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IPL aspirant Kerr re-signs with BBL Sixers

hayden kerr jan 28 2022Hayden Kerr, the breakout player of this BBL season, has signed a three-year deal with Sydney Sixers after throwing his hat in the ring for the IPL 'mega auction'.

Sydney Sixers' hopes of a three-peat would almost certainly be dashed if not for Kerr, who finished 98 not out in Wednesday night's drama-laden victory over Adelaide at the SCG.

Kerr, accustomed to batting at No.8 for the Sixers, had previously tallied 77 runs at 11 from 11 BBL innings.

The allrounder, named in the league's team of the tournament on account of his bowling, usually bats at No.8 but was promoted to open for the depleted Sixers.

The BBL has some well-documented issues but Kerr, who was poised to switch focus to physiotherapy and grade cricket if this summer didn't work out, is an example of its potency as a platform.


Image: Sydney Sixers

Range Road Overbridge project complete

range road bridge project

A couple of important infrastructure upgrades have been completed in Mittagong.

That includes the long-awaited Range Road Overbridge which comes with pedestrian access.

Colo Street has also re - opened, following drainage, roadwork and roundabout improvements.

Member for Wollondilly Nathaniel Smith said it will improve access between Mittagong and Bowral.

"Now it's going to help a lot people travelling from different parts of Mittagong and Bowral and vice versa,

"For so long we've been detouring through the back streets,"Mr. Smith said.

Image: Office of Nathaniel Smith

A rare glimpse into Sir Donald Bradman's childhood home


The Australian public is being offered a rare chance to glimpse the early part of Australian cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman's childhood.

The Bowral home, where Sir Don grew up, is being opened for public tours for the very first time.

The tours are being guided by Bradman historian Andrew Leeming, who curated the restoration of the Bradman family home at 52 Shepherd Street in Bowral.

The restoration work won the 2013 National Trust Award for Conservation and Heritage.


The tour will include a look at Don Bradman’s famous tank stand where the young cricketer practiced with a cricket stump and golf ball, as well as Bradman's childhood bedroom and the house’s heritage garden.

The Tours will run on Sunday 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th January for groups of six people.

Bookings are essential and are made through the Bradman Musuem.

To secure a spot on one of six tours, email Paul Millward at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Images: Bradman Foundation















Bowral beekeeper lends a helping hand

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A Bowral beekeeper is assisting other beekeepers around the Port of Newcastle who are affected by an outbreak of verroa mite.

The mites are the most serious pest of honey bees and can wipe out entire colonies.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries has issued an unprecedented emergency order which bans the movement of bees and hives across the state.

Hamish Ta Mae is hoping they can contain the outbreak.

"I actually happen to be in Newcastle at the moment, trying to offer my help to some mates that have hives,

"There's a 10 kilometre radius around the Port of Newcastle and the Department of Primary Industries is euthanising all hives in that area,"Mr. Ta Mae said.

Image: Hamish Ta Mae

Bowral beekeeper stung by floods


A Bowral beekeeper has been left to pick up the pieces after losing 12 bee colonies in the floods.

Hamish Ta Mae operates his business from a block of land on the corner of Mittagong Road and Victoria Road as you come into Bowral.

His hives were situated above any previous high water marks and the floods took him and nearby residents by complete surprise.

Mr. Ta Mae now has to try and source colonies from inland areas which weren't affected by the floods, and that's not going to be an easy task at this time of year.

He believes there's no way of mitigating against the flooding we experienced.

"You've just got to makesure you've got nothing in that area,

"I wouldn't be at all surprised, if the flood maps are all re - written and the building codes get re - tweaked,"Mr. Ta Mae said.


Images: Hamish Ta Mae

Bowral Blues back in first grade

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The Bowral Blues have ended with a drew in their first match back in first grade after a five year layoff.

The side batted first against Bowral and finished on 2/61 before the rain came down.

Club Captain Brett McAulay said they'll now turn their attention towards their next match against Hill Top Northern Villages who defeated the Robbo Colts.

"From what I saw they had a real good game on the weekend,

"I think they're definitely going to give us a run for our money,"Mr. McCaulay said.

In the other match, the Robertson Burrawang Bulls had a close win over Wingello.

Image: Bowral Blues

Bowral Classic coming to town

Bowral classic december 9 2021

Thousands of people will flock to the Southern Highlands today ahead of the Bowral Cyclic Classic.

Tomorrow there is the 50 kilometre Dirty Bowral Gravel Ride in the Belanglo Forest and The Crit race around Bowral.

