Highlands News

Rod Stewart show in Bowral re - scheduled

Rod Stewart's day on the green concert at Centennial Vineyard has now be rescheduled to take place on Sunday March 27 2022. All tickets will still be valid for the new dates and Roundhouse Entertainment is encouraging people to hang onto them. Those who can't attend the new dates can get a...

Sewage upgrade needed in Wingecarribee

It appears the Wingecarribee Shire has a sewage problem. With some our plants at full capacity, Member for Wollondilly Nathaniel Smith has put forward a members bill in State Parliament to get to the bottom of the problem. He's says all up it's going to cost around the $80 million dollar mark. Moss...

Hotel quarantine for returning residents

Today is the last chance for Coast and Highlands residents returning from Victoria to avoid hotel quarantine. From tomorrow anybody coming back will need to fly into Sydney before being transferred to a hotel for 14 days, at their own cost. Border zone residents with permits will be exempt. The Premiers decision has...

Revised plans for Tahmoor mine

The Miners’ Union is urging the State Government to back the revised Tahmoor South mine extension plan put forward by Simec. The plans submitted by operator Simec would secure 400 jobs at Tahmoor Coal for another decade with the expansion expected to create over 170 new jobs during the 2 year...

Councillor Markwart resigns

Wingecarribee Councillor Gordon Markwart has decided to step down from his role as an elected representative. Back in December last year he revealed he'd been diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease after being absent from council for a number of months. Councillor Markwart says he'd prefer to step down now than be half a...

Bowral Newsagency closes

The Bowral Newsagency ( Newsxpress ) has had to close due to the impacts of the bushfires and COVID19. Owner Joe who took over the business a year ago says they've pretty much been trading under water over that time He says they did get some rental assistance but couldn't get any...

My community program delivers

The BDCU Alliance Bank is about to distribute more than $34,000 to community groups across the Southern Highlands and Tablelands. The grants have been made possible by members who have a My Community Savings Account. For every dollar of interest earned the bank chips in 15 cents. Communications Manager Matt Sewell says a...

Wollondilly residents banned from Queensland

Wollondilly residents will be banned from entering Queensland due to the threat of COVID19. The shire is one of about 35 LGA' s across the greater Sydney area which have been listed as hotspots. The ban comes into effect from 1am Saturday. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has raised concerns about the increasing amount of...

Commemorative medallions for World War Two vets

A special commemorative medallion is available to every Second World War veteran as a way of thanking them for their service. The medallion marks the 75th anniversary of the war. Federal MP Angus Taylor says he's been lucky enough to meet many veterans and hear their incredible stories of service and sacrifice...

Wingecarribee Council to hire new General Manager

Wingecarribee Mayor Duncan Gair has announced that General Manager Ann Prendergast will be leaving council. It follows an extraordinary meeting held this morning among Councillors. Mayor Gair has thanked Ms. Prendergast for her services and has highlighted a number of achievements during her tenure including Fit for the Future and various infrastructure...

Stage two improvements to get underway

The Australian Rail Track Corporation has announced a $28 million dollar stage two project for the Goulburn to Sydney line which will get underway next month. This will involve replacing a further 98 kilometres of the track. As a result Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael...

Plans to double state's Koala population

Environment Minister Matt Kean’s has announced a plan to double the state’s koala population by 2050. It's feared there only 15,000 koalas left in NSW. The population has declined by between 20% and 50% since 1990, and 5000 are thought to have died in the summer bushfires in just one region -...

Bushfire Royal Commission extended

The Bushfire Royal Commission has been extended by two months, from the end of August until October 28. This is due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus. The commission was set up in February in response to the extreme bushfire season. More than 1700 submissions have now been received. IMAGE CREDIT: Fire & Rescue...

Coverdrive program is back at Bradman Oval

After a layoff due to COVID19 the Coverdrive Program is back into the swing of things in the Highlands. Around 60 special needs kids turned up to Bradman Oval yesterday to take part in a range of sporting activities. Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids President Tony Springett says the program has...

Push for new National Park

State Environment Minister Matt Keen has met with key local representatives to discuss the creation of a Bargo Nepean National Park. The proposal has been around for quite some time and Mr. Keen has carried out an inspection of Mermaid Pools with Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith and Wollondilly Mayor Matthew Deeth Mayor...

Memorial Park to remember RFS firefighters

A fire truck themed playground is set to be built in Buxton to remember Rural Fire Service fighters Andrew O'Dwyer and Geoffrey Keaton who lost their lives in the Green Wattle Creek Fire. Wollondilly Mayor Mathhew Deeth met with the Buxton RFS yesterday morning to sign a letter of commitment for...

Berrima rocker taken to hospital

Berrima rocker Jimmy Barnes has revealed his wife had to take him to hospital, following an unexpected health scare. The 64 year old was admitted to St. Vincent's Emergency Department on Monday night. In a Facebook post, Barnes has thanked staff at the hospital who took care of him. He says we all...

Jobkeeper and jobseeker extended - but at reduced rate

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor says extending Jobkeeper and Jobseeker benefits is all about getting the balance right. The 15-hundred-dollar Job Keeper wage subsidy will be reduced by 300-dollars from October. Meantime the jobseeker payment will also be lowered to about 800-dollars a fortnight. Mr. Taylor admits there has to be incentives...

Television series for the Southern Highlands

Production of an Aussie-based television series will shortly get underway on the Southern Highlands. Nicole Kidman has been given the go-ahead to produce the best seller Nine Perfect Strangers at her Sutton Forrest property, Bunya Hill. It will bring in an international and interstate crew who have been given COVID restriction exemption...