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Highlands News

Compensation fee labelled " a paltry sum "

NBN Co has announced it will pay a $25 compensation fee to telecommunication companies for every late connection, fault rectification or missed appointment. However at this stage there is no requirement that the provider pass the rebate back onto customers. Illawarra Business Chamber Executive Director Adam Zarth says it's a paltry sum. In...

Free catering for drought affected farmers

The Bong Bong Race Club will be doing their bit for drought stricken farmers at its annual race meet in November by providing a catering tent. The club has asked other picnic race clubs throughout NSW to nominate deserving people in severely affected areas and in return the club will host...

Fire permits suspended across Wingecarribee/Wollondilly LGA's

The Southern Highlands Rural Fire Service has suspended all fire permits. Over the past few weeks crews have been called to a number escaped pileburns and the decision has been made with regard to the dry weather conditions forecast. However exceptions will remain for carcass destruction on a case by case basis. Superintendent...

$75,000 a year for foster parents

Member for Goulburn and Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward is welcoming a trial which will see suitable people paid $75,000 a year ( tax free ) to look after some of the state's most vulnerable children. They'll be required to give up their jobs and look after them on...

Two truck crash at Paddy's River near Sutton Forest

Emergency Services have been called to a crash involving two trucks at Paddy's River near Sutton Forest. One of two northbound lanes near Hanging Rock Road are currently closed and motorists can expect heavy traffic conditions in the area. A hazmat truck has also been called to clean up an oil spill. No...

Peter Garrett returns to the region

Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett and his wife Doris have bought a property at Kangaroo Valley for $1.2 million dollars. The purchase comes just two years after they sold their property in Mittagong and bought in Paddington. Domain reports " Hartland " at Kangaroo Valley is situated on about 4000 square metres...

Woodbine DA deferred

Wingecarribee Councillors have voted in favour of deferring a development application to to do with the Woodbine Park Facility at High Range. Woodbine was originally given a 12 month trial to transport water via trucks along Wombeyan Caves Road. The trial period has now finished and the company is now looking for...

All abilities playground a great addition for Berrima

A new all abilities playground at the Berrima Market Place will have a special focus on disabled people. The State Government will provide $234,000 for the project which will include a carousel, a climbing frame, special swings and in ground trampolines aswell as pathways, chairs and tables. The Berrima District Rotary Club...

Australia Day nominations now open

Nominations are now being sought for the Australia Day Awards including Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year. The Young Citizen of the Year is open to people 25 years and under. All nominees must reside in the Wingecarribee Shire and nominations close on Friday December 21. For further information about the awards...

Agreement signed with South East Wilton developer

Wollondilly Council has entered into an historic agreement with Walker Corporation in a bid to protect koalas at south East Wilton. The agreement will set in stone a number of key actions aimed at supporting sustainable development and provide a positive impact on the koalas living in nearby bushland. That includes:  A...

Two crashes in the Southern Highlands

Emergency Services have been called to two crashes in the Southern Highlands this morning. Just after 11 there was a crash between a semi trailer and car on Moss Vale Road at Fitzroy Falls near Nowra Road. At this stage it's not known whether anyone has been injured, but traffic is affected...

Three funding announcements for Wingecarribee

A number of important projects across the Wingecarribee Shire will benefit from round two of the State Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund. Almost $234,000 will go towards the Berrima Marketplace all abilities playground upgrade and $113,000 will be directed to the Stephens Park playing fields drainage project in Bowral. Meanwhile more than...

Tahmoor coal workers to undertake community projects

With operations being temporarily suspended at the Tahmoor Coal mine, workers have been given the option to help out in the local community. It comes after last week's lift breakdown where two workers were trapped for several hours. Work includes the National Parks picnic grounds and fencing improvements, maintenance of the park...

Illegal dumping costing the shire thousands of dollars

Local charities are once again experiencing problems with illegal dumping. In some instances people have dropped off dirty nappies, green waste and even a used toilet. Last year St. Vincent De Paul spent close to $83,000 at their Bowral, Moss Vale and Mittagong stores on the problem. Wingecarribee Council in partnership with the...

Independent Candidate takes note of Wagga By election disaster for Libs

Independent Candidate for Wollondilly Judy Hannan has taken plenty out of the weekend's Wagga by - election For the first time in 60 years the Liberals look likely to lose the seat, with Independent Joe McGirr almost certain to become the new member. Many analysts have pointed to a number of factors...

John Olsen's gift to the Wingecarribee Adult Day Care Centre

A fundraising luncheon for the Wingecarribee Adult Day Care Centre has been hailed as a great success with around $10,000 raised. In addition to this, one of the highlights was local artist John Olsen donating a valuable painting towards the cause. Chair of the Fundraising Committee Bob Constable says this will go...

Grand final berths booked

The Bowral Blacks first and reserve grade sides have both booked grand final spots at WIN Stadium on Saturday. It comes after first grade secured a 25 - 18 victory against Wollongong University over the weekend. The side will be up against Avondale and Coach Gene Fairbanks says his side will have...

Construction company fined

A construction company has been fined $10,000 for a pollution breach in Bowral. Zauner Constructions pumped sediment laden wastewater into public stormwater drains as a result of construction work carried out on a multi-unit residential development on the corner of Martha Street and Kangaloon Road. The company had been initially prosecuted by...

Macquarie Pass safety, high on the agenda

Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones says a number of residents around Robertson have raised concerns with him about safety issues on Macquarie Pass including heavy trucks and the speed limit. The issue has also been raised with local State MP Pru Goward who has flagged the idea of erecting proper signage...