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35 lots sell in 30 minutes


There's been a massive amount of interest in Aoyuan's new land release at Moss Vale.

Stage one of the Ashbourne project has now completely sold out.

A total of 143 land lots were snapped up via an online virtual launch in late August and on Saturday.

Of these lots, 85 - ranging from 450sqm to 1400sqm - sold out in just four hours, equating to more than $40 million dollars worth of sales.

We're being told 35 sold in the first 30 minutes.

Image: Aoyuan

Alleged Southern Highlands drug duo busted



A woman will face court today on drug supply offences following a strike force investigation in the  Southern Highlands.

In February 2020, Strike Force Grantown was established by investigators from The Hume Police District to investigate the supply of prohibited drugs in the Southern Highlands.

Following extensive inquiries, shortly after 1pm on Friday (15 May 2020), police stopped a white Mazda 3 sedan on the Hume Highway at Alpine, north of Mittagong.

The driver, a 40-year-old man, allegedly returned a positive roadside drug test for cocaine and methylamphetamine and was found in possession of more than $5,000 cash.

He was arrested and taken to Southern Highlands Police Station, where he allegedly attempted to dispose of almost 10 grams of crystal methylamphetamine that was secreted in his pants.


A short time later, investigators attended a home on Berrima Road, Moss Vale, and arrested a 25-year-old woman.

A search warrant was executed at the woman’s home, with officers allegedly seizing ‘ice’, cocaine, MDMA, cannabis, cash, replica pistol, air rifle and ammunition.


The 40-year-old man was charged with:

  • take part in supply prohibited drugs,
    • deal with proceeds of crime,
    • resist or hinder police officer in the execution of their duty,
    • cultivate prohibited plant, and
    • organise/conducts/assists drug premises.

He was refused bail and appeared in Wollongong Local Court via AVL on Saturday 16 May 2020, where he was granted conditional bail to appear at Goulburn Local Court on 10 June 2020.


The 25-year-old woman was charged with:

  • supply prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis (x2),
    • supply prohibited drug (x7),
    • take part in supply prohibited drug,
    • possess prohibited drug (x3),
    • deal with proceeds of crime,
    • organise/conducts/assists drug premises, and
    • possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority.

She was refused bail and is due to appear in Wollongong Local Court today (Monday 18 May 2020).

Inquiries are continuing.

Photos: NSW Police

Alleged Southern Highlands thugs arrested


Two men have been charged over the alleged serious assault of a man in Moss Vale last weekend.

The victim was recording on his mobile along Argyle Street before allegedly being attacked by the pair.

Police allege the 30-year-old was kicked in the face and held down until he deleted the recording before the offenders fled.

The victim required surgery for facial fractures.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives executed search warrants at a home in Moss Vale and a home in Bowral on Wednesday where they seized a number of items for forensic examination.

Police arrested the two men, aged 19 and 20 when they attended Southern Highlands Police Station yesterday.

Both were charged with affray, cause grievous bodily harm to person with intent and take/detain person in company with intent to obtain advantage.

The pair were granted strict conditional bail and will front Moss Vale Local Court next month.

Image: Travis Winks

Best regional wine list for Birch in Moss Vale


A special shout at to the team at the Birch in Moss Vale.

The restaurant was awarded Best NSW Wine List in a Regional NSW venue at the 2022 NSW Sommelier’s Wine List Awards held at Parliament House in Sydney.

The judges describing it as being “Incredible for a smaller restaurant”.

Birch finished ahead of Quarry Restaurant in Cowra, the Zin House from Mudgee and South on Albany from Berry.

Owner Renee Wallace said they're lucky to work in such a beautiful part of the world.

"Moss Vale is dynamite, there's a great little vibe here,

"It's a gorgeous little community, which is really well supported,"Renee said.

Image: Birch via Facebook

Car written-off in Moss Vale crash


A nasty accident in Moss Vale left a car badly damaged but the driver uninjured.

It happened Saturday night - a BMW crashing on Mount Broughton Road.

Given the extent of the damage to the vehicle it's amazing the driver was able to walk away.


The Fire and Rescue Moss Vale crew attended the scene and issued a reminder to slow down at night and always keep a look out for wildlife on our roads, as a sudden swerve can be dangerous.

Photo: Fire and Rescue Moss Vale


Chemical cleanout day in Moss Vale

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Wingecarribee Council's chemical cleanout day is taking place on Saturday.

