Highlands News

Manufacturing workshop in Mittagong

The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre is conducting a workshop about what it means to be an advanced manufacturer. The centre is holding 60 events Nationwide including one at the Mittagong RSL on February 25. National Director Michael Sharpe says manufacturing in the Southern Highlands still provides plenty of employment including Phoenix Engineering...

Changed traffic conditions at Berrima

Motorists can expect changed traffic conditions on the Wingecarribee River Bridge at Berrima. Over the next three days a single lane closure will be in place on the southbound slow lane after damage was identified on the bridge deck. A reduced speed limit of 40 will come into effect during the work...

Share the love campaign

Destination Southern Highlands is launching a new tourist and economic campaign aimed at attracting visitors back to the Southern Highlands. The Share the Love campaign will target the keys markets of Sydney, Canberra and the Illawarra, and local Businesses have bandied together to offer a number of unique deals and packages. Group...

Macquarie Pass closure

Macquarie Pass/Illawarra Highway is closed between Robertson and Albion Park. Transport for NSW says a minor landslide as occurred as a result of the biggest downpour of rain in years. The closure will remain in place until at least tomorrow morning. Residents maybe be allowed past closure points under the direction of Emergency...

A rarity in the Southern Highlands

The rain often brings out all kinds of different creatures from their hiding places. Our local snake catcher Ray McGibbon was called out to collect a Corn Snake at Berrima yesterday. The exotic species is illegal in Australia and poses a bio - security risk. Ray says unfortunately it will have to be...

Green Wattle & Morton Fires officially out

With the recent rain deluge the Rural Fire Service has declared both the Green Wattle Creek and Morton bushfires officially out. The fire Green Wattle blaze started back in late November and burnt out almost 280,000 hectares. Sadly two lives were lost including Andrew O'Dwyer and Geoffrey Keaton and a large number...

Tree falls on man at Robertson

A man is in a critical condition after a tree fell on him at Robertson. Emergency Services were called to Missingham Parade around 12:40 this afternoon. The man had apparently been clearing trees on the property at the time. Multiple Ambulance crews were called and he was airlifted to Liverpool Hospital. IMAGE CREDIT: NSW...

Driver clocked doing 199km/h near Goulburn

A disqualified driver has been allegedly clocked doing 199 kilometres per hour near Goulburn. Just before 6 on Saturday night, Highway Patrol Officers stopped a black Audi hatchback on the Hume Motorway. A Police check showed the man who's held a learner’s licence, was disqualified from driving until September this year. He was...

Train services down on Southern Highlands line

Train services are down on the Southern Highlands Line between Goulburn and Campbelltown due to infrastructure damage. A limited bus service is in operation instead. For further updates call 131 500 or head to:http://www.transportnsw.info/ A number of roads around the state remain closed due to flooding, fallen trees or storm-related damage including the...

Power outages across the Highlands

A number of homes and businesses remain without power across the Southern Highlands. That includes 404 in Robertson and 248 in Burrawang. Residents are being urged to stay away from fallen powerlines and other damaged network infrastructure. Locals can track estimated restoration times for their own premises by heading to:http://www.endeavourenergy.com.au/outages Endeavour Energy will providing...

Road closures in place across the Highlands

A number of road closures are in place across the Wingecarribee Shire because of the recent heavy rainfall. Below is a list as of 10:20am: Braemar Av, Braemar has been severely damage by the storm and will remains closed for possibly 2 months. Traffic will need to be diverted through Willow Vale...

A busy weekend for SES & council crews

It's been a busy past few days for SES crews across the Southern Highlands because of the torrential rain and strong winds. As of last night 230 millimetres had been recorded at High Range, 227 at Mittagong and 125 at Moss Vale. The Wingecarribee SES has had more than 70 callouts since...

Tobacco raid near Goulburn

NSW Police and the ATO have shut down an active tobacco operation in Goulburn worth more than $13 million dollars. During a search warrant, Officers allegedly found four acres of tobacco crops, four bales of tobacco, a hothouse and three kilns on the site. One kiln was turned on and in the...

Council waves all development fees

Wingecarribee Council has unanimously agreed to wave all development fees for bushfire affected residents. There had been reports our council was the only one in the state not to have waved the DA costs. But the Chamber heard at last night's extraordinary meeting that only Shoalhaven had ratified this. Councillor Peter Nelson was...

It's raining buckets!

A severe weather warning is in place across the Coast and Highlands for damaging winds and heavy rainfall. On the Coast there is also a warning for abnormally high tides and damaging surf. The conditions are being caused by a coastal trough near the northern and central New South Wales Coast which...

New lease for Cultural Centre

An important day for the Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Mittagong. The centre will be signing a 99 year lease with the Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council and Wingecarribee Councillor Larry Whipper says it should be an historic occasion. It's hoped the agreement will improve longer term outcomes for a number of services...

Bushfire recovery meeting at Buxton

Wollondilly Council will be holding another Bushfire Community Recovery Meeting at Buxton Public School Hall on Monday February 17 between 5:30pm and 7:30pm. Residents in the neighbouring villages of the Wingecarribee are also being invited to attend. Representatives from Council, the Office of Emergency Management, the RFS and other key agencies will...

Hume MP cleared by AFP

Federal Police have dropped their inquiry into Energy Minister Angus Taylor. Mr Taylor was accused of using doctored information to score a political point Labor referred the matter to New South Wales police, who in turn passed it on to the A-F-P Federal Police have dropped their investigation, the exact reason is not...

Work to start on accessibility upgrade

Work on the accessibility upgrade for Mittagong Train Station gets underway on Monday. That includes the following: Two new lifts to provide access to the station platforms• New ambulant toilets and a family accessible toilet• Provision of a formal bus stop• Upgraded accessible car spaces and Kiss and Ride bay• Improvements to...