Highlands News

Chemical cleanout day a big success

 The official figures are in for Wingecarribee Council's chemical cleanout day held recently at the Moss Vale Works Depot. Car volumes were up 27% on last year, with nearly 50 per cent of these first time users. And more than 17,000 kilograms of chemicals were collected which is a 63 per cent...

New putting green at adult day care centre

 Improvements continue to be rolled at the Wingecarribee Adult Day Care Centre in Bowral. In addition to the centre's recent refurbishment, people can now enjoy playing on a six hole putting green. Executive Officer Helen Denning says the green is proving to be a real hit amongst clients. It's all thanks to a...

L'Etape community meetings planned

L’Étape Australia by Tour de France will host face-to-face local community meetings in April ahead of the cycling event that has been rescheduled for December. A first series of meetings will take place from April 12-14 at berry, Kiama and Robertson. During these meetings, the organisers will present the 2021 local community engagement campaign...

Gardening expert visits the Highlands

  Gardening expert Sandra Ross took time out of her busy schedule to visit the Welby Garden Centre yesterday. As one of the Directors of the Garden Clinic she also spoke to local residents about how to improve their garden over Autumn. Sandra says, normally Autumn is a great time to be planting,...

Quietest fire season in a decade

The 2020/2021 bushfire season is now officially over. The Rural Fire Service says it was the quietest fire season in a decade, which is a stark contrast to the one before. Across the state, firefighters responded to more than 5500 bush and grass fires burning 31,000 hectares. That's considerably less than the season...

Home on fire in Moss Vale

Emergency services are at the scene of a fire in Moss Vale. Large amounts of smoke were seen coming from the blaze and motorists warned to take care. NSW Fire and Rescue says it's in a home on Clarence Street and was well alight when they arrived about an hour ago. Fire fighters...

Community reps needed for planning panel

Wingecarribee Council is seeking expressions of interests from locals who'd like to join an Interim Independent Advisory Assessment Panel. They're job will be to assist in determining development applications referred to Council for decision while at the same time helping to de - politicise the planning process. Once established the panel will...

Double demerits now in force

Double demerits are now in force across the Southern Highlands as part of Easter Operation 2021. Officers from the Hume Police District will be targeting speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences. Superintendent Paul Condon says road safety is always a priority, but even more so on long weekends when we...

Improvements planned for Cook Street Park Mittagong

  Cook Street Park in Mittagong will be getting a makeover. A couple of years ago, Melinda Walker Smith who's turning 12 next week, started a campaign to get something done. The project is one of 37 across NSW that will share in $7 million in funding from the Everyone Can Play grant...

Whitlam MP: We need to be a nation that makes things

Our Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones is in attendance at Labor's National Conference, where the party is unveiling its election platform. A number of items are on the agenda, including the establishment of a 15-billion reconstruction fund to boost manufacturing in Australia with special loans to develop and produce new products. Mr....

Sky is the limit for April

Mittagong Crossfitter April Whyte has become the youngest person to compete in the global Crossfit open. Out of 150 girls in Australia the 14 year old finished 23rd. Crossfit Southern Highlands co-owner Nigel Scannell says he's really impressed with how disciplined, dedicated, determined and strong April is. The 14 year old is currently...

Essential supplies airlifted to flood affected residents

A number of residents in the old silver mining town of Yerranderie, west of Picton are still cut off from the recent floods. A team of volunteers from the Rapid Relief Team prepared a number of food boxes which were dropped in by a Rural Fire Service helicopter. Heavy machinery will be...

COVID19 vaccine delays

There are concerns covid19 vaccines are not being delivered on time in the Southern Highlands. A hundred vials of the astra zenica jab were due for delivery at the Southern Medical Centre in Moss Vale on Friday, but never arrived. Staff than had to call up 100 people to cancel appointments for...

Sculpture competition a resounding success

Balmoral artist Miriam Boss has taken out the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens Sculpture in the Gardens Competition with her work titled ' Uncontained '( see above ). The work is based around a series of burnt fence posts, and Miriam has use damaged wire as a calligraphy tool to mention all...

Bookings open for seniors festival

Bookings for the Wingecarribee Seniors Festival are now open. Some of the highlights will include the Writing your Memoirs workshop in the Bradman Oval Library and a concert performed by Rapunzel’s Party at The Venue in Bowral. Council's Age and Disability Officer Erin Adams says COVID19 hasn't been a great time for...

Father Chris Riley moved into respite care

Youth Off The Streets founder Father Chris Riley has moved into respite care after being taken to Bowral Hospital a few weeks ago. He's been receiving treatment for diabetes-related complications. Youth Off The Streets' services and programs continue to operate as normal. However Father Chris has stepped down as the boss.

RFS volunteers head to flood affected Moree

Rural Fire Service volunteers in the Southern Highlands have helped out SES crews in the flood affected town of Moree. More than 20 members headed up on Saturday for a two day project, where they helped wash down and clean out properties. They were thanked by the local Mayor Katrina Humphries. Inspector David...

NSW Business Commissioner to visit Highlands

The NSW Small Business Commissioner Chris Lamont will be speaking to business owners about some of the challenges they're facing. His appointment was called for by Business Illawarra, the South Highlands Chamber of Commerce, the Moss Vale and Rural Chamber of Commerce aswell as the Robertson Business Chamber. Southern Highlands Chamber Chair...