Our Council

Our Shoalhaven

Shoalhaven is approximately 160 kilometres from Sydney on the South Coast of NSW.

Stretching from Berry and Kangaroo Valley in the north to Durras in the south, the City of Shoalhaven takes in a host of diverse places, people and environments. It is a special place combining a unique character with a spectacular natural environment, growing population and bustling economy.

Nowra/Bomaderry is the major centre of the Shoalhaven, located on the banks of the Shoalhaven River. This area provides administrative, commercial and other high order services for the City.

The other major centres include Milton/Ulladulla in the south as well as the group of towns and settlements that make up the Bay and Basin area.

As one of the largest coastal Local Government Areas in the State, Shoalhaven City Council covers 4660 square kilometres and is approximately 120km long and 80km wide as the crow flies.

Remarkably, 70 percent of the Shoalhaven is National Park, State Forest or vacant Crown land, with 19 major water catchments including rivers, bays, lakes and major creeks.

The area’s natural beauty is captured, in part, by the distinct characteristics of the City’s protected areas which include Jervis Bay and the Morton, Conjola and Murramarang National Parks.

The area is also home to a range of pristine un-spoilt lakes, rivers, beaches and mountain ranges.

Shoalhaven City provides its 101,777 permanent residents with a range of lifestyle options, recreational activities and work opportunities.

The City and its community will continue to grow, change and develop over time. It is important that the distinct character of the Shoalhaven and the environmental values that make the area such an attractive place, are retained to ensure the best possible city and community for present and future generations.

Shoalhaven City Council has crafted, in collaboration with the community, a vision for the Shoalhaven in 2027:

We will work together in the Shoalhaven to foster a safe and attractive community for people to live work, stay and play; where sustainable growth, development and environmental protection are managed to provide a unique and relaxed lifestyle.

A clear sense of how we can retain the values and character of the City, while meeting the needs of future growth, will enable Council to ensure that we create a better future for the residents, businesses and visitors of our City. 

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