On Sunday 12, riders are taking part in one of the four Gran Fondo loops.

The Event Village at Loseby Park will be open tomorrow between 1:30pm and 6:30pm

It'll also be open on Sunday between 9am and 4pm.

Supporters will be able cheer on the riders as they cross the finish line.

There'll also be gourmet food stalls, live music, exhibitor stalls and children’s entertainment.

Image: Bowral Classic

Bowral cricketer leads from the front

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Bowral cricketer Hayden Kerr has impressed in his debut match for Victoria at the SCG.

The allrounder top scored for NSW in their first innings with 62 not out.

He's thanked all of his supporters back home.

"They're so happy for me,

"From where I've come they're probably a little bit surprised that I've ended up playing in these games, and that's created a bit of a buzz around the town,"Kerr said.

Victoria is currently 8/267 in reply to NSW's first innings total of 233.

Travis Dean is 144 not out.

Image: Cricket NSW

Bowral cricketer makes team of tournament

hayden kerr january 24 2022

Bowral cricketer Hayden Kerr has bowled himself into the BBL|11 Team of the Tournament.

The left armer has picked 24 wickets at 13.45 and said it's all come as a bit of a surprise.

"Like I've said in the past, I feel like it's a bit of a product of me trying to continue being part of team success throughout the year,

"I've really enjoyed being part of the team this year,"Kerr said.

The Sixers will face the Adelaide Strikers on Wednesday for a place in the final against the Perth Scorchers.

 Image: Sydney Sixers

Bowral cricketer picks up man of the match

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Bowral cricketer Hayden Kerr picked up man of the match for NSW in their 75 run win over Tasmania at SCG.

Kerr top scored for the Blues in the first innings with 88 runs and scored 15 in his second dig.

He took 1/25 and 0/12 with the ball.

Trent Copeland did most of the damage for the Blues in the second innings taking 4/46.

For full scores click here

Image: Cricket NSW

Bowral's Caffe Rosso rates highly on Trip Advisor


There is worldwide recognition for a Bowral eatery.

Caffe Rosso has been listed in the top 10 percent of restaurants on Trip Advisor's 2021 Traveller's Choice Awards.

Owner Sebastion Petrocitto said, "He's elated and humbled all at the same time."

I am still trying to get my head around it all, he said.

Mr. Petrocitto said, "All I have ever tried to do is just bring wholesome Italian food to life in an unpretentious environment."

"I would like to thank my team of 20 staff over the most challenging 12 months we have ever experienced for their continued efforts and support, but most importantly my long-standing loyal local customers over the past 13 years that have continually supported me," he said.

Image: Supplied


Bradman bat sells at auction

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The bat used by Sir Donald Bradman in a triple century knock has been purchased for around $250,000 at auction.

The bat, was used by the cricket legend on a 1934 tour of the UK.

It's believed the new owner plans to speak with the Bradman Museum about keeping it displayed for all cricket fans to enjoy.

Executive Director Rina Hore is glad it won't be hidden in a private collection.

"I'm pleased first of all that it's staying in NSW and secondly that we're being recommended as its guardian for a little longer,"she said.

Image: Pickle Auctions

Busy day for Highlands snake catcher

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The hot weather and humidity is bringing the snakes out again.

Highlands snake catcher Ray McGibbon was called out to nine jobs yesterday, including a small Highlands Copperhead that made its way into the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Bowral.

The cleaner spotted it and called Ray straight away.

Ray said there was also a nice big Eastern Brown out Colo Vale way.

"I've never caught one out there before,

"It's obviously come in after the rain went away,"Ray said.

Image: Reptile Rescue, Relocations, Awareness Southern Highlands & Surrounds via Facebook


Calls for Bowral tip to be closed


Residents fed up with the smell and dust being omitted from the Bowral Tip are now calling on the facility to be closed.

They've set up a petition with the aim of getting 500 signatures and so far 300 people have signed it.

Stephane Bourrigaud who lives on Railway Parade said the petition will be passed onto State MP Nathaniel Smith, Wingecarribee Council and the EPA.

"I'm sorry it has come to this, but there is no other avenue for me to do anything else.

The council, the EPA and the State Member are not interested and I'm running out of options,"Mr. Bourrigaud said.

To see the petition click here

Image: Stephane Bourrigaud

Changed traffic conditions on Old South Rd

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Work on the first stage of a multi-million-dollar upgrade planned for Old South Road gets underway tomorrow.

It will involve installing subsoil drainage at various locations between Merrigang Street in Bowral and Range Road in Mittagong.

