Highlands News

High speed rail commitment

The NSW Liberals have a bold plan for high speed rail. The Government is putting $295 million dollars on the table as a down payment on better train services. It will include an $80 million dollar investment on the Canberra to Sydney route for preliminary work on a new straightened route between...

Funding commitment for Moss Vale bypass

The NSW Government has announced it's committing $20 million dollars towards the Moss Vale Bypass. Liberal Candidate for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman made the announcement yesterday alongside Transport Minister Andrew Constance, Member for Goulburn Pru Goward and Mayor Duncan Gair. The bypass will extend from Beaconsfield Road to Suttor Road one kilometre north...

Busy weekend for Highlands SES crews

The Wingecarribee SES Unit has had a busy past couple of days due to the recent rain deluge Crews have been called to around 40 jobs mostly for leaking roofs and fallen trees. Zone On Call Officer Andrew Galvin is asking people to be cautious on the roads and not enter floodwaters. Meantime...

Energy efficiency grants now open

Small businesses are being encouraged to apply for an energy efficiency grant. More than 2500 of theses grants are available as part of the Federal Government's $50 million dollar Energy Efficiency Communities Program. Eligible small businesses will be able to claim grants of up to $20,000 and high-energy using businesses up to...

Highlands students protest for climate action

Around three hundred people turned up to today's Global Climate Strike in Bowral. Students gathered in Corbett Gardens, with some carrying placards saying ' coal is not cool ', ' let's make the earth cool again ' and ' stop the pollution '. Some were also carrying Coal Free Southern Highlands banners. Greens...

Bishop Mascord releases statement

The Catholic Bishop of Wollongong has issued an open letter following the sentencing of Cardinal George Pell for five charges of child sexual abuse. Father Brian Mascord says the abuse of minors by those ordained is a profound betrayal, and recovery from such trauma can take a lifetime. He's ordered his letter...

Water outage in Bowral

UPDATE: Water has been restored and crews are working to flush the main (to remove any sediment that may have been stirred up during the break) A number of businesses along Bong Bong Street in Bowral have been left without water after a main broke. A Wingecarribee Council Spokesperson says properties affected...

Fairground Follies now calling Bowral home

Some of the world's greatest pieces of memorabilia are now permanently stationed in Bowral. Fairground Follies which is a collection of old amusements has moved into a warehouse space on Kirkham Road and it's expected to be a major tourism drawcard for the Highlands. Owner Craig Robson who use to be an...

Truck jackknifes on Macquarie Pass

Traffic on Macquarie Pass was brought to a standstill this afternoon. Just after 4, a semi trailer carrying hay jack knifed near Tongarra, closing the Illawarra Highway in both directions. Motorists were being diverted via Jamberoo Mountain Road and Picton Road. Emergency Crews and traffic crews cleared the site just after 7pm. IMAGE CREDIT:...

Warning from bureau

A severe weather warning has been issued for parts of the Coast and Highlands. The system passing through could result in heavy rainfall, large, possibly giant hailstones and damaging winds. Locations which may be affected include Bowral, Wollongong, Campbelltown, Braidwood, Katoomba and Goulburn. The State Emergency Service is asking people to move their...

Highlands students to strike during school hours

School students across all age groups in the Southern Highlands will be taking part in strike action tomorrow, demanding action on climate change. The strike will be taking place in Corbett Gardens Bowral between 10am and midday. Local parent Kirstine McKay, says it's going to be a wonderful positive experience with plenty...

Cat ban trial in Wollondilly Shire

Wollondilly Council has introduced a ' cat ban ' at two reserves in the shire. The 12 month trial will start at Lyn Gordon Reserve in Thilrmere and Scotchies Reserve at Silverdale. Council Rangers will set traps and fines of $880 will apply if the cat can be linked back to the...

Secure tenure for Historical Society

The future is now more certain for the Berrima and District Historical Society after Wingecarribee Councillors granted the organisation a new 21 year lease on their premises in Mittagong on Main Street. The facility is currently shared with members of the Playhouse Theatre. President Ian Mackey is thrilled with the news and...

Fatal crash near Goulburn at Yarra

A man has died after his truck rolled over near Goulburn. Around 5:20 this morning, the 56 year oldfrom the ACT was travelling in the northbound lanes of the Federal Highway at Yarra, when his semi trailer, which was carrying a generator overturned. He died at the scene and Officers from the...

Macquarie Pass closures coming up

Road resurfacing work will be taking place along Macquarie Pass between Sunday and next Friday. Both directions will be closed from 7pm and 4am and light vehicles will be detoured via Jamberoo Mountain Rd which should take an extra 10 minutes. Meantime heavy vehicles will be diverted via the Hume Motorway, Picton...

Heavy vehicle blitz at Marulan

A road safety blitz has been carried out at 11 locations across the state including the Marulan Heavy Vehicle Checking Station. The 48 hour operation has resulted in one in 20 drivers being issued with defect notices. And out of 1200 drug tests, five came back positive. Acting Commissioner Greg Ralph from NSW...

Moss Vale Show jam packed full of events

With the Robertson Show over for another year, the focus now turns to the Moss Vale Show which starts on Friday. This year the Show Society has decided to bring back some of the old favourites including Bob Cat Racing and BMX free style riding in addition to the usual events...

Highlands bridges under threat

Truck drivers who breach bridge load limits are being put on notice. Wingecarribee Council's Asset's Department has collected evidence over the past few weeks, of 40 tonne trucks crossing rural bridges in the Meryla area, where there's a four tonne weight limit. The issue is causing plenty of damage to our local...

Diddly squat for Moss Vale

With the shire's ratepayers forking out millions of dollars to pay for the Moss Vale Aquatic Centre, a few eyebrows have been raised after today's $10 million dollar funding announcement for Goulburn Aquatic Centre. Premier Gladys Berejiklian stopped into Goulburn today to deliver the news. The upgrades include a new 10-lane 25...