Highlands News

Serial driving offender nabbed at Welby

A man who's had his international driving privileges withdrawn has been caught behind the wheel, this time at Welby in the Southern Highlands. Around 4pm on Wednesday, Officers in an unmarked Police vehicle were overtaken by a Silver Subaru on the Hume Highway at Welby The Subaru was clocked travelling at 146...

All fire permits suspended until further notice

With the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting heatwave like conditions over the weekend, the Southern Highlands Rural Fire Service has decided to suspend all fire permits until further notice. Bowral will hit 35 on Saturday with light winds becoming northwesterly, 20 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming...

Highlands Storm push to join group 7

The Highlands Storm has made a formal application to NSW Rugby League with the aim of joining the group 7 competition for next season. 95 per cent of the clubs members and playing group are behind the move. Junior Chairperson Matt Burke says over the past few years the group six junior...

Progress at Eridge Park Netball Courts

Repairs to the Eridge Park Netball Courts are now underway. It's all been made possible thanks to funding from Wingecarribee Council and the Australian and State Governments. The work will include the construction of concrete courts, installation of new netball rings, laying of new court surface and line-marking. Mayor Duncan Gair says it's...

Gold for local brewery & taphouse

  The Southern Highlands Brewery and Taphouse has performed outstandingly at the Australian Independent Brewers Association Awards. The brewery received a gold medal for their Goodfather Porter in the Porter-Stout category and two bronze medals for their Belgian IPA and Red Ale. The Porter also received a gold at the London Beer Competition.  ...

Bradman Foundation celebrating women's cricket

The Bradman Foundation has released another book, this time about celebrating the rise of Australian Women’s Cricket. “Clearing Boundaries” is a coffee style publication which takes a look at some of the early trailblazers to household names like Meg Lanning, Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney and Ellyse Perry. It includes images and memorable...

Silver for Highlands Chef

Gumnut Patisserie staff member Josh Nickl has taken out silver at Nestle's Golden Chef's Hat Award. The 22 year old was one of 10 finalists with a total of three gold, four silver and three bronze were handed out. Josh says the best piece of advice he's been given is that a...

Charges dropped against Tahmoor Dad

Charges have been dropped against a Tahmoor father who allowed his daughter to get a tattoo without her mum's consent. Casey Victory was 16 years old at the time when she got a tattoo of a dreamcatcher on her leg. Her mother Nadine Rees launched a private prosecution against her ex husband...

Bowral product signs with Macarthur FC

Bowral born Walter Scott has signed with the newly formed Macarthu Football Club club after stints with Perth Glory under 21’s and most recently Wellington Phoenix. The A League draw was released yesterday and Macarthur FC will be playing their first game against the Western Sydney Wanderers at Bankwest Stadium on...

Investigation into derailed coal train at Moss Vale

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has released its findings into a train derailment at Moss Vale. Back in June last year a Pacific National coal train travelling from Tahmoor to Port Kembla came off the tracks after an axle fractured near the Suttor Road crossing. The derailed wheelset continued on for a...

Symphony Orchestra back after COVID layoff

COVID19 has had a big impact on how our local musical groups go about performing. However some of that's about to change this weekend, with the Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra playing three one hour concerts at the Bowral Memorial Hall. The orchestra can often have as many as 70 players, but there's...

Big gains in unit market

Some big gains in the Southern Highlands/Shoalhaven unit market. According to Core Logic values combined rose 8.6 per cent in the 12 months up until October this year. That's compared with houses which increased six per cent over the same period. CoreLogic’s Head of Australian Research, Eliza Owen says regional areas within a...

An important message from NSW Health

Testing of sewage at Moss Vale has uncovered fragments of the virus which causes COVID19. Although the samples maybe from previously identified cases, people who develop symptoms are bgeing urged to get tested. Some of those symptoms include a runny nose, sore/scratchy throat, cough, shortness of breath, fever, loss of taste or...

Severe weather warning for damaging winds & large hailstones

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds and large hailstones across parts of the Southern Highlands. The State Emergency Service has the following advise for residents: * Move your car under cover or away from trees.* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard...

Moss Vale cases linked to Liverpool cluster

NSW Health has revealed the recent COVID19 cluster in Moss Vale is connected to a previously reported cluster in Liverpool. Genomic analysis shows the viral RNA across both areas is identical. Both clusters were linked by an additional two people. The Moss Vale one had five cases and the Liverpool one 13, which...

Jamberoo Mountain Rd. speed change

A new speed limit change is coming into effect on a section of Jamberoo Mountain Road. The speed limit will be reduced from 100 to 80 from 350 meters east of the Illawarra Highway at Robertson to 650 metres east of Knights Hill Road at Budderoo. New signs will be installed on...

Mittagong Elm trees saved

The future of two English Elm trees in the grounds of St Stephens Anglican Church in Mittagong is now looking a little brighter. Guy O'Donnell from Elm Consultants was called in after the trees were attacked by Elm Leaf beetles. They've since been treated through the use of stem injection. Mr. O'Donnell says...

Reserved premium seating for frontline workers

The efforts of our frontline workers will be recognised at the Sydney New Years Eve Fireworks spectacular. That includes our RFS volunteers who battled last Summer's bushfires. At this stage it looks like their names will be popped into a ballot for reserved premium seating at the end of year event. Vantage points...

COVID19 information hub

Staff from South Western Sydney Local Health District are at Corbett Plaza in Bowral this week to answer your COVID-19 questions. They'll also be sharing tips to help stop the spread. And they'll be there until Sunday between 10am and 4.30. IMAGE CREDIT: Jack beanstalk, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons