Southern Councils Group extends across the Illawarra and South East of NSW.
The Illawarra region begins just south of Sydney covering 8,485 square kilometres stretching from Helensburg in the north to Durras Waters 228 kilometres to the south and centres of Bowral, Moss Valey and Mittagong to the west, and is bounded by the ocean to the east.
The South Coast region stretches from Durras in the north to the Victorian border in the south and is bounded by the Great Dividing Range to the west and the Tasman Sea to the east, covering 9702 square kilometres.
The residential population of half a million can double, and up to treble in some areas during the summer months in coastal locations from the October long weekend to Easter. With a large multicultural influence in the north of the region, an ageing retirement population in the south and west, and a small but strong indigeneous presence in all areas, the region is both historically, geophysically and socially, a micro-represetation of Australia itself.
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