Highlands News

Greens announce council election ticket

The Southern Highlands Greens have announced their team for the Local Government Election in September. Mittagong resident Heather Champion is number one on the ticket, followed by local speech pathologist Ben NG. They'll be supported by three well known community activists in Sarah Cains, Clive West and Maree Byrne. Ms. Champion said their...

Temporary ATM and taxi rank in Bowral

A number of temporary changes have been put in place since the Bowral CBD fire cut off a section of Bong Bong Street. A temporary ATM trailer is now available for ANZ customers at the eastern end of Oxley Mall car park near the Coles loading dock. The trailer features a smart...

Update from Moss Vale High School

  A couple of important updates from Moss Vale High School. The school is currently experiencing problems with its phone system and can't received any phone calls at the moment. Parents can contact the school via email. Also, due to the evolving COVID situation and restrictions, the school Year 5/6 Information Evening and School...

Vandals target Memorial playground at Buxton

The community of Buxton has been left disheartened after vandals damaged a memorial playground, built to remember fallen firefighters Andrew O'Dwyer and Geoffrey Keaton who lost their lives in the Green Wattle Creek fire. Late last week a local resident had to extinguish a couple of pieces of playground equipment which...

Priest guilty of 25 sexual abuse charges

A Catholic priest has been found guilty of numerous historical abuse charges including three counts of having homosexual sex with young boys. Anthony William Peter Caruana, 79, was convicted of 25 charges relating to 12 victims after jurors in his Sydney trial were deliberating for nearly 10 days. They will return to...

NSW govt won't define 'essential work'

NSW has baulked at defining "essential work" during Sydney's COVID-19 lockdown with workers urged to use their "common sense" to determine who can and can't leave home. "It is so, so difficult to have a precise rule for every single thing," Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters on Tuesday. "That's why we rely...

Confirmed covid case in Goulburn

Our Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman has been advised of a confirmed COVID case in Goulburn. We're being told the person is a construction worker from Southern Sydney who was working on a site next to Goulburn Hospital Ms. Tuckerman is currently speaking to the Local Health District about additional pop up...

Final IPC hearings underway

The Independent Planning Commission's final hearings into the Hume Coal project are underway. Hume Coal's Farm Asset Manager Rowan Begg spoke about allegations of social and community bullying. '' Every contractor and small business I've dealt with such as electricians, plumbers, builders, gardeners and mechanics have all been in favour of the...

New proposal on the table at Robertson

A change in direction for the Robertson Swimming Pool Association with the group now applying for grant funding for a multi-purpose indoor sports centre, rather than a stand alone swimming pool. The centre could be used as emergency accommodation centre during storms or bushfires. The Association's Chair Neville Fredericks said there would...

Bowral long lunch cancelled

  For the second year in a row Covid has got in the way of the Bowral Long Lunch which was to be held at the Bendooley Estate on July 25. Funds raised go towards funding local programs for child and youth mental health. BDCU Children's Foundation Treasurer Howard Telquest - Hunt says...

Frustration for residents & businesses on the border

Still plenty of frustration out there with the current stay at home orders in the Wollondilly. Sarhn McArthur who runs Wollondilly Karate has had to put her business on hold due to being only able to have two people exercising at the one time, rather than 10 which was the previous...

Bowral businesses want answers

Wingecarribee Council’s new General Manager Lisa Miscamble said a section of Bong Bong Street will only be re - opened once the safety of the public can be assured. The road is currently closed north of Boolwey Street through to Merrigang Street with council working closely with Transport for NSW, who...

Drug bust at Moss Vale

Two people have been charged with more than 70 alleged drug offences after Police raided two homes in Moss Vale. Back in April, Strike Force Luccarda was set up to investigate the supply of ' ice ' in the Southern Highlands. Just before 7 yesterday morning, Police executed a search warrant on...

Final IPC hearings next week

The Independent Planning Commission's final electronic hearings into the Hume Coal proposal being held next week have attracted more than 80 registered speakers. Coal Free Southern Highlands President Peter Martin who's been fighting against the project for around 10 years said he's glad the whole planning process is coming to an...

Organic store's go fund me page shut down

The Bowral Organic Store has has had its Go Fund Me page shut down for allegedly breaking the site’s terms of service. The page had raised more than $8200. The store's owners claimed funds raised would be made available to other people in need of legal support or financial compensation caused by...

Marulan pharmacy to administer astra zenica jab

A Marulan chemist is just one of twenty-two pharmacies across the state to be given approval to administer the Astra Zenica Covid 19 jab. Health Minister Brad Hazzard said there's significant demand for vaccination bookings across NSW and this new pathway will make it easier for people in regional and rural...

Concierge service set up for impacted businesses

Wingecarribee Council and the Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce are working together to provide assistance for businesses impacted by last week's fire in Bowral. A concierge service is now available at council and hoarding will be erected to protect retailers. Chamber Chair Steve Horton said they're also investigating mid to longer-term measures...

Whitlam MP calls for please explain

Our Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones has written to the Health Minister Greg Hunt regarding the use of retired medical practitioners to help with the covid vaccination rollout. He's been contacted by Robertson resident David Brown who wants to offer his services in a volunteer capacity. Mr. Brown has over 40 years...

Urgent tree removal needed in Bowral

A section of Merrigang Street in Bowral will be closed, while work crews remove a pine tree, which has started to lean into powerlines. Endeavour Energy will remove the limbs and council will tend to the rest of the tree. Detours will be in place around Albert, Myrtle, Shephard and Ivy Streets. The...