Highlands News

Milat's brother denied access

Ivan Milat's brother Bill has been left disappointed after he and his wife Carol were denied an opportunity to visit the convicted serial killer. The pair drove from the Southern Highlands up to Long By Jail early Monday morning to be told the visit wasn't going to happen because he'd been...

Approval for Peppertree Quarry modification

Boral has been given approval from the Department of Planning and Environment to extend its Peppertree Quarry project at Marulan. The project involves extending the approval boundary to the south, clearing 28 hectares of land and constructing a new haul road and intersection with Marulan South Road. It also includes the relocation...

All's well that ends well

A cat has got stuck down a stormwater drainage pipe in Bowral. A couple of SES volunteers were called and climbed down the pipe to rescue the animal before handing it over to its 85 year old female owner who was going into hospital later in the day. The cat named "...

Very high fire danger & strong winds

The RFS has issued a very high fire danger for the Wingecarribee today. All fire permits have been suspended. A damaging wind warning is also in place for the Highlands with winds forecast to gust up to 90 kays an hour later this afternoon. IMAGE CREDIT: RFS Southern Highlands

Whitlam MP: Economic stimulus strategy needed

Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones says the latest growth forecast handed down by the International Monetary Fund should be a wake up call for the Government to implement an economic stimulus strategy. The IMF is predicting a tougher year for the global economy with Australia to grow at 1.7 per cent...

Protest planned at Stardust Circus in Moss Vale

Stardust Circus management have slammed a move by the Animal Justice Party to stage a protest outside their event at Moss Vale on Saturday. The group is demanding an end to the use of animals for human entertainment, something that doesn't sit well with Ringmaster Adam St. James. He says the megaphones...

Milat on last legs

Notorious serial killer Ivan Milat has again been moved to the prison wing of Prince of Wales Hospital. The 74-year-old was diagnosed with terminal oesophagus and stomach cancer in May. Corrective Services says he was moved on Friday, and he's surrounded by the appropriate security detail. Milat was given seven life sentences after...

New challenges for the Moss Vale missile

The 2020 Tour De France is set to be one for the climbers after organisers revealed next years route Former Southern Highlands cyclist Caleb Ewan who's reknowned for his sprinting ability says he's going to have to adapt his training and believes there'll now be only four real sprints. The Moss Vale...

A barrel of laughs planned for mens lunch

The Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids annual men's luncheon is back on again at the Highlands Golf Club next Friday with tables starting to fill up. More than 200 people attend the event to raise funds for the special needs kids of the Southern Highlands, and this year the Mittagong...

The Snake Man as busy as ever

A Highlands snake catcher is already getting four or five callouts a day and it's not even Summer! The drier conditions are bringing the reptiles closer to homes where they can find water. Ray McGibbon the Snake Man has recently been called to get four brown snakes from Balmoral Village and Bargo...

Ready set go

Thousands of people are expected in the Highlands for the fourth annual Bowral Classic on Sunday. The riders will start departing Bong Bong Street from 6:30am and then travel through the various towns and villages. Diversions will be in place from late Saturday night but we're being told there'll be no significant...

New name for crane in Bowral

Local residents driving past Bowral Hospital will now notice a large 38.8 metre crane being used for the construction of the the $65 million Stage one redevelopment. Member for Wollondilly Nathaniel Smith recently announced a competition for students to name the piece of equipment. First prize was taken out by by 12...

Council's signage policy in the spotlight

There continues to be rumblings in the community about Wingecarribee Council's outdoor signage policy with allegations there are rules for some and not for others. Hefty fines are in place for individuals or businesses who fail to comply with the rules. They can also be ordered to remove them or have them...

Rain falls varied depending on where you are

Southern Highlands farmers received some good falls of rain over last Friday and Saturday. High Range received almost 20 mils, followed by Fitzroy Falls Dam 15.5 and 11 at Mittagong. Lighter falls were recorded at Bowral, Wingello and Tallong with between two and three mils. The dry conditions will continue over the next...

Concerns with mine expansion plans

South 32's Dendrobium mine expansion has hit a giant snag with Water NSW opposing the plan... It believes the Illawarra miner's scheme to dig under the drinking catchment area could cause cracking in the walls of Avon and Cordeaux Dams.... Water NSW claims the project would cause significant subsidence with forecast losses...

Dual occupancy at Retford Park knocked back

A dual occupancy proposed on a corner block at Retford Park has been knocked back by Wingecarribee Council. The DA involves creating two lots of 570m2 and 500m2. A number of nearby residents have objected to the proposal, because they bought there on the understanding there wouldn't be any subdivisions. Mayor Duncan Gair...

Highlands firefighters lend a helping hand

The Southern Highlands Rural Fire Service is thanking local employers who've allowed their staff to take time off work to fight bush fires in northern NSW. The fires have been burning for weeks now and yesterday the remains of a 77-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman were found inside their home...

Asylum seeker food drive gets underway Monday

Another monster food drive for asylum seekers gets underway in the Southern Highlands from Monday. Locals are being encouraged to drop off non perishable foods, which will then be sent to the Asylum Seeker Centre in Newtown. A similar drive held last year across the shire, raised around $20,000 worth of goods. Coordinator...

Record visitation for Tulip Time

This year's Tulip Time experienced record visitation. Over the two week festival a total of 54,500 people walked through the gates of Corbett Gardens, which is up 14 per cent on the previous year. That included a four per cent increase in locals visiting. Destination Southern Highlands Tourism Coordinator, Izabella Lane, says they...