An upcoming event will seek to discuss how a 'City Deal' would help Wollongong grow and prosper.
The Property Council Illawarra will host an event, 'Wollongong City Deal - Where to From Here?' on Friday, August 9.
According to the federal government, City Deals are a partnership between the three levels of government and the community, with an aim "to work towards a shared vision for productive and liveable cities".
The luncheon will discuss whether a City Deal is on the cards for Wollongong, "and where should we go from here?"
Geoff Roberts, Chief Coordinator for the Western Sydney Deal, Deputy Chief Commissioner and Economic Commissioner for the Greater Sydney Commission will join a discussion on what Wollongong can learn from other city deals already in place, including Western Sydney, and the process of setting up city deals.
He will be joined by the general manager of Campbelltown City Council, Lindy Deitz, the general manager of Wollongong City Council Greg Doyle and CEO of RDA Illawarra, Debra Murphy to discuss the opportunity and challenges ahead for the region and what a city deal for Wollongong could mean for the city.
"We need to work together to grow our city well," Property Council Illawarra regional director Michelle Guido said.
"A City Deal for Wollongong would act as a strong, strategic policy tool to bring planning, investment and governance together to accelerate growth, stimulate urban renewal and drive infrastructure investment for our city.
"With a stronger strategic framework and governance model in place, it will enable more effective collaboration across all levels government to facilitate strategic planning and the delivery of key pieces of infrastructure to support business growth and investment.
"A great deal of work and studies have already been done by the Wollongong City Deal Collaborative group, which was initiated in 2017 to bring key stakeholders together from a range of industry groups and all levels of government to prepare for the opportunity to develop a City Deal for Wollongong."
"The Property Council event will build on this work - to discuss what a city deal will mean for the region, and to hear from key experts in the industry on what we can learn from other city deals already underway to inform our own strategy and what the next steps are for us."
The event is on from 12pm to 2pm at Villa D'oro, 39-41 Flinders Street, Wollongong.
For more details, visit the www.propertycouncil.com.au website.