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Highlands News

Australian Event of the Year finalist once again

The Bowral Cycling Classic has once again been named a finalist at the Australian Event of the Year Awards. The Classic will now go up against some of the country's most significant and large-scale events in the categories of Best Community Event and Best Regional Event. That includes the Sydney Royal Easter...

Oran Park kicked out of group six comp

Group six rugby league officials will decide next week whether the Oran Park Chargers will be stripped of their premiership. The Chargers defeated the Mittagong Lions in the grand final at Campbelltown Stadium last Sunday, but the match was marred by a number of ugly incidents. Officials have looked through the video...

Historic Holden to appear at Berrima

The Holden Monaro in which Peter Brock made his Bathurst debut, will be on display at the Southern Highlands Spring Auto Fair on Sunday. The owner of the vehicle is generously making it available for people to have their photo taken in it for a gold coin donation. It's all happening at...

Big boost for local dairy farmers

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor is welcoming drought relief milk packages from the two major supermarkets. Woolworths will next month release a Drought Relief Milk where 10 cents per litre will go towards drought impacted farmers. In the interim, both Woolies and Coles will increase the price of their three litre...

Snake catcher's advice on repellers

A Southern Highlands snake catcher believes snake repeller devices are used as a marketing ploy to prey on people's fears. Ray McGibbon says he's been to numerous jobs where the reptiles are wrapped around or lying on top of the devices. He believes the vibrations the devices give out are not enough...

Bowral Fire Station open day

The Bowral Fire and Rescue Station will be open to the public on Saturday between 10am and 2pm. Most open days usually take place in May, but Station Commander John Arnott finds they have more success by holding the event during Tulip Time. There'll be various activities, fire safety messages and fire...

Road works at Bundanoon

Road works are scheduled to start on a 200 metre section of Penrose Road at Bundanoon from Tuesday October 2. The work will include widening of the road shoulder, construction of a new road surface and installation of a safety barrier. It will also include new safety signage, line-marking and raised pavement...

150 reasons to celebrate

Moss Vale Public School is celebrating 150 years of education. On Friday a formal assembly will be taking place to acknowledge the occasion along with a pictorial display including photos of classrooms and students from years gone by. Meanwhile on Saturday a 150th Celebratory Dinner will be happening at the Moss Vale...

Cafe of the year award for Burrawang General Store

The Burrawang General Store has received a highly sought after Industry award. At the Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Awards earlier in the week at Luna Park, the business took out Cafe of the Year in the regional category. The General Store building was built about 150 years ago and the owner...

Spring is in the air!

Tulip Time is underway in the Southern Highlands with Corbett Gardens looking an absolute treat. Destination Southern Highlands Manager Steve Rosa says their decision to delay the start of this year's event seems to have paid dividends. Last year most of the Tulips hadn't bloomed due to the cold weather, but this...

A change of guard at the Mittagong Playhouse

After nearly 30 years, the Chair of the Mittagong Memorial Hall Management Committee Roma Dix, has decided to step down. The Committee was formed to oppose a push by Council to sell the facility which is now known as the Mittagong Playhouse. Ms. Dix has described it as once being a derelict,...

Wingecarribee waterway transformed

Stage one of the Three Creeks Rehabilitation Project is now complete. The project centred around weed infested riverbank areas that flow into the Nattai River including Gibbergunyah, Ironmines and Chinamans Creeks. Wingecarribee Council's Environment Officer Karen Guymer says the bush will now be able to naturally re - generate with native species. She...

Creek damaged near Picton

CFG Alliance has been ordered by the State Government to repair serious damage to Redbank Creek, near Picton caused by the Tahmoor Coal mine. The landscape has been warped and twisted so much over the years that a lot of the water flowing down the creek has disappeared into gaps. CFG Alliance...

NSW Governor to visit Tulip Time

NSW Governor David Hurley and his wife Linda will be attending Tulip Time on Saturday. The pair will be taking part in the colourful Street Parade at 2.30pm. After this they'll be presenting awards for the ‘Best Float’ and ‘Best Walking Group’ back in Corbett Gardens at 3.30pm. A reminder that the 2st...

Mayoral Election just around the corner

Wingecarribee Mayor Ken Halstead will be considering his options ahead of next week's Mayoral Election. It's unsure at this point whether the Mayor has the numbers to retain the position which is contested every two years. At the meeting Councillors will also decide on the duration of the Deputy Mayor's role. Mayor Halstead...

Steve Smith and partner tie the knot in Berrima

Former Australian Cricket Captain Steve Smith married his long term partner Dani Willis at Bendooley Estate in Berrima on Saturday. Wedding guests included Aaron Finch, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins and Usman Khawaja. Smith is currently serving a 12 month ban for his role in the ball tampering scandal in South Africa. He's due...

Stellar season for the Bowral Blacks!

It was a memorable weekend for the Bowral Blacks, with the club taking out first and second grade premierships in the Illawarra Rugby competition at Win Stadium Seconds made it back to back titles with a 28 to 18 win against the Campbelltown Harlequins. And firsts were too strong in the end...

Total Fire Ban - hot & windy conditions forecast

A total fire ban has been declared for the Coast and Highlands tomorrow. That includes the Local Government areas of the Wingecarribee, Shoalhaven, Kiama and Wollondilly. The decision has been made in light of the hot and windy conditions forecast. The NSW Rural Fire Service has the following advice: Well prepared homes that...

Moss Vale firefighter calls it a day

Moss Vale Fire and Rescue Captain Renato D Adam will be hanging up the boots this Sunday after being in the job for almost 37 years. Renato who's known to locals as " Ronny " was born and bred in Moss Vale. He says he's had to deal with some pretty spectacular...