The Softwoods Working Group (SWG) was formed in 1987 and is now under the auspices of Regional Development Australia – Murray (formerly the Murray Regional Development Board).

It consists of representatives from Local Government, Regional Development Boards, Forests NSW and all the the major plantation growing and processing industries in the south west slopes region of NSW.

Recognising the importance of a co-operative and co-ordinated approach to the issue of road funding, the SWG was formed to plan for the future needs of this essential road network as the local timber industry continued to grow.

The major focus has been on securing funding for the major defined regional arterials that service the needs for both log and finished products.

In recent years the activities of the SWG have expanded to include involvement in matters of other forest-industry related issues.