Highlands News

Wingecarribee Council the eighth most complained about

New figures show Wingecarribee Council spent $81,000 dealing with code of conduct complaints about councillors in one year. There were 12 code complaints against councillors during the 2019-20 year, making the council the eighth most complained about for the year. However investigations found only one of the complaints resulted in a breach...

Free trade talks could go sour for dairy industry

Discussions about a free trade agreement between Australia and the European Union have the potential to severely impact Australia's dairy industry, according to Michael Cains of Robertson. The Pecora Dairy owner said free trade was not always fair trade, as European dairy products were the most heavily subsidised in the world,...

Southern Highland exposure sites listed

A Bargo business has been added to the list of potential COVID-19 exposure sites after a person who visited for three successive days later tested positive for Coronavirus. The person attended the Bargo BWS between 2.30 and 3pm on September 27, 28 and 29. Anyone who was at the Railside Avenue business...

Two more COVID cases in Southern Highlands

Two new COVID cases have been detected in the Southern Highlands, to 8pm on Sunday. They take Wingecarribee Shire's total to 60 cases since June. Across the state there were 623 new COVID cases in the 24 hours and six deaths linked to the virus including one person in their 40s, three...

More Coronavirus cases for the Southern Highlands

NSW Health has reported additional new COVID-19 cases for the Southern Highlands as of 8 pm on the 2nd of October. There have been two new cases reported in Wingecarribee Shire. The total number of cases in the Local Government Area is 58 since June 16th. Any person with COVID-19 symptoms should immediately be tested and isolate...

Severe thunderstorm warning in place

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall. The Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands could be impacted. The State Emergency Service advises that people should:* Move your car under cover or away from trees.* Secure or put away loose items around your house,...

Gladys Berejiklian resigns as NSW premier

Gladys Berejiklian resigns as NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has resigned as NSW premier after the state's anti-corruption watchdog announced it would investigate her over her relationship with ex-MP Daryl Maguire. "I have no option but to resign from the office of premier," she said on Friday. She will also leave parliament as soon...

Storm season starts today

Not only does today, mark the start of the bushfire danger period for the Wingecarribee, it also marks the start of the storm season. The SES is expecting a wetter than normal season and Inspector Dylan Whitelaw said people need to be prepared and aware of the risks. "Makesure your gutters are...

Six new cases for the Wingecarribee

There are six new cases for the Wingecarribee up until eight o'clock Thursday night. The total number of cases in the LGA remains at 54 since June. According to the NSW Health website, 46 of those are active. Across the state and New South Wales has recorded 864 new local Covid cases. 15 people...

Support for businesses extended

Businesses will still be able to get financial support from the state government for a month after commonwealth funds dry up. They'll be able to access payments until the end of November, provided they meet eligibility requirements. The region’s peak business organisation Business Illawarra is welcoming the extension, but Executive Director Adam...

Bushfire danger period starts tomorrow

The bushfire danger period for the Wingecarribee Shire starts tomorrow. It means residents will require a permit from their local Rural Fire Service brigade before carrying out a burn. You'll also need to check with council and give 24 hours notice to your neighbours. Superintendent Martin Surrey is expecting a bit more rain...

One new case in the Wingecarribee

There has been one new case of covid19 reported in the Wingecarribee Shire up until eight last night. The total number of cases in the LGA remains at 48 since June. Across the state New South Wales has recorded 941 new local Covid cases. Six people have died.

Power outages in the Highlands

Endeavour Energy is trying to restore power to a number of homes in the Southern Highlands. At last count, there were 250 customers affected at Burrawang, 183 at Wildes Meadow, 136 at Robertson and 100 at Fitzroy Falls. Endeavour Energy Spokesperson Janine Cullen said crews are out there at the moment trying...

Dogs rescued from rabbit burrow in Sutton Forest

A lucky escape for two Jack Russell Terriers which got stuck down a rabbit burrow at Sutton Forest. The dogs had been missing for about three days before their owners heard yelps coming from the burrow. One of them found their way out, but it took some time to remove the other,...

Zero new cases for the Highlands

There have been zero new cases reported in the Wingecarribee Shire up until eight last night. The total number of cases in the local government area remains at 47 since June. Across the state and New South Wales has recorded 863 new local Covid cases. 15 people with the virus have died.  

Escape bags for victims of domestic violence

A new initiative has been developed across the Southern Highlands to help victims fleeing domestic and family violence. Escabags has teamed up with GIVIT to provide free tote bags filled with the necessities that a victim of abuse and their children may need when initially escaping a dangerous or abusive situation. That...

Hazard reduction planned for Fitzroy Falls

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be holding off on a hazard reduction burn at Fitzroy Falls until later in the week or early next week. It's only a hectare in size and will be taking place between the visitor centre and the service station. Area Manager Graham Bush is...

Questions from the public back on the table

Wingecarribee Council is re - introducing questions from the public at council meetings in a revised format. It will now be known as ' Community Question Time ' and will start on Wednesday October 13. Residents can only ask two questions and they will need to register no later than midday on...

Three new cases in the Wingecarribee

There have been three new cases of covid19 reported for the Wingecarribee up until eight last night. That takes the total number of cases to 47 since June. And across the state and New South Wales has recorded 863 new Covid cases, and seven people with the virus have died. Three were fully...