Highlands News

A solid showing for the year in Formula Ford

Southern Highlands racing car driver Lachlan Mineef finished sixth overall in the final round of the Australian Formula Ford Championships at Phillip Island over the weekend. It means the 16 year old Oxley College student finishes fifth in the final standings which is a great result against drivers who are older...

Funding for Bowral sewerage treatment plant

A $6.6 million dollar grant has been announced for the Wollondilly state electorate to improve water quality. Part of the funding will go towards upgrading Bowral’s sewerage treatment plant and increase its existing capacity. This is expected to improve the quality of the water discharged and ensure it complies with regulatory requirements. Mayor...

Remembering the Razorback truck blockade

A truck stop memorial to remember the Razorback Blockade will be officially opened in a couple of weeks time. The new and improved site now includes signage, a picnic shelter and landscaping. 40 years ago a group of truck drivers including the late Ted " Greendog " Stevens pulled their vehicles across...

Schools open over holiday period

A number of schools across the Highlands are opening their doors to the public over the school holidays as part of the State Government's Share Our Space initiative. Among those include public schools at Avoca, Bundanoon, Robertson, Burrawang, Kangaloon and Penrose. Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman says the program solves the age...

Trophies for local wine producers

Two Southern Highlands wine producers have collected awards at the Australian Highlands Wine Show. Centennial Vineyards took out two trophies, one for Best Sparkling wine in Show and best Pinot Noir. Meantime Tertini Wines won Best Other Single White Variety Of Show. The awards were recently announced at PepperGreen Estate, in Berrima. IMAGE CREDIT:...

Speeding driver nabbed at Mittagong

A 37 year old BMW driver has lost his licence for 6 months and been fined 2482 dollars after being clocked doing more than 45 kilometres over the speed limit. The driver was caught doing 172 in a 110 zone in the southbound lanes of the Hume Highway at Mittagong around...

Theft & vandalism at Wingello

Locals in the Wingello area are being asked to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity. It comes after the village hall was ransacked last Thursday night, with a number of items damaged including windows, the sound system and cupboards. A number of other minor thefts have also taken place recently Local...

Calls for all states & territories to follow

There are calls to make the new slow down move over law known as " Sarah's Law " national. Back in 2012, 23 year old Sarah Frazer along with tow truck driver Geoff Clark were killed when another vehicle slammed into the back of them in the breakdown lanes of the...

New role for Chamber Chair

Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce Chair Steve Horton has been elected Deputy President of the Illawarra Business Chamber's Regional Advisory Council. His role will be to advise the chamber on membership issues, inform policy positions, and deliberate on matters affecting the region’s economic development. The council has members from both the Coast...

Statewide blitz on quarries

Quarry operators across the region have been put on notice after the NSW Resources Regulator launched a statewide blitz on quarry worker safety, with a specific focus on exposure to dust. Chief Inspector of Mines Garvin Burns says over the next three weeks operators can expect to see Inspectors turn up...

Wollondilly MP reaffirms opposition to abortion

Member for Wollondilly Nathaniel Smith is maintaining his opposition to any form of abortion and says he's been left humbled by the support he's received throughout the electorate. The comments come after the abortion law reform bill was passed through both houses of Parliament. Mr Smith opposed the Bill in its original...

Pros and cons with short term rentals

The majority of Wingecarribee Councillors have thrown their support behind a new framework for short-term rental accommodation in NSW. Part of this includes allowing owners to rent their properties out all year round. However Councillor Graham McLaughlin says there are often problems associated with people coming to the area for short stays. At...

Highlands driver slapped with hefty fines

A Southern Highlands truck driver has been told he was ' an accident waiting to happen'. It's alleged police spotted the 65-year-old behind the wheel of a 16-tonne rigid heavy vehicle carrying a loader and four pallets of bricks at Moss Vale. trouble was, apart from being wrapped in a thin...

Top honours for Gumnut Pattiserie

Gumnut Pattiserie in the Southern Highlands has taken out two awards at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show. The show celebrates Australia’s best producers and over the last month the judges had to assess more than 1,800 Fine Food entries across nine categories. In the champion pastry category the business took out...

Austral Brick Company DA approved

The majority of Wingecarribee Councillors have approved a DA submitted by the Austral Brick Company to set up a masonry plant in the Moss Vale Enterprise zone on Berrima Road. The site which sits on 51 hectares is next to the Boral Cement Works and Inghams poultry processing plants. Up 38 new...

It's a celebration!

Bundanoon locals will be celebrating the 10th anniversary tomorrow since their village became the World's First Bottled Water Free Town. The concept started after a community meeting where locals decided to no longer sell or give away bottled water in its businesses or events. A get together is planned at the townhall...

Changes to quad bike rebates

Important changes have been made to the quad bike safety improvement program. Member for Wollondilly Nathaniel Smith says rebates for rollover protection equipment and the safer side by side vehicles will be applied at the point of sale to reduce the financial burden on farmers. That means quad bike owners will be...

Berrima Gaol to close in new year

The State Government has announced that Berrima Gaol will close early next year. Back in 2016, the Government announced a $3.8 billion expansion program to include the new 1,700-bed Clarence Correctional Centre and the expansion of existing prisons in Junee, Bathurst, Cessnock, Mid North Coast, Parklea and Windsor. Berrima was re opened...

Climate change emergency back on the agenda

Wingecarribee Councillor Larry Whipper has a rescission motion going before council tomorrow to do with council declaring a Climate Change Emergency. At the last meeting the majority of Councillors wouldn't support it. Many also chose not to support students taking time off school to take part in Friday's  global climate strike in...