Highlands News

How to get rid of your trash over the holidays

The Moss Vale Resource Recovery Centre will remain open over the holiday period, but will be closed on public holidays including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. The Centre’s Christmas operating days will be as follows: Monday 24 December - Open Tuesday 25 December (Christmas Day) - Closed Wednesday...

Funding for Robertson School of Arts

A $100,000 State Government funding announcement for the Robertson School of Arts is expected to bring the facility up to top condition. The funding is part of round two of the State Government's Regional Cultural Fund, with the money to be spent of renovating the 134 year old building. That includes re...

Temporary arrangement put in place

New residents at the new Gibraltar Park complex have been given the green light to move in before Christmas. It comes after Water NSW gave the developer permission to use a pump out service for three months. During this time the developer will have to complete the necessary permanent infrastructure for wastewater...

Beware of tree removal scam

Locals are being warned about a new scam doing the rounds in the Highlands. We're being asked to be on the lookout for con men going door to door, offering their services to cut down trees. The men claim to be working on behalf of council and say they have the correct...

Changes at Food & Wine Association

The Southern Highlands Food and Wine Association has a new President. John Scott will take over the role from Mark Bourne who's retired to a casual committee position to spend more time on his wine business Cuttaway Hill Wines aswell as his board roles with the NSW Wine Industry Association and...

BOM: Severe thunderstorm warning

A severe thunderstorm warning is in place for parts of the Coast and Highlands for destructive winds, giant hailstones and heavy rainfall. The storm has already hit the Highlands, but is likely to miss the Nowra area. People are being asked to stay indoors if possible and keep away from fallen powerlines. Alex...

Being noise conscious this party season

With the party season well underway, the Hume Police District is reminding locals about restrictions on loud music and parties. That includes midnight to 8am on Friday, Saturday or any day preceding a public and 10pm to 8am on any other day. Chief Inspector Brendan Bernie says it's probably also a good...

New phone tower at Buxton

Residents at Buxton now have better mobile phone coverage. A new mobile phone tower has been erected near the Rural Fire Service shed and it's the 21st tower now to go up across the electorate of Hume, with one more needed at Nattai. Federal Member Angus Taylor says it's great news for...

DA approved for Gardens R Us site in Bowral

Wingecarribee Councillors have approved a development application for the old Gardens R Us site in Bowral. For years the proponent had been trying to get a KMART approved on the site. The matter was taken to the Land and Environment Court and the Court of Appeal eventually ruled in favour of Wingecarribee...

Council to reduce parking fines

The majority of Wingecarribee Councillors have voted in favour of following the State Government's lead on reducing parking fines. That means the usual $112 fine we receive, will be slashed to $80. The initiative is expected to cost council around $85,000 a year and Mayor Duncan Gair says he has mixed feelings...

Pru's champagne celebration leaves a bad taste

Vision of Goulburn MP Pru Goward drinking champagne with coal mining opponents has left a bitter taste in the mouths of hundreds of people who've expressed an interest in working for Hume Coal. The celebration was organised before the Department of Planning put out an official media release recommending that the...

Roundabout announced for notorious intersection

Work on a new roundabout at the notorious intersection of the Illawarra Highway and Sheepwash Road is expected to start early next year. The State Government has announced that $2.5 million dollars will be spent on the project. Member for Goulburn Pru Goward says in the five years to July 2015 there...

Department recommends Hume Coal proposal not be approved

The Department of Planning and Environment is recommending that the Hume Coal proposal in the Southern Highlands not be approved. In a statement, the Department doesn't believe, the economic benefits outweigh the likely adverse impacts on the environment and community. The Department considers there's considerable scientific uncertainty about the amount of environmental...

Bikes to make life easier for kids in Myanmar

A shipping container packed with bicycles from the Southern Highlands will be sent to Myanmar today. The bikes have been repaired by volunteers from Bicycles for Life which is led by Hans Radowitz. On arrival to Myanmar they'll be delivered to a local school that has been set up by Australian charity...

Millions announced for Regional Art Gallery

A proposal for a Regional Art Gallery in the Southern Highlands has now officially been given the green light after the State Government announced a $2.49 million dollar funding grant today This is in addition to $500,000 in funding each year for five years from Wingecarribee Council. The gallery will be situated...

Vandalism at Tahmoor

A 19 year old man has been charged with allegedly smashing a number of glass panels with rocks at Tahmoor Railway Station. Police were called to the location just after 1am on Saturday. Nearby residents who tried to intervene also had rocks thrown at them and were followed and then abused by...

Christmas light safety

Endeavour Energy is reminding residents about putting safety first when putting up Christmas lights. That includes: • before lights are installed, check that all wires, fittings and bulbs are in good working order. The only safe place for damaged electrical equipment is in the bin• staying well away from overhead power lines...

FOWAS: Upgrade or new shelter needed

The Friends of the Wingecarribee Animal Shelter are calling for an upgrade or a new shelter at a different location. Deputy Mayor Gary Turland and Councillor Larry Whipper have a notice of motion going before council on Wednesday to fund a transportable administration building. FOWAS President Deborah Barnes is welcoming the idea,...

Truck fire on Hume Motorway

The Hume Motorway has been brought to a standstill after a truck fire at Braemar. The incident took place around 5pm near Drapers Road. It;s believed the fire started in the cabin of the B Double and then spread to the rest of the vehicle aswell as nearby bushland. The truck was carrying...