Work is taking place between 7am and 5pm weekdays and should be completed by mid November weather permitting.

Motorists are being asked to exercise caution and follow traffic directions.

For further details contact Council’s Capital Delivery Branch on 4868 0888.

Image: Wingecarribee Council

Crowded House to perform in Bowral

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Big news for Crowded House fans!

The band will be performing at A Day on the Green at Centennial Vineyard in Bowral on Saturday April 16.

It's all part of their Dreamers Are Waiting Tour.

Last week, Crowded House was awarded Best Adult Contemporary Album for Dreamers Are Waiting at the 2021 ARIA Awards.

The band's lineup includes founding members Neil Finn and Nick Seymour, along with producer and keyboardist Mitchell Froom, guitarist and singer Liam Finn and drummer Elroy Finn.

Tickets go on sale at midday on Friday December 10 from Ticketmaster.

The band will be joined by special guests The Teskey Brothers.

Image: Roundhouse Entertainment

Did the earth move for you - earth tremor in the Southern Highlands




A shake rattle and roll moment for the Southern Highlands, with the Volcano Discovery website reporting a weak earthquake across the Wingecarribee yesterday.

It registered 2-point-8  - and was located about 10 kilometres under Bowral.

 Numerous people reported weak shaking, rattling or vibration on the website, one comment reported a loud pop and shaking.

 There are no reports of damage.

Date & time: 26 Jul 2021 12:36:31 UTC - 9 hours ago

Magnitude: 2.8
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 34.331°S / 150.62°E  (WingecarribeeNew South WalesAustralia)
Nearby towns and cities:
4 km (3 mi) ESE of Yanderra (pop: 654) --> See nearby quakes!
12 km (8 mi) S of Tahmoor (pop: 5,020) --> See nearby quakes!
15 km (9 mi) ENE of Colo Vale (pop: 1,590) --> See nearby quakes!
21 km (13 mi) SW of Appin (pop: 2,590) --> See nearby quakes!
25 km (15 mi) NE of Bowral (pop: 10,200) --> See nearby quakes!
27 km (17 mi) WNW of Wollongong (pop: 292,200) --> See nearby quakes!
54 km (33 mi) SSW of Liverpool (pop: 27,500) --> See nearby quakes!
68 km (43 mi) SSW of Blacktown (pop: 46,900) --> See nearby quakes!
75 km (46 mi) SW of Sydney (pop: 4,627,300) --> See nearby quakes!
173 km (107 mi) NE of Canberra (Australian Capital Territory) (pop: 367,800) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GeoAu (Geoscience Australia )
Estimated released energy: 1 x 109 joules (278 kilowatt hours, equivalent to 0.239 tons of TNT)

Source: Volcano Discovery

Image: Supplied  

Diesel spill in Bowral

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Fire & Rescue NSW has been called to a large diesel spill in Bowral.

The incident started around 2:20pm.

The spill was about 10 metres in length and was mopped up in about 30 minutes.

One crew from Fire & Rescue Bowral responded.

Fallen branches in Corbett Gardens

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Fire and Rescue NSW crews have been called to remove a number of large fallen branches in Corbett Gardens Bowral.

The area was cordoned off on Saturday for the safety of residents and visitors.

It's believed the branches higher up the tree took out the ones below, causing a chain reaction.

A number of firefighters from Bowral were on scene.

Fallen tree blocking Centennial Rd Bowral

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Endeavour energy and Wingecarribee Council crews are in the process of removing a large tree which has fallen across Centennial Road in Bowral near Peppers Craigieburn

The tree has come into contact with powerlines and about eight homes are without power.

The road is blocked off in both directions.

Residents are being asked to stay well away from the site.

A power restoration time is unclear at this stage.


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 health checks in the Highlands

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Free Men's Health checks will be available in the Highlands next month.

The Men's Health Education Rural van will be at the Mittagong Welcome Centre on February 3 and the Bowral Swimming Pool carpark the following day.

The van will be there at both locations between 9:30am and 3:30pm

Bowral/Mittagong Rotary President Will Eddowes said men will be able to get a basic health check up.

"Cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure,

"These are checks that can be done quite easily by a registered nurse,"Mr. Eddowes said.

Image: Fort George G.Meade Public Affairs Office/Flickr


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

Increased truck movements

trucks june 2 2022

Residents around Mittagong will be noticing plenty of extra truck movements over the next couple of weeks.

Rehabilitation work on Bowral Road between Bowral and Mittagong requires material to be moved in and out by numerous trucks each night due to the high volume of traffic through the day.

