THE Shoalhaven community forum meeting for the Restart NSW Illawarra Infrastructure Fund process will be staged on Monday, August 26.
Three Shoalhaven projects worth $24 million have been shortlisted for some of the $100 million Restart Illawarra fund.
Shoalhaven City Council put forward a list of a dozen projects and two were accepted, along with the Noah’s Shoalhaven family support centre.
In total, the Shoalhaven’s shortlisted projects request $19 million – $1.5 million for the Noah’s Shoalhaven family support centre; $1.5 million for $3.6 million worth of road works at South Nowra; and $16.3 million of the $18.8 million Nowra CBD multi-storey car park.
The Nowra meeting will be staged at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre from 6pm.
Community consultation is an integral part of the Restart NSW Illawarra Infrastructure Fund process.
Kiama MP Gareth Ward, who has overseen the application process, said the public forums were part of a series of meetings that will provide local residents with information about the shortlisted projects.
“Several innovative projects have made the shortlist and cover the local government areas of Wollongong, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Kiama and Wingecarribee,” Mr Ward said.
“The shortlisting follows a constructive meeting with the local leaders group, formed to provide feedback on the Illawarra’s priorities.”
The local leaders group included Regional Devel-opment Australia Illawarra and Far South Coast, Wollongong University, the Illawarra Business Chamber, Shoal-haven Business Chamber, Southern Highlands Business Chamber, the Illawarra Property Council, local councils, the South Coast Labor Council and Port Kembla Port Corporation.
An assessment panel, including Infrastructure NSW, NSW Treasury, NSW Office of Finance and three community representatives, made an initial assessment of expressions of interest, then made recommendations to Infrastructure NSW.
Detailed applications have been invited for the shortlisted projects and the successful projects are expected to be announced in late 2013.
A similar meeting will also be held in Kiama on Monday, August 19 from 6.30pm at the Kiama Pavilion, in Moss Vale on September 3 and Shell-harbour on September 4.
For more information, visit the Infrastructure NSW website at www.insw.com.