Highlands News

Energy workshop at Renwick

Residents keen to find out how to reduce their energy bills and make their home more energy efficient are being encouraged to attend a workshop at the Renwick Community Centre tomorrow. The energy 101 session is being hosted by Wingecarribee Council in partnership with Adam Corrigan from Your Energy Friend. Mr. Corrigan...

Volunteer grants now open

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor is encouraging local community groups to apply for grants of up to $5000 to assist the work of their volunteers. Mr. Taylor said the funding can be used for small equipment items, fuel and transport costs incurred by volunteers, and the cost of relevant training...

Man charged with fatal crash at Sutton Forest

A man has been charged in connection with a fatal crash which took place at Sutton Forest. Just after 1pm on Saturday, June 11, Emergency Services were called to the Hume Highway after a vehicle crashed into a tree. The passenger - a 19 year old man - died at the scene. The...

Jazz festival coming to the Highlands

Plenty of excitement building for the Southern Highlands Jazz Festival taking place at the Highlands Golf Club in October. Some of the highlights will be performances from leading Saxophonist/Clarinetist Adrian Cunningham. He'll be bringing out his band from America. President Bill O'Gorman says it's good to see the festival back in the Highlands. "Two...

Maintenance scheduled for Macquarie Pass

The Illawarra Highway at Macquarie Pass between Tourist Road and Mount Murray Road will be closed in both directions for three days next week. Transport for NSW is carrying out maintenance work including drainage and signage repairs, electronic signage maintenance, vegetation clearing and litter collection. Work will be carried out on Tuesday,...

Two vehicle crash at Exeter

The Toll Rescue Helicopter has been called to Exeter after a two vehicle crash. The incident took place on Werai Road around 3:30pm. Three people have been injured including, two people in their 40's and 50's. Paramedics are particularly concerned about a young boy who suffered head injuries. He'll likely be flown to Westmead...

Cow struck by vehicle at Sutton Forest

Emergency Services have been called to Sutton Forest after a cow was hit by a vehicle. The incident took place on Golden Vale Road, around 4:15 this morning. Southern Highlands Police Station Officer in Charge Jason Horn said two cows were crossing the road at the time and the driver struck one...

Highlands pipes and drums back in competition

The Highlands Pipes and Drums are back into competition after a 15 year layoff. Pipe Major Chris Tabram said they had some success at a mini bands competition in Sydney recently. "It's the first competition we've actually played in for 15 years, "We competed against eight separate bands and came away with a...

Tenders open for Old South Rd works

Wingecarribee Council is now seeking tenders to fix Old South Road. The job includes upgrading more than nine kilometres of road between Merrigang Street in Bowral to Aylmerton Road in Mittagong. Contract works will involve road pavement widening and rehabilitation, installation of guardrails, construction of stormwater pits and pipes and other associated...

Serious crash on Hume Highway

Emergency services have been called to a serious two vehicle crash along the Hume Highway north of Picton Road. Such was the force of the crash, that one vehcile was split in half. All of the occupants managed to be freed. One man was taken to hospital for further treatment. Picton Fire and Rescue...

UOW Vice Chancellor visits Moss Vale campus

The University of Wollongong's Vice Chancellor made a visit to the Moss Vale campus yesterday. There are currently three full time staff at the campus, with multiple casual lecturers that come in and out. Patricia Davidson said the pandemic has really put the spotlight on a number of skills shortages, particularly in...

Success for Mittagong crossfitter

Mittagong crossfitter Ricky Garard is officially Australia's fittest man. The 27 year old put himself through five days of grueling competition to finish in third place overall at the Cross fit Games in Madison Wisconsin. His campaign included two event wins. Garard was suspended in 2017 after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Image: Benton...

Animal cruelty in the spotlight

Animal Justice Party Upper House MP Mark Pearson will be writing to the NSW Judiciary about the sentences handed down to two Hill Top men who were involved in the decapitation of a duck at Mittagong. Both received $450 fines and minimal good behaviour bonds. Mr. Pearson wants Magistrates to be reminded...

Death of journalism patriarch

Veteran federal political journalist David Barnett, who spearheaded the first official Canberra bureau of Australian Associated Press more than 50 years ago, has died aged 90. Mr Barnett became the national newswire's first bureau chief in 1971 overseeing two journalists in what's now called Old Parliament House. He was just in time...

Reducing emissions and energy costs

A poultry farm at Yanderra is being used as a demonstration site for a new hybrid geothermal and solar energy system aimed at reducing emissions and energy costs for poultry farms. The project is partnership between the University of Melbourne and Ground Source Systems and is being funded by a $318,000...

Domestic violence in the spotlight

The Southern Highlands Domestic Forum is holding its fundraising golf day at the Moss Vale Golf Club on October 16. Hume Police are called to around 10 domestic violence incidents across the shire each month and funds raised will go towards funding training for Love Bites programs in local schools and...

Change of venue & date

Some changes for the 4 K's annual Gentleman's lunch. The gathering is now taking place at the Mittagong RSL on Friday October 28. Former NRL stars Nathan Hindmarsh and Bryan Fletcher will be providing entertainment President Jason Lewis says they're hoping to raise more funds for the special needs kids of the Southern...

Severe weather warning in place

A severe weather warning has been issued for parts of the Southern Highlands. The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting damaging winds and heavy rainfall. The conditions are being caused by a complex low pressure system moving across the Great Australian Bight An associated trough and cold front are also causing vigorous northwesterly winds...

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...