Highlands News

Australians arriving back home to be quarantined in hotels for two weeks

Australians returning from overseas as the coronavirus pandemic worsens will now be quarantined in hotels and other facilities for two weeks before returning to their homes. The crackdown on international travellers will come into effect on Saturday night and be enforced by the states and territories with support from the Australian...

Statement from South Western Sydney Local Health District RE: Bowral testing clinic

Southern Highlands residents have access to COVID-19 testing with the opening of an assessment clinic at Bowral & District Hospital. The speciality clinic for COVID-19 in the hospital’s outpatient clinic in Ascot Road is open from 10am to 5.30pm, seven days a week. People with a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness...

Property, fraud & traffic offences at Berrima

A man has been charged with a number of alleged property, fraud and traffic offences, following a vehicle stop at Berrima. Around 2:30pm yesterday, Officers from Highway and Traffic Patrol stopped a Holden Commodore in the southbound lanes of the Hume Highway after it was clocked exceeding the speed limit by...

Aerial patrols over the Highlands

As part of bushfire preparation, Endeavour Energy will be conducting aerial patrols by helicopter across the Southern Highlands over the coming weeks. Spokesperson Janine Cullen says the footage will be used to see if there are any trees and powerlines which could cause bushfires. People who'd like prior notification about the aerial...

Police to target " Corona Parties "

Hefty on-the-spot fines are now in force for anyone who breaks self-isolating or social distancing rules. The penalties, came into force at midnight last night and are a thousand dollars for individuals and five-thousand for businesses. Chief Inspector John Klepczarek says, officers will be cracking down on anyone doing the wrong thing. He...

Red Cross wants to hear from bushfire affected residents

A heads up for bush fire affected residents in the Wingecarribee Shire. The Red Cross Emergency Services team wants to stay in touch with them to make sure they're ok and to also assist anyone who needs help with applying for any of the grant upgrades. One of those is the primary...

Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

The Prince of Wales, 71, has tested positive for coronavirus and is displaying mild symptoms "but otherwise remains in good health", Clarence House says. PAA RTV AAP RTV IMAGE CREDIT: Northern Ireland Office / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

COVID19 clinic being set up at Bowral Hospital

We've heard from a number of sources that a Covid19 clinic is being set up at Bowral Hospital to deal with the pandemic. The clinic is apparently being set up away from the main building. Motorists are being advised of changed traffic conditions around the hospital including Sheffield and Ascot Roads which...

Latest update on Wingecarribee Council closures

Wingecarribee Council will be closing the Moss Vale Civic Centre and Mittagong Welcome Centre as of 4:30pm today until further notice. Development Applications will still be able to be lodged via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloaka2aef46ae77598a7d13b64dcb8b621ca').innerHTML = ''; var prefix...

Two Vinnies stores now closed

Because of the Corona Virus Pandemic, Vinnies stores at Moss Vale and Mittagong have been closed This will likely be the case for between three and six months. However we're being told the store at Mittagong will remain open with normal operating hours. IMAGE CREDIT: Vinnies

Tough new restrictions to fight Corona virus

The Federal Government has put in place tougher restrictions on gatherings of people in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus across Australia. No more than 10 people will be able to attend a funeral and only five people can only attend a wedding ( the couple, their celebrant...

Centrelink site crashes again

Centrelink's online portal has crashed for the second day in a row despite government assurances tens of thousands of people seeking welfare because of the coronavirus fallout would be able to access it. People were again queuing outside Centrelink offices on Tuesday morning, mirroring devastating scenes across the country yesterday when...

Adult day care centre still caring for our seniors

The Wingecarribee Adult Day Care Centre is doing everything it can to look after our seniors during the pandemic. Although the centre in Bowral has been closed due to the riskd posed, staff are maintaining telephone contact and arranging meals on wheels for those who need assistance. Director Bob Constable says it's...

Business and workers getting creative in tough times

You just can't keep a good man or woman down during the Corona Virus pandemic. Already people who've lost their jobs are transferring their skills to other industries. Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor says he's seeing a number of examples in his electorate, where people from Qantas who've lost their jobs...

The latest status on Wingecarribee Council services

A number of Wingecarribee Council services will be interrupted due to the Corona Virus Pandemic. Below is a list and status update of key Council functions as of today. Water and Wastewater servicesCurrently unaffected Domestic rubbishCurrently unaffected Library servicesBoth Mittagong and Bowral Libraries closed to the public as of Tuesday 24 March. This includesthe...

Centrelink queue getting longer in Bowral

The Queue outside Bowral Centrelink has started to build. It comes after the State Government issued a crackdown on social gatherings which has forced the closure of the region's pubs, clubs, gyms and cinemas from midday today. It means a number of people are now out of work. However supermarkets, petrol stations and...

Non essential services now affected

The federal and state governments have ordered clubs, pubs, churches and cinemas to close in a bid to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and state and territory leaders on Sunday agreed that from noon on Monday there would be new restrictions on a range of indoor...

Light plane crash at Canyonleigh

Emergency Services have been called to a light plane crash at Canyonleigh. Just before 2 o'clock this afternoon, the aircraft crashed into bushland at a property on Tugalong Road. A man and woman were able to escape and contact emergency services by phone. A doctor was winched down to the pair by the...