Highlands News

Recycling the right way

Local residents are being reminded about the importance of updating their recycling habits and makesure we put the right items in our recycling bins. It follows the launch of the Recycle Right campaign in Canberra last week. Wingecarribee Council’s Waste Education and Policy Officer, Libby Guest says we’ve seen a steady increase...

Perfect winter conditions forecast

Coast and Highlands residents can expect some glorious winter conditions over the next few days. A high pressure system is pushing over NSW, which will bring with it calmer, clearer blue sky conditions. For Saturday and Sunday in Bowral we can expect sunny conditions with 14 and 15 degrees respectively. Anita Pyne from...

Good Samaritan doesn't go unnoticed

Some people's generosity knows no bounds. An elderly lady went into the Caltex Service Station at Mittagong on Bowral Road to pay for her fuel, when she was told that the gentleman who came in before, had already paid for it. It all happened just before 1 on Wednesday afternoon. Console Operator Rose...

Trailer comes off vehicle at Mittagong

Emergency crews have been called to a nasty crash at Mittagong. Around 5:30pm a trailer came off the back of a car on the Old Hume Highway opposite the Highlands Golf Club. The trailer came in contact with a number of other vehicles. Paramedics have treated three people at the scene and all...

Breakthrough victory for Caleb Ewan

Former Southern Highlands Cycling Club Member Caleb Ewan has won stage 11 in his first Tour De France. The Moss Vale Missile now has five podium finishes including a first, one second and three thirds. Highlands Cycling Club President Zac Hulm who's known Caleb since he was a little boy, says this...

New role for Ursula Stephens

Former Labor Candidate for Goulburn Dr. Ursula Stephens has accepted a new role as the Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Social Services Australia. She's taken over from Jesuit Priest Father Frank Brennan. The organisation operates in more than 650 locations and Dr. Stephens says she wants to be a strong voice for...

Rugby sevens fast approaching

The sixth annual rugby sevens competition is taking place at Eridge Park in Bowral at the end of September. The event is now one of the largest rugby tournaments in Australia, with organisers expecting more than 70 teams to take part from regional NSW and the ACT. The divisions include men’s open,...

Be on the lookout for ratepayers scam

Wingecarribee Council is asking local ratepayers not to be fooled by another scam doing the rounds. A Council Spokesperson says a number of coastal councils have recently reported incidents where ratepayers have been contacted by someone claiming to be from their local Council and demanding payment for overdue rates. They then demand...

ATSB to investigate

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will be gathering evidence regarding last month's train derailment near the Suttor Road level Crossing at Moss Vale. An investigation will then be led by the New South Wales Office of Transport Safety Investigation. The ATSB says a Pacific National Coal wagon derailed causing damage to the...

The importance of reporting roadkill

Wildlife Rescue South Coast is reporting that three Koalas have been killed in the Southern Highlands over the past two months including Braemar, Berrima and near Moss Vale. The organisation is reminding local residents, that they are their eyes and ears, when it comes to these kind of incidents. The roadkill is...

Reserves are not for collecting firewood

Wingecarribee Council has had to deal with a number of incidents recently in Mount Alexandra Reserve where live and dead trees have been chopped down. The logs provide valuable habitat for our local wildlife and hefty fines are in place for people caught flouting the rules. The issue is a common occurrence...

Dry conditions impacting honey producers

The dry weather is causing problems for honey producers across the Southern Highlands. The conditions have resulted in the gums not flowering and producers such as Deb McLaughlin from Bulwarra Bees on Mount Gibraltar having to hand feed her bees. Ms. McLaughlin has gone about planting more purple flowering varieties such as...

Scammers now claiming to be the Police

Southern Highlands Police are warning people about another scam doing the rounds. It comes after a local man received a call from someone claiming to be from the NSW Police, who then told him he'd be arrested if he didn't pay an outstanding debt. The man transferred the caller money after being...

Staff ordered back to work

A scheduled stop work meeting outside the Moss Vale Civic Centre at midday has been cancelled. It comes after the Industrial Relations Commission ordered council employees back to work following yesterday's strike action over pay and work conditions at the Moss Resource Recovery Centre. The Commission has also ordered council management to...

House fire at Joadja

Emergency Crews have been called to a house fire at Joadja. The blaze which is believed to have started in the chimney broke out just before 8 o'clock last night. The fire quickly spread to the roof and Gerry Conway from the Mittagong Fire and Rescue Station says 70 to 80 per...

Council staff walk off the job

Workers at Wingecarribee Council have walked off the job today, in response to a change in operating hours at the Moss Vale Resource Recovery Centre. The roster change is expected to cost staff around $7000 each year. The matter has gone to the Industrial Relations Commission this morning and United Services Union...

Businesses struggle over June quarter

Figures from a NSW Business Chamber business survey show businesses across the Southern Highlands struggled over the June quarter. The Illawarra Business Chamber is concerned that Labor market conditions could be affected if there are further declines in economic activity Executive Director Adam Zarth has highlighted the importance of Governments delivering more...

Community walk to replace street parade

Tulip Time organisers have decided to scrap the annual street parade in favour of a community walk. Destination Southern Highlands Group Manager Steve Rosa says the change has been several years in the making and admits the parade was creating a bit of inconvenience for the local shopkeepers. Participation numbers were also...

Hospice plans scrapped

The Southern Highlands Community Hospice Board have decided to scrap plans to build a hospice at 104 to 106 Bowral Street after coming to the conclusion that the proposal was no longer feasible for the site. However Chair Peter Fletcher says they're still committed to delivering hospice and palliative care services...