Highlands News

Citizen and Young Citizen of Year nominees

Wingecarribee Council has announced the nominees for Citizen and Young Citizen of the year. That includes Social Worker Alex Baturnsky, Berrima residents Natalie Block and Erik Savage and Harbison Care volunteer John Lineker. The Young Citizen nominees are Chevalier College student Grace Howard and Moss Vale High School Captain Jeremy Millward. The winners...

Diesel spill in Bowral

Fire & Rescue NSW has been called to a large diesel spill in Bowral. The incident started around 2:20pm. The spill was about 10 metres in length and was mopped up in about 30 minutes. One crew from Fire & Rescue Bowral responded.

Local church pledges support for Tonga

The Bowral Uniting Church is encouraging locals to show their support to those affected by the undersea volcano eruption near Tonga. The church has a partner relationship with a number of churches over there. Reverend Micheal Earl said their national overseas aid agency "Uniting World" will be providing assistance. "They have direct relationships...

An important message from Highlands Police

Motorists are being urged to slow down and drive to the conditions following three separate fatal crashes in the Hume Police District at the weekend. That includes a 47 year woman who's motorcycle collided with an SUV at Mittagong and a 62 year old man who crashed into a tree at...

Fatal motorcycle crash at Marulan

A man has been killed in a motorcycle crash at Marulan. Around 6:30pm on Saturday, Emergency Services were called to Brayton Road after a motorcycle hit a tree. A 62 year old man was found nearby, but couldn't be revived. Officers from the Hume Police District set up a crime scene at both...

Woman killed when motorcycle and SUV collide

A woman has died after her motorcycle and an SUV collided at Mittagong yesterday. Emergency services were called to Old South Road after a southbound Kawasaki motorcycle and a northbound Subaru Outback collided in the northbound lane. The rider of the motorcycle, a 47-year-old woman, died at the scene. The 68-year-old man driving...

Man charged with Marulan crash

A man has been extradited from the ACT and charged with a crash which took place at Marulan. Back in October 2019, emergency services were called to a two car crash on the Hume Highway. A Hyundai i30 travelling south , with three people on board, was allegedly hit from behind by...

Bureau forecast puts SES crews on alert

The Wingecarribee SES Unit has been kept busy because of the recent rain. Since the start of the year there have been 50 requests for assistance, with most of those jobs for fallen trees and leaking roofs. Anywhere between 150 and 300 millimetres is expected over the next 10 days. Inspector Dylan Whitelaw...

Rod Stewart cancels Southern Highlands tour date

Sir Rodney Stewart’s planned tour of Australia has been cancelled because of the surge in  COVID-19 case numbers. The veteran British rocker was booked to perform at Bowral's Day on the Green at the Centennial Vineyards on the 27th of March. The news was confirmed in a statement from tour organiser Live...

Changes to Australia Day celebrations

Covid has got in the way of the Wingecarribee Shire's Australia Day celebrations. Both the Citizenship Ceremony and Citizen of the Year announcements will be live-streamed via Council’s website. Berrima’s traditional Australia Day street parade and markets will not be held. WingecarribeeCouncil’s General Manager Ms Lisa Miscamble said public safety is of paramount...

Investigations continue into vicious assault

Police have released an image of a vehicle of interest as investigations continue into the serious assault of a man at Tahmoor last month. About 5am on Monday December 27 2021, emergency services were called to a carpark in Thirlmere Way. Police found a 20-year-old man with serious head and facial injuries. The...

Highlands paramedics at breaking point

Paramedics in the Southern Highlands are continuing to struggle with unsustainable workloads The problem has been exacerbated with the number of calls coming into triple zero because of the pandemic. The Wingecarribee Shire only has three or four crews rostered on each day and those paramedics are being sent to other areas...

Owners apply for liquor licence through Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority

The owners of the old Central Hotel in Moss Vale have submitted an application for a liquor licence through the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority. Wingecarribee Council is currently reviewing development consents and will be working with all relevant parties to progress the application. The hotel has been closed since 2013 and...

Water outage in Mittagong

UPDATE: Water has now been restored. A planned water main shut down is currently taking place at Mittagong. Council crews are carrying out a hydrant repair on the Old Hume Highway near the Welcome Centre. Water should be back around 1pm. Letterbox notifications were delivered on Thursday January 6.

Strike force summer safe continues

Strike Force Summer Safe is continuing over the Summer holiday period, with increased Police patrols across the Coast and Highlands. Highway Patrol Officers from Traffic South will be focusing on the Four Ds, including drink, drug, dangerous and distracted driving. And they're not just patrolling highways and main roads, they're also keeping...

Covid update for the Southern Highlands

There are 1715 active cases of covid19 in the Wingecarribee Shire. That's up from 1697 the previous day. Another 11 people with Covid have died in New South Wales in the past 24 hours. 2186 people in hospital have the virus, an increase of 150. 170 people are in intensive care. 25870 cases have been...

Staff shortages a concern in the Highlands

Businesses across the Southern Highlands are continuing to face a number of challenges. Many are battling staff shortages arising from workers becoming infected with covid and isolating, aswell as a drop in consumer confidence due to a surge in omicron cases. The hospitality sector has been one of the hardest hit. Southern Highlands...

New community centre in Bowral

The Southern Highlands Christian Community Centre officially opens its doors in Bowral today with the aim of providing practical support and an inclusive space for people to connect. Board Member Board Member Jackie Losurdo said they're a not for profit organisation which relies solely on donations from the community. "The centre has...

Old Hume Highway improvement work locked in

Road improvement works will be starting on the Old Hume Highway between Berrima and Bowral at the end of the month. The project includes removing roadside vegetation, excavation and widening of the existing roadshoulder and installation of guard rails and tactile line markers. The work will be carried out in three stages,...