The old material is being stored at Aylmerton, and new asphalt is being delivered each night from a plant at Kembla Grange.

The work is expected to be completed by June 16, weather permitting.

Image: KOMUnews/Flickr


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


Kerr out with hamstring injury

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Bowral cricketer Hayden Kerr has been left out of the NSW Shield squad which has been selected to a take on South Australia in Adelaide starting today.

He's recovering from a hamstring injury.

Jason Sangha will captain the side for the first time, with regular skipper Kurtis Patterson to remain in Sydney for the birth of his first child.

The Blues are third on the ladder and need to defeat the Redbacks and hope WA goes down to Victoria if they are to qualify for the final.

Image: Cricket NSW


Lancelot Hill antiques building sells for $5.35 million

lancelot antiques feb 24 2022

The historic Lancelot Hill Antiques building in Bong Bong Street in Bowral has sold at auction today for $5.35 million dollars.

There was a great turnout with a number of genuine bidders.

The purchaser wishes to remain undisclosed and has chosen not to reveal what their plans are for the site.

Cipps Real Estate Manager Marlene Lynam said there continues to be a large amount of interest in the Southern Highlands

"I think covid has resulted in a number of people from Sydney wanting to move to the area,

"The Southern Highlands, being so close, is in a lot of people's target,"Ms. Lynam said.

Local church pledges support for Tonga

bowral uniting church january 18 2022

The Bowral Uniting Church is encouraging locals to show their support to those affected by the undersea volcano eruption near Tonga.

The church has a partner relationship with a number of churches over there.

Reverend Micheal Earl said their national overseas aid agency "Uniting World" will be providing assistance.

"They have direct relationships with our partner churches in Tonga,

"For a long while they've worked with the people there through the church and the wider community to support them in different ways,"Reverend Earl said.

To find out more click here

Also keep an eye out for updates on the Bowral Uniting Church Facebook page.

Image: Bowral Uniting Church

Luxury Bowral retirement village approved


A large retirement resort has been given the go ahead to be built on the site of the former Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School in Bowral.

A Joint Regional Planning Panel has given the green light to 135 luxury villas along with an extensive range of facilities including wellness and business centres, restaurant and library.

A number of conditions have been included such as retaining the priest cottage and the construction of shared pathways and pedestrian islands.

It will be known as Waterbrook Bowral and managing director Kevin Ryan says it's very Bowral-centric and they'll be working closely with the council before construction starts.

Photo: Artist impression. Source: Wingecarribee Shire Council

Man charged after allegedly conning an 81 year old woman out of $25000 cash


A man has been charged after allegedly defrauding an elderly woman of almost $25,000.

Earlier this month, an 81-year-old woman was contacted via a social media messaging service by a person claiming to be an agent from the Australian Federal Police 

He allegedly instructed the woman to attend a bank on two separate occasions to withdraw a total of $24,000.

 On each occasion, an agent named ‘Alex’ attended her home to collect the money.

 The woman yesterday again went to a bank branch at Narellan and spoke to staff who notified police.

 Detectives from Camden Police attended and commenced an investigation.

 A 36-year-old man was arrested outside the woman’s Harrington Park home.

 During a search of his vehicle, investigators allegedly located an envelope containing $12,800 cash, withdrawn from a Bowral bank branch.

 He is charged with two counts of obtaining property by deception, attempt to obtain property by deception, and recklessly deal with proceeds of crime.

 The Bankstown man was refused bail to appear at the Picton Local Court.

Police are warning the public not to provide any personal information over the phone and to contact their local police station should they receive a phone call from someone they don’t know requesting money.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Camden detectives or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Image: Peter Andrea



Man of the match performance for Bowral cricketer

hayden kerr november 24 2021

Bowral cricketer Hayden Kerr put in a man of the match performance for NSW in their win over Victoria in the Marsh One Day Cup.

The former Chevalier College student scored 43 off 41 balls and picked up to 2/16 with the ball.

That included the wicket of former test bat Peter Handscombe.

NSW batted first and scored 7/344.

In reply Victoria could only manage 170.

Ulladulla's Matthew Gilkes top scored for the Blues with 51.


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 


Mens shed gets Christmas surprise

mens shed december 23 2021

The Men’s Shed at Pepperfield Lifestyle Resort Bowral has received an early Christmas present.

The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church has donated a new bench saw, which will be used to repair furniture and toys, and create custom made household items.

About 15 men drop into the shed on a weekly basis

Church member Darren Seeley said it's money well spent.

