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The South East region of NSW is a blend of agriculture, mining, urban settlements, alpine environments and national parks.  Fourteen council shires comprise the South East - Bombala, Boorowa, Cooma-Monaro, Goulburn-Mulwaree, Harden, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Tumut, Upper Lachlan, Yass Valley and Young.

The NSWGenWeb would like to thank Pattrick Mould for his contributions as South East GenWeb County Coordinator.  Pattrick has retired from the position effective September 2008.  A volunteer is required to fill the vacant position.  A County Coordinator maintains the county website and moderates the existing message board.  This is not a difficult position and anyone with basic web editing experience and a genuine interest in the region is welcome to apply.  In addition to web and query maintenance, a County Coordinator also oversees the local GenWebs within its region.  This duty is non-technical as a County Coordinator operates in an advisory capacity only.  Existing Local GenWeb Coordinators and non-locals are welcome to apply for the position.

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Bombala (map) is a town and local government area in the Monaro region of south-eastern New South Wales.  It is situated on the banks of the Bombala River, approximately 500 kilometres south of Sydney and 80 kilometres south of the town of Cooma (town population circa 1,000).  Bombala is derived from the Aboriginal word meaning 'meeting of the waters'.  The railway reached Bombala in 1921 and closed in 1986 being an extension of the line from Queanbeyan to Cooma. The line was, and still is, known as the Sydney to Bombala line.  Bombala had been proposed in 1903 by King O'Malley as the site of the parliamentary seat of Australia, a proposal ultimately rejected in favour of Canberra.  

Bombala Shire incorporates the communities of Ando, Asthon Creek, Belleview, Beresford, Bibbenluke, Bocco, Bombala, Bondi Forest, Bukalong, Bungarby, Burnima, Byadbo Wilderness, Cambalong, Cathcart, Corrowidgen, Corrowong, Craigie, Creewah, Delegate, Delegate River, Girrawheen, Glen Allen, Glenroy, Gunningrah, Haggars, Hazeldean, Holts Flats, Inglewood, Jimcumbilly, Jincumbilly,  Kangaroo Ground, Karachi, Kirkenong, Little Plain, Lords Hill, Maharatta, Merambego, Merima, Merriangaah, Mila, Moore Springs, Mount Cooper, Paddys Flat, Palarang, Platts, Poddy Hut, Quidong, Riverview, Rockton, Rodney, Rosemeath, Rowes, Shoemakers Creek, Snodgrass, Tantangara, Tayfield, The Falls, Thoko, Tingiringi, Tiptree, Tombong, Town View, Wallondibby, Woodgate and Woodglen.

Bombala GenWeb Coordinator:  Volunteer Required

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Boorowa (map) is a farming town and administrative centre (population circa 3,000).  It is located in a valley 243 km west of Sydney and sits 863 metres above sea-level.  Prior to European settlement the area is thought to have been occupied by the Wiradjuri or Gundungurra people. The first European to travel through the shire was surveyor George Evans (1815). Unofficial occupation of the district began in 1821; while the first land grant was issued to Thomas Icely in 1829. By 1837 a mill was in operation; its neighbours included a local inn and several houses.

Governor Gipps proposed the creation of a village named 'Boorowa' in 1842, to be located 9 km north-east of the present site at Kings Plains which had been surveyed in 1828. However, that spot proved unsuitable and the village was established on its present site in 1843.  The farming district received a push when gold was found at Carcoar, Browns Creek and Kings Plains. Gold, copper and iron dominated the industry; Samuel Marsden's copper mine operated until 1900.

The arrival of the railway in 1874 spurred on development and Boorowa replaced Carcoar as the major service centre to local farmlands. It became a municipality in 1888. By the turn of the century a butter factory and freezing works  dominated employment.  An abattoir opened in 1957 and later tanneries and a pet food plant. A container terminal and several mines provided further employment in the 1990s.

Boorowa Shire incorporates the communities of Aubyn Vale, Bennett Springs, Boorowa, Boorowa East, Breakfast Creek, Frogmore, Goba Creek, Godfreys Creek, Graham, Gunnary, Hovells Creek, Kember, Kennys Creek, Kenyu, Mount Collins, Narrallen, Phils Creek, Prossers, Pudman, Pudman Creek, Reids Flat, Rugby, Rye Park, Suffolk Vale, Taylors Flat, Wyangalla and Wyangala Dam. 

