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Highlands News

Refugee vigil in Moss Vale

A number of people concerned about the treatment of refugees in Australia have held a curbside vigil at Leighton Gardens in Moss Vale. The gathering was all part of Refugee Week and it follows on from a movie night at the Empire Cinema on Monday, in which more than 200 people...

Whitlam MP supports tough stance on tax cuts

Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones says he supports the first stage of the Federal Government's tax cuts for low to middle income earners, but not the second and third stages, which he claims are unfunded and unaffordable. The government now needs the backing of the crossbench, after the Opposition rejected the...

Breaking old habits

Local residents are having to find other alternatives for carrying their shopping after a ban on single use plastic bags at Woolworths came into effect in the Highlands today. Woolworths will offer reusable bags including a 15-cent thick plastic bag, a 99-cent ‘foldable bag’ and a $2.49 ‘chiller bag’ to keep...

Fatal crash between Crookwell & Taralga

An investigation is underway after a fatal single motorcycle crash between Crookwell and Taralga. Emergency Services were called to Laggan-Taralga Road about 1pm today. The male rider died at the scene and is yet to be formally identified. Traffic diversions are currently in place and specialist investigators are examining the scene. Anyone with information...

Cat ban trial planned

Wollondilly Council is planning to introduce a cat ban trial at two reserves in a bid to protect native wildlife. Lyn Gordon Reserve in Thirlmere and Scotcheys Reserve, Silverdale will effectively become wildlife protection areas. Councillor Simon Landow has told 2st that people living around these reserves will need to be fully...

Mixed reaction from Public Health First

The Public Health First group is welcoming the extra $15 million dollars in the State Budget for a new emergency department in Bowral Hospital, but is still questioning how the hospital will meet future projections. Spokesperson Edna Carmichael fears it maybe another 20 years before the hospital gets anymore money for...

Get a taste of the Pie Festival

All the pies which were entered in the NSW/ACT pie competition will be available at this weekend's Southern Highlands Pie Festival at the Bong Bong Racecourse. The festival will also include market stalls, food & wine, children's activities, family fun and lots more. All the action is taking place between 10am and...

Pru Goward to seek review

Member for Goulburn Pru Goward will be asking for a review into why Moss Vale Railway Station missed out on a Transport accessibility upgrade. It was recently announced that Mittagong Train Station will be one of 11 stations across the state which which will see improvements carried out. However Ms. Goward believes...

New Emergency Department for Bowral Hospital

The State Government has announced that an extra $15 million dollars has been made available in the State Budget for a new Emergency Department at Bowral Hospital. The new ED building will bring all 24 hour services into a single building. Member for Wollondilly Jai Rowell says the Government has heard the...

Locals recognised at Master Builder Awards

Rofe Build Custom Builders in Bowral collected a number of awards at the South East Region Master Builder's Awards night in Ulladulla on Saturday night. That includes one for best overall renovation and addition from $1.5 to $2 million dollars in Boronia Street Bowral. The home was a contemporay style house, with...

Maintenance work re - scheduled

Maintenance work scheduled for today on Macquarie Pass will now take place tomorrow and Thursday. Both directions will be closed between 9am and 3pm. Roads and Maritime Services will be clearing gutters and drains to improve water runoff, maintaining vegetation and repairing guardrails and signs. Light vehicles will be detoured via Jamberoo Mountain...

Apprentice costs to be covered

The Illawarra Business Chamber is welcoming an announcement in the State budget which will see the NSW Government cover the cost of coursework for apprentices. At the moment apprentices have to pay $2000 up front for their Tafe courses which is then reimbursed by their employer on completion. Executive Director Adam Zarth...

Community groups collect valuable grants

A number of community groups in the Wingecarribee Shire have been awarded grants as part of the latest round of Veolia Mulwaree Trust grants. That includes $16,000 for the Moss Vale Pony Club to refurbish the arena and upgrade equipment and $3850 for the Exeter Village Association for improvements at the...

Bradman Centre receives $2 million dollar grant

The NSW Government has announced that the Bradman Centre in Bowral will receive $2 million dollars in the state budget. The funding will see admission fees slashed for students on school excursions, the continuation of the interactive attraction for visitors and the expansion of the centre's research and curatorial services. Funding will...

Residents hear from the experts

Around 170 people attended a community meeting in Moss Vale on Friday night about a proposal to build a large sandstone quarry at Sutton Forest. The audience heard from a number of water experts and Member for Goulburn Pru Goward also attended. Submissions for the proposal close this Thursday, however council has...

Stones take out best pie comp

Stones Patisserie in Bowral and Berrima has been announced as the overall winner of the NSW/ACT Best Pie Competition with their Heads & Tails Red Meat Artisan Pie. The judging panel included Ron Taylor from the Baking Association of Australia and Peter Neubeck from Becks Bakery in Bathurst. They had the job...

Investigations underway into multi vehicle crash at Berrima

Officers from the Hume Police District are investigating a multi vehicle crash at Berrima. Around 12:15pm on Saturday, Emergency Services were called to the Hume Highway, near the Medway Road off ramp, after a blue utility, travelling at high speed, hit a guard rail on the Wingecarribee Bridge in the southbound...

Heating & cooling system for pre - school in Moss Vale

Staff and children will soon benefit from a new cooling and heating system at the KU Donkin Preschool in Moss Vale. The State Government has committed $14,000 towards the project after receiving a grant application. The pre - school which is 55 year old is currently used by 60 families with 20...

Major funding announcement for Berrima District Museum

Volunteers at the Berrima District Museum have received a $113,000 matching grant from the NSW Regional Cultural Fund. The money will be used to upgrade all of the museum's five galleries, in particular the new digital gallery. The facility is expected to close in February/March next year to allow for the changes. Member...