Council’s Manager of Environment and Sustainability, Barry Arthur said it's an opportunity for residents to drop off any of their unwanted household chemicals.

That includes the following:

* household cleaners
* fluorescent globes and tubes
* car and household batteries
* motor oils and fluids
* paints
* garden, pool and hobby chemicals
* gas bottles, fire extinguishers
* poisons.

And there is 20 kilogram or 20 litre maximum container size.

It's all happening at the Moss Vale Works Depot between 9am and 3:30pm.

Image: Bill Smith/Flickr

Cockatoo run to return after covid layoff

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After a lengthy layoff due to covid19, the Cockatoo Run will be returning to the Southern Highlands on December 5.

At full capacity the train will carry around 200 passengers, with stops at Summit Tank in the Illawarra, Robertson and Moss Vale along the way.

East Coast Heritage Rail General Manager James Bushell said it's great for local tourism.

"People from Robertson and Moss Vale have commented to us, how every train that we bring in has great benefits for the restaurants and the places people visit,"he said.

Tickets are still available.

Image: East Coast Heritage Rail

Community meeting about new recycling facility

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The GHD group is holding a community engagement session about its proposal to build a recycling and reprocessing facility at Moss Vale

If approved the facility would be situated in the enterprise zone at 74 - 76 Beaconsfield Road.

GHD is currently in the final stages of preparing the Environmental Impact Statement.

The Community engagement session is happening at the Moss Vale Services Club on Thursday November 18 between 5:30pm and 7:30pm.

To register click here .

Image: GHD

Electric bus manufacturing hub canned

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True Green has scrapped its plans to build a large electric bus manufacturing hub in Moss Vale.

The group had anticipated the State Government ordering 800 electric buses buses per year for the next 10 years, to replace the the existing fleet of 8000 diesel buses.

But now, it looks like those plans won't come to fruition.

Head of Community Engagement at True Green Mike Levin said they're extremely disappointed.

"Back in October 2020, the then Transport Minister Andrew Constance said he was committed to replacing all of the state's 8000 diesel buses by the end of the decade,

"At the time, that gave us a great sense of security and confidence that the project would be viable,"Mr. Levin said.

Image: True Green


Fire station open days are back

bowral fire station may 4 2022

Fire stations across the Southern Highlands will be throwing their doors open on Saturday May 14 between 10am and 4pm.

Children will be able to see a fire truck, demonstrations and firefighting equipment.

Duty Commander Bruce Dowling said it will be a great opportunity for the grown ups to also pick up some safety tips and meet their local firefighters.

"The four stations across the Southern Highlands including Mittagong, Bowral, Moss Vale and Bundanoon will be open to the public,

" People will be able to come down and see trucks and all our equipment and learn about some safety for the home,"Mr. Dowling said.

Image: Bowral Fire & Rescue NSW


Free RSA course at Moss Vale campus

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The Tafe NSW campus at Moss Vale is offering a fee free RSA course taking place on Friday February 11.

It follows the State Government's announcement that 5000 courses will be made available in a bid to address staff shortages in the hospitality industry.

Tafe Services Coordinator Michelle Pontello said an RSA can be used in a multitude of different operations.

"Everyone thinks straight away of a hotel, but wineries require it aswell as restaurants and cafes that serve alcohol,

"Now is a great time to enrol if your a school leaver or changing careers,"Ms. Montello said.

For further details click here


Free swim classes in Moss Vale

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Free infant swim classes are now available at the Moss Vale Aquatic Centre.

The classes are guided by two fully qualified swim instructors and are designed to expose babies to water for the first time, in a controlled environment.

Blue Fin Facility Manager Jodie Buttsworth said there are still places left.

"If you go to the splash time website and click the Moss Vale section you can book in.

"We've still got 16 places left for Wednesday,"Ms. Buttsworth said.

Gifts needed for Christmas giving trees

BDCU November 24 2021

The BDCU Alliance Bank is collecting unwrapped gifts underneath its Christmas Giving trees in Bowral and Moss Vale.

The gifts will be passed on to the Salvation Army and handed out at the Christmas Drive thru at the Southern Highlands Christian School on December 23.

Head of Marketing and Community Matt Sewell said they're hoping to support people doing it tough.

"We're really looking for teen gifts, which we often struggle with,

"Also under fives,"Mr. Sewell said.

Image: BDCU Alliance Bank

Home on fire in Moss Vale


Emergency services are at the scene of a fire in Moss Vale.

