Wollongong, Newcastle and Geelong form new alliance to push for growth

Kate McIlwain
By Kate McIlwain
Updated November 26 2019 - 5:34am, first published 4:00am
'Gateway': Wollongong, Geelong and Newcastle tick all the boxes when it comes to population, economic diversity, infrastructure, a strong university and medical research presence and connections to the arts and sporting teams. Picture: Robert Peet.

Wollongong is one of three Australia "gateway" cities which, with proper funding, could make a major impact on the country's economy, according to a new report.


Kate McIlwain

Kate McIlwain


For the past 11 years, I've helped the Illawarra Mercury set the news agenda across the region. In that time I've covered breaking news, education, politics, urban affairs, council, environment, data journalism and development news. More recently, I became the paper's health reporter - covering the stories of Illawarra workers and residents two years into a global pandemic and at a time where our health systems are stretched to the limit.

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