Boorowa GenWeb Coordinator:  Volunteer Required

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Cooma-Monaro (map) is an amalgamated local government area named after the former Cooma Municipality and Monaro Shire.  The Shire developed from the village of Cooma, which was first surveyed in March 1849.

Cooma-Monaro Shire incorporates the communities of Adaminaby, Alum Creek, Anembo, Badja, Big Bog, Big Tinderry, Billilingra, Binjura, Bobingah, Boggy Plain, Bolaro, Bredbo, Bredbo North, Bumbalong, Bunyan, Buyanvale, Callemondah, Carlaminda, Chakola, Clear Range, Colington, Cooma, Cooma North, Cooma West, Coonerang, Coutegany, Curry Flat, Diarymans Plain, Dandelong, Glen Fergus, Greenlands, Holts Flats, Jerangle, Jingera, Jones Plain, Kybeyan, Kydra, Kydra Reefs, Little Badja, Maclaughlin, Maffra, Michelago, Middle Flat, Murrumbucca, Nimmitable, Norongo, Numeralla, Old Springfield, Peak View, Pilot Creek, Polo Flat, Rock Flat, Rose Valley, Shannons Flat, Sherlock Creek, Springfield, Steeple Flat, The Angle, Timbury Range, Tinderry, Tuross, Tyndale, Whinestone Valley, Wild Cattle Flat, Winifred and Yaouk.

Cooma-Monaro GenWeb Coordinator:  Volunteer Required

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Goulburn Mulwaree (map)  is a local government area (LGA) formed as the Greater Argyle Council in 2004 as an amalgamation of Goulburn City and parts of the former Mulwaree Shire. It was renamed in 2005 following objections from the community.  Traditional inhabitants include the Ngunawal people.

The Goulburn-Mulwaree shire incorporates the communities of Argyle, Bradfordville, Brayton, Brisbane Grove, Bungona, Carrick, Chatsbury, Currawang, Eastgrove, Garfield, Goulburn, Goulburn South, Greenwich Park, Gundary, Ifield, Inveralochy, Kenmore, Kent Grove, Kingsdale, Komungla, Lake Bathurst, Marulan, Marulan, Marulan South, Mayfield, Middle Arm, Mummel Myrtleville, North Goulburn, Norwood, Oallen, Parkesbourne, Quialigo, Run O Waters, Tallonng, Tarago, Tarlo, Tirrannaville, Towrang, Wayo, Windellama, Wollogorang and Yarra.

Goulburn Mulwaree GenWeb Coordinator:  Volunteer Required

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Harden (map) is a township and local government area situated adjacent to the Canberra and Riverina regions.  The town is twinned with Murrumburrah which is noted as one of the earliest settlements in the southwest of Australia.  Cunningham Creek runs along the edge of the town.

Harden shire incorporates the communities of Aurville, Beggan Beggan, Berremangra, Bogolara, Boyeo, Cumbamurra, Cunningar, Currawong, Demondrille, Galong, Garangula, Harden, Jugiong, Kingsvale, McMahons Reef, Murrumburrah, Nannong, Nubba, Old Barwang, Prunevale, Redbridge, St Clements, Stanley Park, Wombat and Young.

Harden GenWeb Coordinator:  Volunteer Required

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Palerang (map) is a local government area in the southern tablelands of New South Wales.  The shire is named after Mount Palerang, one of the highest points in the Council's area.  Predominantly rural, the shire extends to Lake George in the north, the Tallaganda State Forest in the south, Queanbeyan to the west and the Morton and Budawang National Parks to the east; it covers and area of 3,322 km˛.

Palerang Shire incorporates the communities of Araluen, Araluen North, Back Creek, Ballalaba, Bendoura, Berlang, Bombay, Boro, Braidwood, Budawang, Bungendore, Burra, Burra creek, Butmaroo, Bywong, Captains Flat, Carwoola, Charleyyoung, Charleys Forest, Corang, Currawang, Doughboy, Durran Durra, Farringdon, Forbes Creek, Googong, Gundillion, Harolds Cross, Hereford Hall, Hoskinstown, Jembaicumbene, Jerrabattgulla, Jinden, Kindervale, Krawarree, Lake George, Larbert, Lower Boror, Majors Creek, Manar, Marlowe, Monga, Mongarlowe, Mount Fairy, Mulloon, Neringla, Nerriga, Northangera, Palerang, Primrose Valley, Radcliffe, Reidsdale, Rossi, Royalla, Snowball, Sutton, Tallaganda, Tarago, Tomboye, Urila, Wamboin, Warri, Williamsdale, Wog Wog and Wyanbene.

