Highlands News

The return of the Model of United Nations Assembly

Southern Highlands schools will be taking part in the Model of United Nations Assembly later this month. The program brings together teams of two or three students, who will represent a nation and debate draft resolutions from the perspective of that nation. Teams will be representing China, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, India, Iran,...

Petition to fix Wilson Drive

A petition has been set up to improve the condition of Wilson Drive which is a major connection point for the northern villages. The road has taken a pounding over recent months due to the rain and is riddled with large ruts and potholes. Wingcarribee Council Candidate Sam Zlinskas said there's a...

Funding pledge for botanic gardens

The election promises keep coming. Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones was in the Highlands today to announced that an Albanese elected Government will commit $500,000 towards an education centre at the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens. Mr. Jones also presented certificates of appreciation to several volunteers to mark National Volunteer Week. He said the...

Safety improvements for school zones

A number of school zones in the Southern Highlands will have improved safety as part of the NSW and Australian Government's $40.8 million School Zone Infrastructure Sub Program. That includes Colo Vale Public School, Bowral High School, St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish Primary School, and Mittagong Public School. The work will include...

National volunteer week

As part of National Volunteer Week, the Southern Highlands Rural Fire Service is acknowledging the tremendous contribution that their volunteers make in the community. There are 42 brigades in the Wingecarribee and Wollondilly local government areas with between 1700 and 1800 volunteers. Inspector David Stimson says there are a couple of ways...

National road safety week

This National Road Safety Week we're being reminded to drive to survive. The initiative was started by Peter Frazer who's daughter was hit by a truck in a breakdown lane of the Hume Highway at Mittagong back in 2012. Local tow truck driver Geoffrey Clark was also killed. Mr Frazer wanted to make...

Boral secures carbon capture grant

Boral and Calix will be exploring the feasibility of developing a carbon capture plant in the Southern Highlands. Both companies were awarded a $30 million dollar Commonwealth grant to assess the viability of a commercial scale plant that would capture and compress CO2 emissions resulting from the decomposition of limestone in...

Calls for footpath between New Berrima & Berrima

A local resident has put a petition together aimed at getting a path built between New Berrima and Berrima. There is a bush track which can be difficult to access in wet weather. The only other route is down Taylor Avenue which is also used by cars and trucks. Andrew Cupitt said there...

Shooters & fishers standing candidate in Hume

The Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party is hoping to replicate their success at a state level. The party holds seat in Orange and Barwon and is standing a candidate in Angus Taylor's federal seat of Hume. Ross Seller has a background in accounting and law and runs a farm out on Wombeyan...

Candidates forum at Bundanoon

An enthusiastic crowd of around 200 people attended the Bundanoon Federal Election Candidate's forum. Eight of the nine candidates turned up, with Hume MP Angus Taylor unable to attend due to interstate commitments. They were given the opportunity to speak individually and answer questions from the floor. Organiser Christine Rowell - Miller said...

Better mobile & internet access at Bullio & Canyonleigh

Ace Internet Services has been successful in its grant funding application to improve mobile phone and internet access in the Bullio and Canyonleigh areas. Hume MP Angus Taylor and Minister for Regional Communications Bridget McKenzie are welcoming the investment in our region which is all part of of round two of...

Labor candidate hoping to make inroads

Labor Candidate for Hume Greg Baines said he' sensing an appetite for change in the electorate, while at the same time acknowledging he's still the underdog. Mr. Baines was one of the eight candidates who attended last night's candidates forum at Bundanoon. He'll be based at pre -poll centres in Goulburn and...

Mental health programs on offer

Community Links Wellbeing is reminding residents about a number of mental health programs they have on offer. The first is ReFrame which is a youth service for 12-25 year olds. "You In Mind" offers individual psychological support to anyone over 12 from professional mental health clinicians and the Beyond Blue New Access...

Bargo woman $1.8 million dollars richer

A Bargo woman has won a whopping $1.8 million dollars in last Saturday's division one lotto. The entry was purchased from the Bargo Newsagency and James Eddy from the Lott said the woman couldn't believe the news. "I had a chat with her over the last couple of days and she said...

Council launches sustainability program

Wingecarribee Council is releasing a series of videos about sustainability which will be published on their website. The first edition of " Sustainability Us " takes a close look at land management on large and small properties. Other upcoming themes will include growing your own food aswell as waste and recycling. Manager of...

Counsel assisting calls for administration to continue

The prospects of democracy returning to the Wingecarribee Shire anytime soon are not looking good. Counsel Assisting David Parish has made less than complimentary submissions about the state of affairs at council and is recommending that council remain in administration until the local government elections in September 2024. He said there's little...

One nation running candidate in Hume

One Nation will be hoping to make inroads in the Federal seat of Hume at the upcoming election. The party hasn't run a candidate in the seat for quite some time. But at the last state election the party picked up 14 per cent of the primary vote. Rebecca Thompson is a mother...

Open garden & plant fair a big success

More than $90,000 has been raised from the Southern Botanic Gardens Autumn Open Garden and Plant Fair. That's up eight per cent on the previous year. A total of 3,000 visitors came through the gardens, with about 70 per cent coming from outside the district. $13,500 came through Dine & discover vouchers. 152 volunteers...

Big plans for historic locomotive

Expect to see Australia’s largest operating steam locomotive, making more trips on the Southern Highlands line. The Beyer Garrett 6029, has been secured by the NSW Government to form part of the Transport Heritage NSW fleet. The loco came to Australia from England in the 1950's and retired from service in 1972. In...