Shellharbour Airport And South Nowra

Economic Analysis

As an action of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan 2021, The Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) sought to prepare profiles for the Shellharbour Airport and South Nowra Regional Employment Precincts.

HillPDA was engaged to conduct an economic value and context analysis for each precinct profile. Specifically, our role was to discern the future growth direction, supporting investment, employment growth and industry expectations into the future. Through a combination of market analysis and stakeholder engagement.

Our value add

HillPDA capitalised upon its multidisciplinary character and extensive experience in employment land studies, delivering in-depth precinct profiles beyond a simple high-level overview of the area and options for future growth.

HillPDA supported the profiles with a feasibility assessment, quantifying the impacts of infrastructure servicing and government support. In addition, HillPDA utilised its experience in the private sector leading stakeholder workshops, creating an investor prospectus tailored to new and established businesses. This provided tangible actions to unlock the precinct.

Project outcome

The outcome provided the DPE with two reports (one each on Shellharbour Airport and South Nowra precinct) detailing:

  • Investor prospectus
  • Current and forecast employment in the precinct and surrounds
  • Location quotient analysis identifying specialisations
  • Input-output economic value analysis
  • Infrastructure Requirements
  • Summary of stakeholder engagement

These reports were then used by the DPE to inform the preparation for the final precinct profiles consistent with the ELS Guideline.


  • Employment land study
  • Feasibility assessment
  • Economic value analysis
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Market research

Client: Department of Planning and Environment
Project year:  2023


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