Palerang GenWeb Coordinator:  Volunteer Required

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Queanbeyan (map) is a city and local government area in close proximity to Canberra (population circa 36,331).  It has effectively become a de facto district of the nearby capital city as it lies on the Australian Capital Territory border and is approximately 10km from Canberra's Central Business District.  The border itself is defined by a railway line.  The town pre-dates Canberra and until 1838 was called 'Queen Bean'.  The Queanbeyan River runs through the centre of the city.

The Queanbeyan Shire incorporates the communities of Burbong, Carwoola, Crestwood, DeSalis, Dodsworth, Environa, Fernleigh Park, Gale, Googong, Greenleigh, Jerrabomberra, Karabar, Langdene, Larmwer, Letchworth, Queanbeyan, Queanbeyan East, Ridgeway, Royalla, Tralee and Yarrow.

Queanbeyan GenWeb Coordinator:  Volunteer Required

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Snowy River (map) is a local government area in the Australian Alps region of New South Wales ( known as the Southern Highlands).  It encompasses eleven residential areas and seven resort villages.  Named after the Snowy River that runs through it, the administrative centre of the shire is the town of Berridale.  The sub-alpine town of Jindabyne provides the main commercial centre for the southern Snowy Mountains resort region; while the town of Adaminaby is the service centre for the northern snowfields resorts and the starting point for trout enthusiasts who flock to Lake Eucumbene.

Original inhabitants were most likely the Kruatungulung hunters of the Kurnaithe people; aboriginal relics have been found at Jackson Crossing.  In the 1840s cattlemen and miners descended on the region; an later silver was mined.  With the construction of the Snowy Mountains Scheme the region saw an increase in cultural diversity. 

The Snowy River Shire incorporates the communities of Adaminaby, Adit Camp, Anglers Reach, Arable, Beloka, Berridale, Blue Cow, Bobundara, Braemar, Buckenderra, Bullenbalong, Caddigat, Charlottes Pass, Cherry Tree, Cobbon, Coolamatong, Coolringdon, Cooma, Cootralantra, Cottage Creek, Crackenback, Dalgety, Dry Plain, Eucumbene, Eucumbene Cove, Eucumbene Portal, Frying Pan, Frying Pan Creek, Grosses Plain, Gunyah, Guthega, Hazel Dean, Hill Yop, Illawong, Ingebirah, Ironmungy, Jillamatong, Jimenbuen, Jindabyne, Jindabyne East, Kalkite, Kara, Kiah Lake, the ghost town of Kiandra, Lake Plains, Lakewood, lakewood Estate, Maroo, matong, Middlingbank, Montreal, Moonbah, Munyang, Murlingbung, Myalla, new Adaminaby, Nimmo, Nimmo Camp, Numbla Vale, Old Adaminaby, Paupong, Penderlea, Perisher Valley, Providence Portal, Reedy Creek, Rhine Falls, Rocky Plain, Rocky Plains, Sawpit Creek, Severn Park, Smiggin Holes, Snowy Plains, Spring Plain, Sun Hill, The Brothers, the Gullies, Thredbo, Thredbo Village, Tolbar, Wambrook, Waste Point, West Point, West Lynne and Wilsons Valley. 

Snowy River GenWeb Coordinator:  Volunteer Required

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Tumut (map) is a town and local government area approximately four hours drive south-west of Sydney. Tumut is geographically the same distance from both Sydney and Melbourne and was once considered a possible site for the nation's capital.  Tumut is the gateway to the Snowy Mountains Scheme. Its name is derived from an aboriginal name for 'resting place by the river'.

