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An important message from Highlands Police

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Motorists are being urged to slow down and drive to the conditions following three separate fatal crashes in the Hume Police District at the weekend.

That includes a 47 year woman who's motorcycle collided with an SUV at Mittagong and a 62 year old man who crashed into a tree at Marulan.

A 57 year old man was also killed when his motorcycle hit a safety railing at Tuena up past Crookwell.

Superintendent Paul Condon said there should be no unnecessary distractions when getting behind the wheel or crossing the road.

“Now that travel restrictions are no longer in place, more people are choosing to drive to visit family and friends in regional locations.

“For those who spent significant time in isolation last year, please make sure to drive to the conditions and look after yourselves and other motorists,"Superintendent Condon said.

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Another person charged over Mittagong armed robbery

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A second person has been charged over the armed robbery of the Mittagong RSL.

About 1pm Saturday August 22, a man entered the club on Bessmer Street Mittagong, and allegedly threatened staff with a firearm, before running off with some cash and escaping in a car.

A 26-year-old man was charged on Saturday and late yesterday a 39-year-old woman was arrested at a Campbelltown home .. accused of driving the vehicle.

She's been charged with robbery while armed with dangerous weapon and will face court today.

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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

Charges laid over armed robbery – Mittagong

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A man has been charged over the alleged armed robbery of a licensed club in the Southern Highlands last weekend.

About 1pm on Saturday August 22, a man entered the Mittagong RSL on Bessmer Street and allegedly threatened staff with a firearm, demanding money.

He fled with cash and was seen leaving in a vehicle.

Strike Force Keyne was put in place to investigate and Saturday night police approached a man spotted carrying a duffle bag on a Moss Vale street.

It's alleged a struggle followed before the 26-year-old was taken into custody.

Police claim a search of his possessions uncovered a shortened rifle, ammunition, and cash.

He's facing a string of robbery and firearm offences and had his first court appearance on Sunday.

Police say inquiries are continuing.

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Covid testing clinic at Mittagong Sportsground

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A drive thru and walk in covid19 testing clinic is now available at the Mittagong Sportground.

A number of signs in the area are pointing drivers to head up Beatrice Street and then turn right.

You can also see a large tent erected on the oval.

The clinic is being run by NSW Health and Histopath Diagnostic Services.

It's open seven days a week between 8am and 6pm.

Covid update for Wingecarribee

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There have been no new cases for the Wingecarribee up to eight o'clock last night.

According to the NSW Health website there were only four tests carried out.

There are currently 20 active cases in the shire.

Woolworths at Mittagong in the Highlands Marketplace has been listed as a venue of concern.

The exposure dates are:

Friday 24 September 2021, 8:45am to 9:45am
Friday 1 October 2021, 4:20pm to 6:05pm

Anyone who attended the store between these times is being asked get tested immediately and self-isolate until they get a negative result.

Across the state, and there have been 406 new local Covid cases in New South Wales.

711 people are in hospital, 143 in intensive care.

Six people with the virus have died.

Covid19 update for Wingecarribee

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There have four new cases of covid19 reported in the Wingecarribee Shire up until eight o'clock last night.

According to the NSW Health website there were seven tests conducted.

There are now 23 active cases in the shire.

Across the state and New South Wales Health has reported 399 new Covid cases.

677 people are in hospital and four people have died.

Meantime some more exposure dates have been added for Woolworths Mittagong and Big W in the Highlands Marketplace.

They are as follows:

Woolworths Mittagong

Exposure date
Friday 24 September 2021, 8:45am to 9:45am
Friday 1 October 2021, 4:20pm to 6:05pm
Monday 4 October 2021, 2:45pm to 3pm
Tuesday 5 October 2021, 2:35pm to 3pm
Thursday 7 October 2021, 3:20pm to 3:35pm
Friday 8 October 2021, 3:35pm to 4pm

BIG W Mittagong
197 Old Hume Highway, Mittagong
Exposure date
Thursday 7 October 2021, 2:30pm to 3:30pm

People who made a visit to these stores on these dates and between these times are being asked to get tested and self isolate.

Crash between motorcycle & vehicle at Mittagong

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Emergency Services have been called to a crash between a motorcycle and vehicle at Mittagong.

