Highlands News

Macquarie Pass closure

The Illawarra Highway at Macquarie Pass will be closed today and tomorrow between 9am and 3pm. Works crews will be carrying out drainage repairs, sign repairs, vegetation clearing and litter collection to improve safety for motorists. Detours for light vehicles will be in place via Jamberoo Mountain Road, adding an extra 10...

Bushfire cleanup continues at Wingello

The process of cleaning up about 200 dead and burnt pine trees is now underway in Wingello It comes after council received funding this week from the State Government to carry out the project. Local residents can expect to see plenty of Forestry of NSW trucks moving in and out of the...

Putting ideas into action at Bundanoon

Skating enthusiasts in the southern villages of the Wingecarribee now have something to cheer about! Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman and Mayor Duncan Gair have officially opened the new skate park at Bundanoon. The idea was the brainchild of local Tyson Robb and a few of his mates who got a petition...

Restrictions to be eased

NSW will ease coronavirus restrictions on religious services, weddings and funerals from Monday, when measures to increase pub and restaurant patronage come into effect. Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Friday that from June 1, up to 20 people can attend weddings, 50 at funerals and 50 at places of worship. However strict...

Bowral Library to re - open

Bowral Library will re - open to the public from Monday. However there will be a few changes due to COVID19. There'll be a dedicated opening for vulnerable people from 9.30am to 11am and General access will follow from 11am to 5pm. Other changes include limiting the number of patrons to 15 at...

Moss Vale reviva centre to re - open

The Reviva Centre at Moss Vale re - opens to the public from Monday. The centre specialises in getting items that shouldn't be in landfill back into circulation such as electrical, kitchen and camping goods aswell as furniture. Social distancing and hygiene measures will be in place to ensure customer and staff...

Nurses to stage rally

Nurses will be staging a rally outside Bowral Hospital to protest against the NSW public sector pay freeze. Workers are due for a 2.5 per cent pay increase in July. Nurses and Midwives Association General Secretary Brett Holmes says it's a slap in the face given a number of senior public servants...

Cannabis bust at Brayton

Police have uncovered another large cannabis plantation, this time at Brayton, just south west of Wingello. Around 8:30am, Officers from the Hume Police District executed a search warrant at a property on Old Macquarie Road. More than 2800 plants with a potential street value of $8.6 million dollars have now been destroyed. Three...

Strike Force set up to investigate Moss Vale attack

Strike Force Willunga has been set up to investigate the alleged armed robbery and sexual touching of a teen in Moss Vale. Around 6pm last week a 14 year old girl was taking her dog for a walk in Lackey Park when she was approached by three males. The trio threatened her...

Retirees targeted in bank card fraud scam

The Southern Highlands was one of four areas targeted in an alleged bank card fraud scheme. Back in February the Hume Police District launched an investigation into fraud offences against a number of retirees. A total of 15 residents in the Highlands, Illawarra, Central Coast and Canberra received calls from a man...

Overcrowding on T-8 Southern Line

Commuters are being urged to use transport apps indicating when trains and buses are reaching their social distancing capacity. Overcrowding has been experienced on the T-8 Southern line. A special squad of staff is monitoring 11 thousand security cameras and relaying information back to station platforms so passengers can be directed away...

COVID19 clinic for Marulan

A COVID19 testing clinic will be opening up at Marulan on Tuesday. Anyone who has symptoms of the cold and flu is being asked to call beforehand on 1800 999 880 to book a free test. The clinic will be situated at Marulan Hall on 80 George Street and will be open...

Bowral Target to be re - branded & Nowra to close all together

The announcement by Wesfarmers to close up to 167 Target stores will have impacts for the Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands. It's been revealed the store in Nowra will close all together, while the store in Bowral will become a KMART. This comes after the retail chain suffered a $67 million dollar slump...

Water interruptions in Bowral

Work crews are currently attending to a water main issue in Bowral. We're being told a 300mm main has had a large tree completely wrap itself around it on a slope and in wet conditions. Staff were on site last night and back again this morning. Residents in Soma avenue, Cliff street, Tulloona...

Child dies after being hit by truck at Picton

A young boy who was hit by a truck at Picton has died in hospital. Just after 5pm yesterday, Emergency Services were called to a trucking transport yard on Argyle Street. A five year old was treated at the scene by Paramedics, before being rushed to Liverpool Hospital, where he later died. The...

Man charged with firearm offences

A man has been charged after a firearm was allegedly located at a home in the Southern Highlands on Thursday. Acting on information, about 10am Thursday , officers from The Hume Police District and the Tactical Operations Unit executed a search warrant at a home in Willow Vale near Mittagong. During a...

Braemar business turns to hand sanitiser

A Braemar candle maker managed to save dozens of jobs by moving into the hand sanitisation business. Endless Candles Director Peter Gouganovski was left scratching his head when the COVID19 pandemic hit. That was until he noticed a large number of plastic bottles inside his factory. He says they then since teamed up...

Winter safety campaign launched

Fire and Rescue NSW has launched its Winter safety campaign which is all about raising awareness about safety around the home. Duty Commander at Goulburn, Bruce Dowling says it's important to have a working smoking alarm, have an escape plan if a fire starts and a meeting point such as the...

Teenage girl threatened with knife at Moss Vale

 Southern Highlands Police are on the hunt for three males who were involved in the alleged attempted robbery and sexual touching of a teenage girl at Moss Vale. About 6pm on Wednesday, the 14-year-old was walking her dog in Lackey Park, when she was approached by three people. One of them produced...