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Values, Principles & Approach

To be a strong vibrant economy outside of current holiday peaks with carefully managed growth and employment opportunities in tourism, agribusiness and other emerging industries and to capitalise on the region’s unique opportunities in digital connectivity.

Values, Principles & Approach

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Strategy Aim

• Drive tourism growth beyond its current seasonal peak and develop opportunities that will grow overnight visitor expenditure;
• Enhance the liveability of the Region and capitalise on its unique opportunities in digital connectivity; and
• Support growth in key industries and encourage twenty-first century industry and business models through well planned urban and rural land development.

Strategy Objectives

• Develop Kiama Arts and Culture Precinct.
• Develop a strategy to encourage the holding of additional wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions in the Kiama Region.
• Prepare and implement the business case for the Jerrara Dam tourist development.
• Explore changes to the Kiama LEP and whether use of vacant farm buildings for tourist accommodation is appropriate.
• Explore the feasibility of accommodation at Minnamurra either in or near the national park.
• Work with hotel chains and developers to understand the feasibility of a Kiama conference centre along with additional 3 to 5 star accommodation.
• Investigate the feasibility of developing an iconic tourist attraction
• Develop a masterplan and business case for the redevelopment of Kiama Harbour.
• Develop a business case for the Kiama Visitor Centre.
• Implement the business case for the Kiama Visitor Centre.
• Improve amenities around Kiama, Budderoo National Park and the coastal walking track.
• Develop Bombo Headland Coastal Eco-walk.
• Develop Gerringong to Gerroa Coastal walk.
• Review Kiama land use plans and prepare a CBD masterplan.
This should include the potential for growth of businesses utilising digital connectivity and e-commerce.
• Develop a renewable energy strategy that includes recharge points for electric cars.
• Examine the feasibility of a driverless shuttle bus service.
• Advocate for an improved passenger rail service.
• Advocate for early delivery of the planned Albion Park road interchange.
• Develop a Bombo Quarry Precinct Master Plan. Current Concept Plan shows hotel, commercial, residential, industrial and recreational precincts.
• Complete the Kiama Aged Care Centre of Excellence on the old Kiama hospital site.
• Develop a civic centre and office space on the old Blue Haven Nursing Home site.
• Create additional parking for retail shopping, Akuna Street South.
• Improve amenities around Kiama, Budderoo National Park and the coastal walking track.
• Upgrade of the Kevin Walsh Oval, Jamberoo to become a regional sports hub
• Establishment of a smart work hub
• Undertake an assessment of impediments and opportunities facing the Region’s farm and agribusiness sectors - to inform potential projects aimed at strengthening and diversifying this important sector.
• Encourage collaboration between farm businesses and NSW DPI (and other relevant institutions) to find ways to improve production and profitability in the Region’s traditional enterprises, such as beef and dairy, and on new agricultural products (for example, new industries in the ‘blue economy’ (e.g. finfish aquaculture, seaweed production).
• Build on current Kiama tourism strategy that identifies the importance of ‘food tourism’ and link this opportunity to local agricultural producers.
• Ensure that regional infrastructure supports efficient transport of agricultural products e.g. efficient road network and airports serving international markets.
• Develop a Bombo Quarry Precinct Master Plan. Current Concept Plan shows hotel, commercial, residential, industrial and recreational precincts.
• Develop a new Gerringong Town Centre Master Plan and commercial market assessment to ensure satisfactory supply of employment lands to meet future needs.
• Assess the potential for the conversion of vacant farm buildings into tourist accommodation.
• Build on the Region’s strengths in home-based businesses which are well serviced by the NBN. Explore ways to target ICT industry or any business that utilises high speed internet.

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