an agreed strategy that focuses on six key priority areas: advanced manufacturing, education, freight and passenger transport, smart city technology, visitor economy and the Western Sydney Airport and Aerotropolis.