Kiama Council has hosted a visit by arguably our most influential ratepayer, former Prime Minister Paul Keating.
Mr Keating met with the Greater Cities Commission’s Chief Commissioner Geoff Roberts, Chief Executive Officer Chris Hanger and Illawarra Shoalhaven City Commissioner Jacki Johnson, along with Mayor Neil Reilly and CEO Jane Stroud.
A Gerringong resident, the Labor Party patriarch has an interest in the South Coast, environmental and open space protection, town planning and housing outcomes.
The Greater Cities Commission is the NSW Government planning body that is charged with developing the Six Cities Region, which includes the Illawarra-Shoalhaven.
The Commission issued a discussion paper last September, which includes ideas for the future of our region.
Mr Keating used the meeting to discuss the Commission’s plans, especially the development of housing targets for our region, the maintenance of inter-urban breaks and preserving the environmental values that make our area unique.
Mr Keating was accompanied by famed architect Richard Francis Jones, who has designed numerous award-winning public buildings and spaces in Australia and New Zealand.