Large amounts of smoke were seen coming from the blaze and motorists warned to take care.

NSW Fire and Rescue says it's in a home on Clarence Street and was well alight when they arrived about an hour ago.

Fire fighters from Moss Vale and Bowral are on the ground along with police.

It's understood powerlines have also come down across the road.

Photo supplied


A home at Moss Vale has been completely gutted by fire.

Fire crews rushed to the top of Clarence Street just before 7 this morning where they found a two storey weatherboard home engulfed in flames.

Fortunately no one was at home at the time.

Fire and Rescue Duty Commander Dean Campbell says an investigation will be carried out to figure out the cause of the blaze.

Improvements underway at Moss Vale aquatic

moss vale aquatic june 23 2022

Some big improvements are on the way at the Moss Vale Aquatic Centre.

That includes the construction of a 120 square metre multipurpose room for group fitness classes and community use, and a change room for people with limited mobility and special needs.

The upgrade is being funded by a NSW Government grant as well as contributions from Wingecarribee Council and BlueFit.

Blue Fit State Manager Andrew Hungerford has more details about the new multi purpose room.

"This is a new space to be created off the front of the existing gym,

"There's some space between the gym and the carpark which will create a new room,

"There'll be minimum impact on existing use,"Mr Hungerford said.

Image: Blue Fit 

Interim Administrator: I'm not convinced Lackey Park is the best spot


lackey park sporting hub

Wingecarribee Council's Interim Administrator had decided to put the Lackey Park Regional Sporting Hub project on hold until a Sports Facility Strategy is completed.

Viv May told yesterday's council meeting that he's not convinced Lackey Park is the best spot for the project.

"I think we need to ask the community about where a regional sporting hub sits in the wishlist against a regional aquatic facility .

"I'm told schools cram into Bowral Pool, now that Mittagong is closed, and no one's happy,'' Mr May said.

Wingecarribee Council approved a concept masterplan for the project back in November last year.

Image: Wingecarribee Council

Interim heritage orders put on historic properties


Some relief for opponents of two controversial developments in the Highlands.

Wingecarribee Council has placed six month interim heritage orders on properties at 2 and 4 Myrtle Street Bowral and Karingal at 26 Elizabeth Street in Moss Vale.

It means proposals to build townhouses won't be able to proceed for six months.

David Hayman from the Elizabeth Street Action Group said development needs to be carefully managed in the shire.

"We love living in the Highlands, we love the feeling of space and the country feel,

"We need to ensure we're not knocking down and getting rid of our own character,"Mr. Hayman said.

Image: Elizabeth Street Action Group


Kevin the calf rescued by Highlands SES crews


A day and a half old calf called Kevin can thank his lucky stars for the skill and determination of  Wingecarribee and Moss Vale SES units.


Kevin had slipped down a steep embankment into a creek shortly after he was born and Southern Highlands SES crews were called in the rescue him from his predicament.


Although a bit cold and tired, the little bloke was reunited with his mum in a warm sunny paddock, none the worse for wear.

Images; Wingecarribee SES











Man charged with killing wild duck in Mittagong

southern highlands police january 27 2022

A man from Colo Vale has been charged in connection with an alleged act of animal cruelty.

Last Saturday, two men were seen chasing a flock of ducks in the Mittagong RSL carpark.

One of the ducks was allegedly caught and killed by one of the men.

Around 2pm yesterday, a 24 year old man was arrested at Southern Highlands Police Station.

He was charged with recklessly beat and kill animal and commit an act of cruelty upon an animal.

The 24 year old was also charged with traffic offences over an unrelated matter.

He was refused bail to appear in Moss Vale Local Court today.

Image: Hume Police District/Facebook 

Man charged with Moss Vale stabbing

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A Mittagong man has been charged in connection with the alleged stabbing of another man in Moss Vale.

Just after 8pm on Friday August 6, Emergency Services were called to Parkes Road, after reports of a brawl.

Police rushed to the scene and found a 22-year-old man with stab wounds to his back.

He was treated at the scene by Paramedics before being airlifted to Liverpool Hospital in a serious condition.

He has since been discharged.

Strike Force Briwood was set up to to investigate the incident.

About 2:30pm yesterday a man was arrested at a motel in Lagoon Street, Goulburn.

During a search, Officers found a quantity of methylamphetamine.

The 21-year-old was taken to Goulburn Police Station and charged with wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, possess prohibited drug, and not comply with noticed direction – COVID-19.