Tumut Shire incorporates the communities of Adelong, Ardrossan, Argalong, Back Creek, Bangadang, Batlow, Batlow East, Batlow West, Billapalap, Bimberi, Black Creek, Blowering, Blowering Dam, Bogong Peaks Wilderness, Bombowlee, Bombowlee Creek, Bondo, Brindabella, Brungle, Brungle Creek, Buddong, Cabramurra, Califat, Cooleman, Cooleys Creek, Cornishtown, Courajago, Darlow, Ellerslie, Franklin, Gadara, Gilmore, Gilmore Upper, Gocup, Goobarragandra, Grahamstown, Hillas Creek, Jones Bridge, Killimicat, Kunama, Lacmalac, Little River, Long Plain, Lower Bago, Midway, Minijary, Mount Adrah, Mount Horeb, Mundongo, Peels Creek, Pinbeyan, Ravine, Red Hill, Reka, Rosemount, Rules Point, Sandy Gully, Sharpes Creek, Shepardstown, Talbingo, Tanyard Creek, The grove, Tumorrama, Tumut, Tumut Plains, Wereboldera, Wermatong, Westwood, Windowie, Wondalga, Wyangle, Yarrangobilly, Yarrangobilly Caves, Yaven Creek and Yellowin.

Tumut GenWeb Coordinator:  Volunteer Required

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Upper Lachlan (map) was proclaimed in February, 2004 following the amalgamation of Crookwell Shire and parts of Mulwaree, Gunning and Yass Shires.

Upper Lachlan incorporates the communities of Bannaby, Bannister, Bernard, Bevendale, Biala, Big Hill, Bigga, Binda, Blanket Creek, Boobalaga, Breadalbane, Broadway, Brooklands, Collector, Cooks Vale Creek, Cottawalla, Cooked Corner, Crookwell, Crookwell North, Cullerin, Dalton, Fish River, Five Mile Tree, Fullerton, Glenerin, Golspie, Grabben Gullen, Grabine, Greenmantle, Greenwich Park, Gullen, Gunning, Gurrundah, Hadley, Jerrara, Kerrawa, Julong, Junction Point, Kangiara, Kempton, Lade Vale, Laggan, leighwood, Lerida, Limerick, Lost River, Markdale, Marmonts Flat, McAllister, Merrill, Middle Arm, Mount Costigan, Mount Rae, Mulgowrie, mullengrove, Myanga Creek, Narrawa, Narrawa North, Narra West, Oolong, Peelwood, Pejar, Redground, Reeves, Roslyn, Sapling Creek, Sylvia Vale, Taralga, Tarlo, Thalaba, the Diamond, The Elms, Third Creek, Tuena, Wattlegrove, Wayo, Wheeo, Wheeo North, Wiarborough, Willigam, Winduella, Wombeyan Caves, Wowagin, Wowagin Creek and Yalbraith.

Upper Lachlan GenWeb Coordinator:  Volunteer Required

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Yass Valley  (map) a local government area located in the Southern Tablelands region of New South Wales.  The Shire was proclaimed on 1 January 1980 following the amalgamation of Goodradigbee Shire Council and the Yass Municipal Council. Yass Shire Council in turn was proclaimed the Yass Valley Council on 11 February 2004, following a further amalgamation of Yass Shire Council and parts of Gunning and Yarrowlumla Shire Councils.  Traditional inhabitants include the Ngunnawal people who resided in the area bound by the towns of Queanbeyan, Tumut, Boorowa and Goulburn.

Yass Valley Shire incorporates the communities of Bango, Bellmount Forest, Binalong, Boambolo, Bookham, Bowing, Burrinjuck, Bywong, Cavan, Dog trap Crossing, Good Hope, Goondah, Gundaroo, Hall, Illalong Creek, Jeir, Laverstock, Manton, Marchmont, Mullion, Murrumbateman, Nanima, Narrangullen, Springvale, Sutton, Tangmangaroo, Uriarra, Wallaroo, Wee Jasper, Woolgarlo, Yass and Yass River.

Yass Valley GenWeb Coordinator:  Volunteer Required

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Young (map) is a town and local government area; originally called Lambing Flat due to the areas suitability for grazing sheep.  In 1860 gold was found in the district and mining became a key industry.  Young town was gazetted in 1861.

Young Shire incorporates the communities of Ashville, Bendick Murrell, Bethong, Boara, Bribbaree, Bulla Creek, Burrangong, Crowther, Greenethorpe, Grogan, Kikiamah, Koorawatha, Maimurur\, Memagong, Milvale, Monteagle, Murrino, North Young, Pilstone, Shirrenden Hill, South Young, Thuddungra, Tubbul, Tyagong, Victoria Gully, Victoria Hill, Wambanumba, Weedallion, Wirrimah, Wombat and Young.

Young GenWeb Coordinator:  Volunteer Required

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