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Highlands News

Arson at Hill Top

Police are seeking information about an arson attack in the Hill Top area which took place last night. Officers want to speak with a man who they believe maybe able to help them. He's described as having ginger, greying shoulder length hair with receding hair line, large build, about 175cm tall and...

Deputy Mayor: Time for council to go cashless

Wingecarribee Deputy Mayor Ian Scandrett believes council needs to seriously look at becoming a cashless council. It comes after the National Australia Bank announced it would be closing its branch at Moss Vale. Council would be one of the banks major customers, with thousands of dollars deposited each day from ratepayers who...

Child care concerns

Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones claims he's been contacted by a number of families who are undecided as to whether it's worth continuing to work while paying excessive child care fees Families will soon have to carry out a work test which will require them to satisfy minimum levels of ‘approved...

Warm weather to return

The hot weather will return to the Southern Highlands from tomorrow with the mercury expected to hit 30. Temperatures will then hit the mid 30's on Friday and Saturday. The weather system is being caused by a high pressure system across the Tasman Sea. Jonathan How from the Bureau of Meteorology says it...

NAB branch in Moss Vale to be closed in April

The National Australia Bank at Moss Vale will be closing its branch in Moss Vale. In a statement Spokesperson Wayne Atkinson says the decision had been made in response to the changing ways their customers are banking with them. The bank claims 89 per cent of Moss Vale customers are using other...

New CEO at Bowral Co - Op

The Bowral Co-op has appointed a new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. Craig Perkins who lives in the Southern Highlands is the son of a fourth generation farming family from Condobolin and has 34 years experience across the tourism, healthcare, manufacturing and farming sectors. He and his family moved to the...

Bundanoon swimmer to hang up the togs

Bundanoon Swimmer Daniel Rumsey has decided to retire from competitive swimming and focus on other areas of his life. The 29 year old has travelled all around the globe, becoming a champion of the Down Syndrome swimming world. He has won numerous gold medals and broken several world records. His father John Rumsey...

Father Chris Riley's message on bullying

Father Chris Riley has highlighted the importance of parents taking bullying seriously following the tragic loss of Amy “Dolly” Everett. Father Riley says in his 40 years of working with with young people, the issue of suicide, bullying, and now cyberbullying has come up far too often. Some of the tell tale...

State Government to get tougher on drug drivers

Member for Wollondilly Jai Rowell is supporting tougher new penalties for people who get behind the wheel under the influence of drugs. The changes are being made after 392 deaths on NSW roads in 2017 and will include doubling the number of roadside drug tests from 100,000 a year to 200,000...

Generosity knows no bounds

The owners of a farm at Burradoo have generously donated a semi trailer load of Hay which will be given to the Burrombuttock Hayrunners who will deliver it to drought stricken farmers in Cunnamulla Queensland. Shane Hill who manages the property on behalf of the Albert family says it's the least...

Major search operation for lost bushwalker

Emergency Services have been called to rescue a lost bushwalker in the Buxton area. The 56 year old man set off from Thirlmere last Friday morning, taking two maps, food and water. Around 5pm he contacted his flatmate to say he was lost and would try and find his way out in...

Thunder & lightning strikes

The storm season continues to pose many challenges for our ses crews across the Southern Highlands. On Friday night, volunteers were called to five jobs across the Wingecarribee as strong winds, rain and lightening pelted down across our region. Most of the jobs were for fallen trees. People are being asked to turn...

Third place for Caleb

A crew of between 20 and 30 people from the Southern Highlands Cycling Club are currently in Adelaide watching former member member Caleb Ewan strutt his stuff ahead of the Tour down Under. Last night Ewan came third in the People's Choice Race which was 22 laps around a street circuit. President...

60 years on earth for Jane Barnes

The cream of the Australian music industry was in the Southern Highlands over the weekend to celebrate the 60th birthday of Jane Barnes Ms. Barnes is the wife of legendary Australian singer Jimmy Barnes. The pair met back in 1979 and have been together ever since. Ms. Barnes was born in Bangkok Thailand...

Angus Taylor has high expectations for social media groups

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor says the Government has high expectations on social media groups such as Facebook to combat the rise in online bullying. There are growing concerns about Facebook's ability to respond to offensive content. Over the past 12 months, there's been a 63 percent cent increase in the...

Land values at Moss Vale up more than most

The NSW Valuer General has released new land valuations for the Wingecarribee during the period 2016/2017. There was an overall increase of 20 per cent across the shire with residential and industrial land increasing by 24 per cent. This was reasonably consistent with other surrounding areas such as Goulburn Mulwarree and the...

Tafe enrolment week around the corner

Tafe enrolment week is taking place between next Friday and Monday. Locals can take a tour of their local campus and find out what courses are on offer. The Goulburn campus will be open between 10:30am and 11pm. The Moss Vale campus will be open, but we've been told there are no formal...

Sewer main construction works on Merrigang Street

Sewer main construction works are scheduled to start on Merrigang Street in Bowral from January 17. The work will be carried out between the intersections of Queen and Jasmine Streets for a distance of 350 metres. Hours of construction will be 7am to 6pm Mondays to Saturdays. One lane will be closed and...

Child bitten by funnel web at Hill Top

Emergency Services have once again issued an important warning about funnel web spiders after a seven year old boy was bitten at the weekend in Hill Top. Last Sunday, 7 year old Riley Schmidt was putting on a costume when he felt a sharp stinging pain on the finger. He's told WIN...