Highlands News

Bradman's Baggy Green still up for grabs

Sir Donald Bradman's first Baggy Green cap went to auction last night. It hasn't sold yet with the current bid now at $251,000. At that price it could represent good value, given the CBA paid more than a million dollars for Shane Warne's Baggy Green. Sir Don gifted the cap to his neighbour...

Tourist dollars needed!

Cuttaway Hill Wines owner and NSW Wine President Mark Bourne fears the long term impacts to the wine industry could be felt for a long time to come if Chinese tourists and consumers don't return. Producers have already had to deal with drought, fires, smoke, crop losses and shutdowns due to...

Waverley Parade in Mittagong to stay open

An attempt by the Frensham School to close off part of Waverley Parade in Mittagong for the safety of students has been knocked back by the majority of Wingecarribee Councillors. 87 per cent of submissions council received were against the proposal. Maree Tynan spoke on behalf of concerned residents and told this...

Rebels OMCG member from Hill top arrested as part of bushfire fraud investigation

Nine people, including six men and three women have been arrested following an investigation into fraudulent bushfire claims. Back in August Strike Force Fireant was set up to investigate reports that members and associates of the Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Cycle Gang were allegedly involved in taking money from the NSW Government...

Pot possession up during COVID in Wingecarribee

The latest Bureau of Crime Statistics for the third quarter of the year are out, and it's pretty good news for the Wingecarribee. There were no upward trends in major offences, however cannabis possession was up 20 per cent. Bureau Executive Director Jackie Fitzgerald says there was a significant downward trend in...

Strategy action plan breakfast

Wingecarribee Council is holding a breakfast with the local business community to discuss the next stage of the Southern Highlands Destination Strategy. The 10 year blueprint for the shire's economy came under criticism recently, particularly from the likes of Mark Bourne at Cuttaway Hill Wines who labelled it an embarrassment. Council's Deputy...

Patients move into new Bowral Hospital building

Patients have now moved into the new $68.7 million dollar clinical services building at Bowral Hospital. Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith says the new purpose-built facility includes an emergency department, operating theatres, adult and paediatric inpatient wards, bariatric rooms,  rehabilitation spaces and four negative pressure rooms to support infection control. There are amenities...

Sir Donald Bradman Baggy Green to be auctioned off

Sir Donald Bradman's first baggy green cap is being auctioned off tomorrow. Sir Don gifted the cap to his neighbour Peter Dunham back in 1959. Back in May this year Dunham who's a an accountant was sentenced to eight years jail for swindling $1.3 million dollars from his investors. A number of these...

Fallen trees causing mayhem

The damaging winds are wreaking havoc around Wingello with a number of trees falling down across major roads. During one wind storm the local RFS Brigade picked up 15 large limbs on Murrima Broad alone. The issue is also a problem in the neighboring villages of Penrose and Bundanoon. Local resident David Broogermann...

Truck fire at Thirlmere

Fire crews have been called to put out a large truck fire at Thirlmere. The incident started just after 2:30 yesterday afternoon along Oaks Road with firefighters needed breathing apparatuses to extinguish the blaze. Meantime Hazmat crews had to clean up hundreds of litres of diesel leaking from the Prime Mover. The Rural...

Festival of lights kicks into gear

Voting in the Southern Highlands Festival of Lights is now underway. Michaela Bolzan from Creative & Co in Bowral came up with the concept after making a number of visits to Italy where they do a similar thing. It's all about local businesses lighting up their shops and people can vote for...

PM visits fire memorial in Buxton

Prime Minister Scott Morrison made a visit to our region on Saturday The PM was on hand for the official opening of a fire truck memorial at Buxton, built in memory of firefighters Andrew O'Dwyer and Geoffrey Keaton who were killed in the Green Wattle Creek Fire. He was joined by Premier...

Factory fire in Picton

30 people have been evacuated from a factory in Picton after a fire broke out this afternoon. Fire crews found a portion of resin well alight inside an external storage facility on Henry Street and managed to extinguish it quickly before it spread to the main building. Large plumes of smoke could...

Job numbers in dispute

The Battle 4 Berrima Group believes Hume Coal is exaggerating the number of jobs which will be created from its project in the Highlands. Hume Coal says there'll be a total of 700 jobs over the lifetime of the mine, including 400 during construction and 300 for operations. But Spokesperson Michael Verberkt...

More battery back up for Hume towers

The Government is funding Telstra to extend the battery back up at 11 mobile phone towers in the Hume electorate including Buxton and Nattai. Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor says this will provide a minimum of 12 hours of back-up power when the power goes out during or after natural...

Buxton RFS member is NSW Volunteer of the year

Buxton Rural Fire Service volunteer Kim Hill has won the 2020 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award. The 43 year old was chosen from more than 100,000 nominees for the awards across 25 regions in NSW. Kim established and led the Balmoral Village Recovery Hub during and after the Green Wattle Creek...

Hume Coal highlights importance of jobs

A decision on whether to approve the Hume Coal project is getting closer. The NSW Department of Planning is expected to hand down its recommendation before the end of the year. And the Independent Planning Commission will make the final decision early next year. Hume Coal Project Manager Rod Doyle says given what's...

Man charged with importing firearm parts and steroids in Camden

A man has been charged following an investigation into the alleged importation of firearm silencers and steroids in Camden. Police said that Australian Border Force officers inspected a package at the Sydney Gateway Facility mail centre on Sunday October 4 that had arrived from overseas. "Further examination revealed it contained 70 vials...

Two dead after helicopter crashes at Tallong

Two people have been killed after a flight that's believed to have taken off from Goulburn crashed last night. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre received information about a missing aircraft that was last seen east of Marulan around 6.45pm. Police from The Hume Police Area Command, Police Rescue and Bomb Disposal Unit,...