"They're donating their time to help out others in the local community, so we thought we'd do our bit to try and help out them,

"Just to see their smiling faces when we handed the bench saw over was quite touching,"Mr. Seeley said.

Image: Plymouth Brethren Christian Church

More accolades for Gumnut

gumnut josh nickl october 29 2021

Gumnut Pattiserie is in the awards, once again.

Pastry Chef Josh Nickl has been named the Gold Medalist for Pastry cooking in the National World Skills Competition.

His father Tracey won the same medal back in 1993.

Gumnut was also named a state and national finalist in Wotif's Uniquely Aussie Awards for its vanilla slice.

Image: Gumnut


More COVID-19 venues of concern for Mittagong and Bowral


Four additional venues of concern have been listed by NSW Health for the Wingecarribee Local Government Area.


Bunnings Mittagong - Tyree Place                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thursday 9 September 2021  between 2:20 pm to 2:40 pm


Liquorland Bowral - 33 Bendooley Street                                                                                                                                                                                    Monday 13 September 2021 between 10 am to 10:06 am


Priceline Pharmacy Bowral - 10-15 310-312 Bong Bong Street                                                                                                                                      Monday 13 September 2021 between 10 am to 10:03 am


Home No.9 Thai Cuisine by Bangkok House Bowral - 328-332 Bong Bong Street                                                                                      Thursday 9 September 2021 between 7:30 pm to 7:40 pm

The NSW Health exposure locations list includes close and casual contact venues.

For more information visit NSW Health COVID-19 case locations.

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 appointment for Dr. Brendan Nelson

brendan nelson april 27 2022

Bowral resident Dr. Brendan Nelson has been given the responsibility of overseeing the delivery of the $500 million dollar re-development of the Australian War Memorial.

It comes after Dr. Nelson was appointed Chair of the Council of the AWM.

It follows his seven year tenure as Director.

Dr. Nelson said it's a real privilege and honour.

"Also to support the Director Matt Anderson in the further development of the memorial in support of veterans and their families,

"I was blessed to be able to spend Anzac Day delivering the dawn service address in Mittagong,"Dr. Nelson said.

Image: Australian War Memorial/Flickr

New community centre in Bowral

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The Southern Highlands Christian Community Centre officially opens its doors in Bowral today with the aim of providing practical support and an inclusive space for people to connect.

Board Member Board Member Jackie Losurdo said they're a not for profit organisation which relies solely on donations from the community.

"The centre has CPR status and so if anyone donates they get tax benefits at the end of financial year,

"People can donate $20 a month or whatever they can afford and that will go towards running costs,"Ms. Losurdo said.

The centre is situated at Shop 1, 347 to 349 Bong Bong Street, underneath C3 Destiny Church.

Image: Southern Highlands Community Christian Centre 

New fun run in the Highlands


A new community charity fun run called the Bowral Creek to Peak, is taking place on Sunday March 6.

The event is a five kilometre run or walk up the Gib, starting and finishing at the Bowral Swimming Pool.

Co Founder Tim McLean says a number of local charities will benefit.

"We've got three select charities this year including Pop In, Can assist and Lifeline Macarthur,"he said.

To register click here

Image: Spirit Sport + Events

New Years eve surprise for Bowral woman

The Lott january 5 2022

A nice start to the year for a Bowral woman who won $100,000 in a Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot draw on New Years Eve.

She's planning on retiring a little earlier than expected and helping out the kids.

The woman also won a $1,000 consolation prize.

Her winning entry of five consecutive numbers was purchased online.

Image: The Lott 

Night time operation to remove Bowral's Pin Oaks


Calls for the community to be notified before eight historic Pin Oak trees are removed from Station Street in Bowral, have been shut down by Wingecarribee Shire Council.

Councillor Ian Scandrett presented a Notice of Motion to Wednesday’s council meeting, calling for residents and businesses to be given two weeks’ notice before the iconic trees are bulldozed as part of roadworks, however his motion did not get up.

Cr Scandrett says the meeting was told the trees would be moved during night works.

He says more than 10 community groups have expressed opposition to the tree removal, and claims some councillors are ignoring the wishes of the community.

The roadworks form part of the construction of a feeder road which will link the township with the proposed $18 million Bowral by-pass.

Photo shows a recent community protest (by John Swainston).

Piece of Highlands history to be sold

lancelot antiques feb 10 2022

One of Bowral's most iconic buildings which houses Lancelot Antiques is going up for auction in a couple of weeks time.

The building which is situated in Bong Bong Street features two properties on two titles which could appeal to an investor who wants to lease them out or an owner occupier.

