SHOALHAVEN City Council has launched a $7 million expansion of the Flinders Industrial Estate at South Nowra.
Work has started on clearing work at two parcels of land, a five to six hectare area which fronts Albatross Road, and an area of land at the eastern end of Norfolk Avenue.
Council's Economic Development Manager Greg Pullen said the demand for industrial land across the city was strong.
"As fast as we are establishing the new land we are selling it," Mr Pullen said.
The current work will see the creation of a number of industrial blocks, but Mr Pullen said the actual number will be dictated by the size required or wanted by the purchasers.
"The land off Albatross Road has been sitting there waiting for development to catch up," he said.
"Council has given approval to open the land up, clear it, build roads and provide other infrastructure so we can get it on the market as well.
"Across both sites I would say there will be between 10-15 blocks depending on the sizes.
"We usually try to have a supply of around 25 blocks available on the market, but at the moment, after selling a number of blocks across 2017-18-19, prior to the bushfires and COVID we are down to just eight."
We have seen some existing industries expand, while we have had some from out of town relocating to the area, which is a very good sign. It's excellent news for the Shoalhaven.Shoalhaven Council's Economic Development Manager Greg Pullen
Mr Pullen said the expansion is good news for the city.
"It's excellent news for the Shoalhaven," he said.
"We have seen some existing industries expand, while we have had some from out of town relocating to the area, which is a very good sign."
The Flinders Estate was initially developed in 1980, and now 40 years on, 250 blocks have been developed across the 50 hectare location, with more than 2500 people employed.
This current work is stage 10 of the project.
Mr Pullen said the available land to be developed at Flinders Estate is actually getting low with only about 10 hectares still undeveloped.
"Council rezoned an additional 80 hectares adjacent to the estate in 2016," he said.
"That land, at this stage, is privately owned but could potentially provide land for the estate's expansion for the next 40 to 50 years."
That land is located off Central Avenue towards the South Coast Correctional Centre and to the west of the jail complex.
Shoalhaven City Council is one of the few councils within NSW that develops its own industrial land.
As well as Flinders Estate, over the years council has also established industrial land at Bomaderry and North Nowra and has also taken over the Woollamia Industrial Area project which was started by the state government in the mid 1990s.
"The City Futures Directorate says we see maintaining a supply of fully serviced industrial land ready to go as crucial in the Shoalhaven," Mr Pullen said.
"These projects have been a success and have provided thousands of jobs across a wide variety of industries, from logistics, trucking, manufacturing and wholesale."
Council also released a further nine blocks at the industrial estate at Woollamia, with all nine sold and two factories already well advanced in construction.
"One is for the expansion of an already existing business in the area and the other will be a maintenance area and storage facility for the Huskisson Hotel," Mr Pullen said.
There are also plans for a major expansion at the Albatross Aviation Technology Park (AATP), adjacent to HMAS Albatross, south west of Nowra.
Several million dollars is being spent at that location to expand more additional land and provide more taxiway access and augmenting the water supply to provide additional fire fighting facilities to meet defence's requirements.