Southern Region covers 7 per cent of New South Wales encompassing the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, South Coast and Southern Highlands of NSW. The Region spans from Wollongong and Wollondilly local government areas (LGA) in the north, to Upper Lachlan LGA and the ACT Border in the west, to the Victorian border in the South (including the Snowy Mountains). Some 95 per cent of the Region is classified as rural.
The topography of the Region is diverse ranging from the eastern highlands of the Great Dividing Range, including the Illawarra Escarpment in the north, and Mt Kosciusko and the snow fields in the south west, and a beautiful coastline that includes many areas covered in rainforest.
The economy of the Region is centred on tourism and primary production including coal and agriculture. The Region's road network serves the movement of these products to export terminals and caters to a wide range of freight and passenger-car trips. Approximately 645,000 people live in the Region with more than 570,000 registered vehicles.
Southern Region manages 2,361 km of State Roads and National highways, also administering funding for maintenance and rehabilitation carried out by Councils on 1,959 km of Regional Roads. The Region is responsible for 793 bridges and 236 sets of traffic signals.
Southern Region acts as the single point of contact for the 15 Councils across the Region. Councils include:
- Bega Valley
- Cooma- Monaro
- Goulburn Mulwaree
- Snowy River
- Upper Lachlan
The Region interacts with Councils in the following areas:
- State Roads – Road Maintenance Council Contracts
- Regional Roads – Block Grant Agreement, REPAIR Program
- Road Safety & Traffic Management Programs
- Traffic Committees
- Regional Consultative Committee
The contact number for Southern Region is 13 17 82.
A list of Regional Contacts, Council Contacts and a Map of Southern Region can be found below, or for more information on current Southern Region RMS projects please visit Southern Region Projects.