The huge front doors, date back to  it's role as a Cobb & Co Coach staging station.

Marlene Lynam from Cipps Real Estate said it has plenty of history.

"Lancelot Hill Antiques have been in the building for more than 60 years and Lance unfortunately passed away a few years ago,

"The property has now passed over ownership, so the people are now selling it,"Ms. Lynam said.


Positive covid case at Bowral High School

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Bowral High School has confirmed that a member of their school community has tested positive to covid19.

NSW Health has assessed the situation and believes there's no requirement to cease school operations.

Only students in Year 10 are being asked to self-isolate as a precaution while contact tracing is completed.

NSW Health is reminding people to get tested if they're experiencing any symptoms.

For the full statement from Bowral High Principal Jason Conroy click here

Red Belly makes its way into Bowral public school

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Staff and students at Bowral Public School got a rude shock yesterday afternoon when they discovered a three foot red belly black snake in their playground.

It's unclear whether the snake came off a vehicle or down a storm drain in the recent rains.

Highlands Snake catcher Ray McGibbon said it's unusual to get one in that part of town.

"Dead smack bang in the middle of Bowral,

"It was only a three footer, but big enough to give everyone a bit of a scare on the first day of school,"Mr. McGibbon said.

Image: Reptile rescue, relocations, awareness southern highlands and surrounds / Facebook


Regenerating Australia coming to Bowral

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The regional premiere of "Regenerating Australia" will be screening at the Empire Cinema in Bowral on Sunday at 6:15pm.

The event is being hosted by Regen Studios, WWF-Australia and WinZero and will feature a Q & A session afterwards with with local panellists John Hewson, Jonathan Jutsen and Di Dibley and Kirstine McKay.

The film is set in 2029 and looks back on a decade of a fairer, cleaner, more community focused economy.

WWF Australia's Head of Innovation Reece Proudfoot said there are a number of ways in which the Southern Highlands can benefit.

"Whether it's regen ag, renewable energy or a circular economy, there are grant funds and support that communities can access to bring some of the vision of the film to life,"he said.

Image: WWF-Australia

Relief in sight for motorists using Old South Rd

Old South Rd feb 15 2022

Wingecarribee Council has unveiled plans to fix a 9.3 kilometre section of Old South Road between Bowral and Mittagong.

The multi million dollar project will include reconstructing and widening the road where possible and installing crash barriers, audio tactile makers and warning signs.

Council’s Director of Service and Project Delivery, Karin Targa said they're currently finalising details with utility providers, landowners, environmental authorities, transport providers and government departments.

Tender for construction will be released within months.

But don't expect any finish date any time soon, with completion expected in 2024.

Image: Wingecarribee Council 

Remembrance Day services back in the Highlands

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Remembrance Day Services will be taking place across the Southern Highlands tomorrow.

On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, we remember those soldiers who died trying to protect our nation.

Mittagong RSL Sub Branch President Steven Spence said they'll be holding a service outside the front of the club starting at 10:40am, weather permitting.

"If the weather doesn't allow us to do it outside, we will still be holding it up in the auditorium,"he said.

The branch is not selling badges this year.

And the Bowral RSL Sub Branch has organised very small gathering.

Members will gather at the Bowral war Memorial around 10:45am.

Image: Tony Oldroyd/Flickr

Request to rename Bowral Memorial Hall

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The Chair of the Highlands Symphony Orchestra has shared her thoughts regarding the renaming of the Bowral Memorial Hall.

With refurbishments soon to be completed, Wingecarribee Council has received a request to rename the facility to the Bowral Memorial Entertainment & Convention Centre or the Bowral Memorial Performing Arts & Seminar Hub.

Janette Stiles is keeping an open mind, but said simplicity is key.

"I think the Bowral Memorial Performing Arts Centre would cover it,

"The most important thing is keeping it simple,"

Residents can have their say via the your say section of council's website click here

Image: Wingecarribee Council 


Return & earn kiosk knocked back

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Wingecarribee Council has knocked back plans to install a return and earn kiosk inside the Bowral Pool carpark.

The Southern Highlands Vietnam Veterans Association strongly objected to the proposal given the close proximity to the war memorial.

President Phil Moscat said it's a timely decision ahead of Remembrance Day commemorations.

"We're very happy that all of the submissions were taken into consideration,

"I'm sure there's a lot of other places the kiosk could go,''Mr. Moscat said.