The Mittagong man has been refused bail and will appear at Goulburn Local Court today.

Image: Southern Highlands Police


Medical administration course at Moss Vale

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A new course will become available at the Tafe NSW campus in Moss Vale aimed at preparing people for a career in the growing industry of medical administration.

It'll be offered as a mix of face-to-face training and virtual classroom over one semester starting in July.

Teacher Emma Gemmell said the course will prepare people for a number of roles.

"Receptionists, first point of call in hospitals doing surgical bookings,

"It does vary and depends on the market your entering,"Ms. Gemmell said.

For further details head to click here

Image: Tafe NSW

Medical service award for Highlands doctor

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Highlands GP Dr. Vince Roche has received a Rural Medical Service Award for 35 years of service to the communities of Bundanoon, Moss Vale and Bowral.

He was one of six GP's to be recognised at the opening night of the digital 2021 Rural GPs Conference.

Dr. Roche has explained how he got into medicine all those years ago.

"A good story, I've got family who are doctors and I wanted to be an architect or engineer,

"They got a bit of a shock when the entries for the universities were published and they found out I was doing medicine,"Dr. Roche said.

Image: Southern Medical Centre 


Missing man may have been in Moss Vale

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Police have received new information about a man missing from Blacktown.

68 year old Stevo Mandic, was last seen about 5.40am on Monday March 21, when he left his home on Kirkman Street for work.

He was reported missing after he failed to return home on the same day.

Police now have reason to believe that Stevo may have been in the Moss Vale area about 5pm on Monday.

Police and family continue to hold concerns for his welfare as this is out of character and he speaks limited English.

Stevo is described as being of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance, of medium build, with grey hair.

He was last seen wearing a white and blue striped t-shirt, green hi-vis vest, blue work pants, and black shoes.

Stevo is believed to be travelling in a silver/grey Toyota Corolla with NSW registration BMD77R.

Anyone with information on Stevo’s whereabouts is being asked to contact Blacktown Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Image: NSW Police

More funding for Moss Vale bypass design work

moss vale bypass

Wingecarribee Council has secured $1.1 million from the NSW Government to progress design work for stages two and three of the proposed Moss Vale Bypass Project.

That's in addition to the $2.4 million previously committed for stage one.

The MU Group is expected to have all of the design work completed by mid 2023.

Council's General Manager Lisa Miscamble said the traffic situation in Moss Vale is set to intensify in coming years as major housing developments come online and the population increases.

Image: Wingecarribee Council 

Moss Vale bypass information session

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Wingecarribee Council will be holding an information session about the proposed Moss Vale Bypass.

Council’s Director of Service and Project Delivery, Ms Karin Targa said the project is a crucial step in alleviating traffic congestion and also supporting the the Southern Highlands Innovation Park.

The session will be held at the Moss Vale Civic Centre on Tuesday February 22 between 6 and 7pm.

It will provide residents with an opportunity to find out more about the project.

To register click here

Image: Wingecarribee Council

Moss Vale crash update

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Southern Highlands Police are seeking information about a fatal crash at Moss Vale.

Just after 10 this morning, Emergency Services were called to the intersection of Argyle Street and Waite Street after a truck and motorcycle collided.

The male rider was trapped under the truck before being released.

He suffered critical head injuries and despite the best efforts of Paramedics, could not be saved.

He is yet to be formally identified.

The driver of the truck not injured and was taken to Bowral Hospital for mandatory testing.

Diversions are currently in place and motorists are being asked to avoid the area.

Parents picking their children up at Moss Vale Public School are being asked to do so on Browley Street and not Argyle Street.

An investigation is underway into the circumstances surrounding the crash and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Image: Peter Andrea

Moss Vale junior signs with the Dolphins

ray stone december 7 2021

The Dolphins have lured another player to Redcliffe for its inaugural NRL season in 2023.

Moss Vale junior and Parramatta forward Ray Stone has signed a two year deal with the new club.

He's the second NRL signing for the new club.

The Eels have also lost Reed Mahoney to the Bulldogs.

Image: Dolphins NRL

Moss Vale junior's golden moment

ray stone march 27 2022

Ray Stone has enjoyed the best and possibly worst moments of his NRL career, scoring Parramatta's golden-point match-winning try against Melbourne but hurting his knee in the process.

The unheralded lock became the Eels unlikely new hero, scoring twice at AAMI Park to help secure a 28-24 victory but was taken for scans following the match with fears it could be season over.

