Highlands News

Forbidden fruit at Berrima Gaol

Further details have emerged about an incident at Berrima Gaol last weekend where a Prison Officer was hit by a vehicle. It's been revealed two Corrective Service Officers were carrying out surveillance work around the perimeter of the facility when they allegedly saw a man throw an apple over the prison...

Street audit across Wingecarribee Shire

Local residents may notice a number of camera equipped inspection vehicles driving around the shire this month. The vehicles are being used by Wingecarribee Council to check the condition of our local roads. The footage is then loaded into a computer modelling program which then prioritises which roads need the most attention. Council's...

Double demerits for long weekend

Operation Stay Alert is currently underway across the Southern Highlands. Over the June long weekend, Police will be targeting speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt and motorcycle/helmet offences, with double demerits also in force up until the end of Monday. Inspector John Klepczarek from the Hume Police District says plenty of people will be...

Council writes open letter to community

Wingecarribee Council has decided to pen an open letter to the community about this year's draft Operational Plan and Budget. Council has received a number of inquiries regarding the Station Street upgrade, the Berrima Deviation Project, the environment levy and also the Regional Art Gallery. Chief Financial Officer Richard Mooney says it's...

Testing times for Moss Vale Dragons

The Moss Vale Dragons have met with group six officials to discuss the club's current predicament. It comes after a large number of players left the club following the departure of Captain/Coach Jeco Makatoa. The club is now hoping to pull out of first grade and finish the rest of the season...

D Day nearing for poultry farm proposal

A large poultry farm being proposed at Pheasants Nest is attracting plenty of strong debate amongst locals. The proposal to house 315,000 chickens on a16 hectare property on Mockingbird Road, is currently before the Wollondilly Local Planning Panel. The majority of Wollondilly Councillors want the project approved, but a number of nearby...

Fuel load reduced on Mount Gibraltar

Our Fire and Rescue NSW Zone Office has hailed a recent hazard reduction burn up at Mount Gibraltar a success. Following discussions with the local bushfire committee, crews burnt out around eight hectares with the aim of reducing some of the fuel load. Local residents were letterbox dropped in the lead up...

Macquarie Pass re - opened after fuel spill

The Ilawarra Highway at Macquarie Pass has re-opened in both directions after a fuel spill and clean up. The incident started around 12:20pm, but crews managed to clean up the site by 2:40pm. Light vehicles were being diverted via Jamberoo Mountain Road and heavy vehicles along Picton Road. IMAGE CREDIT: Live Traffic

Draft Pool Barrier Policy on exhibition

Wingecarribee Council's draft pool barrier policy is now on public exhibition. The document outlines the responsibilities of owners and the requirements for both large scale and smaller pools including portable pools. It also looks at the type of structures allowed inside a pool enclosure, the role of inspections and proposed enforcement and...

Four arrested in major drug bust

Detectives have charged four men, including a Spanish National, and started to dismantle a large-scale clandestine laboratory as part of an investigation into the manufacture and supply of prohibited drugs in the Southern Tablelands. In April  detectives from the Drug and Firearms Squad commenced inquiries, under Strike Force Judy, into the...

Change of location for Breast Screen NSW

Breast Screen NSW is no longer available at Bowral Hospital. The service has now moved to Suite 4/70 in Bowral Street, with the aim of providing a more private setting for women aswell as better accessibility and parking. Marketing Manager Tanya Vojsk says it's a free service. To make an appointment people can...

A new addition at the Mittagong Welcome Centre

Locals and visitors passing by the Mittagong Welcome Centre are being encouraged to check out the ' Big Pie ' which is all part of Pie Time throughout June. The new addition has been built from a disused wine barrel plastic tub which was in storage at Tractorless Vineyard. At the end...

Snow west of Bowral

A number of areas in the western parts of the Southern Highlands have recorded small dumpings of snow including Mandemar near Joadja and Canyonleigh. A few centimetres also fell in parts of Goulburn and Crookwell. Residents can expect cold and rainy conditions for the remainder of the day with just a top...

Generous benefactor wanting to help local sport

A generous benefactor has created a $500,000 grants program for sport across the Southern Highlands, Macarthur and Illawarra regions. Cash grants are available for grassroots not-for-profit clubs to help those under 20 years of age play sport. Australian Sports Foundation Chief Executive Patrick Walker says club representatives will need to meet at...

Good dumping of rain forecast

We can expect some heavy rains across the Southern Highlands today with strong winds and cold temperatures also forecast. The Bureau pf Meteorology is predicting that between 30 and 60 millimetres could fall with the conditions being caused by a low pressure system which has built up, off the South Coast. Bowral...

Prison Officer injured at Berrima Gaol

A visitor to Berrima Gaol has been charged after his vehicle allegedly hit a Prison Officer. Just after midday on Sunday, Police were called, following reports the 44 year old was trying to smuggle in contraband. However before they arrived, a Prison Officer was hit by the man's side mirror as he...

Angela's pie entry impresses the judges

2st's very own Angela Walsh was a runner up in the community section of the Southern Highlands Best Pie Competition held at the Mittagong RSL on Saturday night. Angela's entry in the home baker - savour category was called the ' War Time Pie ' It came from a recipe developed in...

P1 driver clocked twice in 30 minutes

A P1 driver has been caught speeding twice in 30 minutes on the Hume Motorway. In the first incident at Medway, just after 7 last night, the man's white Holden Commodore was clocked doing a 114. He was issued a $472 infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 20...

Woman critical after crash at Yerrinbool

A woman is in a critical condition in hospital after a crash at Yerrinbool. The incident took place around 8 this morning, in the northbound lanes of the Hume Motorway, about three kilometres north of Church Avenue. NSW Paramedics say a 55 year old was driving a Ute when it collided with...