The incident took place just after nine o'clock last night on Bowral Road near Pioneer Street.

A 19 year old man who was riding the motorcycle was treated at the scene and then airlifted from the Mittagong Sportsground to Liverpool Hospital.

He suffered head and leg injuries and was in a serious but stable condition.

Image: Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopter

Doctor & nurse at Regal Medical Centre in Mittagong test positive

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People who attended the Regal Medical Centre in Mittagong between Monday and Friday of last week are being urged to get a covid test.

It comes after two health professionals, a doctor and a nurse tested positive.

It's possible they caught the virus from a patient who didn't known they had it.

The centre is trying to get in touch with up to 200 people who maybe affected.

They're being asked to not to see a doctor or chemist, but get tested and isolate until they get their results.

Fire truck decorating comp in Burradoo

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Local residents are being invited to the Fire and Rescue NSW and Rural Fire Service annual fire truck decorating competition.

It's all taking place at Eridge Park in Burradoo on Saturday at 10am.

Duty Commander for the Southern Highlands Bruce Dowling said this is the second year that the competition is being held.

"It's a community event and a great opportunity for local residents to come down a meet their local firefighters who are there to serve the community,

"They can get some safety tips to makesure their house and families are safe,"Mr. Dowling said.

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Five new cases for Wingecarribee LGA

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Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro has revealed there were five new cases of COVID19 for the Wingecarribee Local Government area up to 8 o'clock last night.

Four of those cases are at Woodlands and one at Mittagong.

75 percent of eligible New South Wales residents have now had at least one dose of a Covid vaccine.

The state has recorded 1480 new cases.

Have your say about Cook Street playspace

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Residents keen to have their say about the design of the new Cook Street Park playspace in Mittagong are being invited on site this afternoon between 4:30 and 6pm.

If its raining the gathering will be held at the Welby Hall.

The park was closed back in 2019, due to its age and was nominated by the community as a priority project when the Playspace Strategy was adopted in 2020.

There are currently two design options on the table and for further information click here.

Image: Wingecarribee Council 

Major cannabis bust in Mittagong

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Police have uncovered more than $500,000 worth of cannabis after executing a search warrant at a home in Mittagong.

Last month, Officers from the Southern Highlands Proactive Crime Team started an investigation into hydroponic cultivation of cannabis in the Southern Highlands region.

About 8am yesterday, officers from the PCT, Hume Detectives, The Hume Drug Unit, the Dog Unit and Public Order and Riot Squad, raided a house on the Old Hume Highway.

The unoccupied building had been significantly modified and constructed as a sophisticated hydroponic setup.

Multiple electrical transformers were found in the ceiling cavity and all the windows had been sealed.

Police uncovered 156 plants in various stages of growth and over five kilograms of cannabis leaf.

A crime scene was set up and was forensically examined by specialist police.

Investigations are continuing and police from The Hume Police District are appealing for anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Image: Southern Highlands Police

 

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

 

Mittagong crossfitter to make comeback

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Mittagong Crossfitter Ricky Garard is making a return to competition after a four year ban.

The 27 year old had a major setback in 2017 when he tested positive to performance enhancing drugs.

Ricky now wants to make amends for the past when he competes at the Dubai CrossFit Championships in three weeks time.

"It's definitely taught me alot about resilience, patience and determination,

''It's been a hard road but I'm glad I never gave up,"Ricky said.

After Dubai he'll be heading to Miami to take part in another competition.

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More accolades for Gumnut

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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.

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More COVID-19 venues of concern for Mittagong and Bowral

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

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

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

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

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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.

No New Covid-19 cases on the Southern Highlands

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There are no new reported cases of Covid-19 on the Southern Highlands from today's latest NSW Health figures.

Health officials have confirmed though, a second positive covid-19 case on the Southern Highlands was identified yesterday.

The female was diagnosed at the Mittagong respiratory clinic.

Earlier, a Southern Highlands health professional who works at Campbelltown Hospital tested positive for COVID-19.

The Burradoo man contracted the virus through a brief discussion with a colleague.

His wife and children have all returned negative covid tests and have been self-isolating.