The golden point try came two minutes into extra time when Stone pounced on an attempted field goal by Mitch Moses that hit the upright.

The haul doubled the 24-year-old's career tally from five seasons.

Stone immediately clutched at his knee after diving untouched across the line and while he managed to walk off the field he was too upset post-game to front the media.

The Eels said he would be sent for scans in Melbourne before travelling back to Sydney.

Coach Brad Arthur was unaware of the seriousness of Stone's injury at the media conference and said the popular player deserved some luck.

'It's always good when a little bit of luck goes to one of our players that you can rely on," Arthur said.

"Stoney is one of those guys, he works hard, he is sometimes in and out of the team but he never complains, he just gets on with his job."

The injury blow dampened the celebrations for Parramatta, who again proved a thorn in the Storm's side.

They beat the Storm twice last season, their round 24 victory ending Melbourne's chance to set a record 20 successive NRL wins, and now serving up the Storm's first loss of the year.

Playing in the centres, Stone's other try came in the 70th minute to break a 18-18 deadlock when he attempted to catch a Moses bomb that bobbled off a Storm player and back into his hands.

Melbourne took momentum into golden point when Brandon Smith and Cameron Munster combined to put Ryan Papenhuyzen away in the 75th minute, with the fullback converting to make it 24-24.

The home side had two early tries disallowed however Smith, who made an early return from a broken hand made no mistake in the 11th minute.

The Eels responded with a try in the 18th minute through fullback Clint Gutherson after a Dylan Brown break.

The Parramatta five-eighth then sent a long ball to Waqa Blake and the winger steamrolled Papenhuyzen, sending the lightweight fullback flying back into the in-goal.

Nick Meaney, who was a late replacement for injured Storm winger Xavier Coates, crossed on either side of halftime to put the home side up by six.

But again the Eels hit back, with Moses putting up a bomb for centre Tom Opacic and the halfback squared up the ledger with his conversion.

The heavyweights continued to go toe to toe before Moses and Stone stood up to again leave the Storm shattered.

Coach Craig Bellamy said while they had had disrupted preparation, losing first-choice hooker Harry Grant to COVID, they were too inconsistent.

"We did some real good things and then we did some things that weren't so good," the Storm coach said.

"I think they scored three tries off kicks and we knew that was coming and practised for it... whoever won it was going to have a bit of luck go their way and whoever lost it, bad luck, so it is what it is."

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Image: Parramatta Eels via Facebook

Moss Vale wins young farmer challenge

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A team from Moss Vale has taken out the Young Farmer Challenge State Final at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

It's made up of Angela Hughes, Andrew Scarsbrook, Chloe Sawell and Nicholas Hreszczuk who competed against other teams from Cootamundra, Albion Park and Goulburn.

They had to perform tasks such as leading an alpaca, identifying seeds and grains, paperwork, and putting out a spot fire.

Team member Angela says they're hoping to continue their success.

"We'll head to Royal Adelaide next year for the national final,

"We're all very stoked with the opportunity to represent not only our local area, but the state aswell,"Angela said.

Image: Angela Hughes

Moss Vale's Will McCarthy celebrates victory in the Sydney to Hobart


Black Jack crew member Moss Vale's Will McCarthy is celebrating a Sydney to Hobart victory.

The 100 foot supermaxi, owned by Peter Harburg and skippered by Mark Bradford took line honours in the iconic blue water classic in a time of two days, 12 hours, 37 minutes and 17 seconds. 


It was the slowest winning time recorded in the Sydney to Hobart event since Nicorette sailed to victory in 2004. 

Law Connect crossed the finish line on the Derwent River in second place. 

Scallywag arrived at Constitution Dock in third position. 

Images: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia




MOU signed to continue mentoring program

Raise program june 17 2022

A memorandum of understanding has been signed between three local community groups to continue rolling out a youth mentoring program at Bowral and Moss Vale High schools.

The program called ' Raise ' involves mentors offering one to one support to young people.

Southern Highlands Foundation Chair Shelley Boyce said they're already seeing fantastic results.

"The young people who are in the program maybe disengaged at school or may just need someone in their life that they can talk to,"she said.

Raise was founded in 2008, and is is a not-for-profit organisation.

It delivers mentoring programs in six states and 184 high schools across Australia.

Image: Raise Media


New chambers not to Administrator's liking

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Wingecarribee Council's Interim Administrator Viv May is calling on feedback from residents about a proposal to modify the recently refurbished Council Chambers.