Image: Phil Moscat


Rod Stewart cancels Southern Highlands tour date


Sir Rodney Stewart’s planned tour of Australia has been cancelled because of the surge in  COVID-19 case numbers.

The veteran British rocker was booked to perform at Bowral's Day on the Green at the Centennial Vineyards on the 27th of March.

The news was confirmed in a statement from tour organiser Live Nation.

Stewart said “My dear friends, once again I feel we’ve all been cheated by this evil disease, so it is with great regret that I announce my shows for 2022 have had to be canceled.".

“My thoughts are with all your families at this difficult time as we come out of the joyous and hopefully safe holiday season and I look forward to returning to Australia as soon as the health situation permits, he said.

It is the second time Rod Stewart has been forced to cancel a Southern Highlands concert because of COVID 19.

He had been scheduled to perform in October 2020.

Image; Rod Stewart Facebook




Safety improvements for school zones

wombat may 17 2022

A number of school zones in the Southern Highlands will have improved safety as part of the NSW and Australian Government's $40.8 million School Zone Infrastructure Sub Program.

That includes Colo Vale Public School, Bowral High School, St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish Primary School, and Mittagong Public School.

The work will include the installation of ‘wombat’ raised pedestrian crossings.

Member for Wollondilly Nathaniel Smith said the School Zone Infrastructure Sub Program will help keep school children in the region even safer as they travel to and from school.

"“The Australian and NSW Governments are committed to helping to improve safety around our schools, the projects in Wollondilly will create safer pedestrian connections for children, their parents and carers, and the school community,” Mr Smith said.

Image: Phillip Mallis/Flickr

Salvos store closed due to covid

salvation army november 17 2021

The Salvation Army store in Bowral will be closed this week due to a breakout of covid19.

Captain Jake Horton said a number of staff are affected, and this poses a risk to their volunteers and customers.

"It's a small handful, but we do have alot of people who are vulnerable with impacted immune systems,

"Just out of precaution we've decided to step away from it for the week,"Captain Horton said.

And the store is expected to re - open on February 14.



Scottish Arms hits the market


The Scottish Arms Hotel in East Bowral has hit the market.

The 1,536 square metre site was purchased by the Robertson family back in 2007.

It has six gaming rooms with a massive beer garden.

The selling agents HTL Property say there's an opportunity for extended trading hours approval given the hotel's Green SA2 banding.

Expressions of interest close at the end of the month.

Image: Scottish Arms Hotel via Facebook


Severe weather warning for Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Highlands


A flow of tropical air is flowing rapidly into a surface trough along the New South Wales coast, generating widespread and persistent rain across eastern districts.

The heaviest rain areas are forecast to gradually move south during Saturday.


VERY HEAVY RAINFALL, likely leading to FLASH FLOODING, presents a SERIOUS RISK to the Mid North Coast, Hunter, Sydney Metropolitan, Illawarra, and parts of the Central and Southern Tablelands.

DAMAGING WIND GUSTS are also POSSIBLE about the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, and ACT during the next 24 hours.

The focus of heavy rain is expected to be across the Hunter, Sydney Metropolitan and Central Tablelands districts during Saturday morning, extending southwards to the Illawarra and Southern Tablelands districts through the day.

In these areas, there may be periods of INTENSE RAINFALL, LIKELY leading to LIFE THREATENING flash flooding.


Roads are likely to be cut off by water, and there will be an increased risk of landslips over this period.

River catchments are relatively wet in this region, bringing an enhanced risk of RIVERINE FLOODING.

Numerous flood watches and warnings are current. Latest updates at


DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with gusts exceeding 90 km/h are possible across the Blue Mountains today, shifting southwards towards the Southern Tablelands and Southern Highlands later in the day.

Strong winds may also generate DAMAGING SURF, with significant wave heights of 5 metres in the surf zone bringing potential for coastal erosion.

Locations which may be affected include Port Macquarie, Taree, Gosford, Cessnock, Maitland, Sydney, Penrith, Parramatta, Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral and Katoomba.

Photos: BOM and Mid North Coast SES

Sewage upgrades to exceed $104 million

waste water feb 17 2022

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 

SH Botanic Gardens coming to life

southern highlands botanic gardens October 26 2021

The Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens is holding its first event, post lockdown this Saturday between 9am and 3pm.

The Spring Plant and Produce sale will be the first proper fundraiser for the year, following the covid layoff.

Director Chris Webb said the gardens are looking spectacular.

"If anybody just wants a day out, come and have a look, because the gardens are in full swing for Spring,

"There's lots of things happening, we've just put in a new pathway network and we've planted another 42 trees,"Mr. Webb said.

