Highlands News

Calls for train service between Moss Vale & Canberra

The Southern Tablelands Rail Users Group have met with the Minister for Regional Transport's Office to hand over a lengthy submission regarding the situation with train services on the Southern Highlands line. The group is questioning whether we're getting the right trains for NSW and is calling for a variation to...

Changed traffic conditions at Berrima

Changed traffic conditions are in place on the Wingecarribee River Bridge on the Hume Motorway at Berrima after damage was identified on part of the bridge deck. Whilst the bridge is safe to travel on, a Transport for NSW Spokesperson says a single lane closure has been put in place on...

Christmas spend expected to be down

Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones says weak consumer spending in the lead-up to Christmas is very concerning. New research suggests people will spend one-third less over this holiday period, compared to last year. Sluggish wages and fewer job opportunities mean that consumers are reluctant to part with their cash. Mr. Jones has told...

Man charged with multiple stabbing

A man has now been charged in connection with an alleged multiple stabbing in Goulburn. Just after 9pm on Friday, Emergency Services were called to Cowper Street, where they found two men with stab wounds, including a 57 year old who had a stab wound to his stomach and 29 year...

Armed robbery at Bowral Jewellery shop

Police are now on the hunt for a man responsible for an armed robbery at a jewellery shop in Bowral. Just after 2 this afternoon the offender, armed with a gun, entered the Bong Bong Street premises and allegedly threatened a 70 year old female employee, demanding cash. A 75 year old...

Seven large blocks hit the market at Burradoo

You may have noticed all the for sale signs opposite the Briars in Burradoo on Moss Vale Road. That magnificent vista you see while driving between Bowral and Moss Vale may not be around much longer. Seven large blocks, 10 acres in size each, are being sold in a prestigious new development...

Grass fire on Old Mandemar Road

The Moss Vale Rural Fire Service Brigade were called out to a small grass fire on Old Mandemar Road yesterday. The blaze was extinguished relatively quickly. A reminder that the brigade will be opening their shed to the public tomorrow between 10am and midday. Crew members will be on hand to help people...

Total Fire Ban & council reserve closures

A total fire ban is in place across the Southern Highlands today with hot and windy conditions forecast. The NSW Rural Fire Service has also issued a severe fire danger rating. Wingecarribee Council has advised that a number of reserves will be closed for the day including Mansfield, Mount Gibraltar and Mount...

Alleged ice dealers nabbed in Goulburn area

Two people have been charged with allegedly selling ice in the Goulburn area. Just after 7 yesterday morning, Officers from Strike Force Rosseau arrested a 27-year-old woman and 53-year-old man in a carpark in Goulburn. Shortly after, search warrants were executed at two homes in Goulburn and Marulan. Officers uncovered drugs, fireworks, electronic...

Council to sell Southern Phone shares

Wingecarribee Councillors have unanimously agreed to support selling council's shares in Southern Phones. AGL is attempting a total buy out of the regional telco and council will pocket around 800 grand if the sale goes ahead. The deal now depends on another 34 councils also agreeing to the sale. Wingecarribee Mayor Duncan Gair...

Rural tourism policy adopted

Wingecarribee Councillors have unanimously agreed to adopt the Shire’s first Rural Tourism Policy. Some of the key features include increasing the number of bedrooms for Bed and Breakfast accommodation premises to five and up to eight bedrooms for Farm Stay properties. The policy will now be forwarded to the Department of Planning...

Network outage on Mount Gibraltar

Wingecarribee Council is currently experiencing a microwave network outage on Mount Gibraltar which is affecting communication to a number of facilities and services in the shire. That includes the Mittagong Depot, the Welcome Centre, Bowral Pool, Family Day Care Centre, Bowral and Mittagong Library, the Resource Recovery Centre and saleyards. Council's Communications...

Safe for now but Summer still lies ahead

The Southern Highlands managed to dodge a bullet with yesterday's catastrophic bushfire conditions. There were a couple of incidents, including a small grass fire near Picton which was quickly extinguished. There was also a callout to Suttor Road at Moss Vale, but that turned out to be just dust in the air. RFS...

NSW Fire Victims - Here's how we can all help

With a State Of Emergency now in effect across NSW, there are a variety of ways people can chip in and help those that have lost so much due to the fires across NSW. Firstly, you can donate directly to the RFS using a VISA or Mastercard: https://quickweb.westpac.com.au/OnlinePaymentServlet?cd_community=NSWRFS&cd_currency=AUD&cd_supplier_business=DONATIONS&action=EnterDetails You can also direct deposit funds into...

School closures across the Highlands

A number of schools are closed today because of the catastrophic fire rating. They are as follows: St Paul's Catholic Primary School, Moss Vale St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School, Bowral Aurora Southern Highlands Steiner School St Michael's Catholic Primary School, Mittagong Colo Vale Public School Penrose Public School Hill Top Public School Chevalier College Oxley College IMAGE CREDIT: Chevalier College...

Important message for residents

The Rural Fire Service has upgraded its bushfire danger rating for the Wingecarribee Shire today to catastrophic with hot and windy conditions forecast. The NSW Premier has also declared a state of emergency which will run for the remainder of the week. In some parts wind speeds could reach 60 to 70...

Council closures in place

Because of the Catastrophic fire conditions forecast today, Wingecarribee Council has closed all council managed sporting fields, cemeteries and bushland reserves until further notice. Council says its Family Day Care and Out of School Hours services are also closed. For further fire updates head to: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/ IMAGE CREDIT: Wingecarribee Council

Winning entry purchased at Mittagong

NSW Lotteries are trying to track down a person who purchased a share in a winning syndicate from News Express at Highlands Marketplace in Mittagong. The total win in Saturday's division one Lotto draw was more than $820,000. The syndicate had 10 people so that means a bit over $82,000 for everyone...

200 km Police pursuit ends on the Coast

A man has been charged with an alleged Police pursuit, which started at Collector and ended in Albion Park. Around 6pm last Friday, Traffic and Highway Patrol Officers, clocked a blue Toyota Camry travelling well above the speed limit on the Federal Highway. The driver continued northbound on the Hume Motorway but...