Mr May believes the changes would make the room more welcoming and practical.

"Since chairing my first meeting of Council under Administration I have felt the refurbished Chambers leave a lot to be desired,

“In my opinion the room creates a distinct divide between Council and the community,"Mr. May said.

The work would involve removing the podium, changing the levels within the room and reconfiguring the communication and information hardware

This would cost around $40,000.

Unless contrary views are received by the end of December, Mr. May will be instructing Council to undertake the changes in time for the first meeting of next year.

To contact Mr. May email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Image: Wingecarribee Council 

New clubhouse for Moss Vale football club

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The Moss Vale Football Club have opened their new clubhouse at the Church Road playing fields.

It's all been made possible after 12 years of campaigning, funds raised from registrations and the canteen, aswell as State Government grants.

Club Administrator Jennifer Wattel said it's great news for the club.

"We've got brand new change rooms, toilets and referee rooms,

"There's also a viewing area upstairs that looks out over the fields,"Ms. Wattel said.

Image: Moss Vale Football Club

New Head at Kings School Tudor House

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The Kings School Tudor House is welcoming on board its new Head.

Adam Larby was previously based at Shore’s North Sydney Preparatory School where he served as Deputy Head for six years

He joins the Tudor House residency with his wife Lyndel and their four children.

The school said Mr. Larby is looking forward to optimising Tudor House’s 169-acre campus, with initiatives such as the redevelopment of the mountain bike track and further use of the beehives.

Tudor House is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.

Image: Kings School Tudor House/ via Facebook


New pet industry course at Moss Vale

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Tafe NSW is introducing a new course at it's Moss Vale campus to prepare people for work in the pet care industry.

Head Teacher Jenny O'Donnell said the pandemic has lead to an increase in pet ownership across the Southern Highlands.

"There's probably been the biggest increase in demand since I've been in the industry,"she said.

The course which is funded by job trainer is called Statement of Attainment in Introduction to Working in the Pet Industry.

It starts on November 5.

Image: Tafe NSW


Owners apply for liquor licence through Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority

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The owners of the old Central Hotel in Moss Vale have submitted an application for a liquor licence through the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority.

Wingecarribee Council is currently reviewing development consents and will be working with all relevant parties to progress the application.

The hotel has been closed since 2013 and a development application to build a supermarket was knocked back.

Brigid Kennedy from the Moss Vale Rural and Chamber of Commerce believes it will add some vitality to that section of town.

"I don't know the owners well, but I'm hoping they will do a beautiful job of resurrecting, a lovely historical part of Moss Vale, that has been a blot on the landscape for far too long,"Ms. Kennedy said.

Image: Central Hotel Moss Vale

Paintback recovers over 36 million kilograms of unwanted paint


Australians have returned over 36 million kilograms of unwanted paint and packaging to the National Paint Recovery scheme since it was established six years ago.

Across the Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands more than 254 thousand kilograms of unwanted paint has been collected.

The successful Paintback scheme receives unwanted oil and water based paint and paint packaging at over 165 permanent Australian collection sites and ensures it is disposed of safely or repurposed for other industrial uses.


The packaging and liquid are separated with the containers being recycled, subject to contamination.

The solvent paint can then be converted into an alternative fuel source replacing coal. 

Water is separated from acrylic paint with the by-product used in a variety of industrial applications significantly reducing landfill and the reclaimed water is used by other industries which reduces the reliance on mains water.

In the Shoalhaven alone, Paintback has collected 165 thousand 868 kilograms from the  permanent sites and special one off events.

Paintback has collected 88 thousand 354 kilograms from the Wingecarribee Resource recovery Centre and special one off events.

This significantly reduces landfill and ensures the unwanted paint doesn’t end up in our waterways.

You can dispose of your unwanted paint at these permanent sites:

Huskisson Recycling & Waste Depot- 235 Huskisson Rd, Huskisson.

Ulladulla Recycling & Waste Depot - Pirralea Rd, Ulladulla.

Shoalhaven CRC West Nowra - 120 Flatrock Road, Mundamia

Wingecarribee Resource Recovery Centre - 177 Berrima Road, Moss Vale.

Images: Paintback Australia 



Plasrefine proposal on exhibition


A proposal for a large plastic recycling facility in Moss Vale is now on public exhibition through the NSW Department of Planning.

Plasrefine wants to process up to 120,000 tonnes of plastic waste every year.