Image: Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens

Single vehicle crash in Bowral

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Emergency Services have been called to a single vehicle crash in Bowral.

Around 11:30am today, a young woman driving along Oxley Hill Road lost control and crashed into a tree.

She was not injured and didn't have to be taken to hospital.

The section of road is down to one lane on a corner so not a lot of warning before you get to it.

Station street improvements underway

Station Street 1

Works on Station Street in Bowral are beginning to take shape.

Council will start Watermain renewal works on July 25.

Wingecarribee Council’s Director of Service and Project Delivery Karin Targa said they're taking a long-term approach and using the opportunity to replace the old watermain before the road surface is re - laid.

She said this will ensure they don’t have to come back in a few years to dig up the new road and repair the old pipes.

The project should by completed by late September at a cost of $800,000

Meantime the tender to improve the road pavement within Bowral Train Station is expected to be awarded next month.

And the design for the Railway Station carpark at the northern end is being reviewed by Transport for NSW, with a decision likely in September.

Work is already underway on stormwater drainage and carpark improvements at the southern end.

Super rugby trial a big success

bowral rugb jan 31 2022

The NSW Waratahs got the better of the ACT Brumbies in Saturday’s super rugby trial game at Eridge Park in Burradoo.

In front of a large crowd, the Tahs came away with a 24 points to 14 win.

Bowral Rugby Club President Mark Freund said hosting the trial was well worth it,

"I want to give a massive shout out to everybody who rolled up their sleeves, had a go, and gave us a hand,"he said.

On the Friday night prior , the club held a dinner where Wararahs Coach Darren Coleman was the guest speaker.

He was appointed to a three year deal last year after plenty of success in the Shute Shield.

Image: Bowral Rugby Club

Support for regional youth

highlands youth hub feb 9 2022

The State Government's Minister for Regional Youth was in Bowral yesterday to announce more than $10 million dollars to support the mental health and well being of young people in regional areas.

Larger grants will be available for things like community events, peer support groups, cultural connection or partnership programs.

And smaller grants will fund initiatives such as sporting programs and barbecues.

Ben Franklin said it's been a difficult couple of years for young people.

"I've been speaking to all of the School Captains at Moss Vale High School and each of them have an individual story about how hard things have been,

"The includes the impacts of being isolated from peers and other various events around the world,"Mr. Franklin said.

Time to roll up your sleeve & donate blood

blood donation man service

The Red Cross is calling on residents across the Coast and Highlands to roll up their sleeves and donate blood.

Spokesperson Jemma Falkenmire said the demand has never been greater.

"We're hearing there's more need for blood from hospitals for accidents and trauma aswell as women in childbirth,''she said.

The Red Cross is particularily after the O negative blood type which is the blood type that's used in emergency situations.

Only 80 per cent of the population has this blood type.

There are still places available at Ulladulla, Nowra and Bowral.

To book phone 13 14 95.

A reminder that people need to wait seven days after a vaccination to donate blood.



Tributes for Highlands school teacher

bowral public school feb 21 2022

The local community is mourning the loss of Bowral Public School teacher Michelle Hayes.

The 46 year old passed away last week, within 48 hours of contracting covid19.

Her family recently moved to the Southern Highlands from Norfolk Island.

Michelle leaves behind her husband and two children.

Image: Bowral Public school via Facebook

Tulip Time bulb planting in Corbett Gardens

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Tulip Time has been officially launched with around 75000 bulbs planted in Corbett Gardens.

This years Ambassador is local paralympian Eliza Stankovic-Mowle.

She had both her legs amputated below the knee after contracting meningococcal disease.

Eliza said it's a real honour to be the Ambassador.

"Being back here in the Southern Highlands as the 2022 Tulip Time Ambassador is just such a beautiful thing,

"Having spent so many years of my youth in the Highlands, the meaning of Tulip Time is something that's not lost on me,"Ms. Stankovic-Mowle said.

Image: Wingecarribee Council 

Waratahs & Brumbies to play trial match in Bowral

nsw waratahs

The NSW Waratahs will be bringing a pre - season trial match against the Brumbies to Eridge Park on Saturday January 29.

It will be the first time the team has played a fixture of any kind in Bowral.

Bowral Rugby Club President Mark Freund said Shute Shield matches will also be played in March.

"On March 5 we have Southern Districts coming down to play the Illawarra Senior Representative side in a trial,

"And then on March 19 we have Norths playing the Canberra Vikings,"Mr. Freund said.

Image: NSW Waratahs