What we are about

ShireBiz is your business driven economic development group comprising current and past CEOs and public sector leaders, providing their skills and experience pro bono.  The main benefit of economic development will be jobs in the Sutherland Shire and Southern Sydney.  We also provide a portal for business to each level of Government. We are business led, with Government support.

ShireBiz has recently enjoyed its fifth birthday, having formed as a result of a public meeting held in October 2012. Our Board of current & retired business professionals & retired political figures, meets monthly with sub committees & Executive meetings held more frequently.

Parking Survey One of the first requests from local business was for us to investigate & report on parking, transport & traffic problems within the Shire. Commuters, residents & businesses took part in an on-line survey. As a direct result of this survey ShireBiz can report that Sutherland Council (SSC) commenced trials of marked car parking spaces in Cronulla, with more to follow. We are confident that as a result of this trial, Council will introduce marked parking throughout the Shire.

Shuttle Buses Following representations to local M.P’s Evans & Speakman, ShireBiz met with the Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP to present our Shire survey report, focusing on the concept of peak hour shuttle buses operating within the Shire to & from transport hubs. ShireBiz believes that shuttle bus trials will be undertaken in the Shire, in the very near future.

Tax White Paper ShireBiz accepted the Prime Minister’s invitation to provide business input into the White Paper on Tax Reform due for completion late 2015.Early in 2015, a series of workshops took place covering each level of Government’s Taxation/Regulations and charges etc. We then held a major Forum for final business input. The Treasurer (Federal) was to be our keynote speaker at this event.

ANSTO Innovation Precinct

ShireBiz in 2014 presented to ANSTO a proposal for a High Tech Business Park for vacant land on the Western side of New Illawarra Road.  This concept was embraced by ANSTO senior management and has grown into what is called ANSTO Innovation Precinct comprising a Graduate Centre, Innovation Incubator and a 200 hectare Industrial Park.  The concept is modelled on the Giant Campus at Grenoble [France] which after a few decades is home to 30,000 including students, scientists, administrators and technicians [see www.giant-grenoble.org/fr/].

The core research and industrial focus of the Precinct is on Materials Science, Heath and the Environment.

The Innovation Incubator is already underway utilising an existing ANSTO facility with a start to the development anticipated from 2018.

Forum on Advanced Manufacturing In October 2015,ShireBiz held its first Forum on Advanced Manufacturing-the keynote Speaker was the Hon Bob Baldwyn, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry. Speakers for advanced & additive manufacturing from academia & business impressed & paved the way for a series of follow up workshops held in 2015/2016.

Two days before our Forum the Prime Minister announced Federal Gov’t support & funding for initiatives in support of the very areas championed by ShireBiz. Of special note was reference to the removal/amendment of legislation & regulations that have impeded manufacturing –the example quoted –NICNAS, is the subject of direct representation by ShireBiz.

Shire Accommodation
A concept plan has been developed by local architects for a Hotel to be built over the southern end of Cronulla Station.  Discussions are underway with potential commercial developers and relevant State Government Authorities.

Shire Infrastructure Priorities

ShireBiz in conjunction with local businesses and the Chambers of Commerce has developed a list of infrastructure projects that the Shire needs to support Economic Development. . A submission has recently been made to the Greater Sydney Commission on the Shire’s infrastructure needs.

Sutherland: Southern Sydney’s Strategic Centre

Sutherland is the Shire’s Administrative Centre and is a major transport hub.  Developments within the Shire particularly at Kurnell and Lucas Height make Sutherland more appropriate to be the Strategic Centre for Southern Sydney.
Proposals to make Sutherland the Shire’s Commercial Centre have been underway for some time.  Discussions with interested parties should produce a concept plan shortly.






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