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Bomb threats disrupt HSC exams on Coast and Highlands



A number of schools on the coast and highlands have been the subject of a bomb threat hoax, sparking mass evacuations and interrupting HSC exams today.

At least ten schools in regional areas received threatening emails, including Moss Vale and Bowral High Schools in the highlands and Kiama, Bomaderry, Vincentia and Nowra High Schools on the coast.

A Department of Education spokesperson said the schools activated their Emergency Response Plans and police were notified.

The spokesperson said the department and NSW Police anticipated there would be further disruption today and were well and truly prepared to respond appropriately.

Yesterday all schools were reminded of protocols to ensure they were able to respond promptly should a threatening email be received.

The department is working closely with NSW Police and will continue providing support to staff and students as required.

NSW Police have established Strike Force Rolum to investigate the emails.


Efforts underway to fix Highlands parking problems


Moves are underway to tackle the increasing problem of car parking in the major Highlands towns.Moves are underway to tackle the increasing problem of car parking in the major Highlands towns.

Councillor LARRY WHIPPER told this week's meeting of Wingecarribee Shire Council he believed the time was long overdue to introduce a Car Parking Contributions Plan for developers. " Well I think it's timely given the strain on parking in the major towns of the Wingecarribee, particularly Moss Vale and Bowral. I think in the longer term that it'd be a benefit to the whole shire and certainly take some of the strain off those people circling around looking for parking spaces in Bowral and Moss Vale."

A meeting on the idea is planned for next month.

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High praise for Highlands wine entries


The quality of wines submitted for the annual Australian Highlands Wine Show has been praised by the judges.

A total of 33 wine producers from right across Australia entered 126 wines in the awards that were judged this week at the Loch in Berrima.

And head judge Toni Patterson said the quality was exceptional.

"It's always a pleasure to judge at this show, because wine from the highlands, from the higher altitude vineyards of Australia, have a beautiful quality about them and seeing all the pristine fruit characters just makes it an absolute pleasure to judge," she said.

Ms Patterson said there were many highlights in the wines that were put to the test .

Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Cabernet varieties all offered outstanding quality, but she said a couple of varieties stood out above all the rest.

"There's really beautiful, beautiful pristine Riesling that we see in the competition with beautiful floral, aromatic citrus characters, so that was a highlight, Pinot Noir another highlight, absolutely," Ms Patterson said.

Some of the wines entered in the show will end up with gold, silver and bronze medals, when the winners are announced in December.

Image: Southern Highlands Food and Wine

Highlands FC Trials coming up

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Highlands Soccer representative trials are taking place at David Woods Playing Fields next month.

Teams will represent the association next year in the Football South Coast Youth League.

Trial Dates:


Time: 5:00pm-6:15pm

Venue: David Woods Playing Fields, Boardman Road, Bowral

Trial 1 - Thursday 4th November

Trial 2 - Thursday 11th November

Trial 3 - Thursday 18th November

Technical Director Nick D'Amore is encouraging interested players to get in contact.

They call him on 0407 917 062.

Image: Wingecarribee Council 


Increase in ticks across Coast & Highlands


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

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

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

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

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

Image: John Tann/Flickr


Update on last night's Morton Fire


During the afternoon fire activity significantly increased in the area to the south of Teudts Rd Penrose and impacted on a number of properties at that location.

Prior to the arrival of the southerly change last night there were additional resources staged in the area to respond to any run of the fire or new ignitions.

These crews were also ready to conduct property protection measures if required. 

These strike teams were from FRNSW and local and out of area NSW RFS crews.


When the southerly arrived there was a substantial increase in fire activity that turned the fire and potentially could cross Penrose Rd and threaten properties from Penrose to Bundanoon. 

However with the resultant rise in humidity and lowering of the temperature the fire activity abated quickly and crews were able to control the fires edge.

The Bushfire Warning Level was raised from WATCH and ACT to EMERGENCY WARNING at 1.09 am and a phone based Emergency Alert was issued to advise the community of what they should do.

The Morton Fire is currently at ADVICE

Building Impact Assessment Teams will inspect several properties within the burnt area to collate information on any extent of damage.

Today crews will continue to patrol and mop up any hot spots.


Milder conditions will follow the southerly change for the next couple of days and a reassessment will be carried out today on the overnight movement of the fire and a review of containment strategies.

Residents should be aware that the Morton Fire is still not contained and may impose further threats until it is declared out.The message from the NSW Rural Fire Service is unchanged:
 Remain vigilant and monitor the location and movement of the fire
o Follow the RFS SHT Facebook pageo Use the ‘Fires Near Me’ app on your smartphoneo Refer to the NSW RFS Website and look for ‘Major Fire Updates’
 Review your Bush Fire Survival Plan and ensure that you sit down with all members of the family and discuss what all will do if impacted by fire. If you do not have a Plan ask yourself ‘Why Not? And ensure you know what you will do if fire impacts
 Be prepared to act quickly if the situation changes

Photos: Southern Highlands RFS