Highlands News

Severe thunderstorm warning for Coast & Highlands

A severe weather warning is in place for the Coast and Highlands for heavy rain, damaging winds and hail. The conditions are being caused by a low pressure system over inland New South Wales which is drawing humid air across eastern parts of the state. People are being asked to keep their...

Fatal crash at Douglas Park

Emergency Services have been called to a fatal single vehicle crash on the Hume Motorway at Douglas Park. Around 4:30am on Sunday, Police found a vehicle which had left the roadway and rolled down an embankment Fire and Rescue Crews put out a fire which started. One man died at the scene and...

Welcome rain across the Highlands

Some handy falls of rain have been recorded across the Southern Highlands over the past few days. Fitzroy Falls recorded 63 millimetres and the Robertson Pie Shop 60 millimetres. Falls of just over 20 mills were recorded at both weather stations at Moss Vale, but only 10 in Bowral. A storm is predicted...

The Highlands re - opens for business

Following the recent rain on the firegrounds, local authorities have now declared the Southern Highlands " Open for Business " and that means encouraging more tourists back to the region. The decision has been made by NSW Police, the Rural Fire Service, Transport for NSW and council. However we have been told...

Whitlam MP shares views on sports grants

Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones believes the Government's selection process of deciding who would benefit from 100-million-dollars in sports grants has undermined public confidence. It comes after the National Audit Office released a report showing the grants overwhelmingly went to marginal Coalition seats - or ones the Coalition was targeting in...

Infofest coming to Moss Vale Tafe

INFO FEST will be taking place at Moss Vale Tafe throughout next week. Locals will be able to speak to a teacher and find out more information about some of the courses on offer including aged care, agriculture, animal care, business, English and horticulture. Careers advisors will also be on hand. For a...

Community meetings to hear local priorities

Two meetings have now been organised for the southern and northern villages to discuss local priorities for the Federal Government's one million dollar bushfire relief package. The first is taking place at the Bundanoon Soldiers Memorial Hall on Monday and the second at the Hill Top Memorial Hall on Tuesday. Both meetings...

Severe thunderstorm warning in place

Days of predicted rain are being welcomed by firefighters and drought-stricken farmers - but we're being warned that severe thunderstorms in some areas could lead to flash flooding. A severe thunderstorm warning is in place for parts of the Illawarra for heavy rainfall, damaging winds and large hailstones. New South Wales S-E-S...

Moss Vale syndicate collects lotto win

A group of workers from Moss Vale have won $200,000 in the latest Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot draw. The syndicate members have spent the morning planning how they're going to to use their portion of the prize, which includes holidays and renovations. The entry of seven random numbers was purchased from Moss...

Extraordinary meeting called

Wingecarribee Council has started the process of working out how to spend a million dollar grant provided by the Federal Government to deal with the bushfire crisis. More than 40 other councils across Australia which have been affected by bushfires have also received the funding aimed at rebuilding communities. Mayor Duncan Gair...

Fundraiser for RFS Brigades

The Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens is holding a fundraiser for our local Rural Fire Brigades. " A Movie Under the Stars " night has been organised to take place on Saturday February 15 between 8 and 10pm. The feature movie will be " Hidden Figures " which is a story about a...

Truck fire at Sutton Forest

Emergency Services have been called to a truck fire at Sutton Forest near Belanglo Road The incident started just before 7 with northbound lanes of the Hume Motorway currently closed. The following diversions are in place: Illawarra Highway, Wattle St/Berrima Road and Taylor Ave to the roundabout with the Old Hume Hwy, then...

Funding for wildlife & habitat recovery

The Federal Government has announced $50 million dollars in funding for wildlife and habitat recovery following the bushfires. Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor, Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley and Member for Wollondilly Nathaniel Smith have met in Thirlmere to thank the Sydney Metro Wildlife Service for their tireless work. Mr....

Disaster welfare services extended

Disaster welfare services will be extended across the Southern Highlands. The assistance point available at Wingecarribee Council's Civic Centre will remain until Friday. An another assistance point will be stationed at the Balmoral Community Hall today, between 10am and 3pm. In addition to this staff will also be based at the Wingello Mechanics...

Alleged child approach incident at Mittagong

Police are seeking information about a child approach incident at Mittagong. Around 12.30pm yesterday, an eight-year-old girl was riding her bicycle around Lake Alexandra, when a white four-wheel-drive, driven by an unknown man, stopped next to her. The man got out of the vehicle and allegedly invited her into the van for...

Waste solution for Balmoral & Buxton residents

Wingecarribee and Wollondilly councils are working together to help bushfire affected residents in Balmoral and Buxton. Residents will be able to use a free drop off service at the Bargo Waste Management Centre. To be eligible for the service, they'll will need to bring a copy of the letter received from council...

Rain on the way

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting between 18 and 60 millimetres of rain across the Southern Highlands from Thursday through to Friday. The conditions are being caused by the continuation of easterly winds, which will increase moisture in the low level of the atmosphere. This will be followed by a frontal system...

Holiday homes needed for bushfire affected residents

Residents who have a holiday home in a fire affected area are being urged to make their properties available to house people who need support. The State Government is willing to pay market rent aswell as the bond. Minister for Community Services Gareth Ward says unfortunately some people have lost everything and...

WIRES volunteers to the rescue

Spare a thought for our wildlife volunteers across the Southern Highlands who've been working tirelessly over the past few weeks caring for animals which have been injured from the bushfires. There are 2600 volunteers with WIRES across NSW helping with the situation. Many of the animals are suffering from burns, dehydration and...