Highlands News

Change in visitor times

With the recent COVID19 outbreak across the South Western Sydney Local Health District changes have been made to visiting times at Bowral Hospital. One nominated visitor per patient is allowed each day between 10am and 11am and from 5pm to 7pm. In birthing suites, the nominated support person can attend at any...

Tafe courses to support local industry

  Three new courses are now available at the Tafe NSW Moss Vale campus to support future jobs in the Highlands’ booming equine and boutique agriculture industry. It follows talks with the Southern Highlands Key Stakeholders group which includes representatives from Wingecarribee Council, Southern Highlands Food and Wine Association and Destination Southern...

Trailer catches fire at Alpine

Fire crews have been called to extinguish a trailer which caught alight on the Hume Highway at Alpine last night. The incident started about 11:30. Fortunately the driver was able to remove the the prime mover, but one southbound lane of the Highway was closed while the fire was being put out. The...

New compliance measures at local pubs

Pubs across the Coast and Highlands have had to cancel a number of bookings this weekend. From tomorrow the number of people per booking or table will be reduced from 20 people to 10. Tom Porter who's the owner of the Moss Vale Hotel and Chairman of the local Liquor Accord says...

Welcome to COVID country

Hundreds of residents in the Highlands have decided to get tested, following a number of outbreaks in the South Western Sydney Local Health District. That includes a staff member at Woolworths in Bowral who's now in self isolation. Other cases are now linked to the Crossroads hotel at Casula, with some of...

Woolworths Media Statement on Bowral COVID-19 Case

We have been notified that a team member at our Bowral store has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We’re making contact with our Bowral team members and will provide our full support to those required to self-isolate in line with advice from the health authorities. As a food retailer, we already...

Staff member at Bowral Woolies tests positive

Coronavirus infections in New South Wales are forcing businesses to shut their doors. Nine News and the ABC are reporting that a staff member at the Woolworths store in Bowral has returned a positive test for COVID19 The employee worked at the store on July 12. Anyone who has visited either business and...

Moss Vale Civic Centre temporarily closed

Wingecarribee Council’s Moss Vale Civic Centre has been closed to the public following water damage. Heavy overnight rain entered the building damaging both the public and staff work areas. It's hoped the building will reopen to the public once the damaged areas are repaired and made safe.. possibly as early as tomorrow.  Photo:...

Moss Vale truck driver charged over Menangle crash

A Moss Vale truck driver has been charged over a crash at Menangle which killed a child and injured four other people. Emergency services were called to the Frank Partridge Rest Area on the Hume Highway about 3pm on Friday after a southbound heavy vehicle drove into the car park and...

Councillors to get pay rise

 It's an issue that attracts plenty of debate each year, and this week's Wingecarribee meeting was no exception. The majority of Councillors voted in favour of accepting a pay increase as per a recommendation made by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Body. The difference this time, is that the pay will increase...

Rate increase included in operational budget

Rate payers in the Wingecarribee will be slugged with a 2.76 per cent increase this financial year after the operational budget was endorsed at this week's council meeting Some key figures in the budget include $68.8 million to be spent on capital works projects across the Shire over the next 12...

Last chance to access disaster recovery payments

Applications for Disaster Recovery Payments for the 2019 bushfire season close on August 4. More than $283 million dollars in bushfire assistance has been paid out for the 2019-20 ‘Black Summer’ bushfires. The assistance includes a payment of $1,000 for adults and $400 for each eligible child. The fastest and easiest way to...

Testing clinic to visit Moss Vale

A pop up COVID19 testing clinic will be stopping at Moss Vale again next week. The clinic will be situated at the Moss Vale Showground between July 17 and 19 from 10am to 4pm. Anyone experiencing flu like symptoms should get tested. Bookings aren't required. This is in addition to the COVID-19 testing available...

Ten pin bowling to stay open in the Highlands

Ten Pin Bowling in the Highlands is here to stay after the business owner was able to reach an agreement with the lessor. It's a big turn around from last November when the business was set to shut due to high rents and tough economic conditions. The bowling alleys have been reduced...

Highlands wineries among the best

Three Southern Highlands Wineries have been rated as some of the best in Australia by the Real Review. Out of the top 415, Tertini came in at 154, Cherry Tree Hill at 263 and Peppergreen Estate at 327. The Real Review team reviews around 10,000 wines each year and each winery receives...

Boundary changes possibly on the cards

The state seat of Wollondilly which takes in a large chunk of the Southern Highlands could have some changes, if there's a new seat called Leppington created in Sydney south west. It comes as the region's population continues to grow. The NSW Electoral Commission is now reviewing submissions made by all of...

Southern Highlands - Teens injured in Belanglo crash

Four teenagers have been injured in a single-vehicle crash in the Southern Highlands Friday night. Just before 9.45  emergency services were called to Bunnigalore Road, Belanglo,  following reports a Toyota Prado  had left the road and hit a tree.  Eight teens – four travelling inside the vehicle and four outside – all...

First home buyers scheme extended

Another 10,000 First Home Loan Deposit Scheme guarantees are now on offer. The average income of single applicants has so far been around $66,000 and $110,000 for couples. Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor is encouraging people to see if their eligible. He also says it's also essential that the construction industry gets...

Sports fields re - open for competition

Council sports fields have re - opened for competition across the Wingecarribee, following advice received from the Office of Local Government. The green light however comes with a number of conditions including limiting the number of participants and spectators on site and managing a guest register Also ensuring sporting groups and organisations...