Local Engagement

The ACT has long recognised the need to engage with the surrounding NSW local councils through forums such as the Canberra Region joint Organisation, and direct engagement with Local Councils such as Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council.

Canberra Region Joint Organisation (CBRJO)

In 2016, the ACT Government signed an MoU with the CBRJO , becoming an Associate member of this body of NSW Local Government Areas. The ACT Government’s membership acknowledges the important relationship with the surrounding South East NSW Region.  The CBRJO is a grouping of councils across the south east and tablelands of NSW who, with the ACT Government, work cooperatively on issues and projects of mutual interest that support the Canberra Region’s future prosperity.

As a regional leader, the CBRJO facilitates opportunities and partnerships to create vibrant communities.

The CBRJO provides a forum for regional cooperation and resource sharing, and cultivating investment and infrastructure development opportunities.

There are mutual benefits to close cooperation with the surrounding councils, for both the communities of the ACT and South East NSW, and CBRJO provides the obvious platform to collectively pursue these benefits.

In addition to the ACT, CBRJO members include Bega Valley Shire Councilexternal linkEurobodalla Shire Councilexternal link, Goulburn-Mulwaree Councilexternal linkHilltops Councilexternal link , Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Councilexternal linkSnowy Monaro Regional Councilexternal linkUpper Lachlan Shire Councilexternal link and Yass Valley Councilexternal link.

Memorandum of Understanding between Canberra Region Joint Organisation (CBRJO) and ACT Government [PDF 1.3MB]
Memorandum of Understanding between Canberra Region Joint Organisation (CBRJO) and ACT Government [PDF 159KB]

Engagement with Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council

Queanbeyan is Canberra’s closest NSW city and the communities, economies and environment of Canberra and Queanbeyan are closely linked. There are a number of regional and cross-border challenges and opportunities that the ACT Government pursues directly with our closest neighbour.

Queanbeyan - Engagement with NSW Local Councils