We are a region that is proud of its history. The Snowy Monaro Regional Council acknowledges that Aboriginal people – the Bidhawal, Ngarigo, Walgalu and Southern Ngunnawal – are the original inhabitants and remain the custodians of where we live.
We are also a culturally diverse region, thanks to the Snowy Scheme which saw over 100,000 people from over 30 countries coming to work on the scheme. To this day the Region enjoys the benefits of our cultural diversity.
The region is home to 20,707 people and reflects a degree of cultural diversity that has its roots in agriculture, early gold mining, the Snowy Mountains Scheme, timber logging and skiing industries.
Economy and Employment
The region has four core economic drivers: Agriculture, Timber, Tourism and Water. The Environment and Education sectors are smaller, but growing drivers of the local economy.
In addition a large number of people are employed in the construction, cultural and recreational services.
Future opportunities for the economy are primarily: value adding within existing sectors, promoting our natural capital and capitalising on our physical proximity to these markets.
The Region covers 15,162 square kilometres with ten major urban areas, surrounded by rolling plains country and mountain ranges.
Mount Kosciuszko is located within the Kosciuszko National Park and with a height of 2,228m above sea level is Australia’s highest mountain. Mount Kosciuszko was named by the Polish explorer Count Paul Edmund Strzelecki in 1840; however Indigenous Australians may have ascended Mount Kosciuszko long before the first recorded ascent by Europeans.