The facility would also manufacture plastic fibers and resins.

Already residents have raised concerns about the number of trucks which would pass through the area.

Submissions close on March 22.

To view the documents click here

Image: NSW Department of Planning & Environment

Plenty of emotion at community engagement session


There was plenty of feeling at a recent community engagement session regarding a proposal to build a large plastic recycling facility on Beaconsfield Road in Moss Vale.

Around 200 people attended the meeting at the Moss Vale Services Club.

Residents claim they had to write their questions out beforehand and then representatives from Plasrefine chose which ones they wanted to answer.

Local resident David Baxter said they have a number of concerns which need to be addressed.

"Mostly about the pollution that it could cause and water issues,

"The traffic is probably the biggest concern,"Mr. Baxter said.

Image: Plasrefine Recycling Pty Ltd


Population projections revealed

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Population forecasts show the Wingecarribee Shire’s population will increase to just over 65,275 residents by 2041.

That represents an increase of about 1.1 per cent per annum.

The revised population forecasts represent a significant increase compared to the State Government’s 2019 projections.

Moss Vale is expected to experience the largest growth with approximately 4,550 new residents.

Ms. Miscamble said numerous factors were responsible for the forecast growth.

“There are a range of issues that are driving population growth in the Shire,

“Families and older people seeking to escape growing population pressures in Sydney and people moving to the regions in the wake of COVID- 19 are definitely factors.” Ms. Miscamble said.

Regional travel to resume at 80 per cent vaccination

food and wine festival june 30 2021

Travel from Sydney to regional parts of New South Wales will go ahead once the state reaches 80-percent covid vaccination.

That will likely be around the start of November and will mean the Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival will go ahead.

It's scheduled to take place at the Moss Vale Showground on November 27 and 28.

However Food and Wine Association President Jean Marie Simart is still concerned about businesses being responsible for checking if people are fully vaccinated.

"I think there will be a lot of problems and I don't think businesses are properly equipped to deal with it," he said.

Image: Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival

RIP Barry Whatman


Tributes are flowing for former Moss Vale Fire and Rescue NSW Captain Barry Whatman who recently passed away.

Mr. Whatman spent more than more than 33 years in Moss Vale as a firefighter and 15 of those were as Captain.

He lived on Elizabeth Street, about 400 metres from the station.

Current Station Captain Ian Thorpe at 385 Moss Vale said Barry had a number of outstanding qualities and attributes.

"He was a great Captain, leader and communicator,

"You knew if Barry was telling you something, that was they way it was done,"he said.

Image: Ian Thorpe 385 Moss Vale

Sewage upgrades to exceed $104 million

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The cost of upgrading Wingecarribee Council's three main sewage treatment plants has blown out by more than $24 million dollars.

Estimates in 2018 suggested $80 million was required to upgrade Moss Vale, Mittagong and Bowral STP’s.

That figure is now $104.8 million dollars.

That includes:

* Bowral Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade – $36,550,000;
* Moss Vale Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade (Stage 1) – $36,150,000;
* Mittagong Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade – $32,100,000.

$33 million dollars of this money will be sourced via a 20 year loan.

Image: Wingecarribee Council 

Single vehicle rollover at Moss Vale

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A lucky escape for a woman who rolled her vehicle at Moss Vale.

Around 10:30am on Saturday, Emergency Services were called to Koyong Close off Suttor Road.

Crews took about 45 minutes to free the woman from the wreckage.

SES Inspector Dylan Whitelaw said she was taken to Liverpool Hospital.

"On extrication, there were no visible injuries,"he said.

And the last update we received from NSW Paramedics was the woman was in a stable condition.

Image: Wingecarribee SES/Facebook

Stadium plans hit hurdle

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The Moss Vale Basketball Association will be setting up a fundraising page in an effort to progress their development application for a new stadium.

It comes after Council's Interim Administrator declined a request for additional funding.

Viv May also told last night's meeting that no further monies would be spent until council developed a community and recreational facilities strategy.

Association Director Paul Barcicki said they'll just have to move on.

"It puts us in a very difficult position for the next election cycle,

"There's a significant amount of funding being offered by the Government at the moment, but without a DA, it's just an idea,"Mr. Barcicki said.

Image: Moss Vale Basketball Stadium

Stage one approval for Ashbourne

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The Southern Regional Planning Panel has approved Ashbourne's stage one development at Moss Vale for 176 lots.

