Highlands News

Strong interest for Robertson Women's Shed

The village of Robertson is getting closer to being the first place in the Southern Highlands to have a women's shed. Spokesperson Karon Sacks received 24 expressions of interest at the first meeting and since then more women have expressed an interest in joining. Ms. Sacks enjoys welding and plasma cutting and...

Jobless rate down to three per cent in Wingecarribee

The latest unemployment figures for the Wingecarribee make for impressive reading. According to the Department of Jobs and Small Business, the jobless rate as of September last year was three per cent down from five per cent in 2013. Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor says we have a booming economy right...

Rural Fire Service members sent to Tasmania

Five members of the Rural Southern Highlands team are assisting with the Tasmanian bushfire crisis. Crews in Tasmania are hopeful much-needed rain could temper blazes which have destroyed seven homes and seen almost 200,000 hectares burnt out. Inspector David Stimson says more of their members are being trained up, in case they're...

Cheeky billboard message

A billboard sign on the Hume Motorway promoting our region has been updated. It's now features " Southern Highlands " in bold letters followed by the caption " Canberra can wait, take next Exit " Destination Southern Highlands says it's all about encouraging people travelling south to stop past. The previous billboard promoted...

Therapy dogs for the vulnerable

Therapy dogs are now available at Goulburn Courthouse as part of the Canine Court Companion program to reduce anxiety for vulnerable people. Member for Goulburn Pru Goward says the Labradors, will attend court on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The dogs have been specially selected because of their gentle nature and ability...

Hundreds board Cockatoo Run

More than 200 people were on board the Cockatoo Run on Sunday, with locals at Robertson enjoying the extra business returning to to the village. The next run has been scheduled for Sunday March 24, with tickets already selling. Ian Wallace from the Robertson Heritage Railway Station says unfortunately this time the...

Time for change

Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones says it's now up to the Government to implement as many recommendations possible from the Royal Commission into the banking sector between now and the next election. 76 hard hitting recommendations were handed down, however there are only 11 sitting days of Parliament left which have...

New National Park to be established

Vital Koala habitat near the Southern Highlands will be preserved if the State Government is re - elected in March. A new National Park will be created between the Southern Highlands, Blue Mountains and Illawarra after 2164 hectares of private land was purchased near Tugalong station, northwest of Bowral. Because Koalas...

Annual Summer cleanup underway

Wingecarribee Council's annual Summer Cleanup starts this week in the shire's northern villages. The pre - book and pre - paid service involves staff from the Resource Recovery Centre going to people's homes and collecting old furniture, metals, white goods and household goods and mattresses. However some items aren't included such as...

Reject gaffe gives us something to laugh about

The Liberal Party has been involved in an embarrassing gaffe at Goulburn. A photo featuring outgoing MP Pru Goward, her replacement Wendy Tuckerman, Hume MP Angus Taylor and a dozen supporters has been doing the rounds. The group posed for a photo in front of the Reject Shop in Auburn Street, which...

Police operation in Hill Top

A Police operation has taken place in Hill Top this afternoon. Officers were trying to track down a 30 year old man wanted on a number of alleged domestic violence offences in the Tahmoor area. He's since been found and has been taken to Southern Highlands Police Station. Residents have reported seeing a...

Roads to recovery funding for Wingecarribee

The Wingecarribee Shire will receive $4.73 million as part of the Federal Government's Roads to Recovery program, from 2019-20 through until 2023-24. One of the projects will include almost $513,000 for the removal of the bridge deck over Bundanoon Creek on Meryla Road. Federal Mmember for Hume Angus Taylor says the funding...

Road works in Moss Vale

Road works will start on Narellan Road in Moss Vale from Monday. The project will involve constructing a new section of road pavement, road shoulder and kerb and guttering. It'll start at the intersection of Narellan and Young Streets and continue east for approximately 250 metres to the newly constructed Warrawong Drive. Work...

Bushfire at High Range

Fire crews have managed to get on top of a small fire out at High Range which started from a lightning strike. Firefighters from National Parks, the Forestry Corporation and Rural Fire Service responded around lunch time yesterday. The blaze was to the west side of Jellore Creek, and burnt out between...

Whacky wickets returns to Bradman Oval

Women and girls in the Highlands who'd like to give cricket a go, are being encouraged to head on down to Bradman Oval for the very popular " Whacky Wickets " cricket nights. The program's Ambassador and former Australian Cricketer Tina Macpherson will be on hand to offer advice. The evenings are...

One Nation Candidate announced for Pru Goward's seat

A former advisor to Hume MP Alby Schultz has been endorsed as the One Nation Candidate for the seat of Goulburn. Richard Orchard is a Goulburn resident and is keen to listen, fix and facilitate aswell as not make promises that can't be kept. He's also a former member of the Liberal...

Illegal Tree Removal at Braemar

A company has been fined in Goulburn Local Court for carrying out illegal activities on a property at Braemar. SMT Business Ventures Pty Ltd has been ordered to pay $25,000 for removing 45 trees and also demolishing an asbestos structure, which was then set on fire. Council says the trees at 16...

Highlands crossfitter excels in USA

Bowral Crossfitter, Christopher Hilder has performed admirably at the annual Wodapalooza CrossFit Fitness Festival in Miami. The 25 year old personal trainer finished the grueling four day event in fourth place in the individuals, which is a massive improvement on last year's result where he finished 25th. He also entered the team...

Time for a cool change

Some cool relief is on the way with temperatures to dip into the low 20's on Friday and Saturday. But before that, we can expect another day of 35 degrees on Thursday, before a cool change hits later in the day. Senior Forecaster with the Bureau of Meteorology Jake Phillips says it's...