Highlands News

Pru's champagne celebration leaves a bad taste

Vision of Goulburn MP Pru Goward drinking champagne with coal mining opponents has left a bitter taste in the mouths of hundreds of people who've expressed an interest in working for Hume Coal. The celebration was organised before the Department of Planning put out an official media release recommending that the...

Roundabout announced for notorious intersection

Work on a new roundabout at the notorious intersection of the Illawarra Highway and Sheepwash Road is expected to start early next year. The State Government has announced that $2.5 million dollars will be spent on the project. Member for Goulburn Pru Goward says in the five years to July 2015 there...

Department recommends Hume Coal proposal not be approved

The Department of Planning and Environment is recommending that the Hume Coal proposal in the Southern Highlands not be approved. In a statement, the Department doesn't believe, the economic benefits outweigh the likely adverse impacts on the environment and community. The Department considers there's considerable scientific uncertainty about the amount of environmental...

Bikes to make life easier for kids in Myanmar

A shipping container packed with bicycles from the Southern Highlands will be sent to Myanmar today. The bikes have been repaired by volunteers from Bicycles for Life which is led by Hans Radowitz. On arrival to Myanmar they'll be delivered to a local school that has been set up by Australian charity...

Millions announced for Regional Art Gallery

A proposal for a Regional Art Gallery in the Southern Highlands has now officially been given the green light after the State Government announced a $2.49 million dollar funding grant today This is in addition to $500,000 in funding each year for five years from Wingecarribee Council. The gallery will be situated...

Vandalism at Tahmoor

A 19 year old man has been charged with allegedly smashing a number of glass panels with rocks at Tahmoor Railway Station. Police were called to the location just after 1am on Saturday. Nearby residents who tried to intervene also had rocks thrown at them and were followed and then abused by...

Christmas light safety

Endeavour Energy is reminding residents about putting safety first when putting up Christmas lights. That includes: • before lights are installed, check that all wires, fittings and bulbs are in good working order. The only safe place for damaged electrical equipment is in the bin• staying well away from overhead power lines...

FOWAS: Upgrade or new shelter needed

The Friends of the Wingecarribee Animal Shelter are calling for an upgrade or a new shelter at a different location. Deputy Mayor Gary Turland and Councillor Larry Whipper have a notice of motion going before council on Wednesday to fund a transportable administration building. FOWAS President Deborah Barnes is welcoming the idea,...

Truck fire on Hume Motorway

The Hume Motorway has been brought to a standstill after a truck fire at Braemar. The incident took place around 5pm near Drapers Road. It;s believed the fire started in the cabin of the B Double and then spread to the rest of the vehicle aswell as nearby bushland. The truck was carrying...

Draft water extraction policy on exhibition

Wingecarribee Council is seeking feedback regarding its draft water extraction policy. The policy relates to a number of bulk water filling stations which have been installed for access to our water supply. The stations are used by council maintenance crews, licensed contractors and water suppliers and were purpose built to prevent water...

Road safety campaign in the Wingecarribee

Wingecarribee Council is teaming up again with the Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation to raise awareness about the importance of pedestrian road safety. The foundation was set up by David and Michelle McLaughlin who lost their son Tom in a tragic road accident during a family holiday. The pair work with councils across...

Charges laid after Police seize buggy with illegal police markings

Police have charged a man after he was spotted driving a buggy that allegedly had illegal New South Wales Police markings in the Southern Highlands. Police investigating reports the buggy narrowly missed a Mitsubishi ute on Wombeyan Caves Road on Saturday. The incident was captured on a dash cam and posted on...

Carols tradition continues

Thousands have turned out for tonight's Bowral Family Carols at Bradman Oval. The crowds have been kept entertained by 2st's Angela Walsh who played host and popular entertainer Colin Buchanan. There have been a few new things this year including a performance by the the Moss Vale Aerial girls and activities organised...

Retailers hoping for big Christmas spend

The Illawarra Business Chamber is expecting a good Christmas for retailers, despite figures showing the economy is slowing across Australia. This has been caused by sliding property prices, record household debt, shrinking savings and the drought. However Executive Director Adam Zarth says alot of people tend to put away money during the...

New electoral offices for Hume MP

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor has moved electorate offices at both Camden and Goulburn. The office at Camden is now situated at 18 Hill Street in Camden and has a new contact phone number – (02) 4658 7188. Meanwhile the office at Goulburn is now located on the Ground Floor at...

Chemical scare at Picton Pool

Safework NSW has an urgent safety warning after an incident at Picton Pool, which resulted in several people having to be taken to hospital, including Bowral Hospital. Earlier this week an employee released dry chlorine and sodium bisulphate in the same section of the pool when they should've been released at...

Push for Women's Shed at Robertson

A meeting is taking place on Saturday to discuss forming a Women's Shed at Robertson. Karon Sacks who has a keen interest in welding and plasma cutting originally approached the men to see if she could join their organisation. However the majority voted in favour of a separate group being set up...

Beware of the Elm Leaf Beetle

They may seem harmless enough, but the Elm Leef beetle is causing problems for our local Elm Trees. Wingecarribee Council is rolling out a pest management program to manage the insect. The beetle which originates from Europe was first discovered in Victoria back in 1989 and has since made its way interstate. Manager...

Premier outlines plan for HSR

It's been spoken about for decades, but the State Government has outlined a bold plan for high speed rail in NSW. For routes have been proposed including a southern inland route between Sydney, Goulburn or Canberra, Another is a southern coastal route including Wollongong and Nowra. The trains would reach speeds of around...