Southern Highlands Division of General Practice spokesman Dr. Vince Roche says the source of the latest infection is being investigated.

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Dr. Roche doesn't believe there's a risk of further transmission at this stage but is warning the community not to be COVID complacent.

NSW Health says anyone displaying mild cold symptoms should be tested immediately and self isolate.

 

 

 

 

Orienteers to converge on Southern Highlands

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Around 300 orienteers and their families will be visiting the Southern Highlands just after Christmas.

They'll be taking part in a five day carnival at locations including Mount Alexandra Reserve, the Belanglo State Forest and the Penrose State Forest.

Orienteering NSW President Robyn Pallas said it will be great to get their maps out again after the covid layoff.

"It starts on December 27 and runs through to December 31 and each day there's a different location,

"It was meant to take place in the Southern Highlands last year, but covid restrictions forced us to postpone the event,"Ms. Pallas said.

Participants will range from eight years of age right through to 80.

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P-plater charged with High-range drink driving in Southern Highlands

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A P-plater from Mittagong has been arrested and had his licence suspended for allegedly drink driving over the long weekend.

The 19-year-old was pulled over on Moss Vale Road at Burradoo late Sunday night.

He allegedly returned a positive roadside breath test before being taken to Southern Highlands Police Station where he allegedly returned a reading of 0.164.

He was charged with High-range drink driving and will front Moss Vale Local Court in August.

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P-plater charged with High-range drink driving in Southern Highlands

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A P-plater from Mittagong has been arrested and had his licence suspended for allegedly drink driving over the long weekend.

The 19-year-old was pulled over on Moss Vale Road at Burradoo late Sunday night.

He allegedly returned a positive roadside breath test before being taken to Southern Highlands Police Station where he allegedly returned a reading of 0.164.

He was charged with High-range drink driving and will front Moss Vale Local Court in August.

Image: Traffic and Highway Patrol Command

Range Rd project to be completed early next year

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We're being told the Range Road Bridge Project at Mittagong should be completed within the first quarter of next year.

The majority of the bridge works are now complete, but the rain over the past couple of months has significantly delayed the road works.

Project Manager Oliver Sekuloski from Saunders Construction is thanking local residents for their patience.

"It might look like a bit of a mess at the moment, but once the earthworks are complete there'll be a nice new road up to the concrete bridge,

"It will have a longer design life and people will be able to cross safely,"Mr. Sekuloski said.

 

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

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.

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Seniors housing development proposed in Mittagong

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A development application has been lodged with Wingecarribee Council for a large seniors living development in Mittagong for over 55's.

The Fountaindale Group is proposing to build 42 one and two bedroom cottages on a 1.4 hectare site on Belmore Road.

Director Jennifer Macquarie believes there's a real demand for properties that are smaller and low maintenance.

"That gap is growing significantly and in the last 18 months, prices in the Highlands have gone up 20 to 25 per cent,

"The need for more affordable property, has become quite acute and we feel this project will fit in nicely,''Ms. Macquarie said.

The council assessment process is expected to take around six months, including community consultation.

Fountaindale is then hoping to sell the properties off the plan.

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Southern Highlands man in court over string of supermarket thefts

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A Mittagong man is due to re-appear in court today after allegedly stealing grocery items valued at more than $8000 from multiple supermarkets across Sydney.

Officers from Camden Police Area Command commenced an investigation in June following reports of stealing offences at supermarkets in Baulkham Hills, Chipping Norton, Illawong, Kellyville, Kings Langley, Kirrawee, Sylvania, Waterloo, Revesby, Rouse Hill, and Willowdale.

Following extensive inquiries, officers arrested a 33-year-old man at Narellan Police Station on Tuesday September 29.

He was charged with larceny – value over $5000 and 38 counts of larceny.

Police will allege in court that the man stole a variety of items including insect repellents, vitamins, body lotions and pain killers with a total retail value of more than $8000 between February 2019 and September 2020.

The accused will front Picton Local Court today.

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Teen critical after being hit by car – Mittagong

UPDATE: The girl sadly passed away in Liverpool Hospital, the following day. 

A teenage girl is in a critical condition after being struck by a vehicle in the Southern Highlands last night.

