Highlands News

Woman missing from the Southern Highlands

UPDATE: Joanna has been found safe and well. Police are seeking information about a woman who's gone missing from the Southern Highlands. 31 year old Joanna Latoszek was last seen in Orient Street, Willow Vale, between midday and 1pm yesterday and hasn’t been in contact with her family since. Police say Joanna entered...

Braemar fire update

Firefighters have kept a close eye overnight on a fire which broke out yesterday afternoon at the Garden Emporium on the Old Hume Highway at Braemar. Crews left just after 7 this morning, just to makesure it didn't re - ignite. The main shopping area has been severely damaged with the ceiling...

Operation Chrome to target risky driver behaviour

As part of Operation Chrome this weekend, Highlands Police will be out in force targeting rural road trauma including the back roads in small country towns we're people don't expect the Police. This is in addition to Operation Merret which is already underway in regional NSW. Chief Inspector John Klepczarek says they're...

New roundabout in place

The new roundabout at the intersection of the Illawarra Highway and Sheepwash Road is now open. The section of road has been the site of a number of fatal crashes over the years and it's hoped the roundabout will force drivers to slow down. The $2.4 million dollar intersection upgrade has resulted...

Bushfire danger period changed

The bushfire danger period has been brought forward to the start of September for the Wingecarribee and Wollondilly Local Government areas. The decision has been made due to the dry weather and the lack of rain forecast. Residents who want to carry out burning will need a fire permit. Meantime Southern Highlands Rural...

Campo misses out on Waratahs job

Southern Highlands resident and rugby great David Campese is disappointed at being overlooked for the Waratahs head coaching job. He missed out on making it through to the final 2 candidates after being told he didn't have enough experience as a head coach. Daryl Gibson stood down from the role back in...

Fire at Garden Emporium in Braemar

Emergency Services have been called to a large fire at the Garden Emporium which is situated on the Old Hume Highway at Braemar. There's currently large plumes of smoke which can be seen in the area. A number of Fire and Rescue crews are in attendance aswell as Police who are giving...

Rare Daimler brought back to life

A rare 1948 Daimler landaulette used by Queen Elizabeth II during her historic 1954 Royal Tour of Australia will be on display at Wakefield Park in Goulburn this Saturday. The vehicle which is six metres long and weighs four tonnes has been restored by the National Museum of Australia. Staff assessed more...

Civic prayer invokes passion amongst Councillors

There was again heated debate at last night's Wingecarribee council meeting about allowing leaders from other faiths to conduct the Civic prayer. Mayor Duncan Gair used his casting vote, to vote against council making formal invitations to these leaders to be included on a roster. Councillor Ken Halstead told the chamber he...

August is all about golf in the Highlands

Destination Southern Highlands is pushing forward with its goal to make our region a major golf stay and play destination over August. The organisation has teamed up with our eight local golf courses to develop a unique golf stay and play pass which can be used between Sunday and Friday, excluding...

U Turn the wheel program turns 20

Hundreds of students across the Southern Highlands are currently taking part in the U Turn the Wheel Program. This is now the 20th year the program has been running in the shire with the aim of improving the driver behaviour of young people. It all came about after the death of a...

Backflip on emergency services levy

The State Government has caved into pressure from local councils and will now be covering an increase to the emergency services levy this financial year. The 22 per cent hike would've seen Wingecarribee Council pay an extra $123,000. Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman admits the levy would've placed an additional burden on...

Conservation council says extinction a possibility

There are fears koalas could be extinct within 30 years if more isn't done at a state level. The warning was contained in a submission by Stand Up for Nature to a NSW Upper House Inquiry into koala populations and habitat. The Nature Conservation Council is calling for a three point plan...

Big agenda at council

Tomorrow's council meeting is shaping up to be a long night with 13 notices of motion up for debate including a rescission motion regarding the sale of 10 Frankland Street in Mittagong. Other items on the agenda include the review of a development application for a boarding house at 2 Walker...

Goulburn MP votes against abortion bill

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman says she decided to vote against the abortion bill before State Parliament after taking into account her own life and career experiences aswell as listening to the people in her electorate. Ms. Tuckerman says it's not about addressing whether terminating pregnancies is right or wrong but...

Traffic & economic concerns for Moss Vale

Wingecarribee Councillor Larry Whipper has expressed his concerns about the increasing number of fast food takeaway stores appearing across the Southern Highlands. It comes after KFC lodged a development application for a new store in Moss Vale. Meantime Dominoes is wanting to open up inside the Mobile Service Station, also on Argyle...

Strong winds forecast to ease

The Wingecarribee SES were called out to a number of jobs over the weekend due to the strong winds. Crews responded to 10 jobs across the shire mostly for fallen trees and damaged roofs. However Unit Commander Heather Rowe says there were other areas across the state which were hit harder than...

Have you seen Ian?

As part of missing persons week, Police have renewed calls for information about a man missing from the Southern Highlands. Ian Stanton was last seen at his home in Bundanoon back in May 2003 after his father dropped off some groceries. Four days later, Ian's mother went to the home and found...

Kangaroo friendly fence built at Bundanoon

Following a study into kangaroo behaviour at Warrigal Care in Bundanoon, a fence has been constructed with holes in it to give the animals safe passage. The aged care provider is currently trying to sell off land which is surplus to their needs. This surplus land is now on the market for...