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No Bundy Club for Brigadoon

Organisers of Brigadoon are expecting anywhere up to 15,000 people this weekend at Bundanoon. However one downside will be that the Bundanoon Club can't be accessed due to insolvency issues. The facility has usually provided some space and shelter for people who want to go inside and sit down. Publicity Officer Allistair Saunders...

Barbeque warning after Belanglo Explosion

Bowral Police are warning people about the dangers of barbecues after an extended family of five suffered burns in an incident in the Belanglo State Forest over the weekend. One of the family members tried to use a volatile accelerant to light a charcoal barbecue. Inspector John Klepczarek says people need to...

Big Boost for midweek golf in the Highlands

The launch of Australia's first ever 'Golf Stay & Play' Pass today in the Southern Highlands is expected to attract more midweek golf for our shire's eight golf courses. The launch is taking place at the Gibraltar Hotel and golf course with avid Golfer and celebrity Deborah Hutton will be making...

EIS to go on Public Exhibition this Friday

After years of debate in the Southern Highlands community, the Environmental Impact Statement for the Hume Coal Project will finally be placed on exhibition this Friday. The exhibition period is expected to trigger an unprecedented information and consultation program over the coming weeks from supporters and opponents. Project Director Greig Duncan says...

Footpath constructions works in Bowral

Footpath construction works are about to get underway along Banyette Street in Bowral. The work involves removing the existing ramps and constructing a new concrete footpath and pram ramps at the roundabout intersection with Bong Bong Street near Dirty Janes. Sections of the road may be temporarily reduced to one-way traffic. Work is...

Calls for Star Rating System

The National Farmers Federation and the Rural Doctors Association is calling for a star rating system to deal with the increasing number of people being killed by quad bikes. 231 people have died in Australia since 2011, with 43 of those being children under the age of 16. Shadow Minister for Primary...

New exhibition for Highlands Artist

Southern Highlands artist and two time Archibald finalist Zoe Young will be opening her first solo exhibition at the Piermarq Gallery in Paddington starting on Thursday. " Space Between Hours " features a series of paintings based around childhood memories, everyday interactions and accidental fascinations. The exhibition finishes on April 22.

More details to hand on bauxite exploration application

Australian Bauxite Limited says between 15 and 30 jobs will be created if its exploration licence application is ever approved in the Southern Highlands. The exploration company recently lodged an application with the Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development. CEO Ian Levy says the proposed project, 13.6 kilometres south west of...

Today Show to broadcast from Bowral

The Today Show on Channel Nine will be broadcasting live from Bradman Oval in Bowral next Monday between 5:30am and 9am The live broadcast has been secured and co - sponsored by Destination Southern Highlands with our region expected to be showcased to more than 1.4 million viewers. Locals are being encouraged...

Former Test Skipper finds a buyer

Former Australian Cricket Captain Michael Clarke and his Wife Kylie have found a buyer for their Southern Highlands property after cutting the sale price from $6.5 million dollars to $5 million dollars. Clarke had initially bought " Round Hill " in 2012 to set up a cricket academy, but changed his...

Chilled beef exports good for meat industry

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor says China's decision to increase market access for chilled meat products will add to the strength of meat prices. The deal is expected to add an additional $400 million dollars per year to to the Australian meat industry. Mr. Taylor says it's a really exciting initiative. He...

Youth Unemployment continues to be a problem

Our local MP's are being asked to develop a strategy to deal with youth unemployment Figures from the NSW Parliamentary Library and the ABS Labour Force Survey show the amount of young people in the Southern Highlands and South Coast out of work has now reached 22.5 per cent. Wingecarribee Councillor Gordon...

Child Care Benefits for families

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor is welcoming new reforms to the child care system which he says will ease some of the cost pressures families are facing. The Federal Government is injecting  $1.6 billion of additional investment, aimed at providing relief from the rebate cap and downward pressure on fee...

Wollondilly MP given new role

Member for Wollondilly Jai Rowell has been appointed to the role of Special Advisor to the State Government on Science, Industry and Innovation. The role will also involve chairing a new Government Backbench Committee focused on Science, Industry and Innovation. Mr. Rowell says he's very happy with the appointment given his passion...

Money Laundering investigation uncovers drugs at Marulan

Officers from the Hume Local Area Command have assisted in a major joint investigation into money laundering which has uncovered a large amount of drugs at Marulan. Around 10pm last Wednesday Officers stopped a tow truck towing a Hyundai iLoad van. During a search they allegedly found eight kilograms of cocaine, 6.2kilograms...

Five people injured in Barbeque explosion at Belanglo State Forest

Five people are recovering from burns after a barbeque they were trying to light exploded in front of them in the Belanglo State Forest. Around 12:30pm today Emergency Services were called to a picnic area on Daly’s Road, following reports of an explosion. Police have been told the family were trying to...

Jimmy Barnes to be presented with first bottle of Whisky

Southern Highlands Rocker Jimmy Barnes who will be this year's Chieftain at Brigadoon will be presented with the first bottle of whisky made at the Joadja distillery. Joadja was established in the 1870's with hundreds of Scottish oil shale miners bringing their mining skills to the town. Valero Jiminez who's the head...

Free Chemical Cleanout Day at Moss Vale

A reminder about Wingecarribee Council's upcoming chemical Clean out day. Locals will be able to drop off any unwanted chemicals free of charge to council's Moss Vale Works Depot. Last year 500 people took advantage of the service, with 17 tonnes collected. Communications Officer David Sommers says they're taking all kinds of items. It's...

Challenge Southern Highlands employees to continue building pallets

Challenge Southern Highlands which provides employment for people living with disabilities has now found a supplier that'll enable the organisation to continue making wooden pallets for a local customer. The previous timber supplier couldn't meet the demand General Manager Tony McElhinney says they've managed to find someone in the Hunter Valley, BUT...