About 10.20, emergency services responded to reports two pedestrians had been hit by a Toyota Corolla on the Old Hume Highway at Mittagong.

Police have been told a vehicle stopped in a lane on the Old Hume Highway, before two teenagers exited the car.

A 16-year-old girl was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics for serious head injuries, before being airlifted to Liverpool Hospital in a critical condition.

A 16-year-old boy was treated at the scene for leg injuries, before being taken by ambulance to Liverpool Hospital in a stable condition.

Officers from The Hume Police District established a crime scene, which was examined by specialist forensic police, and an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident commenced.

The Toyota driver, a 42-year-old man, was not injured and taken to Bowral Hospital for mandatory testing and has been released pending further inquiries.

Inquiries continue.

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Three more COVID-19 contact points listed in the Southern Highlands

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NSW Health has listed three new COVID-19 locations of concern on the Southern Highlands.

The NSW Health website shows Mittagong McDonalds on Bowral Road and Bessemer Street as a place of concern.

It advised if you were at this venue at the following times - Tuesday 3 August 2021 between 8:45 pm to 9:00 pm, then you should get tested immediately and self-isolate until you get a negative result.

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Anyone who attended this venue is a casual contact and must get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result. 

NSW Health advised if your date of exposure at this venue occurred in the last 4 days, you must get another test on day 5 from the date of exposure. 

NSW Health said, wear a mask around others and limit your movements until you get another negative result. 

You should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again.

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Also listed is the Mittagong Hotel at 89-91 Main Street, Mittagong

If you were at this venue at the following time, Tuesday 3 August 2021, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, then you should, get tested immediately and self-isolate until you get a negative result.

Anyone who attended this venue is a casual contact and must get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

If your date of exposure at this venue occurred in the last 4 days, you must get another test on day 5 from the date of exposure.

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Also listed, the Grand Country Lodge Mittagong, 58-60 Main Street, Mittagong.

If you were at this venue at the following times, Tuesday 3 August 2021, 2:35 pm to 12:00 am and Wednesday 4 August 2021, 12:00 am to 10:00 am, then you should, get tested immediately and self-isolate until you get a negative result.

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Train derailment near Mittagong

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The Australian Rail Track Corporation will be continuing track repairs this morning after a freight train derailed near Mittagong.

The incident took place on Monday night and work has started to remove the train and damaged wagons ahead of restoration operations to repair damage to the track.

Passenger services aren't operating and commuters are being asked to view real-time apps for the latest service information.

There'll also be limited freight services.

Image: Shannon Robert Wood

Vandals target Ironmines Oval again

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Vandals have struck again at Ironmines Oval in Mittagong.

Last Thursday, a four wheel drive doing donuts in the carpark took out five bollards aswell as bench seating.

Secretary Jacqui Ashbol said it's incredibly frustrating.

"We would really like people to be vigilant and call the Police if they see any suspicious activity," she said.

Last year in June, hoons used their motorbikes to dig up a large amount of turf on the oval.

The club has spoken to Wingecarribee Council about getting perimeter fencing installed right around the oval.

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Water outage in Mittagong

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UPDATE: Water has now been restored.

A planned water main shut down is currently taking place at Mittagong.

Council crews are carrying out a hydrant repair on the Old Hume Highway near the Welcome Centre.

Water should be back around 1pm.

Letterbox notifications were delivered on Thursday January 6.

Woman killed when motorcycle and SUV collide

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A woman has died after her motorcycle and an SUV collided at Mittagong yesterday.

Emergency services were called to Old South Road after a southbound Kawasaki motorcycle and a northbound Subaru Outback collided in the northbound lane.

The rider of the motorcycle, a 47-year-old woman, died at the scene.

The 68-year-old man driving the car was not injured.

He was taken to Bowral District Hospital for mandatory testing.

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Officers attached to The Hume Police District established a crime scene and commenced inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

It's the second fatality involving a motorcyclist in two days on the Southern Highlands.

A 62-year-old man died when his bike collided with a tree on Saturday afternoon.

A report will now be prepared for the information of the Coroner regarding both accidents..

Image: NSW Police Facebook & Google Maps