The Economic Development Strategy (2019 – 2029) focuses on the key challenge of creating more jobs in Wollongong. Looking ahead this Strategy proposes a number of actions to support an innovative and sustainable economy in the city.
The Strategy proposes a jobs target of 10,500 new jobs over the next ten years.
The Strategy is based on our learnings from the previous Strategy, research into best-practice approaches from other local governments, extensive consultation with key stakeholders and modelling of the projected future growth trajectory of local jobs.
The key theme running throughout the document is a renewed focus on increasing the number of high-quality jobs in Wollongong. This objective to increase the opportunity for local people to work closer to home will have positive flow on effects such as reducing the individual cost of commuting and helping build a more connected and engaged community.
The Strategy proposes a target of 10,500 new jobs over the next 10 years. This is almost double the amount achieved over the past decade. This may seem ambitious but we believe the actions outlined in the document will provide us with the necessary framework to achieve this positive outcome for Wollongong. The strategy is particularly targeting knowledge-based jobs, to capitalise on the highly skilled talent pool Wollongong has in these areas.