Monday, 20 January 2020 Sydney

Visit, Live & Invest in Kiama::

Kiama Coast & Country

A great place to live, work and play


Kiama is a great place to live, launch a business, and spend time with your family. 


Living here is easy. The Kiama Region is well known for its areas of natural beauty such as our green rolling hills and clean surf beaches.


Working here also makes great personal and business sense.


The towns and villages of Kiama are places where you can pursue your dreams and find success, joy, and balance, in all aspects of your life.


Kiama is well located and well connected.


The region sits on the national transport corridor which links Sydney (2 hours by car) and Canberra (2.5 hours by car). We are a short 90-minute drive to Sydney's International Airport and a 40-minute drive to the deep working harbour at Port Kembla. We benefit from having the world-class University of Wollongong on our doorstep.


Our strong economy is driven by a work-ready, highly skilled and educated workforce. Kiama has grown to encompass internationally-focussed service industries and first-class tourism facilities.


We have all the benefits of a larger centre–quality business, education and health infrastructure–without the extravagant overheads and hassles.


You won't see traffic jams in Kiama Downs, Jamberoo, Gerringong or Gerroa. There is no such thing as a 'peak hour in Kiama.


Kiama can also provide you with state-of-the-art connectivity to the world. 


We were one of the first regions in Australia to get the National Broadband Network (NBN). Small, medium and home-based businesses, and residents, can now plug into this superior fibre optic service to connect to the rest of the world.


Kiama's connectivity means you have more time to do more of the things that make you happier. 


Positioned between the Illawarra escarpment and the Pacific Ocean, our region boasts rainforests and waterfalls, rivers and beaches. We are also proud of our quality local food and wine.

Come and visit our region and let us show you why Kiama is the right move for your family and your business.


Economic Development Unit


Committed to business development in our region, the Economic Development Unit is the first port of call for anyone considering investing, doing business or hosting an event in the Kiama Municipality. 


Whether you are a start-up business, an established business looking to relocate, seeking to buy a business in the area, or just wanting advice on how to expand—we can help. 


Our unit can assist businesses with:

  • business and planning information and advice for preparing a Development Applications
  • selecting suitable business sites/properties 
  • government funding advice
  • hosting your conference or event in our municipality.

Development Assessment Unit


Our Development Assessment Unit (DAU) provides a free service to people who are considering the following types of development within our municipality:

  • dual occupancy
  • unit development
  • commercial development
  • industrial development
  • large scale development.


The DAU meets every Wednesday to discuss development proposals. The service allows you to present your concept plans, and discuss and address any issues prior to lodging your development application.

Our Council 

Kiama Council has 9 Councillors, elected to a 4-year term. The next election will be in 2016.

Our Mayor is elected by our Councillors.

Key contacts 

General Manager                                                                    Michael Forsyth

Deputy General Manager                                                       Bryan Whittaker

Director of Corporate and Commercial Services               Chris Quigley

Economic Development Manager                                        Megan Hutchison

Strategic Planning Manager                                                  Kim Bray

Director Of Environmental Services                                     Phil Costello

Area snapshot


The Kiama Local Government area covers an area of 259 square kilometres. We have an estimated population of 20,000 people. Our residents are mostly Australian-born and over 62% of our workforce commutes to Wollongong, Shellharbour,  Shoalhaven and Sydney.


We have a unique landscape that embraces pristine beaches, lush rainforests and open rural vistas. Our stunning environmental features include extensive rainforest areas, national parks, plateau and escarpment,  valleys, and coastal estuaries and wetlands.


Our community has a strong sense of pride that resonates amongst locals and is shown by the rich cultural activities that take place throughout the year. Our strong local communities pull together to provide solid values and cultural pursuits that date back to the Wodi Wodi nation, the Aboriginal peoples of our region.


The Kiama Local Government Area’s vast physical expanse provides an abundance of land suitable for agricultural purposes. Many investors are taking advantage of the area’s temperate climate and rich agricultural soils to pursue new and innovative agricultural activities.