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Highlands News

Exeter resident makes Queens Birthday Honours list

Exeter Resident John Sharp has been recognised in the Queens Birthday Honours List. Mr. Sharp has become a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the people and Parliament of Australia, to the aviation industry, and to the community. During his time in Politics he served as Minister for...

Reduction in rego fees for caravans & camper trailers

Caravan and camper trailer owners are set to benefit from a 40 per cent reduction in registration fees from November. The announcement has been made ahead of the state budget, due to be released in a couple of weeks. The change will apply to towed caravans and purpose-built camper trailers, which are...

Calls for submission cut off date to be extended

Wingecarribee Councillor Larry Whipper will be moving a notice of motion at Wednesday's council meeting, seeking a one month extension on submissions for a proposed sandstone quarry at Sutton Forest. He's raised a number of concerns about the proposal including the removal of 63 hectares of vegetation, the potential effects on...

Sepsis fundraiser in Mittagong

Another fundraiser for Yerrinbool mother Korina Valentine will be taking place at the Mittagong RSL on June 22 at 6:30pm. Ms. Valentine lost a number of limbs after being diagnosed with sepsis. The evening will include a Monster Trivia Night and Dinner with her all proceeds going towards her rehabilitation and that...

Supermarket crash in Bowral

An elderly man has been treated for shock after he crashed into a number of parked cars in the Coles car park in Bowral. Emergency Services were called to the location near Bendooley Street just before 11 this morning. Paramedics say the man aged in his 80's was taken to Bowral Hospital...

Vehicle explosion in Bowral - Man treated for burns

A man is being treated for burns after a vehicle explosion in Bowral. Just after 11 this morning, Emergency Services were called to AJ Automotive Services on Bong Bong Street. The 45 year old suffered minor burns to his hands and face. He's been taken to Bowral Hospital. Three Ambulance NSW crews attended along...

Strength in numbers

An Alpaca Co - operative formed in the Southern Highlands has received more than 120 expressions of interest from across Australia. The industry is only 30 years old and combining breeders will enable the co - op to sell fleece globally in numbers Spokesperson Mick Williams says demand is coming from a...

Double demerits for Queen's Birthday long weekend

Double demerits will be in place from midnight tonight as part of the Queen’s Birthday road safety campaign. Operation Stay Alert which will run up until the end of Monday, will be targeting speeding, drink and drug-driving, mobile phones and not wearing seatbelts. So far this year, 154 people have already lost...

Mayor will go it alone!

Wollondilly Mayor Judy Hannan has indicated she'll be running as an independent at the next State Election if the Liberal Party chooses not to run a local candidate. At the moment there are five candidates including Penny Fischer , Nat Smith, Pat Farmer, Josephine Byrnes-Luna and Simon Landow who's the only...

Action group set up to oppose Sutton Forest Quarry

A community group has been formed to oppose a large sandstone quarry being proposed at Sutton Forest. The " Save our Sands Action Group " will be holding its first public meeting at St. Paul's Primary School in Moss Vale on June 15 from 6:30pm. According to the Department of Planning, the...

An alert for working dog owners!

The Hume Police District's Rural Crime Prevention team is reminding people to makesure their pets are kept safe and secure at all times. Over the past three weeks there have been three separate dog thefts in the Goulburn and Taralga areas. The dogs stolen include, an eight-month-old, yellow and white-coloured male Kelpie...

Small fire at private hospital

Emergency Services have been called to the Southern Highlands Private Hospital after a small fire broke out. The fire started around 9:30 last night, in a drying room used to warm linen. No one was injured and there were no evacuations. Inspector John Klepczarek from the Hume Local Area Command insists it was...

Snake man to talk at Robertson

Ray McGibbon the Southern Highlands snake catcher will be conducting a talk this Friday for the Robertson Environmental Protection Society. Mr. McGibbon will be touching on a number of issues including his rehabilitation work, basic first aid and what to do if you see a snake. He says he's still getting the...

Tafe students shine at World Skills

Two Tafe students from the Southern Highlands have performed outstandingly at the recent World Skills Competition at Darling Harbour. Gumnut Patisserie's Samantha Trotter collected gold in pastry gold and Matthew Harris won bronze in Fitting and machining. Samantha says she's really pleased with her efforts. She was required to complete a chocolate showpiece...

Billionaire backing for A League team

The Southern Highlands Soccer Association has thrown its support behind the “United for Macarthur” A-League bid, to establish a team in South West Sydney. The bid also has the backing of billionaire Lang Walker, Executive Chairman of Walker Corporation, Mr. Walker has committed to take a shareholding in the entity in addition...

Re - development of Marulan race track

A Sydney Businessman has grand plans for the old Marulan Dirt and Tar Circuit. Steve Shelley who's an avid racing fan, bought the track in late 2016 and has just opened the first part of a multi-stage redevelopment. The improvements include a completely new surface, a challenging sequence of switchback hairpins, concrete...

Dry outlook for the Highlands

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a dry Winter across the Southern Highlands with a 70 per cent chance of below average rainfall. The conditions are being caused by strong high pressure over Southern Australia which is preventing frontal systems making their way past Victoria. Senior Climatologist Blair Trewin says the dry...

Push for express bus service from Highlands to parts of Sydney

Due to ongoing problems with the Southern Highlands train line, the Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce is lobbying the State Government for an express bus service from the Wingecarribee to parts of Sydney. Chair Steve Horton believes this would allow people the opportunity to explore more work opportunities in the Western...

Not quite what it's stacked up to be

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW claims the Berejiklian Government's Koala reserve system offers the species virtually no new protection. The changes affect large areas of NSW including parts of the Belanglo, Jellore and Meryla State Forests, but the association is questioning whether this is in fact prime koala habitat. Government analysis...