South West NSW

South West Region manages state roads, national highways, bridges and traffic signals in the south western area of NSW.

Lizard Tree bridge on the Hume Highway near Wagga Wagga.
Lizard Tree bridge on the Hume Highway near Wagga Wagga.

About the region

Roads and road transport are important to local economies and meet the accessibility and growth needs of rural communities. Well-planned, well-designed and well-built roads and transport infrastructure are vital for the economic development of both community and business.

Facts and figures

South West Region manages:

  • 4151 carriageway kilometres of state roads and national highways
  • Administers funding for maintenance and rehabilitation of 4169 carriageway kilometres of regional roads carried out by councils
  • 687 bridges and bridge-sized culverts
  • 69 sets of traffic signals.

Key challenges for the region

The key challenges in managing the road network include:

  • Maintaining the border crossings of the Murray River and their links with the Hume, Sturt and Newell highways. These routes are important to the national economy
  • Providing crossings of major rivers such as the Murray, Murrumbidgee and Lachlan to meet the needs of local residents, businesses, freight operators, tourists and other stakeholders
  • Delivering cost effective and enduring solutions in our region with its diverse topography and climate, ranging from flat arid plains to mountainous ranges. Our region's climate sees the extremes of very high summer temperatures to winter snow and ice
  • Being innovative when suitable materials are not readily available and the impact of large irrigation areas and salinity limit the use of traditional road building techniques.
Lindsay Tanner

Regional Manager, Lindsay Tanner

Lindsay Tanner, Regional Manager South West Region, joins Roads and Maritime Services from local government with nearly 10 years' experience as the Manager Infrastructure Planning for Wagga Wagga City Council, responsible for asset management, strategic planning for infrastructure capital works design and delivery, and traffic management throughout the local government area.

Prior to working in local government, Lindsay was the founding General Manager and Chief Engineer of Australia's largest independent regional airline for nearly a decade with 25 years of experience as an aircraft maintenance engineer.

Lindsay has a long history with the Riverina and the south west of NSW, with a particular focus on transport issues within the region. He has a strong desire to ensure Roads and Maritime provides the traveller with the best possible journey experience, be they commercial, public or private travellers.

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