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Snowy Valleys

SNOWY VALLEYS

A vibrant country lifestyle in a beautiful natural environment.

Nestled in the rolling western foothills of the Snowy Mountains and framed by rugged snow capped mountains, Snowy Valleys Council offers a vibrant country lifestyle in a beautiful natural environment.

The key employer in the region is the timber plantation and processing industry. Other significant employers include agriculture, horticulture, viticulture, tourism, retail, Snowy Hydro Limited and a correctional centre. The Shire is well serviced by quality health, education and community facilities, making it an excellent choice for a country lifestyle in a scenic natural environment.

Living & housing

Median house price

$250,000

Rent average

$250 per week

Population

14644

Climate

The area’s cool mountain climate with high sunshine hours is favoured for cool climate wine growing, agriculture, horticulture and plantation forestry.

There are four distinct seasons marked by brilliant summer sunshine; a spectacular display of autumn leaves; winter views of snow capped mountains; and sparkling spring days.

Transport

Distance from cities

Snowy Valleys Council is halfway between Sydney and Melbourne, Canberra – 2 hours. Wagga Wagga – 1 hr from Tumbarumba and Tumut.

Public transport options

Daily direct flights from Wagga to Sydney and Melbourne

A CountryLink coach service connects to rail services destined for both Sydney and Melbourne 6 days per week.

Health & Medical

Health and medical services

  • The Shire is well serviced by quality health and medical services including GPs, hospitals, disability and aged care and other allied health services. Detailed list below.

Education

Education options:

  • The Shire is well serviced by all stages of education in each of its townships, from early childhood centres to high schools.

Recreation

Surrounded by spectacular natural landscape

  • Snowy Valleys Council is surrounded by a spectacular natural landscape of forests, mountains, streams and lakes that make it ideal for outdoor recreational activities.

Careers

Career opportunities

  • The softwood timber industry provides a robust economic base for the area. Other key industries include agriculture, viticulture, tourism, retail, hydro-electricity generation and horticulture.

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Health & medical

GPs

Tumut

Tumbarumba

Batlow

Adelong

Hospital

Tumut District Hospital

Multi-Purpose Service Centres (MPS)

Disability, Aged Care, Allied Health Services

  • Tumut and Tumbarumba Community Services – provides community transport, meals on wheels, home maintenance, disability home renovations, social support and Group activities.
  • Valmar Industries – provides disability and aged care employment, disability housing, disability transport, lifestyle skills and aged care support.
  • Tumut and Tumbarumba Community Health Services – provides a range of health care services including community home nursing ,early childhood nursing and immunisation, disability day-care services and audiology and hearing screenings.
Education

Tumut

  • Bright Horizons Australia Childcare
  • Little Possums Early Childhood Learning Centre
  • Tumut Pre-School
  • Tumut Kindy Early Learning Centre
  • Tumut Vacation and After School Care
  • Franklin Public School
  • Tumut Public School
  • McAuley Catholic Central School (K-10)
  • Tumut High School
  • Riverina Community College – Tumut
  • TAFE NSW Tumut Campus

Adelong

  • Adelong Pre School
  • Adelong Public School
  • St Joseph’s Primary School Adelong

Batlow

  • Batlow Apple Tree Learning Centre – A community based long day care centre for children 6 weeks to 5 years.
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
  • Batlow Technology School (K-12)

Tumbarumba

  • Tumboosh – Council operated before and after school (and vacation) care.
  • Carcoola Children’s Centre – Council operated long day care centre
  • Tumbarumba Public School
  • All Saints Primary School
  • Tumbarumba High School

There is also a daily bus service to Wagga Wagga for residents wanting to send their children to one of Wagga’s catholic or independent high schools.

Recreation

Snowy Valleys Council is surrounded by a spectacular natural landscape of forests, mountains, streams and lakes that make it ideal for outdoor recreational activities. Some of the area’s recreational facilities include:

  • Kosciuszko National Park
  • Numerous mountain streams and lakes for fishing and boating
  • Hume and Hovell Walking Track
  • Selwyn Snowfields (one hour’s drive)
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Bicentennial Trail and other horse riding trails
  • Excellent motorcycling roads
  • Swimming pools
  • Skate parks
  • Children’s playgrounds
  • Free camping grounds
  • Gold fossicking areas
  • Golf clubs
  • Bowling Clubs

Attractions

Snowy Valleys Council’s main attraction is its pristine natural environment. It is tucked into the western foothills of the Snowy Mountains and is the gateway to some of Australia’s most spectacular alpine landscapes. It is surrounded by idyllic mountain peaks; natural bushland; expansive vineyards; lush agricultural pastures; and crystal-clear streams brimming with trout. The area is perfect for people who live an active outdoor lifestyle and enjoy activities such as bush walking, horse riding, skiing, fishing and cycling.

Careers

The softwood timber industry provides a robust economic base for the area, centred around the Visy and Carter Holt Harvey softwood processing mills in Tumut; and the Hyne mill in Tumbarumba.

Other key industries include agriculture, viticulture, tourism, retail, hydro-electricity generation and horticulture. Larger employers include Snowy Hydro Limited, National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Forestry Corporation of NSW, national retail chains and the Mannus Correctional Centre.

Snowy Valleys Contact

Chris Blake – Community Economic Development Liaison Officer - p 02 6941 2553 | cblake@snowyvalleys.nsw.gov.au | 76 Capper Street, Tumut NSW 2720