Highlands News

Swim season just around the corner

Swimming Centres around the shire will be opening over the next few weeks ahead of the Summer season. Each centre has dedicated lap pools, toddler swim areas and wading pools. Council's Supervisor of Pools and Facilities Laura Hill says it all starts with Mittagong this weekend. Meantime the Bowral Swimming Centre is due...

Portable kiosk report labelled disastrous & silly

Wingecarribee Councillors have chosen not to support a portable kiosk for Lake Alexandra in Mittagong. Councillor Ian Scandrett put forward a notice of motion at last night's meeting asking Council staff to report on the possible provision for a lease of a site in the vicinity of the carpark. The report would've...

Highlands leaves 'footprint' in record book

The Southern Highlands is now an official Guinness World Record Title Holder. To mark Earth Hour on March 30, 15-hundred solar lanterns were used to construct a giant solar powered footprint  in the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens. It's placed them in the Guiness Book of Records for the Largest Display of Solar...

Recruitment drive for clinical trial

Locals are being invited to take part in a clinical trial looking at how Chinese herbal medicine can treat osteoarthritis of the knee. The trial is being conducted by the University of Western Sydney and a recruitment drive is currently underway in the Southern Highlands. Christine Murray who's a Chinese medicine practitioner...

Sprinkling of rain forecast

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast some heightened shower activity towards the end of the week. Up to 30 millimetres of rain could fall on Friday, Saturday and Sunday but this could vary from area to area. The conditions are being caused by winds turning easterly which will push rain in from...

Vertical rescue at Carrington Falls

Emergency Services have been called to a vertical rescue at Carington Falls. SES crews were notified around 6:30 on Sunday night after a man got stuck on a ledge. His friend managed to call for help. Wingecarribee SES Spokesperson Dylan Whitelaw says fortunately there were no injuries. It was a busy night for crews,...

A frightening discovery at Mittagong

It's every persons worst nightmare. A family of four was travelling in their car along the Hume Highway at Mittagong on Sunday, when mum looked down at her feet and discovered a small Tiger snake. Without trying to panic too much her husband who was driving, stopped in the breakdown lane and...

Serious two vehicle crash at Marulan

Emergency Services have been called to a serious two vehicle crash at Marulan. Around midday today, a Hyundai Sedan and a Toyota Corolla were travelling in the southbound lanes when they collided and crashed into trees on the median strip. The male driver of the Hyundai suffered serious leg injuries and his...

Elderly woman injured in Mittagong crash

Emergency Services have been called to a nasty crash at Mittagong on Old South Road. The incident took place around 2:30 this afternoon near Bong Bong Road. Crews have been working to free a woman in her 80's who was trapped Two other people have minor injuries. IMAGE CREDIT: NSW Ambulance

Possible water disruptions

Residents in the Mittagong and surrounding areas may notice a drop in water pressure on Wednesday October 9, with council crews carrying out work on the water network. It involves installing a bypass main at the water reservoir at Mount Gibraltar Reserve to increase stored water at the Willow Vale Reservoir. Work...

Price of Petrol on the way up

Motorists across the Coast & Highlands are being advised to try and fill up their petrol tanks before prices rise over the Long Weekend. The volatility of world oil prices is being blamed on the situation including attacks in Saudi Arabia, the weak Australian dollar and the ongoing trade war between...

Alleged Child sex arrest at Buxton

A man has been charged in connection with a number of alleged historical sexual assaults in Sydney's South West. Back in June this year, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad started an investigation after reports three girls were sexually abused by a man, between 1989...

Food & wine festival returns

Thousands of people are expected in Bowral this weekend for the Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival, with a big focus this year on attracting more locals. The event will return to Bradman Oval, given last years resounding success. The festival will have more than 70 stalls of the finest food and...

Operation slow down launched

Operation Slow Down will start after midnight tonight as part of the Labour Day Long Weekend. Double-demerits will be in force throughout the operation. Local drivers can expect to see extra Police on the roads targeting dangerous driving, speeding, drink and drug-driving, mobile phone use and not wearing seatbelts. If you're caught using...

Boral launches mine website

Boral is taking steps to keep the local community informed about the closure of the old Medway Colliery. The building giant has launched a new website so that residents can find out more information regarding water testing results, historical reports and any other current and future news. Back in 2014, Boral announced...

Two hats for Biota

Biota Dining in Bowral has received a two hat rating in the 2020 Good Food Guide Awards held in Brisbane. More than 800 industry guests attended the awards including Vittoria Coffee Legend Maggie Beer, Matt Moran and Kylie Kwong. Good Food Guide editor Myffy Rigby says it's been a tough year for...

Priest charged with 18 extra alleged offences

A Catholic Priest has been charged with an additional 18 child sex offences which were allegedly committed at a Southern Highlands College more than 30 years ago. Back in April 2019 detectives from the Hume Police District – working under Strike Force Kesup – started investigating allegations of sexual and indecent...

Another container sent by Bikes 4 Life

A shipping container full of repaired bikes has been sent from the Southern Highlands to the remote Western Australian community of Kununurra. It's all part of a local initiative called Bikes 4 Life and is now the seventh container which has been sent from the Moss Vale Resource Recovery Centre. On arrival...

30th birthday for Bradman Museum

To celebrate the Bradman Museum's 30th birthday, a number of events have been planned throughout this month. On Friday October 11, a kids free day has been planned with a number of activities planned. The following day there'll be a celebration of cricket with Bowral taking on Wingello and super 8 tournament...