The developer Aoyuan contacted all of the purchasers yesterday about the news and further updates will be provided in coming weeks about time frame and construction.

Development Manager Angela Villate said the project has been a long time in the making.

"It's a long awaited approval,

"We've worked really hard in collaboration with all the authorities including Wingecarribee Council and NSW Department of Planning and Environment,

"We are very happy with the result and believe it's going to be a good project for the community,"Ms. Villate said.

Image: Ashbourne

Tafe campus at Moss Vale damaged by storm

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The Tafe NSW campus at Moss Vale has been damaged by this afternoon's downpour of rain.

Water entered the building causing internal damage to hallways and classrooms.

Some ceilings also dropped exposing asbestos.

Duty Commander for the Southern Highlands Bruce Dowling was in Moss Vale at the time of the storm.

"It came across very quickly,

"We got a large amount of rainfall in a very short period of time and I saw a lot of gutters overflowing,"Mr. Dowling said.

No word yet on whether tomorrow's Tafe classes will be affected.

Image: Moss Vale Fire & Rescue NSW

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

Temporary closure of Clarence St toilets

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The public toilets in Clarence Street in Moss Vale will be closed for the next few months for refurbishment work.

That includes replacing all bathroom fixtures and tiling, removing existing skylights and installing new electrical and solar lighting,

Also replacing roofing and guttering, general repainting and restoration of the garden beds.

The project will start on Thursday and should be completed by May.

People can alternatively use the public toilets in Leighton Gardens.

Image: Google Maps


Tender accepted for bypass design work

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Wingecarribee Council has accepted a tender for detailed designs to be prepared for Stage one of the Moss Vale Bypass.

The work will be carried out by MU Group Pty Ltd at a cost of $1.56 million dollars and should be completed by June 2023.

Council's General Manager Lisa Miscamble has spoken about the importance of the project for the region

“A Bypass for Moss Vale has the potential to deliver enormous transport benefits to the Southern Highlands and provide a significant stimulus to the local economy,”she said.

Image: Wingecarribee Council 

Three drink drivers nabbed at Moss Vale

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Three drivers have allegedly been caught drink driving in Moss Vale as part of Operation Chrome held over the weekend.

Just before 10pm last Friday a p1 provisional driver was stopped on Suttor Road.

The 20 year old woman returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.059.

She and her two friends, also aged 20, each copped $3000 fines for allegedly breaking the public health orders.

In the second incident, just before 11 on Saturday, a 37 year old man was stopped on Argyle Street and returned a mid range reading of 0.103.

And in the third, on Sunday night, just after 9, another 37 year old man was also stopped on Argyle Street.

He returned a mid range reading of 0.106.

All drivers had their licences suspended.

Police will be continuing to patrol our rural roads to keep our communities safe from drink drivers.

Image credit: Hume Police District

Train derailment at Moss Vale

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Authorities can't say at this stage how long it will be before passenger rail services will resume from Moss Vale after a freight train derailed this morning.

The train jumped the tracks and took out a line of fencing.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation is currently on scene

As a result of the derailment, no trains are running on the Southern Highlands Line between Moss Vale and Campbelltown.

Passengers are advised to allow plenty of extra travel time, listen to announcements and check information displays for service updates.

Image credit: Graeme Day

Truck & motorcycle crash in Moss Vale

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Emergency Services have been called to Moss Vale after a motorcyclist was hit by a truck.

The incident took place just after 10am on the corner of Argyle Street and Waite Street.

Three Ambulance crews responded.

The section of road has been closed in both directions and diversions are in place.

We'll have more details as they come to hand.

Image: Peter Andrea

Two vehicle crash at Moss Vale


Emergency Services are at the scene of a two vehicle crash on Nowra Road in Moss Vale.

Two people have minor injuries and are expected to be taken to Bowral Hospital.

One has shoulder pain, the other neck pain

Motorists are being asked to exercise caution.

Image: Ambulance NSW

Vocal muster gives special thanks

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The Wingecarribee Vocal Muster have expressed their gratitude to one of their major sponsors.

Young members have presented a certificate of appreciation to the owner of McDonalds at Moss Vale and Sutton Forest Graham Marcolin.

Mr. Marcolin saw the need for a group that caters for young people who have a passion for the arts.

Muster Founder Richard Lane said they keep going from strength to strength.

"We've got a website click here and it's got lots of stuff about what we do,

"We're very grateful for Graham's contribution aswell as that of the local community."Mr. Lane said.

Image: Richard Lane