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High range PCA charge after Colo Vale crash


A report of a car crashing into a fence at Colo Vale has led to a woman being charged with high-range PCA.

It's alleged around 11 o'clock Saturday morning the 45-year-old was behind the wheel of a Honda Civic which reversed into the fence before driving off.

Police were alerted and found the vehicle about 45-minutes later on the Hume Highway at Mittagong.

A breath test of the driver came back 0.243.. putting her more than four times over the legal limit.

She was issued a licence suspension notice and has a court appearance at Moss Vale next month.

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Highlands ceramic artists rise from the ashes for open weekend


The Black Summer bushfires came at the worst possible time for Steve Harrison.

Just before the fire destroyed his Balmoral Village studio, he was one of three ceramic artists given the Willoughby Bequest from Sydney's Powerhouse Museum, but he hasn't been able to make the work for the museum's collection.

"I'd love to make those pots and earn that money, so I'm keen to get back into it," he said.

"I was going to make a series of porcelain bowls, but that may change now seeing that I've lost all the porcelain clay that I'd dug and prepared - it all got lost in the fire so it's a bit up in the air now exactly what I'm going to do.

"I'll have to renegotiate with the curator - what I can do and what they'd like," Mr Harrison said.

His porcelain clay was just one of the things lost on the fire, which also destroyed works worth tens of thousands of dollars.

But not all Mr Harrison's work was destroyed.

"Just before the fire I was told there was a collector who wanted to purchase quite a large body of my work," he said.

That resulted in pieces being taken into the house so they could be measured, photographed and catalogued for the collector, and the house survived the fire.

"I had all the best pieces in the house when the fire came, so I lost all my other work but I had just those few pieces in the house."

It proved fortunate, as the saved pieces were bought during the first year after the fire when Mr Harrison and partner and fellow ceramic artist Janine King were going through the difficult task of cleaning up what remained after the blaze.


"During that first year the Art Gallery of NSW purchased 12 pieces of my work for their permanent collection in Sydney - that was another honour which I was really pleased about," Mr Harrison said.

It was also during that time that Mr Harrison received encouragement, support and even financial donations from people all over the world - including some he had not heard of before.

Despite the heartbreak of the fire and the difficult, two-year process to rebuild and get back to creating, Mr Harrison said there was never any thought of giving up.

"I love making my ceramic work so there was no chance of giving up, it was more a case of 'How can we get back into this quickly'," he said.

The time off also meant lots of experimentation with new rocks and substances found close to home, particularly when health restrictions meant they could not travel more than five kilometres from their residence.

"We're just beginning so we're making a lot of experiments with the local rocks that occur around here to make our glazes out of local stones. So I go fossicking and there's a bit of a basalt extrusion at Hilltop, which is just up the road from us," Mr Harrison said.

"I collected the basalt from Hilltop and brought it home and ground it up and crushed it to a powder and made it into glazes. It's nice to use local material to make the glazes.

"There's still more work required. It takes a long time to develop the chemistry for glazes, to test them and perfect them."


The results of Mr Harrison and Ms King's work will be on display over the weekend when they open their  Loopline Pottery to the public as part of the 9th annual Australian Ceramics Open Studios.

Also open on both days will be Meg Patey Ceramics in Colo Vale, with both studios open 10am to 4pm each day.

Mr Harrison said the display on the weekend would not be extensive.

"We'll have a range of just very simple things - bowls and cups and mugs and platters. We've only been back at work for a month and we're working as quickly as we can."

Images: Meg Patey Ceramics


Highlands pizza vendor operating illegally


A Highlands pizza vendor has been closed down and copped a heavy fine for operating illegally.

The mobile pizza shop was doing business from a shipping container in Colo Vale.

Wingecarribee Shire Council launched legal proceedings and Moss Vale Local Court found him guilty of operating without proper consent, compliance with building codes or health standards.

He's been fined 34-thousand dollars and ordered to pay council's costs of 11-thousand dollars.

He's also been ordered to remove the shipping container.

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Increase in ticks across Coast & Highlands


A Highlands vet has dealt with a number of tick cases from Hill Top and Colo Vale over the past couple of weeks.

The parasites are thriving at the moment because of the constant moisture and humidity.

Diederick Gelderman from the Highlands Veterinary Hospital in Braemar has some important advice for locals who are heading to the Coast.

"If someone takes their dog to the Coast, you know Wollongong, Nowra or Sydney, they've got to makesure they put their tick paraysis on,

"We do get ticks here in the Highlands, but it's much worse on the Coast,"Mr. Gelderman said.

Image: John Tann/Flickr


Locomotive 3642 to be overhauled

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Rail enthusiasts are welcoming a decision by Transport Heritage NSW to bring back steam locomotive 3642 to regular service.

The loco was built 95 years ago and will be able to handle the steep grades on future Loop Line services to Colo Vale.

In July 2018, it was withdrawn from active service[

Rail Author Leon Oberg said he thought it might not see service again,

"I think it's a brilliant move and I think we will see it running in many parts of the state,"he said.

The overhaul will start next year.

Image: Transport Heritage NSW


More funding for Picton to Colo Vale rail line project

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A further $9.1 million dollars has been made available from the State Government for the 32 kilometre Picton to Colo Vale Rail Line project.

The funding will enable the line to have a 23 tonne axel loading giving it the ability to take any steam train from the Thirlmere Rail Museum.

Our Member for Wollondilly Nathaniel Smith was able to secure the funding from the State Government's $3 Billion Infrastructure and Job Acceleration Fund.

He said it will provide a big boost for tourism in the region.

"Once we get the line to Colo Vale, we'll look at other funding possibilities to get it to Mittagong.

"The Rail Museum at Thirlmere has the largest collection of heritage trains in Australia," Mr Smith said.

Image: Office of Nathaniel Smith 

Teen missing from Colo Vale

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UPDATE: The boy has been found safe and well.

Police are trying to find a teenager who's gone missing missing from Colo Vale.

13 year old Bailey Smith, was last seen leaving a home on Ebony Place, about 4.30pm yesterday.

Southern Highlands Police were called today, after he failed to return home.

They're concerned for Bailey’s welfare due to his young age.

There have been reports he may have been in the Moss Vale area about 10am today.

Bailey is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 160 centimetres tall, of thin build and with short brown hair.

He was last seen wearing a black coloured ‘Rolling Stones’ t-shirt, navy trackpants and black shoes.

Anyone with information about Bailey’s whereabouts is being asked to contact Southern Highlands Police on 4869 7899 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Image: NSW Police

Theft & vandalism in Colo Vale

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Police have been contacted about a number of vandalism and theft incidents at Colo Vale.

Between November 9 and 11 the culprits attempted to take the bronze ADF emblem at the war memorial, tried to gain access to the men's shed and broke a number of locks at the hall.

A push bike was also taken and Men's Shed Coordinator Steve Clarke said it's incredibly frustrating.

"We're all working really hard as all volunteers do,

"Our hall is actually owned by the community and is not council owned, as some people think,"Mr. Clarke said.

Locals residents are being asked to keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviour in the area.

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Image: Steve Clarke