Our Community

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Area Snap Shot

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

We have a unique landscape which embraces pristine beaches, rainforests and open rural vistas. We have significant environmental features including extensive rainforest areas, National Parks, plateau and escarpment, lush valleys and coastal estuaries and wetlands.

Our community had a strong sense of pride that resonates amongst locals and is evidenced in the rich cultural activities and abundance of creative expressions. Strong local communities pull together to provide solid values and cultural pursuits that date back to the Wodi Wodi nation, Aboriginal peoples of the region.

The Kiama LGA’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.

Education 

If education is the key to the future, we’re truly prepared with 5 primary and 1 high schools, plenty of child care centres. Just 40 minutes away, the world-acclaimed University of Wollongong plays a vital role in local economic development. It’s justifiably proud of its reputation as one of Australia’s leading educational institutions with exceptionally high teaching standards across all faculties. Kiama has its own Community College that provides an excellent range of programs from general interest to business training courses; vocational training that is nationally recognised. Yallah TAFE is also close by, and is a highly regarded campus for Horticulture and Rural studies while the University of the 3rd Age encourages mature students to find fulfillment.

Transport 

Getting here is easy. It’s a beautiful drive, or a comfortable trip on one of the daily coaches between Sydney and Melbourne. You can also take a picturesque train ride from Sydney to the heart of Kiama (the station has disabled access), aboard the air-conditioned, double-decker Tangara - perfect for tourists and commuters alike. There are stations located at Minnamurra, Bombo, Kiama and Gerringong. There is also a local network of buses that link Kiama with Wollongong, Shellharbour and Nowra.